There any way to get them to stop nibbling??

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Mmmaddie13, May 19, 2011.

  1. Mmmaddie13

    Mmmaddie13 Songster

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    My 6 week old tufted buff, Oscar, likes to hang out with me inside, but he CONSTANTLY nibbles on my clothes, jewelry, hands, the carpet, electrical cords, everything. Now we got him a diaper so he could be inside, but he won't leave it alone, is there a way to break him of the habit?
    Might I add when he gets my clothes or hands, it hurts! He's not doing it in an aggressive way, just a habit I think.

    Any help will be appreciated, thank you.
     
  2. Kim65

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    Um . . . nope [​IMG] BUT, you can give him better things to nibble on that are safe and hold up to nibbling. I have a two year old gander who as a gosling nibbled my hair for HOURS on end. I still can't bend over in the yard with out him running up to chew my hair.

    They nibble less as they age, but right now he's exploring everything with the only thing he can explore with.

    I saw a goose toy that was a super thick rubber band substance that you could hang on a fence, and the goose could nibble and pull safely without it coming apart.
     
  3. Mmmaddie13

    Mmmaddie13 Songster

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    Thanks! [​IMG] I'll make a run to the pet store and see what I can find.
     
  4. queenbeezz

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    Nope. Nibbling is what they do. It may lessen with age but don't count on it. Sounds like he's preening you, a sign of affection.
     
  5. pinkyglory123

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    [​IMG] I took the six 2-3 week old goslings outside today to graze and mostly they hung around me and nibbled. I love it.
     
  6. Serina81

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    I constantly push their head away and tell them no. Does it work? I'm still pushing their head away and telling them no...
     
  7. Silkie Sue

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    if that works..... you will be famously known forever after as " THE GOOSE WHISPERER"
     
  8. Denninmi

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    My female Pilgrim gosling is one week old tonight. And it already hurts quite a bit.

    This is going to be long childhood.
     
  9. Balbinka

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    Yes! You can actually teach them not to nibble.

    I taught Balbinka not to nibble on skin or hair, but I allow her to nibble on clothing.

    When she got my skin, I squealed "No skin!" and pushed her away momentarily. If she bit my skin hard, I shouted "NO SKIN!" and flicked her beak (not too hard).
    That seemed to do the trick. Remember, every time you reprimand a goose, show it what it should be doing immediately after. For nibbling, I gave Balbinka some grass and parrot toys right after to show her that she could bite.
     
  10. Serina81

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    That's basically what I did. They still nibble, but it doesn't hurt. Balbinka, you have to post pics of your indoor goose lol
     

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