geese vs. coons?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by AilsVonHelson, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. AilsVonHelson

    AilsVonHelson Songster

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    Alright, so here in our area we have no major predators... but as we learned the hard way with some of our pullets/cockerels, Coons can be a major issue.


    I was just wondering if racoons would be a risk for adult geese? (Adolency and there early weeks will be spent inside.) We have thinking of giving them a nice house but it'd be nice to see what sort of fortifications we need.


    Thanks!
     

  2. During the spring and summer I leave my 2 extra male ganders outsdie 24/7 and I havent had problems with coons trying to get them. And we do have lots of them around here.
     
  3. my goose scares away the local foxes, not one free-ranged chicken/duck lost/injured since we got him.
     
  4. DuckyBoys

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    chickensducks&agoose :

    my goose scares away the local foxes, not one free-ranged chicken/duck lost/injured since we got him.

    The foxes have gotten my chickens and ducks, but the geese stay out 24/7 and the only one I ever lost was when the 50 mph winds blew her over the dog fence...needless to say the dogs had a mighty nice breakfast that day. [​IMG]

    The coyotes don't even bother with the geese, maybe because there are so many? I have donkeys in there but obviously they didn't protect the chickens and ducks. [​IMG]
     
  5. animals1981

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    no it would be rare for a fox or a coon to take on an adult goose


    a coyote on the other hand will, duckboys ur donkey is what keeps ur geese safe from coyotes, a donkey is a coyotes worst nightmare they are very aggressive towards them, you might not think so but i have seen with my own eyes a sweet gentle donkey turn into a savage beast when 2 coyotes entered its field
     
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  6. BaronRenfrew

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    I lost a Chinese goose to something and coons are the only predators i've ever had problems with.

    maybe the bigger geese do better
     
  7. Sarree

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    I wouldn't risk leaving my geese out like that. They only free range when I can watch them. Theyre so big they can't fly away from free roaming dogs. they are all big babies even when a hawk flys overhead they about trample each other to get back in to safty.

    Sarree
     

  8. Indiana hens

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    Jun 25, 2008
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    Neighbor just lost all 3 about 3 weeks ago. All slaughtered in 1 night. One lost its head after being pulled through a fence inside the barn. All 3 were inside the barn. One had its gizzard ripped out. They were too old to lay anymore. Had free-ranged their entire lives. They foung one up a tree 3 years ago without a head. Coons or owl? It was at night on both incidents. Hope this helps.
     
  9. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    That sounds like raccoons.
    I never ever leave my waterfowl out to freerange at night. They are penned up.
     
  10. AilsVonHelson

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    I see. Thanks for the help. I'm looking to get BIG geese. Dewlapped Toulouse or Africans is what I'm most interested in.


    EDIT to add; They will have a shelter in there little area. I was just wondering if I had anything to worry about with predators just climbing over and slaughtering them. In my past experiences free-ranging has been great. but that was in the Caribbean where the biggest thing to worry about are either small birds of prey or stray dogs.
     
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