Female guard goose?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by chickenweirdo1, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. chickenweirdo1

    chickenweirdo1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2016
    I would like to get a guard goose for my flock of chickens to protect against hawks and foxes. I want to get a female so i could also get eggs. So my question is will a female goose still protect my flock, and if so what is a good breed that will protect and have good egg production.
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    You need at least two geese. Forgive me, I keep having to reply to this same thing because there's a bunch of incorrect information out there that says it's fine to keep one goose, so I've taken to just copying and pasting my answer to this.

    "You should never have just one goose, ever. They are flock animals and need at least one friend of their own kind. To do otherwise is cruel to them and would be akin to locking you up with just chimpanzees for company in the hopes that you'd get along with them and protect them because you have no other humans to be with and they're the best you can do.

    I'm not even saying this just because I've heard it around, I experienced it. My first roman tufted grew up here without any other goslings or geese because her intended mate died in transit on the way to me. Sure, she hung out with the chickens and ducks, but she wasn't really happy. Once I got some more geese she immediately took to them and they are now an inseparable flock. I would never want to have another lone goose again because it's just cruel to the goose.

    Many people are perpetuating the myth that it's fine to keep one lone goose, but if they'd think about it at all they'd realize that just as they wouldn't want to live with another animal species their whole life that can't speak their language, can't become their mate, can't raise young with them, and can't even participate in their favorite activities (swimming, in the case of geese) that it's not something that's okay to do to a goose either. They are innately flock animals, just as chickens are and just as we humans are.

    That said, I raise Roman Tufteds, keep them in with chickens, and they do watch out for predators and alert to them. That's all they're going to do, and that's all any goose would do. A goose is never going to attack or try to drive off a predator, aside from perhaps a gander protecting his mate on the nest. Even then, he's probably still going to lose out to anything larger than a small fox.

    So, what geese will do is watch for danger, alert if they see it, and their presence and size may deter small raptors from attacking. That's it. Don't expect to get a goose and have it attacking and chasing predators and driving them off, and please do not get just one."

    Now that that's said, yes, two female geese kept together will still alert to danger when they see it. No geese really have good egg production. They are seasonal layers. They lay until they think they have a good sized clutch, somewhere around 7 to 9 eggs usually, and then they stop and sit on the eggs. If you keep taking the eggs each day you might get more from them but even then that's not a guarantee, one of my females just went broody after laying seven eggs even though I was taking them all from her as they were laid.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
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  3. chickenweirdo1

    chickenweirdo1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2016
    Makes sense, thank you.
  4. itsasmallfarm

    itsasmallfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2016
    am doing to same thing, but am getting 3 female geese for an alarm system with the hopes to scare off predators, (mostly raccoons is the hope/coyotes) or at least warn us that we have something in the area when where out side and can hear them. from reading it sounds like geese only lay up to 40 eggs a year if your lucky as pyxis said it could be much less. mine are going to be pets, so the eggs are an added bonus. :)

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