Looking to get some geese

Discussion in 'Geese' started by CricketR4, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. CricketR4

    CricketR4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hubby and I are looking to get some geese for two reasons: we heard they might help protect our ducks and chickens against hawks, and also he's thinking about maybe raising a few for meat. I've done some research, but I'd like more personal opinion on which breeds might be best for us. We have 4 kids, so I don't want something too aggressive, but definitely want something to sound a warning. I did have one person tell me Poms are nice, so I've been looking into them, any other suggestions?
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    geese are all bluff and dont guard and or protect other birds.

    there a number of choices for meat breeds: American, Production Toulouse, Pomeranian to name a few
     
  3. CricketR4

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    All bluff, ok. I had heard something similar, mostly that geese are more likely to protect themselves, and basically say: "screw you guys! I'm getting out of here!" Any chance you think their size and noise might be enough to give a hawk pause? We're looking into getting some goats to keep with/near the chickens as I've talked to several people that say just their presence (mostly size) might deter a hawk, but hubby is still wanting geese.
     
  4. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. CricketR4

    CricketR4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I did not. Thank you. I think it was a bit farther back than I looked, and I didn't do a search... not sure why I didn't do a search, since I usually do. [​IMG]
     
  6. CricketR4

    CricketR4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Based on Kevin's thread it looks like the best bets as far as temperament are concerned are: American Buff, Cotton Patch, Pomeranian and Pilgrim. Thanks for linking that thread!
     
  7. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that sounds about right. Glad it helped!
    Here are some threads that focus on those breeds

    (also, you might already know this, but it took me a while to figure out at first; if you click on "Advanced Search" then put in what you're looking for & select the Geese forum, it helps narrow it down)
     
  8. CricketR4

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    I did not already know that! Thanks for the links, and for the tip. [​IMG]
     

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