Do Geese kill chickens?

carey1950March 2, 2009

I think my Buff Geese have killed two chickens and wounded one. I find the chickens with the geese pecking at them, blood all over the chickens heads and their head feathers plucked out, eyes plucked and the two that died also had skin missing on their backs. The chicken that lived was hiding behind a wood pile when I found her. She is now separated from the rest of the flock. The geese have also broken the wing of a Muscovy duck. Any info on this would be appreciated, I can't find any info on the net.

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They may very well have. We have all three, and they kinda avoid each other except when we feed them. They'll pick on the others particularly if they are in a small area, nesting time, breeding time, or just being territorial. If you can't seperate them, then allow things for them to get into & around away from the bully(ies).

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 8:24PM
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Oh, wow! Thanks for that info...I just ordered the 'homesteaders delight' assortment from McMurrray..and it includes geese! :(

I'm so sorry to hear about your poor chickens, Carey! :(

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 8:51PM
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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

I think you'll have the best luck with all your birds getting along if they are raised together and are used to being handled by you, it can make them a lot calmer.

Enjoy your birds, and please post pics here of the babies when they arrive, I'd love to see them! :)

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   March 3, 2009 at 4:14AM
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I absolutely think they could.

I have two female roman tufted geese and wouldn't trade them for anything BUT not sure if I would get more. They were being raised for the pot so we took them. They were just a few weeks old so we didn't know if they were male/female.

We hand raised them, they followed me everywhere, me finding them dandelions, small insects, tasty grass to eat all that a mother would do. I would sit with them every day talking and petting them. June is wonderful and stays friendly no matter what. Betty (who we thought was a Benny because she was so dominant) is another story. She will take the hide off the dogs if she could catch them. They both lay eggs and when they have them I have to fight literally, I have the broken skin and bruises to prove it, to clean their area, feed/water them. When they don't have eggs Betty can tolerate me but barely and hates everyone else, we have volunteers that refuse to go in their yard.

I guess it would depend on the "personality" of the goose whether it would be safe with other poultry. Yes, June has chased the dogs on more than one occasion but when close stops, Betty will slam right into them flapping and biting. Something else just came to mind, I have small dogs and they have small stuffed animals for babies, they leave them all over the yard. If June sees one she goes in head down and she sort of tastes it, picks it up and pushes it around, Betty goes in head down, hissing, grabbing and tossing it. Big character difference! June would make a wonderful mother I don't think Betty would.

Like any animal you have to know their tolerance, I love them both the same I just wear gloves with Betty :)

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 3:00PM
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i've been reading your posts and thought you might help. we have a male and female goose and 2 male ducks which grew up together and were our babies. we just introduced a new female duck...she was the sweetest and lays daily. eventually they killed her. we're trying to get past the emotion and figure out what to do with the remaining original four there any way to curb the agression...did they do it maliciously or was that normal?...any thoughts. thanks a lot.....

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 6:51PM
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your drakes didn't intentionaly kill the hen. Drakes are brutal breeders. And having two of them with only one hen, she had no chance of surviving the romantic attentions.
It is recommended that you put 1 drake with 10 to 12 hens...I've had drakes drown a hen in our pond when trying to breed.
See if you can rehome one of your drakes and get the remaining one about 4or5 hens and all will be fine....

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 9:13PM
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We recently introduced chickens to our geese (Chinese Weeders) and watched them closely because I had heard that geese will kill chickens if there is water nearby by keeping them wet all the time. We were surprised! The rooster dominates the geese and only allows them out to feed when all the hens are safely roosted. The geese are terribly noisy and I will get rid of them if I can find a good home.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 9:06PM
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I used to keep a perpetual pair of geese (one goose/one gander) and they had separate quarters than the chickens, but occasionally I'd shoo them in the chicken coop at night when I shut them all down, and they got on just fine with the chickens with no aggression. I'm not saying this didn't happen, but I'm trying to figure out how a goose can pluck out a chicken's eyes with their rounded bills. I've seen roos do that to each other, however.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 10:11PM
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It's possible.
But it's more likely the chickens are killing each other. Geese would flog the chickens with their wings and bite, but rarely will they leave bloody wounds. The geese may pull feathers out of the chicken which would lead to a bigger problem. Chickens are bad to peck at anything they notice different on another chicken. If the chicken loses a tuft of feathers and has a few drop of blood, the other chickens will peck at the blood and probably pull small feathers out (which they often swallow) which causes more drops of blood which leads to more pecking. Eventually you have a weak injured or dead chicken from the pecking of its peers.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 4:59PM
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I have 11 five week old Pilgrim geese and 24 four week old mixed batch of Partridge Rocks and Silver Laced Wyandottes. They were kept separate from day old to 3-4 weeks old when I moved them out to the barn. The geese were older, so they went about a week sooner. They have been quite aggressive to the chicks, attacking by grabbing where the neck joins the body, I guess you'd call it the scruff. I can't keep them in the same pen as it gets quite violent, and I also free-range, so when they happen to get too close they still attack. The chicks scurry into the wood's edge. I'm sure it's competition for food and my attention, as the geese try to gobble up the chicken scratch. The geese follow me everywhere, it's sometimes a pain to work outside, but I love them and treat them gently, so they're getting way more attention than the chicks, who are happy to scratch around the yard and woods. Since they are so youg, do you think they'll outgrow this stuff, or should I also expect dead chickens? I'm dissapointed and worried.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 12:43AM
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Ducks are malicious killers. Personally I have created a crack squad of chickens and geese in order to quash the militant uprising of communist ducklings who will propagate this deadly fascist regime!

My name is Billy Big Balls, I LOVE CHICKENS.


    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 6:59PM
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