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Old 07-18-2017, 09:39 AM
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I was watching a video with Joel Salatin, last night, and he mentioned something about using geese for "areal predator protection". Has anyone tried this? Does it really stop hawks from killing chickens?
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Sounds possible since they are large enough to fight them. I also know they can get meaner than hell and pinch the hell out of you when they bite. I'd like to see it first though because owls, hawks, etc have sharp beaks and talons. I would think they are still outmatched...

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My experience is that they help... some. Not a guarantee. They're great for protection from weasels, though. Ain't no damned weasel going to get your geese (or the critters living with the geese). Geese will sometimes give the chickens a hard time though, especially the little ones.
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... Geese will sometimes give the chickens a hard time though, especially the little ones.
In our situation, when the geese are breeding, they will attack and even kill chickens. They seem fine together the rest of the year.
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I don't have any geese right now. The chicken yard has strips of chainlink fence about five feet up, across the top (kind of a partial ceiling, if you will) with grape vines growing on it. Gives them shade and a place to duck under if they see predator birds. Not so great to keep out raccoons, though. I've not lost a bird to hawks in a long time but the dogs are busy with the coons after the grapes AND the chickens.

Roosters are good at sighting hawks and giving the alarm to hide. Hens, not so much.
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I was watching a video with Joel Salatin, last night, and he mentioned something about using geese for "areal predator protection". Has anyone tried this? Does it really stop hawks from killing chickens?
Short answer: No.
Our birds free range every day through a pretty large area. The chickens are all over the place, some in groups, some off by themselves. The geese stick together and are definitely noisy, but we still lose an occasional chicken (maybe 1 or 2 in the year) to a hungry enough hawk or fox, though usually it is later in the fall.

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Since I've had Geese I've had very few problems with the animals. Two years ago I sold my adult geese and almost immediately I had a coon problem. I've got adult geese again and no coon problem.

As for a hawk... I could see them helping if you had quite a few geese and an area that they are not all spread out in.

Geese will also deter foxes. Not possums.... this winter I had a very young one living in the coop off and on for a few weeks.

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