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What do geese need at night? Do they like chickens? Do they need a pond?

 
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Howdy,  we have about 30 chicken, layers, and that number is going to rise.  Our Heelers tend to patrol the front and sides of the house. Out back are the chickens, and we've lost a few to hawks.

I've been thinking that a couple of geese would make good watchdogs to hang out in the back.  We could also have a coyote come in over the 5' fence, neighbors have seen them do that.

What do geese require?  Some body of water?  A coop?  Will they coexist with chickens? I hear that they can be allowed in a zone 1 garden area, because they eat bugs but don't scratch at the ground. Is that correct?
 
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Help, my wife wants geese!
 
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While I don't have geese yet, in my research, it depends on the breed. Some geese do well in mixed breed flocks and others do not. As for the pond, I suspect it's like ducks, a kiddie pool is sufficient. Hopefully others with some experience will contribute.
 
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I find that they don't care too much for chickens, but will tolerate them.  
THey LOVE a pond, but don't need it, just enough water to get their face submerged.  Ours have a pond when we get heavy rains, otherwise it's just a bucket of water to splash in.
I would not trust them in my garden.  They eat greens and trample things with their big, flat feet.  

I have African and Toulouse geese.
 
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Oh, and they don't sleep inside at night.  Mine sleep out on the ground, even in a foot of snow.  They like the comfort of a dusk-to-dawn lamp though.  Big night light to sleep around.
 
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