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Geese: did I make a mistake? Maybe not

OK, Now that I’ve done the deed, y’all can tell me if I’m nuts on a stick or if there’s some logic.

I bought 2 goslings this spring after careful research (“Buff geese are one of the quieter breeds … Don’t get buff geese if you like quiet.” The internet does not agree. You’ll see these two comments even on the same PAGE.)* They are in my pasture. M/F

They are quite noisy and about 6 months old now. Luckily most of my neighbors report they aren’t bothered (but I’m sure there are a few neighbors who haven’t weighed in because they ARE bothered, and don’t know how to say that.)

So I saw a pair of Tolouse geese for adoption from the animal shelter. (“Tolouse geese are generally docile and quiet… Be aware, tho, that Tolouse can be quite noisy!”) They are also a m/f pair, about 2 years old.

My logic was: the buff might be noisy because their flock is too small and they feel like they have to be on alert all the time. If I were to lose one goose out of two (because things go wrong in the animal world!) I’d have one very lonely goose left and that’s bad. So I adopted the other two. Now I have 4.

Time will eventually tell who teaches what to whom, but I was happily surprised that the Tolouse were quiet during pick up, transport, and their first night here. Confused, of course: the housing is different, the food is different, the people are different, and there are two other of their kind shouting at them across the fence. But I am hoping they remain quiet and help calm the younger Buff. There may be some fireworks between the two males when I integrate them, so I’m not sure how quickly that will happen. Right now, they just snakey-neck at each other and hiss while the females stand there looking unimpressed.

Anybody know geese? Was this a sensible idea, or have I just doubled my problem?

*ETA I just reviewed the surrender paperwork from SPCA, and the former owners noted that they were “shy/reserved” as well as “outgoing/friendly” and “playful/active”. So even the former owners can’t agree with themselves!! However, they did not check “talks a lot”, so that’s good.


Time will tell. One good thing to look forward to: Geese will keep unwanted visitors from invading your/their domain. Con: They will do the same to wanted visitors.

Have fun.


They’ll be fine, so long as each gander has a mate. We had two ganders and a goose once, they were all very happy (except maybe the goose!)

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Wait… so your solution to quiet the first pair of geese, is to get a second pair of geese? I think I love you.

I am totally on board!! Let us know how it works out.

PS. is this sort of like chicken math?


It’s exactly like chicken math, except I have this theory…


It would be irresponsible of me to offer an opinion without seeing pictures first.



The juvenile (noisy!) buff

The shy/playful/outgoing/reserved more mature Tolouse, with their playhouse/shelter behind them.


So handsome. Geese are my favorite poultry. But I stick with chickens. Geese are too bright and I already have more than enough smarty pants livestock.


Very cute! I have no information to help, but you know most of us would have enabled you anyway.


Thank you. The conclusion that I can draw is they will get used to each other and continue to be adorable.

You’re welcome.


Go on, what is the theory?

Chicken math and cat math are my favorite subjects. Congratulations on your quadruple guard team. I look forward to more pictures!!


My theory is, the larger the flock, the quieter the individuals. I’m hoping that’s the case anyhow.


Oh man, I want geese so bad but the husband can’t stand noisy livestock.


That just makes me laugh.


Too bright? Does that mean they are trainable? If I got a squirtgun and zapped them when they holler, would they learn?

Theory #2.

I think they’d learn that you are not their friend.
Geese make noises to express emotions, to scream an alarm, or to chatter sociably among themselves, or even to themselves. They are talkative animals. Even the ‘quiet’ ones are just not as quite strident and honky as the ‘noisy’ ones.

Trying to get geese to be quiet will just traumatize them.

By “bright” I mean inquisitive, problem-solving, problem-creating, sociable, and complicated.

You might try rabbits instead.


So, maybe I need to teach them “quiet” like you do with a dog. Teach “bark” then teach “quiet”.

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Let me know how that goes!


I need video of this training attempt please!


No help. But I love geese, aside from the droppings, I am working hard to convince everybody else here that geese are needed! Good luck. In all honesty, give them time. I bet you will have a calmer…maybe not quieter…flock.