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Haley wrote at 2009-04-05 15:36:47
I am only 11 but have been doing some research on Canada geese and usually the males will always be bigger. My friend and I rescued 2 eggs from the nest that the mother and father had abandoned.

One is bigger than the other so we are guessing we have a boy and a girl.

Diana wrote at 2010-05-18 17:53:22

I have a canadian goose and a white Goose.  As far as the other answer in not being able to buy them, Well I bought mine from Atwoods.  Atwoods is a farm and garden store.  I love my geese. As far as I know, and im looking you can't find out which is male or which is female, but I do know that on is more willing to fight my rat terrior then the other is.  

CaptainPoppie wrote at 2015-03-26 14:24:40
Unfortunately Tanya has been misinformed Canadian geese also known as Canadian Honkers have a very distinct characteristic.  Their bills are noticeably different in their profile.  It is in the nostrils area.  One has much taller and larger nostrils than the other.  The larger is the male.  I have been raising Canadian Geese from eggs for years and can tell seconds after they poke their cute little heads from the egg!


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I can answer questions on raising orphaned raptors and wildlife such as Raccoons, Skunks, Oppossums, Ducks, Geese, other songbirds and animals. Turtle shell repair, fish hook removal from waterfowl. I have not had experience with exotic animals, operating on animals or diagnosing diseases.


I have worked as a wildlife rehabilitator for over 30 years. I have experience mending turtle shells, removing fish hooks from Pelicans, hand feeding Hawks, Owls and other birds. I have raised orphaned raptors, ducks, wild geese, grebes, squirrels, deer, raccoons, oppossums, goats, etc. I worked at Pelican Man's Rehab Center in Sarasota Florida as a volunteer for several weeks, I worked for eight years at the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Morgantown, WV, where I kept a Barred Owl for the Educational Demos for over six years and showed him at events.

I grew up on a farm where I started taking in injured and orphaned animals, talking to the local Veterinarian as to what to do for the animal. We had a dairy farm where I did most of the non-operative Vet work under the guidance of a licensed Vet. I have had 30 years of on the job training working with minor animal injuries and hand raising. I have worked for 30 years at a major University as an Information Systems Specialist. Wildlife Rehab has been a hobby and a passion of mine and I have worked with experts in the field to learn what I can to aide wildlife however I can. I worked eight years as a volunteer at the West Virginia Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia and several summers at the Pelican Man Sanctuary in Sarasota Florida. Raising orphans, minor operations on gunshot wounds, setting broken bones, etc.

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