[Sca-cooks] More adventures with poultry... I don't believe these critters...

chawkswrth at aol.com chawkswrth at aol.com
Thu May 17 15:54:57 PDT 2007

This puts me in mind of something I saw one evening when I was in Germany. We had stopped for the night in a Hostel out in the middle of Nowhere, Alpine Country. Lovely place, with a little jewel of a church next door. After supper, they had gone on to a tavern, and I stayed behind because I wanted to go to bed-I still had a bad case of jet lag.
As the sun was setting low on the horizon, I heard geese. I looked out the window, and wished the others were with me to see it. There was a line of geese coming down the path, in single file, Not a human in sight, just a dog at the rear. They filed into a pen attached to the side of a small structure in the back yard. It looked like the dog was counting the geese as they went into the pen. After they were all in, the dog barked, the innkeeper came out, closed the door and said the German equivalent of 'Good Dog'. 
And I did NOT have my camera ready. Darnit.
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Subject: [Sca-cooks] More adventures with poultry... I don't believe these critters...

So, today, instead of putting the younger batch of geese right back in
their pen after their trip to the bathtub to learn to swim, I took
them down to the portable pen, and put them in with my Roman geese and
Runner ducks, who are a couple weeks older, but haven't spent much
time with the younger ones. I figured there might be some territorial
issues, and I was right- the older geese, as expected, taught the
youngsters some manners, and told them that they were only allowed
THERE in the pen, and no place else- which held until they realized
that THERE was where the food was, and I upped the ante by adding
more, and which point the older birds decided that OVER THERE was
where the babies needed to be- they were going to hog the food.

Well, this was expected- after all, geese are known to be territorial.
What I didn't expect was the ducks.

Guys, you haven't lived until you've seen an angry duck on a mission.

That's right. The geese and the ducks took turns showing the babies
their place. The ducks watched the geese, then would charge at a baby
goose, and shove it around with their chest, and peck and bite it
until it went where it "should" be.

And, as if this wasn't enough amusement, I took the babies back to
their pen, and figured I'd let the older ones stay out later this
evening, since I'd had to put them in early yesterday because of the
incoming storm. Normally, that means I put them in about 5:30.

At 5:45, I hear a racket- all of them have gotten out of their pen,
and are right outside my window, wanting to know why I haven't put
them to bed yet. And, I discovered, I don't need the broom to herd
them- they herd just fine if I wave my arms around.

These critters are only about a month and a half old, and they already
know how to tell time...

Saint Phlip

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