Shetland versus Pilgrim

Discussion in 'Geese' started by jadeduck13, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Shetland

    2 vote(s)
  2. Pilgrim

    0 vote(s)
  3. Better off with a different HERITAGE breed

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  1. jadeduck13

    jadeduck13 In the Brooder

    Sep 28, 2013
    Hey! I am trying to decide on a breed of geese for our family farm in Ohio. So far I'm sort of narrowed down to the Pilgrim and the Shetland. Which is better? I know that the Shetland is super hardy and forages a lot, but is very rare and hard to find. And then the Pilgrim.... fairly rare is all I know. Which is better for cold and snowy areas, really hot summers, and which has better temperament, egg production, meat, etc? Will I be able to get 100% pure bred Shetlands or are they too rare here? Need some breeders that keep to the APA's Standards of Perfection (or just have almost every single characteristic correct, good lines of geese, not crossbred)- NOT interested in hatcheries!!!
    Thank you!

  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

  3. mominoz

    mominoz Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    North Georgia
    I have had both.I used to have some Pilgrims. Nice birds , medium sized.I presently have Shetlands as I wish to breed and try to preserve them. I got mine from Holderreads.I ordered twice , first time 5, straight run. Only one female...and I lost 4 of the 5, 2 probably to Botulism or maybe West Nile.... I lost another one later, unknown cause, weakened and died. I ordered 3 pair, lost another male....sigh .But I hatched one baby out of yearlings last year. So now I have 3 pair. They are smaller than Pilgrims,maybe 7-8 lbs. They are beautiful birds, good foragers ,if you have good grass, mine is a bit tough, so I found I need to suppliment grain and some pellets... I really like the females are very friendly, one of my gandars was very friendly...and another is a bit of a they have a whole range of personalities.

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