How is egg production in geese?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by aPrimitive, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. aPrimitive

    aPrimitive Out Of The Brooder

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    How do geese compare to chickens for egg production? I plan to raise Muscovy duck but I figure I'll use them mainly for meat production (unsure yet) and I personally don't like the idea of raising chickens. I'm wondering if there is a breed of goose that will produce well enough to supply an ample amount of eggs. Also what's the taste like comparable to chicken eggs?
     
  2. RURU

    RURU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Geese only lay their eggs in the Spring the only way to get them to lay longer is to keep taking their eggs away. But they do not lay after June. So will not provide you eggs year round.
     
  3. aPrimitive

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    So not a suitable "replacement" (not the correct word but it fits) for chickens.
     
  4. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Stick to the ducks! I have 9 ducks and I get eggs every day. Ducks for the eggs, (When they go broody I leave them with 2 eggs to hatch), and the drakes for the pot? They´re much easier work than chickens, pretty much look after themselves. [​IMG]
     
  5. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry, forgot re:eggs...
    You know how a chicken egg from the farm is so different from the battery? Well, a duck egg is different, too, but aside from a slightly different taste, a tiny bit stronger, I´d say, I mostly notice a difference in texture. The white of the egg is whiter, and it´s just a bit firmer. I sell a dozen eggs, being 6 chicken and 6 muscovy, because people like the muscovy eggs for different recipes (different texture cake), etc, as well as eating. My husband was a bit wary of eating them the first time, being a bit reserved, so I said nothing, just dished up the omelette, he ate it and didn´t notice anything different! (Actually, I once gave him turkey, pekin, muscovy and peacock egg all in an omelette and he said it was delicious...I told him afterward what it was, and he said he enjoyed it. [​IMG]) [​IMG] Mmmmm...eggs.....oh, and they´re a good source of iron, too.
     
  6. aPrimitive

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    From what I read the Muscovy aren't the best for egg production, and to get a different type of duck (like a Perkin) it's unlikely I'd eat it. Are the Muscovy better for eggs than I'm thinking they are?
     
  7. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well I can only speak for mine, but they´re good layers, and good-sized eggs, too. I have 9 ducks and 12 laying chickens, and at the moment I get about the same number of eggs from the ducks as I do the chickens. BUT I´m in a tropical country, so I don´t know if that makes a difference. If you´re not keen on the muscovies, Campbells have a reputation for being very good layers.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    My Scovy's lay good when not broody but being broody is #1 with them which throws them off for being considered in top running for good layers and they are seasonal layers too [unless of course you get to live in a tropical country] and like to rub it in. [​IMG] but that does mean if you live where there are seasons then they will lay from spring till fall, Mine have started early again this year which means they will be through again early first of Sept. Even with having so many brooding last year though we got alot of eggs from 7 girls.
     
  9. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Miss Lydia

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