Hi guys. I've done some reading here about the best geese for food, and grazing in my orchard. I have some questions about "homestead survivability" of the breed - Can they feed themselves by foraging? Can the mother goose hatch a brood? Can they fend off a coon and possum? I am not going to incubate the eggs, so the goose has to be a good mother! a guy locally who used to raise embdens said embdens get off a clutch for long periods and he had to incubate the eggs. What do you think of embdens as mothers? varieties I am looking at are holderread embdens, toulous, and pilgrims. If your answer is embdens make just as good a mother as the others, that is the breed I'll go with. I also have small children, 2, 3, 4 and 8 so we will have to make sure the geese grow up with the kids and then make sure they are supervised with the geese when they are grown.