Should I get Sebastopals?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Gatsbysmum, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Gatsbysmum

    Gatsbysmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, I have ducks and my birthday is coming up so I thought it'd be fun to get some geese. I know where I could get some fully feathered goslings. Would it be a good idea to get a pair of these to keep with my ducks or would they be too old to tame. The person who I'd get them from says they're socialized, but I'm used to my ducks crawling all over me and running up to me and following me in the yard, and I'd enjoy if my new additions did the same. [​IMG]
     
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  2. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Geese aren´t a lot like ducks. Once goslings are growing a bit, they tend to get less cuddly, and like their own space, apart from coming up behind and having a nibble at you. also, many find that geese and ducks don´t mix too well in the breeding season especially. How much space do you have? Do you have enough space to have the geese separate in a grazing area? That´d be best. [​IMG]
     
  3. Gatsbysmum

    Gatsbysmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The birds get free range of our 5 acre lot during the day, so space isn't an issue.
     
  4. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great. Enjoy your geese, then! [​IMG]
     
  5. Gatsbysmum

    Gatsbysmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, the ducks and geese would be roughly the same age (the geese being maybe a little older maybe younger, depending on who I'm getting them from), and would share a pen at night. Good idea? Bad idea? Btw, the leaders of my flock are a pair of Rouens who are pretty chill with the other animals. Only one of the khaki females is a bit pushy, but the Rouens usually keep her in line.
     
  6. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    A lot of folks find that keeping geese and ducks penned in together doesn´t work. There are some on here that don´t get a problem.
    I don´t pen mine in. they´re free-range 24/7, but I can imagine if mine were penned in together, that there would be some upset.
    The prob will generally come from the males of both...randy drakes and protective ganders...
     
  7. Gatsbysmum

    Gatsbysmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I had to I would be able to segregate my coop but I'd rather not do that if I don't have to. Should I just see how they get along as youngsters then decide to segregate or not?

    Also read that sebbies are one of the most friendly goose breeds, and although they and the ducks wouldn't be raised from fuzzies together, they'd be raised from young adolescents together. And I wanted a male/female pair originally, but I was wondering if I should still do that or get two girls, see how things go, and possibly get a male baby next spring?
     
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  8. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could do all or any of the above.
    I don´t believe it makes a huge difference if they´re raised from tinies or not. You´ll just get some drakes and some ganders that just don´t want to mix...or want to mix too much!
    See how it goes, but at least you have a plan B.
    You could get two female geese, they´re pretty easy-going. If you get a male next spring, you´d need to get two, as they need company. And if you give the goslings to the females to rear, which is quite possible, then the females may or may not accept them as potential mates the following year. Sometimes it works, but also it´s common that a goose won´t mate her son/'son'. So, if you get two young males (or a pair, of course, giving you 3 females all together), then you´d probably be best raising them yourself. Just my observations...
    Decision´s yours. [​IMG]
     
  9. Gatsbysmum

    Gatsbysmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I'll start with the two females this year to see how things go. If I am impressed with them, I'll get a young male or two next year, so they can be handled and socialized in hopes of making them less aggressive. :)
     
  10. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds good!
     

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