aggression or affection?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by farmdude, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Ebdem female goose that will be 2 years old this spring. when I enter the pen she nibbles on me. When I pet her, she gets very excited and nibbles very enthusiastically. she doesn't beat her wings or bite hard. I'm confused as this is new behavior. She is around other geese, 2 ganders and another female. She beats on the passive male so he is in an ajoining pen.
    Also will be breed and start laying tis spring?
     
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMO she is being affectionate. If she wanted to hurt you, she would. Mine do this too. It's how they communicate with each other and with you.
     
  3. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I suspect farmdude that she finds you very attractive!
     
  4. jack & mommy's duckies

    jack & mommy's duckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my geese are also very hands on. The gander not so much...but the three girls, are my shadows, eat right from my hand. I get to pet them and they nibble on me. I've never been hurt, there has never been a hiss, never anything that would make me scared. I don't push the gander, not that I think he would do anything but if he isn't interested in me that is ok by me. He never fuss's if I'm in the pen or touching he girls so all is good.

    I kinda want to take a girl or two to my sons kindergarden class. I took a few ducks and that was great, I think they would be sooo excited to see a full grown goose [​IMG]
     
  5. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I suspect farmdude that she finds you very attractive!

    I kinda get the feeling that she is courting me and wants to breed. she kinda humps my feet. I've started to gentley pushing her away. I wish she would breed with the passive gander as the aggressive one already has a mate. But she picks on him. Maybe she'll end up breeding with the dominate one. I'd like to have youngsters this year. It has been a cold long winter here in wisconsin. they haven't started laying yet. hopefully when it warms up.
     
  6. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's chosen you, dude. [​IMG]
     
  7. The goose girl

    The goose girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    jack & mommy's duckies :

    I kinda want to take a girl or two to my sons kindergarden class. I took a few ducks and that was great, I think they would be sooo excited to see a full grown goose [​IMG]

    The kids would surely be excited, but the geese might behave very differently when they're out of their known and safe environment. I'm absolutely not saying this to discourage you from taking the geese to the kindergarden class, but you may want to take precautions. Like, maintaining a good distance between the geese and the kids, and instructing the kids not to scream at the geese and to sit quietly and watch. Or, of course, put the birds in a cage so they don't run around all over the classroom.

    My goose, Keld, is usually very friendly and quiet, and he never attacks anyone. At home, that is, where he feels safe. But some weeks ago I took him to the library (I just made a quick stop to return some books on the way home from visiting a friend), and all of a sudden he was surrounded by twenty or so very interested and very loud kids he did not know, so he got all scared and confused and tried to attack one of the librarians. I guess he singled her out as the least threatening target. I had to scoop him up and flee out the back door. And if he had not worn a diaper there would have been poop everywhere. He was so scared, just from the excited yelling and running around of the kids, noone even touched him.

    BTW, the librarian was really nice about it and said she felt kind of honored to have been attacked by Keld. One of the other librarians is also named Keld, so she put on her Facebook status that "I was attacked by Keld today, he tried to bite my leg". Hahaha!​
     
  8. jack & mommy's duckies

    jack & mommy's duckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ya there is no way I'm taking a 20lbs goose to see 26 4 year olds....they were all over the duck. But I'll be taking goslings for sure. I just couldnt ensure everyones safety and that starts with my goose at the top of the list. Just sucks that all these city kids don't get to see or experience things like that. Maybe they wouldn't be so mean or feed bad food to our local Canada geese. My goal is for the kids to love my birds as much as I do.

    His teach is getting stuck raising a few birds for a week. I've already told her she doesn't have a choice kids need to experience things like that [​IMG]
     

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