Do geese recognize people?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by crazybirdlady27, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. crazybirdlady27

    crazybirdlady27 New Egg

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hi there! Hoping someone with applicable experience or a better understanding of waterfowl behavior can answer my sort of unusual question: I raised my two geese from hatchlings until they were about 5 months old, interacting with them for hours every day. They followed me around, plopped down and fell asleep on my lap whenever I sat down, and honked relentlessly if they couldn't see me. They were very comfortable with being touched.
    When they were 5 months old I had to leave the state for 4 and a half months for work; I'll be returning this month and I am wondering if my babies will recognize me or if they'll be less tame since they haven't been getting the same level of human contact from the person taking care of them.
    Thanks in advance!
  2. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    They should recognize you! They may not be as comfortable with being picked up and played with but they should not see you as a stranger.
  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
    They'll know you. Geese recognize faces and voices very well. And have an outstanding memory.
  4. Teaspoon100

    Teaspoon100 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 19, 2015
    Middle of Nowhere
    Geese definitely recognize people, in fact, most birds tend to. Some geese prefer some humans over others. In my opinion, geese are generally much better at recognizing faces and bonding with humans than ducks are, at least if you raise them.
  5. Barbara L

    Barbara L Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 14, 2016
    Oh boy do they! My two geese know me from anyone. I had about 40 people in my yard about a month ago. And my geese run the yard. And chased everyone but me. They see me and sit down and make this crazy sound till I was out of there eyesight. Then back to chasing everyone again. I had to sit by them just to keep them from chasing all the people.
  6. brandoncakes

    brandoncakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Kailua, HI
    We went on a trip for 10 days, and our geese welcomed us with open wings and the loudest and longest amount of honking. Our gander took a while to get used to us again, but there was no hissing or attacking. They were just really cautious. Not the reaction you would get from a dog, but satisfying enough haha! I can't imagine being away 4 months tho. Hopefully everything goes well! Keep us updated
  7. crazybirdlady27

    crazybirdlady27 New Egg

    Apr 24, 2016
    I picked them up a few days ago! I got a lot of hissing at first, but after a while they started to warm up to me again and now they come running with wings out when I get home and they walk right up to nibble on my hair and be pet. They still hiss at strangers. I can't believe they remembered me, I'm so glad they did though!
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  8. Barbara L

    Barbara L Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 14, 2016
    Im gald it went my two geese.[​IMG]
  9. Barbara L

    Barbara L Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 14, 2016
  10. The goose girl

    The goose girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    So glad to hear your "babies" are back with you!

    My goose even recognizes my cats. She gets really wary, uncomfortable, and even scared if other cats are in sight, but my own two she barely acknowledges, and only if they rub up against her.

    The other day she was in my living room, and all of a sudden she started honking excitedly at the top of her voice. Turned out she had spotted one of her favorite humans through the window, across the lawn, over the hedge. She could only see his head and his shoulders, and he was even wearing his red work uniform which she's never seen before, but she sure recognized him. I opened the door and she ran out to meet and greet him. He always gets the royal treatment from her, but I was very surprised she managed to identify him under those circumstances.

    For comparison, I've just been away from her for 11 days. All I got was one half-hearted honk and a look like "ok, so what else is new" when I returned. Oh, well [​IMG].

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