Image from page 185 of "Our domestic birds;" (1913)
Title: Our domestic birds;
Publisher: Boston, New York [etc.] Ginn and company
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ely be left to the care of the old ones, and maynot even need to be fed. The early goslings with hen mothersshould be placed on sod ground where the grass is fine andsoft, in coops such as are used for little chickens, with a smallpen in front of each coop to keep them from wandering away.This pen may be made of boards 8 or 10 inches wide, set onedge and kept in place by small sticks driven into the ground.It is best to give them only grass to eat the first day. After thattwo or three light feeds of mash may be given daily, but theyshould always have all the fresh, succulent green food that theycan eat. The coops and pens should be moved as often as isnecessary to secure this end. The goslings should also be con-stantly supplied with drinking water. They will appreciate abath occasionally. Goslings grow very rapidly. In from ten to fourteen daysthey are so large that they no longer need the hen mother andshe may be taken away. At this stage several broods may be 172 OUR DOMESTIC BIRDS
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Fig. 149. Goslings three or fourdays old combined and the flock allowed the run of any place where it can graze unmolested. A shelter should be provided for protec-tion from the sun, and a roomycoop with a dry floor to keepthem in at night. If allowedto do so, they would stay outand graze at intervals duringthe night, but the owner willsleep more comfortably if heis sure that nothing can dis-turb them. Although very bigbabies, they are quite soft andhelpless at this stage. When six weeks old a gosling is nearly half-grown. Young goslings that were started with hen mothers may then be put into the pasture with the old geese. When ten or twelve weeks old they will be almost as large as the adult birds. In growing geese on the farm the most important thing is to provide good pasture. Grass is not only the most econom-ical food, but it is the bestfood. Geese will grow andfatten on grass without grain,but will not fatten as quicklyor be as firm-fleshed. To fattenfor market they should be c
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