Will geese break and eat other birds eggs?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Sylviaanne, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    I actually have 3 questions but first a little background.

    I was recently given 6 Sebastopol geese, 4 males and 2 females and a pair of American Buffs. The 2 female Sebbies are a trio with one of the males so I was advised to get females for the 3 males. I picked up 2 Chinese and a Toulouse goose because that is all I could afford and locate.

    All of them are supposed to be of laying age. One of the male Sebbies is attacking another, the male I thought belonged to the trio but the attacking male seems to want to be the alpha male and has chosen one of the other Sebbies that is supposed to be a male, to be his mate and she(?) is attacking the same male as her(?) mate. It looks like she(?) is trying to be the alpha female. I try to keep the one being attacked separate at night but when I let them out of the run during the day, I let him do as he pleases.

    The attacking male seems to be neck cuddling with the attacking female which is what makes me think that one is a female. He seems to be VERY protective of her. I found one soft shell when we moved them from quarantine to the coop with the other birds but I don't know who laid it. There is no possibility that it was a chicken, guinea or duck egg.

    I have read that female geese have, what would you call it? A lower hanging belly? Than the males but the ones I was told are females, this will be their first year to lay. Is the lower hanging belly true in all goose breeds?

    Is there anything I can do about the alpha male attacking the other male?

    I have 11 ducks and as far as I can tell only one of them is a drake. A couple of days ago I went out to see why one of the geese was hollering and found one of the ducks, a female, I think, hanging onto the goose's feathers. The goose got loose and the duck went after it again.

    A note: I have a coop that is enclosed and an addition that has no door on it yet, all surrounded by fence giving them an enclosed run. The geese don't want to sleep in the coop and the ducks used to sleep in the coop until I put the geese in the addition. Now, the ducks have decided to sleep in the addition with the geese.

    On Saturday or Sunday, I found 11 eggs in the addition, marked 2 and left them in the nests. The next day is when I think I found the duck attacking the goose. Yesterday, I went out and only found 7 eggs and only one of them was one of those I marked. I left it in the nest and a 2nd one, unmarked, in the other nest. Today, I went out and collected 5 eggs and none of them were marked. I brought all of them in.

    This question is: Do geese break the eggs of other birds? And since I found no shells, do they eat them?
     
  2. The goose girl

    The goose girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Females don't always have a lower hanging belly than the males, so don't use that as a guide to sexing them. Voices and behavior are much better markers.

    To stop a gander from attacking another gander you can either remove all females from the males or remove excess males from the females. Ganders usually get along fine with each other. But let a woman in their lives ... [​IMG]

    Your "female" attack duck's behavior seems very drake-like. I bet "she" is another drake.

    Geese don't usually eat eggs. And if they do, they'd more likely than not leave a huge mess. But crows, magpies, ravens, jays and jackdaws do eat eggs, and they're very good at stealing them and flying off with them to eat them where there's more peace and quiet. My money's on one of those guys being the culprit.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Maybe this will help determine sex of geese.
     
  4. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    You think the two who are "necking" could both be males?

    How do you tell the differences in their voices? I have a lot of cross breed chickens and until they crow, grow pointed saddle feathers or tail streamers, I can't tell which are boys and which are girls, the combs and wattles are much smaller than my Welsummer's comb and wattles and his cross breed children, I can tell much earlier who is a boy and who is a girl but my other rooster is a Crested Polish and his children have small combs and wattles.

    Do Sebastopol geese hens ALWAYS have the hanging bellies? If so, when do they get/develop them?

    Thanks, Sylvia
     
  5. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you. I am going to look right now.
     
  6. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmm, I went out there to check because I haven't noticed if he was getting between me and the one I thought/think is a goose and I still don't know. The Chinese geese got between me and the other geese, all except the Sebastopol who was being beaten up, he went into the flock when I went toward them but when they got up and started walking off and I didn't follow him, he went a different direction. He was sitting away from the others to begin with.

    I couldn't tell the Sebastopol sexes by their necks and the two I thought/think were pairing up, didn't act like the video said. The one I think is a male did not try to get between me and the one I thought he chose for a mate. The Chinese geese, now one of them seems to have a longer neck and the other one seemed to have a fatter neck but they both got between me and the others.
     
  7. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    I think maybe I need to post pictures to see if anyone can identify the males from the females and I need to have some colored zip ties to mark them. I can tell most of them one from the other but that doesn't tell me if they are boys or girls.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Post as good a pic as you can front whole body. Also if they are young you may not see ganderish protecting yet. My gander who is 7yrs old is already in protective mode with his girls.I hate it when they won't let one be in the flock, are you going to try and pair the outsider up once you figure out sexes?
     
  9. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my Sebastapols, there's a significant difference in size between the geese and the ganders - and it was noticeable before they got to adult size. There are significant behavioral differences, but the physical ones are very noticeable.

    How old are these birds?
     

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