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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:00 pm 
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Hi All I have 12 geese (6girls 6boys I think :) ) The whole group is picking on 1 gander. I rescued him about 2 weeks ago and put him in a separate pen. He recovered so I put him back with the group, they promptly attacked him again. This isn't a farmyard squabble that goes on every day. This is a hard pecking until the poor thing was/is covered in blood. He is not a new arrival has been with the group 12 months. Does anyone have any ideas. Cheers Phalara


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Mine do the same! it frustrates me and is so cruel.

I'd say put him and another goose in a separate paddock.

has it only just started to happen if so could be due to breeding and goslings. You need more girls than boys too, that will help.

Once there are more girls and less boys and/or geese younger than him, then he will move up the pecking order and not be bullied as bad.

BB is a good help for this....

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Thanks poultry1 I thought it might be something like that. I'll put one of the other geese in with him and see what happens Cheers Phalara


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Sometimes geese just don't like other geese, just like people.

It would be best to separate him for a few weeks, and try to pair him off with his own goose. It will more than likely be an on going problem, as he is the black sheep.

I too have had this happen, and there is no way you can really force them to like each other. I have found removing the dominant ganders for a while helps - but it is never long lasting.

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Thanks Honk, I've got him in a seperate pen at the moment, will leave him there for a few weeks with one of my young girls and see what happens. Cheers Phalara


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My youngest Chinese fellow has this problem... started mid-breeding season and the poor beggar copped it from everyone, male and female, including his own girlfriend who decided to hook up with the embden goose. (Not a typo... she hooked up with a goose, even guarding her on the nest.) :|

At it's worst, he ended up with a bald ring on his neck with bite marks and one eye with a goober in it. Seperated him off for awhile and it seemed to die down but they've been nipping him again so he's back to having a 2" ring on his neck that's bald with bite marks. Poor chappy... I'm hoping when he gets older he'll be more assertive, as he's younger than the others and much younger than the big gander.

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