Do Geese Eat Grass? (Is It Healthy?)

Geese love to eat grass, it’s full of vitamins and minerals, they also find many other nutrients in it, like insects, worms, and spiders that make up a big part of their daily diet.

It’s important to know that they must consume only untreated grass, no pesticides or fertilizers should be in it, otherwise, the grass might poison them.

Is Eating Grass Good For Geese?

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Untreated natural grass is surely healthy for geese.

Grass is packed with many nutrients like vitamin A and E, calcium, and magnesium.

Also, there are grass seeds that contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In addition to all these nutrients, grass also helps geese to be more active because it contains a high amount of protein and calories.

Vitamin A helps keep eyesight and protects against cancer, whereas vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates the immune system.

There are many other nutrients in grass that are essential for good health such as B vitamins and folic acid.

So, eating grass is good for geese, but only when it comes naturally and is untreated by pesticides or fertilizers.

What Grass Do Geese Like?

They will definitely eat any kind of grass that they will find, but there are some kinds that they like more than others.

There are some grasses that have better flavors, like Rye, Bermuda, Wheat, and Orchard grass.

On the other hand, they will probably not enjoy as much drier grasses as they will struggle to ingest.

Can Geese Eat Grass Seed?

Geese can definitely eat grass seeds, they are not toxic but they are actually very healthy, nutritious, and tasty.

Grass seeds contain vitamins and minerals like vitamins C, A, B6, K, thiamin, nicotinic acid, magnesium. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

If you are planning to give them remember that they don’t store very well, so they mostly need to be consumed fresh and can only be stored for a couple of weeks.

What Vegetables Can Geese Eat?

Geese are omnivores, so they can eat all sorts of vegetables. If you’re shopping for them at the store, try to find something that is pungent and a little bitter, like cabbage and kale.

The most important thing to remember when feeding greens to geese is to always offer them in moderation and in small pieces. If you have the chance, try offering them with every meal.

If you need to limit the amount of greens your geese are eating, try offering them 1-2 leaves as a treat at least twice daily.

If you want to make sure your geese are getting their greens, feed them with a variety of different vegetables. I suggest offering them: dandelion, collard greens, spinach, and lettuce.

We often feed our geese leafy greens as we’re not sure what they eat during the winter months.

Some other things that you can think to give your geese as a treat include: broccoli, mustard greens, bean plant leaves (like soybean). These are just some options to get you thinking Make sure they have access to a variety of different plants in order to get the nutrients they need!

You can also provide supplements and fruits that birds love, like apples or bananas.

What You Shouldn’t Feed Geese?

You should not feed geese bread as it can cause substantial issues with their digestive systems including impacts to the liver and pancreas. Other bread products like cake, cookies, pastries are also not good for them.

Chocolate is also something that you shouldn’t give geese as they may enjoy it at first but will develop terrible diarrhea if you offer these birds chocolate regularly.

Geese should never be given avocados because of an increased risk of developing kidney failure in these birds due to ingesting large amounts of sugar in one sitting plus salt intake on a regular basis could lead to bad symptoms including diarrhea and dehydration which could ultimately result in death.


Geese can and will eat grass, it’s a part of their normal, wild diet and they enjoy the nutrients it contains. Most geese will eat grass on a regular basis,

Lots of people keep geese as pets and provide these birds with food that is likely unhealthy for them such as bread, cookies, and cake. If you do not provide your geese with a raw diet they may become overweight, develop digestive issues, and can eventually die of diseases.