Meet Nine, a White Chinese gander who is 3 weeks shy of his 1 year birthday. It is with a heavy heart that I'm posting on here. Nine lost his mate, and this best goose friend today. They had been raised together since they were a week old, and were the only members of our backyard flock, well not counting our dog, whom Nine does not like. In fact, I'd have to say he probably isnt comfortable with any type of dog. I love this gander so much, and would love to him happy. I promise I wont outline any crazy rules for you to take him home, but I'd like to tell you about him so that you can decide if your home is the right fit. Here he is with his best goose friend - walking the perimeter, he's very much a protector. He's intelligent. He responds when you call him, understands "come", "water", & "no". He wont eat from your hand - if you have the absolute urge to hand feed him, you'll have to put the green down and take a step back for him to eat it. He likes being talked to. Not saying you have to be the crazy bird man/lady who talks their flock, but if you talk out loud to yourself, that works too. Seriously he likes it. When we're gardening or pulling weeds, he'll come close by to help or inspect what you're doing & if you're in conversation with someone else, just through out a "Right?" to him & you'll see that he answers. He was raised by us since a week old and has free ranged our 2 acre fenced property. He & his friend would usually walk around the perimeter of the house on occasion and take naps close to the areas we would frequent. He doesn't chew on many things - geese sometimes are known for this, but he hasnt been interested in rope, toys, wire, nothing really mischievous. Does chew on wood, leaves, sticks and sometimes shoes.... Nine will either love you or totally dislike you, but in either case he keeps a safe distance. He's not a cuddler & does not enjoy being picked up - will tolerate it, but to a certain point. If he likes you, he'll allow you to stroke his chest a couple of times, any more and he wont be pleased. Also if he likes you, he'll follow behind you like a little shadow - real close & just chatter with you. If he doesn't like you or your shoes, he'll bite them. Sometimes your pants. How do you get him to like you? Just treat him with respect. He & my goose for some reason didnt like our pond. They preferred their kiddy pools. This is all I can think of at the moment. I'm sure I'll be adding to this list. AN IDEAL HOME FOR HIM IS... (you dont have to fit all of these, just a suggestion really.) I'd like something somewhat close to us. I just dont think he could handle the stress of being shipped through the mail. I have a feeling that it might be difficult finding a home for a male goose, but for now, I want to try to see if something local is possible. The absolute perfect thing would be if he could go to a home that had only female geese. He's never encountered other geese other than our beloved goose - not sure how he'd fare with another male. But in reality, if you have the room for another male I'll have to have faith that he can adjust. Have plenty of grass If you're a current or past goose owner that's a plus. Geese can be temperamental during breeding season & it would be best to have someone that understands how to handle a male goose. If you dont own geese at the moment, I certainly hope you're planning on having more than just this gander. Geese are flock animals - I used to say the minimum to have was 2, but giving my current experience, 3 is probably better. He is alone here with us now, I want him to go some place where he has company.