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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:30 pm 
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Hi All I have two ganders (September 2007) they were hand raised by me. One of them (definitly the quietest most laid back of the two) has suddenly become almost like a cat around my husband, rubs himself around his legs etc. At the moment he won't let me near him, where as a week or so ago I could go and scratch him feed him from my hand cuddle him or anything else I wanted. Apart from getting jealous :mrgreen: I'm worried this behavior is not normal These two are my special babies. I have 12 other geese about same age but although very quiet not hand raised I got them February last. My two babies seem to get on fine with them all. Cheers Phalara.


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Breeding season is approaching and your gander has simply selected his partner!


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Thanks Martin, I was a little worried there is/was something wrong with him. I can't wait to go down stairs and tell my husband :lol: He will be delighted at being selected as a partner for my gander. 8) . Cheers Phalara


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One of the problems with hand raised birds , they "imprint" very easily and difficult to change from this . Are you sure this bird is a gander?


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I agree totally with Martin :lol:

If it is a goose it will be easier to convince it to have a gander for a mate - if it is a gander, it may take some convincing - keep your husband away from him and pen him with a female, after a few weeks they should have bonded enough that the gander lets you have your husband back.

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I agree with Honk. Keep the bird away from your hubby. You will find out the sex easily enough if you do a check yourself. There is a link somewhere on here as to how. Also the goose (female) will have what some call a keel. definite low hanging underneath and possibly to one side. The gander will not be so prominent and be more even under. :) Keep us posted as to the definite sex.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:20 pm 
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Hi people, my goose is definitely a gander. As is my other hand raised one. They were sold to me as 2 day old baby girls. The boy? (supposed to be) died at 3mts. Most of my other 12 have pouches a couple have one each side. This season is going to be fun and a real eye-opener for my husband and I. Cheers Phalara


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