will geese gaurd my flock

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lilith55, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. lilith55

    lilith55 In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    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?
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    They'll guard the yard...I suppose they'd guard chickens too. They may also be a trespasser deterrent [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    They are not going to stop predators
  4. edgroger

    edgroger Chirping

    Feb 11, 2011
    Wait wait wait....Do geese or gooses have the same guard instincts as dogs? [​IMG]
  5. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Songster

    Feb 23, 2011
    Gilroy, CA
    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.
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    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.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2011
  7. lilith55

    lilith55 In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    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 [​IMG]
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    That's what roosters do! [​IMG]
  9. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    [​IMG] get a good dog my newfoundland wont let any thing he dont know near my birds.
  10. mominoz

    mominoz Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    North Georgia
    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...[​IMG] 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.[​IMG] 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).
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2011

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