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Chinese or African?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by PrinceSandwich, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. PrinceSandwich

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    Is this Gander Chinese or African? I Bought him as a African when he was a day old but now I'm starting to wonder. He stands very upright and has a long neck. He was hatched in April

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  2. ChickenHwk

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    I think he looks like a Chinese... He has a long neck and a small body which makes me think he is a Chinese. Africans are pretty large geese...
     
  3. desertdarlene

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    Also, the nob on his head is more pronounced than an African, IMO.
     
  4. lilchick

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    Looks like my brown chinese.... Are you sure it is a male?
     
  5. Miss Lydia

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    He sure looks dignified
     
  6. destiny_56085

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    Definitely a PQ chinese..... Doesn't have the size of an African, the dewlap, the deep keel, etc. Here is a pic of our ganders of each breed and you will definitely be able to tell the difference there.
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  7. PrinceSandwich

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    Quote:He's always strutting around and trying to intimidate everything [​IMG]
     

  8. PrinceSandwich

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    Quote:My other "Africans" must be Chinese too then [​IMG] isn't it funny how I can buy a trio of "Africans" from one source and a "African" gosling from an other and they all end up being Chinese!
     
  9. desertdarlene

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    Perhaps he's a hybrid?
     
  10. destiny_56085

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    Doubtful on being a hybrid... It would have a larger body and partial dewlap (flap of skin under the chin) if it were a cross. Take a look at this pic. The pair in front are pure white africans. The brown african in the back middle is pure young african but a just mismark because of the white on the chest. The other 2 browns in the back on left and right are african/china crosses. Partial dewlaps, smaller more slender bodies than an african, but still are thicker through the neck.

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    I'm also thinking your chinese may be female. The males get a much larger knob on the head. You can kind of see the difference on our trio here. Male is on the front right.

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    Hatcheries, esp the big ones that don't specialize in waterfowl like Holderreads, tend to mix up anything with a knob on the head as goslings. Even as adults, many of their stock doesn't even compare to breed standard.
     

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