Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:47 am Post subject: how do you tell a goose from a gander ?
Is there an obvious or easy way to tell a goose from a gander, assuming that the colour of plumage is the same on both genders ( white ) ?
Comparison of features might not be the answer because all 3 of the birds in question could well be the same sex .
As much as I have tried, I have failed to sex Geese. I think its one of those sceptic peg things. You either have it , or you dont. We took a Gosling to the last fair in Roscommon and started the great debate. We didnt know its sex, but all the Goose experts did. It was a Male, or a Female . Then it would change to a Female or Male. The chap who bought it from us is going to wait until it starts to mount or squat
Hi Gem , you were right --- all 3 have now laid eggs .
I subsequently also got what I was assured was a gander . He didn't have a keel like the other 3 but otherwise looked just the same to me .
His attitude was altogether stroppier ..... neck held stiffer and either higher ( on the look-out ) or lower ( aggressive ) than the others . However what I thought would be the most obvious give-away ie his mounting the others turned out to be misleading . Since has has been gone the females have been trying it on with each other .
( He "went" because he gave my OH a serious battering !! ) .
It's easy. What you do is find something that's good for the goose, then give it to the one you're trying to sex. If that bird likes it, it must be a gander, because what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
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