Hi there! I originally posted in the "Geese Questions" thread, but nobody has responded for 3 days so I'm posting a new thread. I've raised geese before when I was a kid--we had a pair of Embdens, and they were ever so helpful that I had to distract the geese while my dad worked on the car so they wouldn't nibble his feet and steal his tools while he was under 2 tons of metal. Our neighbor's Weimeraner got out and killed them when they were only 5 months old. (To this day, I still hate Weimeraners.) Now I have property of my own, and I'm looking at getting some geese. I loved my Embdens, but my roommate wants standard Toulouse, and I think I can oblige. (Has anyone kept both? How do they compare?) I have chickens, turkeys, and guineas running around my 5 acres in various places. I'm thinking of building them a coop to rest/nest in and enclosing it in a 10'x10' chainlink fence with a canopy to keep it dry and safe from predators. I saw pictures of a 55-gallon barrel chopped in half lengthwise as a wading pool, and I would probably give them one of those in their enclosure. They would get a chance to free-range on a fairly regular (nearly every day) basis, and be locked up at night. I want to get them for many reasons. The guineas are my watchdogs in the back yard, and they would be my watchdogs in the front yard. They like to nibble young tender weeds, and I need all the help I can get on weeding. I want to keep breeders as spoiled pets, and raise offspring for food. It's just myself and my roommate, and I know a goose can make a lot of meals, so I would be looking to raise about 6 goslings a year. My main goal is to be sustainable--the geese can feed themselves on my 5 acres, and I can feed us on the geese as well as using their feathers. I have incubators and I have hatched a wide variety of eggs before, so I could collect and hatch eggs. Any extra goslings could also be a small source of income. On feed--I have dandelions, clover, and chicory seeded into my lawn, and I can supplement with shattered/split alfalfa hay leaves from my goats. I plan to have a sprouted fodder setup soon, and I will be able to provide a steady ration of barley, alfalfa, and lentil/bean sprouts to the geese. I would provide a broody goose with supplemental feed, but with these options, is a daily ration of flock grower necessary? So my questions--how many Tolouse geese should I get to produce some extra goslings for food? A pair? A trio? How big should the coop be for those geese? If their coop is in close proximity to the chickens and they are free-ranged together, will they treat the chickens as neighbors or will they be aggressive? Has anyone used sprouted fodder to feed their geese? Thank you for your input!