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Okay what kind of geese are these

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cchaeuser, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. cchaeuser

    cchaeuser New Egg

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    The guy that I bought them from says that they are 3 white embdens and a toulouse. The brown (toulouse???) has dark orange feet and a black bill. The embdens??? have spotted orange bills and are gray and white. Check out the pics. You can see the brown goose on the left and the bills as well.

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  2. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    Sorry no help here - but I did want to say that first picture made me chuckle OUT LOUD!
     
  3. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
  4. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm no expert on geese, but I just wanted to say that it may take a while to know for sure what they are since they haven't moulted into their adult plumage yet. I know with ducks it can change quite a bit.
    They're very cute though, whatever they are! [​IMG]
     
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  5. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    They could be so called Grey Toulouse...they are a production breed, I guess similar to sex-link chickens. They aren't like the true Dewlap Toulouse as they are lacking in the dewlap and the size. [​IMG] And it's impossible to find Dewlap Toulouse....I've been trying to find some for a year!!!!!

    Sand Hill Preservation Center description: Gray: Large gray goose suitable for commercial production. Some sources call these the Grey Toulouse.
     
  6. Barb Schuetz

    Barb Schuetz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They certainly do not look like embdens and I don't know of a breed with those spots on the bill. It looks more like an ailment to me. I would do a little research on diseases and problems common or uncommon( I can't seem to find anything in the one book that I have) with geese and maybe have them checked out. Also, as far as I know, toulouse do not have dark bills. That looks like an african to me.
     
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  7. Arklady

    Arklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look to be African/Embden crosses. I checked with feather site and they show that Africans have that black beak and line down the back of the neck. Toulouse have yellow beaks and feet. I have a Toulouse male and two embden girls so this guy sold you cross breeds... What did you pay for those. I may want to up my price on my crosses.

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  8. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

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    I believe the 3 are crosses of some kind. They are most certainly NOT Embdens! Embdens are white with nice orange bills and feet. Also, the "spots" on their bills...I've never seen a goose with them. Is it dirt that you can scrape off? Or is it 'part' of the bill? Maybe if they are a embden/african cross the spots are from the different colored bills of the two species? Africans have dark bills and feet. Toulouse have light bills and feet. Because of the darker feathers mixed in with their wings, I would say they are embden/african crosses, which would explain the bill spots (maybe?) and the feather color which is throwing us all off! [​IMG] Oh, the bill spots....if they seem 'indented' or like some kind of growth, please get your babies medication to treat it before it spreads to your other fowl.

    I would think your "Toulouse" is also a cross, because they should have a light or orange bill AND feet.

    Either way, pure or mixed, they are cute as buttons! I love geese!
     
  9. cchaeuser

    cchaeuser New Egg

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    Thanks for all of your input. I am now convinced that they are mutts of some type. Probably close to the mark with the African/Embden cross theory. The marks on the bills are in color only. No worries from a health stand point. Hey, what did I expect for 18 bucks for the four of them.

    They are great geese, good personalities and very interesting to observe. Thanks all.
     
  10. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
    Massachusetts
    I had a pair of African/Embden crosses. They were perfectly white with small patches here and there of like black and grey. I can't remember what they looked like at the age yours are right now but they will change once their full feathers come in. I do not think they had spots on their beaks either. They were excellent watchdogs and the male was VERY protective of the female. He could be quite nasty and she was very friendly. I raised them from little chicks too.
    They patrolled my property like two guard dogs!
     

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