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doganjo

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Re: Rural crime - theft from small-holdings
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2019, 10:19:39 pm »
I hate geese!

I was chased by one when I was 4 - went with my Granda to deliver ice cream to a hotel in Grantown and they left me outsude playing with the chickens while they had a cuppa.  Heard me screaming and rushed out.  I have NEVER forgotten my Granda's laughter to this day 71 years later.  The irony is that I did forget all of it immediately after childbirth when I called my daughter the same name as the goose - Sarah.  :innocent: :innocent: :innocent: :rant: :rant: :rant:

Did I say I hate geese?
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Rural crime - theft from small-holdings
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2019, 10:37:18 pm »
are geese as good guards as I've been led to believe? And do they perform as deterrents or alarms or other?


No!  Our ganders will go for people when their geese are sitting, but otherwise they are fairly gentle souls.  They do make a lot of noise sometimes, but as we have never had intruders we don't know if they would make a different racket for them.  They sleep inside so would only be on patrol in daylight hours.
We rely on the dogs and whopping big padlocks and the like.  Anyway, we don't have much to steal - it's all second or fifth hand.
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arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
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Re: Rural crime - theft from small-holdings
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2019, 06:24:04 pm »
A question wrt to "guard-geese":  are they a match for foxes or are they just nice and large target prey?

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
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Re: Rural crime - theft from small-holdings
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2019, 10:46:06 pm »
Geese seem to take it in turns to chase something off.  If they would only band together they could give a fox a pretty good duffing, but their little brains don't seem to work that way.
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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Rural crime - theft from small-holdings
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2019, 07:02:29 am »
A question wrt to "guard-geese":  are they a match for foxes or are they just nice and large target prey?



Most likely just nice target prey I think…. but mine live behind an electric fence, as I'd rather not give the fox (or badger) a chance…


Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Rural crime - theft from small-holdings
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2019, 11:06:53 pm »
Geese seem to take it in turns to chase something off.  If they would only band together they could give a fox a pretty good duffing, but their little brains don't seem to work that way.


The ones who chased me weren't doing it in turns. There must have been hundreds.  Well, probably 20 but I was 15 at the time so prone to exaggeration.

 

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