Feeding geese a diet of cookies, cake, breads and crackers overloads the with preservatives and makes them feel full, they stop eating their natural diet and slowly starve from malnutrition because of the poor diet, their eye sight is affected, feathers, bones become weaker from not enough calcium, they lack the proper nutrients to produce oils to groom themselves and be water resistant, feathers fray and they look plucky and sparse, some cannot fly, some dye because they become too weak to find their own food and keep eating rotten bleached no vitamin vslue bread..
Besides the health of the geese there’s the destruction of property, wall to wall goose poop on, in, over and under everything, septic biohazard, nice fresh ponds the fish all die, only living life is snapping turtles, enough poop they die off from lack of oxygen in the water. All life dies in the water except Alge and bacteria, basically a huge Petri dish. It takes years or thousands and thousands of dollars to pump out tons and tons of water, chemically testing and neutralizing the water, putting in artificial aerators which don’t always recover the bio system. The lawns turn into a green moldy turd collection often ten inches or greater deep, killing the grass and spoiling the dirt, lawns need stripping and the top layer of soil needs treatment before things will grow again because of the high acid level. Yes poop is used as fertilizer but not factory fresh in mega ton allotments, it’s put in piles to break down chemically, mixed in with other ingredients, not 100% pure, not even cow manure is pure. Then after it goes through it’s composting it breaks down to a usable fertilizer when mixed in with other ingredients.
Next issue are the birds themselves, instead of the natural dozens to hundred that come in, land and rest then take off, more and more come in for the free meals, they poop the place silly and because of the bed diet if they lay eggs, the shells are too thin and that years bfeeding stonc seldom hatches because of breakage or the eggs are not fertile because of the lack of vitamins, minerals and proteins in their diets.
Now an area there set up for 50 to100 geese by nature is now supporting 2,000 or greater, instead of several days to sleep, eat and rest they eat, eat, poop and eat.... staying a month or longer, as long as there is free food that fills their bellies. In some area they are traffic hazards, others just pests. Would you want to wake up and find 500 geese pooping all over your yard, in your pool, on your car, on your patio furniture etc. yes it will only take about two weeks of cleaning to get things close to normal again, a few undressed hours of work and a couple hundred dollars for cleaning supplies. Gardens wrecked, nothing is growing except what grass has survived.
Some geese don’t awant to move on, then you had year round guests, usually dropping dead in the worst if the cold because those that were willing to stand outside and feed them a dozen loaves of bread have gone even the die hard people feeding at the beginning of winter, the birds are now bewildered as to where the free meals went to... they are cold, some freeze to death as no adequate shelter, still no food coming in, they burn their body fat and eventually die off suffering a lingering lonely death.
Sad thing is even though this happens every single year, people still need to feed the geese despite the death and disease rate. That don't care that the geese are suffering, they don’t see the corpses laying around having been run over several times because they didn’t get away in time. They love feeding these birds, don’t care that they are spoiling the balance in nature, it’s fun to do, tradition to do it with little kids etc and they think they are helping. Even if they fed whole grains or goose food commercially made it would be better than giving them tons of junk food.
It would be like having a child and feeding him soda, koolaid, fake fruit punch and sugar cookies with no milk or dairy, no proteins, no greens, real fruit etc. how long will it take that child to start cramping up and getting sick from the sugar. They would eventually stop growing, their teeth would rot out and they would get so weak they would eventually die.
· 4 weeks ago