Questions on what/how much to fee pet geese? very confused currently

Discussion in 'Geese' started by mygoosy, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. mygoosy

    mygoosy Hatching

    Jun 18, 2013
    I live in a rual area but no one seems to know how to care for pet geese.

    This is my 1st goose- african gray i believe- about 1 week old this past April 2nd- so getting close to 5 months old now.

    goose ended up with angel wing from what i believe over proten from over feeding and being on starter feed to long.

    all i can find in the feed stores is 10 lb bags of what is marked starter feed- i was told their is no other type sold locally since their all butchered for their meat .

    1st question- what feed should i be feeding

    2nd question - my goose screams from the time i let her out till i put feed out for her- then betwen grass eating runs back to the bowl screaming for more food. how much daily should she be eating in feed- ive filed a dual small dog bowl and goose ate it all down in a half hr then looked for more. i have a feeling if i put all 10 lbs out it wold be gone in the day and ied have a very sick goose that would be ready to pop.

    i know its not good but ive done on a single day as a test- 2 small bowls feed, 2 bannas and one huge peach - all gone within hrs the goose will not leave the fod till its all gone.
  2. RURU

    RURU Songster

    Jan 25, 2011
    Troy, Missouri
    My Coop
    On feeding you need a waterfowl feed. Now because I have Sebastopol's I may feed differently than for Africans. But as a rule of thumb all geese should eat waterfowl feed. At this time of year I cut the feed protein down to 15-16% by adding half waterfowl feed and half whole oats mixed together. Yes, you are feeding too much. You should give what they can eat in 15 minutes. This is how I feed my Sebastopol's once in the morning only enough that they can eat in 15 minutes. Then they for the rest of the day free range. Only as a treat you give goodies. I have never fed a banana to my geese. Cut up tomatoes, cut up grapes red or green, watermelon, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce, kale, apples. NO spinach it is too full of iron!
    Then for bedtime to put them in their pens I feed the same way all they can eat in 15 minutes.

    There will be others who will chime in on what they feed as well. I do believe that they can eat celery, carrots and other things too. But not all the time because too much of a good thing can make them sick or not be good for them... We tend to want to treat our geese so well we can over due for them. I know I can. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013
  3. gm21255

    gm21255 In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2011
    I'm following the same basic feed routine as Ruru. My geese also love dandelion greens, kale, collard greens, cabbage, apples and pears. The majority of the goose diet should be greens. I don't allow my geese to have full access to every area in my garden. If the area where they are free ranging gets overworked, I will cut grass and harvest dandelion greens in other areas of my yard and bring it to them. I have apple and pear trees in my garden and grew kale for them this year. The grass gets a little sparse toward the end of summer, so I supplement their greens accordingly.

    You might want to check with your local grocery store's produce department to see if they would be willing to give you their vegetable discards for your goose.

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