How many geese should I get?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

When deciding how many geese you should get, there are several factors to consider. Firstly, the size and strain of the gander play a significant role. If you have a heavyweight breed such as the Toulouse or Embden Goose, it is generally recommended to have two to three geese per gander. These larger breeds require more space and resources, so having fewer geese per gander allows for better overall care and management.

Another important factor to consider is the age of the gander. A young gander, especially if it is his first time breeding, may struggle to handle a large number of geese. It is better to start with a smaller flock and gradually increase the number of geese as the gander gains experience and confidence in his role.

The activity level of the gander is also an important consideration. Some ganders are more active and territorial than others. If you have a particularly active gander, he may be able to handle more geese than a less active one. However, it is essential to monitor their behavior and ensure that all the geese are getting along well. If any aggression or bullying is observed, it may be necessary to reduce the number of geese.

It is worth mentioning that geese are social animals and thrive in the company of their own kind. They form strong bonds and enjoy being part of a flock. Therefore, it is generally recommended to have at least a few geese for each gander to provide them with companionship and a natural social environment.

In my personal experience, I have found that having two to three geese per gander works well for most situations. This allows for a good balance of social interaction and manageable flock size. However, every situation is unique, and it is important to assess the specific needs and dynamics of your flock when determining the ideal number of geese.

To summarize, the average gander can cope with up to four geese, but factors such as breed, age, and activity level should be taken into consideration. For heavyweight breeds, it is generally better to have two to three geese per gander. Ultimately, it is essential to monitor the behavior and well-being of the geese to ensure they are thriving in their flock.