gander attack

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Sugar Sand Farm, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    We have 6 embden geese (two ganders) They have their separate run from our ducks (4) all of a sudden our main gander is attacking our male peking every day. He sticks his head through the fencing and bites and pulls his feathers. I cant understand why. They both have their girls and they have been raised together since they were little. The ducks were with the geese until they were 3 or 4 months old then we separated them by their own runs and houses. Why would the gander suddenly attack like that ? He is also getting testy with me as well, I have had to back him down twiice now. THe gander is 9 months old and his girls are 6 months old The same for the ducks. Any suggestions for this behavior would be appreciated . Micki
  2. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i can't say specifically about the other animals, but for a person, this works well. take the beek and hold it in your hand, firmly, until he submits. the first time, he will thrash and you will porbably be woried he will break his neck. the first time it will probably take longer (twenty seconds?) and the later mini reminders, less than five seconds.

    you might be able to do this on the other animals behalf if you catch the behavior while it's happening. i had a visitor the other day who my goose bit her foot. i scrambled over there, did the beak thing, and he left her alone.

    it doesn't scare them away so they won't come around, in fact, they still hang out a lot, but just don't get aggressive.

    i was kayaking yesterday at a lake and a wild goose came up and did this to me. instintively, i reached out and did that to him. lol. he hung out with me for about an hour with his homies but wasn't aggressive anymore.

    so, apparently it works as a species wide hey dont' bite me but i'm not going to kill you either message.

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