Getting geese in the spring, housing?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Ms Ellen, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Ms Ellen

    Ms Ellen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I am getting a trio of African geese in the spring. I want to build them something like a dog house type building I think? I want them to free range but also to be able to lock them up when visitors are expected. I don't know what size building they need? Should I brood them in there so they know it is home? Also, I have about 2 1/2 ac with many many ac of woods behind but I have neighbors on one side. Not close, my side yard faces their back yard maybe 500 feet away. Do you think I can train the geese to stay mostly on my side or will I need a fence there? I am a bit worried that they will bother the neighbors, though nobody is usually out and this is the back of the back yard with a pretty good distance to the houses. Well far enough that they have Comcast but my house is too far away for comcast to run a line to, LOL. Actually part of one neighbor's side yard is really my yard too but he mows it, so I guess it could get complicated. Anyway, what size building do I need to make? What amenities? Other than locking good because we have a terrible problem with critters. Also, will the wings need to be clipped?

    Forgot to mention I already have free ranging chickens but they always stay in their own yard.
     
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  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    if you dont fence they will wander, and predators could get them as well.


    good for a pair or trio but no more.

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    here is one from a fellow BYC'r

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    We added doors to this building and have three trios in it now


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  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Is that Luna at the bottom? Gosh she's cute!!

    Nice buildings, all of them.
     
  4. Ms Ellen

    Ms Ellen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! So what I need for a trio is about the size of a pallet? That is helpful to my non math thinking mind. Anything I need inside?
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    bedding [​IMG]

    I would recommend against water in their sleeping quarters. They make a huge mess.
     
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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  7. Ms Ellen

    Ms Ellen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So maybe a foot and a half taller than the average dog house, looking at those pictures? Again, non math thinking. I am assuming I won't need insulation for pre insulated geese, LOL.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Do you want to be able to go inside to clean? if so then at least a few inches taller than you. and no insulation required.
     
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  9. Going Bhonkers

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