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What is the normal life expectancy of geese? I've seen a bunch of pictures and stuff labeled as like 20-something year old geese, but I'm wondering if that's unusually old for them or normal for well-taken care of birds.

I just want to know if I'm telling people the wrong thing or if there actually is a good chance I'll have my goose when I'm 35. lol

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I've been curious about this myself. My dad always had geese when I was growing up, but they were always cut short by coyotes.
Everything I've read has said 20-22 years, except for the larger breeds, which their lifespan is shorter.

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According to Guinness World Records the oldest ever goose was a gander named George who lived to an age of 49 years and 8 months. He died in 1976 in Lancashire, England, at age 49, some 24 years older than the average old goose. George was owned by Mrs. Florence Hull.

A 20 year old wild Canada goose was shot on Dec. 28th 2010. (http://www.prairiestateoutdoors.com/index.php?/pso/article/tough_old_bird)

Close to where I live there's a guy whose goose turned 38 last year. He says she stopped laying years ago (when she was around 25), but she hasn't yet lost her interest in ganders. big_smile

So it seems average old age for a domestic goose is about 25 years.

0.1 White Danish Goose - hatched April 10th 2013

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0.1 White Danish Goose - hatched April 10th 2013

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