Young gander, awarded Best Waterfowl at the Revesby show on the 1st August. Last year, his big brother was Best in Show at the same venue. His mother is pictured below.
The photo right, by Mike Ashton, shows me holding the goose which was Best Goose or Gander at the East of England Autumn Exhibition, Peterborough in 2006. A fortnight later, she was Best Goose or Gander at the BWA National Waterfowl Show at Solihull.
I am pleased to say that the same African goose did even better in 2008 than she did in 2006. In the Peterborough Autumn Exhibition, she was given the honour of Best Waterfowl in show.
Africans can become very tame and easy to handle with a little attention from their owners. They can be ideal for showing as they quickly adapt to the show pen. Our goose spends all of her time at home in a flock apart from when she is in a large run with her gander during the breeding season, from February until June. I only need to pen her up the night before a show, with her gander in the next pen, and she changes to "show mode", and will happily spend the next day at a show. She is a big girl, so I need to be careful she doesn't get too fat and start to develop a keel, as Africans should be fairly upright and solid.
Three generations of African ganders. Son on right was best in Show at Revesby in 2009. His dad is on the left and grandad centre.
Female African gosling age 10 days.
African gozzies. The smallest is 2 weeks younger than the largest.
The banner picture at the top of the page shows an African male gosling at 16 weeks enjoying the pond. This pair above were bred in 2009.
Head study of the gander at 15 months of age.