Grass plays an important role in the diet of geese as a vitamin component. It is also a feed, due to which the owners save significant money. Before using this gift of nature, you need to figure out what kind of grass do domestic geese eat and whether any vegetation is equally useful for birds. Do you need to take into account the age of the pets when driving the herd to graze in a place where anything grows?
What grass can geese feed?
Birds love juicy greens, so there is no need to waste time in the spring. It is advisable to drive the birds to graze on meadows, wastelands, the area near the personal plot as early as possible. Such representatives of legumes as alfalfa, clover, sweet clover, vetch (peas), sainfoin attract birds throughout their growing season. Sprouts of oats, rye, bluegrass, timothy, wheatgrass and other cereals are eaten by geese until they begin to spike and their leaves dry out.
The dandelion helps out even in drought conditions, keeping among the burnt grass thanks to its powerful and long root. Plantain gives the birds not only tasty and healthy leaves, but also seeds. Geese eat nettle while the plant is young. Yarrow is given to chicks for indigestion.
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Goslings from the 4th day of life are given beet tops, dill, lettuce. Weekly chicks themselves can nibble young grass.
In order to fully satisfy the need for green forage of domestic geese, 90 m is allocated for each individual2 flood meadow. The consumption rates of herbs are given in the table.
|Goose age, month||Amount of grass, kg|
How to grow green food yourself
If the owners do not have natural lands at their disposal, it is recommended to sow greens in summer for feeding the geese.
The stores sell mixtures of herbal seeds. There are different percentages to choose from. Usually the set includes 7-10 plant names. You can choose a mixture with a high content of legumes or, conversely, cereals.
Experienced poultry farmers advise to start a meadow with the expectation of long-term use. For this, two options were developed:
- Alfalfa and other legumes are sown on top of barley, which has a deeper seed placement. The strong root system of the cereal will prevent the alfalfa from being pulled out by the root.
- The first year of planting with a slowly developing root system is mowed, keeping birds away from them.
Dangerous grass for birds
Small goslings trained to eat well should be protected from plants that could harm their health or affect the quality of their meat. Poisonous plants include:
This vegetation must be thoroughly removed from the area where the goslings are released in the first days of life. Birds should not be taught to herbs, which, when eaten, add bitterness to meat. These include:
- field mustard;
Do not give geese grass or plant parts that have been treated with herbicides or fertilizers.