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Discussion in 'Geese' started by daze333, Jan 17, 2011.
Greetings from San Antonio! I really enjoyed reading this post. I am thinking of getting a pair of American Buffs for pets. This post gave me a lot of valuable information. Thank you.
very informative post! i just got 2 buff goslings - i asked for 2 females and they said they are but im not so sure . for now their names are Lady and Lucy. and they are 6 days old so far they are charming i think . i've brooded chicks and ducks in a barn but these 2 i have running around in my house w me (just cuz theres only 2 of them and i thought itd be easier/ closer) ... litteraly haha they follow me everywhere . they sit on my feet when i do things . then they explore everything and put everythingggggg in their mouth . im constantly pulling stuff out saying " no thats not for geese!" its too funny it really is like having lil toddlers .
ohhhh I know how you feel when you say they insist on setting together and raise them together too! my only difference is the my girls are Muscovy ducks!!! I thought it would be WW III when they hatched too, but it turned out better to keep them together then to separate! but I have had a great hatch rate with them when together, and horrible hatch rates when separated! ahahahaha and ohhh I agree! if anyone else has hatches like this they need to be watched and checked on! I have had good and bad hatches with my ducks who sit together, only my Muscovy's ended up okay to let them them be and not separate!
my question is do you sell hatching eggs? if your girls lay all summer I would be interested in buying some, if not I would love to buy some next year and would like to know your availability and prices!
I'm sorry, Farmgirl9494! I'm not on here much. It's best to pm me about requests. I have sold eggs, but do not ship them. I don't like to sell eggs. They're a crap shoot. Contact me next March. Maybe we can work something out.
Last year we raised 3 Chinese geese and one buff goose. They were raised with ducks also. The three Chinese geese hung out together and the buff goose hangs out with the ducks. Her vocalizations sound a lot different than the Chinese geese. Could there be a language barrier? Or could it be that the Chinese geese are somewhat silly and she has a more serious no nonsense nature? I would like to find her a buff boyfriend next spring.
I have a question. We recently got a Buff gander and goose who were not mated but are getting along great. This is our first experience with geese and we love them. We have 5 ponds where they spend most of their time along with 3 mallard ducks. They have learned how to get home and walk up to the house at least once a day to be fed. My question is this.... We have 9 dogs. (All are from a local rescue where we volunteer). The dogs don't bother the geese....however, the gander will go after the dogs if he is near me and they come around. The gander will "goose" all of the dogs EXCEPT our 2 white bull terriers. I think it has something to do with their color. We have black, brown, tan and cream colored dogs that are constantly getting "goosed" but the white bull terriers NEVER get it. In fact, the geese act as if they are somewhat afraid of the bull terriers who are the sweetest dogs. It's weird. Any ideas?
How do u tell the sex of American Buff geese? What does the male look like, the female, their characteristics, and coloring?
Maybe this will help http://poultrykeeper.com/goose-breeds/american-buff-geese I only have a goose in the Buff no gander or I'd show you pics of mine.for comparison
I currently have about 77 breeding American Buffs. You can't tell for sure without vent sexing them. That is probably not something i suggest you attempt without some experienced help. They will show some changes as they grow, but you can't tell anything until they reach sexual maturity.
There are some generalities that you can use, but these really are only generalities. I have Buff geese of both sexes that defy all of these characteristics. Males tend to be 1-3 lbs heavier, have a coarser head, and a higher-pitched voice. Females tend to be smaller, with more refined heads, and lower-pitched voices. The bone structure of my males tends to be heavier than that of proportionately-sized females.
Covering one another (mating) isn't even 100% reliable because that activity can also be dominance-related. Watch for the male to have a large, pale-colored, corkscrew-like appendage immediately after mating. That goose is 100% male. They will also crow, flap their wings, and let everyone know what they've done.
Watch for females to become more secretive,and wander off by themselves, or be escorted by a male or another goose to a nest. If she lays an egg (and you know which one did), she's 100% female. Most females are normally very reticent about it, but if she has been escorted by a male, he is generally not. He will tell the world. Two females with "an arrangement" tend to be reticent.
Males, especially under 3 years of age, will fight or tussle amongst themselves during breeding season; however, females will also fight amongst themselves over nests and seniority as well. All activities are considered "group", but it is generally the females who are inciting the riots. They egg the males on. Watch for "cheerleaders", especially if one of them has been hanging with any ganders having a tussle. There are a multitude of behaviors and vocalizations that are related to gender, and some are very subtle. If you don't have any that you're specifically wondering about, just look at pictures. There is virtually no difference in their physical appearance. Good luck!