Experience with Canada geese?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by piccolini, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. piccolini

    piccolini Songster

    Mar 15, 2009
    Camino, CA
    There is someone on craigslist in our area that is selling canada geese, goslings, and eggs. I would love to get one but someone once told me that they fly away. Does anyone have any experience with them?
    Thank you!
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

    Mar 5, 2007
    I have some and yes sometimes they do fly away. .
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011
  3. piccolini

    piccolini Songster

    Mar 15, 2009
    Camino, CA
    Oh darn. It would break my heart if they flew away. I guess I won't be getting any then... I know you can clip their wings but I don't like doing it
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Crowing

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    Sometimes they fly away, sometimes they don't. But, I've seen some stick around because they're well cared for and have good company.
  5. PrinceSandwich

    PrinceSandwich Songster

    Nov 11, 2009
    Alberta, Canada
    You could always pinion them.
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Most areas require a permit to keep them (I believe it's a federal permit, so it should be required in ALL areas), so you may want to check on that first. But yes, you can pinion them so they can't fly, I believe it is a requirement.
  7. cdnley

    cdnley Songster

    Dec 7, 2010
    We had one in the spring/summer of 2010. Her parents were killed because they nested on a fish pond (terrible I know). My friend caught the one gosling they had and brought her here. We raised her solo in a small pen in the garage and then we got 4 ducks (2 Rouen and 2 Blue Swedish). They all became friends with the goose acting as the "mother". All summer long they lived happily in the pond with the goose sometime behaving as a duck and vice versa. Then around fall time Goosey started looking around and seperating from the flock. We had many goose flocks come through and Goosey still stayed with the ducks. One day she flew away for a few hours but came back. Then around September a male goose came through and they fell in love and soon flew off south.

    I cried and the ducks were visibly upset for awhile but they got over it.

    So yes they will fly away but there is something about having a wild Canada goose that is so nice. She was the friendliest of them all and my 4 yr old would often flap her arms and "fly" and the goose would run beside/behind her and fly too, it was a very sweet sight. Goosey would talk to us as well, you could tell when she was happy...and she was always happy to be with people. She would gently eat out of our hand too...

    I can only hope she will return this summer, I hope she survived the trek south. I also hope the domesticated geese and ducks I ordered will be as good as her too!
  8. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    A friend of mine actually bought 2 from him last year. They were very nice geese. He got them as 5 week old and his pair of Shetlands raised them with their one baby. He has had wild Canadians come in with them but these two have never left. They are extremely bonded with the Shetlands and I dont think they will ever leave. I think it really depends on the goose.


    PS Nice to see I have someone that lives close :)

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