Geese "coop" requirements...

Discussion in 'Geese' started by MsMelvin, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. MsMelvin

    MsMelvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2009
    I am going to start my blueprints for a coop specifically for geese, can you share your ideas. (There is not a lot of info on geese out there). I've been researching...don't have geese yet.

    We do have RIR girls, and their coop is great! Complete w/ shingled roof, operating window, light and heat. They are happy/healthy (knock,knock) ; I want my newest critters to be happy (and comfortable) as well. They will be spoiled like the girls [​IMG]

    Wondering if nesting boxes should be hanging off the side and if so what would the measurment requirements be. I will be going with the medium size variety, thinking American Blue's or buffs, girls.

    Also, the coop will be up off the ground on legs, what height should I be considering.

    I did see the thread on pools / ponds; got that covered.

    Thanks so much, all your info on geese is great, that's why I want some....your[​IMG]
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  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:Some of my geese wanted nothing to do with Ramps. if this is going to be their over night lockup remember that picking up a large goose to get it in the coop tends to get old fast. My geese liked corners to nest in an old horse stall, when I ran out of corners I tried to add nest boxes right next to the corners This just upset the geese that 'owned' the corner nests and the boxes were not used. I finally put in temporary 2' high walls half way the length of the stall walls and picked up 6 additional corners this way and every one was happy! I would remove the temp. walls when the nesting season was over. You might want additional opinions on the ramps and corners since I have no way of knowing if my geese were normal or not, Just reporting what worked for me.
  3. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I have a very angry pair of brown chinese. Not a breed I recomend. They live in a section of my 12X12ft barn. I think their space is 5X5ft. My barn is about 6 inches off the ground and they wont have anything to do with a ramp either so I made them a little step. My nest box is only 2X2ft but I have smaller geese.
  4. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    My geese use the ramp I have for them. Their night place is about 2 feet off the ground. However they follow the ducks in, so maybe that's why they use it.
  5. Lund121671

    Lund121671 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    Geese do not need much. We use a thee sided small shed made of scrap steel or board with a dirt floor. We rake it out when needed. I do not lock them in at night, but if you choose to you can just put a door on the front or more like a screen door so they have good air flow. Geese WILL get sick if locked up in a tight building. Ours never really go into the building unless the girls are making there nests. They sit in the snow and pull there feet up and huncker down. We are in Wisconsin.
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  6. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    my pen has great airflow, but the reason I put them in there at night is that is the only purely predator proof place I have. with coyotes and raccoons running around at night, I don't care that they talk dirty to me when they go in at night [​IMG]
  7. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    Out in the Boonies
    My birds (goose included) survived all winter in nothing but a plastic dog house. o_o;;

    All they 'really need' is a three sided shelter (with a roof) out of the wind.

    But I hope your geese enjoy their coop nonetheless. [​IMG]
  8. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Mid west Michigan
    Quote:Just curious what you mean by that.
    I shut my geese in every night to protect them from predators and they are healthy as can be.

    At night time and for setting on eggs, mine have box stalls that I throw a big heap of straw in the corner for nesting.
    They don't need "nest boxes" just a pile of clean straw.

    Most geese are quite clumsy and ramps are not ideal
    for them.
    Why does your goose-coop have to be raised above
    the ground?

    Give them plenty of room and over head space.
    When you make their coop think like you were
    making a shed for some that they aren't
    like little chickens.
    Sounds like you are thinking geese are like chickens
    with your nest box and raised coop ideas.
  9. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    My geese stay in the pasture with my goats. They are out in the worst weather when nothing else dares to go out. They lay in the goat shelter when they just want a break, but most of the time they are out in the grass.
  10. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Cottage Rose, my duck house is off the ground because all of my property slopes. It's the only way for it to be square and not get run-off from the upper part of the property.

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