Mikey my pilgrim gander is 10 months old and has started trying to mate with my 7 months old toulouse goose. I caught them last week in the pool and again yesterday. They were so funny. I'm not sure they even have the hang of it yet. I have always penned them together (my pilgrim gander and toulouse gander and 2 female toulouse) but last night when I penned them and walked away I heard a loud scuffle taking place. I went to see what was going on and my pilgrim gander was beating up on my toulouse gander and I had to seperate them. I put the toulouse gander and 1 of the females in another pen.
This morning I took a marking pen to mark the one of the girls so I would know which girl was with which boy. When I went into the pen to pick her up the gander started hissing at me. I didn't turn my back on him but I got her. He didn't want to back up but he did. Then I started yelling for my husband to open the door and get him out of there because I was a little nervous.
I have heard they don't lay the first year. Is this true?