Customer Stories and Helpful Advice About Ducks & Geese
How I Learned to Talk With My Geese
At our small 1.5 acre farmette on the central coast of California we
have two Embden geese, a goose & a gander. They are both at this time
about 6 months old; beautiful healthy birds.
They are noisy greeters and watch geese, but typically quiet and mellow
when undisturbed. When disturbed, the gander is by far the more
aggressive of the two. He is quick to hand out nips and pulls to
whomever enters his area, while the goose just keeps her distance with
alert repetitive calls. The only exception is my 15-month old toddler.
With our toddler he is a gentle nibbler.
We keep the geese sequestered now with our Thanksgiving turkey because
they tend to be aggressive with our garden and our neighbors. I had
given the geese up as a lost cause and candidates for holiday meals
until I ran across your collection of short stories about geese late
This morning, I approached the pen greeting the gander back when he
called. I got down to the ganders level, bowing and gently croaking like
the female does... and he settled down quickly, coming closely and
gently nibbling and croaking back. The goose also came up to me and in
no time I was being gently nibbled and petting them back just as I did
when they where babies.
Son of a gun. I have just not been communicating with them in Goose.
Your stories showed me a way to enjoy the geese within their social
framework. Discovering a sympathetic way of enjoying the geese is a lot
of fun for me.