Where did you get your geese from? We have the same breed and they are just about the same age. I love having geese . . . they have such personalities.
I'm pretty sure that American Buff geese mainly stay on the ground. They are too heavy to fly even as young goslings. I watch mine flap their developing wings and they can hop off the ground but not much more. Sometimes they will get excited about the joy of living and take off flapping, but they only get a foot off the ground, and don't fly far. We aren't planning on clipping wings, and I never had to clip the geese we had when I was growing up . . . but I've clipped a lot of chicken wings! : ) Some hens are just too smart for their own good . . .
We got them from Metzger Farms along with 2 female & 1 male buff ducks. We didn't think the ducks were suppose to fly either but we are missing the male this afternoon with no trace of preadators. So I don't want to loose anymore.
Never thought of a hawk. But with lotsa chickens to choose from I wouldn't think a hawk would have gotten the male duck who never leaves the pair if geese. Also I thought with a hawk we'd a found some feathers But that's what this forum does for all of us. Teach us!!!
I had no signs of a predator and it got 4 indian runner ducks and 1 pekin. I found 2 remains. I still don't know what got them and I have 3 dogs. They are now more protected and I have a game cam now. Nothing yet on camera. I guess that's a good thing.