Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Goose Stories

In the spring of 2005, Doug bought a pair of goslings. A male and a female. The following spring the female started laying eggs, and hatched 11 goslings. Unfortunately, one died a few days later, drowned in a basin of water. We lost two more last year, one succumbed to injuries sustained from who knows where, and one got eaten by a predator. Last month we lost three in a span of two weeks, most likely the victims of a hungry coyote.

When there were still 10 of them.

Early this year, the geese started to separate into three distinct family units. We only discovered this fact when we started putting them in two pens (we did not want to lose any more to the coyote!). In one pen, there were four geese and in the other, three geese. One goose, a male, in the pen of four, was always being pecked on by the others. He managed to squeeze himself out of the pen one night, and the first thought that came to Doug's mind, when he saw the dented gate and one missing goose, was that a coyote had manage to grab the goose from the pen!

Doug was so angry that day that he ordered some traps, traps that are illegal in California! But the funny thing was, the goose had escaped from the pen! He couldn't put up with the pecking from the other geese any more.

It became apparent to us that this lonely goose had lost his mates to the coyote. No wonder the other geese did not want to have anything to do with him because he belonged to another family unit. We let this goose stay in the fenced area in our back patio, and there he has been for a while now.

This is where our friend, Cory, comes into the picture.

Cory stayed in our trailer parked at the side of our house, one weekend, to help us watch our geese while we visited our other home in Los Osos. He called us daily to update us with the well-being of the geese and informed us that he had befriended the lonely goose. They're buddies now, he said.

Cory, the goose whisperer.

I am still amazed at how Cory is able to tame this goose! He calls the goose over, the goose goes over to him. He pats the goose as he would a dog!

However, don't for one minute believe that the goose is as friendly with just anyone! He still puts his neck out and tries to chase anyone he doesn't like! Duncan, my 5-year-old, has been pecked by a goose or another many times!

This particular goose came after me yesterday. I was trying to let it out of the fenced patio area since we had fenced off the entrance where a coyote could have entered the backyard. But the stupid goose instead charged at me and managed to peck me on my knee! And it kept charging at me! You should have heard me scream! This is the first time I'd been bitten by a goose! evil

Amazing how a goose peck can bruise you!
Doug asked me, "Does that mean we are going to have roast goose for dinner?" mrgreen He'd been asking me for the longest time when we were going to feast on our geese!!

Those are pets! No matter how vicious they can be!

And they've been very good about providing us with eggs that Doug has turned into salted eggs.  Yummy, best eaten with rice porridge!


  1. Puteri,

    I know there are some good goose recipies out there! Plucking the feathers out is the hardest part preparing waterfowl. ;-)

    Douglas ;-)

  2. Thanks for sharing that story. It is definitely not a pleasant feeling being pecked by a goose.
    On a lighter note, I think I have a goose recipe too. Want it? ;P

  3. Puteri,
    Learn from Cory how he befriended the geese. Maybe they haven't realised who is their master and and everybody else other than Cory are their enemies. Can't imagine how scared Duncan was after being chased by them.

  4. J.T., goose recipe? Serious? Heheh, like Doug said, what to do with the feathers? I'm not going to pluck the feathers! Did a lot of that when I was a kid, when my family raised a lot of turkey, chickens and ducks!

    Zawi, er, not sure if the goose will respond to me even if I'd learn the tricks from Cory. Cory is a new comer to the home, so ... but he is skilled at befriending the goose. He knows what to do to attract the goose's attention.

    Not a bad thing to learn, though, to tame geese.

  5. Thanks for sharing the story and still consider them as pets and not 'food'..:)

    But if the day ever comes...the feathers...if i am not mistaken..people use them to make shuttlecocks (for badminton).


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