To share some background, we specifically chose the Pilgrim breed because one of their traits is that they are supposed to have a calm, non-aggressive, laid back temperament.
The breed of geese we had previously were Shetlands, which look much like the Pilgrims (the two breeds are often confused), but they tend to be a little cranky. Papa Pea still has a scar on the back of his leg where one of the Shetland males took a chunk out of his calf.
In our search for Pilgrim geese, we were told by hatcheries all over the country that for some reason the fertility rate of that specific breed was at an all-time low and most hatcheries couldn't guarantee they would even have Pilgrim goslings to sell. It took a lot of time for us to locate a hatchery that agreed to take our order and ship us some Pilgrim goslings when and if they had them to sell.
Luck was with us and we did end up getting Pilgrim goslings from two different hatcheries this past spring along with two pair of adult Pilgrim geese from another source.
Skidmore is one of the goslings we got and he was virtually hand-raised right along with his other hatch mates.
We realize it is breeding season and that can bring out the protectiveness of male geese, but his increasingly nasty personality doesn't seem related to any setting female he's trying to protect.
He's also taken to beating up on the ducks and some of the other geese.
Skidmore giving me the evil eye.
We're not dispatching Skidmore to the stew pot yet. We'll give him until breeding season is over to see if he works through this very bad mood of his.