Pilgrim geese

OldCampRanch

In the Brooder
Jun 20, 2016
3
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Hello, We have decided to get a few geese. Have been doing some research and are looking at Pilgrims. Everything I've read is that they are very calm. One of the reasons we decided to get geese is to be noise makers (warning system) for our chickens. My question is, how loud are they? It's hard to describe online what loud really is. I read one post that an African can sound like a freight train...lol. Will a Pilgrim, being calm, still be a noise maker to warn us of predators in the area? I do have 20ac so no close neighbors that I have to worry about. Any yes I understand they can be prey also. One of the reason we have chosen Pilgrims is the auto-sexing, I am not interested in wait and see what you get. Thanks in advance.
 

afarhat8

Chirping
6 Years
Feb 10, 2013
43
10
69
Hello, We have decided to get a few geese. Have been doing some research and are looking at Pilgrims. Everything I've read is that they are very calm. One of the reasons we decided to get geese is to be noise makers (warning system) for our chickens. My question is, how loud are they? It's hard to describe online what loud really is. I read one post that an African can sound like a freight train...lol. Will a Pilgrim, being calm, still be a noise maker to warn us of predators in the area? I do have 20ac so no close neighbors that I have to worry about. Any yes I understand they can be prey also. One of the reason we have chosen Pilgrims is the auto-sexing, I am not interested in wait and see what you get. Thanks in advance.



I think it would be more descriptive of Pilgrims to say they are relatively calm when compared to other breeds. I have had Pilgrims for several years, and can attest to the fact that the males get as aggressive as any other breed when the goose is sitting or has hatched out goslings. Don't equate calm with quiet. As an aside, I too like the auto-sexing characteristic, and the geese seem to love to set. Good luck. Quality Pilgrims tend to be hard to find, and the nurseries frequently sell out a year in advance. Hopefully you know of someone who raises them to sell.
 

Rondack

Crowing
6 Years
Feb 21, 2015
415
1,563
252
Upstate NY
I think it would be more descriptive of Pilgrims to say they are relatively calm when compared to other breeds. I have had Pilgrims for several years, and can attest to the fact that the males get as aggressive as any other breed when the goose is sitting or has hatched out goslings. Don't equate calm with quiet. As an aside, I too like the auto-sexing characteristic, and the geese seem to love to set. Good luck. Quality Pilgrims tend to be hard to find, and the nurseries frequently sell out a year in advance. Hopefully you know of someone who raises them to sell.
I also want to start a goose flock (for now only two or three) do you want to sell any of yours?
 

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