Geese Mating Behavior

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Grassman 52, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. Grassman 52

    Grassman 52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I kept 6 geese as breeders - 2 Ganders and 4 Geese, today I watched as one Gander mounted the second one in the pool (they both had their male parts exposed).

    Question: Is this dominance behavior (please no gay jokes) ? It went on for a few minutes until one of the Ganders left the pool.
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    you will want to split them up into two trios with separate yards and pools for breeding season or risk poor fertility and broken eggs. This way the ganders bond to their girls and breed them. otherwise you may have a goose not bred at all.
     
  3. Grassman 52

    Grassman 52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you

    What other options are there - I am only keeping the breeders for my personal use, I am now thinking I should reduce down to one gander and 3 or 4 geese. How many geese can one Embden gander mate with?
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    1 gander to every 2 geese gives good fertility. You can sometimes get away with 3 geese to 1 gander.
     

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