Hi everyone! We were thinking about getting a guard dog, but we thought about it some more and we decided that that wasn't such a good idea because we have chickens and we don't want to get a dog that turns out to be a chicken killer! So we started thinking about maybe getting a donkey, and I was like no way! Those things bray all the time and it's LOUD! So then I thought DA! We should get some geese! I mean I'm a geek when it comes to chickens, so why not get some geese to be our watch dog?!They're poultry! So I don't know that much about geese so I was just wondering if maybe you guys could answer some questions for me about geese, you know share all your wonderful stories and personal experiences. My first question is, Is goose poop that messy? I'm asking because several people have told that goose poop is nasty and hard to clean up. Is it? My second question is, What is the loudest breed of goose, I need them to be loud because they are going to act as an alert system. Are gooses diets extremely different from chickens? Do geese need water to swim in all the time? Do geese need waterers and feeders that are different from chicken's? Is Purina flock raiser a good feed fro geese? Do they need oyster shell for their eggs? Can I make a chicken tractor for them and just modify it to fit them, would that be good housing? They need a heat lamp in the winter right? What kinds of treats do geese like to eat, (what's good for them?) What do they need to prevent parasites and disease? Do they need grit? I have 2 breeds that I was thinking about getting so tell me if they are loud but yet nice geese breeds, Gray, and Pilgrim. Also are these two breeds good mothers? Also, do geese mate for life in captivity? I know that this is a lot of questions, but I'm very new to geese, so thanks for any help that you can give me! Please reply! THANKS!