not all goslings look alike
I did not realize there could be so much diversity in goslings. Gray African goslings are just gray and yellow as babies, right? Well, no. The markings - usually on the face - can be slightly different. They could be obviously different. The gosling named Crescent is named so because of his crescent under his eye. One thing I have recently been noticing is that when a gosling has a fascinating marking on its face they might only have it one side and the other side looks like a normal gosling's face. Crescent here does not really have a crescent on the other side of his face. I do not know if this alters how their stripe looks at all.
Fascinating markings might be more common depending on who is laying the eggs. I am assuming Siberian Elm has goslings with more variation. Another one of her goslings had gray run down to her eye on one side of her face while the other side was completely normal. I also have a goose named Hickory who has a white band on her (which means she visibly shows her colorless pigment gene) and her goslings can sometimes have the white band as well or have orange on their feet. I recently learned that it cannot be thrown unless the gander also has this colorless pigment. I call the goslings with a white band 'Sweater Geese', this term was not invented by me. I refer to the goslings with orange on the feet as 'Piedfoot Geese' but this is not technically correct and I shall have to come up with something better. I have a batch of goslings in which there are two goslings with bright, yellow heads - I have sometimes had this but those geese also have a lot of gray on their heads. These two do not. I did not hatch this batch, these came from an Atwoods. New bloodlines mean new traits.
I have noticed that from my store-bought batch of geese that their feet are a light gray. My geese have dark feet when they are goslings. I wonder how that will turn out? I definitely still have a lot to learn.
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my name is Emily
I have twenty-eight geese. I hatch a bunch of goslings because I want a lot of people to have geese. I do not see them everywhere but I want to! The goslings are the sweetest baby birds I know! The adult males are proud and can be cranky but have their sweet moments while the females are shy and sweet all at the same time.