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to be afraid of my gander😱

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Tinkerbell456 Thu 17-Oct-19 06:44:49

Anyone own a gander? We have six geese that we got at the age of around 12 months about a year ago. Unknowingly one turned out to be a gander. So they are now about two, and being spring, here in Oz it’s their first breeding season. Well, the girls are nesting and he’s very aggressive. Does it stop after breeding season? Any remedies that don’t involve roast potato’s and stuffing?

Rubytinsleslippers Thu 17-Oct-19 06:46:36

They are aggressive. My grandfather used them instead of guard dogs on his farm...

Monty27 Thu 17-Oct-19 06:48:57

Send him for a wander

TyneTeas Thu 17-Oct-19 06:49:47

You might enjoy this thread ... grin

PenelopeFlintstone Thu 17-Oct-19 06:50:36

YANBU - I’ve never had geese but several roosters have had to go for the chop! I read that ‘in the olden days’ any aggressive rooster was quickly dispatched but with all the competitive chook breeding and showing these days, they select mostly for appearance rather than temperament.

BilboBercow Thu 17-Oct-19 06:52:45

I'm very tired and misread this. Thought it was a feminist thread

UrsulaPandress Thu 17-Oct-19 06:55:14

Scary fuckers.

My horse was petrified of them.

Rubytinsleslippers Thu 17-Oct-19 06:57:13

Ha ha @tyneyees... "Like ducks with flick knives" brilliant old thread

DinoDansMum Thu 17-Oct-19 06:57:46

@BilboBercow 😂😂 So did I!

Tinkerbell456 Thu 17-Oct-19 07:04:29

The other day I was bending over the food bin and he came up from behind and smacked my arse! No word of a lie- Arsehole! Sexist arsehole to boot!

Gimmechipschocolateandcake Thu 17-Oct-19 07:06:25

Lol. I've heard they are cantankerous old farts. Also I was told years ago that you have to grab it's neck if it goes to bite you to get it to back off.

SleepyKat Thu 17-Oct-19 07:08:19

I have to cycle past two families of geese on a narrow tow path twice a day. I hate it. They’re hissing and lunging at me. They have actually got better now, one group especially. I start ringing my bell from some distance away and they now start to move so I maybe you could train them to move away at the sound of a bell? 😀

Weedsnseeds1 Thu 17-Oct-19 07:13:06

A friend's mother used to have geese when I was at school. A croquet mallet was kept by the back door for self defense when entering the garden.

Kyvia Thu 17-Oct-19 07:15:00

If it really is a massive issue - to the point where you are considering roast goose for Christmas dinner (which would be valid choice tbh.....) might be worth talking to your vet about the possibility of a hormone implant that can suppress testosterone for a few months. You might need a vet who has more of an interest in avian/‘exotic’ medicine than the average

Namechangeymcnamechange11 Thu 17-Oct-19 07:16:40

Terrifying things. They block the canal path by my previous office. It's like something out of West side story.

MythicalBiologicalFennel Thu 17-Oct-19 07:17:10

I clicked on this expecting the word gander to be urban slang for something else blush

Tinkerbell456 Thu 17-Oct-19 07:17:37

My weapon of choice is a broom. I’m told they can be desexed but obviously horrifically expensive and they usually die. Not going to pay for the same outcome a few seconds with an axe would achieve! Not to mention getting the cantankerous git to a vet willing to do it.

TheSandgroper Thu 17-Oct-19 07:18:43

A goose in a chookpen keeps the wedgetails away so you might get all your goslings to geese. Sorry, I’m not answering your question.

Heronry Thu 17-Oct-19 07:20:46

Still, you won’t need a guard dog. Unfortunately, you will never get any post if your postman has to pass them...

Frouby Thu 17-Oct-19 07:20:58

Sorry OP but they are absolute cunts. We had them on the yard where the ponies are to stop local kids breaking in and wrecking stuff. Had a few over the years but the worst one was called Thumper and he was an absolute thug.

My pony was terrified of him. He once got hold of the inside of my thigh and wouldn't let go til I thumped him at the side of his head. Left a huge bruise.

I currently have a little bantum cockerill. He's about the size of a pigeon but with more fluff and he's also an absolute wankerbastard. One of the hens was a bit off it last week, tried to catch her to check her over and the little bastard had a right pop at me. He also hates a particular pair of trainers and if I have those on when I go to feed them I have to take a watering can in with me to let him bounce off.

No way would I have a gander again. But Christmas is coming so maybe that could be your answer. Goose is supposed to be very nice roast.

nonevernotever Thu 17-Oct-19 07:21:07

Friends who had geese told me that roast with stuffing was the only answer. They didn't try hormone treatment mind you but they had tried grabbing him by the neck as recommended to them

Tinkerbell456 Thu 17-Oct-19 07:22:50

Not looking good for Hissy is it?

Pannalash Thu 17-Oct-19 07:23:22

@TyneTeas thank you for that link one of the funniest threads ever grin

MerryDeath Thu 17-Oct-19 07:26:41

can't help but our drake was bad enough so you have my sympathies. horrid creature but he dropped dead out of the blue one day and his girlfriend is a new woman now. karma!

Troels Thu 17-Oct-19 07:32:15

Friend had geese, her Dad used to say the Gander was better than any guard dog he'd ever had. Terrified us kids.
We had Chickens, and a Rooster that was leathal. We used to carry a broom with us if we went by the chicken coop or he'd get you with his spurs.

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