We recently acquired two beautiful Embden Geese. Did as we were advised and kept them in a stable for a few days until one of them actually flew out over the half door. They were then kept in the stable yard for a couple of days and then as all appeared well were let into the paddock areas where they remained happily for a couple of days (being returned to the stable at night). Both geese made their first flight for freedom early one evening after, we believe being startled by our pony. They both flew over trees and a six foot stone wall and across a busy main road before one landed in a neighbours garden, the other one finally stopped about 1/4 mile away. On this occasion we managed to get both of them back and were advised by a neighbour to clip a wing and to keep them inside for 2 weeks. We kept them in, much to their disgust and let them out again after a week when one of them in particular managed to get out every time we went in. So we then clipped a wing on each of them and let them out again. Two days later, despite the fact that the person that we acquired them from had told us that they didn't fly AND the fact tat we had clipped their wings, one of them flew off again. This time the second goose stayed behind despite being urged to leave with much loud honking from the escaped bird. Unlike the previous occasion, the goose did not go too far and we discovered her in the rear garden of a neighbour once again across the road - whilst explaining to the neighbour that our goose was in her garden it appears that she may have tried to return because the husband saw her take off again but unfortunately she flew straight into the rear wall of the house and died within minutes. We contacted the person that we had bought the gees from and she was amazed as she has quite a lot of them and has never seen them fly! We decided to replace the goose that had died as I had read that they are better in pairs and goose number 2 seemed lonely without her mate. He (goose No. 3)was delivered this afternoon but kept in and then to our utmost suprise and distress early this evening goose 2 (Jemima) took off and landed in the same garden as the first deceased goose. Fortunately we were able to get her back unharmed but are beginning to wonder whether or not we should return both geese before 1) there is an accident in the road or 2) another goose is injured or killed. We are confused as we were told and have read that Embden geese rarely if ever fly and then even having clipped their wings, they can still fly. We don't really want to keep them in as we wanted them to freerange with the chickens - can anyone out there advise?