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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:05 am 
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Hi
I want to get geese for my backyard. I have chooks and I used to keep ducks. The breeds I like the best are Toulouse, Embden and Sebastopol. I am only planing on getting one pair or else I may be looking at a divorce :lol: . What are the quietest breeds? The most friendly? I want to get them as goslings. Any help would be appreciated as I realise these babys live for a long time.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 12:12 pm 
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Can you let us know how big your backyard is and if you are in an urban or rural zone?

For example I am in a rural residential zone with properties ranging from just over 1/2 acre to an acre.

With blocks this size and due to the relatively close proximity to neighbours it is impossible to have geese - especially with the amount of noise they make during the breeding season :(

Wayne


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:32 pm 
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Our yard is only 800m2. It does back on to a reserve though. We used to have 8 ducks and our neighbours did not mind. Do you think it is too small? :( It is neaarly all grass with some fruit trees down one side
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Yes :( and geese are probably not allowed by your council anyway. Sorry!


I am in the same boat- :(


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:59 pm 
Best to ask the neighbours then the council, before the big purchase!! :roll: :roll:


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:cry: Perhaps I should get Muscovies?! They can fly though can't they?

Is sad- I Love Geese :roll:


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I'm sure the muzzie lovers will turn up in droves but I would think muzzie girls would probably suit better than geese in a largeish yard. They're much quieter but still quite full of personaility and come in a variety of colours. I think they only fly when younger as well, when they get older they're a bit too heavy. Clipping one wing until then should keep them off balance enough to make flight not a problem.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:00 pm 
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Mate have a look at the White Chinese Geese.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:43 am 
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Are the Chinese quiet? I heard they were noisy? What about Sebastopols- are they quiet?


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No geese are quiete, they will all honk - but the chinese call would be the most invasive and very high pitched.

Geese in backyards are not advisable.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:55 pm 
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Check with your council. I don't know about ipswich, but over in WA the councils are small and most poultry regs are poorly drafted.

e.g. where we are, you are permitted:
Max 12 "poultry"
No roosters
2 ducks max
2 geese max

There are housing rules, but as far as those rules go, we could have 12 peacocks!!

I agree with what Honk said - chinese are VERY loud now that they think it is breeding season. Before that they used to just honk once or twice when we let them out in the morning or put them away at night. Our Embenxwhatever is much quieter - usually makes a rapid "doot doot doot" noise rather than honking.

We have found that keeping the chinese separate from the other poultry at night and giving them plenty of grain at night (so some is still there when they wake up) has kept them quieter.

Neighbours are OK so far, but not sure if they will be by the end of the breeding season...

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Hmm - looks like good news - seems you have pretty good rules where you are:

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The following apply to any person who is keeping poultry. Poultry includes ducks, geese, peacocks and the like.

How many poultry can I keep on my property?

You can keep the number of poultry as set out in the table below depending on the size of your property.

Number of Poultry - Minimum land area required:

* 1-2 - 350m²
* 3-12 - 700m²
* 13-20 - 1000m²
* 21-25 - 1000m²
* Over 25 - Apply for a permit

For example if your property is 800m² you can keep up to 12 poultry (1 hectare = 10,000m²)

If you wish to keep more than 25 poultry on land (that is not zoned rural/non urban) you need to apply for a permit.

Do I have to provide an enclosure?

Yes. All poultry must be kept within suitable enclosure.

Where can an enclosure be located?

The enclosure must be located at least 1 metre from any property boundary and at least 5 metres from any property boundary that is next to land where the public has access eg. a property boundary adjacent the footpath. Also depending on the number of poultry that are kept the minimum distance that an enclosure must be from any house is as set out below.
Number of Poultry - Minimum required distance of an enclosure from any residential building

* 1-2 -10 metres
* 3-12 - 15 metres
* 13-20 - 20 metres
* 21-25 - 25 metres
* Over 25 - Conditions of permit

Before building or installing an enclosure you should check with Council's Building Branch on 3810 6888 for any relevant requirements.

Do I have any other responsibilities?

Yes. An enclosure is to be thoroughly cleaned and effectively treated with an insecticide at least twice in every year. The enclosure is also to be constructed and maintained so as to prevent the harbourage of vermin. All feed for poultry is to be kept in vermin proof containers.

If you require any further information, please contact Council during business hours on (07) 3810 6666 or email us at council@ipswich.qld.gov.au


http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/residents ... s/poultry/

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