English for Agriculture - Beginners and Intermediate

Goose

A single is called a goose.

A male is called a gander. 

A female is called a goose.

A baby is called a gosling. 

A group of goose is called a gaggle.

More than one goose is called geese.


Geese spend most of the time grazing to look for food. They like to build their nests on the ground at isolated sites near water. They fly in V formation to keep track of every bird in the group and to reduce the wind resistance. The flapping of wings of one goose creates a signal for the goose immediately following. When the goose in the front gets tired, another goose will take over the front position. Geese will honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Also, they have strong affections for others in their group. If a goose gets sick or is wounded, a couple of other geese may help and protect him. They will try to stay with the disabled goose until he dies or is able to fly again. They will then either fly together or join another formation to catch up with their group.

Mating

Geese will choose a mate when they are about three years old and will stay monogamous for life, raising new families together each year. If one mate dies, the other mate will sometimes wait several years before choosing a new partner or might even stay single. When a goose is about to give birth, she will build a nest and line it with down plucked from her body. She will lay one egg each day until about 5 eggs are obtained. After all the eggs are laid, she will sit on her nest to incubate the eggs, which takes about 28-30 days. Whenever she leaves the nest, she will cover the eggs with sticks to keep them warm and to hide the nest. During all this, the male goose will stand somewhere nearby to keep watching, but not too close as to give away the location of the nest to a predator. Geese have a very strong instinct to return to their general area of birth to mate and nest. Migratory geese will even fly 2,000-3,000 miles to return to these areas. When a gosling is born it will stay with their parents and follow them back the following year to the place where they were born. There they will form flocks with other young geese

Curious fact

When geese are scared or threatened, they will stretch out their necks and honk loudly

Ganders are very protective of their female partner and will often stand between her and a perceived threat.

Geese use about 10 different sounds to communicate, depending on the situation confronting them.

The life expectancy of geese is about 25 years.

They like to be in well-maintained lawns for feeding such as golf courses, playgrounds and other. 

The parents will lead the goslings to the safety of open water within 24 hours of birth.

Goslings are able to fly when they are about 2-3 months old.

Goslings are able to dive and swim 30-40 feet underwater when they are just 1 day old. 


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