Toulouse Input Wanted

Discussion in 'Geese' started by BarredBuff, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are your expieriences with this breed? Are they good foragers? Are they good broodies? Thanks BarredBuff
     
  2. amity3520

    amity3520 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one female production Toulouse and she is sweet as can be (though she has a rather vicious gander protecting her at all times). She only ever gets after the dog, but other than that she's fine. Good forager, good layer. She wasn't even 1 when she started laying so it was kind of an odd season, didn't go broody at all, but we witnessed no mating so there's no reason to believe the eggs were fertile anyways. Next year both geese should be mature enough. All in all I love her!
     
  3. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Virginia
    Toulouse were our first Geese a couple of years ago.I wouldn't recommend getting too many if you have a small place.We have 5 acre's here.But between the duck's and the geese they can eat a LOT of grass and plant's and flower's if you free range them.They were Big babie's but I hand raised mine holding them everyday from gosling's, but a few did get tempermental in breeding stage I guess they all do.Yep I got nipped a few time's trying to steal or candle egg's lol.I think We lost a couple of the Gander's to Fox/coyote at one point because after those got nabbed the egg's were barely fertile.We ordered 20 hen's and 4 male's originaly.But We still had 4/5 sitting clutches of egg's.So I think they are great geese personaly.They will pick out people to harrass though.But Don't run from them Ever.My friend was a dummy they would cahse him to his car and he fell for it lol.
     
  4. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    SE Washington
    Are you talking production toulouse or dewlap toulouse (exhibition toulouse)?

    The foraging ability and production qualities of the two is quite different.
     
  5. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Production Toulouse.
     
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  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Ours are great sitters and forage very well. The 2 females sat and hatched out this "gang".

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  7. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do Toulouse do on free range??
     
  8. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Quote:My babies (hatched May 3rd) just started free ranging. They are great- not really doing any damage to the garden as we have a few acres of grass. I have been keeping watering stations all over the place though because it's sooooo hot. The only hard part is getting them in at night- sometimes they want to go, sometimes we have to chase them all down. We have serious racoon problems so I HAVE to lock them up at night.

    Of course they poop everywhere- but it only takes one rain or a shot with the hose and it turns into "lawn patch". Great- as far as poop goes!
     

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