Dandelion has grown to have a fascinating trait. He has a big gray spot above each eye that makes him look like he has eyebrows. I cannot call by name any previous gosling from the past who may have had this same trait. It is quite possible none of them ever had it as Dandelion is from a different bloodline. I will be watching to see if this will completely disappear or if it will make his coloring slightly or obviously different from the other geese when he is fully feathered out.
Apart from the gray spot above each eye he also has darker coloring surrounding at least one of his eyes. In the picture gray on the right side of his eye can be seen. His markings are very apparent when he is with the regularly-marked goslings. I am not sure what it could mean. A full-grown African/Chinese goose will have the distinctive brown which runs down the back of its neck. The eye is surrounded by brown feathers and below it are the creamy-colored feathers. There may be a difference to him regarding this or maybe not.
I am thinking that there will be no difference. I believe this could possibly be passed on to his offspring but you have no control over what happens regarding genetics.
What next? More traits! Did you know that this type of goose does not only have one eye-color? I will share my photos of the different eye-colors and my knowledge of it in my next post.
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.