Phil Grady wrote:i have geese and chickens, i'm not sure if i have the African or the Chinese, but their big. unfortunately they only produce a verbal warning when there are predators about. they run away as fast as the chickens do.
Leora Laforge wrote:I am going to get chickens again this year. Last time I had chickens I had cornish cross, and kept them in tractors. This spring I will get layers. I want them to do more foraging than they would be able to in tractors.
I frequently have foxes and coyotes in the yard so to free range them I will need some sort of guard. I am thinking of getting a few geese with them. I know some people here have both chickens and geese so I would like input on a few things.
Protective ability: I know geese are supposed to defend their territory. The coyotes in my area hunt by themselves mostly and there are always lots of prey in the fields. Would an agressive acting goose be able to chase it away or just look like prey?
Diet: does anyone feed their geese chicken feed? I know geese need less protein than chickens, will they eat too much chicken feed if it is freely available? They would have unlimited access to grass in summer and probably hay in winter. Tell me about any issues with this you have had.
Breed selection: are there breeds of geese that will be more agressive about driving off predators?
Are there any other potential issues I have not thought of?
Nicole Alderman wrote:From what I've heard, geese are smarter than ducks (and chickens?) and act as good guardians by just getting the whole flock to run and hide. My ducks are STUPID. They'll see a bobcat and just stand there or walk toward it and the water, rather than running and hiding in their yard. They also keep swimming around when there's an eagle over head, rather than hiding or being still. From what I've read, the goose will start hiding and the ducks will follow.
Jondo Almondo wrote:Guinea fowl provide good alarms for predators.