When do geese mate age and season ?

Goosygoosygander

Chirping
Jun 1, 2017
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Kenilworth Qld Australia
Hi
I have 1 x 3 y/old tufted roman Eric who thinks he is human, he was introduced to the pilgram gaggle to provide a mate for a goose Gertrude that the gander Guss was rejecting. The other geese are 7/12 old Gabrielle and Gizelle. Now we are approaching mating season in the southern hemisphere Guss has decided Gertrude is now worthy of his attentions. When Gertrude sneaks off for a rendeveu with Eric at the dam the next thing Guss is off after her with the goslings in tow.
So my questions are how old do the geese need to be to have goslings ? When so they start mating ? June July or August ? They usually are for sale September/October as goslings, and how long after mating before they lay and then how long before they hatch ? Any advice is most welcome. I was orginally bellbird but had to change my email address and could not use my original avatar. I'm trying to work out when to sit on the dam wall to see who's doing who.
 

Goosygoosygander

Chirping
Jun 1, 2017
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Kenilworth Qld Australia
Well I gave up waiting and googled for hours. It appears they need to be at least 1 year old when mating season comes which is end of winter /spring then there is 30-36 days between laying and hatching. I need to organise a protected nest by early August (just add 6/12 for northern hemisphere). So I'll be on dam watch from August to September. All the macho activity from Gus I'm seeing now is just the foreplay and a bit of paranoia as well. Apparently the older gander Eric will be more fertile than the yearling.
 

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