Update: thanks for all the advice and for the replies! I separated my naughty drake and my goose for a few days and it seems to have solved the problem! He’s not harassing her anymore, and she’s spending her days hanging out with the ducks again. Everyone seems happy once more
I have a single Embden female to guard my ducks. I don't expect her to be able to fight anything off (and she wouldn't), but she's a great alarm, and her large size does seem to deter the hawks that were problematic previously. Just a tip though: I would get at least two. I'm in the situation where my drake keeps her at bay, and she seems pretty lonely. I'm on the hunt to get another very soon, to rectify the problem.
Hi all, I'm brand new to this forum, and really excited that it exists
I have a year old female (at least, that was what i was told when I got her) Embden goose that I've had for a couple of months now. I purchased her to act as a "guardian" for my small flock of 5 ducks (4 hens and a drake--I didn't expect her to be able to do much, but I was hoping her large size would persuade the hawks to look for meals elsewhere). I did quite a bit of reading on the topic of guardian geese, and the consensus seemed to be to only have one goose present, so that they will be more likely to stick close to the ducks. The problem is my Appleyard drake refuses to let her near the ducks, and chases her off. So she spends her days alone, which is sad to see. As well, just today she started to be really cozy with me, standing on my feet and looking up at me (this is brand new behaviour--I couldn't get anywhere near her yesterday and before). I'm not sure if that just a result of it being almost mating season, or if she's just desperate and lonely.
I'm looking to get her a goose friend. Adults seem hard to come by (unless they are purchased as a mated pair), and gosling season doesn't start until late March- April. I'm just wondering if anyone has advice on what I should be getting for her. Is a gosling a good bet? Can I get a female, or would it be better for her to have a male (I'm a bit concerned about male aggression, so I would prefer another female)?