I would like to get some geese. We have 12 acres and a pond. Here is the pond, enclosed by field fencing. Here is a close up of the water/pond. Here are a few questions: 1. Is a trio or a pair better to start with? 2. I am partial to Pilgrim geese (had a pair when I was a kid), would that be a good choice for a beginner? I have dogs and toddlers so I don't want anything too assertive/aggressive. 3. What kind of house/shelter do they need? 4. What predators do I have to worry about? We have coyotes, fox, skunks and I suppose raccoons although I have never seen one. We also have hawks but I can't imagine a hawk could get an adult goose. 5. Could I train them to follow me to the fenced garden area for treats so they could weed/eat slugs for a few hours in the winter/late summer/fall (when garden is fallow or when garden plants are big enough not to get eaten). Would they be okay with no pond to swim in for a few hours in the garden? 6. How old are they when they can be out on their own? Could I raise them with chicks until they are big enough to take care of themselves? 7. Can they free-range or will they run away? 8. Is there a good website or book you could recommend to help me learn about geese? 9. Are hatchery geese okay to get? Are the temperments of Ideal geese good/predictable? I am getting a chick order in early April, thought I would add on a few goslings. Thank you! I am very excited to get some geese soon if you think they would do okay at the pond we have. Edited to add: The pond has some mallard ducks that come to nest every year. The ducklings get eaten by bullfrogs I think, I've never seen any juvenille ducks and I've seen some dead babies. Would the geese chase the ducks away? Would the bullfrogs eat goslings if I hatched eggs? Thanks again.