Geese agresive toward other geese.

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Shah, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Shah

    Shah Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three male geese and 5 hens. The males are: One Embden/Chinese, One pure Embden and one pure Chinese. The Embden/Chinese geese is too aggressive towards other males to a point that he doesn't let them eat even from a different dish. The Embden/Chinese geese just showed up to my pond. I have a feeling that he is a problem geese and the previous owner had to let him go so he dropped him by my pond. Today I caught him and tried to soften him by pushing him down to the ground as someone on this forum suggested but he is still hissing and chasing away the other two geese. By the way he hisses at me too. The bad part is that he actually beats up those other geese real badly when he catches them. I have 8.5 acres with a 3/4 acre pond so I don't see why 3 males should be able to live together. Any advise is appreciated or that big tough guy has to go.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Actually what your seeing is normal behavior there is always going to be a dominant gander in the flock, but if he is injuring the other 2 ganders then you probably ought to consider penning him up separate from the others with his own goose, does he have a favorite? if you can't do that a you fear he may injure the other seriously you might want to think of rehoming him. There is a thread here on BYC to do that. It does seem with that many girls to pick from he'd behave but he doesn't want the other ganders in his territory it seems.
     
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  3. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi Shah. Sounds like you have a lovely place there. I think you may be right in that someone dumped him near your pond because of how he is. A new gander would normally keep his distance in a strange place,not go fighting.
    A while ago I took on a gander here that had been imprinted on a woman, as her husband and family were frightened of it; it had no fear of people and showed it! Well, I thought I´d see how it went with my geese here, and it was ok for a few days, then it started fighting with both ganders and geese here, and had no respect for people either. I don´t have it now. Everything settled down again once he went.
    Does this chinese/embden only go for the ganders, or is he difficult with the geese too?
    He may be good on a plate!
     
  4. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Ok ye might not do this but since i have a big flock of geese i always have this problem and i also ways have a few annoying single ganders that chase away some pairs so what i do is since they have no partner i cut their wing feathers (after winter) if i see them harassing my pairs
    The way it works is that when his wings are cut he cant beat or hurt the others and when he starts a fight he will lose because he needs his wing feathers to fight!

    But what you can also do is grab him and lock him away from the other geese and clip his wing feathers and 2 weeks later put him back and the other males will then challange him and when they fight he has a big chance of losing so that the pecking order will change

    Or you can seperate them all in pairs and after breeding season put them together
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    your talking flight feathers right serv?
     
  6. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Yes no other feathers sorry about that should have made it more clear,clip the flight feathers
     
  7. Shah

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    I a kind of like this gander a little too much. He is the first geese showing up my my pond. He survived two winters on his own alone with only some company of some Canadian geese that come to my pond. He survived the foxes too all on his own. Then I went and got him a female. She is a little goose that looks like mixed with chineese. He did well when it was only him and his female. They looked so good together that I went and bought 3 more Embden hens for him. Everything was fine to this point until I saw an add someone selling a pure Embden Gander (1 year old). I went and saw this new Gander it was impressive in size but he is not as tall as the old Gander and he is very nice and gentle. Ever since I have problems with them fighting. Sometimes they fight for so long that it seeing them fighting takes the fun of having geese. I appreciate all the ideas that I am getting but I don't like to keep my geese out of the pond and pend up. My geese look so much happier on the water. I have a pure Chinese mated pair that are doing well. I have heard that Chinese Ganders can be aggressive but this one likes to be touched and he is very sweet. I don't know I am new to geese and I have to find my way to keep a nice flock.
     
  8. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I hate penning up geese too but sure.....
    I dont mind geese fighting since its their nature and he sounds like a tough gander and since your embden gander is still young then it will be used to this situation but i dont think its bad at all now by the sounds of it :) just let them be and keep us updated
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    You may end up with a dead gander if they is fighting like that, not sure if they will fight to the death but we had 2 Muscovy drakes that did. I love my geese very much also but I won't put anyone else in danger when they are hateful and mean during breeding season, Thankfully I have a Muscovy drake that keeps my Embden gander in line him and I work together. I hope you can figure out something. and forgot to Welcome you to BYC
     
  10. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, I understood that he was the most recent one to arrive....ok, so, it´s all quite natural then for him to defend his patch. so I take it the Chinese keep to themselves, and the embden fights the cross-breed. It may be good in that case, to do as serv suggested, but clip the embden´s wings as he´s the youngest and most recent to arrive. This should make him feel inadequate and take cover. Or pen him with a female. Or just hope the already-resident dominant male doesn´t thrash him too much.
     

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