Pros - Beautiful to eyes, good for alarming dangers, welcoming
Cons - none that i can think of and experienced
I have a pair of Embden Geese. They are with my 3 ducks. All of them hang together but feeding time.
They connect with me very well. Sometimes it seems that they are complaining about something and need a relief.
Over all a good breed.
I have had them for about 3 months.
I got two embden goslings and, let me say, I adored those guys. Actually, they were supposed to be Toulouse geese, but the hatchery gave us the wrong ones. But we found that out too late. Anyway, they grew fast, and were wonderful grazers, grazing on our huge yard all day, not needing much grain. Those geese would follow me everywhere (i babied them too much when they were goslings) , and when I came outside they would honk and fly over to me. After they got older, they started getting aggressive to my family, hissing and snapping when they came outside. They couldn't come out of the house without looking over their shoulder to make sure Phil and Si weren't sneaking up on them. I was the only one safe to go out. Unfortunutely, I wasn't safe after a while, for the ganders (yes, they both turned out to be ganders) decided I wasn't their friend anymore. They would hiss and snap at me as well. And so they were put in the cooking pot. Overall, not a good idea to have ganders.
Pros - Excellent alarm for strange animals and people. Bond well to family. Affectionate
Cons - messy if they ree range, teach them where they can go.
Beautiful eyes, and pristine white feathers. They are very clean as far as grooming. I have been around geese for 30 years. My Dad loves them, and Grandma wouldn't thought of being without one. You must love on them, and bond with them like a dog or cat. Oh they will play with a wiffle ball too! They are priceless, funny and very loving if you give your attention to them in return. Mine will climb over each other to be picked up and petted. They will defend your chickens, but i won't risk my babies to being killed! if you range, just let them join the flock. they tell you in ample time to react by their shrieks that somethings here that shouldn't be!