The goose is the most convenient bird in the feed plan, consuming not only dry and fodder, but also kitchen waste. And yet it should be noted that very much depends on how good the goose diet is, so do not start geese breeding without getting acquainted with the feeding rules listed below.
Feeding the goslings
The first feed of goslings should be given as soon as they dry out. As a food, use finely chopped boiled eggs mixed with corn, wheat, or oat flour. A good addition to the egg diet is the usual millet and greens sorrel, or dandelion. Early feeding promotes an early resorption of the residual yolk in the stomach of goslings and further acceleration of growth rates. During the first 3 days goslings should be fed at least 6 times a day, while trying to ensure that they have constant access to clean drinking water. Some owners replace the water with sweet milk, which is acceptable in principle, but it is undesirable, because in the summer heat, the milk is quickly sour, and its consumption can negatively affect the health of birds. As you grow up, the number of feeds is reduced to 4, and then to 1-2 times.
Experts believe that the diversity of the food base from the first week of life contributes to strengthening the body of goslings and increased further growth. The main condition that must be observed in this case is the presence in the feeding troughs of an exceptionally fresh well-ground meal. Making up the weekly diet of the gosling, it should be understood that it is not yet suitable for swallowing large coarse food, so whole-grain feeding is unacceptable. Weekly goslings are allowed to give cooked potatoes, carrots and beets, and when they reach the month – kitchen waste.
The best food for grown-up monthly chicks is the soaked pea, to which are added boiled eggs, greens, different cereals and cottage cheese. In this case, the percentage of cottage cheese in the mixture should not be less than 15%. Small geese can not be fed with excessively liquid food, which can get into the nasopharynx and close the gusenka’s breath, causing inflammation of the nose and mouth and further death.
Geese-adolescents Starting from 1.5 months, geese in large farms start to prepare for fattening. At home, such training can also be made by gradually introducing into the diet of geese an increased number of oil cakes, dry and green forages. After reaching the goslings of the month, they can be released for paddock. In summer, goslings that consume large amounts of pasture can be fed not more than 1-2 times per day.
Trying to get in the future a large number of not only meat, but also eggs should avoid feeding geese with exceptionally dry food. Layer-laying goats, nourished with corn, can swim so fat that they will stop forming eggs. It is necessary to alternate the food and, as far as possible, feed the goslings as much as possible of hay, silage and root crops.
An adult bird should consume at least 400 grams of dry food per day, as well as about 100 grams of germinated cereals, carrots grated and a protein feed of milk origin. Inclusion in the diet of adult males and females of the listed components allows to achieve not only a significant increase in weight, but also a large egg production.
At the end of the egg-laying period, the amount of feed can be reduced, trying to use exclusively green grass food. So, the ideal food for geese is corn, wheat and millet grains, greens, as well as boiled eggs, fresh cottage cheese, milk and the reverse.