Due to the goats destroying the old fence, I've upgraded to a PermaNet Plus 12/48/3 which is a bit harder to install but should be more difficult for the goats tear up. Also the old fence would not energize due to damage, and as you can hear in the video this one works just fine. Should only take a couple shocks before the goats learn their lesson.
I irrigated this new chicken run area the week before rotating them here and it seemed to pay off. Unlike the rest of the pasture this area actually has green grass for the birds to eat.
The goats have settled down into routine where they mostly stick close to the geese.
The geese are starting to turn into front porch animals though, probably because of the shade. I want all that goose manure deposited on the pasture, not on my driveway!
Original date: 2020-07-17
I found a watering solution that works for both the goats and the geese. Goats obviously have no problem with this and most of the geese don't climb inside to use it as a toilet.
Since a couple of them can and do climb inside though I need to empty this and refill it daily.
Original date: 2020-07-17
Even though both in the this video and the one shot this morning there is plenty of shade in their pen, it looks like half the chicks died from heat exhaustion.
Mostly likely the shade that was present around noon was not sufficient for all the chicks to be out of the sun so only half of them made it.
At night the geese sleep in the chicken run while the chickens sleep in their coop. When morning comes the geese are released to free range and the chickens are released into their run.
The geese are always awake and waiting for me to let them out.
Original date: 2020-07-18
Our existing three French Toulouse geese are joined by six additional French Toulouse goslings and sixteen African goslings, also from Metzer Farms.
The goslings will need to stay separated from the older geese for a few weeks until they get big enough for the geese to recognize them as part of the same flock.
Original date: 2020-06-10
According to what I've read by other people with more experience in raising geese, it's a bad idea to overly-tame your geese because it can make them aggressive when they grow up.
Oh well, I guess I'll deal with that in the future if it ever becomes a problem.
Original date: 2020-05-24
The geese free range during the day but sleep in the chicken coop at night to provide them with better protection from predators.
In fact we've already lost one goose. One of them escaped from their pen at night and made noise that attracted the attention of our weimariner. She's been doing a lot better during the day but the stimulation at night was too much and her instincts took over.
On the other hand the chicken flock has been expanded by four leghorn hens to bring the total number of chickens up to ten so it's not all bad news.
Original date: 2020-05-18
Thinning trees generates a lot of brush, so what should I do with it?
The solution I arrived at was to pile it on the banks of a pond and allow it to slowly decompose. After a few years those brush piles should have turned the rocky soil that make up those banks into soil more suitable for growing pasture.
Original date: 2020-04-25
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Category DIY & Gardening
Living Space Farm is a small scale homestead in central Texas.
Currently we're raising chickens, geese, and goats.