Greetings! This is my first post on this board, although I've been around reading for a while. We are only a few days away from our newest endeavor - ducks and geese! We've raised chickens for years now, but the girls (ages 9 and 11) wanted to add ducks to our repertoire this year and I'd been reading that duck eggs are highly nutritious. So, off to duck-land we go! We are also getting a pair of geese with the HOPES that we will be able to socialize them to protect the children and our property - guard geese!
Now for a few questions...when the ducklings and goslings are babies, can they be brooded together and eat the same foods? (I can't seem to find an answer to this question in print although it seems such a common type of question!) If so, can this be continued throughout their lifetime (do I need separate pens for the ducks and geese?)?? In regards to socializing the geese...we know that goslings will "imprint" on the first thing they see. BUT, after those first few moments (or even a few days), will goslings imprint AGAIN on persons that constantly care for them? We plan for the girls to raise the goslings in their bedroom for as long as is feasible so that the goslings will see the children as their family and be protective of them. Can anyone offer advice on how to produce "guard geese" that will be friendly within reason? Also, we read that geese will eat/scare off snakes. The girls almost stepped on a rattlesnake in the backyard last year...will geese do battle with large snakes like rattlesnakes?
These are all the questions for the moment. I'm sure I'll have more once we get the little ones here at home!