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Thinking of adding a goose to a chicken flock? What do you think?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by peepkeeper, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone advised me to get a goose for my small chicken flock. She said what great protectors and watchdogs they are and that if I have a goose my chickens will never be bothered by critters.

    Tempting. Can a goose live with chickens? Do they have different housing/dietary needs? And if so, what sort of goose? What do you all think about this?
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2008
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I do not raise fowl of different breeds together. I don't advise it for several reasons. One being the disease possibilities. The other being they each have different needs, especially water fowl, which are very messy. I keep each in different areas.
     
  3. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree about keeping chickens and waterfowl penned together, but what about Guineas? Aren't they really good at chasing rats and such? I KNOW they make great watchdogs and burgalr alarms!
     
  4. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

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    I had a tolose geese, they were very kind and would stand at my door and tap it with there beak's , looking for a snack.
     

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