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Originally Posted by EvenLater
I should clarify that last part and say a Pom LOOKING goose that is somewhat dimorphic, I think.
I ask because I will be getting two more babies next month, a male and a female, to complete a trio with Cassy, my year old Pom goose. The three breeds I am deciding between are more Poms, Pilgrims and Cotton Patch, the latter two for their dimorphism mainly.
If this can be done, or if there is even a chance it can be done, I want to try it, and write my thesis on it.
My theory on endangered geese breeds is perhaps if even a novice could tell male from female, maybe it would help the breed bounce back a bit, instead of waiting until they lay or dont lay resulting in a year of feeding and space only to lead to culling and retrying for the needed gender?
Maybe its far fetched, maybe not. For those who cant or dont want to sex their geese?
I think it's an awesome idea, when I have the time I'm going to attempt to "create" a spotted goose, spots like a snowy owl but on geese. I'm sure it can be done. You'll need to seriously research WHY pilgrims are dimorphic first though.
As for bringing the breed back, I don't think it would help *that* much because think of Toulouse, they're the most popular goose breed next to Embden and you can't tell their gender by appearance. I think that some are endangered because they're less productive, less available, more expensive. Barnyard geese like Toulouse are readily available, so maybe you could start a breeding program for the breed instead??
But the dimorphic Pom idea is very interesting, how would you tell the difference? Gray vs Buff? Or?