Geese in my Garden! Shoo or shoot? Goose dinner, anyone?

@mentalward (14695)
United States
July 28, 2008 6:04am CST
I've been invaded by a vicious, marauding evil gang of maniacal geese! Sixteen of the nasty beasties have been invading my garden. I'm not going to be having any pumpkins this year because they've eaten them all. They're eating the leaves off of my newly planted fruit trees and gobbling up my blackberries as they ripen. Since we live on 3 1/2 acres, and my garden is on about 2 of these acres, fencing them in is an expensive solution that I cannot afford right now. So, do I continue to keep an eye out for these beasts and shoo them away (you've got to actually charge after them, yelling and waving your arms like an idiot), or do I shoot them with my pellet gun and have them for supper? I need advice! Help!!!
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@twallace (2675)
• United States
28 Jul 08
I know that has to be a pain dealing with geese that have taken over things. But be nice you have to admit that your garden must be really good. They are eating up things, I know that you don't like that but it's a good sign. Your garden attracted those geese. Please don't shot them for you having a great garden and they can't help themselves for eating your pumpkins and blackberries. I now there has to be something else you can do to deal with them? Have you tried the scare crow or are they smart and know that it's not a real person. Anything but shooting them and putting them on your table.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Jul 08
I'm going to be hanging those aluminum pie pans and old CD's up. I hear they scare all kinds of critters away, and we have all kinds of critters! LOL I love watching them, and I surely don't mind them being in other areas of our land, but they're devastating my garden! So, we'll see what the pans and CD's do. I've tried those plastic owls... the head swivels on one and the other is a motion sensor and hoots whenever something comes near it. Apparently, the geese are smarter than that! LOL Also, don't worry... I would never kill anything I wouldn't eat! I'm not a mean person at all and I would probably have trouble shooting anything unless I was starving, or if it was attacking.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
28 Jul 08
CDs hung up also work well for most birds as the glare from the sun on them can be almost blinding. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@raclie (1732)
• Singapore
29 Jul 08
wow.... that is though... shoot some, shoo the rest... i think that is the best.... so they will know there is danger.... or maybe just shoot them? have a big dinner.... because if they do not go off you will be really tired shooing them off...
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Ha ha ha! That is true. Maybe I'll invite the neighbors over for a giant barbeque of cooked geese!
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Jul 08
mentalward what you do is find out who owns these nasty maniacal geese and present him or her with a bill for the damage they have caused. you do not have to put up with this as someone must own this gang of evil geese and they are responsible for keeping them penned in. I would take a few shot at them just to scare them away but you need to find the owner and tellhim to keephis geese home or else.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Jul 08
No one owns them. They are wild geese. We live in the mountains, in the country. These geese have nests around our lake and multiply every year. When winter is coming, they fly off, not to be seen again until the following Spring. I've planted giant Cedar trees which, when mature, will keep out the geese and a lot of other things like deer, but they are very small right now. I've also strung fishing line around parts of our property where I don't want deer trampling everything, and it works! Maybe I'll put more fishing line around, just a bit lower, so the geese get confused when they can't just walk on in. Other than that, I'm having goose for dinner!
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
28 Jul 08
I am sorry to hear that. I would be having goose for dinner for sometime. :) Have you thought about getting a dog. My son has a pitbull, Honey. She is a sweet heart but she chases all bird, dogs, cats, worms, anything that isn't human. I made up the part about worms though. When our son brings Honey over to stay for a few days at a time, because his job takes him out of town, we have no problem with birds or stray cats on our property and Honey gets a lot of exercise keeping the place clear of most anything living with legs. My wife uses tin pie plates that she ties on stakes. As long as there is a breeze blowing they keep most animals away.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Jul 08
I have two dogs already. Unfortunately, the geese outweigh the dogs by 5-fold, at least! I have two Maltese. The geese chase THEM! LOL I've heard of pie plates and also old CD's. Thank you for reminding me! I had forgotten about them. I'll put some out there today to see if it has an effect. I bought two of those plastic owls, one has a swiveling head and the other has a sensor and "hoots" when anything passes in front of it. Apparently, the geese are onto that ploy! I'll try the plates and CD's. If that doesn't work, we'll be buying a freezer to keep all the goose meat!
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• United States
28 Jul 08
Yuck! Even fencing doesn't keep those nasties out! I've got a similar invasion and have had pretty good success, when the dog doesn't do it, with aluminum pie pans hanging on strings from poles. They don't appear to like that very much, even as bold as they are. Here, it's illegal to shoot at geese, so I wouldn't recommend that.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Jul 08
I'm going to try the pie plates and old CD's. The response above yours reminded me about them! I had read about them but forgot... ah, the aging brain! We can shoot any wild animals that are on our own property here, as long as we don't aim towards a road. We could actually have a continuous supply of meat if I could shoot them all! Deer, squirrels, rabbits, ducks and geese are all over the place here! I did skin and gut a deer once, but I didn't shoot it. It ran into my car. I asked the police (who had to shoot it because it had only broken it's back) if I could have it after seeing the damage it did to my car (and my insurance didn't cover deer damage!). He said sure and he and another guy put it in the trunk of my car. (It was a huge fella! Six points!) I was so angry about the damage to my car that I had no problem gutting this thing! At first, I was so upset for the deer. Then, once I saw the damage and after the police shot it, I was more upset about my car. I was known as "The Huntress" after that. LOL (Also teased for eating road kill. )
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Oh Deer! - Me and my first "kill". Actually, my car did the killing. No, even that's not right. My car broke it's back. The police killed it. I just took it home, gutted it and ate it as compensation for the $2,000.00 worth of damage it did to my car!
I forgot to add this... a picture of me with my "road kill". LOL
• United States
28 Jul 08
Nice kill! Canadian geese are a protected species in the US (don't know where you live), so you can't even kill them on your own property, here. Sucks, because they're such a nuisance but them's the laws, I guess. G'luck with the honkers!
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
28 Jul 08
I think this is a great idea, goose for dinner. This sounds yummy my friend.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
28 Jul 08
Wow, really? Wish I could be there and have a dinner with you.
@gemini_rose (16193)
28 Jul 08
Wow, I suppose it makes a change from it being a gang of evil kids!! I have never heard of geese invading someones garden before, and they can be quite nasty and vicious too I believe! It sounds like they are making a right mess of your garden though, do they belong to anyone? I suppose if they belong to anyone you could find the owners of them, or you could phone the animal people, they might know what to do. I hope you get a solution to it, failing that you will be able to live off goose dinners for a while!
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Jul 08
wild geese migrate in the fall to a warmer clime.
@freedomg (1684)
• United States
29 Jul 08
O.k. first please don't laugh . I had a similar problem once and a friend of mine brought me a large black and white striped umbrella. I don't know why but if you walk towards them opening and closing the umbrella it freaks them out. I only had to do this a few times before they started walking around my yard. I might suggest though because of the number of invaders you get a few helpers if you try this. Otherwise they may try to circle around and then you could end up goosed... OUCH. I wish you the best of luck.
@freedomg (1684)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Oh I forgot this. I know a lady that hangs those dang aol cd's that come in the mail in her fruit trees and off sticks in her garden. She says that the birds hate the bright reflection that comes off them so it keeps them out. I had never seen it before but I do know that she has one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen. I hope some of this helps.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Plase a steel pole or equivalent in the ground and make a mobile like contraption with aluminum pie pans. As the wind blows this scares away all birds. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Oh, cool!!! I'll do that! I was wondering what I was going to do once my fruit trees start producing fruit! I planted a couple of Ranier cherry trees this year and read that the birds absolutely adore them! I knew I'd have a fight on my hands once the trees start producing fruit because I love them as much, if not more, than the birds. I didn't know what else to do besides put bird netting over them, and that sounds like a lot of trouble. I bought netting to use, but the "mobile" idea sounds great! Maybe I'll make some smaller ones and place them in the areas where I know the geese get in to my garden area. Thank you so much!!!
• United States
28 Jul 08
Hahahaha,charging at then yelling with your arms waving around. i was trying to picture that LMAO. well is it illeagal to shoot them?. in my state were i live we are a bird santuary sooooooo at 1,000 dollar fine for each bird i would say keep soooing them away BUT if your allowed and you eat geese then it would be ideal. you wouldnt have to grochery shop for meat for awhile and you would have yopur pumpkins and black berry's LMAO. would save you some money Hahah. I would have to have someone else shoot them for me. theres no possible way i could shoot one . im to soft harted haha. i say goodluck to ya with the geese. i bet they are a headache for ya:(
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Jul 08
It IS quite funny to watch! I haven't seen anyone else chasing geese, but my husband laughs so hard when he watches me! We are allowed to hunt and shoot game animals, like wild geese. If one of them looked at me, I couldn't shoot it. I'm like you that way. But if it decided to attack me, I'd have no problem! Unfortunately, I'm not that great at aiming, so I'd probably have to get my husband to shoot them for me. I told him that I wouldn't want to just hurt them; if I was going to shoot them, I'd want to kill them immediately. I couldn't stand to see them suffer!!! He said he could do it. Of course, saying something and doing something are two different things! He's never hunted before, so we'll just have to wait and see. If he does manage to kill one of them, I'll make sure to take pictures! He's always been an "indoor" kind of person. I KNOW his family would love to see pictures of him as the "wilderness hunter". I'll have to dub him "The Wild Man of Winchester". LOL
• United States
26 Aug 08
Oh wow I couldn't imagine! Could you borrow someone who has a bigger dog to try watching your feilds? Those guys are feisty aren't they?!?! How have the suggestions posted worked out for you? If not have you had a goose dinner yet? *LOL*
@savypat (20246)
• United States
29 Jul 08
We have a lot of geese problems around here, people use dogs to chase them off. These are usually Austrialian Sheperds. These are very active dogs they need a job or they become a problem so geese chasing is good for them. LOL
• United States
28 Jul 08
Oh my goodness! You have a real pickle of a problem. And also, two acre garden? WOW! Very impressive. I've always admired people with gardening skills. My talent is strictly limited to container gardening. Here's a link I found that might help you get rid of the geese. http://www.ehow.com/how_2052794_get-rid-canadian-geese.html Best of luck.