An underrated variety of poultry, geese are a great addition to any farm. Contrary to common misconceptions, most geese are friendly and dedicated to their owners. Not only will they form lifelong bonds with the feathered partners, but they can be equally dedicated to the person who raises them. Here are a few more fun facts you might not have known about these special birds.

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1. Goose is actually the term for female geese, male geese are called ganders. A group of geese on land or in water are a gaggle, while in the air they are called a skein.

2. European geese descend from wild greylag geese, birds with short necks and round bodies. Asian geese, the breeds now known as African and Chinese, descend from the swan goose and have long, elegant necks and a distinct knob on their beaks.

3. Geese were probably the first type of poultry domesticated by humans, over 3000 years ago in Egypt.

4. Geese can live up to twenty years if well cared for.

4/8/2018 7:01:03 PM

I had two geese in my yard. The last two days I have one. Did something happen to the other one? I feel sorry for it. It looks around like it's waiting for it's partner. Is there something I can do for it?

Boyd WInsor
12/13/2017 4:31:56 AM

I am self sufficient with my food pretty much. I have a couple of acres and would love to raise some geese for food and eggs of course. However, I have a bit of a problem here with bald eagles who like to hang out around a chicken poultry farm for carrion. How would they hold up to free ranging with these predators? I have tried ducks and they quickly disappeared.

Boyd WInsor
12/13/2017 4:31:55 AM

I live by the land and raising geese appeals to me, however we have a problem with bald eagles. How would they hold up to free ranging with these predators?

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