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A Growing Gaggle

7 May

My gaggle of geese has increased.  I heard little peeps on Wednesday evening.  Thursday morning, they were all out with three little goslings.

It looks like I need more practice with the new cell phone camera. Or I shouldn’t zoom in that much.

When I got home, I took the good camera out to photograph them, but they were shy, and the two moms were really giving me the evil eye.

Actually, it’s pretty cool and breezy for the little ones.  One did get brave enough to come out.  Another popped up from mama’s wing.

I never did see the third one.  Who knows if it’s tucked under there or if they already lost it.  I guess I’ll figure it out eventually.

This is about as close as I’ll ever get (even with a zoom lens) because they are surrounded by protective parents.

The one that was out didn’t stay out very long.  S/he was ready to try and tuck back under a nice warm wing.

Oh baby, I’m not sure that’s going to work.

Just a Few Pics of the Herd

23 Oct

Wanda’s back injury from last winter is almost unnoticeable.  I do still plan on retiring her, but she’s doing well.

Wanda

I tell ya, Edith is just a carbon copy of her maa, Antigone.

Edith and Antigone

Pistol and Annie are hanging in there.  That’s about all I can say. That and they discovered cockle burrs, but they won’t let me clean them out of their fur. And every time I do manage to get them somewhat cleaned out, they walk through them again.  Poor girls.  I’ll keep trying.

Pistol

Hera does not look too worried about LilyAnn trying to put her in her place.

Hera and LilyAnn

Tilly and 2TC were playing.

Tilly and 2TC

2TC may have been watching LilyAnn and practicing those moves.  Holding the ears up to look taller, is very important.

Chiffon came to see if I had peanuts.

Chiffon

Penelope has joined the group of young girls who like to come see if I’ve brought peanuts with me.

Penelope

This is Moira checking to see if I had peanuts by jumping up and sniffing the camera.  Good thing she’s still fairly little.

Moira

Who I was trying to take a picture of.

Marin and 2TC

Ava was willing to settle for a few pets instead of peanuts.  Of course, she’ll get to come in for sweet feed at milking time.

Ava

The whole flock–the gander is showing off how well he’s recovered.

I’m going to try to sell the rest of the young goats this weekend if things work out.

Flora

It will be a relief to have them gone, but I will certainly miss some of them.

Gender Guessing

24 Aug

Well, the goslings are getting big enough that I feel like I should be able to tell if they are girls or boys.  Here’s my best guess.

Widow Goose, gander, ?, goose

I just am not sure on one of the younger ones.  It depends on the angle.  I’m going to have to go with the long legs and guess gander.  But I’m just not sure.

That means two girls and two boys or maybe even three girls and only one gander.

“Did you bring me a treat?” -young goose

We’ll find out if I’m right or not by next spring.

“Hey, I’m talking to you! Where’s my treat?”

At least I’m pretty sure we didn’t end up with three ganders!