will geese adopt chicks?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by ironjerry, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. ironjerry

    ironjerry Chirping

    May 4, 2007
    medina, ohio
    I have three female Chinese weeder geese about 2yrs mother and 1 yr daughters the gander was killed by a dog last summer. The 3 females have been laying eggs since February and one mounts the other two but all are female. About two weeks ago they start sitting on eggs in two separate nests. I put 4 week old chicks in a wire cage on the grass today and the geese stayed by them. When I walked the 3 month old puppy by the cage she tried to get them. The geese went after the puppy and I had to pull them off her. Usually the puppy runs at the geese and they run away. The geese were definitely protecting the chicks. I am wondering if they would mother them. The geese go in the barn at night so maybe they would take the chicks. Has anyone seen this behavior before?
  2. Kim65

    Kim65 Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Washington state
    Yes, definitely. THeir behavior of standing around the chicks is a good sign they will parent them. Put the chicks in a safe enclosure and introduce one goose and see how she does. Stand by in case there are issues.

    The problems are a big, heavy goose and little bitty chicks. Inexperienced geese will even step on and squish their own goslings. Your chicks are a month old and should be big enough (and swift enough) to dodge those big paddly feet just fine though.

    Geese like to take their babies into the water. Hope you do not have a pond. The chicks will need a separate waterer for themselves, and the geese will mess with it and get it dirty, so that's another thing to watch for.

    All the work saved having the geese brood those chicks ought to be worth it though [​IMG]
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I wouldn't recommend giving them chicks. Ducks maybe, or goslings of course. My geese always attack the baby chicks, I wouldn't trust them with raising any.

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