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Discussion in 'Geese' started by ultasol, Dec 10, 2009.
Anyone have any experience? Please share. Any info/links?
I don't have any experience with AI in geese, but it would seem that Dave Holderread might have information on it. His website is http://holderreadfarm.com and there should be a link there to contact him. Out of curiosity, what breed of geese are you dealing with? I understand natural breeding can be tricky with exhibition toulouse, but an 18" deep pool/pond should help.
Please share what you learn with us.
It is exhibition toulouse. With the trio I have there are two potential issues: 1) this is a 2year gander, 2 year goose and 1 year goose. Gander last year was very partial to one hen (according to former owner) to exclusion of all else. Problem is, the gander is very nice, his chosen goose is not as nice (type wise) as he is. Would be nice to 'choose' a mate this year and know she's getting 'bred'.
I am very excited about this trio, and want to ensure fertility.
Love the big toulouse! In fact, I have goslings ordered for March delivery. My experience with them is somewhat limited due to having to rehome my small flock last spring prior to a cross country move. I let nature take its course, and it didn't work out the way I wanted it to - right gander, wrong goose!
I would suggest that you separate the pair you want to breed, but with only 3 geese it doesn't seem it would work well.
If I remember correctly, the big broadbreasted turkeys need AI because of their size. Maybe someone who raises these turkeys can help you. Good luck with your breeding program!
I have more than just 3 geese, but only three are exhibition toulouse. My total goose count is:
1 old buff american gander (4 years)
1 older Buff American goose (3 yrs)
2 young buff american geese
3 young buff american ganders (was 4, one was thanksgiving dinner, will be 2 soon as one will be x-mas dinner)
2 sebastopols (1m 1 yr, 1f 2 yr)
1 buff exhibition toulouse (3 yr gander)
1 buff exhibition toulouse goose buff (3yr), one grey exb toulouse goose (2 yr)
I love geese. I think I am going to eventually sell my buff americans and replace them with Embdens.
My sebbies make great craft feathers, in fact, my bridal headpiece was made of cascading sebastopol feathers!
I'll bet that headpiece was beautiful!
Ok,.. not too good with the linking of images, but here goes. I will get some photos of it off of my head later. Here is me in full regalia, feathers, dress, and all... it did have a bit of birdsnet attached. The flower was a part of an artificial flower I deconstructed, and the center of the flower was an old brooch that had belonged to my grandmother (who couldn't be present as she is on hospice and cannot travel).
Here with my flock of Buff Americans on my wedding day:
You look absolutely gorgeous!
I'm sorry if this sounds stupid, but I'm wondering why one would continue breeding a type of animal that cannot reproduce well on it's own? Wouldn't this imply that a breed is on it's way to dying out?