Customer Stories and Helpful Advice About Ducks & Geese
Mixing Geese and Ducks for Safety
I've seen a lot of talk about general behavior of geese and ducks
recently so I thought I'd put in how I manage the local flock here.
We have a lot of predators here in my rural location on the central
California coast. I put together groups of compatible ducks and
either a male goose or a male/female goose pair. These groups
socialize and sleep together in home built rugged crates designed to
keep most predators out. During the day these groups generally forage
and bath together. The geese are the group managers - they keep ducks
from straying too far away from the relative safety of our house area
and scare off small predators such as domestic cats and small
children. Of course this time of year (breeding season) they will try
to keep all humans away.
The geese provide a great service - I had one young group (all
hatched Christmas weekend) without goose protection and lost one last
week to a hungry feral cat. I was worried they were too young to be around
the goose - silly me. I put a goose in their area the next day and we've had no problems since. He has encouraged the young ones to explore the ponds and the fenced in area under his watchful eyes.
The other large benefit of ducks and geese was reinforced last
weekend when I was forced to cut down the 2 foot tall growth of weeds
in the dog run with the weed whacker, while all the areas patrolled
by ducks and geese were automatically trimmed to 1 to 2 inches and
Anyway, on to the toy story: My drakes love to rummage through the pile of weeds and they select one and bring it over and dunk it in their water bowl. I went out the other day and they had filled their whole bowl! The girls on the other side of the pen (for their own safety from the boys) just like to rummage through and eat bugs. I'm thinking I may have to get some toys for the boys at least.