The instructions given in this article of how to catch and handle geese are inline with the Australian Animal Welfare Standards. For more information head to http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/
How to Catch and Handle Geese
Geese can be pretty intimidating birds when you first start interacting with them. Especially if you come across the bigger ones like the Toulouse, or the Embdens… They hiss, and spread they’re wings out trying to scare you, but with a few easy techniques in catching geese that I’ll run through with you today, it won’t be long before you’re a pro on how to catch and handle geese.
You will also find in breeding season that they will be harder to handle, so if you need to catch your geese then, be prepared for a fight.
First of all you should be aware of the different types of temperaments in geese and always remember they are armed and ready to defend themselves if they feel threatened. Sporting serrated teeth on the inside of their bill that could take a chunk out of your ear if you get close enough, and in the bigger ones if they get a clean shot at you with their wing it can feel like you’ve been hit with a cricket bat, so be sure to always approach with caution.
If you don’t have one already, you should get yourself a catching crook. You can make one of these out of 8 gauge wire and depending on the size of your birds it should be between 3-5ft long.
You’ll want to pen the geese you’re wanting to catch in an area where they’re not going to panic themselves too much with you in there. (8-10 geese would need at least a 14x14ft area) You don’t want them to injure themselves, and if you stress them too much it can cripple them. If this happens sometimes they won’t recover from it, and is more likely to happen if the geese are under 6 months old.
Use your crook extended out to separate them. You won’t need to physically touch them to separate them, just the crook pointing to the position in the group you want to separate should almost be enough.
Then it’s time to move in. As soon as the target begins to move it almost needs to be one swift motion of hooking around the neck and as you pull the goose toward you move your body in a half turn with the momentum, grabbing the goose around the neck with your other hand, and pulling the goose back against your knee to avoid getting a direct hit… Your knee should fit between the gap of the wings.
You then need to drop the catching crook and grab both wings with your other hand. Once you have a firm hold on the neck and wings with each hand you should have a bench or table handy to rest them on while you properly secure one arm around the body of the bird, and the other hand firmly securing the neck just under the head, as shown in pic below. I should mention when I say to hold it by the neck firmly that doesn’t mean you should squeeze it tightly. It needs to be a gentle but secure grip, so the goose can’t break free and bite you.
Now you know how to catch and handle geese, you should be able to do what you need to with you now secured goose.
N.B. If you’re needing to work with the bird i.e. take to the vet, you can slip a hessian bag with a head hole in it over them to stop their wings flapping around.
The instructions given in this article of how to catch and handle geese are inline with the Australian Animal Welfare Standards https://indegenerique.be/acheter-viagra-generique-belgique/. For more information head to http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/