Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day three hundred and seven of that project.
These are the guard geese, please stand back!
We have geese that live with our chickens and help guard them from predators. They do a pretty good job of alerting and herding the hens out of danger.
We have issues with fox and aerial predators.
The foxes are for the most part controlled by the electric fence but every now and then we lose a chicken and conversely the fox population loses a fox.
We also have a bucket of goose and duck eggs that are on their way to the pigs. They are accessible by the fox. This arrangement has discouraged predation. They seem to prefer the ease of stealing an egg.
We also have the occasional aerial strike. Large owls or eagles are able to snatch a bird sometimes. The geese are aware of aerial strikes and thwart birdnapping attempts most of the time.
These geese are named Margaret, Margaret and Margaret.
I have no idea why.