Elderly domestic goose -- winter protection?
I have a goose (he might be a Toulouse) who is 20 years old this year. When I moved from Northern California to Mississippi in 2005, I moved him with me.
When it gets to the mid 30's at night here, I overnight him in a filled bathtub in the house. Okay, that's probably weird, but we're okay with it.
Here are my questions --
-- If I move to an area where the winters are colder for longer periods (like Michigan), I can't keep him in the bathtub for months on end. I've read in this forum where people lay down straw in a shed and hang a lightbulb for heat. Is that enough if the temps are at zero? I'm particularly concerned about keeping him safe because of my goose's age... which leads me to Question 2 --
-- How long do geese live? This one doesn't show any signs at all of aging... from time to time, he still balances on the edge of his water bucket (which is, what, a quarter inch thick???), and peers in the window at me when I make coffee in the morning.