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Age for butchering a goose?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by flockman, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2010
    Northern Indiana
    I ordered 3 geese and many ducks. One of the geese is to be for meat. What is the best age to butcher it?
  2. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon

    9-11 weeks
    15-17 weeks
    22-26 weeks

    I don't think they grow enough after 17 weeks to make it worth feeding them for the additional time.

    Feel the breast for pinfeathers. Believe me, you really want to time it so you butcher when there are no pin feathers.
  4. FarmTillURdead

    FarmTillURdead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2012
    Centerville, KS
    A slow smoked goose is to die for!
    I smoke them - then pressure cook them for 20 min to loosen ALL of the meat from the bone.
    I do it on a rack to save the broth. Smoked goose broth makes incredible rice!
  5. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2010
    Northern Indiana
    Thanks for the information. I can't wait to have goose.
  6. COOKIE77

    COOKIE77 New Egg

    Nov 7, 2013
    Hello. I've just made my own smoker, and am about to buy myself a Goose for Xmas, but I will be Butchering it well before and have the Breast for Xmas and Boxing Day, but have the legs and wings maybe Thanks Giving. How long do you Smoke the Goose for? hot or cold? i was going to use pine cones to smoke? Thanks

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