Geese in gold fish pond

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    Yesterday we had 3 geese jump into our gold fish pond for a bit. Today all my fish are dying. Did the geese poison my pond with toxins? I’m very sad.
    If they did poison it, is there a way to save any of my fish?
     
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    Welcome!
    Can you describe your pond setup?
     
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    20x10 in size and about 3-4 feet deep. We have a waterfall as well and rocks surrounding it.
     
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    I wonder if the geese were walking on some sort of treated grass somewhere? So sorry!
     
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    Just taking a guess but they probably ate some geese poop which may have had something in it they are not reacting well too or geese nipped them and stressed them out. Either way more details may help but for the short term its nature and does not always work the way we wish.
     
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    3 geese in a pond that size shouldn't cause a problem.
    What is it about the fish behaviour that makes you think they are dying?
    How many and what size fish?
    Have you done any water tests?
     
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    Wow, hard to think that geese in the water would kill fish — so sorry to hear! Is your water filtered and/or aerated?

    How old is your pond? How fish? Do you check your water parameters? Does your pond get any run-off?

    Please post a few pics of your pond for us!
     
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    I believe the geese poop contaminated it completely. Well over 100 fish have died. Not too many left...:(
    So sad!
     
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    The poop probably caused it to crash. I would run hose into it as your in no lose moment add declorintor or at least spray into air and land it in pond.
     
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    Welcome to our group!

    I would never think geese would cause a pond to crash. Yours is pretty good size.
     
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    Yep! Something else is going on! Maybe we need more information.....?
     
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    Right - three geese aren't going to poop THAT much "in a bit". Something's odd... if your dimensions are correct, your pond is well over 3000 gallons. These were all goldfish, correct?
     
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    This is the time of year that a lot of poison is laid out to control geese, and other animals. The problem is people use anything from antifreeze to poisoned grain feed, or rodent poison. People do not like geese pooping all over their property, with a secondary poisoning, which can happen the poison can be seen in the feces in different colors depending on what was used. Birds of prey are sometimes victims after consuming poisoned animals, and even with round the clock care they usually die, feces color normally gives an indication of what was used after they are found sick. People use avitrol to sicken geese and make them leave. Not sure but maybe they pooped some poison into your pond, if your fish died suddenly.
     
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    Maybe Phillips66 just needed to vent.
     
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    I would need to vent too if I had 100 dead fish in my pond, the horror.
     
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    I agree Tara, but action is needed in that case.
    Dead fish removed, water tested and dealt with asap.
    Three geese could not harm a healthy 4 -5000 gallon pond so quickly.
    There are other factors at play that we are not being told about.

    I've had cows fall in and moose poop in my pond of a similar size. No ill effect on water quality.

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    Canada geese are a protected species here.
    You can get in serious trouble for killing them outside of hunting season.
     
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    Here in Massachusetts there was talk of hunting them and utilizing them as a food source in homeless shelters. Regardless people illegally poison what they consider pests on their property. If you want to poison pigeons, you poison other birds too, and anything else that eats them, insects, small mammals etc.
     
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    @MitchM when the cows fall in are they okay after. I do agree that all measures need to be taken for the pond in question.
     
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    Tara, they are able to get out right away. I built my old pond so wildlife could escape.
    My new pond will be even more wildlife friendly.:)
     
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