Tis the season.... For planning next year's hatchery order!! Oregon Blues offered to walk me through the process of selecting some geese to start my breeding program, but I'm open to listening to anyone. So, this summer was my first year with ducks, and I've pretty well got the kinks out there (well, once the eggs start to roll in seriously I do...) Next season I am adding a box of mixed heritage turkeys, maybe a few more of the duck breeds I liked, and I'd like to get a little goose breeding program going on. I'd like the geese to coexist peacefully with my ducks and tolerate the turkeys. I don't care much if they are "watch geese", I have a couple of pyr-type dogs that do the job, and I'm kicking around the idea of a couple guineas to deal with snakes. An amiable temperament is vital. I have 3 kids including a toddler and I won't have any ganders terrorizing my rugrats. This is the main reason I don't want to buy some local birds on CL, I don't trust someone not to dump their problem birds on me. Dress weight doesn't have to be super huge. A 15 lb bird with a 10/12 dress weight sounds about right to me. Breed needs to be hardy, but does not need to be cold resistant, my birds have water and shade all day to deal with the extreme heat. I need to be able to sex them so I can keep track of breeding pairs/trios to keep or sell. I'm pretty good at vent sexing ducks, so I guess I could do that if a breed was perfect in every other respect, but needing to band them and reband them as they grew to ID the boys from the girls would be a bit of a downer. I am thinking of maintaining one or two breeding pairs or a trio, 1.) what is a reasonable expectation of gosling output per goose per summer assuming basic homesteading conditions? (In nest brooding, unlikely predation) In other words, would one pair be enough to supply a few freezer and market birds in a given year? Or do I need more pairs? 2.) How many goslings should I order to end up with my ideal number of adults? Consider straight run odds and run of the mill losses from brooding to adulthood. Sebbies are pretty but there is no way I can justify 50$+ for one gosling.