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Blue Snow Geese

Chen caerulescens

Blue Snow Geese are a beautiful color morph of the original White Snow Geese. These beautiful waterfowl are easy to keep and extremely cold hardy. Snow Goose wingspan is more than 4 feet. They are able to fly more than 50 miles per hour.

Blue Snow Geese are the same species as the White Snow Geese. The blue color is a color morph controlled by one single gene. The blue variety has a white head and upper neck, pale grey lower neck, chest, and belly, blue-grey back and flanks, and they are white on the underside and rump. The primary wing feathers are black. Both genders look alike. Male ganders are slightly larger.

Range: Blue Snow Geese are a migratory bird. They breed far north in the arctic region--areas of Greenland, Alaska, and Canada. In August and September, they migrate south to the United States and Mexico. Snow Geese return to the same nesting grounds where they were hatched.

Habitat: The coastline of the arctic tundra is the home of Snow Geese during breeding season. During the winter, they are at or near salt or freshwater sources such as estuaries, marshes, and may also populate agricultural lands.

Status in the wild: In 1916, hunting of the species was banned in the United States due to a severe decline in population. The population has since recovered, and hunting has been reinstated. Snow Geese are currently classified as Least Concern.

Status in Aviculture: Snow Geese are common in aviculture as they are easy to manage and breed.

Breeding and Incubation: Breeding season is May to August. Snow Geese mate for life, typically pairing up their second year, but breeding does not begin until the third year. Snow Geese lay a clutch of two to six cream-white eggs in a shallow plant lined ground nest. Incubation takes 22 to 25 days. Both sexes will eat a tremendous amount of food in the time prior to nesting because they will fast during incubation time. An unattended nest is an easy target for predators. The food intake increase prior to nesting helps to carry the birds through this time. Within 24-hours, goslings are feeding themselves and walking on their own. Goslings will learn to fly within 6 weeks.

Lifespan: In the wild, Snow Geese live 8 years on average, but have been reported to live into their 20s.

Weight: 5 to 7.5 pounds

Housing Requirements: A covered aviary is recommended due to the Snow Geese's migratory behavior. A pen with 20% dedicated to water, and plenty of grass for grazing is ideal for a pair. Snow Geese are very cold hardy.

Diet: Snow Geese are herbivores and feed on grasses, shrubs, willows, grains and a variety of farm crops if available. A game bird feed supplemented with greens is appropriate in captivity. Goslings will occasionally feed on insects.

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