Gander attacked, killed, and buried another gander?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Dedle, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Dedle

    Dedle New Egg

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    A couple of days ago, I broke up a "fight" between two ganders. We had three males and three females. Everything seemed fine between the two for the past couple of days. This morning I went out to feed and found a huge pile of feathers under a trailer in the pasture. I noticed that the one that was attacked was missing and there was a mound of leaves next to the trailer. I got a rake and started to break apart the mound. I found the goose that had been attacked with its neck and back plucked clean and missing his head. I have never experienced this and have had geese all my life. They had all been together since they were babies. I have never seen a goose bury their own or even attack and kill one of their own in such a vicious way. Has anyone else every experienced this?

    Thanks.
     
  2. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    I am betting it was a different predator, and that predator buried it to save it for later...
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:X2, so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quote:X 3 I'd be concerned about the safety of your remaining geese.

    [​IMG] wish it were under better circumstances.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:X 3 I'd be concerned about the safety of your remaining geese.

    [​IMG] wish it were under better circumstances.

    So true sourland and [​IMG] too sorry i forgot to say.
     
  6. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very sorry to hear that but like all the other members I too think its a predator. The fact the head is missing and the body has been concealed is pretty good evidence.

    Best of luck with the rest of your stock but you now need to take measures against another attack.

    Pete
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I am so sorry to hear that. [​IMG]. That is just horrible. Whatever did that will be back. You will need to protect the others from this predator. Not sure what would bury it though.
     
  8. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure what predators are in your area but here in the UK its mainly foxes. If the body's too big they'll struggle to carry it off and bury it. A fox will often kill and carry off the bird, bury it as a food store then return for the next body and do the same. Often that behaviour is not seen as the disturbance alerts owners or dogs so the fox carries off only one of its kill.

    Pete [​IMG]
     
  9. J3172

    J3172 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Pete it sounds like a fox.
     
  10. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:FOX coyote or a dog. Taking the head sounds like a fox but hawks and owls do that too. hiding the body is also a common act for anything that can't manage to carry it off so they hide it from other animals and sneak back for more feeding. Usually only the dog family truly digs in the ground but others will get it out of view. If you use traps the body makes good bait because the one that killed it knows where to look.
     

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