Tell me about Greylag Geese...

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Bleenie, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Someone has offered me a trio of them and i have no idea about them..i know nothing about them.
    I wanna know about yours, your experiences with them or knowledge of them. Thanks everyone [​IMG]

  2. Puddle Foot Farm

    Puddle Foot Farm Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    All I know is that they are wild geese and they're super-gorgeous. I would love to get some. I'd say jump on it, but make sure you have the right permits.. Good luck!
  3. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Well they are currently residing at a local retirement home. the owner said nothing about needing a permit but i havent seen them yet so i can ask then and look into that part of it more in the meantime. thanks for that info. i saw pics online and they do look really gorgeous!
  4. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:If they truly are greylag (doubtfully)You are going to need a federal permit to own them. Let the buyer beware! people try to pass off a lot of junk as greylags. Without the Federal permit provided by the current owner I wouldn't take them as a gift! The true greylag is an Old World goose and as such is also protected by Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) so by all means research the legal status of ownership.
  5. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    all i know is that it is not in the standard and created most goose breeds today
  6. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I am going to do a lot more readon and check out a bunch of pictures before i go see them... Someone a while ago (not their fault) was selling "Pilgrim Geese" on CL and they ended up being Toulouse. i informed them better and hopefully they found a new home for them..Toulouse are nice birds that a lot fo people like.

    thank you guys for the info, i appreciate it. I picked up 7 geese yesterday so i may not even have room for them, i have to find out what sexes these ones are first.
  7. PintoPasoFino

    PintoPasoFino Songster

    May 18, 2009
    All I know is what popped in my head weirdly when I read the title of the post. In the Brady Bunch Christmas special show that is the goose that Jan's husband was doing research on! HA

  8. You will also want to find out if they are Eastern or Western Greylags. I know the Western are about $350 pr
  9. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    $350???? [​IMG]

    The guy was hoping to trade with me or sell them to me for $45/trio. He was calling them Graylings and i had to ask if he meant Graylags. i will check them out and be sure to get some pictures for you all, to help me confirm if they are or arent!
    Could be another Toulouse mistake [​IMG]
  10. Kim65

    Kim65 Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Washington state
    Konrad Lorenz wrote the book "The Year of the Greylag Goose" and made his life's work the study of them in their natural habitat. He is the one who coined the term "imprinting" for the goose's social behavior. I am not sure of the details, but somehow he became the "father" of two or three Greylag goslings who's mother was killed or somehow not present. He tells about how the goslings thought he was Dad and followed him and were surprisingly attached to him. OK, now I have to go find a copy of that book [​IMG]

    The modern Toulouse supposedly looks the most like a Greylag. The Greylag is the "ancestor" of the Toulouse, Embden, American Buff, Cotton Patch, Pilgrim, Roman and other domestic geese, while the "swan goose" is the progenitor of the African and Chinese.

    All geese with those long "grooves" formed by the neck feathers hail from the Greylag.

    If they are real Greylags $45 bucks for a trio is a steal. It's even a decent price for a trio of adult Toulouse [​IMG]

    There must be some key differences between Toulouse and Greylag, I wonder how easy it would be to tell them apart?

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