The local feed store had special ordered a pair of Buff Tufted Geese, only to have the person who requested them back out of the deal. So, when the geese didn't sell, they decided to hold a raffle -- for every $10 or $20 spent in the store you could enter to win a goose. Well, the horses needed hay, so I ended up tossing my name in the hat. Low and behold, today I got the call letting me know I won a buff tufted goose. Ummm, errr, ok. Thankfully I don't have to take the goose if it seems to be more critter than I want to handle, but, I don't want to turn it down due to ignorance. Currently I have a hand full of chickens: mostly hatchery hens, but slowing adding some nicer quality orpingtons as $$ allow, two cats and an old dog, plus two young boys (10 and 6), and 2 pasture horses on 5 acres. There is a seasonal creek which tends to attract all sorts of wild life (foxes, coyotes, coons, whatever.) My chickens free range the majority of the time, and do ok as long as they are closed in at night (and the neighbor keeps their dogs home - which they have been good at doing since they got to buy a bunch of dead chicks.) I was thinking my next specie of poultry would be turkey, not goose... so geese have not been on my radar. The goose is either full size or close to it. After I post this, I do plan on reading through as many as the geese threads as possible, but would really like some thoughts from anybody who wishes to help me out! lol, what do I need to know in order to make a good decision? Here are some starting questions: Can it house with the chickens? I assume it won't perch -- what does it prefer to sleep on?? What will it prefer to eat? I'm seeing they want greens, which is great once the rainy season starts, but in the meantime? Should I clip its wings until it likes living with us? Might it be aggresive with my boys? I just dispatched a rooster for that reason, and would rather not have to go that route so soon. What else??? Thank you for any tidbits of information!