where did you come from?
This flew into our pond this morning. I’m not sure where he/she came from, but I believe it is an African Goose.
I heard a goose this morning, but didn’t think anything of it – we have geese flying over all the time. When I looked out the kitchen window later in the day I thought it was another decoy that the boys had thrown out.
While I was doing afternoon chores, I noticed that he was a little too life like! Sure enough, he was moving around the pond.
Bless my son’s heart, the first question he asked was “Can we keep him?”
He looks smaller than the pictures on the internet, so I am wondering if he is a juvenile???
We gave him some food and will name him if he decides to make our pond home. Does anybody know how to tell if it is a girl or boy?
Yay! I got my felting kit today! Can’t wait to get started.
About your lovely goose…and I am not a goose expert, but I looked it up in Carol Ekarius’ book (Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds) and I think it is actually a Chinese Goose. The African looks almost the same but is supposed to have a dewlap under its chin. The book also says the two are very similar but the Chinese is considerably smaller, which fits with what you said. Anyway, I’m not saying for sure that’s what it is, but it seems to fit the description of the book, and your pictures, so I thought I should tell you. It says they are among the most prolific layers of geese, laying 50-60 eggs a year!
Thank you Claire! I believe you are right that he fits the description of the Chinese Goose much better! I LOVE that book, but haven’t bought it yet. The pictures are beautiful.