No matter if you live in the city, the suburbs, or the countryside, there are many predators that can go after your chickens. To protect their flocks, many chicken owners deploy the services of certain animals. Some may use roosters, others have livestock guard dogs, and others may use geese. Having a goose to protect your chickens can be extremely effective and a great alternative to roosters or dogs. Learn more below:
Why have a goose to protect your flock?
When picking an animal to protect your flock, you need one that is strong enough to fight off predators, and protective enough to want to. You have that exact combination with geese. If you’ve ever been near a wild goose, you know how protective they can get over their family, and that can work to your flock’s advantage. Plus, geese are loud enough where they will also alert your attention to any predators and give your hens a chance to run for cover.
Do you need to train your goose?
Not only will your geese protect your flock, but they also don’t need to be trained to do so. Their natural instincts will kick in just by being around your chickens. However, you’ll want to make sure you only have one goose and not several. If you have more than one, your geese may just band together and ignore your chickens entirely. By having a single goose, they’re more likely to bond with your chickens and want to protect them.
Which breeds are best?
Most geese are protective and territorial. As such, you can’t go wrong with any breed, but some breeds are better known for their aggressive nature than others. These include the following:
- The African Goose
- Chinese Geese
- Roman Geese
- Pomeranian Geese