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considering geese are hard to catch and dont like being handled

 

where does everyone keep their geese at night

 

mine dont go back to the coop and enjoy sitting on the grass so i have to catch them and coop them for the night

 

what do you do i need some advice thanks

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5 Red Star, 1 Speckledy, 3 Col Blacktails, 3 White Star [Leghorn]  1 Amber Star - All Hybrid Pullets, 1 French Copper Marans - Roo, 2 Lavender Araucanas - Roos, 3 Cream Legbars - 2 Pullets & 1 Roo

 

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considering geese are hard to catch and dont like being handled

 

where does everyone keep their geese at night

 

mine dont go back to the coop and enjoy sitting on the grass so i have to catch them and coop them for the night

 

what do you do i need some advice thanks

My gander is 5 yrs old was hatched by a Muscovy duck so he would just follow mama into the house at night, I can also herd him but usually don't have to he likes his house, but if I had a flock of Embdens it would probably be different. He knows he's a goose but has been raised with ducks so he does what the ducks do. 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye;hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye;hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8

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post #3 of 21
We can handle all of our geese. Actually I am hands on most if not all at least every other day. Sometimes to look them over, sometimes because we have moved a stall, or change who is bedding down with who. Everyone goes inside at night here.
Edited by CelticOaksFarm - 7/25/12 at 5:52pm


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post #4 of 21

I started rounding up my two young fast growing goslings at night but after a week the routine got more difficult as they knew exactly what I was up to and did all they could to avoid going in.  I did notice that they gravitated naturally to an area near the house where the fence is and they basically spent the day there.  I`m assuming they like it there because it is closest to all comings and goings of the yard.  In the short term I decided to build them a pen where they wanted to be so I could avoid the nightly ritual of chasing them around.  It works like a charm.  Every night in they go although they do prefer to have an open door now.  I have to sneak out there fast and close it before they get out.  Clever geese.      

post #5 of 21

My geese are obsessed with humans so they follow me into the barn at night lol.

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It has been so hot here in drought country that evening temps are in the 95 - 100s.  I did have the girls in a wire cage inside their penned yard at night.   They were trying to get into their water bowl to keep cool and made a mess every night.  So the past few evenings, we have left them out in their pen  When I have checked them, Ninya and Charlotte have been either in their pool or in the shade house.


Edited by NanaKat - 7/25/12 at 9:30pm

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"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." 

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LF: Col W., Cochins. Projects: Blue CW, Birchen W.   B: OEGB, Rosecomb, d'Anvers.Delaware

"Speak kind words; hear kind echos."  "When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there."  

"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." 

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post #7 of 21
I use long sticks to herd em so I don't stress them out or scare em.
" A Duck in a Truck"
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post #8 of 21

I must admit I am one of "those" people who doesn't herd geese into a coop at night.  My flock consists of 50-some chickens, 1 call drake, 2 young turkeys, 12 Cayuga ducks/drakes and 14 new ducklings... plus a pair of Toulouse geese.

 

The waterfowl all sleep on the ground outside of the coop, as they go on patrol every night.  "Ninja Stealth Ducks."  (Well, Mama and her 14 ducklings DO go into the coop by themselves, presently.... following all the chickens.)  The geese "guard" the coop and the adult ducks, sleeping, napping or staying watchful within the light cast by the security light on the exterior of the coop.  (The coop is a former garage.)

 

When I used to make them go into the coop at night, the ducks and geese - because they are active at night - would rile up the chickens at least a couple times a night, which would set off the roosters.  Everything is calmer with the waterfowl outside at night. 

 

I do have Nite Eyes / Nite Guard lights in use to prevent predation.  Plus a baby monitor with video and audio feed set up in the coop, so I can check on 'em when something's got them agitated.  Every disturbance in the coop at night has been caused by rambunctious waterfowl.

 

The ducks and geese also like to go on night swims in their 300-gallon stock tank... 

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #9 of 21
Even with our great Pyrenees on duty 24/7 we lock everyone up. Raccoons are capable of killing full size geese sadly. Our ornamental ducks are in their aviary full time, and we have the raised brooders always in use so still reasons to have the live stock guard dog. People all around us have lost birds and goats to bobcats.


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post #10 of 21

Sorry if this is repeated info but I didn't read all the replies.

You can teach your geese to be herded  with some initial help from a second party, 

diligence and nightly routine. 

See my websites tip page for details on who to train your geese to go in at night.

Good luck!

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Quality white, saddleback, buff and lilac Sebastopol Geese.
 

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