When my partner and I bought our little parcel of land we planned on a lot of things.
We planned on planting a heap of fruit trees, tick; getting bees, tick; having a huge vegetable garden, tick.
What we didn't plan on was getting geese.
But here we are. Seven years on and with geese.
How they came to be here is a short story about friends, with geese, moving interstate, and needing a new home for the feathered friends that couldn't tag along.
Sure, we had acreage, so we took them.
What we didn't know was how much they .... ummm ... well, poo.
(seriously.... it's everywhere)
So we built a fence to keep them away from the house and down near the dam.
But that didn't cure the other problem - their beautiful nature (that's sarcasm font there in case you missed it).
They are every bit as friendly as you've heard.
Oh and have I mentioned they've got teeth? To be technical, the 'teeth' are actually a hard spiky cartilage known as tomium. But it acts and looks like teeth, its sharp and pointy, like teeth. These 'teeth' are found on the inside of their beaks, and their tongue. Yes. Tongue.
My partner, he keeps telling me they'll be great guards for the chickens, when we get them.
He's probably right.
But for now, Ryan (the large white male in the picture above) is rather a handful.
In his defence, at the moment he's on guard, Daphne (the brown female) is sitting on eggs and he's determined to keep her safe.
All points to him for great parenting. Not so much for the bruise on my leg.
But the thing with Daphne sitting on eggs is, well, that means more geese.
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