Toulouse goose can fly?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Kung Foo Chicken, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. At the local fishing lake a flock of Canadian Geese came flying in with a solitary Toulouse goose. I thought they couldn't fly from being a farm type goose. I'll try to get photos of them next time I head there. The goose was abandoned at the lake a year or so ago. My uncle kept saying it died but, it joined the Canadian Geese. Is this totally unheard of? When I say fly it came over the treetops.

    I want geese now too....Maybe next year when the locals stores get them again.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2009
  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    I rescued a Toulouse and was amazed to see him fly. When I tracked down the owner she said he flew over the fence. He was young though. Maybe they eventually get too fat on the farm to fly.
  3. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:Yes, they pretty much have to be flyers to join the wild Canadas with the diet and excercise of the Canadas they don't usually reach the size that they would on a farm where they just have to waddle over to the feeder.
  4. nivtup

    nivtup Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    We had one of ours fly over a half mile While at least 40 ft in the air.

    Shortly thereafter we were one goose short so we assume she flew off.
  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    I watched my Toulouse cross fly right over a 4 ft fence and all the way down to the pond 500ft away.

    Of course this happened after 3 days of trying to catch her! [​IMG]
  6. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    They sure can, as long as they don't get too fat. That one probably is "super lean/strong" from living with Canadas. I'm not sure if the big Dewlaps are ever able to fly, due to having too large body with too small wing ratio.

    Years ago, I selected for the clean, lean look in my toulouse. Got toulouse without the "egg bellies" for most of the year, the females did get big bellies while laying.. these certainly were able to fly, very easily.

    Also had some Chinese x Toulouse mixes, also selected the "lean" look.. those were also able to fly VERY well, much better than the pure toulouse. Many of them had huge wide wings.
  7. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Songster

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Whoa! One of my Africans flew this morning. It was Gazpacho, who is my most slender boy. He's tall and thin, more like a brown Chinese than an African (IMHO). I was stunned though that he got 2-3 feet off the ground!
  8. mdfishinggirl

    mdfishinggirl In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2009
    My year old Toulouse girl was missing today. I saw some Canadian geese waaaaaay down in one of the cut corn fields and when I got out the binoculars, I saw an orange beak!! Darn her! I started walking down the back pastures and calling her name. When the Canadians took off...there she was flying with them, just a little lower!!! She is really quite fat...but was still a good 15-20 ft. off the ground! She started going with them, then turned towards our property and few over 3 acres up to our back deck!!!! Over my head and everything...I was SHOCKED!!! I had no idea she could fly THAT far and THAT high! Amazing. I better keep an eye on her, people goose hunt in the back never know. You would HOPE people could tell the difference.
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Quote:Sounds like you need to trim her wings for her own safety. Would hate for her to get shot or eaten.

  10. RedJungleFowl

    RedJungleFowl Songster

    Apr 23, 2012
    I don't know if anyone would see this but it would be nice if someone could show a picture of a Chinese geese or any geese but preferable Chinese flying I always want to see one in action u know but its okay if ya don't.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: