Geese to Gander Ratio?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by chseeads, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. chseeads

    chseeads Songster

    May 28, 2009
    Bloomington, Indiana
    What's a good goose to gander ratio anyways?

    I know they'll generally pair up if they can right? But if they're in an uneven number the gander will mate with more, right?

    I've got 6 American Buffs, and when they were babies I thought maybe I had 3 of each, cause it seemed like 3 were bigger, 3 were smaller.

    Now that they're grown, I'm actually thinking that I may just have 1 gander and 5 geese. The one that has always been the biggest, is noticeably larger and stuff.... The other ones all seemed to even out in size pretty much, and they all look pretty similar in their physique. lol

    Is one gander to 5 geese gonna be spreading the poor guy too thin? I would hate to have really pitiful fertility rates or something...

    What's your thoughts, goosey experts?

  2. noahsgeese

    noahsgeese Border Collie

    Nov 30, 2009
    I am not a goosey expert but I think that would be fine!

    Hope this helps!

  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    That is going to be one tired gander! LOL

    Actually 1 to 5 is pretty common for ducks. It is what I have. My drake seems pretty happy [​IMG]
  4. Rock Wyandotte

    Rock Wyandotte Songster

    Mar 11, 2009
    Newbury, Vermont
    I've been reading up on this and I think 1 gander to 5 geese is fine for most breeds - but no more if you want good fertility.
  5. ultasol

    ultasol Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    SE Washington
    For a buff it should be fine. Some of the large heavy breeds require a more equal ratio- and the heavy dewlap toulouse are best with one gander for every one or two geese.

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