Guard geese make a yolk of thieves
This is no flight of fancy. Avocado grower Kazel Cass, of Bay of Plenty, has a feather in his cap for this one. Taking a gander at a story in this publication about thieves stealing fruit straight from the trees, Kazel got out his quill and this piece of advice winged its way to us:
I have a flock of geese guarding my orchard and their benefits include: • They eat a lot of grass, and turn it into manure, reducing the
need to mow considerably.
I have flightless Sebastapol geese, so they can be kept in with a wire fence.
They don’t require any supplementary feeding as long as there is grass.
They are not poisoned by avocados, unlike most other livestock. They don’t scratch or damage the avocado roots.
They are great to eat, and will hatch up to eight chicks a year per breeding couple.
But the biggest bonus is:
They make great guard animals especially since their nesting season coincides with the avocado season. They make one heck of a racket if people go in the orchard, and can be pretty fierce.