Can anyone tell me a foolproof way of sexing geese just by looking at them? I have what are supposed to be two ganders and two geese but can't be sure. Need to know as want to cull a gander before the beginning of next year.
The males tend to be bigger and have more of a forehead. Once the geese have laid it is easy to see as the female undercarriage drops!! I had the same problem with my six geese and could not decide at all what I had. Later by pure luck it turned out we had 5 girls and 1 gander.
Hi, this may not be much help and will probably raise a few eyebrows amongst experienced poultry keepers but it has worked for me - in my experience even when they are young ganders tend to demonstrate the tendencies they will have when they are older, generally i have found them to be noisier when goslings and if reared by a goose they tend to be more shy of human contact. As they get older especially Embdens I have found that two factors point towards a gander, firstly the eyes an evil looking eye normally denotes a gander and a thicker neck - it has worked for me with all of my geese but cant guarantee that same will apply to yours. If all else fails wait for the spiteful hiss, the flap of wings and an irrate bird hanging off your boot and you will now full well that you have a gander. Good luck.
I'm certainly no expert - I've had 4 geese for 4 weeks!
However, 2 are larger and have flat 'tummies' 2 are smaller and have 'saggy' undercarriages! I have been advised that I probably have 2 of each. All 4 have blue eyes, and all 4 hiss at me. I'm told all were hatched last summer (2008).
They already see me as food provider, and will now 'run' up to the gate to greet me.
I'm about to get 2 more goslings but really would like a female, and as this is not something I really know about would like to know how to tell the difference at early age / when they leave parents. Advice please folks,,
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/poultry/species/geese-raising/egg-production is a link to an NSW, Australia government site that should be useful to you. I frequently use the various Australian state agricultural sites for detailed information on things my memory is rusty about, usually starting with the NSW DPI because that is where I farmed.
You can also Google "geese sexing" for some useful and other not so useful additional information. www.oldmcdonaldsolives.com
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