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  • What kind of goose am I? Literally.

    Yesterday a new friend showed up on my farm.


    I thought he/she was just passing through-evidently s/he decided this is an ok place to hang out for awhile.

    So, what kind of goose do I have?


  • #2
    A Toulouse?

    A Toulouse goose?

    Greylag? (included in "Toulouse" definition above):

    I'd just go with "grey goose".
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    • #3
      Looks like a Toulouse to me, too.
      Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
      Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
      -Rudyard Kipling


      • Original Poster

        Oh yes! He looks like a Toulouse

        SO I just did a little reading on these geese-domestic geese from France?

        Where the heck did he come from? It sounds like a neighbor may be missing a goose?

        Grey Goose-so his new name is Vodka?


        • Original Poster

          FWIW, Vodka is about as popular, though not quite, as the Emu (for anyone that remembers the Emu)


          • #6
            to read about goose behavior

            The original ethologist, Konrad Lorenz, wrote some interesting things about greylag geese in "On Aggression".


            • #7
              Originally posted by HPFarmette View Post
              The original ethologist, Konrad Lorenz, wrote some interesting things about greylag geese in "On Aggression".
              Hey I read that years and years ago. Are those the geese who thought he was one of the family?

              LMH, now you have to get your goose another goose. They mate for life, right? Of course you first have to sex your goose. If it is mature, and if I remember my great grandparents' geese, don't the ganders have the thingie on/just above the beak?
              Any goose/geese experts out there?


              • Original Poster

                I must say Vodka is creating a little neighborhood excitement-the neighbor horses have been fog-horning all day.

                I found Maya walking down the driveway this morning-I am wondering if the fence crashing had something to do with Vodka?

                S/he is now napping in the field that the boys will use this evening. S/he is only honking every 20-30 minutes so that should make for a fascinating evening.

                What if it stays?


                • #9
                  I love Konrad Lorenz! Go to the library and get 'On Aggression', 'King Solomon's Ring' or 'The Year of the Greylag Goose'. Excellent books!

                  She's probably making contact calls trying to figure out where all the other geese are. They definitely need a mate or two or three.

                  Geese are simply awesome, lots of personality and make great watch animals.

                  I predict you will fall in love very quickly.

                  If I remember correctly, boy geese wear 'pants' so it looks like you may have a she-goose. Someone else may be able to tell better than me...


                  • #10
                    Yep, a Toulouse, aka a common market goose. Lovely birds, but then, I'm a sucker for geese and used to have a couple of Giant African Domestics and a Toulouse. I love how geese will carry on a conversation with you with a combination of loud honks and soft little honks.


                    • #11
                      Then you will need a mate for your goose. I'd say "OJ" but that has such a negative connotation now, and "screwdriver" is not a pretty name either.

                      You can find a mate (for the goose, that is) down at the feed stores this time of year.


                      • Original Poster

                        I was able to get pretty close but not close enough.

                        If the goose stays (not sure if I really WANT that but I can't just dump it in the street), is there some kind of treat I can use to entice it closer?

                        My 4 goats have created a team to defend themselves against the scary goose. They now only move around as a group-like a football defense line.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cloudyandcallie View Post
                          Then you will need a mate for your goose. I'd say "OJ" but that has such a negative connotation now, and "screwdriver" is not a pretty name either.

                          You can find a mate (for the goose, that is) down at the feed stores this time of year.
                          I vote Vodka's mate be named Martini


                          • #14
                            In the first picture, it looks more like a Chinese Swan goose. I had two and loved them.
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                            • Original Poster

                              Originally posted by sid View Post
                              In the first picture, it looks more like a Chinese Swan goose. I had two and loved them.
                              Oh-it looks like that one as well!

                              I just went out to check on Vodka and my presence in the pasture was not welcome!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Phaxxton View Post
                                I vote Vodka's mate be named Martini
                                Great idea! I second that name.

                                L, get some cheerios or bread (whole grain is healthier). Hold out hand.......Wait, didn't you go to Emory? Did you go to the lake at the president's house and feed the geese and ducks? (I did when my boyfriend was in LS there.) Just don't feed a lot of grumpy gabby geese who will chase you when you run out of food.

                                The 7 Canada geese at one of the barns where I boarded C&C were so polite and never got mad when food was gone. Those at the Emory lake were really mean!

                                We have had some visiting Canada geese at present barn for last 2 days but they won't come up close to barn.

                                You could put Vodka in a dog crate and take him/her to the feed store which sells geese and have him/her pick out a mate.


                                • Original Poster

                                  I could try some bread-I just didn't know if that was really safe for all geese.

                                  So far I can get about 10 feet away before Vodka starts a-honking. My neighbors horses are certainly getting exercise today.

                                  More little thing is just wandering from here to there, takes a little nap and then honks along some more.

                                  Honestly this is the tale of the lost emu ALL over again!

                                  I am a little concerned of the evening festivities when Hugo and Milo are turned out there tonight.

                                  I am not worried about Vodka since she seems to be running the farm after only 24 hours.

                                  Hopefully someone will post a lost goose sign soon?


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by sid View Post
                                    In the first picture, it looks more like a Chinese Swan goose. I had two and loved them.
                                    I'd guess Chinese, too, from the photo.
                                    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                                    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Do all Chinese ones have a little knob above the beak?

                                      The photos I saw do and Vodka does not.

                                      Oh no-what if she is a mutt!


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by LMH View Post
                                        Do all Chinese ones have a little knob above the beak?

                                        The photos I saw do and Vodka does not.

                                        Oh no-what if she is a mutt!
                                        Please! We prefer the term Warmblood!