Question on culling....

Discussion in 'Geese' started by squirrelbug, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. squirrelbug

    squirrelbug Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband would like to know how everyone culls their geese....he is trying to be prepared, even though he won't be the one doing it, my son will :) Hubby is as soft-hearted about them as I am.

    Thanks! [​IMG]

    Joanne

    PS My goose, Bonnie, has made her nest and has been in it most of the morning so far!! [​IMG] I will check later to see if there is an egg!
     
  2. Grassman 52

    Grassman 52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you asking about picking which ones to keep or the act of "dispatching" the goose?
     
  3. squirrelbug

    squirrelbug Out Of The Brooder

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    The act itself. In case I end up having some that I need to "dispatch" I am just wondering what is the easiest for us and also the most humane. I have seen my Grandmother "dispatch" chickens years ago....

    Just looking for some ideas, just in case.
     
  4. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't culled (in any definition) geese before. Totally understand what you mean about being soft-hearted! And its a great question to ask how to do it humanely.

    As far as dispatching goes - are you thinking of culling immediately, or separating those that will go to "freezer camp"?

    If you'll be raising them for meat, you may want to check out these threads - until others with more experience reply
     
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have geese any longer, I culled them all after they attacked my ducklings. Though I do still look at the goose forum occassionally. I dispatched them the same way I do chickens or ducks. Slip knots on both legs, hang them upside down (I don't have a cone) and slit jugulars. I hold wings to limit thrashing.
     
  6. squirrelbug

    squirrelbug Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies.

    If it were up to me, I would keep all the geese I can [​IMG] but the agreement with hubby is that I can keep the 4 that I presently have. So, when they start to sit, I will be posting geese for sale locally and contact the feed store where I sold them last year. I am just trying to be prepared in case I have any left...I am hoping not, but just in case.

    If there are any, they would live with my 4 until the time comes. I have talked to my son (who will do the deed) and explained to him that he cannot do it (however we do it) where the others can see...but I am just trying to find out the methods of others who do have their birds for meat and see what would be best for us here.

    Any ideas are appreciated [​IMG]

    Joanne
     
  7. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We dont want to increase the # of our flock either, and so far we've been removing the eggs as our goose lays. And very good point about not letting the "pet" geese witness the culling, I read that somewhere on this forum too.
     
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    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. squirrelbug

    squirrelbug Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!

    I went to the chicken side of BYC and after reading some posts there, it seems like the majority over there prefer be-heading....they say it is the quickest way.

    I have time and I don't even know yet if I will have to do this, just trying to do my research beforehand [​IMG]

    Thanks again!

    Joanne
    aka Squirrelbug
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Joanne, what i have heard is ducks/geese have a very tough neck muscles, so it won't be as easy as a chicken, take that into consideration if and when you have to do this.
     

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