Always catch geese by the neck and never by the legs, as the legs are weak and easily injured or broken. To hold or carry a goose:
Geese become excited and noisy if confronted by intruders or strange sounds. They respond by making a hissing sound, and for this reason make good ‘watchdogs’. The Chinese breed has been the most widely used for this purpose, though all breeds are suitable to some extent.
Because geese will eat weeds without harming certain cultivated crops, they can be used for weed control. It is not known why geese do not eat certain crops. Geese can be used for weed control in crops such as corn, cotton, ornamental plants, strawberries and sugarbeet, as well as in orchards and vineyards.
Geese of any age can be used for weed control. Provide birds with adequate shade and drinking water and a little prepared feed in the evening. Allow 7–15 geese/ha, and move them according to weed growth and stage of the crop.