Over a year ago I posted requesting help sexing my goose, Gansy. Gansy came by way of a friend without a companion. My neighbors and the original owner swore Gansy was a goose. Everyone on this forum decided Gansy was a gander. I had been on a search since then for a suitable goose for him without any luck. He's not a common breed of goose where I live and I kept coming up with smaller breeds. I had friends, vets and farmers in a two state radius all on the lookout.
Here is Gansy:
Well, you can probably anticipate where this story is leading, First, my friend found Kahn. Looks very similar to Gansy (a little too similar). Same coloring and only a tad bit smaller. He was told that Kahn is under a year old and still has some growing to do. Kahn has the same bright blue eyes as Gansy but the voice is much higher pitch. I think Kahn is another gander!
Four days later, these two show up! Both also have the same bright blue eyes. They are a bonded pair and under 6 months old. The darker one (presumably the goose) is very meek and quiet. The white one (presumably the gander) has the most unusual honk I have ever heard. When his lady is out of eyesight, he screams like a banshee. Not like a goose honk, it's more like a woman being attacked. The first time he made the noise my husband ran out expecting to see a car accident on the street. The problem is that when my neighbor saw these two, he swears they are a different breed that will not grow much bigger than they are now and are more like a duck than a goose. (I named them Kirk and Uhura)
For the moment everything seems to be fine. Kahn really enjoys hanging out with Kirk and Uhura. Gansy seems to be quite indifferent to all three but they all four have frequent "chat sessions" where they honk softly with their necks stretched out at each other. There have been no fights for dominance at all, only an infrequent bump when Gansy wants the pond to himself and so far they've cooperated with it. I have 2 small ponds and all of my birds are in a fenced corral area of a little more than an acre. (they used to be fully free-range without a fence but I had a lot of problems with stray dogs and had to fence in the property to keep dogs out) They sleep together with the chickens, ducks and turkeys in a small barn.
Here are my questions:
1. Are these all the same breed of goose?
2. What is going to happen in spring if this ends up being 3 ganders and one young goose? Is all hell going to break loose?
3. Can I even keep them all? Am I insane?
4. What are my options? Is Kahn the assumed odd-man out?
And just to finish this story the day after the pair were dropped off at my house I got a text from a vet in the neighboring state that he had found another trois (two ganders and a goose). Luckily I replied before he bought them for me. After a year of goose related drought, I'm now up to my eyeballs in geese! I have now sent out an all-stop message.
Thank you so much for any help.