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Bruce Holman
#1 Posted : Tuesday, January 25, 2005 5:33:43 PM
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That''s sad, dottie.
I can''t actually offer any practical advice, although a friend of ours does have a small flock, and I will ask him if he has information.
His Drake is VERY protective of his harum, so much so that he is a danger when we swim in our friend''s pond. The Drake sometimes attacks and trys to drive us out of HIS pond.
Also, the geese imprinted on our friend when they were little, so now they happily follow him around while he''s doing chores.

homegrowntomatoes
#2 Posted : Tuesday, January 25, 2005 5:41:15 PM
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I thought that all geese mated for life, but maybe I''m wrong. My dad had a pair of grey geese when I was a kid and the neighbor''s dog killed the male. The female mourned and wouldn''t eat. Dad thought he was going to loose her. He told his sister about the situation, and she had one grey goose, a gander, and she offered to let him have him if the female showed interest. The new gander looked a lot like the old one, and she did take a shine to him and gradually perked back up. Unfortunately, the neighbors dog did both of them in the next time, and that''s when Dad did in the neighbor''s dog. Maybe you could find another goose who looks like the female and try to see if he''s interested. Good luck. Aren''t animals almost human sometimes?
Dottie Timms-Cooper
#3 Posted : Monday, January 31, 2005 7:40:44 PM
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Thanks for your concern. I have Elliott living in my bathtub now until he feels better. Our own dogs attacked him just minutes after I let him out of his pen to stretch his wings. Do any of you have experience with the dog training shock collars? They''re rather expensive and I don''t know if they would retrain these newly awakened predators. Our chickens seem fine staying in a pen, but the geese prefer to graze rather than eat the commercial food. The dogs might benefit from staying in a kennel during the day, but they do keep deer out of the yard. The motley crew consists of a Malamute, Beagle mix, and Boston Terrier. We never had a problem with them killing anything until a friend brought her two big dogs for a run in the country and the younger one killed the first goose.
Gooselady
#4 Posted : Friday, February 25, 2005 6:12:37 AM
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--- Do any of you have experience with the dog training shock collars? They''re rather expensive and I don''t know if they would retrain these newly awakened predators. ---

I recently got a new pup, Orrie, who is part retriever and loved to chase the birds (geese, ducks, and chickens.) Orrie and I went to obedience school, and the trainer suggested a shock collar to deal with the bird chasing. Best $300 I ever spent, because it only took two hits from the black button (continuous shock) and Orrie''s not chasing birds anymore.

The collar that I bought has a remote control with two buttons - a yellow button for a very quick "jolt", and a black button which delivers a continuous shock for no more than 8 seconds. Orrie''s pretty smart, and he''s been yelled at and spanked numerous times for bird chasing, so maybe the shock collar just solidified the behavior that we''d already started training. I certainly won''t trust him alone with my birds for probably another year, but I will keep working with him everyday until then. I would certainly recommend the shock collar.

As far as geese mating for life, I have heard that Africans will usually take other mates after a period of mourning. My own experience has not been so good. Our first birds were 6 commercial Africans - three geese and three ganders. One of the girls, Martha, was killed by a coyote, and her mate, Danny, cried for days. Well, it''s been almost three years now, and we''ve brought home a few new girls for him, and we''ve had one girl born, and he''s not interested in any of them. He will pal around with the other boys, and he flirts with me, but he is not terribly interested in any other geese. Poor Dan, and he would be an incredible father and mate, because he''s very handsome and brave, and has a wonderful personality. I would like to find a pretty mate for him, and we''ll keep trying. Please do try to find one (or more!) for Elliott, because he sounds like a sweet gander, and deserves happiness! But first, get a shock collar, turn up the juice, and use it liberally on the mutley crew. It won''t hurt them, and it will prevent Elliott from being maimed or killed. Good luck to you and Elliott and please keep post some updates so we know how you are doing!



skruzich
#5 Posted : Friday, February 25, 2005 12:02:42 PM
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Uhmm You might need to check the male goose, there might be something wrong with him. If he is sick or something, the dogs would know this and instinct takes over and the sick and weak get killed off.
If they just did this, and have been around your geese for a year before walking around and grazing, I would suspect illness in the geese.

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Originally posted by dottie301

Our own dogs attacked him just minutes after I let him out of his pen to stretch his wings. Do any of you have experience with the dog training shock collars?
The dogs might benefit from staying in a kennel during the day, but they do keep deer out of the yard. The motley crew consists of a Malamute, Beagle mix, and Boston Terrier. We never had a problem with them killing anything until a friend brought her two big dogs for a run in the country and the younger one killed the first goose.

I would think that a goose could take care of the boston terrier and the beagle. Not sure about the malamute.
Dorene
#6 Posted : Saturday, February 26, 2005 6:18:36 AM
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I''m glad to know about the shock collar. Our dogs have taken to wandering and now they have wandered too far so we are facing the prospect of raising another puppy and with my free range ducks it is not a pleasant prospect. I probably would have been content to wait and hope for the dynamic duo to show up again, but we had a fox show up Monday night and make off with one of the hens. My daughter heard a scream but by the time she got out there all she saw was his/her red bushy tail beating a hasty retreat. He showed up the next night and took a drake. I hung a towel, all nicely human scented and waving in the wind, from a tree. It didn''t work. Another hen disappeared. Wednesday we locked them up into the shed. They have been having a hey day rooting in dried leaves, don''t know what they are after, but I can just feel the bug population going down. I don''t ever remember really having a problem with dogs wandering before this and I''ve had a lot of dogs.

Question: My uncle has two African Geese - a male and a female. The last two years she has set a nest, but not hatched anything. Can anyone think of a reason for this. Maybe they need to show them some goose porno - after all it worked for the pandas?
white goose king
#7 Posted : Friday, June 04, 2010 11:46:54 PM
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Look, stop killing the geese with dogs people.  Build a bird cage fence around them side to side and top cover, bottom cover if needed.  Remember dogs dig under the fence!!!

Dottie Timms-Cooper
#8 Posted : Friday, June 04, 2010 11:46:54 PM
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Out of a flock of six African geese from the mail order catalog, I raised a male and two females to maturity. Last year both females layed many eggs and one incubated hers with no luck. Elliott the gander,as in "Elliott Ness and the Untouchables" only showed interest in one of the females. I hoped that this year maybe we would have goslings. Unfortunately in early January, dogs (not ours) killed both of the female geese. Elliott and I are in a terrible state over these murders. Do any of you know if African geese mate for life? My poultry catalog mentioned that one gander should service six females but Elliott only kept one of the females close. The other either stayed near the house or grazed apart from the the pair. If he will eventually get over his grief, should I try again with hatchlings or look for adult geese replacements? I know this sounds trivial and even humurous, but every day when I let him out of the pen, he stands at the spot where we found his mate and makes the most awful noise. If possible, I'd like to try as best I can to fix things.
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