Cotton patch geese question
- Plum Nearly Farm
Hello all. I've been lurking here for a long time but have never had to post before. I'm a first time goose owner, I've had chickens before but have always wanted geese. About a month ago I purchased a trio of cotton patch geese (1 male and 2 female) and have them in a converted shed. The original owners of the geese had told me I should wait about a month before I let them free range. My chickens are completely free range and only go into the coop to lay eggs or in very cold weather and I wanted the same scenario for the geese. My concern is that they are still pretty skittish and not very friendly and they can FLY. I own 10 acres of land about 4-5 acres of which are unfenced fields. My neighbor across the street has a blueberry farm with a pond on it which the chickens don't bother, they never cross the street. Should I fence the pasture in before I let them free range or should they stay around the house? Should I clip their wings so that they cannot fly or will this make them more vulnerable to predators? Once they are out how do I get them back in? Thank you in advance for your help!
@sccrj88 Welcome to BYC
With 10 acres even with geese being easy to herd that maybe a problem for you. If you can I'd fence not only to keep them home but home and safe. I do clip my females one wing since we have a mountain river down below our home and way to many preds with goose on the top of their menu. My ganders I don't clip they aren't going to leave their females. Mine all go into locked up houses for the night. Chickens, ducks and geese but only my ducks and chickens share my geese don't care for the other birds. So if you have a neighbor across the street with blueberries and pond you may find your geese cross the street. You know the old saying the grass is greener.