The goose will not let my Drake...............

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by D'Angelo N Va., Mar 13, 2011.

  1. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    ok, I finally got my fence 3/4 done around my pond. Yesterday was such a nice day, I had to let the ducks out of the hen house. Well I did, but now the Gander (Super African) that lost his mate 2 yrs. ago will not let the Drake near the female ducks....he guards all three of the hens carefully and when the Drake comes around he lowers his head and chases him off....has anyone else had this problem?? Should I lock the Goose up for awhile...I hate to do that because he has had full rein of the property for about 12 yrs. now. Also, the ducks are not going to the pond, I tried herding them towards it and they all go around the other way. I will post some pics. to show what I am talking about. I know how I hate to pull up the thread and not see pics..and besides I have promised pics..
     
  2. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    come on...anyone. I know someone can help me out here..
     
  3. HamandLily

    HamandLily Chirping

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    In my opinion, you should see if you can get a goose or two that he can have for himself!

    I wouldn;t recommend locking him up by himself because it will stress him out more.

    I think more geese is the way forward, do you think that would be possible?
     
  4. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    I am planning on getting some geese next month as well, but I want him to leave the ducks alone for now...so the Drake can mate with the hens so I will have fertile eggs and lots of babies.....
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If the ducks aren't going to the pond there's probably a reason. Mine are always on the pond, so when they avoid it there's usually a snapping turtle in there waiting for them. Ducks LOVE water...if they won't go, don't make them.

    As for the gander...all you can do is separate him from the ducks...and get him his own mate. But he'll still probably do the same as he is now, so you'll have to separate him either way.
     
  6. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    No, the ducks have never even been on the pond! so they don't know if there is a snapper in there or not. I tried to herd them towards it and they all side tracked and ran back to the hen house...the goose goes in it all the time and splashes around and what not. I also have 2 other ducks that come there from time to time and stay in the pond for hours before leaving again....
     
  7. goosedragon

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    D'Angelo N Va. :

    ok, I finally got my fence 3/4 done around my pond. Yesterday was such a nice day, I had to let the ducks out of the hen house. Well I did, but now the Gander (Super African) that lost his mate 2 yrs. ago will not let the Drake near the female ducks....he guards all three of the hens carefully and when the Drake comes around he lowers his head and chases him off....has anyone else had this problem?? Should I lock the Goose up for awhile...I hate to do that because he has had full rein of the property for about 12 yrs. now. Also, the ducks are not going to the pond, I tried herding them towards it and they all go around the other way. I will post some pics. to show what I am talking about. I know how I hate to pull up the thread and not see pics..and besides I have promised pics..

    Heck yes, my geese (both genders) would be like old maid aunts and break up any mating on their pool. finally the ducks got wise and would slip away to what I called the honeymoon pool. One I had set up for the deer to drink out of with some natural cover around it. Before I set up the deer water they were breaking down my fences to get a drink from the waterfowl pools (drought that year)​
     
  8. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Can you seperate him with one of the Muscovy hens? maybe one that you wouldnt mind waiting a little longer for her to have babies? that way your gander has a girl to obsess over and your others can breed and brood without interruption. you can get your geese in a month and let the other girl back out with the other ducks. Maybe there's a hen more attached to the gander too?
     

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