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sexing embden geese

Discussion in 'Geese' started by ladyfarmer10, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. ladyfarmer10

    ladyfarmer10 In the Brooder

    May 28, 2010
    Is there a way to sex them,mine have just gotten their regular feathers in, a couple weeks ago.
  2. Kim65

    Kim65 Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Washington state
    Not really [​IMG] How many do you have?

    Unless you have someone who knows how "sex" them (look up their behinds) you'll have to wait until they are about six months old.

    I have a male/female pair I got as goslings, and watching them grow up has shown me and made their gender differences obvious long before they LOOKED different. Mainly, the gander was taller and more friendly/attention seeking, the goose shyer and more demur. This is a pretty solid sex characteristic with geese. The gander has a higher screechier voice and the goose a lower pitched chattering voice.

    My gander always has his head up in the air, scanning the environment for dangers (the dog, a marauding chicken). He's the one who advances at the possibility o a danger, while the geese hang back and egg him on.

    And if all that fails, someone will start laying eggs in March or so [​IMG] . THAT one is female [​IMG] . If no one lays, you have a gaggle of ganders (not a bad thing in itself). It's a fact all goose lovers get to live with, the uncertaintly, unless you learn to vent sex them or find someone who knows how.
  3. ladyfarmer10

    ladyfarmer10 In the Brooder

    May 28, 2010
    OK thanks,I have 3 so maybe.....
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    You can kind of tell by their behavior. The males tend to be more friendly, and louder than the geese. Their honks are usually high-pitched. Also, if you have more than one, presumably at least one of each sex, the males should be bigger than the females. I've got 4 embdens right now, supposedly 2 pairs. I guess I'll see in the spring if they're right, cause I'm thinking one of my pairs is a pair of males [​IMG]

    Mine are about 4 months old (1 pair) and about 18 months. I have had the older pair since about mid-April, the younger ones for about a month.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010

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