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Help. Third Pilgrim hatched -- did I get the boy I wanted?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Denninmi, May 21, 2011.

  1. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sexing these is harder than I thought based on what I'd read.

    While the first two are unambiguously female, the third one to hatch is hard to tell.

    I think #3 is a male, which is what I was hoping for.

    The beak and legs are lighter than the other two by quite a bit, but still grayish to an extent.

    I thought that there would be a big difference between the sexes, based on photos online, but maybe the difference in beak and leg coloration develops after a few days.

    At this point, the down isn't dry (2 hours post hatch) completely, so that isn't helping.

    So, here is the one in question:

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    Here is the one that hatched at around midnight last night. I know this one is female:

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    On #3, the suspected male, the beak and legs are uniform color, the same color that the TIP of the females' beaks are.

    So, what are your opinions?
     
  2. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I learned, when i got my babies, that the males do have a light colored bill & the females are darker. I noticed that my female goslings' bills started to lighten up as they got older though.
     

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