Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wild Goose Chase: Success!

If you’ve been following our farm adventures since last Spring, you may recall we’ve traveled far and wide searching for a Brown Chinese Gander for our goose Greta.  Well, big news… Greta now has a boyfriend. His name is Grady and hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma. He just flew in to join our family. Well.. not exactly…

A local auction company hosts an “exotic animal auction” at least 4 times a year. During these week-long events, there are also Bird Swaps. You will find guineas, ducks, chickens, geese, and all kinds of feathered friends. I attended the July Bird Swap in search of a Brown Chinese Gander, to no avail. I did however meet someone from Oklahoma who said he had a Brown Chinese gander back at home, running around with his flock of 65 geese. He also offered to bring him for the September event if I didn’t find a gander before then.  Well, I didn’t find a gander, so I contacted him and he brought this guy on Monday. I was thrilled to say the least!

Grady is slightly imperfect, but he’s perfect in my eyes. He has a condition called “Angel Wing” and sadly, he will never fly. However, since he’ll be in a protected area here, I think Grady was meant to come join our group of pampered pets. In every other way, he’s perfectly fine. Greta seems less than thrilled so far. Maybe she was enjoying her single life, I don’t know. But at least she has some company now. No fighting, no big issues… just a little bit of nibbling from Greta if Grady gets out of line. They goose-talk a lot, which is funny to hear.

Now ~  at long last…. Meet Grady! 

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Here’s the Happy(??) Honking Couple…

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13 comments:

McVal said...

HONK! That means hello in their language...
Beautiful geese!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I guess the appropriate thing to say is, Congratulations! Enjoy the noise!

Jackie said...

I think Grady has found a great home and hopefully Greta will come to love him. I love the last picture of Greta and Grady.

Have a great evening.

Jackie

Just Joany said...

They are beautiful geese and I do love how Grady came to live with you. Yes, I am sure he was meant to be on your farm.
May I ask what "Angel Wing" is?
I love the way you described Greta and Grady "Goose Talking." I can almost hear them chatting. - Joany

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OsageBluffquilter said...

WOW Beautiful feather friends! Welcome to mid-mo Mr Grady. Was PW in the blacksmith assoc. when there was a grubbly little blacksmith named Grady? I'll have to ask BT aabout him.

Karen said...

Beautiful geese! I love their names:)

from our front porch... said...

OMG, now I need geese and 2 adorable donkeys!
Lucky you, Tammy! I cannot wait to see all the joy they create on the farm! How are Ruby and Gracie taking the addition?

How in the world do you do that with your pics?
Farm name and write the geese names? It takes me soooo long to figure this stuff out! Is there a web site you used? I know I am always needing tutorials from you!! :)
Blessings to and all the kids!
Misha

Rural Revival said...

What a handsome couple. Welcome Grady!!

~Andrea~

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I've raised many geese and ducks, and they are so much fun! Gotta watch them, they are protective and will grab ya now and then. Such beautiful creatures! Enjoy!

Debbie said...

They look perfect together. But then I know absolutely nothing about geese.

Diana said...

I think these two are adorable! How fun to be able to watch them.

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2009 said...

Oh how wonderful! Everyone needs a friend! She'll get used to him. :) You know I've been trying to talk my husband into ducks! (sigh) one day!

Cheryl and Carman said...

I know how much you wanted a fella goose, congrats on Grady! They are a beautiful pair.

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