Your experiences with Geese adjusting without their mates

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Dances with Ducks, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. I am wondering how easy or difficult the adjustment may be for geese to be sold, or temporarily moved to another location without their mates. I do know if they are on the same property and are aware of each other that bonded pairs won't be happy, but what about when a goose or gander moves to a new property without their established mate?

    Also has anyone noticed circumstances that make that move easier or more difficult, like if the pair had raised goslings together?

    What kind of success have people had temporarily "borrowing" another goose or gander for breeding purposes?

    Thanks for sharing your experience!
     
  2. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I buy new pair of geese every year mostly africans if i can see anyone selling them and if they are a true breed ! But anyway if you move your geese in a new area they will be confused for about 6-7-8 days but will get used to the new place but if you split a pair they will get alert and wont eat or drink for weeks espically if they are a pair more then 5 years and will do anything to get to their mate (ganders espically ) same if you split them where they will never see or hear eachother again they would be really down but within a mouth or more they will probely be over it .
     
  3. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    I went to a local farm, bought a couple of geese. White male, grey goose. They knew each other, went around as a pair. Simple. A couple of weeks later I decided to go back to the same farm to get another goose, as I hadn´t seen this type around here, and realised they were auto-sexing breed of some sort. And the pair, although totally unused to people, were actually very calm and easy to handle. I figured pilgrim or something similar. So, off I went, bought another goose, really chuffed about it, because the guy wasn´t too keen to let another one go.

    When I got her home, there was absolute commotion, so much noise!!!! She made just one honk and the male went crazy! He was at the other end of the field. He called and called, so I just let her go to him, I´´d never seen anything like it with birds before. What a reunion! The first goose I got was left well and truly out in the cold, poor thing. I was so pleased, as it seemed I had managed to get his mate! I have no idea how old they are. So, this original pair would have been ok, got on with the business, but what a difference when the true mate appeared! This year the gander bred a number of goslings with both the geese, but he hangs around with his favourite gal.
     
  4. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Geese can be really senstive and is there any other bird of anykind that actually would do anything to get its partner back! Probely is but geese really do !
     

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