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

Heleen Greenwald heleen at ptd.net
Thu May 17 16:53:38 PDT 2007

Dearest Cuz!
THANK YOU for sharing that story!! <big smile on my face>  I loved  
it!  It's amazing what animals know!!! I guess animals are creatures  
of habit too, as so many humans are.,  They knew when it was time for  

On May 17, 2007, at 6:32 PM, Saint Phlip wrote:

> 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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