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A "tip" on predator protection. Would this really work????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by luvmychicknkids, May 27, 2008.

  1. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    While shopping online for hatching eggs I saw this:
    "Helpful hint: Loosing chickens right out of the chicken coop to predators? Put a goose into the coop with them."

    Hmmm..... [​IMG] I have lost two of my favorites to predators recently (one I think fox, one I think coon). Just wondering...does anyone know if or how this would help?
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I have heard that geese will protect chickens, they do make good 'guard dogs.' But if you raise the goose with the chickens, it will probably act like a chicken - that's what happened to my in-laws.
     
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    LOL....that would be my luck. How hard is it to put a goose with chickens? I think geese are too cute anyway. [​IMG]
     
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    Hahaha... you must have run across the same ebay listing I did [​IMG] I asked too and got the response that not only do most not reccomend mixing geese with chickens, but that most likely whatever breaks into your coop/run to kill your chickens could probably just as easily kill the goose.

    I dunno.... I spose if you had a full grown female goose with your chickens, it might help work as a deterent.... but at some point I think I would feel badly for the goose having to live with all those chickens [​IMG] LOL
     
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  5. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    [​IMG] Here I was thinking I might have the perfect excuse to "need" a goose!!!!! LOL

    Yup...it was eBay alright. [​IMG]
     
  6. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    I KNOW!!!! LOL That was gonna be my excuse to my DH for needing a goose! LMAO
     
  7. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Great minds think alike. I had visions of saying "but sweetie, you don't want us to lose any more of our precious chickens". LOL Oh well, maybe I will find another way. [​IMG]
     
  8. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    The predators which take chickens around here (coyotes, great horned owls) will as quickly dispatch a goose as they would your chickens. The advantage of geese is that they make such a horrendous noise that you're more likely to be made aware of the attack and possibly get there in time. Chickens though, hardly bother to wake-up as Mr Racoon gnaws their head off.

    So, yes geese can work, but it's not fullproof. Also, you cannot get one goose. You must get a pair.
     
  9. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    A flock of geese maybe, all adults...[​IMG]
     
  10. Whistling Badger

    Whistling Badger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard, from fairly reliable sources, that a flock of adult geese will run off foxes and smaller dogs, but not coyotes or owls. My dad has told me that in Taiwan, people keep geese and pigs to guard their houses--the geese make awful noise and the pigs will attack. He said the people he knew over that that kept dogs intented to use them for...well, other things.

    Anyway, the geese might be worth a try if you can get several of them. At least they don't go down without a fight. I like that about them.
    Tom
     

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