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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:54 am 
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"Louy" the gander is a bully. I have two new ducks and he is terrorising them. They were too afraid to go into the coop last night. It was very cold so I made them go it the coop and then stood there helplessly watching Louy chase them. He does bully others as well at other times...but especially when he comes into the coop. I have also seen him mount ducks and even a chicken :shock:

What do I do?

Millie's mum 8)

p.s. He is a Brown Chinese cross and I can't find him a girlfriend.

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He is protecting his space geese are shocking this time of year they set up a certain area and its pity help anyone who comes into it
Because there is no other goose anyone is fair game you will in time track down a mate for him and then he will become more aggressive to ones who invade his territory.
This is normal behavior for geese especially this time of year
Solution build anyother pen for ducks ? :)


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Or should I build another one for geese?

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Our 2nd gander was a bit of a bully to the ducks and chooks (and tried to mate with the ducks) until we got him a female (well 2 actually).

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MM you probably need to get him a mate ( so he leaves the other birds alone ) and then build a separate run for these two . Obviously you have fox issues ( since the drake was attacked ) so they must be locked up at night . What tends to happen when birds are bullied , is they get stressed , go off the lay and may even get so run down they pick up any healthy problem that may be going around.


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So is there anything I can do in the mean time?

The pen area is safe from foxes. I often keep the coop door open at night so Louy can walk around if he wants to. But because I have just got the two new ducks on Monday, I have been making sure everyone is in the coop at night and the door is closed.

Would it be wrong to keep Louy out of the coop at night?

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Millie's mum wrote:
So is there anything I can do in the mean time?

The pen area is safe from foxes. I often keep the coop door open at night so Louy can walk around if he wants to. But because I have just got the two new ducks on Monday, I have been making sure everyone is in the coop at night and the door is closed.

Would it be wrong to keep Louy out of the coop at night?

mm 8)


Our geese don't live in the coop any more. We initially did it just with the brown chinese (to reduce noise early in the morning), and now we do it with all of them. They learn't quite quickly, and now the geese wander off out of the way when we herd the ducks and chook in at night.

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Do you think its ok to start locking him out of the coop at night?

Do I need to lay down some straw for him if I do?

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Do you think its ok to start locking him out of the coop at night?

Do I need to lay down some straw for him if I do?

mm 8)


Fine as long as he is safe from foxes and dogs.

Most geese sleep standing up. But even if he doesn't, straw isn't essential.

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As has been said leave precious outside no straw etc he will be fine :)


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Sorry to be so slow and thick macl27!

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I think we will have to all hunt down a mate for him maybe Euroa will keep a look out for you then he will be happy :)


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For the last two nights, Louy has been locked-out of the coop. But in doing so...I have stressed him out. The drake who looks up to him (not trying to be funny) was too. But the ducks and chickens felt that the coop was now a safe haven again. They only had the crunky drake to deal with.

Tomorrow, we are getting one maybe two girlfriends for Louy. This will probably change things.

Should I continue to lock him out of the coop?

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Millie's mum wrote:
For the last two nights, Louy has been locked-out of the coop. But in doing so...I have stressed him out. The drake who looks up to him (not trying to be funny) was too. But the ducks and chickens felt that the coop was now a safe haven again. They only had the crunky drake to deal with.

Tomorrow, we are getting one maybe two girlfriends for Louy. This will probably change things.

Should I continue to lock him out of the coop?

mm 8)


Depends on how he behaves. Ours lost interest in the ducks and chooks once he had a couple of girls of his own species to play with.

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