Chinese Geese Is this true?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by momof3, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. momof3

    momof3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dh has a coworker who says chinese geese will even keep coyotes away? Does this ring true for anyone else? I ask because we have a fox hanging around. Now this year he is not as brave as last year. He has been getting our ducks in the late evening before we get them shut in. Last year he was getting them during the day when we were gone. We have an outside dog that barks but doesn't seem to keep the fox away.

    How aggessive do the geese get?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    People say the same thing about aggressive roosters.

    Sure, the geese may raise a ruckus and one or two might try charging at the coyote/dog/fox... BUT even if they leave the first few times, eventually they are going to learn that the geese tend to flee if charged or run at while their backs are turned. Then it's bye bye for the geese too(and the rooster!).

    These are predators that survive by being extremely flexible in behavior and also by being wary yet persistent. As you see with the fox, it has learned what it can do to get your ducks.. the dog hasn't deterred it at all.

    At least, the geese can work ok as alarms, they definitely get LOUD when upset.
     
  3. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doubt it, my mom had a chinese and tolouse that were both killed by stray dogs. Cant imagine a coyote being a bigger wuss than a hungry chocolate lab. And if the coyote is in a pack (3 or more) faggeehheeedabboutttit, that goose is cooked.
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    A Chinese goose will very much be devoured by Mr Fox or Mr Coyote. The difference between geese and other poultry, though, is that they'll likely make enough noise to actually wake you up and alert you to the predator. Chickens tend to sleep through having their heads gnawed off by a racoon, which has always baffled me.

    So, we provide protection at night for all our geese. I've certainly had coyotoes drag them off and our flock numbers as much as 50 during the summers.

    There are lots of great reasons to have geese. This isn't one of them... unless you can come up with a way that your geese can patrol your grounds but not be susceptible to the predator themselves.
     
  5. chickenhawk

    chickenhawk Out Of The Brooder

    I have a pair of emdens that stay outside all winter. This past winter I was awoke by a major goose ruckass. On a full moon night I could see a coyote circling and lunging at my goose I ran downstairs with a shotgun in hand but by the time I got the door open the coyote made it across the road.
    I hear the coyotes calling around here quite frequently. That was the first assault in four years since I had my geese. I'm sure they will be back when the food gets scarce again. If there is something easier to eat they will leave your stock alone.
     
  6. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A coyote took my very agressive China gander right off our porch once, and quick too.

    That gander had all our dogs(and us) runnin, but he did not stand a chance against the coyote.
     
  7. SueNH

    SueNH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I watched a large coyote leap right through chicken wire and grab my big gander many years ago.

    Shot at the coyote. Missed. Too late for the goose.

    No bird is a match for a hungry canine unless your talking about something like a condor.
     
  8. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:With our WolfXCoyotes(huge critters with pack mentality) running about here I think even a Condor would have his trouble. I thing a really ticked off, nest guarding male Ostrich is in more effective(they can kill a person with 1 kick, they must be able to kill a coyote with just a look).
     
  9. momof3

    momof3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. We probably won't be getting geese since the person who takes care of our animals while were away wouldn't come if we have geese. The shotgun is the best answer for the fox.
     

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