Guard goose + toddler?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by wildocean, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. wildocean

    wildocean Hatching

    Dec 30, 2014
    Sorry for the cross-post. I am still deciding between geese and peafowl. I am considering getting a goose as a 'guard' for my free ranging chickens from red tailed hawk attacks. I have a toddler who likes to visit (very gently) the chickens, do I have to worry about interactions with (i.e., attacks from) the goose? Can geese be tamed? And if I get them, how many (so they're not lonely)? Does it matter whether I get geese or ganders? Is a particular breed better? Sorry for all the questions. I've raised ducks and chickens but am new to geese!
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2015
  2. The goose girl

    The goose girl Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Toddlers and geese very rarely mix well. Either part should be fenced off from the other.

    Geese can't guard chickens. If you're lucky, they'll honk when they see something scary in the sky. If you're unlucky, they'll chase and maybe attack the chickens.

    If you do decide to get geese, please get at least two. Geese really, really don't thrive on their own.
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