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Embden Goose EGGS

Discussion in 'Other Poultry - Birds & Hatching Eggs' started by Sunny Side Up, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    The geese are laying again, their eggs are available for sale. We're in West Palm Beach, Florida and it's up to you if you think that's not too far to have eggs sent to you. $5 each plus postage.

    I would ship 1 or 2 in the Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail box, 3 or 4 in a Large. Any more than that I'd put in separate shipments so you get them while they're freshest.

    I had great hatch rates with these eggs last year, my broody bantams incubated them one or two at a time and almost every one hatched!
     
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  2. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

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    How much would postage be to send 4 eggs to 45331? Also, do you send any extras?
     
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I'll have to see how many well-wrapped eggs will fit in a medium-sized and large-sized flat-rate priority-mail boxes. I *might* be able to fit 4 in a medium, with no room to spare for "extras". But it might be safer to use the larger sized ones. If so, then if there were an extra egg available at the time of packing & shipping then yes, I'd include it for free.
     
  4. babymakes6

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    Okay-I will need to wait 2-3 weeks to order, will that be okay?
     
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    Actually, maybe I better not-they are beautiful birds, but from what I read they are not a "beginner's breed" due to over-protectiveness. Are yours this way? I do have small children, and wouldn't want a breed that can be aggressive. [​IMG]
     
  6. aa3655

    aa3655 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am also interested in getting a few geese... I really like Embdens but I have the same concern. Would this be an okay breed for someone who has never had geese before? I have ducks, chickens and turkeys and protectiveness has never been an issue.
     
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I don't really know how Embdens compare with other goose breeds, these are the only ones we have. I got them after having the chickens & ducks, and they all get along with each other. They are a big, heavy, meat breed, so they can be intimidating. Ours tend to stride around the yard, together in their gaggle, like visiting royalty.

    The girl geese are seldom if ever aggressive, only when they're on the nest, which just happens in the springtime. The ganders are more protective of their girls during that season, and may come at you with necks outstretched and hiss. I've found that if you just stand up to them, flap your arms and say "quack, quack" that they'll back down. I think that "quack, quack" is an insult to them.

    Sometimes the ganders will do this to strangers who come to the yard at other times of the year. Again, if you just stand your ground they won't continue. But it is intimidating to little kids, who are the same height or even shorter than the geese. I always escort little kids through my yard so there's no risk of them being bothered. My own kids know & are known by our geese, and can feed them from their hands.

    So do your research and make your own decision. We love our geese, they're so personable and endearing. But they may not be the best choice for everyone.
     
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  8. babymakes6

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    Thank you. [​IMG] My children are 7, 5, 3, and 1, so that could be a problem. We have Royal Palm turkeys, and one of my toms is aggressive towards the two youngest (he is being sold, due to this). They are too little to stand up to him, and he knows it. I have never had geese before, but I know some breeds can be more aggressive than others. They are also such a large breed, that their size alone could be intimidating to small children.
     
  9. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    You could ask on the Goose board about the differences between the goose breeds. I don't know if the swan-necked breeds are more docile (although I cannot stand their wheezy-whistling calls!) Or you may want to be content with ducks until your littlest ones grow up some.
     
  10. aa3655

    aa3655 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, that's good enough for me... I'd like to get a half dozen eggs from you, but I won't be able to take them for another month or so... my broody duck isn't broody yet. Would it be ok for me to PM you when I'm ready?
     

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