Geese breeds comparison table

Discussion in 'Geese' started by PortugalBreeder, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Olive Hill

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    Are you misreading "Weeding" as "Wedding"?

    Geese are sometimes used as "weeders" in orchards, in certain types of field crops and around homes. The column titled "weeding" indicates that breed's general level of talent at being used as "weeders".
     
  3. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, does that mean guarding dog? I really don't get it. I'm from a country that English is not the first language.
     
  4. bel

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    weeding means they will eat weeds and grasses that grow in your yard.
     
  5. Olive Hill

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    No, not guarding.

    Weeds are plants that grow wild and usually are broad leafed. That is, they have broad leaves rather than being narrow like grass. Weeds are not wanted in fields where crops are being grown, in flower beds, in vegetable gardens, etc. They grow over the crops, compete for nutrients from the soil, water and sunlight which can cause the crops to not grow well. Geese can be trained to eat those weeds and leave the crops alone. And throughout history that have been used by commercial growers to weed (eat the invasive, wild plants) in their fields. Today, usually people think of weeding as how much grass and vegetation the geese like to eat though because weeder geese have mostly been replaced by herbicides (chemicals that kill the weeds) and machines in farming. The column on that chart shows how well each breed can be trained to do that and/or how likely they are to forage for weeds to eat.

    Does that help?
     
  6. Olive Hill

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    If it still doesn't make sense you could try putting my response into Google's translator -- http://translate.google.com/ -- and see if that helps.
     
  7. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got it, thank yo very much!
    I think I'm not that bad at English, but sometimes when it's not your natural language it's hard to make new words association good enough to understand a conversation, thank you again you helped a lot.
    I think I'm getting some gooses. xD
     
  8. desertdarlene

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    Thanks for posting that link. It's very interesting. I see so many people on this board asking what kind of geese should they get and this chart breaks it down nicely.
     
  9. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No prob., you have to thank to Metzer farms, they are a great and professional hatchery, and they have a pretty interesting site.
     
  10. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Metzer Farms once offered me a gift certificate if I posted a little ad for them in a description of a duckling video I posted on Youtube. I never heard of them before then. But, since I joined this forum, I've heard a lot of good things about them.

    I never wrote them back about the certificate as I can't have any birds where I live right now. But, I wonder if I should and accept the certificate. Do they have feed and duck-lover accessories, too (i.e. T-shirts, jewelry)?

    I see they have eggs for eating and baking, too.
     
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