Will lone goose be OK?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by cozycritters, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. cozycritters

    cozycritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a horrible night a while back in which we believe a stray cat got into our goose pen and killed most of our goslings and ducklings. Now we only have one little goose and three ducklings.

    Is raising Toot alone going to be a problem? S/he is always with the ducklings, but I worry that, in maturity, this might mess with his/her head? I would love to get a companion for Toot, but my DH is not a fan of geese and, so, is less than willing for us to get an orders worth and fill up the yard again.

    Toot is a great little goose and takes care of our little ducklings... is he going to be ok being the only lonely goose?
     
  2. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our neighbor had that happen to her....If your lone goose is a male, next year during breeding season he will try to breed your ducks and will hurt them. The goose should be fine with the ducks until then.
     
  3. cozycritters

    cozycritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no clue whether Toot is male or female, actually... S/he's an Embden and about four weeks old [​IMG]
     
  4. Lach Cnoc Farm

    Lach Cnoc Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would check on craigslist or local feed stores for another gosling. that way you dont have to get a full order from a hatchery. we got ours last yr for $13/ea this year theyre only $10. that way you could get one thats not a whole lot younger than the one you have already. The goslings here seem to hang out at the feed store for a while so you very well could find one his/her same age to toss in with them.

    good luck.
     
  5. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a lone fmeale that did fine, and she was raised with my ducks,but if its a male, it could cause some problems. I would go and find another one if you can.
     
  6. team guava pastry

    team guava pastry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have the same problem here. We ended up getting Angel the goose a little girlfriend angelina. Angel was getting a little aggresive and biting people. I always think that they need a companion.

    just my 2 cents worth.
     
  7. alasmith32

    alasmith32 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a male african growing up that was a lone goose. He did fine by himself, but I spent at least a few hours every day with him. I never had a problem with him bothering my ducks. But I'm sure all geese are different. This is just my experience..
     

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