brown chinese geese

Discussion in 'Geese' started by lulu904, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. lulu904

    lulu904 Hatching

    Dec 7, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fl.
    do geese mate for life or are they like chickens?[​IMG]
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    They do tend to 'mate for life', however will find a new mate if they lose their current one. It often 'appears' they do because the male helps build nests, incubate and care for the goslings. In most other species, the male buggers off.

    However, during some genetic studies, they found that of goslings in a clutch, there was commonly a second father found in the offspring. It means the females are programmed to hedge their bet a bit.
  3. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Songster

    Dec 20, 2008
    I recall reading that Chinese geese (Anser cygnoides) are less monogamous than are the breeds that come from the European (greylag) goose (Anser anser). Males of the former may have a small harem of females, while the ganders of the latter apparently more permanently mated with one female (Though, like other so-called monogamous birds ... and mammals such as humans(!)... a brood from a seeminly faithful mated pair may contain offspring of another father).
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2008
  4. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Crowing

    Apr 23, 2008
    Central Louisiana
    I've read that Chinese are less monagamous too; however, when I raised white Chinas a few years ago, the 8 goslings happened to end up equally male & female, & they each chose a mate & stayed faithful to that mate. I never saw any of them cross-mate.
    I'll be getting Brown Chinese from Holderread's in the spring, & have ordered 2 sexed pairs.

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