Hmmm, wondering if I should rethink my plan to get a few geese in the spring? I could NOT let them "free range" where I am, both for their own safety, and due to the nature of the neighborhood. I'm in the 'burbs, and I live on the corner of a main road with heavy traffic. If I let them "free range," they would get hit in the road, or wander into a neighbor's yard who might not appreciate it (one guy in particular always chases the wild geese). Plus, predator issues -- I have a hawk that regularly sits on the utility pole or the walnut tree and watches my birds inside their pens, but he can't get to them, as I made REALLY secure pens with multiple layers of protection. My 2 acres is NOT fenced, but I would fence in a smaller area, just I have done for my other birds (ducks, chickens, turkeys, quail). The setup I had envisioned would be a roughly 20 x 50 area, fenced and netted against hawks, with a "house" inside of that, plus a kiddie pool or two for swimming. They would have to be on some kind of artificial substrate, because I know that the lawn there now would just be mud in short order. What I was thinking was pea gravel, so it could be easily raked and hosed down. There is enough natural drainage in the area I would put them that I could hose it daily. I would also put down landscape fabric under the pea gravel so they couldn't get into the mud/sand beneath. Reading various threads about how much geese almost "need" to graze, would this be unfair to or unhealthy for a pair of geese? Does the above sound like an OK setup? I would give them a LOT of vegetable matter, daily in fact, but would that substitute for true "grazing" on grass? Finally, one other question -- is there a problem with diseases or parasites from wild flocks affecting domestic birds if they're in the same general area but not necessarily in direct contact? I live in a region of hundreds of lakes, and there are 5 lakes within 1/2 mile of my house, the closest being about 1/4 mile at the end of the street. Plus a drainage pond in the sub across the street, about 300 feet away. We have a tremendous population of wild geese and ducks. In the summer and fall mostly, the wild geese come into my yard daily to graze on the grass and pick at fallen fruit from my apples and pears. Other times of the year, they are more casual visitors. I like them actually. I can have as many as 50 birds in my yard some days -- they wander the whole neighborhood. Would they potentially infect the domestic geese with something IF the domestic geese were in a fenced enclosure and not wandering the same land?