I don't currently have any geese or other outdoor birds, just two parrots who live indoors (obviously). I need a guard animal for my large, fenced yard which used to be used by local drug addicts to hide in and smoke meth and crack. I still find crack pipes in my yard when I get off work occasionally, and putting up a "no trespassing" sign does not seem to have helped much. I definitely do NOT want a dog, and a policeman who comes into my shop a lot was very encouraging about getting a goose. I don't live in a city, I just live in a town with a major drug problem, in Northern California, and I happened to buy a house that was vacant for 7 years until I purchased it, making it an attractive place for people to hang out unseen behind the tall fence. So, here are my questions regarding my situation: 1) I'd like to get a goose that I can treat as a pet and bond with like my parrots, but one that will hopefully hiss at and scare off potential intruders. Most people I know do not want to mess with a ticked-off goose. 2) Would it be cruel to have just one, even if it got lots of attention from me and my housemate? 3) I guess it's good that the 9 random neighbor cats will be scared out of the yard (I love cats, but that's a lot of cat poop to deal with), but is it possible for a goose to get along with my own cats if I get it very young and introduce them to each other? My cats leave the parrots alone, and are a little afraid of them when they're out of their cages. 4) Do geese eat snails and slugs at all, or are they strict vegetarians? I live in a very rainy climate and I'm overrun by snails. 5) My yard is full of 70-something large raised beds set up sort of like a maze, with tile and moss pathways between them, and 13 dwarf fruit trees with nasturtiums planted underneath. There is no lawn. At all. Will the goose hate the fact that the yard is such a maze without any real pasture? (There are plenty of weeds, though). 6) There are rare heirloom flowers, bulb flowers, and vegetables in most of the raised beds, and I let California poppies and columbine take over others. I'm lazy about weeding, so there's also grass and dandelions growing between flowers and veggies in most places. (I don't mulch, my garden is sort of an "explosion" of flowers). Will the goose really prefer the weeds to the flowers and veggies? (I grow mustard greens, kale, chard, beets, radishes, okra, fava beans, and squash, all surrounded by California poppies to confuse the snails). 7) Would a goose eat the fallen leaves and fruit from my apple trees? My trees have scab disease, so it would be nice to have help disposing of all the mess from them, since they can't be composted. 8) Do geese require a shelter with a roof? My neighborhood doesn't have any predators. Just cats (and dogs, but I don't think anyone is jumping my fence with their dogs in tow). 9) Would/could a goose squeeze itself through openings in a wrought-iron fence? The front fence is ornate, antique Chicago wrought-iron and the house is a local landmark, so I don't want to do anything to uglify it. The rest of the fence is tall wooden planks with no openings, but the back, side, and front yards are all open to each other and it would be difficult to put in gates because of all the cement raised beds. Also, to alleviate any concerns, I do not have a homeowners association or anything like that. I live in the urban part of a fairly rural town, where several neighbors raise backyard chickens. My yard is a decent size, but no acreage, just a Victorian with its original double lot intact. Thanks for any advice!!! I like the idea of having a guard goose, and I love birds, just want to know if it's feasible. Sorry this is so long!