I am getting tired of this fox eating my birds, so I bought a goose for ten bucks from a lady a couple towns over. I heard they make good flock defenders, so I figured I'd give it a shot. To test this goose out, I put it up against my dog. Here is the vid...
Please share your experiences using geese to defend your chickens.
Um....don't want to state the obvious here..but why get a goose when you have a dog? Geese are virtually blind at night, just like the rest of the poultry ...the dog does not have this disability.
posted 6 years ago
My coop is secure at night... never had a problem there. After the first fox attack occurred in the morning, I moved grazing hours to 12PM - 7PM and for about two months I had no problems... thought I had it beat. But recently, the fox has changed hunting hours to all day. It ninja'd a bird at 2PM one day and then another one at 4 while I was outside with the dog and a rifle in hand. The dog won't tolerate permanent guard duty... she's too much of a princess. Plus, I would rather avoid any potential vet bills. I have heard many claims that the goose can potentially fend the fox off or at least buy enough time for you to come running when you hear the alarm. It makes way more noise than the chickens when it's upset. One problem I have had is not hearing the chicken squabble in time to intervene. The lady that I bought it from said that she hasn't lost a single bird since she started raising geese.