Pros: Super smart, Funny and likes to joke with me, very protective of her house and people( aka family) loving and gentle, all around great bird
Cons: she talks a little much at times but then learned to use her whisper voice.
Best goose ever. I do not have experience in other geese so I will be very bias on my responses. I LOVE our bird. She gives hugs and follows me everywhere. She is super smart opens things and then will lift a wing for me to touch her soft under fluff if she can nibble on my hair hahaha. She knows the words no and get over here, live that alone, greens and small words. It has been a lot of training and time with her but it is worth every minute. She is a great addition to our family and flock. Her feather are beautiful and SSOOOOOO Soft. Every bird is different just like a human being we have different likes and personality's so everyones opinions can very. I recommend this goose if you want a watch bird they will for sure let you know if anyone is in the area they don't know or agree with. They will be vocal when they see fit and can be a bit stubborn in "season changes" . I personally love my bird and we do everything together. I have read a lot on the French Toulouse breed and geese in general prior to owning one. They are completely different then my chickens and ducks. Her wing strength is ridiculous strong I would hate to be a intruder and meet those wings. And her teeth are sharp. She has accidentally nibbled when given a fruit or something small so I have encountered that a couple of times but its not intentional. They do have a very impressive memory so don't anger them they will remember you forever. Overall a great goose to have and I adore mine.
We've had toulouse geese for years now, with one that we've owned since the beginning still laying eggs.
They have a wide variety of personalities, and if you're willing to take a bit of a beating, they can be subdued fairly quickly.
However, every single year, our goose gets broody, and her mate gets all protective, and in general, it's a bad time.
Too many babies.
Geese lay a very small amount of eggs in comparison to hens. But, if you give them oat, soya and oyster flour, and if they are free ranging they will lay about 80 eggs per year, which is an excellent number of eggs for a goose breed.