will geese gaurd my flock

lilith55

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I am currently in the research phase of keeping a backyard flock. I would love to free range as much as possible but an worried about predators. Will a species of goose guard a flock?
 

Cindiloohoo

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They'll guard the yard...I suppose they'd guard chickens too. They may also be a trespasser deterrent
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GarlicEater

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Feb 23, 2011
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In my experience not really. Dogs will protect their "territory" geese will protect "where the geese are" so..

An intruder enters your back yard: Your dog will chase him off, while your geese will possibly hiss a bit, and simply decamp for your *front* yard.
 

CMV

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Geese will deter predators by being the first to get eaten, but that's not an ideal situation. I had "guard" geese, but they were useless. I had more problems from the geese than I did any other predators. The geese routinely attacked smaller birds around the yard, caused numerous fights, were ear-splittingly loud (except when a duck was actually getting killed by a hawk- then they were silent), and ferociously territorial. When they started biting me and chasing visitors they had to go. I still have one goose from that lot and she's pretty good, but I had to cull 3 others to get one that was an appropriate guardian.

I wouldn't recommend using geese as flock guardians, though.

Good luck.
 
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lilith55

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Mar 8, 2011
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awww. i was hoping that they would see a hawk sound the call and all the birds would go running. I wish it was that simple
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mominoz

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I have Tufted Buff (calmer geese) and they free range in the fenced yard with my runner ducks, I have never had an ariel attack. (I live next to a National forest and hay fields).... I also read that a survey shows people are more afraid of geese than dogs...
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I had geese years ago and a gander will sometimes go after someone during breeding season,if they get too close to the nest or wife. Some breeds of geese and or individuals will/can get aggressive . If handled wrong, you can make them mean. They mostly bluff....They will make a racket if something or someone approaches they don't recognize...hence they will alarm for you. We found that geese let you know about strangers quicker than a dog sometimes.....But no they aren't guard dogs ,like LGD, but they don't cost 1000$ either and are interesting in their own right. Some owners of chicken, duck flocks say that after they added geese or turkeys to a flock , they stopped losing birds to raptors.... and may deter smaller predators, like cats...(neighbors cats leave our property quick when I let the Buffs out.and our cat won't go hunting in the back until I put the geese up.
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However I wouldn't advise letting guest just go into a pasture during breeding season without being forwarned and accompanied by me. Small children can be at risk for some gandars to chase (mainly because they run).
 
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