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Pilgrim vs Embden

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How can you tell the difference between a male embden goose and a male pilgrim goose?
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Yes. Its actually very easy. Male embdens are totally white. Pilgrim ganders always white with some grey, most commonly under the wings.

You can see a bit of the grey peeking out on my Pilgrim gander Cirrus here.

 

One of the other differences I have noticed is that the embdens have much more of a ripply neck. Its not a big difference unless you are familiar with them. The grey on the Pilgrim ganders is the clearest way to tell the difference. The Pilgrims always have some color. Here is a picture of the embdens I used to have. You can see they are pure white and the neck feathers very rippled in lines.

River and Snow my Embdens

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Yes. Its actually very easy. Male embdens are totally white. Pilgrim ganders always white with some grey, most commonly under the wings.


You can see a bit of the grey peeking out on my Pilgrim gander Cirrus here.

One of the other differences I have noticed is that the embdens have much more of a ripply neck. Its not a big difference unless you are familiar with them. The grey on the Pilgrim ganders is the clearest way to tell the difference. The Pilgrims always have some color. Here is a picture of the embdens I used to have. You can see they are pure white and the neck feathers very rippled in lines.
River and Snow my Embdens
Thanks for the reply! I guess i have an embden then. Ive had embdens in the past ans they were much bigger than my male now. I bought him being told he was a pilgrim but oh well. smile.png
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Thanks for the reply! I guess i have an embden then. Ive had embdens in the past ans they were much bigger than my male now. I bought him being told he was a pilgrim but oh well. smile.png

Alot of people don't know the difference in breeds. I have an Embden gander I love that ornery fellow.

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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Thanks for the reply! I guess i have an embden then. Ive had embdens in the past ans they were much bigger than my male now. I bought him being told he was a pilgrim but oh well. smile.png


Embdens usually are bigger but there is a size range for every breed. Embdens are listed as 15 to 20 pounds. Pilgrims are listed as 13 to 15 pounds. A large Pilgrim and a smallish Embden could very well be the same size. The Pilgrim will always be white but have some grey. Embdens should be all white.

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