where are your geese at night

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Habibs Hens, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

    Mar 31, 2012
    London, UK
    My Coop
    considering geese are hard to catch and dont like being handled

    where does everyone keep their geese at night

    mine dont go back to the coop and enjoy sitting on the grass so i have to catch them and coop them for the night

    what do you do i need some advice thanks
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    My gander is 5 yrs old was hatched by a Muscovy duck so he would just follow mama into the house at night, I can also herd him but usually don't have to he likes his house, but if I had a flock of Embdens it would probably be different. He knows he's a goose but has been raised with ducks so he does what the ducks do.
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    We can handle all of our geese. Actually I am hands on most if not all at least every other day. Sometimes to look them over, sometimes because we have moved a stall, or change who is bedding down with who. Everyone goes inside at night here.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2012
  4. Winisk

    Winisk Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2010
    I started rounding up my two young fast growing goslings at night but after a week the routine got more difficult as they knew exactly what I was up to and did all they could to avoid going in. I did notice that they gravitated naturally to an area near the house where the fence is and they basically spent the day there. I`m assuming they like it there because it is closest to all comings and goings of the yard. In the short term I decided to build them a pen where they wanted to be so I could avoid the nightly ritual of chasing them around. It works like a charm. Every night in they go although they do prefer to have an open door now. I have to sneak out there fast and close it before they get out. Clever geese.
  5. BayGoose

    BayGoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2012
    My geese are obsessed with humans so they follow me into the barn at night lol.
  6. NanaKat

    NanaKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It has been so hot here in drought country that evening temps are in the 95 - 100s. I did have the girls in a wire cage inside their penned yard at night. They were trying to get into their water bowl to keep cool and made a mess every night. So the past few evenings, we have left them out in their pen When I have checked them, Ninya and Charlotte have been either in their pool or in the shade house.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2012
  7. DuckBoy323

    DuckBoy323 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    Arlington Washington
    I use long sticks to herd em so I don't stress them out or scare em.
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I must admit I am one of "those" people who doesn't herd geese into a coop at night. My flock consists of 50-some chickens, 1 call drake, 2 young turkeys, 12 Cayuga ducks/drakes and 14 new ducklings... plus a pair of Toulouse geese.

    The waterfowl all sleep on the ground outside of the coop, as they go on patrol every night. "Ninja Stealth Ducks." (Well, Mama and her 14 ducklings DO go into the coop by themselves, presently.... following all the chickens.) The geese "guard" the coop and the adult ducks, sleeping, napping or staying watchful within the light cast by the security light on the exterior of the coop. (The coop is a former garage.)

    When I used to make them go into the coop at night, the ducks and geese - because they are active at night - would rile up the chickens at least a couple times a night, which would set off the roosters. Everything is calmer with the waterfowl outside at night.

    I do have Nite Eyes / Nite Guard lights in use to prevent predation. Plus a baby monitor with video and audio feed set up in the coop, so I can check on 'em when something's got them agitated. Every disturbance in the coop at night has been caused by rambunctious waterfowl.

    The ducks and geese also like to go on night swims in their 300-gallon stock tank...
  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Even with our great Pyrenees on duty 24/7 we lock everyone up. Raccoons are capable of killing full size geese sadly. Our ornamental ducks are in their aviary full time, and we have the raised brooders always in use so still reasons to have the live stock guard dog. People all around us have lost birds and goats to bobcats.
  10. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Mid west Michigan
    Sorry if this is repeated info but I didn't read all the replies.
    You can teach your geese to be herded with some initial help from a second party,
    diligence and nightly routine.
    See my websites tip page for details on who to train your geese to go in at night.
    Good luck!

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