What is the friendliest goose?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by hoofhearted, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. hoofhearted

    hoofhearted New Egg

    Oct 5, 2016
    Hi everyone ! Just wanted to get your opinion on different breeds of geese? What do you think are the most friendliest Breed? Right now I have one Chinese that seems to be the friendliest! One Emden but seems distant, and two Africans but they are very aggressive. I don't mind if they make noise just don't like it when they attack me. So far just the two African ones attack. I'm going to keep the Chinese one just not sure if I should get more Chinese or if I should try a different breed. Maybe Toulouse?
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2016
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich True BYC Addict

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    Not sure if the one working for AFLAC is a goose or duck? But I have never seen it attack any of the people around it. I don't have any geese,,,,,,, [​IMG] YET

  3. chwychuro

    chwychuro Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2015
    I currently have 1 Buff African, 2 Lavender Ice American, 2 Buff American, and 3 Toulouse (these were raised by gander and goose). The first 5 were raised by me, and Buff African is the friendliest and even comes up to us. she usually lets us pick her up, but not too sure if she really likes it or if shes just used to it. All of our geese are pretty friendly, even the toulouse which we got when they were 3 months old. Took them a while to not hiss at us all the time, but they eventually stopped. We do give all the poultry lots of left overs. I work in a kitchen, so there's lots of goodies for them all the time. But I haven't had any of them attack us ever. Ive read about it, which is why i opted to raise them from goslings as opposed to just getting adults. Plus theyre just so darn cute!
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  4. hoofhearted

    hoofhearted New Egg

    Oct 5, 2016
    Cavemanrich I love those! I've always wanted a Indian runner duck! I might have to get one! lol there so neat looking!
  5. hoofhearted

    hoofhearted New Egg

    Oct 5, 2016
    [​IMG]Chwychuro we did get them as day old babies from a local breeder and have raised them up! They follow us all over and love us! (Well use to) The Chinese I can pick clean up and pet. I do hand feed them also. But the last month the 2 Africans like to peck and hiss if I'm to close for some reason. And have charged me a couple times. I don't back down at them. There all 6 months old now. I think the 2 Africans are a goose and gander and maybe getting towards breeding age? Maybe that's why there more aggressive? I don't know. The emblem and Chinese don't show any aggression towards me. They all came from the same place. They want me to come up and talk to them and follow me around the yard...then without notice the African male runs up and pecks me.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016
  6. moglet

    moglet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2016
    Hi, I have 7 Pilgrim geese, 2 of which my gold laced brahma hatched on June 15th this year, they are all really friendly, especially the gander (Norman) he doesn't mind being picked up and just flops his head on your arm. They look out for you when you come to the gate and shout at you with their heads down and greet you as one of the flock. They all seem to follow Normans lead as he is the main gander, (Charlie is the 2nd in command gander). I'm new to geese and these are my first flock, I love them and they are so interactive with my husband and myself.[​IMG]

  7. SunshineMary

    SunshineMary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2016
    My Coop
    We also have Pilgrim geese. They are known to be placid, calm, and friendly. Our children can even pick up the gander and pet him and he doesn't make a big fuss at all. I highly recommend Pilgrims!

  8. brandoncakes

    brandoncakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Kailua, HI
    I think it all depends on how the geese are raised. Many people will claim Chinese are sweet, while others think they're loud and mean. same for Africans or Embdens. I've had all three once, and now I have buffs. I have to say the buffs have proven to be the quietest and calmest. But nothing could beat a female African I had back in the 90s. She was raised from egg, and never made a sound her whole life. yup, no honking, no hissing, nothing. She would coo and softly honk when next to you, but never called out in alarm for anything. She walked up to anyone, and enjoyed being pet and cuddled. That's what got her killed tho. Our dogs would always play with her, but she met a mean stray one day.
  9. Tilly6

    Tilly6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2016
    Upper Peninsula, MI

    Sebastopol geese are very friendly. Ours acts more like a puppy than a bird. If we open the window or walk into the yard and ask "where's goosey" it starts honking and running towards us. It sits in the grass right next to your chair if you are relaxing outside.
  10. itsasmallfarm

    itsasmallfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2016
    how are embden geese? i plan of getting a few of them next year along with some pekin ducks? are they nice?

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