A week ago I got a hatchling goose (4/30/16). I've not raised geese from babies so I wanted to ask about some behaviors I have observed.
When I got home I set her on the floor and quietly moved to where I needed to go. Instead of running away she was instantly under my feet (unfortunately more than once I have played "goose hockey" as she is pushed sliding across the floor like a downy hockey puck) As she returned from being pushed away she had her head low in the posture I see when geese are guarding something or trying to threaten. She'll sometimes even do this if I see her and make eye contact. Then she asks to be picked up. She follows me everywhere full speed, in spite of the occasional round of "goose hockey".
She clacks her bill. She will be laying on her shelf next to the computer I am typing on, or cleaning herself, and the clack-clack-clacks her bill. I've not understood why.
She squeaks constantly, talk talk talk. Lord help me if she quacks constantly too as she gets older. The only time she isn't is when she is asleep. They have different tones. There is the hungry noise, the "don't leave me here" noise, the content kinda dozy noise, the "I don't know where you went" (or "I don't know where I am") noise. But no matter what is going on, she is talking about it.
At one week old, now she doesn't want her head rubbed. She likes her chest rubbed, her tummy rubbed, her back patted, but no more the head. Maybe it is because of my stumbling attempts to build a goose diaper, but I really wasn't rough with her.
She doesn't care for water much to play in, my young ducks wipe out the pen playing in the water and drowning their food. She is very dainty, eating some food then walking the few steps away to get a drink. None of this getting a mouthful of food and carrying it to the water to drown it then dribbling the whole mess on the bedding. I definitely like geese better than ducks in this way.
I've not had any poultry that seems to ask to be in my lap and promptly falls asleep. Now, if I could get her to quit sucking on the dogs hair (Belgian Tervuren, they have lots of long hair) before one looses patience and damages her.