They do try but are no match for a coyote. A fox will and do take goslings. I lost 2 this year and have yet to get that fox. They are alarm birds but not guardians, a LGD is a safer choice.
They will be taken, as well as any chickens if not protected from predators. Chinese are aggressive to strange animals or people, but no match for a fox, or larger animal.
If contained safely they can free range under supervision, and if you don't clip a wing can escape attacks. I do not clip any bird for that reason.
Geese have a loud warning screech if somethings wrong, they are your alarm! Goose is much like duck, you will love it! Mine are pets, so I don't process them.
I have had canadian goose and loved it! I raise several types of poultry/waterfowl for our table, and someday will get past the "pet" idea on geese too.
They are a family tradition and its like a pet dog or cat for me, same for our goats! Can't imagine them as food.
I keep hearing I am missing out on a lot of good food for my family by not processing the extra ganders and bucks.
Will they be ok in with the chickens in the coop and run during the day, or do we need a separate coop for them? Do they really need to graze all day, or will they be ok in the run until we get home in the late afternoon. What do you do during the winter? It will get extremely snowy here, do they need hay to eat if they are grazers? Will I need to provide green veggies daily to them? Sorry for all of the questions, I am so excited to get our geese (and maybe ducks too) in the spring. Grateful I have all winter to get ready though.
Mine are housed with several different types of birds. Peafowl, chicken, turkey, duck, guinea. All my birds are raised to comingle. Breeding season, I do separate species to lessen the stress so the females will lay and brood their own chicks. If you aren't breeding its not usually a big problem. They are fine with just grazing a little or none. You can offer garden scraps, lettuce (romaine is healthier) or sprout cheap rye grass for them. Hay is fine too, they like the seeds the most. They LOVE cracked corn, its like candy to them. You can also get a bag of the horse alfala cubes, soak a few in warm water to hydrate it so they get greens in the winter. Flock raiser feed should have all the necessary ingredients for their diet so its totally optional. Geese are very hardy after the first week of life, so just start them on a higher protein chick starter. I start mine on 24%. Important-never feed medicated starter! Its my understanding it can have deadly effects on them, ducks as well..