I have been taking the babies outside for a bit of exercise, greens, and some sun. I also want the babies and the Mommas to get used to each other.
Polly seems to be genuinely interested in the little Hueys, but the Hister Sisters aren’t so taken with them. They hiss, stretch their necks, and wiggle their neck feathers at them. When they do this their eyes seem to get this fixed stare to them and it is genuinely scary looking.
The Hueys don’t seem to mind so much so long as I am in view, but if they can’t find me then panic ensues! They stretch their necks up like periscopes and swivel their heads, all the while peeping in unison, it is a frantic sounding call.
Yesterday on our little walk the Mommas came up and stood their ground, as if to say, “This is our turf, go find your own clover to nibble. The little Hueys just hid under my skirt. Then one of them popped out and peeped at Polly, whereupon she stretched down and bonked him on the head with her bill!
The little Huey sprang to action and raising himself up to full stretch he flapped his little winglets and charged her! She, being caught off guard, tried to avoid his lunge and nearly fell backward onto her tail feathers!
I am sorry there are no pictures of this little battle, but it was such a shock, and it all happened so fast…
It was hysterical!
The Hueys have been here since May 1st, and that is only two weeks, but Oh how they have grown! When I got them they were shipped in a little cardboard crate like this one.
This is Polly and her siblings in the box, when they first arrived in April of 2010. They were so small!
The new baby Hueys are so inquisitive, so cute, and so B-I-G!
Can you see their white down growing up through their baby fuzz? There are the beginnings of pin feathers in there too!
Would you believe me if I told you they used to BOTH fit in their food dish?
They do grow fast in only two weeks. 😉
UPDATE: Here is a nice article that you might enjoy on geese from Hobby Farms http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/raising-geese-14963.aspx