Even in Maine, this time of year many backyard poultry struggle with the high summer temperatures. Some birds are better suited to heat than others: chickens suffer in temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Geese trace their heritage to slightly warmer climates and can tolerate hot temperatures better, but around 90 degrees they get uncomfortable as […]
A Toulouse goose is a domesticated breed from Toulouse, France. Fully grown, they are a mix of light and dark grey with a white underbelly. Females can weigh up to 12 to 13 pounds while males weigh 18 to 20 pounds. The female geese make excellent egg layers laying up to 40+ a year. A […]
It is amazing how fast goslings and chicks grow up. Our first batch of chicks is now six weeks old, while the ones we hatched here are approaching four weeks. The goslings, meanwhile, are five weeks old. Here is a little bit about how the aging process works for both chickens and geese.
Geese are a unique and rewarding fowl for you farm. Goslings have different requirements from chicks – and, in all honesty, the sooner that goslings are ready to graduate from brooder to coop, the better. If you are planning on adding geese to your flock, make sure that you have appropriate space for them both […]
Here are our farm we now have five breeds of geese represented, but there are many more to choose from if you are thinking of getting goslings. There are currently twelve species of geese recognized by the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection, which is used to sanction poultry shows. Here are a few of […]
Thinking about adding geese or ducks to your flock? This article explains why I have decided to and what geese and ducks need to thrive.