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Egyptian Geese


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Egyptian Geese

Alopochen aegyptiacus

Egyptian Geese are a beautiful and unique member of the sheldgeese family. They are semi-domesticated and should be reserved for serious and experienced keepers. They are known to be temperamental especially during breeding season and are strictly kept as an ornamental bird.

Egyptian Geese have a blue-gray face with dark reddish-brown rings around their distinctive yellow eyes. They have a pink bill with dark reddish-brown trim, a brown line around the neck, and a brown spot on their chest. A lighter reddish-brown covers the back of the head, neck, chest and back. The underside of the bird is blue gray, and the wing feathers are blocks of white, black and iridescent blue-green, and they have a black tail. Their legs are pink. Males and females are hard to distinguish other than females are a bit smaller and have different vocalizations. Males hiss and females bleat a harsh quack. The Egyptian Geese range from 25 to 29 inches tall on average.

Production: 10-20 eggs per year.

Range: Egyptian Geese are native to Africa and primarily occupy the land south of the Sahara Desert. Egyptian Geese have been introduced worldwide. Feral populations are in many areas including England, Australia, and the United States.

Habitat: Egyptian Geese prefer open wetlands, near a pond, lake, river, estuary, swamp or another reliable water source. They avoid dense forests. They are found at elevations up to 13,000 feet and are cold hardy.

Status in the wild: Egyptian Geese are classified as Least Concern.

Status in Aviculture: Egyptian Geese are reserved for experienced fanciers because of their challenging personality and space requirements.

Breeding and Incubation: Egyptian Geese are sexually mature at 2 years of age and often do not reproduce until their third year. They pair up during breeding season and nest on the ground or in trees. They are also known to recycle abandoned nests of other birds. They line their nests with feathers, grasses, and leaves and will always be in close approximation to a water source. They lay between 5 to 12 white to cream colored eggs in a clutch, and they incubate for 28-30 days. They lay a second or third clutch if their eggs are removed and put in an incubator. Both parents are responsible for the rearing of the chicks. Chicks are able to fly at 11 weeks, but stay with their parents for several more weeks.

Lifespan: Egyptian Geese live about 15 years in the wild and up to 35 years in captivity.

Weight: Male 5 lbs, Female 4 lbs

APA Class: Light Geese standardized since 1874.

Housing Requirements: Because of their aggressive nature, during breeding season Egyptian Geese should be kept in an aviary separated from all other breeds of livestock and birds. During breeding season, they need to be further separated into pairs as they can turn on each other during this crucial time. They are strong fliers and should be pinioned, clipped, or kept in a covered aviary. They will need fresh water to drink, breed, bathe, etc., and the source should be an adequate size. The pen should be at least 20% water and 80% land. Each pair should have at least 65 square foot pen.

Diet: In the wild, Egyptian Geese eat seeds, grasses and other greens, potatoes, aquatic weeds, and insects. They do not filter food out of the water. Game bird feed is appropriate in captivity as a supplement. These birds need access to grass for grazing purposes.

Miscellaneous Notes: Egyptian Geese were sacred to the Ancient Egyptians.

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