Why Does my Gander do This?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by PintoPasoFino, May 30, 2010.

  1. PintoPasoFino

    PintoPasoFino Songster

    May 18, 2009
    This is very interesting to me and I would like everyone's insights.

    I have had a white Chinese gander and a brown Chinese gander for a couple years now. They hang out with the few ducks. I have always wanted a pair of Sebastopol, but the price of good birds has kept me away. I finally found an affordable older pair, not the best quality, but all I want is to enjoy them in my yard anyway as pets. I purchased them and the egg that was in their cage. I put the egg right in the incubator.

    As soon as I got them home, I let them in a small area, they both had a drink, and started wandering around. No problems with the other geese. The girl found a nice spot under a tree and I thought, great, maybe she will give another egg. No, in fact the next day she was dead. No signs of trauma, she must have been ill or too much stress or whatever, but the gander was upset and called to her for awhile.

    Anyway, he continued on with the other geese, I have seen no scuffles or anything, they all roost together in the barn at night. And then the egg in the incubator hatched! YAY! I think it's a girl. She was inside for a couple weeks but now she is older and the weather is better so I put her out the other day in a small pen on the lawn with the couple ducks that hatched in the incubator with her.

    Now the Sebastopol gander found her on the lawn and won't leave the cage's side. He will chase off anyone and anything that comes near it. The other geese came over and checked it out but didn't seem interested. When I put the babies in at night, he calls and calls all night until he is shut into the barn. When he is let out in the morning, he goes to where the pen is, and since I don't bring the babies out til late morning, he again calls and calls.

    So what is the theory behind that? It's fascinating to me. Does he just know it's another goose and wants to buddy up? Why don't the other two seem to care?
  2. He's a great Dad! I had three ganders who were not paired off this Spring. They adopted the 8 goslings that I had purchased...and are very good to them. So sorry to hear about your female. It's always sad when geese suffer a loss of a mate...they really do morn. How old is he? Maybe you can find him an older girl to keep him company. Congrats on your new hatchling...
  3. blissdragon

    blissdragon Chirping

    Apr 5, 2010
    Viroqua, WI
    He wants to raise the baby. [​IMG]
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    He has probably raised goslings before, and his paternal instincts have kicked in. I had an Embden gander as a kid who was strongly human imprinted (something I really don't reccommend for a variety of reasons.) I purchased 6 goslings when he was three or four years old. He immediately adopted and raised all of them. Part of the saga of Gus the Goose.
  5. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    I agree with what the others said. He wants to be a dad and raise the gosling. My year old Sebastopol gander is the best dad ever to our goslings, most who are almost as big as he is!!

    The other ganders and the goose don't care but he does.

    I think its cute.

    Good luck!


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