At what age do Pilgrim geese pair off?
I have a flock of 11, 2 1/2 month old, Pilgrim geese. There are 3 females and 8 males. I would like to cull them down to 3 pairs by this fall if possible. I know they're very young yet, but if I were to take any 5 males for slaughter, will the remaining 6 pair off in the spring, or another year later? Or should I leave all 11 together until all 3 females are paired off---is it possible that they might not like their "choices", or will they likely pair with whomever is available? Or, is it possible that they, even at their young age, "have their eye on" a potentail mate already? Since I know they mate for life, I would hate to slaughter someone's sweetie!