OK, I read the thread about the geese attacking smaller poultry, well I seem to have the opposite problem. I have two seebies (I believe a male and female) that are probably about 4 months old. They have been living with 11 Dutch Hookbills since I got the geese about two months ago. The ducklings are just now getting their "nuptial" plumage and starting to show some interest in the opposite sex. The ducks and geese free ranged together every day, and have slept peacefully in their pen every night. They are never apart. We have been doing a lot of rearranging in preparation for (I just can't say the "w" word) cooler weather. So when the male goose was not with the group when I went out to shut them in tonight I thought he had just become a bit confused. I start to herd the others into the shed, the male goose comes up and WAM one of the male Dutch Hookbills clamps onto his back and will not let go. The poor goose is running around screaming with the duck clamped on to his back, hanging off to the side. This of course causes chaos with the others. I manage to get the whole group in the pen and corner the poor goose and pry the duck off. The duck had a huge mouthful of goose fluff. I hold the duck and try to figure out what may have triggered the attack. The duck is calm, the goose is hiding his head in the corner and the rest of the ducks and the other goose are agitated. I put the attack duck down and he goes right back at the poor goose. I had to physically pull him off again. So I sit with the whole group and keep the attack duck away from the goose until everybody looks quiet. I get up to leave, by the time I'm at the door to the shed the poor goose is screaming again. Since it was by now dark out I turned off the light which seem to put a stop to the screaming. What is going on? Is this typical? The Hookbills are not large ducks, the geese are much much larger. The geese usually win a stare down with the young turkeys, why doesn't he reach around and at least nip at the duck? Do you think they will work this out? Is the male duck doing this because my niece put a bright pink band on his leg a few weeks ago ? Is he doing this because I just spent many hours rearranging the poultry accommodations assuming the ducks and geese could stay together? Help!