Is this a good reason to get geese?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Free Feather, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    My female Collie x White Shepherd puppy is giving the chickens a rough time. Chasing and occasionally killing and playing with them and other such bad things. My mother suggested that if I had large geese they would attack her if she attempted to be dastardly. All supervised, of course. I have ducks already with a natural water source, and I am not clueless about their needs and behaviors. We wanted some before, but I guess this will be the excuse. Mother will get them regardless of my opinion, but I want to hear what others might think. Should I worry about them harming the other birds? Will this completely blow up in my face?
    Thoughts? I have a thread going about the puppy situation if you want more information. "Puppy sees chickens as toys."
     
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why don't you kept them separated ?
     
  3. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Keep who separated?
     
  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The dog and chickens
     
  5. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are when I am gone, but not when I am out. I have no way to keep them seperated when I am home unless I keep her in her pen all day. The killings first when I trusted her stupidly and second when she got loose. She does not pull shenanigans when I am around. When I let her out, she has a ton of energy and wants to play.
     
  6. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    This isn't really a good reason to get geese. Now, I don't have a gander yet, so their temperament may be different, but I do have a goose. My dog doesn't hurt the chickens, but he will lunge at them playfully because he thinks it's fun to see them scatter. My goose will hiss at the dog, until he gets too close and then she just turns and runs. I had a neighbor's dog attacking my poultry, and he was killing chickens left and right. He had a go at the goose too, and I'm sure she bit him when he grabbed her and that's why he let go and she lived, but she did have a bloody wing and I debated taking her to the vet. So even though geese are bigger, a dog may still grab them, and even though they might fight back, they're really no match for a big dog if the dog is determined. I agree with just keeping the dog and poultry separated. That would be the most responsible thing to do as an owner, for the safety of your birds.

    If you can't keep them apart when you're not around, then I wouldn't let her out unsupervised. Or build a pen for the birds. Mine stay in a large run when I can't be around to supervise their free range time so they're safe from predators, and they're still happy.
     
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  7. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Would it matter if my puppy is small and will likely always be small? My mother will get the geese regardless because she wants some.
     
  8. matt44644

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    The puppy is going to play rougher than what the chickens can handle.
     
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    The geese might be braver with her if she's small but that can easily backfire. Either the dog or the geese will get injured if the dog goes after them, and probably both. Geese bite and chest bump and beat up opponents with their wings, and could easily injure a small dog. Likewise, a small dog, even though it is small, still has teeth and can deal some nasty puncture wounds. Really best for all involved if they're kept separate.
     
  10. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just great.
     

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