They Said I Could Have A Bird
Housegeese, HouseGoose, HouseDuck, HouseDucks, HouseChickens, it all sounds so KOOOOL and fun and different; and it is, if you have the place and time and love for the birds it takes to keep them. The following information will apply to each of the above. (house geese, goose; house duck ducks; house chickens chicken chicks)
If you are renting your home. If you are living in a relative's home for free. If you do not own the home you live in..... please, do not "sneak" a housegoose in for a pet. Even if they said you could have a bird. (you know they meant a small bird like a parakeet) You know for a fact they did not mean something as large or as loud or as messy as a goose can be. If you do not own your home ASK before taking home that adorable little gosling that is going to grow into a (possibly) 25 pound bird.
The reason I am dogmatic on this one is two fold. Usually you, your neighbors and or your landlord will make you get rid of the goose about the time it is feathered out. What will you do with it? It has not been around other birds or geese or animals. It has not lived outdoors. You can not just dump it out in a park with a pond. So what will you do? The outcome of this is not good.
So I beg you. If they said you could have a bird, clarify. And if they say No to a housegoose, please do not "sneak" one.
By the same token. If your parents or spouse says no to a housegoose.....really, please, don't cause trouble, the goose will loose in the end. Leave that cute little gosling in the cage at the Farm Store.
Don't call it a RESCUE. Don't pretend that you are doing the goose any good to bring it into a situation where you are the only one that wants to own and house it. If others in the family treat it unkind, if your Landlord puts the bird and or worse you and the bird out....how is this a "rescue"? The bird is the one who suffers. This is when the bird will REALLY need to be "rescued".
KNOW THE LAWS IN YOUR AREA, RIGHT DOWN TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, BEFORE YOU EVEN THINK OF BRINGING HOME A HOUSEGOOSE! Too many geese, ducks, chickens and other animals suffer by growing up and be unwelcomed. If it is against the law do not think you will get away with keeping these animals in your home. Even if you own your home, you might not be able to keep a goose in it. KNOW THE LAWS! If it is so important to you to own them, MOVE! Move to an area where you may keep your pets.
HOUSEGEESE ARE NOT HAMSTERS
Hamsters make nice pets for very busy people, especially those that rent. Hamsters are quite, take up very little space, eat very little, and only need to be cleaned, depending on the cage size, once a week. Hamsters do not need to get into your bathtub once a day, they do not need or wear diapers, and they do not get loud like a watch dog or a watch goose.
HouseGeese on the other hand, you need to be warned, grow fast and very large. That cute little gosling you just brought home from the Farm Store will be a MINIMUM OF 25 times the size in less then 4 to 5 months. That sweet little gosling will need it's diapers changed, depending on what you are feeding it, just like a human infant, about every 1 1/2 hours, every day, day after day. When and adult, they need changed about like a human toddler, every four hours or so.
Hamsters do not shed. ~ Geese molt. All there feathers fall out. Feathers blowing everywhere.
You can rarely see Hamster Dander.~ Geese have dander. Sometimes their dander is worse then others. You will find it on your clothing after handling them.
Hamsters have these little bitty easy to just pick up and throw away poo. ~ Geese have, well, if you have never seen it, you are in for a....surprise.
Hamsters live about 2 years. ~ Geese live approx. 15 - 20 years.
What pet would be better for your lifestyle?
THIS HAMSTER'S NAME IS COAL AND HE (please do not tell him that boys do not wear dresses) BELONGS TO US, AND DO HAMSTERS MAKE GREAT PETS! (you can see more photos of our hamsters at www.hamsteragility.com you might get a grin if you take a look. Just know what pet is best for your before you bring it home to live with you and your family.
I LOVE GEESE! IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE I AM AGAINST HOUSEGEESE! I AM NOT. I HAVE BOTH HOUSEGEESE AND OUTDOOR GEESE. WHAT I HATE TO SEE IS A GOOSE IN A BAD SITUATION. I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GETTING INTO BEFORE IT STARTS. I TELL YOU THE WORSE SO YOU ARE FOREWARNED. WHAT I HATE IS FOR SOMEONE TO BUY A CUTE LITTLE GOSLING ONLY TO TURN IT OUT, GET RID OF IT, AFTER THEY HAVE SPOILED IT AS A BABY, THEN IT GROWS AND THEY CAN NO LONGER CARE FOR IT OR HAVE TO PART WITH IT BECAUSE OF IT'S SIZE OR NOISE OR THEY ARE SICK OF CHANGING DIAPERS. HOUSEGEESE ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE.
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COMING SOON! MY SPOILED CHICKENS