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What type of geese to raise?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by ChickieBooBoo, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Since geese are so expensive at hatcheries I think I'm just going to get a pair of goslings and go from there. I just cant decide between Brown African or Toulouse... I'm looking for an easy to raise hardy, friendly towards other animals and people. Good for meat, and has good down for making feather pillows.
     
  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    bump... anyone?
     
  3. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If those are the two breeds you have decided on then I would lean toward the African. They are more docile and quiet than the Toulouse and tend to be less common, so you will have more of a market if you are trying to sell the goslings. Production Africans (the ones you get at the hatchery) are going to be easy for a beginner to handle.

    Remember that breed traits are more of an "overall/average" sort of thing. I know there are friendly Toulouse out there and meanspirited Africans. But in my experience the Africans were less snippy and quieter overall when compared with any Toulouse or Embdens I've had. At one point I had 40-50 Africans, Embdens, and Toulouse goslings I was growing out for meat (hatchery overstock I had a couple of years ago). The Embdens and Toulouse certainly grew faster, but the Africans were much, much more tolerable.
     
  4. jack & mommy's duckies

    jack & mommy's duckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My vote is for Africans also. I have a quad..........I love them to bits. They are friendly, sweet, love me and my treats. They are quiet but when something is wrong they sure will let you know. I got mine just a few days old and spent every day talking to cuddling with and just picking up. And that was in May...It is now December, I still spend time every day chatting with and petting and they still love to be picked up. [​IMG]
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'd like to have Buff Americans. they are suppose to be laid back and friendly [​IMG]
     
  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    ok, the Africans it is.

    Next question: When you order a pair from Ideal are the related, can you breed them?
     
  7. jack & mommy's duckies

    jack & mommy's duckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickiebooboo.....where in Canada are you??? I'm in Ontario and would love to help you out with getting some Africans
     
  8. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    jack & mommy's duckies :

    Chickiebooboo.....where in Canada are you??? I'm in Ontario and would love to help you out with getting some Africans

    15 minutes outside Winnipeg, MB. Would you have hatching eggs? I would LOVE to hatch some!​
     
  9. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that the Brown Africans are very docile. I have one since the hen died last year, but they were very docile and lovable and he still is.
     
  10. jack & mommy's duckies

    jack & mommy's duckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes Yes I will have hatching eggs.....well as long as shrek gets his freak on I will...lol.

    Give me an idea on how many you are wanting....and tell me how to package and ship them and I'd be happy to send you some. Maybe you have some eggs I'd want and we can trade [​IMG]
     

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