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I have a female Embden and am going to buy a male tomorrow. How do you tell male from female? I know I have a female, I saw her lay an egg. Do the males have an apron like she does?

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Originally Posted by queenbeezz 

I have a female Embden and am going to buy a male tomorrow. How do you tell male from female? I know I have a female, I saw her lay an egg. Do the males have an apron like she does?


I don't know how to tell the difference between male and female. I have 2 that I got this year. Not sure still what I have yet. Won't know until one hopefully lays an egg next year (or doesn't lay).

Do you think you can post a picture of you female so I can see what I need to look for? I would so greatly appreciate it. Pretty Pleeaassee. fl

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One way that I've been told (and seems to hold true on my embdens) is that the females beaks will be more of a pinkish color, the males' will be very orange.

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The only pics I have of her right now are with her hissing us away from her nest last year. I will try to get one of her being nice and post it.

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post #5 of 29

The way I tell is the pouch that is under the female.... the males don't have that!

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post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by noahsgeese 

The way I tell is the pouch that is under the female.... the males don't have that!


Well then you'd better come and let my embden ganders know that they need to suck it in, cause everyone of them has one!

This is 2 embden ganders at about (supposedly) 14 months old
http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/shelleyd2008/ducks%20and%20geese/Picture133.jpg

This is one of the same ganders about 6 months later (in back)
http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/shelleyd2008/ducks%20and%20geese/DSC00028.jpg

The embdens in this pic are 3 ganders and 1 goose, one of the ganders and the  goose are young, about 7 months old
http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/shelleyd2008/ducks%20and%20geese/DSC00032.jpg

This is a pic of the 2 younger ones, the female is in front. Notice the difference in beak color
http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/shelleyd2008/ducks%20and%20geese/DSC00020.jpg

ETA: On feathersite http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/Geese/BRKEmbden.html the 3rd pic down has a pair of adult embdens, both lobed.

Holderread's pictures of male and female embdens show both with lobes http://www.holderreadfarm.com/photogallery/embden_page/embden_page.htm

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male and female Embdens are supposed to be lobed (the pouch under their bellies), but they don't normally get it until they are over 1 year old. So if you have an embden that does not have lobes, chances are it is a youngster.


Edited by shelleyd2008 - 10/1/10 at 12:28pm
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post #7 of 29

First I would like to point out that both sexes of all geese are lobed either single or double. When laying the lobes or lobe on the hen tend to become large as that's where the eggs are formed and are commonly called a paunch.

Beak color is not a diffinative way to sex embdens. All embdens have a tendency to develop pinker feet and beaks it's a recessive trait I believe that's expressed when two recessive's match up, or it's because of crosses with geese for which pink bills and feet are a necessary characterisctic according to the American Standard of Perfection. My embden geese are not able to be sexed this way nor are any other true embdens I've seen.
With adult geese the ganders honk tends to be higher pitched and almost shrill, while hens will be lower more like an actual honking sound. Ganders tend to stand up straighter and are usually larger in size. They also tend to have larger and more masculine looking necks and heads. It's common for young hens to have gray or bluish tinted feathers their first year before adulthood most commonly found in their wings and sides.

This is my trio last fall as young geese, the gander is in the middle.
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p43/robusjosh/geese/103_1101.jpg

These embdens we had earlier this decade, the two hens in the picture above are descendents of them. The ganders are in the middle. Obviously size is not always a good way to sex as the gander second from the right is tiny and the hen at the far right was huge.
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p43/robusjosh/geese/emden.jpg

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post #8 of 29

I have this same question. I got a pair of emdem goslings in june but the goose got taken by a fox about a month ago.  I went and got a what i think is a goose for my gander and all the information i got on it from the lady was it was less then 2 years. She had a flock of around 20 and didnt know what was what. i made my best guess on the breed and sex and picked out the smallest white goose with blue eyes. It also has a big pouch looking thing under it that my gander doesnt. Hopefully i got what i needed but i am starting to think it could be a male pilgrim. Maybe I'll post a pic tomorrow if that helps.

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Originally Posted by coopaloop 

I have this same question. I got a pair of emdem goslings in june but the goose got taken by a fox about a month ago.  I went and got a what i think is a goose for my gander and all the information i got on it from the lady was it was less then 2 years. She had a flock of around 20 and didnt know what was what. i made my best guess on the breed and sex and picked out the smallest white goose with blue eyes. It also has a big pouch looking thing under it that my gander doesnt. Hopefully i got what i needed but i am starting to think it could be a male pilgrim. Maybe I'll post a pic tomorrow if that helps.


If it's a male pilgrim it *should* have at least a little bit of grey on it. Usually on the head.

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post #10 of 29

Okay I asked the same question to the people that gave me some Embden Geese eggs to hatch out ....they told me to turn the geese over and check to see if its male or female ...usually a two/three  person job at the beginning ... I am waiting for the right moment to ask my dear dear hubby ....

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