I don't mean that thread title 100%. I guess they are indifferent to me. Way different than the way my chickens and ducks act toward me.
The goslings (production Toulouse) are about 3 weeks old, and it's my first time with geese. The only time I interact with them is to pick them up and bring them inside/outside (see other thread about goose housing). Because they just eat graas, they don't run to me for treats the way the chickens/ducks do, and the geese get all wound up every time I transfer them inside/outside. Otherwise, they're on their own all the time. Should I be doing something differently?
I'm just concerned that the only time I touch them or interact with them, it's a sort of stressful event
They will be attracted to water, unless they have access to other water in the landscape. You might make progress by putting their water source right near the entrance to their shelter, and maybe set up some fence in a funnel shape so that you can corner them by the water and then herd them into the pen. They will also eventually learn that grain, etc. is worth coming around for. My geese would eat just about anything....fruit, corn on the cob, etc. They just have to be introduced to it with persistence. I had mine in the same orchard with chickens and guineas, and when I would throw a bucket of stuff in, the geese would charge up and bully the other birds away from it until they had their pick...
Alder Burns (adiantum)
Location: CT zone 5b
posted 3 years ago
So it's been a couple of weeks and no progress on their disposition toward me. It's getting really frustrating because they haven't figured out to go in/out of their house on their own. I round them up every evening to put them in, at which time they freak out, and then the same thing in the morning when it's time to go out. It's been a management nightmare so far.
I wish I had spent more time with then when they were tiny. I will also seek out better (i.e. non-hatchery) stock next time, if I decide to raise them again. At this point, I'm thinking I'm gonna terminate the project early.
Geese seem to have the attitude that they're better than anybody else. Don't let that stop you. As long as they THINK they're in charge they're easy to manage. I've had mine for almost 3 years and they won't come up to be petted. They are glad to see me and will honk and fly. If I have to catch them they won't struggle or bite. That's good enough.
be happy they aren't aggressive toward you! had chinese geese before and man can they bite hard! they will come up to you honking and thats about all the interaction you'll get. great flock protectors too! my male took on a fox and won! had fox fur in his mouth! lol! didn't loose any of the flock and the fox never came back! they are very pigheaded.
As mentioned, try introducing the geese to sweet corn (or plain old whole wheat people bread worked for us as well). Once they taste that they can't resist it. After they recognize it, use it to manipulate them to go where you want. Also, geese and ducks tend to be very herd-able from behind whereas chickens can't be herded from behind -- they just scatter instead. Get behind the geese, walking towards the direction you want them to go, and wave a stick and your other arm to let them know you want them to move forward that-away. If they begin but then try going too far to the left, wave the stick on the left so they stop heading that way. Same if they try to go too far to the right. They will usually let you chase/herd them from behind that way. Since you have ducks, maybe you've noticed that about them. Although on occasion when you herd them, you might find the flock going in the right direction only to have one go rouge and dart off in the wrong direction, that usually doesn't happen because their instincts tell them to stay in a tight flock together while being chased or herded from behind.
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