Originally Posted by EvenLater
I'm going to post in the opposite direction. I am Mom of a single house goose. She will be a year old next month. She's been spoiled and loved from a day old, and even now that she's nesting and laying an egg every other day, she is a well adjusted, happy, healthy, and affectionate goose.
Few pointers...I believe you mentioned having a cat? If so, no I would never let the goose have "free run" of the house when you aren't there. Geese get into EVERYTHING, so even if the cat wasn't a problem, goose could find neat shiney things and sharp things or poison things to gobble up if not watched, and then look, your baby dies. There is a member here who was very careful and somehow her baby ended up eating a thin piece of metal, and was helped over the Bridge to end her pain. It broke this members heart, and I'd hate to hear it happen to you.
My goose is allowed to roam the house when I am able to watch her faithfully ONLY. If I have to leave or even at night, she is tucked back safely into the pen we built her for HER safety. When she was young, her house was a dog house that we attached a door to. As she grew, we expanded and added an enclosed pen to it. She is full size now and BARELY fits in her dog house now she uses it as a nest box.
Your baby is going to get BIG AND LOUD fast. Be prepared for this! Make sure neighbors know or you might get hit with noise complainers when his honking starts.
For the single goose, toys and brain busying things are a MUST. Find what he likes and go with it. I give Cass an assortment of toys made for human babies because they're safer. Avoid things with little pieces that could get pulled off and swallowed! Cass also likes TV and radio. So when I have to leave, I put on a movie she can watch, or a radio station she likes. Basically, it breaks down like this. Having a single goose is very much like having a toddler. They are not like a dog or cat thats content to lay around while you aren't home. You need to provide them things to keep busy, work their brain, entertain them.
My Cass is nearly a year old, and I can tell you quite truthfully, the people who tell you raising a single goose can not be done are telling you that because most people CAN NOT commit to the ammount of time and attention needed to raise a single goose. It CAN be done, I am proof of it, HOWEVER it takes endless hours of research, cleaning, playing and bonding to achieve a bond like my Cass and I share. It is definitely NOT something everyone can do. And even though I am a sucess story, even I do not recommend it for everyone. My situation is unique, and my schedule allows me to be home with her most of the time. This isn't for everyone.
That being said, think of your house goose as a baby, not a pet. You wouldn't let a baby just get into anything, don't let your goose either! Don't leave him unattended without making certain he is safe and occupied, same as you would a human baby. (No I don't really recommend leaving a human baby alone ever, lol) A house goose is not like any other pet you would ever have. They need constant supervision, or housed safely when they can't be supervised.
As for the diapers, I made this adventure with my Cassy too. Honestly, a waste of money on the baby ones, goslings grow DAILY and then they don't fit anymore. And to be honest even fully grown now I very rarely use her diaper on her. Instead, I kept a journal of her potty schedule and learned that geese have a roughly 20 minutes in, 20 minutes to out schedule. Basically, 20 minutes after eating or drinking they 'go'. So, I take up her food and water about 40 minutes before taking her out around the house, and rarely have a mess to clean. And when I do its easy to just pick up with tissue and scrub the spot. Far easier for me than the messy bottoms and changing pads every hour of diapers, but thats just me. When I take her out, she is diapered. We visit places she is allowed like pet stores, farm feed stores, walking around town, and the local nursing home because they just adore her there! I don't take her places where wild geese frequent to keep her healthy. She comes with me to school for a check up every few months (I'm a vet tech 😊) to make sure she's healthy and fit. I keep detailed records on everything about her from her mood and appetite, to her poop consistancy (lol) so I know immediately if something is 'off'. I treat her more like a child than a pet, yes its silly, BUT here she is almost a year old, perfectly happy and healthy, so I must be doing something right! Lol 😉
We just recently expanded her 'house' to give her more room, since she stays in it during laying (I personally do not recommend moving a goose around any more than absolutely needed during laying. A broken egg can cause serious internal problems.) You're going to need something larger than a bird cage very soon.