Baby Huey Fights Back and Wins! (Well, sort of)

I have been taking the babies outside for a bit of exercise, greens, and some sun.  I also want the babies and the Mommas to get used to each other.

Polly seems to be genuinely interested in the little Hueys, but the Hister Sisters aren’t so taken with them.  They hiss, stretch their necks, and wiggle their neck feathers at them.  When they do this their eyes seem to get this fixed stare to them and it is genuinely scary looking.

The Hueys don’t seem to mind so much so long as I am in view, but if they can’t find me then panic ensues!  They stretch their necks up like periscopes and swivel their heads, all the while peeping in unison, it is a frantic sounding call.

Yesterday on our little walk the Mommas came up and stood their ground, as if to say, “This is our turf, go find your own clover to nibble.  The little Hueys just hid under my skirt.  Then one of them popped out and peeped at Polly, whereupon she stretched down and bonked him on the head with her bill!

Ouch!

The little Huey sprang to action and raising himself up to full stretch he flapped his little winglets and charged her!  She, being caught off guard, tried to avoid his lunge and nearly fell backward onto her tail feathers!

I am sorry there are no pictures of this little battle, but it was such a shock, and it all happened so fast…

It was hysterical!

The Hueys have been here since May 1st, and that is only two weeks, but Oh how they have grown!  When I got them they were shipped in a little cardboard crate like this one.

This is Polly and her siblings in the box, when they first arrived in April of 2010.  They were so small!

The new baby Hueys are so inquisitive, so cute, and so B-I-G!

Can you see their white down growing up through their baby fuzz?  There are the beginnings of pin feathers in there too!

Would you believe me if I told you they used to BOTH fit in their food dish?

They do grow fast in only two weeks.  😉

~*~

UPDATE:  Here is a nice article that you might enjoy on geese from Hobby Farms  http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/raising-geese-14963.aspx

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35 thoughts on “Baby Huey Fights Back and Wins! (Well, sort of)

  1. Connie Cunningham says:

    Arent baby geese the most beautiful litle things…. and so SNUGGLY! I think that’s what always floors me, they are so endearingly snuggly and so soft. And yeah, I call them Baby Huey’s also!

    Currently there are 6 babies that either were born too early, too late, have limps or are too tiny etc…. which the bigger flock would attack them for. So they and their 4 ducklings, who teach them how to eat, drink and forage are totally in my way now.

    Luckily I have someone who wants some geese & ducks for pets, so they will get this entire group of silly misfits…

      • Connie Cunningham says:

        Oh I was going to tell you not to worry about the hister sisters…. if you are brave enough to let them do it they will all work it out between themselves. Hissing and pinching is a show of dominance from the adults, like teeth snacks are with a mom dog.

        There IS a pecking order to be observed in a flock. And adults must be respected. I let the adult flock in with the 400 goslings to get the issues worked out early each year.

        The adults stroll thru the masses, heads way up, giving everyone the stink eye, pinching them and nibbling and giving the bigshot-brats a bang on the back and if the babies dare to approach the adults, they will get snip snapped at. After a day or so, there is peace. And the babies dont DARE nibble my pants or make demands form the adults.

        its all good 😉 just humans find it a little suspect.

        But its a way to keep order in the flock and I have NEVER had an adult actually hurt a baby when introduced….. Ever.

        • pixilated2 says:

          Well the two little criminals have sure got Dorrit buffaloed! They both chase her round the lawns and she runs away squeaking and honking the whole way! It is hysterical to see a 14 pound goose running away from two fuzzy goslings! 😉 Thanks for the information on dominance, now I won’t worry about them so much. ~ L

  2. ceciliag says:

    Oh I do believe you, why do they like to sleep in their food dish! How adorable .. and mercy.. fisticuffs on the duck walk! birds are so mean! c

    • pixilated2 says:

      Julie, don’t we always want more babies? I read once that we are programmed to be drawn to the face of a baby. Puppies, kittens, chicks, orangutans, human babies, doesn’t matter, we love to look upon them! 😉

      The science behind it can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuteness

      Trouble is… they grow up! ~ L
      (Unless they are that new puppy the science lab is cooking up that stays puppish! Scary.)

  3. shoreacres says:

    For some reason, I thought hueys were baby ducks. I know those are ducklings, but… maybe that cartoon warped my perceptions.

    No geese around here that I know of, but the mallards are hatching like crazy. I’ve seen some teenagers already, and there’s a mama with five babies out in the marina. I wake up in the middle of the night hearing them peeping. I make myself stay in bed and tell myself that they’re FINE!!! I just hope the gars don’t get too many. Those duckies are just the right size for a snack!

    • pixilated2 says:

      April, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with. I can’t be certain, because they really do look alike, but one of them has been a bit more aggressive and forceful right out of the shipping box! We shall see…
      ~ L

  4. Cindy Kilpatrick says:

    I’ve been checking in regularly to the Cornell heron cam and have it up on the smart board throughout most of the day in my library. The kids and I have a new appreciation for the speed at which birds grow as well as some of their social dynamics. I can picture the little Huey’s temper flaring as well as Polly’s surprise.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Cindy, yes, it really was amazing how quickly he charged! I never imagined he would do it. Funny thing is, now the young’uns want to be friendly and the big girls just take off and run with them in hot pursuit! 😉
      ~ L

  5. littlesundog says:

    Oh, they make me remember the fun days with the orphaned mallards I raised – Happy and Lucky ducks! Aren’t they just the cutest things? I know what you mean about the camera and not having the opportunity to get photos of the hilarious stuff! It just happens too fast.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Lori, peaking of cameras and too fast action, yesterday Bob and I were having a late breakfast and I happened to look up just in time to see a deer butt leaping over the neighbors fence and into their corn patch. I went out with my camera, but it is so dry that everything is parched. Trying to sneak up for a quick shot or two was useless as the grass, leaves, and weeds were just too crunchy. 😉
      ~ L

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