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Which Breed of Goose is the Best Family Pet

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I have two sex link chickens, but I also want a goose, as a family pet. My father tells stories about his affectionate childhood goose, Lucy, making me want one even more. Which goose makes the best pet? I would prefer a smaller breed that could endure hot summers.

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I would suggest more than 1 goose. I have American Buffs and love them.
American Buff trio, pekin ducks, collection of chickens.
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American Buff trio, pekin ducks, collection of chickens.
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Two geese are better than one -- they keep each other company, entertain each other, gossip together, and take turns watching each others' back when they are sleeping . . . plus, a lonely goose is a loud, depressed, lonely bird that is stressed when you aren't able to be around them. If you spend enough time with the birds, even a group of geese can be social and friendly and enjoy hanging out with you outside whenever you are able to spare a few minutes.

American Buff and Pilgrims are on the list as some of the more friendly breeds and are usually easier to find. I think Chinese geese are more territorial in general and are often used as "alarm" geese so they might not suit your purposes. I love my American Buffs also . . . . but everyone loves their breed best! Metzer's hatchery has a good comparison of sizes/weights and temperaments of the most common breeds.

Heat is hard on all geese due to their insulating down feathers -- if you give them plenty of water (kiddie swimming pools) and lots of shade, warm weather should be tolerated for awhile. Extreme long term hot temperatures can really stress the birds out though . . .
EE, Buff Orp, Jersey Giant, White Silkie, Barred Rock, Dominique, Cuckoo Maran, Welsummer and Cochin chickens,  9 Welsh Harlequin ducks, 2 Rouen ducks,  9 American Buff geese, one patient husband, 4 children of assorted ages from 5 - 15
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EE, Buff Orp, Jersey Giant, White Silkie, Barred Rock, Dominique, Cuckoo Maran, Welsummer and Cochin chickens,  9 Welsh Harlequin ducks, 2 Rouen ducks,  9 American Buff geese, one patient husband, 4 children of assorted ages from 5 - 15
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Thank you! Your answers are so helpful!

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Can Oregon Mini geese handle hot summers ?
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