Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been on in a while - still had to do some outside stuff despite all this rain we're getting from Tropical Storm Debby. Incidently, we learned geese still enjoy their pools when its raining.
Originally Posted by pinkchick
Questions for all the geese folks....I'm confused (easily done, LOL).....Are my geese Chinese or African?
I've been reading as much as I can and looking at 100's of photo's and can't figure out for sure what they are. 2 of them are distinctly different colored in the head area then the others are. Only 2 of them (the 2 that are different) have Dewlaps. With a questionable one on Ben (photo'd below).
Is it true that they can take up to 3 years to fully mature and develop their breed characteristics such as the dewlap and knob?
Here's a couple photos...hoping you guys and gals can help me out.
Here is my Big boy Ben, does it look as though his dewlap is developing?
This is one that is colored differently in the head area, like a gray and shaded differently then the others, there are 2 like this and the other one is much younger, no knob yet but just starting to develop the dewlap. Please excuse the funky angle of the photo...they were all just in the tub for a bath and preening afterward.
(This one looks like an African Goose)
pinkchick, I am a bit confused now too. I initially read that Africans = Dewlap, no knob; Chinese = Knob, no dewlap. But when I searched google images, I saw Africans with knobs?! Okay, okay, this I know IS accurate: there is a great size difference between the two. Africans are listed in the heavy weight class & Chinese are in the light weight class. There is also a visual difference in their necks, Africans will have shorter, thicker necks & Chinese will have longer, skinnier necks (sometimes described as swan-like). But your best bet, since a lot of the experts that have posted in this thread havent been online in a while, is to post a separate thread on the main Goose forum, so you'll get *hopefully* better informed responses. Make sure to separate your pictures by goose (like, here's Ben, and have a couple for him, then here's Lucy, and a couple of hers). More than 1 picture of each goose will probably be more helpful. Oh! and try to get them when they're standing.
Question, did you get them all together & from the same place? Is it possible that you could have some that are African and some that are Chinese?
ps. YOUR GEESE ARE PRETTY!
Originally Posted by SummerChick
I love to see them do that also..its so cute. That is Lucy (tilting head) who i think is a male lol. And Elly is the smaller one...i thought i added the comment but it didnt appear with the picture.
Thank you Zoowee!
SummerChick, super cute pictures. I love pictues of geese in their pools