At one week old, they get moved to the garage brooder, they get too active and big and can jump out of the bin on the kitchen counter. I have made this brooder out of a child play pen, similar to a dog x-pen. I split it in half with some plastic hardware cloth. Each pen is 3' x 6'. I usually have about 4 goslings in each pen. I use straw bedding here, I have had goslings eat shavings before and get sick. I use a large rubbermaid bin lid to put the food and water on and it helps keep the mess a little cleaner. I use a larger water bowl, one they can get into to bathe. They also get a few large handfuls of picked grass. I keep them supplied with it at all times. A gooses diet should be 1/2 to 3/4 grass! I have a 100 W heat lamp about 1 ft off the ground. I fill food and change water 2 x a day and spot clean bedding daily.
At 2 weeks old, they go outside during the day in a dog x-pen (it is 4' x4'), as long as the weather isn't windy, cold or rainy. I will warn you that ducklings will not enjoy being picked up 2x or more a day. The x-pen is covered with shade cloth so that aerial predators cannot hurt them. I move the pen daily to fresh, clean grass. They get a small cat litter box for a water bowl. Then they come back into the garage brooder (the side with no heat) at night. Here they have food, water and a huge armload of picked grass. While they are out during the day I clean their pen.
When they are 4-6 weeks old I start to introduce them to the older geese, usually on the other side of a fence at first. Then supervised visits, then they will live with them, if I am keeping them.
- For information on the food I feed goslings and ducklings see here; http://sherryscrazymenagerie.blogspot.com/2013/04/feeding-goslings.html