I've been admiring geese for the last year, but last March DH wanted to try turkeys - Pencilled Royal Palms - instead as we both like to watch wild ones. Well, free range turkeys don't work as they scratched the heck out of our vehicles, sat on our front porch - which was cute, but MESSY - and terrorized our muscovies, so the turkeys moved on.
Well this past Nov., a lone Toulouse showed up out of nowhere and lives with our scovies (they free range). We have no idea where "Gus" came from and he/she is wild, but better than when he/she arrived here. We both like watching Gus and he/she interacts with the ducks really well. So.... I've ordered 5 Pilgrims from Ideal to ship March 25th.
I want them to be pets and have been finding very little information and what I have is conflicting. Is it best to handle them ALOT or only talk to them and have little contact (which is what Holderreads recommended to me). I know geese can have personality issues, particularily at breeding season, but we've no children and rarely have small visitors - and my husband and I are used to handling large breeding animals, so have no intentions of running from an ornery goose. My main concern is to have some nice pets that'll be fun to watch. We plan on raising them up in our vacant dog whelping kennel and then move them to our goat bucks (we raise Nigerians, so they are small and gentle) 50x75 pen.
So, to handle or not?
Also, are geese strict vegetarians or do they eat bugs as well? Is it best to feed them a meat free pellet or is regular poultry feed fine?