Geese & Other Animals
Geese can and do get along with many sorts of other types of animals. But for the most part both the goose and the other animals will need to be taught to get along. Our outdoor geese mingle and hang around to graze with the horses, ponies, goats, llamas, as well as the dogs, cats, chickens, our donkeys....however, we also have dogs that our geese and ducks should not be around, or else.
Dogs, cats, parrots, snakes and other house pets can be a terrible threat to a gosling. It would be nice if we all lived in a yellow submarine or in the land of rainbows and lollipops, but we do not. Many animals will see your gosling as food. Even full grown your goose, left alone outdoors without you or a cage to guard it, can be killed and or eaten by many types of animals. It is just the way life is. If you are going to own a goose, or other animals, you need to be aware, very aware of the dangers in it's life.
This photo is of Eden, our first House Goose with one of our dogs Venus. Eden would groom Venus for long periods of time, Venus loved it. We would never have left the two alone in our home (or yard) together where Venus could reach Eden. Venus was never mean to or with Eden. Venus is a very kind dog, but she is a dog and Eden was a goose. It is just never a good idea to leave any dog loose in the house with your goose also loose and you not home or outdoors. The outcome could be a very dead goose.
GEESE CAN BE/ARE TERRITORIAL AND BOSSY
Geese can be and are territorial and some are very bossy. I lost a goose standing it's ground when it was (on our property) in the dog's area and would not back down. Yes. My fault, and I will tell you, times like this happen so quickly.
Do not underestimate your own animals. Each can believe it is your only baby and or the favorite and not like it when another comes to sit in your lap or walk at your side. Each can or one can, and it may be the goose, try to push another back from your area or an area in the home. A dog that has backed down and walked away 100 times may snap on that 101th time or the 210th time. You must teach each to respect one another.
This is not only true with your own animals but also your goose with other people's animals or wild animals. It is also true that your goose may not like other people with "their person" or in their area. You must watch your goose when the situation changes and others are present.
GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS
You must have fencing if your goose is going to be out in your own yard. It may be your property, but neighborhood dogs have no idea about maps and homeownership and all that...they just know there is something weird moving around over there and they want it. They may even come over their fencing to see what you have in your yard. So it really is important, even if you are always out there with your goose, to have a fenced in area for it.
Your fenced in area could be a pen. The pen, if light weight would not need to be that large. You could move the pen from place to place for your goose to graze one grass and find bugs.
more to come
KEEPING YOUR GOOSE SAFE FROM OTHER ANIMALS WHILE OUTDOORS
I can not stress enough that if you take your HouseGoose outdoors, you need to watch it every minute. Every minute. If there are strange dogs around, or if you see a hawk when your goose is still a gosling, be very aware of where the predator is and pick your goose up in your arms.
more to come
WHEN FRIENDS BRING THEIR ANIMALS OVER TO VISIT
Do you have friends that bring their dog or other pet with them when they visit? You will want to make sure that your goose and that animal get along well. Never. Never. Never trust a visiting animal around your goose, or many times, your goose around the visiting animal with no human present. If your friends animal harasses your goose, it may even be time to gently tell your friends that they are welcome anytime, but their pets are not. Geese can also hurt small dogs and other small animals.
(much more to come)
YOU SO ENJOY YOUR HOUSEGOOSE YOU BOUGHT A NEW GOSLING ~ THE INTRODUCTION
Before you buy another gosling to bring home to introduce to your now full grown goose, remember that you will now be changing two goose's diapers several times a day. You will need a place for both geese to each in your home. You will need double the time.
Your goose is probably not going to be excited about a new gosling in it's home and with it's person. You must remember that your goose is going to be jealous of the attention given to the new gosling.
more to come
WHAT ABOUT HUMANS AND HUMAN CHILDREN (WHAT!? Human's are animals too!)
These "animals" might be the worse. Seriously, they might be the worst encounter you and your goose will face. A high percentage of today's parents somehow no longer disciple their children and blame everyone else if something happens to "their little darling that can do nothing wrong". Children are fast and at your goose's eye level, so be very aware of any children around your goose. Sometimes it is just best to pick up your goose and walk away. If these people are visiting your home, just put your goose in your bedroom in the crate it sleeps in and close the door on your way out. Make it very clear to the company that the door is not to be opened and the goose is not to be disturbed.
Would it not be great if it were just human children were the problem? But it is not. Human adults can really be a pain when it comes to other people's pets. Worse, those type of people with children. Somehow they think your pet is there for their entertainment and for them to aggravate. They believe that your pet is for their children to "learn" (on) with. Just put the goose away if they come to your home. If you are out and about, pick up the goose and politely walk away....quickly! And sometimes, you just have to put your foot down and be what they would call rude; when the truth is, they are the rude ones; just get you and your goose away from them.
Be very aware of the parents that think or say about their child "He/she is very good with animals." Those are, usually, the people with horrid children that they believe or "gifted"....what the rest of us call a "spoiled brat".
The contents of this page for Geese & Other Animals is still under construction. Please check back. So much more to come.
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COMING SOON! MY SPOILED CHICKENS
-- The House Goose Team
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:08:48 -0500