Geese on pond over night?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Kyle E, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Kyle E

    Kyle E Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    Liberty, Pennsylvania
    I have a pond down front of my house. But I have bad predators around. I was wondering if I built a dock would they stay on it in the middle of the pond and be safe from predators or would they stay on the bank and be in danger? I'm just curious if the dock would work?
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    There is always the possibility of them being attacked. A GHO or mink might attack them in the water forcing them to land where the other predators might take over. Or they might be fine. What it really amounts to is do you want to take the chance?
  4. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yes, if there is food for them out there for a while, I think they would stay [​IMG]
  5. Kyle E

    Kyle E Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    Liberty, Pennsylvania
    Okay thanks
  6. ellenmartin

    ellenmartin Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2011
    Many geese/ducks/etc. are NOT safe on ponds at night - it's their only choice of location in the wild but it is not safe. Bobcats, coyotes etc. can all swim and jump in on a goose/duck. Happens all the time - happened to our neighbors recently and 2 geese were drowned and eaten on the bank.

    So, IMHO sitting on the side of a pond at night is a "sitting duck" waiting for a predator. Haven't you seen National Geographic where predators go to the watering holes at night/day to sneak up on their prey....

    Do you have a barn or antyhing you can put them in at night that isn't too HOT so they are safe that is predator proof? It has to have air and ventilation and shelter from rain/etc. but not be too smothering/hot so they can move around and have plenty of room??

    Some people leave theirs out and just get new geese/ducks when they are eaten or attacked. Not very caring, not very smart people.

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