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What do geese eat?

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Geese are primarily herbivores and usually eat tender grasses and plant materials, such as roots, leaves, stems and sprouts. Geese may eat wheat and pellets, which is a common diet for farm-raised geese. Geese may eat bread, but they do not derive much nutrition from it. They also eat insects, fish, rice and corn.

Geese eat grass by grabbing the blade with their bill then tearing it from the ground. In some areas, there are laws against humans feeding geese. While it can be fine in moderation, geese that humans feed too much may start to rely on them instead of finding their own food. As of 2014, there are three different types of geese: grey geese, white geese and black geese. Goose is the term for female geese and gander is the term for male geese. Young geese are called goslings. A group of geese is called a gaggle if the group is on the ground. There are multiple terms for geese in flight, including skein, team, wedge or plump if the geese are flying close together. Geese fossils have been found from as far back as 10 to 12 million years ago. Geese are usually smaller than swans but larger than ducks.

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    What are some differences between ducks and geese?

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    Geese generally have longer necks than ducks and eat grasses and grains rather than fish and insects. Geese also tend to migrate farther than ducks and feed on land, rather than in water.

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    How do geese mate?

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    Geese mate much like dogs; the male gander mounts the female from behind, after some gentle but aggressive pecking, and copulation ensues. A mating pair of geese may perform this act up to five times a day during the height of the breeding season.

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    What is a group of geese called?

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    A group of geese is called different names depending upon whether the birds are in the air, in the water, on the ground or on land. When on land, the group is referred to as a gaggle. A group of geese flying in the air is called a skein.

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    What are some facts about geese?

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    Geese weigh approximately 20 to 25 pounds and mate for life. The mating season for geese is between March and December, during which geese return to their original birth areas and build nests. During nesting season, geese typically travel in pairs. Geese lay up to 12 eggs, and the incubation period ranges from 20 to 30 days.

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