The Geese Discover their Freedom


| 3/8/2017 10:48:00 AM


Tags: geese, free-range poultry, Jennifer Quinn, Scott County, VA,

Jennifer Quinn

Geese with forsythia

Late last summer I acquired a trio of geese, thinking they’d help me keep the grass and weeds under control since I was finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the mowing. At first I was concerned about whether they’d make use of the small stream on my property for bathing, since I don’t have a pond. I even went so far as to make a bathtub for them with logs and black plastic!

I needn’t have worried. Soon they were splashing around in the stream to their heart’s content and floating on the small area that was deep enough to hold them up. Later I saw them visiting another part of the stream farther down. Then one day, I walked down the private road and spotted them swimming on a neighbor’s pond, which worried me a bit because I know there are big snapping turtles in there. The neighbor wouldn’t mind, because he’s rarely there and only uses the property for hunting, and he’s assured me he wouldn’t shoot one of my birds by mistake. That’s good, because often I’ve seen my birds foraging over there — not only the geese, but the chickens and guineas. Here they are after a swim on the pond:

Geese flapping at Tignorsreduced

With the onset of spring weather, they’ve been wandering farther and farther afield. One day recently I was surprised to see them all the way down by the big creek — a few hundred feet from my property. They started disappearing for entire afternoons, returning only at dinnertime. Then one day, I walked down the road to the creek and couldn’t see them anywhere, though they weren’t at my place either.




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