Very odd... confusing...

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by LinckHillPoultry, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    My male (I'm positive... but he acts so weird) pilgrim, Raymond, has been acting very weird lately. For example, I'm pretty darn sure he is a he... but he acts odder everyday. I have seen him mating with ducks... but yet I have seen the other ganders mount him, and also, today, I took some old goose eggs out of the nest and when I let them all in for the night, Raymond went right to the empty nest and plopped down.
    Weird huh?

    What are your opinions?
     
  2. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    maybe raymond is a girl. have you you tried sexing him yet?
     
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  3. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    How would I do that?
     
  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    no idea i'm new to this lol:D
     
  5. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Oreo

    Oreo Out Of The Brooder

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    You need to get a book about waterfowl-- Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry has a section on ducks and geese. It tells how to positively identify males and females. As you might expect, this involves turning it upside down and looking at the vent. . . . they are different from chickens in what's down there. That's all I'm going to say about that.
     
  7. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    I'm positive he is a pilgrim. And I do know that white pilgrims are males. But the thing is, the man I bought him from raises and breeds embdens... but he goes to sales and buys various babies and sells them. He had toulouse and Raymond in the same pen as goslings. When we saw baby raymond, he was the smallest and we wanted him. We asked the man what kind he was, and he said could be toulouse, but he is guessing pilgrim due to the different head structure raymond had than the toulouses. The thing is, I wonder if it was possible if somehow, one of the embden babies got in the pen somehow as a gosling. I'm still leaning towards male, but it all depends on you guys' opinions.

    Raymond must be one very, very confused goose! [​IMG]
     
  8. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have male embdens and they will try to breed ducks. also I don't have a female, so they will also try to be bred by ducks. hey there is a time that they are desperate lol.

    Anyways. My males will raise baby chickens, ducks, or geese when I give them to them, so Raymond sitting on the nest doesn't seem strange to me. Right now my 2 male embdens are raising 2 baby Toulouse geese I bought from a feed store.I know you said you think he is a Pilgrim. Pilgrim and embdens act a lot alike and the heavier breeds of geese(pilgrim, embden,touloues,Verses chinese and african) tend to have both sexes incubate and raise the young.

    Raymond might be a she, but it sounds like a lonely male to me. I would give him a baby duck or goose about 2 weeks old and see what he does. It's really neat to watch them.


    here is a pic of my 3 male embdens last year raising 2 pekins, 1 mallard, and 1 rouen duck
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  9. mangled

    mangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    ^ How cool is that?

    I had no idea male geese were so, well, maternal. [​IMG]

    Em
     
  10. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are better than some husbands [​IMG]
     

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