Gander feeling amorous

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Rayasun, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. Rayasun

    Rayasun Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two Ganders (one Embdem and one Chinese cross). I got both my boys when they were a year old. They are not terribly social boys with people but they look after my chickens very well. Anyway, not sure how to explain but my Embdem "attacked" me today. He grabbed a hold of my arm. He wasn't mean about it but I figured out his intent real quick! I grabbed his neck and told him off a bit (it's pretty funny now I'm thinking about it). My question is why would he do something like this ( I do t want to add females to my flock just yet) and how do I go about really discouraging that behavior?
    Ah this is something I never thought I'd have to type out lol
    Attached is a pic of him in transport. Sorry I don't have a better pic.
     

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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC

    What your seeing is the beginning of hormone activity and it can really change their attitude. I have an Embden gander and he is like night and day when his hormones kick in. Here usually late winter.
    You def want to nip this behavior in the bud fast so I am going to give you this link.
    It may seem harsh but geese can really bite and hurt so you really don't want to let this get out of hand.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/geese-training.561849/#post-7245388
     
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  3. Rayasun

    Rayasun Out Of The Brooder

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    I will definitely nip this behavior in the bud!
    I've been very diligent about putting both boys in their place. It just struck me as extremely odd, as he had been preening me right before he tried to mount my arm! After I grabbed his neck and scolded him he looked so contrite. Out of the two boys he's the sociable one and has always felt comfortable coming close without posturing.
     
  4. Rayasun

    Rayasun Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you the link! I really appreciate it.
     

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