Sexing Geese

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Ang, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. Ang

    Ang Songster

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    I have 2 Toulouse geese that are about 6 weeks old. How can I tell if they are boys or girls? Are they like ducks the girls being loud and the boys quiet? I am amazed at how fast they grow! Overnight sometimes it seems. [​IMG]
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

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    They are not a sex linked breed, so you can only vent sex if you really need to know now. Otherwise, by about next winter, the females will be smaller and may even lay an egg of two in the first year. But, vent sexing is the only way with them.

    Some of my loudest geese are females and I find them often to be the leaders as well.
     
  3. Females have a low pitched honk, and males have a high pitched honk.

    If you post a picture of them maybe I could tell.
     
  4. Ang

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    Not the best pictures but here they are. [​IMG]

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  5. Are they dewlap toulouse? I would guess male and female. What do their voices sound like? Are they honking yet? Males are high pitched and females are low pitched.
     
  6. Ang

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    They are not dewlap. The are still "whispering". I also thought one of each just because their heads look a little different. But what do I know, these are my first gooses. [​IMG]
     
  7. greyfields

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    I look out amongst my 50 or so geese and I do not believe the high pitch/low pitch is reliable. I can think of perfect examples of the contrary, sorry.
     
  8. It is reliable with all of my geese. I have 4 females and 4 males in my breeding stock, All of the males have high pitched voices and the females low pitched voices.
     
  9. Omniskies

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    Maybe sexing by voice is only accurate in certain breeds? To be honest, I haven't noticed a significant differece in sound in my geese. I have a flock of around 30 American Buffs and a handful of adult Pilgrims.

    What type of geese do you have?
     
  10. I breed Toulouse geese (non-dewlap).
     

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