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post #11 of 109

Good Idea Oregon Blues - Better yet,  BYC just needs to make it a sticky.

OLIVE HILL you helped a whole lot of people and geese with your post - nice job  - thanks for taking the time to do it.

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So you are telling me that I can't hurt him by being mean right back? I guess I am a bit passive...I own horses and I am the heard leader...I have chickens and Roosters that respect me as well but these geese have gone from being sweet little things to being down right nasty...EXCEPT for the female she does not try to bite at me or anything she just squabbles a bit.....THANK YOU SO MUCH....I am going to go and sit with them for a bit and if he tries to attack me then I am ging to attack back????? I just would feel awful if I hurt him in anyway. He is only 4 or 5 months old. BUT I will take your advice God knows I need it right now......
What my husband does is he grabs him by the beak and slaps him and he backs off......yet my husband has always in my opinion had a harsh hand training animals I just want to make sure I am doing the correct thing....so again TY and I will post again after I sit with them for a bit....today I have shorts and sandals on so I am a bit intimidated BUT I wil do it.....

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Good Luck To You!! You Can Do It!

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post #14 of 109

I'm glad you all got some use out of the post. smile

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The best way to be missed when you're gone is to stand for something while you're here. - Seth Godin

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post #15 of 109

I will back my goose up and I will grab him by the neck to move him out of the way but I have never hit him, [i've felt like it] but I never have, I really don't think they understand hitting.

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 20 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 14Muscovy ducks, 1Embden Gander,1 Toulouse goose, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

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post #16 of 109

I don't strike my geese, but I am the flock boss, and I walk where I want, and they must get out of my way.  They can't feed until I have left the feeder.  They stop whatever they are doing if I give a harsh "Uh-uh".

When I got my geese, they were spoiled, so I carried an old broom with me. When they came at me, I pointed the broom at their chest and they couldn't figure out how to get around it, so they backed off.  They are smart. They soon learned that they weren't allowed to come right up to me and that I was not going to drop the feed bucket and run if they threatened me.

I suspect that striking them might be seen as a challenge by a strong dominant gander.  I have only physically punished my ganders one time, when one of them rushed at a visitor and disregarded my "uh-uh".  I grabbed him by the neck, threw him roughly on the ground and held him down while I growled at him.  He has never disobeyed me since.  The poor thing had only been defending the goose, who was being caught and shoved in a cage, but no matter. The flock leader said "quit" and he didn't, so he got beat up.

Now he is working hard to be my best friend and is very polite and well mannered around me.

They are not dogs to be cuddle pets and even with a dog, even when dogs are spoiled, the human had better be the pack leader, or there will be problems with behavior.

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post #17 of 109
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Originally Posted by Oregon Blues 

I don't strike my geese, but I am the flock boss, and I walk where I want, and they must get out of my way.  They can't feed until I have left the feeder.  They stop whatever they are doing if I give a harsh "Uh-uh".

When I got my geese, they were spoiled, so I carried an old broom with me. When they came at me, I pointed the broom at their chest and they couldn't figure out how to get around it, so they backed off.  They are smart. They soon learned that they weren't allowed to come right up to me and that I was not going to drop the feed bucket and run if they threatened me.

I suspect that striking them might be seen as a challenge by a strong dominant gander.  I have only physically punished my ganders one time, when one of them rushed at a visitor and disregarded my "uh-uh".  I grabbed him by the neck, threw him roughly on the ground and held him down while I growled at him.  He has never disobeyed me since.  The poor thing had only been defending the goose, who was being caught and shoved in a cage, but no matter. The flock leader said "quit" and he didn't, so he got beat up.

Now he is working hard to be my best friend and is very polite and well mannered around me.

They are not dogs to be cuddle pets and even with a dog, even when dogs are spoiled, the human had better be the pack leader, or there will be problems with behavior.


I agree.

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 20 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 14Muscovy ducks, 1Embden Gander,1 Toulouse goose, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 20 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 14Muscovy ducks, 1Embden Gander,1 Toulouse goose, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

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post #18 of 109

I have 5 white chineese  and  I don't  have  much  problems with agression (sp) ,my wife has a little  but any and everybody else that cones around  gets got . and worse  yet  I  have 3  of my 5 grandyoungins  tease them , when I catch them at it they get the switch also , but  when my  geese  strike at me or anyone else while i'm around  I charge them and roll them over with the side of my foot ,pick them up  and  pet them for a minit or so and put them back down ,, usually  this  calms them  down ,  the most aggressive  of the bunch is the smallest  female . mine were hatched in april this year so they are still  young and teachable .

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post #19 of 109
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Originally Posted by Miss Lydia 

I will back my goose up and I will grab him by the neck to move him out of the way but I have never hit him, [i've felt like it] but I never have, I really don't think they understand hitting.


One only needs to observe a gaggle of geese interacting with one another to know what they do and do not understand.

Geese will not understand if you randomly haul off and whack them, but that goes for any animal and I've yet to see anyone advocate such a thing here.  Geese will understand if you get physical with them in the same way that they get physical with each other. 

A goose fight almost always begins the same way.   One goose, whom either believes himself alpha to or wish to be alpha to another, hands out discipline for a behavioral infraction.  It may be that Goose A believed Goose B grazed too close to him, or Goose B may have walked between Goose A and his favorite mate.  Whatever the infraction Goose A disciplines Goose B.  This may be a nip, it may be a snaked neck and a wing spread, it may be a hiss.  Whatever the discipline Goose B has two choices.  1)  He may accept it and obey by refraining from the behavior in question (and generally removing himself from Goose A's immediate vicinity) or 2) he may challenge Goose A to exert his own dominance thereby proving his actions were not wrong -- the dominant goose does as he pleases and therefore, if Goose B proves HE is, infact, dominant then his behavior was not punishable.

So lets stop here and relate this to a human goose interaction.  Say you have a Gander, who we will simply call Gander for the purpose of this exercise.  You are weeding your flowerbed when Gander nips you.   Here we have Goose A disciplining Goose B.  This means that Gander either believes himself alpha to you or wishes to be alpha to you and has chosen this opportunity to try to exert that dominance.  You have two choices.  You can accept the discipline by not effectively reminding him of the true hierarchy of your relationship.  Or you can put him in his place.  Obviously we know the appropriate choice here.  You need to challenge his discipline to determine, in no uncertain terms, that you are alpha to him.

So lets go back to our goose on goose interaction.  Goose B has decided that he will challenge Goose A's discipline.  What does he do here?  He meets Goose A's advance with an equal advance of his own.  Usually this is the point in the interaction where wings begin to spread and necks snake.  Goose B snakes his neck and spreads his wings at Goose A.  This says "You may NOT discipline ME!"

So lets go back to a human goose interaction at this point.  This is why I always encourage people to spread their arms, posture and snake their neck as the first line of defense against an advancing Gander.  This is what he understands as the first step in a challenge to him.  This gives him the option to back down before the interaction must escalate to a physical one.  Many, many, many ganders will stop right here.  They are bluffers, those geese.  They like to talk a big game, but are not often prepared to actually play the game they talk.  But what if he doesn't?

If Goose A decides not to back down when Goose B does not accept his discipline this is the point at which their interaction gets physical.  They will dance around at one another, much like boxers in a ring, until one sees an opening to grab the other by the base of the neck.  Once one grabs on, they both grab on. 

Now, it's not really reasonable for you to be dancing around in a circle with a goose waiting for an opening to grab him by the base of the neck so you can beat the tar out of him with your "wings" (we'll get to the beat the tar out of one another portion in a moment).  It's also not fair to the goose because you don't have a base of the neck at his level onto which HE can grab.  So what's a goose owner to do?  Look at what comes next in the goose to goose interaction.

Once they have ahold of one another, before the beating begins, what happens in this natural position?  Their chests bump.  Hard.

So what can you do that he will understand as the second step in a challenge?  Bump his chest.  Hard.  This is also why blunt toed boots are excellent foot wear for chores.  A good, hard chest bump tells the gander you will fight him over this.  He understands it, it the normal progression in a challenge.  It also mimics the natural dynamic between two geese as when you bump him he will be tossed back a little bit, losing his ground on you.  When two geese are bumping one another it causes them to occasionally lose their grip on the opposing goose.

What happens if the chest bump isn't sufficient?  Do it again.  It would truly be a rare gander that would escalate an interaction to the bump stage and then not follow through after just one bump.  In a goose on goose fight they will repeatedly bump and push one another with their chests.  I, personally will bump up to five or six times before taking it further.  This, imo, also mimics their natural progression.  It also gives him ample opportunity to rethink his actions. 

But what if he doesn't?  What comes after the chest bump?  Here's where the goose on goose action gets ugly.  What comes after chest bumping, to put it bluntly, is beating the ever loving poop out of one another with their wings.  This can take a long time, is likely to result in many large bruises and sometimes only ends when one or both geese are literally so exhausted they cannot possibly carry on. 

I do not recommend getting into a wing beating match with a goose.  It will hurt.  And the bruises will last for weeks.  I have never been in a wing beating match with a goose but I have had to break up wing beating matches between geese and the size and severity of the bruises I can assure you are not worth engaging them in the exact language they speak.  Instead, like the grabbing onto the base of the neck, we need to look just a little bit further in the fight to see what happens.  Now, some goose fights resolve themselves during the wing beating match.  Those are usually the less evenly matched fights.  Your goose does not realize he is not evenly matched with you however, so it's okay if we ignore those fights and focus on the fights that progress to the sheer exhaustion stage.  In these fights the beating continues for what seems like forever, when one or both (usually both in an evenly matched fight) begins to tire it slows, they start throwing those chest bumps they used in the beginning back into the mix as it's less taxing and eventually one goose will fully pin down the other.  In essence, whichever goose is more exhausted ends up pinned -- and therefore the loser.  The pinning goes on for a few seconds to a minute, however long the winner feels like punishing the loser and then the loser is let up to tuck tail and run.

So if we skip the wing beating for our human-goose interaction what we need to do is skip straight to the pinning.  You can do this one of two ways, you can literally pin him to the ground or you can pick him up and hold him very firmly with an attitude of meaning business.  Both accomplish the same thing.  They immobilize the goose, with force, for an amount of time the goose has no control over.  One thing to remember when doing this is the goose should be positioned to run from you when you set him down.  So if you pin him on the ground, you should swing him around to face away from you. 

And finally we have the victory lap stage.  No matter how exhausting the fight you will not see an alpha gander let a good beating go unacknowledged.  He will spread his wings, stand tall, run to his gaggle and honk his head off about it.  Now, your neighbors may find you quite amusing (and possibly insane) if you were to run around your yard honking with your arms spread out like wings.  But you CAN mimic the effect by saying something aloud.  I like "THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT!" in the retreating goose's general direction for good measure.  (note: I in no way guarantee this will exempt you from being seen as the neighborhood crazy.  LOL!)  But this is, of course, optional.  Though a good touch, I must say.

So, to recap.  In a goose on goose interaction you have.

The Discipline -- Can manifest in many ways.
The Challenge -- Usually snaked necks and spread wings
The Dance
The Neck Grab
The Chest Bumping
The Wing Beating
The Exhaustion
The Pinning
The Retreat (for the loser)
The Victory Lap (for the winner)

For human to goose interactions we can cut the list down.

The Discipline -- Can manifest in many ways.  Any unacceptable behavior by a goose should be interpreted as this step.
The Challenge -- Snake your neck, spread your wings, posture over him, hiss for good measure.
The Chest Bumping -- Remember: it's a rare goose who will give up after just one.  Give him 3 - 6 bumps to change his mind.
The Pinning -- Grab the neck, turn the goose away from you and pin him with force.  Either on the ground or in your arms.  Hold.
The Retreat (for the loser) -- This is why you turned him away from you.  Set him up for success, give him a clear retreat path.
The Victory Lap (for the winner) -- Optional.  I guess.  wink

HTH!


Edited by Olive Hill - 8/27/11 at 5:13pm

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The best way to be missed when you're gone is to stand for something while you're here. - Seth Godin

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The best way to be missed when you're gone is to stand for something while you're here. - Seth Godin

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post #20 of 109

Totally perfect explanation - very well oulined illustration of Gander challenges. Nice Job.

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