Will a gander mate with several geese?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Carrosaur, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of you know my baby Pear...
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    He'll be thirteen or fourteen weeks old this upcoming Wednesday, and my family is most likely moving to a three acre fenced in lot, I thought this would be a perfect chance to get several more geese, I want all females. Will Pear mate with all 4-5 or will he just pick one? Should I get them in pairs? I was thinking of getting one Buff, one African, one Embdem(spelling), and one Giant Dewlap Toulouse.

    Thanks!
     
  2. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    hi, how nice! 3 acres! Oh, and Embden is the older way of spelling, Emden is the newer way,(it´s the name of the town/area they came from.)
    A gander can mate up to 5 females, but it depends on the gander, and also depends on how seriously you want the eggs to be fertile... I imagine, as they´d be cross-bred, it´s not a big deal. He´ll have his favourite, breed with the others, when his favourite is sitting comfortably, he´ll then pair off with another, but the favourite one only has to call and he´ll go running. then when the second is sitting, he´ll make more fuss os the next one, but only if the first one hasn´t hatched her gozzies out yet. Once the first gozzies hatch, the other females are pretty much on their own, until their gozzies hatch, then he may try to steal them from their mom and take them to his favourite, so it all gets a bit messy then.
    Forinstance, my older gander has his favourite, then he has his No.2 wife, which I tried to give her her own gander, but she wants to be no.2 goose... however,, I´ve seen him mating with at least 3 others. Two of these others are on their own nests, and he´s totally disinterested in them now. He´s still swanning around with Goose no. 2, who hasn´t decided to nest just yet.
    Or, as you like those particular breeds, you could get pairs, but you´d need to keep them in their pairs for the breeding season so they don´t cross-breed. [​IMG]
     
  3. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! All those breeds are my favorite because they're all pretty big, so I don't mind cross breeds, I've always thought mutts of any animal were healthier! The reason I wanted four or five females for Pear is because I think he'll be a little on the small side, and if I did get another gander and they DID fight for dominance or mating Pear would be at a big disadvantage... And I want him at the top! I guess I have until Spring to decide.... How many geese/ganders do you have?
     
  4. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, Pear will be where he deserves to be... at the top, or not. Even the females may be boss over him! I have 7 ganders (and the biggest one isn´t the boss), and 12 geese. One of those geese is boss over some of the ganders. One thing you can be sure of, they´ll do what you don´t want! [​IMG]
    Go for it, then. Hope you get what you want. [​IMG] Don´t forget pics!
     
  5. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     

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