Male Embden Geese mating?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by BlackwaterBirds, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. BlackwaterBirds

    BlackwaterBirds Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought six geese from a hatchery as straight run. I ended up with what I thought was 3 males and 2 females. I have been watching them lately and what I thought were breeding pairs are not. Instead the commotion that erupted from the pond was the two males mating or what I thought was two males....so confused! I think they are too![​IMG]
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Homosexuality isn't uncommon in geese. What breed are they?
     
  3. BlackwaterBirds

    BlackwaterBirds Out Of The Brooder

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    White Embdens... What do I do to fix it or will it fix on its own?
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sorry for such a dumb question I just reread the title [​IMG].

    How long has that pair been together? If they've bonded then they might not want to accept another mate.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I doubt very seriously if you have females the males would be mating with each other,Ganders and geese will sometimes act out the mating ritual with their own sex, I see it here with my ducks, I have a mated pair of geese but i have seen my goose get on top of a duck. When my Embden actually mates with his goose he lets out a holler that most of the county can probably hear, and i think this is pretty typical of the Embdens did you see that. and is this their first year for mating?
     
  6. newgoosegal

    newgoosegal Out Of The Brooder

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    I am so glad you asked this question! I just saw 2 of my pilgrim males mating in the bath tub!!!, and they definitely have girls in the flock to choose from. (We just got them and have them all together in our hoophouse.) Due to a foot of snow still, we've not set up separate pens for pairing/trio-ing up our geese, and I was wondering the same thing- if I have seen ganders "mating" are they also mating with the geese, or are they bonded and paired?
     
  7. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They could still be mating with the female geese too. What you saw could have been a dominance thing. Or, sometimes they just mate with whoever is closest & lets them.

    If you definitely want goslings, you should set up separate pens with the pairs you want mated. Contrary to belief not all geese are bonded for life - just for the season (if that).
     
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