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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Poultryisgood, Jun 20, 2007.

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  1. Poultryisgood

    Poultryisgood Cooped Up

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    I have a question on friday I'm getting a couple brown Chinese geese and i was wondering if there would be a problem putting them in with my chickens? i hope not im really excited to be getting them please and thank you for all your answers!
     
  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a male and female and they dont bother my chickens they are the same kind as yours.and the hen is setting eggs/are yours full grown they are the tamist geese of geese
     
  3. Poultryisgood

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    i know she is full grown and laying because the place she is coming from she was sitting on eggs but it didn't come to anything i was wondering do you think she will lay here at my house after a certain amount of time? and also could you tell me the best way to set up the coop so they will be less stressed and also feel comfortable laying thanks
     
  4. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't recommend mixing chickens and waterfowl. They have different dietary needs which can become a problem. Geese make a mess of any space turning a clean and dry coop into a muddy mess that will make your chickens more prone to disease and illness. Ganders and roosters also have a tendency to fight and the rooster will loose. It may be alright if they free range but if they are confined its not a good idea. I'm sorry if this advise sounds a bit harsh but it comes from experience. My friend's rooster was killed by her gander and two of her hens were injured. I kept ducklings goslings and chicks together in the early years of my poultry hobby and I lost several chicks from disease and bullying. I now keep waterfowl and pther poultry separated except for when they free range.
     
  5. cchaeuser

    cchaeuser New Egg

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    I have 3 white embden geese, 1 toulouse goose, a pair of cayuga ducks and a dozen chickens, all hens. They are about 13 months old and they sleep together at night in an 8 x 7 chickenwire enclosure which is attached to my chicken coop. They all free range together in my yard and are doing great. Keep in mind, that aside from two cochin hens, they were all raised together. The geese and ducks picked on those hens for about 3 days and then, once the pecking order was established, all has been well. My hens lay like crazy and I have a broody cochin setting on 8 eggs. The pen does get messy and wet quickly, but I have a heck of a compost pile. I use straw about 6 inches deep and that will last a week or so. Just so you get an idea. The key is housing them seperate, but together. My geese cannot get into my coop (the door is too small) and that eliminates them from eating the hens feed. I haven't fed the geese anything other than a 12 oz cup of meat producer a night in almost a year! Good luck.[​IMG]
     
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