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How to sex young Embden geese?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Sunny Side Up, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I have 7 young Embdens, around 12-14 weeks old right now. What is the best way to identify their sexes, when do those differences begin to show? I got their parents when they were about 6 months old, I think I remember that it was apparant which was the goose & which the gander. I think I remember that the gander was bigger & had a thicker neck by then. Is there a good way to tell before that age?

    I'd like to keep one goose & one gander from this batch of goslings, and sell the others soon. I'd like to be able to tell buyers the sex of their purchases, and to be sure to have a pair to keep.
     
  2. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best way would be to have someone who knows how to vent sex them come over and do their thing. The differences are so subtle (mostly small differences in size and behavior) at that age. A flock of juvenile geese will not have a typical male/female dynamic going, especially if the parents are still around.
     
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I had an one here for a short time (mix up) and I could tell by the time he was around four weeks he was a male. He was very protective of the food dish and of the other babies. He chased the baby ducks away even though they were bigger than he.

    I think by this age you should see some size differences by now. Also male geese seem to be more outgoing and people friendly than females. The females will stay in the back of the flock and the males will put them there also.
     
  4. sillysister74

    sillysister74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am able to flip mine over on the back and usually they will air out the parts. Smaller but still distinguishable. I do not have to mash around but sometimes I have to move the feathers away. Hope this helps.
     
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I think they're too old to vent sex now, they're almost full-sized and I don't think they would tolerate being handled that way. I wish they were as easy to sex as ducks with their distinctive differences in how they quack.
     
  6. sillysister74

    sillysister74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some two year old Embdens that let me. Mainly they think they are getting a belly rub. [​IMG] Once flipped on their back, they are ready to "air out" especially the boys.
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    It is not safe to vent sex them when they are older, you can seriously hurt them if you don't know what you're doing. One way you might be able to tell is by beak color. Often, the female's beak will look more pink than orange, and the male's will be very orange. Mine are true to this, I have 3 males and 2 females. But I don't know if this works on breeds other than embdens, I just know it does on embdens [​IMG]

    I could also tell with one of mine at a very early age because of his behavior, but he was 'people-raised'. I assume these are ones that your geese hatched?
     
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    The other day I did take one of the goose kids, set it in my lap, turn it over, & try to find its vent. There was so much fluff & feathers around it I could barely find its location, let alone try to notice anything in it. I will take a close look at their beaks tomorrow and see if I can notice any differences in the colors.

    All these young geese are the children of my original pair, Elmer & Gertrude. I took some of Gertie's eggs to a friend who set them in her incubator, and gave me back 3 of the goslings that hatched. I also set some eggs under broody chicken hens at my place. And although Gertrude did go broody at the end of her season, none of the eggs she set hatched. These goslings spent their first several weeks tended by us or their foster hen mommies. Then they formed a gaggle with their parents and now roam the yard in a group.

    I would only like to keep one male & one female of these kids, along with our original pair, and sell the rest. I just want to be sure I'm keeping one of each sex.
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Check your adults first and see if their beaks are different colored (they should be) so you'll know what to look for. I too have tried to vent sex a gosling that had all its fluff, impossible to find the vent! [​IMG]
     
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