Goose discipline?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by DoctorGoose, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everybody!

    My goose, Shinigami (the Grim-reaper) recently has started to get really aggressive. Now, when she was a baby, she was fine, and really sweet. Now all of a sudden, when I pet her, she runs away and/or attacks my hand. This afternoon, she went for my legs. I kicked her!

    *GASP!!!* *ANIMAL ABUSE!!!!!!!!!!!* Seriously, guys, it wasn't a hard kick. It made her squeak in surprise, she's still alive, and she didn't topple over and run away. She just started talking in a baby voice to me.

    Unfortunately, my mother was over, and she absolutely FREAKED! I thought she was going to take my goose away to the animal shelter, she was so angry at me!

    Anyhow, she told me that I should whack her with my hand, or squirt her with water (because I always carry a hose around, don't ya know?)

    What do y'all do for goose discipline? (personally, I use the nearest appendage to punish the goose.)
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Maybe carry a squirt gun?? I dont know....I dont have geese...I have a roo thats turning aggresive...he is close to the cookstove...Its a shame too, because he is a BEAUTIFULL RIR. He is in "jail" now...anyone need a ROO??? I think with a few ladies, he would settle down....for now, he is all alone. [​IMG]
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Your geese will start getting a little more bad tempered as they are headed into mating season. Be really careful and never let them hatch 'naturally' any goslings. Because, then you are stuck with aggressive geese for nine months while they 'protect' their young.

    Geese are mostly all for show. They will hiss and charge me, then run back to their flock with their wings out shouting victory in their goose language. To counter it, you humiliate them in front of their peers. When they are aggressive, grab them by the neck; pick them up, then hold them sorta upside down where all the others can see.

    They will seldom charge you again after that treatment.
     
  4. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] YES! I will do that! I'm not sure if these will ever get into the mating phase--they're just two girls...?
     
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, only if you live on Capitol Hill. [​IMG]
     
  6. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL, I wonder if that's why my drake didn't attack me today? He's been doing it every time I turn my back on him for weeks now, and yesterday I picked him up and flipped him onto his back and held him up in the air for a few minutes.

    I don't know why I did it ...

    But he didn't come after me today!

    trish
     
  7. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    never let them hatch 'naturally' any goslings

    I definitely DO NOT agree with this. Not only is its a whole lot easier, its amazing to see. I loved when our geese hatched babies. We would have 3-4 girls all hiding their nest around the property and everyone would wander out with big broods. It was amazing! They were snotty all year round, why not allow them to make more snot bags? [​IMG]
     
  8. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Ugh. I raised 20 Emdens this year as day olds; then 8 goslings (tufted romans and pilgrims) 'naturally' under their parents. Never again. The management is simply too hard compared with the other geese which imprinted on us. It's like having another species most the time. At the very least, you've made an additional management group to deal with.

    I agree it was amazing to see them follow their parents and watching their moms & dads protect them. But, it's also impossible to get them tame, keep them off the road, keep them off the porch. All their goslings are just too far wild now for rehabilitation. So, they will all be eaten. I'll be stealing their eggs next year and putting them in the incubator.
     
  9. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2007
    Maryland 21787
    The best thing to do is dominate the offending goose. Walk up to her and pick her up hold her on your lap the way you would a child having a tempertantrum. (or just sit on her!) When the goose settles down you can then release her. Chances are she wont bother you again for a long while. Repeat procedure as needed.

    I had to do this a few times with my sebastopols during breeding season. The trick is to never let the goose get away with it..... maintain your dominance at all times.
     
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