Canada Geese

Frosty

Crowing
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Mar 30, 2008
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I am working on getting a permit from the state to have Canada geese. Anyone have experience on what I need for fencing to contain them? I am thinking of 'regular' size and Cacklers. Any advice is appreciated!
 

JJRS

Chirping
7 Years
Mar 30, 2012
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No special fencing requirement different from any other goose. I do not recommend mixing the Canada's with Cackler's without first keeping Canada's for awhile. Canada's get pretty mean in the second spring of life and can really put a bad whipping on smaller birds (owners too).
 

Frosty

Crowing
12 Years
13 Years
Mar 30, 2008
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I would like to fence off a large section of my front yard to give them space in the summer, but don't want them to be able to fly out. How much space do they need to take off? Would it be a good idea to run a few strands of tape across to make a sort of baffle so they can't take off?

Thank you!
 

JJRS

Chirping
7 Years
Mar 30, 2012
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Full wing "wild" geese do not have to run to take off. They can and will jump straight up and with a hard down stroke of the wings be in full flight. You must clip, pinion, or build a large, fully enclosed aviary. Geese kept full wing in an aviary have been known to hurt themselves by flying into the top or sides. I recommend re-considering that idea.
 

Frosty

Crowing
12 Years
13 Years
Mar 30, 2008
2,923
143
321
ND
Full wing "wild" geese do not have to run to take off. They can and will jump straight up and with a hard down stroke of the wings be in full flight. You must clip, pinion, or build a large, fully enclosed aviary. Geese kept full wing in an aviary have been known to hurt themselves by flying into the top or sides. I recommend re-considering that idea.
I am trying to figure out which idea you recommend forgetting? The covered aviary? It's sounding like pinioning would probably be a good idea? I wouldn't mind just turning them loose here, but state laws prohibit that. We get Canada geese on our stock pond, now and then I have to herd them and their goslings out of my garden. Once in a while I get hissed at, but if I stare them down and take a few steps in their direction they back off. Even when I got between them and their goslings. The only goose I ever got attacked by is an African cross that I have. As a yearling it started hissing when I went in to feed, then one day it came up and bit me. The next time I went in to feed, I hurried up and dumped the feed for them, then when the goose came at me I flipped the bucket upside down over the goose. Then while it was under the bucket, I hammered on the sides a bit. It never came after me again.
 

JJRS

Chirping
7 Years
Mar 30, 2012
163
10
81
I would like to fence off a large section of my front yard to give them space in the summer, but don't want them to be able to fly out. How much space do they need to take off? Would it be a good idea to run a few strands of tape across to make a sort of baffle so they can't take off?

Thank you!



The idea of not needing a full top for full wing birds. Pinioning works. They only molt once a year so feather clipping is pretty easy too.
 

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