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Keeping Geese

Articles and guides to help you keep domestic geese at home, or on a smallholding.

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Keeping geese can be very rewarding, although it seems they have gone out of fashion at the moment. They have a reputation for being aggressive, and most gardens do not have enough grass to keep them or have neighbours who wouldn’t appreciate the noise they can make.

Not all geese are aggressive, though, and if you choose geese that have been raised by hand and handled regularly, you will find they can become very tame. Naturally, the stakes are raised during the breeding season, and ganders will take everything as a potential threat. What else has he to do except to guard his goose while she sits on her eggs?

If you choose the right breed and number of geese for your set-up, then you’ll have some eco-friendly lawnmowers and delicious free-range eggs to eat or incubate from late winter to mid-summer. Domestic Geese don’t require a pond; in fact, they spend most of their time on land, eating grass, so a plastic water tub that can be tipped out and re-filled with fresh water will work well for them.

As well as keeping grass short, geese make fantastic burglar alarms. They have excellent eyesight for things out of the ordinary. 

Keeping geese is not difficult, considering they are fairly self-sufficient, needing only wheat, fresh water, grit and as much grass as you can give them. If there is a good supply of grass available for your geese, they won’t need much additional feeding, but if the grass is short, you will need to supplement it with other greens like lettuce or cabbage. Despite popular belief that foxes don’t trouble geese, they will, so you need to keep them safe, particularly at night. 

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The Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Geese

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Introducing New Geese to Your Flock

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Health

Geese are generally quite robust, so with good husbandry, we can keep them healthy. Geese can get worms from time to time, especially gizzard worm, so it’s worth picking them up from time to time to check they haven’t lost weight.

Gizzard Worm or Amidostomum Anseris

Gizzard Worm or Amidostomum Anseris are thin worms about 2cm long that predominantly affect geese. Infestations occur directly by birds eating eggs passed out in droppings,

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Hatching Goslings with a Broody Goose

One of the easiest ways to incubate and hatch goose eggs can be to leave it up to a broody goose. Not all breeds are good mothers. Heavier breeds can be quite clumsy and better at breaking eggs than sitting on them, but many lighter breeds will sit the term, hatching and raising their young.

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