These unique and magnificent creatures are known to be quite human friendly. While it is not common to keep these as pets, there are still some places where people may keep them domestically.
It is quite common to breed geese on farms; however, it depends on the types of geese and their particular categories. There are some very interesting and colorful geese that you will find wandering around.
The Adler goose or the African one is the most common type that is bred. When it comes to their ancestors, geese is known to have a connection with the swans and originated from Western Europe. The western white geese are very beautiful and can be cross bred with the Asiatic.
If you look closely these geese are the ones which can resemble swans the most and can be mistaken for them occasionally. There are other breeds of geese like buff backs and Grey Back.
They usually migrate to the northern regions in spring time and remain tight knit with their flocks. The young ones often return to the places where they learnt to fly. All the types of geese are grazers but can feed on corn or other small grain.
Their migration patterns have been widely studied by experts who say that the cold weather instigates them to fly. While known to take long flights, geese only go as long as they find water and enough open space.
Commonly bred and kept on farm, these creatures are known for their loud and noisy habits.
This is why; it is inadvisable to keep them in closed surroundings. Their nesting areas are also close to water and vary in locations which can be either on top of tree lodges or in haystacks.
Geese are divided into two species :
the Anser and Branta, both having their specific recognition characteristics. A goose belonging to the Anser specie will boast pink or orange legs and a serrated bill, where else, the Branta geese always have black beaks which are much softer. The average life expectancy of a goose is up to 25 years.
They are monogamous creatures and usually mate for life. Their affection for each other is symbolized by the fact that despite staying true to their formation during a migrant flight, a goose is able to drop the form if their mate gets injured or tired. Geese learn to fly only about two to three months from hatching and stay true to their region of birth.