Josh continues to live in fear of Leonardo and Tweak. I don't understand what could have possibly happened that first night to reverse the rolls like this. Unfortunately the lady we got them from doesn't have any more geese available right now. I only found one ad on Craigslist for someone selling geese, and they want $20 for Chinese and $25 for African geese. The ad is almost three weeks old, so I replied and inquired. They said they have a female Chinese goose available. Tony seems to think that if I let the birds out of the barn the dynamic may change. I'm worried that once they're out of the barn they'll never come back again. I mean, why come back into the barn for store-bought feed when you have all natural fresh food from the lake? I've been only feeding them at night per the advice of another farmer to train them to know that food is only available at night - so they will want to come back.
I'm also thinking that Moose will have to be on a chain once the birds leave the barn. He is too interested in them. Yesterday he pushed past #4 to get into the bunny barn (where he knows he is not allowed and has not come in uninvited before) to try to chase the goose. He didn't get far and when he saw me he turned tail and raced out the door. He knew right away he'd done wrong, but it didn't stop him from doing it.
And last night Moose chased a cat around the yard when I let him out for his last potty break of the night. He didn't come back when called. I won't risk my livestock because he doesn't like to listen when he sees something to chase. It was so odd because we have five cats in the house and he doesn't chase them. In fact if ever he thought it wise to try to chase them, I think most of them would put claws in his snoot to teach him otherwise. I don't know why he would chase a random cat in the yard. Or why said cat didn't teach him a lesson. I wish it would have turned around and slapped him with a clawed foot. He'd have thought twice before doing it again. I put food out in case the cat comes back.
Tonight Tony brought home more of the container plants from the old house. The garden here is looking full, but hardly anything is producing. We have one okra, some tomatoes, a couple peppers, and two tiny watermelons that aren't likely to reach maturity. The tomatoes and melons are flowering, but I'm not sure there's enough time left in the season. Weather forecast already says we'll be expecting lows in the 40's by next week!