I apologize if this is a duplicate post, I could swear I posted this a few days ago but on checking back for replies I can't find the post anywhere! Maybe too much Christmas cheer? Oh well. Anyway, we have just started having eagle attacks on our determined-to-free-range chickens. We have lost 3 so far, including our very favourite, Dora the Explorer. These are Brown Sussex, extremely independent and very good foragers and they love to be out scratch scratch scratching all day long. Unfortunately, that makes them easy pickings as our property has relatively little cover. (However, they are certainly learning to be much more alert and aware after losing three of their number recently) We have a guard llama for our mini goats, and I'd read that geese can be excellent protectors as well but I haven't had any experience with this. Anyone care to comment? I expect the breed would have something to do with it, ie the bigger and more aggressive the better, but of course I'd not want the goose to be chasing us out of the chicken yard! Would a goose have to be raised with the chickens from young in order to bond to them and want to protect them, or would it take to them even if the goose and/or the chickens were a bit older? These birds were hatched in April and June of 2014. And can a single goose be kept with the chickens? I know llamas do their best work if they're the only one with the animals they're protecting, but not sure if geese need another goose pal. We do have 3 roosters with these girls, but although they'll sound an alarm they sure aren't about to rush over and fight off an eagle...smart boys!