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To The Geese, Raising Their Goslings in Our Midst

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Dear Mr. Gander, Mr. Gander and Ms. Goose,

First, my most sincere condolences for the loss of the other Mrs. Goose and one gosling on 5/27 at the hands of Mr. Fox.  We are truly sorry for the loss of your dear sister/wife/mother/son/daughter.

We would like to express our absolute joy at the growth of your brood of seven.   Your parenting would shame even the most anxious Manhattan mom or dad, as your helicoptering and minding ceases neither day nor night.

To the task at hand: As laudable as your efforts are, we are writing to remind you that the landowners, Katie and Matt, do reserve the right to utilize and occupy shared spaces including, but not limited to:  1) the driveway  2) the front yard  3) the entrance to their house  4) the garage and environs.  It has come to their attention that you wish to dispute this ownership, and that you have in fact chased them and several guests in the driveway at numerous times, employing threatening gestures while disturbing the peace. In his affidavit, the UPS man reports “they are not the worst geese on my route but they chase my truck every time.”

Your landlords would like to remind you that you inhabit this farm at their pleasure, and the threatening words and gestures that you employ are unwelcome and could be grounds for termination at a later date.  The terms of your lease are non-negotiable because you are birds and birds cannot sign legal contracts, even upon reaching the age of majority.

Please cease and desist your aggressive behavior, or our actions will escalate.

 

Sincerely,

Katie’s pretend-lawyer, conveniently also named Katie.

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Goslings Arrive

We have goslings!

The geese sat patiently on their eggs for most of April.  One goose set herself up beneath some haying equipment, allowing us to leave her generally alone.  Approaching the tarp-covered implement would invariably elicit a hiss.

The second goose laid her eggs in the ram barn, right next to the rams who still needed regular feeding.  So she honked, hissed and snapped at us whenever we fed the rams until they were let outside.

The under-tarp goose hatched her eggs first – seven eggs yielded just 2 goslings.  We think that maybe one or two were taken or that the eggs were predated.   The goslings came out and have been playing in puddles while following their parents around.

Yesterday, Matt came in to say that the second goose’s eggs had begun to hatch.  This morning, he counted six little goslings, one egg still pipping, and three eggs with no apparent activity.

I am eagerly awaiting the new little geese joining the older two, and our entire goose family enjoying the sunshine together.  Hats off to our patient geese, who sat for so long while the ganders cavorted about.

A photographic compendium of Goose Rage:

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