Goose body language and other ???

Discussion in 'Geese' started by pips&peeps, May 31, 2008.

  1. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    What does it mean when your goose "trembles" its head and neck? Is this a sign of submission or aggression? What about when they lower and curl their neck towards their body?

    I am pretty sure when they stretch their neck and "yell" at you they are being aggressive. I was just wondering about the other "body language".

    Last question for all you waterfowl owners out there. My first two goslings are almost fully grown. Their feathers are coming in nicely. At what age and how do I integrate them into the flock without worrying about them getting their butts whooped or possibly killed by the adults???

    I have two hens setting now and the males are all just hanging out so I thought it might be best to get them integrated before the goslings get here.
     
  2. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The neck trembling and curling it towards its body is a sign of aggression. My white chinese geese do it to the other birds and then bite them if they don't move. My male goose started doing it to me about a month after he got territorial. Stretching their necks out is also another aggressive sign. Usually if I turn my back the male will stretch his neck out and run up behind to bite. I'm not sure at what age to put younger ones together though.
     
  3. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL - I thought that they were just chatting when they were stretching their necks! [​IMG] They still do the Peep-peep-peep-peep thing, especially when I peep back at them- they love it. [​IMG]

    My gooses defiinately don't bite me or anyone else, but they do chase the smaller gooses like that.
     
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    When a goose is stretching the neck out, they are warning you off for whatever reason they get into their little goosie brains.

    Like Get Away From My Nest!!
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/duckavenger/2530121438/

    When they do this, I walk to them and gently grab the back of the neck with one hand and hold the body down with the other. It shows I am the dominant goose. I allow a little latitude for broody geese, though. They are just being protective moms after all. [​IMG]

    When they do this
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/duckavenger/2263773445/

    I walk toward them slowly, talking quietly. I have always had them back off. Geese are bullies. As with any bully, they are bluffers. Mostly.
     
  5. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh boy - my geese have never looked that serious! Those are some pretty serious geese.
     
  6. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine greet me like that - or so I thought! They stick their necks out and honk at me when it's feeding time, but they've never bitten anyone or chased them. They have frazzled the tail feathers on my chickens nibbling them though!
     
  7. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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  8. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL...that is hilarious! [​IMG]
     
  9. Broke Down Ranch

    Broke Down Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG]

    That's almost as bad as my buff dewlap GOOSE having the hots for a runner DUCK [​IMG]
     
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    LOL. They are inseparable and even umm, have "marital relations" in the pond.
     

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