Separating Geese

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Jay-Mar28, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Jay-Mar28

    Jay-Mar28 Out Of The Brooder

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    Im living in southern Ontario, Its still fairly cold but am wondering if i should begin separating my geese to prevent cross breading. I have Pilgrims, Embden's and 2 Africans. My plan is to let each group out by themselves in order to stretch their wings and have a bath for a part of the day until major breeding is done. What problems might i encounter when i reintroduce the entire flock to one another in late spring? or should i wait beyond that?
     
  2. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Wait ! Do you want eggs to hatch?! If not leave em together and jyst grab the eggs .
    By the way what you are doing is actually what im doing too ;)
    And when you re-introduce all the geese every male in the pair will fight and they wont be scared to fight the gander that is domient right now because they were boss of their own territory.
    Espically if they have babies!
    They will challange eachother
    and about 1-3 weeks later this would be over
    This happens every year with my geese most of the time the dominant gander stays dominant with my geese but if the dominant one isnt dominant anymore well then the whole pecking order is changed :0
    Heres just a bit of advice
     
  3. Jay-Mar28

    Jay-Mar28 Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to incubate the first few eggs while its cold out once they begin laying but im hoping they hatch out their own goslings as well. I want them to breed amongst their own breed so im not ending up with different crosses when i go to sell goslings.
     
  4. RURU

    RURU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you do not want mixed geese then you should separate them into thier own pen with the own breed.
     
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  5. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine get to free-range again when the goslings are about 3 to 4 weeks old. They keep in their own relative families, not much problem here.
     
  6. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    If you want pure breeds and eggs then you should seperate all of then
     
  7. Jay-Mar28

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    i have them all separated as of today. No breeding has taken place so far. My only question was after breeding season and egg laying is over can they all be mixed back together without major issues?
     
  8. RURU

    RURU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, when all them settle down in the ganders from the breeding season. They will go back to being calm again... About end of May or beginning of June.
     
  9. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Yep
     
  10. Jay-Mar28

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    thank you to everyone for their help. much appreciated
     

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