Clueless Gander

Discussion in 'Geese' started by judyc, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. judyc

    judyc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, 2 years ago, I bought a pair of Buffs. The breeder sexed the adults, I thought, but with time and eggs it became apparent that he sold me two geese. Fortunately, I hatched out a young gander from another bloodline, so I thought it would be OK.

    Now for the TMI part: The girls are laying, and the gander is mounting, but he's not making the , ahem, "connection." I watched them breeding the other day, and saw a trickle of "gosling juice" trickle down the side of the bottom bird. I believe that Jr. is getting his jollies 'midst the soft feathers and the eggs are not fertile. [​IMG] The females are SO uh, "excited" that it turns into a three-way, with birds stacked 3-high. They seem to take turns on top. If it weren't for that trickle and the fact that two of them don't tuck their tails when up-top, I would believe I had three females. The two geese hold up their tails when in the water. It seems that they are trying their best to be "easy."

    What can I do, if anything? The geese I bought as adults are both laying. The gander would be coming up to two years old.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Practice makes perfect. [​IMG]
     
  3. judyc

    judyc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would have thought he would get enough practice this spring. I suppose I'd better look around for another gander.
     
  4. The goose girl

    The goose girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they have a pool to mate in? According to my breeder, a mating pool drastically increases egg fertility. It makes it much easier for the gander to mount and aim correctly. A kiddie pool should be sufficient.
     
  5. markt1

    markt1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had a similar problem with my gander. Two females, 24 eggs, and only ONE fertile! I even took them into work after 30 days to look at them on the company XRAY machine. Nope, none fertile or even partially developed. A 4% success rate... So I got a bunch of hatchlings from Metzers which I'm hoping will have at least one male to fill the gap this spring. Does anyone know if a 2 year goose will mate with a 1-year gander?
     
  6. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I have a 7 year old chinese who is paired with a 2 year embden gander ! Quite pervy but geese will do it with any goose at any age
     
  7. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    and this will solve your answer a year old gander is rarly fertile at any breed except canadian and at year 2 they are extremly fertile so thats your answer
     
  8. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    African geese can have fertility problems their whole life at any age and a other tip is that year old ganders are kept forr breeding when they are 2 years old

    Year old gander-20% fertility
    2year old gander 90% fertility
    5 year old gander 100% fertility
    10 year old gander (depending on breed) 70% fertility
    really old gander back down to 20 % fertility or a bit higher

    this is also with females except at year one they have a higher % then males
     
  9. judyc

    judyc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do have a pool. That is where they mate. (or try to mate) I'm going to the Lebanon show on Saturday. Boy, if I see any Buffs, I'll be REAL tempted to get a gander who knows where the deposit is supposed to go.
     
  10. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Haha you know what you should do just grab the cage if u see a buff gander and steal it! So you get out cheaper
     

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