Best watch bird?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ben is a terror, May 7, 2011.

  1. ben is a terror

    ben is a terror Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which makes the better protector a goose or a rooster. I lost my last roo to a hawk. He was a bantam. I need a new protector. I have 12 standard hens 2 bantams and 4 ducklings coming in June. What is best? I really don't want chicks but if a roo is better I'll collect eggs twice a day instead of once. So best breed of each? I know they are both loud but which is louder. What breed of goose is the quietest? Do they make little geese? Friendliest? I want to get something before the ducklings arrive. Should I get a bantam roo or a standard?
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    Posh Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. PDurkin

    PDurkin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I have several geese that live on my farm and of my breeds I have found that my Pilgrims, Roman Tuffed, and Sebastopol to be the quietest while still remaining fairly small by goose standards. My Sebastopol is 11 lbs, my Roman Tuffed is 11 1/2 lbs, and my Pilgrims are 13 lbs. Canadian geese are very good with flocks, they are VERY VERY quiet and are only 9 lbs most times. I would go with geese over a rooster, then the only predators you need to worry about are terrestrial! Hope this helped, and good luck!!
     

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