African Grey Goose

Discussion in 'Geese' started by HartRice, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. HartRice

    HartRice Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so I bought four baby geese the end of march. They are growing beautifully and my daughter won grand champion with the one at the fair that we thought was a boy. What I am wondering is we basically just guessed and they are young so I don't know if it is too hard to tell right now or what. Can anyone tell me how to tell a boy from the girl other than vent sexing because I have no clue how to do that. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks much.
     
  2. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apart from waiting until someone lays an egg next spring [​IMG] you can sex an adult goose by it's voice and somewhat by behavior.

    Ganders have a higher, screechier honk, geese have a low pitched chattering honk.

    Ganders have bigger heads (sometimes) and are the ones that walk toward you with their head held up high. In a flock, the ganders are the ones with their heads up scanning the surrounds. Geese are more timid, and hang toward the back of the flock. They keep their necks and heads down a bit. They are not as "friendly" as ganders, shyer.

    Ganders are usually the ones nipping at the geese. Geese will nip their babies but stay submissive to the ganders.
     
  3. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, and congrats at winning grand champion!!
     
  4. HartRice

    HartRice Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so I have one that has a quite a bit larger bump on its head does this mean anything. I will try and get pictures. I do know that the one seems to be more dainty and refined and that is the one we took as the girl goose. She is more stand offish and reserved. one does make a much louder honk than the others I am so confused. I just love them. They had been doing great until my daughters grad party when one little boy thought it would be funny to tease so now I have one that likes to go after my youngest boy who is going to be 12. Any way to stop that behavior. Otherwise they like to eat grass out of our hands and such. Another question since that is all they seem to eat what do I feed them during the winter. We live in western wisconsin so it can get pretty cold and what about shelter
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Africans can be sexed by the size of the knob on their beaks. The males have a very large knob, the females is smaller. If you have more than one african, and at least one of each sex, you should be able to tell by the size of the knob.
     
  6. HartRice

    HartRice Out Of The Brooder

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    So at what age does this knob start to grow to its size that is it going to be these babies are an end of of March hatch should I be seeing differences now? Thanks
     

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