After ten years you'd think you've seen it all, experienced every fact
of life with the critters, not.
Even though the year can be devided into different periods, seasons, patterns... this year a major change occured with our Canada geese!
We started with six geese ten years ago, our white domestic couple
Hans & Grietje, and our two couples of Canada geese Felix &
Fay and Rudie & Riet. For three years, untill they matured, they
all shared one pen but when the hormones kicked in the Canadas started
to harras the white geese.
Hans and Grietje got their own partition of the goose pen and peace had returned.
Our four Canucks lived together like a happy little flock except for breeding season when the ganders got overly protective of their ladies and started to fight eachother. For the duration of mating season I had to separate them untill molt set in and could reunite them again for the rest of the year. But this summer that all changed.
You may remember my reports about the arrival of the swan family this summer. I enjoyed those big white birds on our canal but it appeared that our Canadas didn't like them one bit. When the swans visited, the geese (specially the guys) went ballistic and almost honked their heads off trying to chase the swans away. In the wake of this event the ganders started to become very agressive towards eachother and I was left no other option than to separate them, even though breeding season was over for a long time.
I suppose the ganders considered the male swan a threat which
triggered them to protect their ladies more fiercly.
I'd hoped they would settle down again once the swans moved on, so over a period of a few months I tried to reunite them every other week but to no avail. They would tolerate eachother for a couple of hours untill one of the guys made a wrong move and the fighting would start again.
I decided to give it up and keep them away from eachother permanently. It saddens me because they looked so beautiful together, but I don't want injuries.
A positive aspect of this new situation is that there is no competition between the guys anymore, I guess there's always been some rivalry between them. Rudie has always been the leader and Felix had to play second fiddle, but no more, both guys are now boss in their own pen, which means I have much closer contact to the guys individually (so I get something out of it in the end afterall;-)
Happy Feathery Friday from Fay and all the honkers at Foppe's Acre.
Felix' Feathery Friday Cafe has opened its doors and our Canucks would
like to invite you to share a picture of your feathered friends for
today's happy hour.
Drinks are on the house! Cheers!!