Scientific name: Branta canadensis
Other common names: Canadian Goose
Canada Geese are found throughout North America. They are common birds that despite habitat loss continue to thrive in city parks and ponds.
Canada Geese, like all native birds, are protected by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the United States and Canada. This makes it illegal to remove any Canada Geese or eggs from the wild or keep any wild bred Canada Geese as a pet. In the U.S. only captive bred Canada Geese that have been properly marked may be kept as a pet without permits. They can be marked by removal of the hind toe on the right foot, pinioning, banding, or tattooing a foot. Marking must be done by 6 weeks of age. Other local and state regulations may also apply to the keeping pet Canada Geese. Be sure to check with your state’s fish and game department before acquiring one as a pet.
Uses: Guard, Weeding
Temperament: Wild Canada geese can be social if anticipating food, and are known for their aggressive nature
Weight: 6 - 14 lbs
Parenting abilities: Excellent
Noise level: Below average
Capable of flight: Yes
Meat production: Small, but very good tasting
Egg production: 2 - 8 per year
Egg color: Cream
What else you should know:
When eating Canada geese, birds butchered before or during early fall will give a lean and tasty breast. Birds butchered in the winter have more fat, and are better for roasting.
I had a couple geese for a few years and they were cool with me but chased everyone else off that came close. Great guard pet. Can be extremely loud and very aggressive. A pretty bird bird though and a nice large one. If you want some geese make sure you have the room form them :).
From Pitlover Sep 23 2012 7:54PM
Canada Geese wild but common neighbours
In Canada, these huge birds mark the beginning of spring and the melancholy end of a long hot summer. From their noisy return to us from their southern wintering grounds to their busy new born feeding and flight training, these magnificent birds are part of our daily life in three seasons of our year.
I worked in a wildlife rescue shelter for a number of years which provided a large natural pond for feeding and breeding of geese and ducks. Each morning I fed the geese and learned about their feisty ways. As they waddle around our cities they appear quite serene, but up close and personal is a different story. Keep a very wide area between you and these birds, as they are impatient with our intrusions and move very quickly. A nip on the back of your legs is a common correction for humans and dogs. Cats already know to stay clear. While I love them being here, the relationship needs to be maintained at a safe distance. It's also important to feed them real bird food and not bread, which causes intestinal problems. Try corn they love it!.
From Horsiegurl Jun 3 2015 9:11AM