Why does my goose get annoyed by the ducks' hanky panky?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by KatGold, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. KatGold

    KatGold Chirping

    Mar 15, 2011
    I didn't know if I should post this under geese or ducks, so here it goes.

    We have a family ranch. It has a 2-ac tank on it. Currently, we have 7 Muscovy ducks (4 males and 3 females) and a trio of Grey Geese. No babies yet from anyone. I suspect the eggs are getting eaten.

    The Muscovy's seem to have formed groups. There is one m/f pair, and trio (m/f/f) and one set of roommates (m/m). The groups don't mix.

    Yesterday during a visit to the ranch, I saw the male from the pair mount the female. Immediately, the geese started honking up a storm and swam over to them. The male goose mounted the male duck who was mounting the poor little female duck who was submerged for quite a while. This when on for many minutes. The whole time the geese were honking and making a ruckus.

    What's going on?

    And what do I make of the male-male pair? Will they just hang out all season until we get more females? I'm hoping so. I'm afraid for the girls with the presence of all those males.

  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:I can not give you a reason on the reaction of the geese but it is normal. My geese did the same even to the point of interfering in the mating. I finally got a pool out of sight of the goose pool where the ducks could slip off to to mate.
  3. Gyburc

    Gyburc In the Brooder

    Jan 5, 2011
    Our geese used to do this a lot. They seemed to object particularly when our drake chased his girls around a lot first. I really don't know why!

    Re the male/female ratio in the ducks, do be careful. We had a couple of female ducks get quite badly mauled around last year when we had too many drakes (feathers ripped out, very thin because they seldom got anywhere near the food).
  4. 3dogs

    3dogs Chirping

    Aug 12, 2009
    southern CA
    When I had chickens, ducks and geese, the geese were the sex police of the yard. Some drakes and roosters lost a few tail feathers to the "geestapo", but otherwise no apparent harm was done.
  5. goosemama

    goosemama Songster

    Jul 11, 2009
    Forestville, New York
    "Geesetapo" - I love it!!! We have a Chinese gander and an Embden goose that are a pair and he gets all upset when the ducks mate. He doesn't climb on them but swims over and starts vocalizing and very upset - we call him the local Bobby trying to keep order in the ranks. Guess this must be normal behavior hearing from so many who have experienced the same. We only have 2 male ducks left so there will obviously be no more hanky-panky going on to bother the gander.

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