How cold is too cold for geese? Winter feed?
The previous owner of our three chinese geese allowed them to free-range 24 hours a day for all of their 8-10 year old lives.
Now that we've have our first truly cold and windy day of the season, I'm worried for them. They absolutely hate to be in the barn, but this morning when I went to feed them, they came up from the pond and ate sitting down; I think to keep their feet warm. They seem perfectly happy sailing about on the pond as usual, but it's supposed to get down to 19Â°F tonight with a strong wind.
The cold worries me but the wind worries me more. I think for my own piece of mind, they're going in the barn with the ducklings tonight, whether they like it or not.
When do you decide it's too cold?
Second, since they free-range all the time, I only feed them treats in the summer since they have several acres to graze. They won't eat the feed I bought them, although they gobble up corn like maniacs. Is there any edible grass in the winter or should I go look for another feed that they *will* eat?