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Can you put two ganders together?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by eggcited2, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. eggcited2

    eggcited2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a single African Grey gander. Got him at a farmer's market. He seems to be doing fine, but also seems lonely or like he is looking for a friend.

    Would it work out if I got another gander, for him to have a friend? I don't want a hen, cause I do not want eggs nor goslings. And I know ganders will get mean if a hen is around and if there is a nest.

    If two ganders can be put together: does it have to be same breed or another kind of goose.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Never done it, but I don't see any problems. Geese seem to only fight when it's breeding season. I only have two ganders left, because of predation, but they were raised together from different broods. They like the company, but would of course prefer a female. When it's breeding season, they still fight, even though we have no girls. Gander fights are never bloody and never amount to much. Breed probably won't matter, either. Good luck..........Pop
     
  3. I have two ganders that are best friends -- Bumble and Goliath. They do everything together, even courting the girls [​IMG]. I think 2 ganders would probably do fine and a gander would be easier to find than a goose.

    One warning though, during breeding season, if they have a small yard, or a fence with a tight corner, then one can get cornered and maybe even stuck in the fence. I had that problem a couple times till I separated the two that are friends from the other gander. They would gang up on him and it wasn't pretty. I think with one two geese, and no females, that you probably wouldn't have to worry about that.
     
  4. mickeyjames

    mickeyjames New Egg

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    Geese do BEST in paris or "gaggles". ANY other male breed will be fine after an initial adjustment but, of course, same/same is the easiest. Single males are also EASIER to come by and cheaper as some people will not sell a single female for this very reason as they do get depressed. You will see the beahviour change with 2 and of course sometimes you end up with a bad gander who is just irritable as with ANY animal really. If that is the case, people here or locally are always willing to swap or trade or have a nice roast dinner. The end all, geese are better and happier in pairs. And two boys will be fine.
     
  5. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Goslings are precious!

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    i have 3 gander 3 geese together. they all do fine. the most "fighting" i ever see is mating times, they get hateful and the offending bird goes on their way.. But the geese seem to pick a mate and stick with them. Sure easier then the chickens, promise you that. If you add a "friend" get the same age about, introduce them gradually. They can be territorial.
    Good luck!
     
  6. Scarlett and Melanie

    Scarlett and Melanie New Egg

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    I have three ganders, three geese - Pilgrims - about 11 months old. One gander has always been "the boss". A couple of days ago, he became very aggressive to another gander. I have stayed out of the confrontations. The "victim" is still mingling at times, but if "the boss" feels like it, he will go after him for no apparent reason . The gander will stay away from the gaggle for a while, then try to mingle again. Is this the start of mating? I thought they were still a little young to pair.
     
  7. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's normal. I have 4 ganders and 2 geese. The older 2 ganders fight at this time of year(soon breeding season)..........Pop
     
  8. Scarlett and Melanie

    Scarlett and Melanie New Egg

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    Thanks very much!
     

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