Raising geese is relatively easy as compared to keeping many other domestic poultry birds.
Geese require less care and maintenance, so keeping geese is very easy. Geese actually can take good care of themselves easily and it’s truly entertaining and relaxing observing their activities.
Raising geese is gaining popularity, especially among the beginners/hobby farmers. Geese are kept for many different purposes.
They are raised for their delicious meat and eggs, for the purpose of enhancing the beauty of a property and also kept just as pets.
If you are a beginner and want to keep geese then you must know as much as possible about keeping geese before starting. It’s actually require less time and less labor for raising geese.
Steps for Raising Geese
As we have mentioned above ‘raising geese is actually very easy and simple’. Although you need to know the right steps. However, here we are describing more information about raising geese.
Determine Your Purpose for Raising Geese
Before starting, you will need to determine the actual purpose for raising geese. Geese are actually raised for many different purposes.
They are raised for eggs, meat, enhancing beauty of a property or kept just as pets. So, determine your purpose first and this will make the geese caring process easy and simple.
Select a Breed
After determining the purpose of raising geese, you have to select a breed which will be good for your purpose.
Geese are actually grouped into three categories depending on their size. These three categories are; light, medium and heavy.
Both light and medium geese are good for egg production, but the heavy geese breeds lay less eggs and they are raised mainly for their delicious meat.
Some geese breeds are of aggressive nature, while some have excellent temperament.
Some geese make great pets and some breeds are very beautiful and good for property decoration purpose.
You can ask your friends who are raising geese if you can’t decide which breed is good for you.
Build a Shelter
Build a good shelter for your birds. Geese actually stay outside throughout the day if you allow them to roam freely.
But they require shelter for staying at night. And a good shelter also help to protect the birds from adverse weather conditions.
So, build a house for your geese where they will feel comfortable and safe. And this will keep them happy and they will grow well.
Purchase the Birds & Bring Them Home
Purchase the birds from any of your nearest breeders or stores. Your friends are also a great option for purchasing geese (if any of them is raising geese). You can also consider purchasing online, if the seller can deliver in your area.
If you are going to start with a minimum number of geese, then consider at least a pair. Because geese are social birds and they actually love to stay in group.
You can purchase either mature birds or goslings if you want to raise a few birds. But if you are planning for raising numerous birds, then consider purchasing goslings. This will cost you less money.
Whatever you choose (goslings or mature birds), bring the birds home after purchasing. You will need a large container or a poultry transporting van if you purchase mature birds. Be very careful while transporting the birds.
Caring for the Geese
Good caring is the most important part of raising geese. Although geese generally require less care and management as compared to many other domestic poultry birds. Follow the caring steps mentioned below after bringing the geese home.
Clip the Wings of the New Geese
Clipping the wings of the newly purchased geese is very important. So, clip their wings before releasing them. Geese are very strong birds, so be very careful while clipping their wings.
You will not be able to clip their wings alone. It’s actually a tough task and generally require 2-3 person.
For clipping their wings, gently hold the neck and hold it’s body firmly close to you.
Have another person ready for gently taking the wing and unfolding it and then cutting the shorter feathers at the base of the wing. Be extremely careful and don’t over cut the wings.
Release the Geese
Release the birds after clipping their wings. Geese actually love to stay in water, so it will be better if you have a pond ready for your geese.
You can release them every morning and bring them back to their shelter in the afternoon or evening.
Guiding them regularly will make them get used to their surrounding environment.
Feed Them Quality Feeds
Good food is very important for your geese. If you let your birds to roam freely, they will take most of their diet foraging.
Feed the gosling with duck starter feeds. Add some oats and grains in their diet during winter season. And also provide them with enough clean water, if you don’t have pond.
Protect your geese from predators. You can either make a fence around your property or keep your geese in a closed area.
Supply bedding and nesting materials inside their shelter. Clean their house, feeding and watering materials as frequently as possible. Good luck!
Frequently Asked Questions
People ask many questions about raising geese. Here we are listing the most common questions about keeping these birds, and trying to answer them. Hope you will find your answer. Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have more questions.
Is geese farming profitable?
Yes, raising geese commercially is a very profitable business. You can make good profits from this business. Commercial production of geese is very easy, even the beginners can raise geese easily.
How to start geese farming business?
Starting commercial geese production business is very easy and simple. You can easily start this business even if you are a beginner. First of all select a very good location for your farm, then make a good shelter or house for the birds, purchase good quality geese, feed your birds with very good quality and nutritious food, provide them with required medications and always try to take good care of them.
Are geese easy to raise?
Yes, raising geese is very easy and simple. You can start this business easily, even if you are a beginner.
Do geese need a pond?
No, geese don’t need a pond to be happy. But they love plenty of fresh water to play and bathe in. They also need water in order to swallow their food.
How much land do you need to raise geese?
Geese are larger in size than many other domestic birds, so they relatively require larger space. Having more than 5 square feet housing space per bird will be enough.
How do you raise geese at home?
Raising geese at home is relatively easy, and it’s just like raising any other domestic birds.
Do geese bond with humans?
Yes, some geese may bond with humans.
Are geese low maintenance?
Yes, geese are low-maintenance birds and they generally require less caring and other management.
What geese favorite food?
Geese prefer both greens and grains. Their favorite foods are grass, timothy, clover, wheat, corn, rice etc.
Is goose poop good for grass?
Yes, it’s good for grass, garden and plants.
Can geese live on grass only?
Yes, geese are able to live on grass and weeds.
Do geese need to be locked up at night?
Yes, geese need a secure shelter and it should be locked up at night.
How long will a goose will full grown?
Generally, a goose will take around 6 months to reach maturity. Although, most of the geese attain about 80% of their body weight within their 9 week of age.
Can a goose live with chickens?
Yes, sure! Goose can live with chickens happily.
Will geese fly away?
Yes, some geese fly away.
Where do geese like to sleep at night?
Most of the geese generally sleep at night either on water or over land.
Do geese protect their owners?
Geese are very protective. And in some cases, they will protect their owners.
Can a goose bite you?
Yes, in some cases geese may bite you with their exceptionally strong wings and can occasionally cause a serious injury.
Do geese need clean water?
Yes, geese need clean and fresh drinking water daily.
Can geese eat rice?
Yes, geese can eat rice and they prefer to have some.
How many eggs does a goose lay each month?
Depends on the variety. For example, a Canada geese can lay between 4 and 9 eggs per year.
How much do geese eat per day?
Depends on the age and size of geese. Generally an adult geese can eat about 1 cup of food per day.