which gander should I keep?
I thought I had figured out which Pilgrim gander I was keeping, but ran across a site that has specs for keeping the breed pure.(Omniskies). They state that ganders with lots of grey markings are of mixed heritage, and some with a few grey wing feathers may loose them on 1st molt. I have 2 really good contenders,both 3 months old, but they're really quite different. The one that fits the "all white" criteria best is "short", though in prpoportion, compared to the geese and ganders of the same age, has the least grey of all, electric blue eyes, friendly, a nice grey "saddle", just starting his abdominal "lobes", his main issue being "short". The other is slightly taller than the rest of the flock, regular blue eyes, a speckling of grey, with quite large, equally sized "lobes" already. Will the short one catch up? And is it quite likely the larger one will loose his speckling with 1st molt? Could it be the larger one is of mixed heritage? Which would be the best keeper? Oh, dear!!!