How to Tame A Goose

So, lets say that you just brought a new goose home.  This goose might be mean and freaked out for the first few days.  But then you notice that it still is mean, but a little less freaked out, a few weeks later.  You try to treat it like a dog- you tell it no, stop, and you do not move out of the way.  That only made it worse.

Geese aren’t like dogs.  Geese are very territorial, and if you stand up to them and make them believe that you are the boss, they find you as a threat.  The best thing to do is to stand aside a few days.  Then try to tame your bird again- without treating it like a dog.  Here are some great tips for taming your goose.  Good luck!

1. Water bottles won’t work!

2. Make eye contact with the gander at all times.  No gazing at the geese!

3.  Look small and look less like a threat.

4. Most of all, talk softly.

5. Offer them treats.  Crouch down and hold out some corn or oats.  (Our geese, Jack and Jill, now run up to me whenever I crouch!)  If they bite because they don’t know how to eat this way, don’t react harshly.  I find that geese usually have a harder time with whole corn.

6.  Let them know that you take care of them- keep them supplied with water and feed.

7.  If they hiss, do not hiss back.  It only makes it worse.  Just step aside and keep eye contact with the gander.  You can also talk softly to the birds while doing so.  It helps them calm down a bit more.

8. Try not to pet them, and avoid handling them until you know that the gander does not see you as a threat.  No picking up geese with the gander around.

After a few weeks of this, you will have a “pet” goose!  Geese tame easily and are great companions afterwards.  This is what we did with all of our geese.

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