Like other farm animals, there are some advantages and disadvantages of raising geese. Keeping geese is actually gaining popularity day by day. Geese are wonderful show, pet and utility birds. They are used and raised for many different purposes. Geese are actually great for delicious eggs and meat production, they are great lawn mowers, they are very beautiful and enhance the beauty of your property and they are also excellent as pets.
Whatever the purpose of raising geese ‘it’s very important to take good care of them’. Although geese require less care and management as compared to many other domestic poultry birds. They can easily breed and take care of themselves.
The geese are large in size than many other poultry birds and they require more food. They are also noisy sometimes. And some geese can be of aggressive nature occasionally. So at the same time there are some advantages and disadvantages of raising geese. Before starting, you must know more about these advantages and disadvantages of raising geese.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Raising Geese
Keeping any type of farm animal has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. Here we are describing more about the advantages and disadvantages of raising geese.
The Advantages of Raising Geese
There are many advantages of raising geese. Here we are shortly describing all about these advantages.
Geese are Beautiful
Geese are actually very beautiful birds, the goslings are especially super cute. They are elegant and decorative and actually great for enhancing the beauty of private properties.
Not all, but some of the geese are of excellent behavior. They are lovable, friendly and can become very tame. They can be raised as pets.
Geese are Great Lawn Mowers
Geese love to eat greens and forage on grass. They are ecological lawn mowers. This feature reduces feeding costs.
Geese are long-lived birds with a lifespan of around 30 years. So you can have a great friend for long time if you raise geese as pets.
Geese Require Less Care
Geese are low-maintenance birds and they require relatively less care as compared to many other domestic birds. They even require less care than chickens or ducks.
Geese are excellent foragers if they are allowed to access freely.
Many Breeds Available
There are many geese breeds available to choose from. You can choose any breed depending on your keeping purpose.
Good as Guard
Geese are excellent as guard animals. They will make noise and alert you if they feel any danger.
Produce Delicious Meat & Eggs
The light geese varieties are good layers. Some varieties lay as much as 60 large eggs per year. And most of the varieties produce premium quality meat.
Disadvantages of Raising Geese
Along with the above mentioned advantages, there are also some disadvantages of raising geese. Here we are shortly describing about these disadvantages of raising geese.
Geese are Noisy
The main disadvantages of raising geese is ‘they make a lot of noise’, some people finds this feature as disturbing. Although this noise also has some advantages. Geese make noise and alert you when they feel any danger.
They Can Chew Anything
If allowed to roam freely, your geese can become little devils. They will probably chew many things.
Eat a Lot
Geese are larger in size than many other domestic poultry birds. So, they require relatively more feeds.
Hard to Keep Confined
Geese love to roam freely, so it’s very tough to keep them confined. You will need to build a fence around your property for keeping them confined.
You Can’t Raise Just One
Geese are social birds, and they love to stay in groups. So, you must have to raise at least two birds.
Like many other poultry birds, the geese can also suffer from various fatal conditions. Although diseases are less in geese.
These are the common advantages and disadvantages of raising geese. You must know about these advantages and disadvantages before starting, especially if you are a beginner. God bless you!