- Quick article - "Raising Geese: The Basics" by Liz Wright (via Mother Earth News)
- Book - "The Book of Geese" by Dave Holderread (PDF version, too) - I recommend to anyone who wants to raise geese
If you're new here, you may be confused by some of the names and references to our animals. Here's some of our geese (mostly Tufted Romans, plus one Toulouse), and their backstories:
Cecilia and Dr. Girlfriend: the remaining "older generation" of geese. Generally crabby and destructive*, but a good bout of "hug therapy" usually cures them for a day. Yep, we pick them up and hug them. They love it! (No, not really. But it's fun for the humans.)
*Destructo-geese: our geese like to taste-test everything at least once, ten times is better, even if they don't like the taste of whatever they're chewing. They've destroyed window and door screens, canvas chairs, and most garden plants. They've chewed to ribbons plastic canvas tarps, and cotton porch curtains. They've pulled off rubber trim on car door bottoms. They like to steal sockets from socket wrench kits, and drop rocks into the goose pond. If it can be tugged, pulled or chewed, it WILL be tugged, pulled or chewed. They're also not averse to crapping on everything in their path.
They also like dog kibble, and sleeping (and pooing) on the dog beds. The dogs can sleep elsewhere, thankyouverymuch.
Notable geese of our past:
see eulogy) A goose with a Very Small Tuft and amazing personality. At only 18 months, she succumbed to Avian Leukosis, which made her underweight, weak, and too stiff to groom herself or sleep properly. For six months we kept her in the house while attempted everything possible to help her heal, not knowing that her condition was incurable (leukosis can only be determined by necropsy). Regardless, she adapted amazingly well to the new environment. She liked to take naps on the human's chests, stand & grunt in front of the refrigerator when she was hungry, and tugged on our hems when we were fixing her 3x-a-day health smoothie. Also known as "Squeezlegoose".
keep this town weird, ya know?
Queenie: she was raised with Godzilla, then as an adult took an intense disliking to him. We ended up giving her away so poor Godzilla could hang out with the rest of the gaggle. Last I heard, she had spurned the gaggle of geese at the new owner's property, and had instead taken up a friendship with their pot-bellied pig. True story.
[So why do we keep geese? Believe me, we've asked ourselves that question many times... but seriously, we originally obtained the geese to act as guards for the chickens and the property. Geese have amazing eyesight, and can spot predators - land and aerial - from far away. They work well with our livestock guardian dogs. The geese keep watch during the day, and the dogs at night. Plus geese are just funny as hell.]