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stephaniesmith
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Stephanie
Independence MO
USA
58 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2019 :  1:13:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Someone I follow on Instagram has the most beautiful grey geese, and now I dream of adding a pair to my barnyard. My concern is, I have always heard that geese are mean. I would love to hear about your experiences with geese. Can they be tamed?

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hoosiercountry
True Blue Farmgirl

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karla
north port fl
USA
566 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2019 :  4:08:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Stephanie, I had the same thought you do, but many years ago a friend who went to weekly livestock auctions, bought a big white male goose, because he was so beautiful. She called me the next day and told me she got him with me in mind because we had a pond. Well I took him on trial basis, he worked out so good I got more so he would not be lonely. He bonded with me not the other geese, he would only be mean when someone would try to be next to me when he was around. It got to be funny. I have had several geese over the years and found them to only get protective (mean) when sitting on nest or having young ones.
In fact I have better luck with geese than roosters. I hope you try a pair, and find them to be ideal pets. Also they make great alarm systems. Hugs Karla

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msdoolittle
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Amanda
East Texas
USA
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Posted - Mar 04 2019 :  09:39:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We had a pair of female geese and they were hilarious. Mine were not aggressive at all. They would run to me and honk with their necks stretched out as far and as low as they could go, but they never made an attempt to come after me.

The most aggressive birds I have had were some Narraganset turkey toms. You want to talk about MEAN. It wasn't bad to me but hated (!!!) my husband. We finally gave them away to someone who was willing to deal with their attitude. They were cocky from the start. Even before they had fully feathered (chicks, really), they were already displaying and strutting! I think some birds get an extra dose of testosterone or something. I've had roosters like that also, but on the other hand, I have some that are lapdog friendly. So, it really just depends upon the individual bird, I would say.

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