To handle geese safely, it is important to have control of the head to avoid being bitten. Geese may be caught from behind by the neck, taking care not to apply excessive pressure. Most geese will sit down once caught in this way, preventing the wings from hitting the handler’s legs.

Once you have hold of the neck, slide your other hand under the body and firmly clench the legs between your outstretched fingers (positioning one or two fingers between the legs) and support the bird’s breast on the forearm of the same hand. The head and neck can then be tucked under your armpit of the supporting arm and the bird lifted against your body. The wings can then be controlled by your free hand.


Once gently caught by the neck, most geese will sit down.


Once held in this position, the bird’s head is accessible for stunning.


Remember: Always handle birds with care and consideration.

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