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Discussion in 'Geese' started by kristen2678, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. kristen2678

    kristen2678 Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    North Berwick Maine
    Geese grow on grass, yes? I just lost my first chicken to a hawk attack this weekend. The ladies free ranging days are over. Assuming all goes according to plan and we have more land come spring/summer, ducks and geese are in my future. Geese are obviously much larger than chickens. Do you folks have hawk trouble with full grown geese? Will a gander help in the protection department?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I never had hawk problems with grown geese, but if hungry enough they might give it a try. Great Horned Owls, again if hungry enough, are not beyond killing grown geese.
  3. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    The geese at the lake don't even flinch at the hawks (now a dog or coyote is whole other deal). I know that some types of hawks and falcons have been known to take down fairly large juveniles, though, if there's nothing else to eat. I can't tell you if a gander will help the way a rooster will for hens.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2010
  4. kristen2678

    kristen2678 Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    North Berwick Maine
    Thanks for the replys. A rooster is the the plan as well. This hawk was hungry and not phased by me being only feet away (screaming and throwing rocks). Actually, the chicken was probably larger than the hawk. Our dogs have a strong prey drive, so they are always fenced off from the birds. I'd have to assume full grown geese would be safe on pasture.
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I have to think my emden gander would be a little hard for a hawk to fly off with. Or my drake muscovies but all the other ,chickens hen ducks would be fair game.
  6. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:I used to have a tree right over my goose pen that had a nest of Redtailed hawks every summer. I have seen the hawks eye balling the geese and when the hawks manage to kill a rodent in the goose area the geese drive it off (usually with the rodent in hand) I cover a run when I have goslings and have never lost anything to the hawks. My geese keep a very effective sky watch! I have run ducks with the geese and never lost one of them either. Never had chickens!
  7. kristen2678

    kristen2678 Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    North Berwick Maine

  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I don't think you'd have to worry about hawks with grown geese, but they will get adult ducks. I lost one cayuga hen this past spring to a red-tailed hawk, I don't think it carried her off but it got what it wanted of her in the field across the road I guess [​IMG]

    But they are a threat to babies and youngsters, though the parents are pretty good at protecting the babies usually. My adult embdens took very good care of the goslings they adopted this past summer, they wouldn't even take them out of the yard until they were almost as big as the 'parents', not even to go for a swim in the pond.

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