Toulouse geese cause fatality

Discussion in 'Geese' started by marina, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. marina

    marina Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a beautiful pair of Toulouse geese that have recently begun attacking my chickens. They attack my roosters, several of whom now have no neck feathers, and they also try to mount some of my hens. One of my ladies was crushed by the goose and was limping. I separated the hen, put her in a separate coop, but she died in the night probably of internal bleeding.

    I think that my only solution is to sell the geese, which is too bad as they are just beginning to lay.

    Can anyone think of another way of avoiding this? I don't really have the option of putting the geese elsewhere...
     
  2. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this in the run or in the coop at night? I remember once a RIR roo tried to roost in my African pen one night... he could have easily been mistaken for a piece of beef jerky by the morning time. They are pretty ruthless. You can range them together during the day though, so long as they all have plenty of space.
     
  3. marina

    marina Out Of The Brooder

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    They roost in separate places, but share the run. In winter, they are in my 2-acre fenced in farmden, and in season they are all in 2-lengths of movable electronet. It all seems like heaps of space to me...

    Yikes! Roo jerky.
     
  4. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm and the geese are just chasing them and attacking? Did you raise the geese around the chickens since they were little? That usally helps eliminate the aggression, but I have birds here that I purchased as adults and they never have problems with them chickens.. I guess it is mainly their individual personalities?
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Can you not turn them out? My geese are aggressive with my chickens but since they free range they usually keep to themselves. Either that or make another run just for the geese.
     
  6. marina

    marina Out Of The Brooder

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    The geese were raised with the hens, and they are all free-ranging with heaps of room. I think I may just have to sell the pair to a 4-H club. Too bad, as the goose has just started laying her eggs.
     
  7. Diamond Wire Farms

    Diamond Wire Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one pair of Toulouse that have to be separated during the breeding season. They are just too volatile. Buy a roll of field fencing and make them their own space. It only lasts about 6 weeks. Then things will go back to normal.
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It's just a fact that geese can become aggressive during breeding season. They have potential to kill more of your chickens.
     
  9. marina

    marina Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys, I've put them in their own electronet for the breeding season.
     
  10. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    I have had to isolate most of my geese as they are so aggressive at the moment - it is only overnight though.. it is as have been said .... the breeding season is here and no amount of education will stop them from being protective towards the laying females... cest la vie!

    It will get better
     

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