i have some questions on pilgram geese!!!! HELP

Discussion in 'Geese' started by duckman11032, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. duckman11032

    duckman11032 Out Of The Brooder

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    so I am getting a pair of pilgrim geese, I need to know are the males white and the females gray or is it reverse???

    and will they fly away if I dont cut there wings???

    let me know any help is great

    thanks

    michael
     
  2. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

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    yes the males are white and the females gray- if proper birds were bred that is. Not sure about the flying away part. Hope not, as I have 7 baby Pilgrims and I don't plan on fencing them in. I want them to freerange. I think they can fly but not way up in the sky. They are a medium sized goose when full grown. I have to read more about them....Good Luck
     
  3. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
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    Yes they can fly when they are young and in great shape ( and if they want to fly or have someone to teach them ) hanging around with a bunch of earth bound things the idea never enters their mind or they try and get scared. It is easy to get off the ground but landings can be rough and they don't try again. BTW earth bound birds can also walk away from home if they have a reason.
     
  4. jlbpooh

    jlbpooh Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had my Pilgrims for about 6 weeks. I got 2 adult pairs. The man I got them from let them free-range 24/7. I kept them in their pen for the first 3 weeks and then opened the door of the pen. It took them about 6 hours to decided to go outside. They will go in by themselves now. My puppy chased them last weekend and thankfully they can at least fly more than a chicken, she was a few inches from one gander's tail. I do not clip their wings, they have only flown a few times and that was just to fly around a little. I can pretty much tell when they are going to fly now. One thing I have noticed is if they feel threatened by anything, they will head straight to their pen. The only bad thing would be if a dog or other predator chased them into it, then they would be cornered. They discovered our pond for the first time today. I was a little worried that we wouldn't be able to get them back out, but they came out on their own and took a nap in the grass. They are so peaceful to watch, and are my favorite birds of all so far. They are so graceful and gentle.
     

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