My African geese were WAY cleaner then my ducks...by a lot! Here is what I have learned owning ducks and geese:
Ducks: Wet messy poop that stinks
Geese: Grassy poop that dries up fast and isn't stinky
Ducks: Root their bills at the base of my plants and trees...tearing up the roots and killing my plants and trees. Also Eat any and all branches they can reach on my young fruit trees.
Geese: Do not bother the roots of plants and trees, but will tear up any branches in their reach.
Ducks: Will poop and mess in their little pond VERY quickly! I have to change the water once, even twice a day!
Geese: Will not mess the water up nearly as fast, plus, their poop isn't as stinky.
Ducks: Will stampede, breaking down fencing. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. (fencing was 2 ft. tall UVA/UVB resistant plastic chicken fencing held up with renewable
bamboo posts. This fencing works great for chickens, turkeys, and geese...but ducks break it!)
Geese: Will not break down fencing.
Ducks: Females have a loud quack all the time for no particular reason.
Geese: Only makes noise when valid flock disturbances occur. Such as an intruder, or when she detects panic in the flock. Geese make great alarm systems!
If I were to do it all again, I would skip getting ducks, and get geese and chickens. The list I made were on my own observances of 6 geese and 2 (now 1, thanks to that mangy mutt!) geese in my own flock.
Originally Posted by Fuzzybird
Hey you know I just almost bought a goose the other day. Real sweet one at Pratts. Are geese cleaner than ducks? Anyone?