Cackling Geese?Canada Geese?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Goat_Walker, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Ok,well my mom loves canada geese - so i thought I might get some cackling geese come next spring. So , Does anyone have experience with them? Anyone know where I could find some eggs or day olds?

    Arent they a smaller version of Canada geese or would a canada goose jsut be better? Im worried about getting a canda goose because it might run off with all the wild ones that come around.

    ( btw - Im also getting some mutt geese as well as maybe some africans)
     
  2. swheat

    swheat The Bantam Barn

    Mar 18, 2008
    Alabama
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    I am not sure if one is better than the other...but when you get them make sure you get pinioned birds so they do fly off. I also make sure you get a Notice of Transfer/Sale of Migratory Waterfowl form. Form 3-186 from the seller. He/She should have their permit # and signed.
     
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  3. beckt

    beckt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Personal experience with the Canada goose. Ours is not pinned, nor does it make any effort to fly off with others that fly over or land near. Ours could care less. I am not sure it even knows its a goose. We have had it since it was a few days old, raised it inside (well hubby did) and for the first few years very sweet and loving. The older it gets the meaner it seems to be. It likes my hubby the best, but even pinches him to the point it really hurts. My advice is to not get the Canada goose. All that said I would never get rid of ours cause it is so smart. It minds better than the dog and is a better watch dog even.
     
  4. Thoroughbred

    Thoroughbred Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 5 Canadas, not pinioned. Have had them since they were two days old. We handle these geese very regularly, to keep wings clipped and to just remind them who is boss. I have older children and I have taught them to make sure the geese have a nice healthy respect for them and to never turn their back to a geese acting aggressively. They run like scared children if they are confronted. Even our big, lazy housecat has the respect of the geese, because he does not run from them-- even when they try to goose him. Other than that, I have found the Canadas to be very easy to "train" to our routine, and love having them.
     
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I have one, that was given to us when I bought our African and others. She does not know she's a goose. She thinks she's a dog. She has stayed around here, even though she can fly, likes her kiddie pool, doesn't like to share with other geese, but if you bark at her she comes running and honking. She is pretty quite, very smart and is in love with our GP. She follows him all over..... [​IMG]


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    This is Candy & Elmo last winter.....Elmo just woke up..... LOL
     
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  6. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2007
    Maryland 21787
    I have Cackleing geese .... LOVE THEM!!!
    They will be 2 years old in the spring and should lay next year.
    I have a permit for them and will get the leagal paperwork in order to sell offspring. I plan on pinioning them as well. (this pair is). My Cackeling geese live with the Sebastopols. They free range every day and get along with everything. I bought them at 6 months old.... they are not bonded to me, but are not terribly wild either. When I raised canadas a few years ago, they were extremely bonded to me. I hope when I hatch little Cacklers they bond well. They make the same sounds as Canadas... just not quite as loud. They are the same size as my blue swedish ducks... and eat VERY little feed... prefer grass.... so they are VERY easy keepers.

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  7. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh I am SOOOOOO Happy You found this thread. How much did you pay for your pair and what do you think you will sell the eggs/day olds for?
     
  8. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2007
    Maryland 21787
    Well there are very few of us that own these geese. so the subject title caught my eye [​IMG])

    I paid $200 for the pair last year. I havent thought about what Id sell eggs or babies for . since they are in the same price range as my sebbies. Im guessing pricing will be in the same ball park.

    They dont breed until 2 years old.... We will have to wait til spring and see what happens.... Im sure I'll be bragging when i do finally get some babies from them!
     
  9. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Ill be looking for your thread in spring [​IMG] Now - Do I need to keep these seperate or can I place them in with my ducks? DO I need to worry about them breeding with my ducks since they are of similar size?
     
  10. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2007
    Maryland 21787
    you can keep them together. they wont cross species for breeding. But Some of my ganders get grumpy at breding season. I seperated these little guys jsut to keep them safe.


    I ran out to take a couple photos... so you can see how small they really are compared to a standard sized goose.... same size as my blue swedish ducks.

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