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post #11 of 16
Kirk looks like a gander too just not a dominant gander.
post #12 of 16
Yup I'm guessing you have 3 ganders and 1 goose. If you don't want fighting I would seperate the pair from the other ganders
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That's a good idea, to just fence them in if needed. Right now I have some Rouen ducklings in a pen made from roll-up plastic fencing so I could use that to fence in one of the ponds if I need to.

 

One thing I wanted to ask you, have you ever seen one of your ganders making a nest? Our original goose, Gansy, did this thing last year that made us think he was building a nest to lay an egg in (hence, we thought Gansy was a she) He'd take leaves, little sticks and anything he could find and then put it in a circle around himself and then lay on it. My husband got a kick out of handing him items and he'd add it to the stack. Sometimes he's put it on his own feet and then sit down on it. But after all of that he never laid an egg! Is that something ganders do?

 

Thanks again!

IE

My Embden gander has done the nest building before, he is quite particular where she chooses to lay. I swear they have arguments about it. His dominant hen is a bossy thing, lol. She lets out the squeal and boy does he come running! Usually she announces that she is done laying, or is off her nest. He courts the other hens when this one sits, but all she has to do is 1 shriek and he blazes a trail straight to her. He grew up with the 3 hens.

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post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by ducky 13 View Post

Yup I'm guessing you have 3 ganders and 1 goose. If you don't want fighting I would seperate the pair from the other ganders

Thanks for the advice. I think we've decided to re-home the single gander, just to be on the safe side.

 

Thanks for the help!

IE

post #15 of 16
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My Embden gander has done the nest building before, he is quite particular where she chooses to lay. I swear they have arguments about it. His dominant hen is a bossy thing, lol. She lets out the squeal and boy does he come running! Usually she announces that she is done laying, or is off her nest. He courts the other hens when this one sits, but all she has to do is 1 shriek and he blazes a trail straight to her. He grew up with the 3 hens.

This is good to know! Gansy put so much effort into building his nest but he never had a goose to lay eggs in it. We sort of took it as a sign that he needed a companion. Now that we have a companion for him he's very slow to show interest in her. Possibly because of the two other ganders. Once the single gander is re-homed hopefully happiness will be restored to the flock.

 

Thanks for the help!

IE

post #16 of 16

Some ganders do built nests. Sometimes they will even sit on the eggs and incubate them for the goose. In the past this was more common. Now it is more rare to find ganders with a strong paternal instinct.

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