my goose just lost her mate :(

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Kevin565, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    what do i do now?
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2010
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    So sorry for the loss. Do you want another goose? Get another one?
  3. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    I am so sorry for you and your goose. I was wondering about this myself, being new to geese. I read that they mate for life but wondered what happened if one died. Do you put them with another adult or do you raise a gosling with them? Maybe an experienced goose person will chime in to offer an opinion. Again, I am sorry. I have only had mine few weeks but I cannot imagine one without the other. [​IMG]

  4. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    I don't know much about geese, but we have Canada geese that come to nest at our pond every year. My DH said they always come back to where they nested the year before and they always have the same mate, they mate for life. There has been many times when a single goose would be at the pond with no mate. I find it so sad and have always wondered what happens.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2010
  5. noahsgeese

    noahsgeese Border Collie

    Nov 30, 2009
    If I were you then I might get another goose [​IMG]
  6. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Sometimes they will accept another mate. I have a gander with two geese. One girl lost her mate and took up with the other gander who was mated to her BFF.

    I would try offering her another mate. Can you find someone with an extra gander? If you can't, perhaps you can find another goose to keep her company.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2010
  7. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    you could also just get her a female companion...
  8. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:They grieve, sometimes until the next mating season, but life goes on and they will usually select a new mate if one is available. They are long lived and would not survive very well as a species if they went out of production at the loss of one of a pair. Mate for life means that if the mate is present it will probably continue to be one of its mates. Like some humans that does not mean that they will never have another partner.
  9. slightlyscrambled

    slightlyscrambled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    so sorry.
    this happened to me last fall. My dogs got out and killed one, at the time we thought we had a female left so I found two other pairs and they all get along great except she turned out to be a he and its mating season and I have 3 ganders and only two geese. I have had to seperate the ganders. But the two ganders I put together are getting along fine.
    Good luck
  10. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    My Goose lost his mate last year also. I want to get some more geese, but I was wondering if he will take up with another hen...I hear they mate for life. how does it work if I get geese from a hatchery and it's a odd number of females to males, what will happen?

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