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Several general goose questions for the experienced.

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Denninmi, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    We've been having fun in the yard today! I'm upgrading the pens for my ducks and turkeys, and the three goslings have been "helping" this afternoon. They stay right with me, and have had fun playing in with the plastic bags and small pvc fittings in them.

    Anyway, a couple of questions:

    1) Parasites -- I have a LOT of wild geese at certain times of the year, generally from late summer through late fall, and again a little while in the early spring. The rest of the year, they stay at the end of the street closer to the lakes. I can have a hundred or more in my yard in the fall, cleaning up fallen fruit, grazing, and just generally hanging out. Should I be concerned that they might leave parasites behind?

    2) Territoriality -- how do geese "know" what is "their" territory? If I only let them wander in the specific areas I want them in (i.e., AWAY from the road, which is a primary road with pretty heavy traffic) NOW, will they more or less stay in these areas later? (I'm thinking "no" but it would be nice).

  2. suzysducks

    suzysducks In the Brooder

    Dec 26, 2010
    If you're talking about ectoparasites (lices, mites, etc.) you might consider periodically spraying the pen, including the ground area, with malathion at a time when the birds are not in there.
  3. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    They claim their territory and defend it. you can try to train your geese to stay away from the road but I would use a fence.

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