4 months ago
In the wintertime, geese keep warm by sitting down and tucking their feet up inside the downy feathers of their undersides. They are cold hardy birds, in fact wild geese can often be seen swimming in icy ponds during the coldest months.
Domestic geese do need some extra care when it is cold outside. First and foremost they’ll need plenty of fresh water for drinking, bathing, and swallowing their food. While they don’t need deep water, something large enough for them to stand in well help them keep their feathers in order. Ours need their water to be changed out three or more times a day when it is very cold.
Geese are also hungrier in winter, when they can’t enjoy fresh green grass. They’ll go through more grain, and love supplemental treats like heads of lettuce, greens from your kitchen, or even hay. Hay is a good option because what they don’t nibble up can provide insulation against the frozen ground.
It is important to provide geese with a shelter where they can get out of the weather. Often, they’ll choose to sit outside in even the worst storms, but an inside space gives them a chance at a reprieve and can keep them safe from both weather and predators at night.
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