1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Geese again

Discussion in 'Geese' started by greathorse, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,065
    14
    191
    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I am seriously considerng getting some of the Giant Dewlap Touluse from Holderreads. I saw some this summer at a show and was very taken with them.

    Does anyone on here have these awesome looking geese? Anyone need to talk me out of this. They are very expensive and that gives me some pause. Is it true they need water to breed and if so how much. Will they breed in a large tank for example or do I need a lake or pond or some such?
    Thanks for any help. I am going to get a couple pilgrims as well. Also if there is a breeder on BYC that is good let me know. I have heard that HOlderreads is one of the top breeders.
     
  2. mothergoose1963

    mothergoose1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

    329
    1
    141
    Mar 14, 2008
    Midwest
    I have them in gray and buff. [​IMG] Look at the photo album at www.fancygeese.com There are several pictures on the album page.
    I also sent you an email. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  3. chickenma

    chickenma Chillin' With My Peeps

    499
    2
    131
    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Are you sure you want some. They can make a lot of noise.
    They are good watch geese though.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I'm getting some Toulouse in the spring as well. Do they need water in which to breed?
     
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

    4,889
    16
    261
    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    No. They will mate out of water (usually in a mud puddle). They just won't breed as successfully and you'll have low fertility. It's very ritualistic how they bathe then mount.
     
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Small stock tank of water big enough?
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

    4,889
    16
    261
    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I have 15 gallon waterers spread about the farm. They do mate in them and bathe regularly in them if there isn't enough water in the ditches/sloughes.
     
  8. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,065
    14
    191
    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    Quote:Will you be getting the giant dewlap or the more standard touluse? Where will you be ordering them from? The dewlaps seem to be a bit rare.

    The noise is not an issue for me (I dont think) I would igagine they sleep at night? I have a large rural property so noise is not problem for neighbors etc. They are very nice looking birds.


    I am looking forward to the pilgrims as well.
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I'm just getting the regular Toulouse and some of the usual hatcheries have them for around $8-$9 a piece. The dewlaps are nice, but I'm getting geese for grazing my orchard and to harvest the down, so I don't need the dewlap ornament! [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by