Female goose becoming somewhat aggressive

Discussion in 'Geese' started by zanelee, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. zanelee

    zanelee Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a flock of 5 hens and 1 rooster, 1female pekin duck, 1 female muscovy duck and 1 female chinese (I believe) goose.
    All get along fairly well. Recently, our female goose has decided that our rooster is her husband. She follows him around and herds him and also tries to keep others (us included) away from him. (Our rooster, so far, has been very low-key and non aggressive) She is also trying to go broody, and tonight, she bit me on the shin. Last straw unless someone can tell me something good.

    Here's a little background. We never intended to have anything but chickens, and the ducks and goose have all come to us through various means. The pekin was brought to the vet clinic I used to work at because a previous co-worker told them that I would take her. She was still a little yellow duckling then. The muscovy was given to us by some friends getting out of the duck business, and the goose was brought to us from my dh's boss. She was confiscated from a dangerous animal situation when after capturing the aggressive dogs, this little grey gosling wondered up and no one would claim her. So, she came to us. :)

    So, is this behavior seasonal or is it just going to continue on for the rest of her life? She's not actively trying to chase any of us humans yet, but seems like that might be on the horizon...?
    I really do like her, but will not tolerate bullying. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sounds like normal (or perhaps abnormal) pair bonding behavior. In my experience goose pairs separate from the main flock and establish their own territory for the mating season. In nature this allows them an area to brood and locate food for their goslings. This may range from flat out killing intruders (Egyptians) to just an occasional bite or feather pull on the part of less aggressive birds. She's just being a goose in love.
     
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  3. zanelee

    zanelee Chillin' With My Peeps

    So how long does this "season" last?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It can vary greatly from 'pair' to pair and is generally longer if they are raising and protecting goslings. I once had a human imprinted gander who was fine until he adopted 6 goslings that I purchased. From the time that they arrived until they were fully feathered (mid summer) he would tolerate no trespassing on his territory. Once he felt that they were on their own he reverted to being my pet. Hard to give you a time table - again because it varies from bird to bird. It might very well be better to find her a more goose acceptable environment if she is causing serious problems. What you are regarding as bullying is pretty much normal goose behavior.
     
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  5. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Can you take a picture of your goose so that we can see that it actually is a goose.
     
  6. The goose girl

    The goose girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My words exactly.
     
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