Meat Eating Geese....

Discussion in 'Geese' started by elizabethbinary, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Okay I'm confused. Everything I've read about geese says They are STRICT vegetarians and won't even eat bugs. I just caught my two geese fighting over a chicken spine I threw out back from last night's dinner. They picked it clean.

    So clearly geese aren't STRICT vegetarians... should I try to avoid putting meat out there in the future or is it okay for them?
     
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    It's fine for them. Geese prefer to base their diet largely on greens, that doesn't mean they won't eat meat occasionally when it's readily available. Mine eat live fish with the ducks.
     
  3. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine won't touch meat and I've never seen mine fish. Are you sure they were interested in the fleshy bits and not whatever tasty seasonings you used for dinner?

    I doubt it will hurt them.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    My goose likes meal worms, the dried kind
     
  5. The goose girl

    The goose girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine eats cat and dog food if he can get to it.

    I wouldn't leave meat out for geese. They're not designed to eat meat and they won't know if it's gone bad. But they're curious and will probably play with any carcass. They can die from eating rotten meat.
     

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