Companion for White Chinese?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by gg61501, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. gg61501

    gg61501 Out Of The Brooder

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    Howdy all!

    I've got a 6 month-old White Chinese gander who needs a companion -- and I was wondering: does it really matter if we get a goose of another breed? Or should I keep trying to find a White/Brown Chinese or African? I've been having a hard time finding a "match" -- but came across some folks with Saddlebacks and Pilgrims and am tempted to jump on one before they are gone.

    In y'all's experience, does it really matter? We never really started out wanting geese -- just chicks and ducks -- but we adopted him and really want him to have someone to "talk" to [​IMG]. Not really concerned about them breeding -- just companions.

    We've got (6) 3-week-old ducklings who will be ready soon to leave the brooder, but I don't think they'd make suitable pen-fellows. Speaking of that...is that a correct assumtion as well?

    Thanks in advance for the wisdom! [​IMG]

    Randy
     
  2. glenntwo

    glenntwo Out Of The Brooder

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    Depends. If you don't mind the noise, the best thing to do is get some females. He needs at least one, and better yet three girlfriends. I have a pair of Chinese myself, and I''m thinking about getting the big guy a Christmas present. Actually two, or maybe even three.

    I will probably be overrun with eggs if I do this, so if I do, and anyone wants eggs, let me know. My lone girl is pretty prolific by herself, so I can't imagine what will happen with two or three more females running around here. I'm not too interested in hatching them myself, so if you are close to Texas, maybe I can get a few to anyone who wants to incubate them.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I thought a gander preferred only one or 2 geese.
     
  4. gg61501

    gg61501 Out Of The Brooder

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    Glenn, thanks for the input. [​IMG]

    Really, though -- my main question is whether it matters what breed the female is. Does it matter? Strickly for companionship purposes...

    Anyone?
     
  5. Puddle Foot Farm

    Puddle Foot Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doesn't matter. In my mixed crowds, I have a toulouse gander over 3 chinese geese (we have 4, but he rejected one and doesn't really want the third, so only try and get 2), and an american blue with a saddleback.
     
  6. gg61501

    gg61501 Out Of The Brooder

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    Puddle -- thanks! That's kinda what I figured.

    Now all I need is a GOOSE! [​IMG]

    I'm having a heckuva time finding somewhat-mature stock in my area!
     
  7. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not the chinas that I have had! the gander may have a favorite and sometimes a goose will dominate a gander and drive off any other goose that shows interest in HER gander, but once she goes broody, the gander starts acting like a southern good old boy and mates with what ever he can.
     
  8. gg61501

    gg61501 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]

    Nice, goosedragon! "like a southern good old boy" -- too funny. [​IMG]
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    wonder where goose dragon is from?
     
  10. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:As long as she isn't too immature, they will be fine together. They won't mate until she is ready anyway. NOT like a chicken who will mate with you if you stand still long enough. [​IMG]

    Dave
     

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