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sexing embden geese

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

  1. ladyfarmer10

    ladyfarmer10 In the Brooder

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

    Kim65 Songster

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    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

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    OK thanks,I have 3 so maybe.....
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    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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