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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:59 am 
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A while ago I bought 3 geese, 1 chinese male and what I thought at the time were 2 embden females (I bought all of them without having a clue what the breeds were). I thought they were females because of what I'm guessing is an old wives tale, that geese have bellys that have a loose flap that hangs down between their legs after they've laid eggs for a season or 2.

Eventually I realised that there is no such thing as a grey embden and that I most likely had a pair of pilgrim geese and a chinese gander. I don't really have a problem with that, everyone gets along well and I love watching the things regardless their gender or breed. My problem is that my chinese man is always trying trying to mate with the white pilgrim goose, grey pilgrim is always left out and has never got in on any action. I've seen plenty of gayness amongst my ducks but they generally both have pretty awkward looks on their faces after realising whats just happened and try again with some lady ducks. These guys never seem to try anything with the lady no matter how much she sits bathing sexily in the clam shell.

Would seperating the chinese man or finding him a chinese lady help to break the bond between these guys? is the aggressiveness of the chinese gander making my pilgrim gander too scared to pair up with the pilgrim lady?

If these guys wanna live like that I'm fine, nothing against that sort of lifestyle, but I would like to have at least one hetero pair of geese so I can produce more geese and put a few on the table. Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:23 am 
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I'd be getting them sexed by someone with experience first - many backyard geese look like pilgrims but don't follow the gender allocated colours of that breed.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:00 pm 
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at a guess on your info,,as you have noted the china is a boy.
the white bird is likely to be a girl and the grey? well who knows at this piont.
but if you only have the one female,,the boys should be fighting over her..
if the china boy isnt chasing or fighting with the grey bird then its possibly a girl.
which would mean you have a trio.. two things could be happening here
the china boy has choosen his mate and not interested in the grey female but will happily allow her to be close by or she's just not ready to lay eggs yet..
ganders know when its time to start mating with each girl as she approaches egg laying
the above is only a genralization of basic goose behavour and there are always birds that do some out of the ordinary

you'll know soon enough, if the white and grey both lay eggs you have your answer..
but on that note, if you have them penned together and you have 2 girls, offen once one bird makes a nest and lays, the other bird offen wants to lay in the same nest once she starts laying, this offen results in fights over the nest, broken eggs and an unsuccessfull hatch. and if they decide to biuld 2 separate nest but close to each other, they will offen attempt egg stealling when the other bird gets off for a drink or feed, and sometimes attempt to switch nests, again ending in fights over nests.


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