Just a quick Farm Report this morning before I get back out to the barnyard...
Over the weekend Mother Goose hatched out four of her eggs. Dot climbed right into the hutch to "assist." Not quite sure about this behavior, but since she's not acting aggressively towards Mother Goose or the goslings, we left her alone.
Once those goslings were fully dry and fairly stable, Mother took them for a walk around the pasture. It seemed Mother's legs were almost as wobbly as her babies from all that sitting. We make sure to keep corn and water close by the hutch so the family doesn't have to venture too far.
In fact all of the geese are sticking close together. Practically overnight our gander, Grimm, has turned into the quintessential hissing, snapping, wings-fully-extended, coming-right-for-ya, barnyard goose of most people's nightmares. He never bothered me before, but now I keep one eye on him at all times. I never realized that geese were so inclined to work as such a tight-knit family unit. I guess it takes a gaggle to raise a child.
In other news, we bought two pigs a couple of weeks ago. Hank's still working on the official pig pen, so for the time being they're housed in the old corn crib. No escaping that!