I was raised with geese as a child, my mom always had them and a few ducks. I liked the ducks way more than the geese, they didn’t beat me up. Even as an adult I like to photograph Canadian Geese but if they’re in a park and the path happens to go through their flock, I go way around. I know what the pinch from a goose can feel like, and much more, DO to you. They can deliver a blood blister like no one’s business and then come back at ya. In my head and heart, I alway swore I’d never own geese in my adult life – well, never say never.
I have been researching self-sufficiency and gardening quite a bit and have seen many mentions of “weeder geese.” I researched that a little more and it seemed like the perfect compliment to a farm and especially a large garden. I knew that geese were vegetarian and also knew that they were very personable (just never to this person) and smart. So I set out to order FOUR geese and found that my minimum requirement from the hatchery was eight. EIGHT! Ack! I was on the phone with Hubby when I read this on the website and he says, “Well just get eight then.” Excuse me? Could you put my husband back on the phone? What have you done with him? So I ordered eight, and they arrived last Wednesday. Annie and I have been completely involved with snuggling with little goslings now (and yes, she’ll correct you if you call them anything other than goslings.)
We had an unfortunate tragedy and are now down to seven. We lost a little goose we had named “Minnie May” and since she was the smallest and the frailest, I had thought that it was possible we would lose her. Annie found her, unfortunately, and had large tears – she has become the ultimate Goose Girl. To see her with them, I am grateful my heart changed to accept geese back in to my life. Of course, I can say that now while they’re small – we’ll see how it goes when they’re big.
Of course, who can resist such fuzziness anyway? We’re just full of peeps and giggles here at Mud Ranch.
I didn’t have to dust, vacuum, or do the dishes; my unexpected visitors this afternoon weren’t the picky kind. They didn’t expect me to take time out of my day to show them around or cook up a good meal (ha!), they just flew in and took a rest eating up what was left of the hay we fed this morning.
They were jabbering on about things geese discuss while I shot some photos.
They meddled in eachother’s affairs and gossiped a bit. They knew I didn’t know their language so it didn’t bother them to do that sort of thing in front of me.
Amongst all the noise, there was this sweet couple. They walked and talked with eachother for a while. He was truly concerned about what she had to say and you could tell there was some true love between them. Geese can be like that you know, especially when they’ve been “married” for a while.
But amid all the commotion of normal goose-dom, there was this little lady in the mix. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at first and then the nice geese parted so that I could see center stage, the beauty that was amongst them.
She noticed me watching so put on a little show.
She twirreled and stretched and showed off her bright colors amidst all the brown, black and white.
She was a pretty site although the rest of the geese thought her colors were a bit audacious.
But she didn’t have any problem with her self esteem and knew that she’d win them over if they’d just get to know her.
You see, she was slight of build, not loud or intruding. She was simply enjoying the company of other geese, regardless of their backgrounds.
Maybe one day this handsome gander will see things her way.
Edited to add my find on the Greylag Goose.