And then there are the geese – adopted as goslings a few weeks ago.
Reason – the ride-on mower tends to tilt a bit alarmingly in places when I mow in (what is loosely termed) the orchard.
“Geese are great for keeping down the grass.” said several friends.
“They can be really nasty, geese can.” said others.
A compromise – these four were hand reared and so were already quite tame. A little time spent sitting on the grass with them each day means they have remained so.
Geese are smart birds it seems, smarter I’ve noticed than the chooks and ducks. They are mischievous too, and cheeky.
They live in the lap of luxury really, with a re-purposed old bathtub as a swimming pool to cool down each day
and Robert built them a lovely spacious goose-house to go into each evening.
So hopefully will never turn nasty. Already they know their individual names and love to follow us around.
All in all, a happy addition to the menagerie here.