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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Apr 20, 2014 1:21 PM CST
We now have a goose trio. We went to the Crossville Tn. flea market. The beat part of this flea market is the livestock and gardening sections. These geese will be a breeding set (hopefully). My good friend Chris raises geese for meat every year and is so happy with the results. I was inspired to try breeding and farming geese myself.



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They are in this chicken tractor on custom mixed all vegetarian 18% protein feed. I formulated myself. We move them 3 times a day for fresh grass. As soon as the loggers are done with the back 6 acres. We will seed and cross fence. Then they can have 1/2 an acre all to themselves.

Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Apr 20, 2014 6:11 PM CST
They look like healthy birds! I have always wanted geese but for no good reason that I could think of. So I admire them from afar.
Porkpal
Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Apr 20, 2014 6:56 PM CST
One laid an egg this afternoon
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Apr 20, 2014 7:18 PM CST
Whoop-whoop!
Porkpal
Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Apr 20, 2014 7:27 PM CST
We plan on using the breeding trio for weeding, alarm system, and to raise out goslings. These will be fattened on grass and a little feed and sold or we will eat them.

Smiling I just did not know they were on board with the plan already.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Apr 21, 2014 12:15 PM CST
We raised a pair of free-range geese years ago when our son was about 3. I vividly remember his first words whenever he went outside were, "No, goose!"
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Apr 21, 2014 5:40 PM CST
I've heard that geese ducks will go after slugs.

Please, please, when you get goslings, can we see pictures?



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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Apr 21, 2014 5:58 PM CST
As far as I know geese are grass eaters. I know for a fact ducks love slugs. Mine sure do!
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Apr 21, 2014 6:00 PM CST
Philip, you're right. I was mis-remembering.

Someone was saying that ducks were big slug-eaters.

Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Apr 21, 2014 6:59 PM CST
The trade-off with ducks for slugs is they leave almost as much of a mess with their droppings! And seem to aim for walkways.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Apr 21, 2014 9:34 PM CST
Are geese any tidier?
Porkpal
Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Apr 22, 2014 4:28 AM CST
I wouldn't know. We keep the ducks in pens or tractors. Geese in a tractor until they are used to us then on pasture. We decided when we started that the animals ALL have to have.their place.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Apr 22, 2014 9:12 AM CST
@Porkpal, no, their droppings are bigger (although a bit more solid) and they are just as indiscriminate where they go. For a very short time we had both duck and geese, all free range, and what a gigantic mess that was. Good thing the geese were for the dinner table. As I recall all but one duck got picked off by predators, and that lone duck hung out with our dog of the moment. They had a love-hate relationship which was rather entertaining to watch. They'd hang for a while, then one or the other would launch an attack - dog snarling and snapping, duck quacking and flapping wings. Never any harm done. After a little spat, they'd settle down to sitting in the grass together.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Apr 25, 2014 6:59 AM CST
The geese are Really on the program. We have.collected 5 eggs in 5 days. My buddy Chris says give them a nest. I'm thinking about another incubator. Collect the eggs and load the incubator weekly. Anyone know of a marker you can use on hatching eggs?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Apr 25, 2014 8:39 AM CST
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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
May 2, 2014 9:54 AM CST
8 eggs and the stinkers still aren't broody. What is the delay?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
May 2, 2014 9:59 AM CST
They want a big family.
Porkpal
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 2, 2014 12:18 PM CST
Are both geese laying in the same nest? If so, they will each want to lay a certain number of eggs before they get broody. You may have to take some of the older ones out. They make wonderful cakes! You might have some fighting going on when one decides to start setting. If you haven't done so already, you may want to try to encourage a separate nest for each goose.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
May 3, 2014 6:13 AM CST
2 nests in the pen.
Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Jun 8, 2014 8:25 AM CST
Trio update:
We have 3 peeps w/starter holes in their eggs and 2 eggs scratching and bouncing in the brooder box. 5 more eggs under geese and in the incubator.

Pictures to come after church.

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