Are all geese agressive.

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Duckchick2011, May 17, 2011.

  1. Duckchick2011

    Duckchick2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright, So I am really am thinking on getting a Goose, gosling, goose egg, something along those lines.

    The problem, MY DAD HATES GEESE! Not because he is a mean person but because he believes geese are evil (we had a pair of geese on the lake, the male goose was a terror, very very very agressive, attacked several people in our neighborhood including a three year old and my dad, wouldn't attack me due to a very funny incounter which I may or may not share one day)( this very goose died of natural causes not long ago, he left a very lonely widow behind which is another reason I am thinking on getting a goose)

    My question: Will a goose, incubated from an egg and raised by hand still develope aggression towards people. I really do want a goose but I do not want to be known as the girl that introduced the "TERROR" to the lake if you know what I mean. [​IMG]
     
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  2. Totalcolour

    Totalcolour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I adore Geese!
    I have hand raised 10 geese over two years, and none were aggressive to humans. That being said, one gander was a bit more wary of us, and a holy terror with the other birds. We finally had to kill him on Sunday, after he killed two ducklings and tried to drown one of our ducks. I do think it was out of protection for his mate (who was sitting on eggs) but still, we just couldn't allow him to kill our other birds.

    It also depends on the breed you choose. The little Shetland goose, or the Roman, are both smaller birds, and have calmer personalities than some of the other breeds. If I had a bigger property, I would not hesitate to get them again, but right now, with chickens and ducks, I'm just going to stick with the one Roman I have left.

    I had two geese that would visit me in my studio. I would be working and then hear, "plip plop, plip plop", and turning around, would see them both sitting behind me watching me throw pots. And then, after I was fifnished, they would walk with me and the dog up to the house.

    They are noisy! They make good watch geese (they are used a lot in Scottish distilleries as guard birds). But they can annoy neighbours. [​IMG]

    The breeds I mentioned also make fabulous weeders. My husband hasn't had to mow our pasture for 2 years, and there isn't a dandelion or other weed left (maybe that will appeal to your dad!).

    Good luck

    TC
     
  3. MeowCluckBark

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    I love my gosling! My best friend gave him to me last week as a gift. I have 24 chickens of various ages and I love her ducks and geese. She saw how much they light my eyes up when they were around and she got me one from last weeks hatch. He's a white chinese and I know those are louder and tend to be more aggressive. He's the only one I have though and he is babied every day. He is always with me and my daughter and only put away at night to sleep with 2 chicks we got him as bedtime companions. He follows me everywhere and doesn't want me to leave him. I have no idea how this will turn out as he ages, but the ladies at the farm said that when handled often and hand raised with humans they will not be aggressive toward their family but may be aggressive toward strangers or other threats. If they know how to properly act around people and are socialized they may be less likely to be aggressive towards other humans as well, especially those introduced to them. I don't know anything personally but I do know that raising my little baby is truly a heart warming experience and like no other animal I've ever had.
     
  4. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You may consider this reply as spliting words but IMO geese are not aggressive they are just very protective of what they consider their own. It sounds like your terror considered the lake to be his. Didn't he warn people that approached but they went closer anyway so he attacked? It is likely to happen again and if children are to be considered, don't get a goose. Just my opinion,
     
  5. Gracie9205

    Gracie9205 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You may consider this reply as spliting words but IMO geese are not aggressive they are just very protective of what they consider their own. It sounds like your terror considered the lake to be his. Didn't he warn people that approached but they went closer anyway so he attacked? It is likely to happen again and if children are to be considered, don't get a goose. Just my opinion,

    I agree with goosedragon... not a pet for children!
     
  6. Goosehaven

    Goosehaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The majority of my female geese are mellow and not aggressive BUT my ganders are all potential attackers at any given time. You have to learn to read their body language and know when to stay away. I wouldn't say they are actually "aggressive" either. They are just protecting their flock and home and if I don't heed the warnings they will get me everytime. All the ganders have been raised by me so the fact that I have had them from goslings doesn't make a bit of difference to the ganders.
     
  7. Balbinka

    Balbinka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Geese are wonderful pets.

    Not for children, not for a crowded home either. My goose, Balbinka, has changed my entire family's perspective on how geese behave.

    However, no matter how well you raise them by hand- there will always be a potential for aggression. Just like people, dogs, cats, etc. all geese have individual personalities.
    There are many factors such as: sex, environment, breed, how many you have, etc. I find that female geese tend to have more amenable temperaments then males. Sebastopols, Roman Tufteds, and American Buffs tend to be the friendlier breeds (there are always exceptions). If you keep both sexes, you will always have hormonal conflict directed at you.

    I'd highly recommend looking into keeping a house goose. When diapered and kept in the house, geese become part of the human family (treating them with respect and kindness).
     
  8. Duckchick2011

    Duckchick2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You may consider this reply as spliting words but IMO geese are not aggressive they are just very protective of what they consider their own. It sounds like your terror considered the lake to be his. Didn't he warn people that approached but they went closer anyway so he attacked? It is likely to happen again and if children are to be considered, don't get a goose. Just my opinion,

    The lake was a neighborhood lake, owned by everyone who lived there, it frustrated people that they couldn't go fishing in their own lake and swim in their own swimming holes with out have a Giant goose goosing you in the crotch or grabbing you by the ear. Your right in that the goose saw the lake as his and he gaurded it bravely, protecting his beloved girl, most of us knew that but we usually did not judge Clyde too harshly...we put up with his antics which is is saying something. But, most of the problems did not arise when Clyde(his name) was in the water but when him and his choosen girl decided to go out on excursions into the neighborhood.There favorite place was on the side of a rocky road. It was the place where people put their boats in and drove between the houses in the front and back.

    This was a high traffic area(as far as Traffic goes in out neighborhood [​IMG] ) Children, people walking, people fishing, driving trucks, cars, and four wheelers. It was here that Clyde got into the most trouble.

    He would attack the people walking and fishing, attack the cars, trucks, and four wheelers, attack the people fishing and putting their boats in the water. He was a mild nuisance when he was in the water, he was a Terror when he decided to leave it.

    He had a field to graze in, their was a small pond he could have taken his girl too, but he wanted this small area by the rocky road as his own.

    That is why Clyde was a Terror. He was not satsified with having the water in the lake where people could avoid him without trouble as his own, he wanted the entire neighboorhood, and he fought for it on a regular basis.

    The problem was Clyde was a coward when it came to people, and when he had a choice between attacking a man or his three year old child he went for the Three year old.

    I probably should not have asked the question are all geese aggressive, I probably should have worded it better, like, Is a Goose a good Idea for me.

    I wanted something that would grow up with my ducks and protect them as they grew, I wanted something that would grow up and not be so afraid of me as Ducks become as they grow, I wanted someone to keep the widow bonnie(Clyde's mate) company because she is a very sweet Goose herself. But I am nervous about that because of how aggressive Clyde was and how angry he made people including my dad around here.

    Bonnie and Clyde were practically wild geese(the poor things had been released into the lake as giant fuzz balls, they were still feed mind you but they did not have the benefit of a brooder at an age I would have keept mine) I still remember walking out there one morning and seeing the Giant clunky things and wondering, WHAT ON EARTH ARE THOOSE THINGs! I was going to bring them home with me until the owner came out and told me those were his new Geese. There were four then, then two, now one and I feel bad for Bonnie because she really is a good Goose.

    I just wanted to know if a Goose, hand raised with good care and a warm brooder at night, would turn out differently from Clyde.
     
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  9. cbreezerentals

    cbreezerentals Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I do not think you should.
     
  10. Duckchick2011

    Duckchick2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you,

    thats all that I wanted...

    I am sad though...Bonnie is a sweet goose...maybe she will bond with my new ducks...

    I will get a goose one of these days, when I won't have to worry about neighboors....until then goodbye goose forum. [​IMG]

    Sorry for the long posts, I can be a bit long winded sometimes [​IMG]

    IMHO Geese are awesome and beautiful, I liked the idea of a gaurd dog type bird that bonds a little better than a duck but not at the expense of upsetting those I care about i.e. my neighboors...

    I'm sorry if I have some how offended somebody on here with my ignorance(This may sound silly but somehow i feel that i have and it is never untoward to appologize, maybe I am a little too sensitive [​IMG] )
     
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