Fat rolls on goose. Normal or fat?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Duckadia, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Duckadia

    Duckadia Out Of The Brooder

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    I know that lots of geese get these skin rolls between their legs on their stomach, but I'm concerned about our goose. She has one large skin fold, which is fine, but she is starting to get rolls over her legs. Is this normal or are we feeding her too much? I don't want an overweight bird!
     
  2. flaming007

    flaming007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a picture of the goose?
     
  3. Duckadia

    Duckadia Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]I'm sorry this is the best I could get. You can see the roll in the middle, then the rolls over the legs.
     
  4. flaming007

    flaming007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't look fat. The rolls by the legs are called lobes. If your goose is a female they will get bigger over time but that's nothing to really worry about unless you are raising show birds.
     
  5. My geese also look like that, but more so [​IMG] As they can all fly short distances and eat mostly grass, I think it is just a goosey thing . . . here most breeds are supposed to have two lobes but again, as the other person says, doesn't matter unless you are showing purebred high quality stock . . . It was startling when they went from being fairly streamlined as teenage geese, to mature geese with pantaloons . . .
     
  6. Joe1506

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    This is normal. Specially during mating season. Female geese will gain weight, because they will set on their nest for a long time without eating. That roll is fat that they will survive on.. Very normal..
     

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