Should I get a goose?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Valhalla Acres, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Valhalla Acres

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    For a while now I have been thinking of purchasing a goose or two. We currently raise/breed chickens, pheasants, quail, and call ducks. We have a lot of open space and resources to build a new pen if needed. We have a private lake next to our house as well. However, we train our hunting dogs by the lake and I don't think that would end well if we let geese on the lake. Anyway, my questions are: What is a good beginner goose breed? How big should their pen be? How big of a water source should I give them? If I get one goose, will he/she be lonely(should I get more then one)? Are there any other tips I should know before possibly getting a goose?
     
  2. shawluvsbirds

    shawluvsbirds "FAKE EILLEEN"

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    @Fields Mountain Farm
    Can tell you about her geese.
    The only thing I know about them is like any other waterfowl you shouldn't have just one they are flock animals and yes, a single goose would be lonely. :)
     
  3. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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    Hello :frow
    My experience with geese is a bit limited but I will say deffinetly get at least 2 so they wont be lonely.. they are very social creatures. If you intend to have a gander, reserch traing.. My first one Vyxin imprinted on me and I thought it was just the cutest thing, till I he was becoming dominate in his mind due to how we were handling him. Luckily I had help from @Pyxis and was able to change his mind since he was still young. He's a well behaved fella now with a lovely hen of his own... as far as shelter and water, my 2 have a stall in my barn they come and go from including an outside fenced area they share with a pony, so quite large but I dont know the measurements, they also have a kidy pool and love it. I do my own grain mix that has worked out well for me and mine but an all flock or grain specifically for waterfowl should be fine.. Pyxis may have a better suggestion for you on this..
    Well, Ive managed to ramble on and don't know if Ive been much help..:gig
    One last thing.. this is a good thread about handling geese, it helped me out a lot as well...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/geese-training.561849/
     
  4. shawluvsbirds

    shawluvsbirds "FAKE EILLEEN"

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    Sotoes like a heap of useful information to me.:clap
     
  5. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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    I hope so..:fl
    Sotoes???:lau:lau
     
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  6. Valhalla Acres

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    Thank you for the helpful information! I will do as much research as possible, but this has been very informative!
     
  7. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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    Hopefully Pyxis will stop in later with more...
    Oh, and @Miss Lydia would have some good advice as well no doubt!
    Keep us posted on what you decide please.. :)
     
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    I will keep you posted! Thank you!:D
     
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    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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    :highfive:
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    As for a starter geese I wouldn’t choose Emden or Chinese. Maybe Toulouse or Sebastopol? Great info I second!
     

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