which would be a good breed

Discussion in 'Geese' started by bexnd, May 28, 2012.

  1. bexnd

    bexnd In the Brooder

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    hi i've recently got an incubator and im planing on incubating some duck eggs but have wanted a goose for a while but dont know to much about the different breeds temperament wise. wondered if anyone can help me out with the best breed for me. im looking to keep this as a pet so no real bother about laying or breeding etc but i need something laid back, friendly and preferably quiet as i have alot of nighbours also could you tell me if the breed can fly or not i wouldnt mind either way just want to know if i need precuasions lol
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    It is very late in the year to be looking for goose eggs to hatch, unless you want African or Chinese. They are seasonal layers, so most are done for 2012 with laying.
     
  3. bexnd

    bexnd In the Brooder

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    o right ok thanx might think about next yr then :) when do they start laying
     
  4. bexnd

    bexnd In the Brooder

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    to be honest would have prob ended up to be next yr anyway as i have reptile eggs in the incubator for the next 2 months or so lol but still interested in finding out different breeds etc so i can read a bit about them
     
  5. Iain Utah

    Iain Utah Crowing

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    My personal favorite are dewlap toulouse. They are slow, quiet, calm-headed and sweet. Buff dewlaps have stopped laying, but grey dewlaps are still available for a little while longer. Look for ebay seller indigoseptember (has an active listing) or contact [email protected] (her ebay seller name is ratitemomma but not sure she is listing now on ebay). You can also buy grey goslings from Carole if you do not want to attempt hatching eggs.
     
  6. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Songster

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    I've heard good things about Pilgrim Geese, temperament wise, though I personally dont have any experience with them. I think they're also not as loud as other breeds.
     
  7. bexnd

    bexnd In the Brooder

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    thanx i shall put some extra research into these breeds the dewlap toulouse seems like a huge deep girthed bird how are they at keeping clean?? and are they more agile than they look i assume this breed doesnt fly.
     
  8. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Dewlap Toulouse true to the SOP are very low to the ground, slow and clumbsy. They dont wonder far from home either. Because of their size and weight they have special needs for their pool, and of course you dont want them having to climb steps into their house.

    Sebastopols have a quiet/calm personality and beautiful feathers too. They are often bullied by other breeds though. Their curls break off during breeding season and regrow each year. They need clean water to keep the curls in the best shape possible.

    American geese are a smooth goose, fairly calm, widely available so not as costly as the above mentioned breeds.

    There are other calm breeds, and it all depends on what appeals to you.
     
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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    Pomeranians are a good choice as well. If you want a calm breed I would stay away from Chinese and Africans.
     
  10. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

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    Goose behavior is more about training than breed. It also matters where you get your geese. Some breeders place a heavy emphasis on temperament, and some breeders don't.
     

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