Raising Geese 101

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Kevin565, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. lovinchickypoos

    lovinchickypoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first goslings.......and poults and ducks [​IMG] (not my first chicks) Don't worry, they've been split up into 2 brooder pens...1 for terrestrials and 1 for waterfowl! Wow, people aren't kidding when the say those water birds are messy!!!!! These are just feed store babies and were listed as "assorted". Am I right in guessing these are probably Toulouse? They are about 3wks now and we LOVE them!!!! I would like to ask what behavior I should be squashing at this point. They like to come up to us and talk back and, like puppies, take everything in their mouths! They pull on our pants frequently and if they get too exuberant I just kind of lightly grab their bills or tap the top with my finger (again lightly). We can't get over how much personality they have and, dare I say, intellegence we see in those eyes! DH still has no hope that they won't be evil!
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    They are adorable, and a bit young for much training, geese want to put everything in their mouths since they don't have hands to feel with. Biting and nipping is normal, just make dicipline appropriate to age, but for when they start really getting bold here is an excellent link to training alot of us have had success with. Sorry not sure on breed, but they sure are cute. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/561849/geese-training
    Most important is not to hand feed. as this gets them into mold of nipping and biting.
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It's possible. Depending on the beak type they could also be Brown Chinese or African Geese.
     
  4. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is hard to tell but I wondered if it was african or brown chinese due to the way the one in the front was standing. Cute! Goslings are by far my favorite poultry to raise so far. [​IMG]
     
  5. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. farhan663

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    i want to know what is the difference between geese and ducks as they look similar in physical appearance?
     
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Ducks and Geese are extremely different. Geese are seasonal layers, larger in size, usually quite a bit more expensive.
     
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  8. farhan663

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    are geese have flying abilities as compared to ducks?
     
  9. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well most domestic ducks can't fly. My pekin ducks with hopping and flapping they still don't get off the ground. Geese are a little different I have an American Buff gander(male) He can fly about up about 1 foot high and a distance of about 50 feet if he really wants to. My American Buff goose once flew about a 100 yards while 20 feet off the ground. She promptly had her feathers clipped. Many geese are not able to really fly after a year old because they become too heavy.
     
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  10. Kevin565

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    It varies. Most breeds are too heavy to actually fly but the lighter breeds can sometimes get off the ground for a few yards.
     
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