Advice on ganders to geese ratio

Discussion in 'Geese' started by PapaGoose27, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. PapaGoose27

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    Dear all,

    I have a one year old (almost) flock of original breed Roman geese - 5 ganders and 5 geese. The lady I got them from as goslings swore I need 1:1 ratio because these are Roman geese and a gander is unlikely to take more than one goose. So I obediently followed her advice but now that the mating season is in full swing I have a big problem. Every time a gander wants to mate he is pushed over by the others and thus matings are I think mostly unsuccessful. What should I do? I cant afford to separate every pair - and they seem to want to mate only when they are outside anyways - so should I reduce the number of ganders? if so, Is it too late to break up pairs already made? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    yours
    PapaGoose
     
  2. PapaGoose27

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  3. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're beautiful. If they are not allowing each other to mate you may want to reduce it to only 3 ganders.
    3 males is fine for 5 females. I don't know a lot about the breeding habits of Romans but I feel like they will be like most geese, picking favorite females but still breeding the others
     
  4. PapaGoose27

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    Thank you so much Carrosaur - I was thinking that I might have to do this. Its unpleasant but it has to happen. all the best PapaGoose
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    What your seeing is natural instinct my geese can't stand to see anything mating, so what happens once you get rid of 2 ganders and the other 3 are still doing it?Just asking?

    Do your geese have water to mate in? mating in water is much easier for geese than on dry ground although mine will do that too it just makes it easier for them if they have a pool or pond. Right now mine have a small cement mixing tub to bathe in so it only fits one maybe that is why mating hasn't started here yet.
     

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