Welcome to this month’s edition of musings on the farm. It’s feeling more like summer here in New England with every day that passes. Now that it’s warming up, the fowl are enjoying some newly purchased water sources. We have to make sure everyone stays hydrated! The family of Canadian geese is expanding with lots […]
After the popularity of our recent The Chickens of Our Farm post, which introduced everyone to the various idiosyncrasies of the hens and roosters on our farm, I thought it was the perfect time to introduce our geese. We have seven geese on the farm at the moment, representing five different breeds. Like chickens, a […]
Geese have a thick layer of fluffy down around most of their body, which helps to keep them warm even in the coldest temperatures. This is the same down we use to stuff our own comforters so that we are toasty on long winter nights, and geese utilize it in much the same way. However, […]
Last week we took in three new African geese. These lovely ladies are proven layers, adults between two and five years of age. We got them from a nearby farm since we are unsure of the genders of our current flock, and also cannot resist a good deal on a goose.
Some of the words we use with birds can be a bit confusing, especially for those just starting a backyard flock. Here are some of the terms you’ll hear often, and a few of the more unique ones as well.