Geese Breeds: Everything You Need to Know about Embden geese, Sebastopol geese, African geese and other Geese Facts.
Get all the facts about geese in this FREE guide
OK, so you’ve been researching geese breeds… or you want to raise geese for meat … or you want to branch out from the poultry you already have.
Whatever your reason for investigating geese breeds, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Here at Countryside Network, we’re poultry experts, and we love our geese! In fact, we’re so dedicated to geese, we’ve written a complete guide for beginners – from A to Z – and we’re giving it away FREE.
This is the ultimate resource of geese breeds! Countryside Network publishes both Countryside & Small Stock Journal and Backyard Poultry, so you know we’ve got expertise you can rely on. Plus, we know exactly what questions you have, and we answer them all in this free guide!
Starting with the basics of geese breeds
This guide is written in straightforward language – no jargon! Plus, it delivers all of the basics. We wrote Geese Breeds: Everything You Need to Know about Embden geese, Sebastopol geese, African geese and other Geese Facts to help you …
- Learn the characteristics of heavy, medium and ornamental geese
- Choose the best breed for you
- Discover how to raise birds that are happy, healthy, productive and fun
- Become an expert on geese breeds, no matter what your level of previous experience
In short, the first step to becoming an expert on geese is to download this FREE handbook right now!
Let’s start at the beginning: What are the basic characteristics of different geese breeds? This guide explains how to recognize breeds based on coloring and physical characteristics. You get tips for determining which breeds are best for meat, information on the average weight of adults, and how long until goslings become mature adults.
Of course, you’ll also want to know what kind of housing works best for geese, so we cover that in detail. Because our writers are geese experts, you get tricks and tips you won’t find in just any guide to geese breeds. For instance, we’ve got exactly the advice you need on availability of water for geese: while they can manage without it, they stay cleaner and have fewer parasites if they have access to water. That doesn’t mean you need a pond on your property- a plastic wading pool will work fine and is easy to keep clean.
Then there’s plucking a goose – it’s a little more challenging than you would expect! Unlike chickens, geese have an extra layer of feathers and down, and the feathers are stuck in more firmly than a chicken’s. Take our advice and scald them to make plucking easier. Heat a large pot of water to 150 degrees and add a little dish soap to break the surface tension and help the water penetrate the layers of feathers. Don’t get the water much hotter than 150 degrees or it may discolor the skin.
In other words, you don’t have to experiment with a single thing – just read this free guide about geese breeds and get everything right the first time!
Just the right amount of information on geese breeds
If you’re searching the Internet for resources on geese breeds, you’ve probably noticed that there’s almost too much information out there. Different ideas about free-ranging and allowing them to survive only on grass, suggestions for feeding, theories on best butchering practices, and vague generalities about how much space is required per bird.
This guide is different: We separate the good from the bad, ignore the in-between and give it to you straight. For instance, there are numerous theories on when a goose is ready for butchering, but this guide sticks with one: Geese pick cleanest right after their first feathering, at about 13 to 14 weeks of age. Since geese achieve their maximum growth during the early weeks of life, the age at first feathering is also the prime butchering time from an economic standpoint, even though the birds will not have reached their maximum age.
One day you might be comfortable experimenting on your own, but there’s no need to when you’re a beginner, if you read our guide!
Just to make sure you’ve got the picture, here’s exactly what the guide teaches you, all in that same practical, specific language:
- Which geese breeds are best for meat and eggs
- Housing and space requirements
- Best time for butchering
- Preparing the goose for the table
- Rendering goose grease
You’ll learn about how to prevent wing deformities like “angel wing”. You’ll get the housing space requirements for various geese breeds, hints on designing a shelter, advice on feeding requirements, and tips, precautions and photos when getting ready for butchering time.
In other words – why wouldn’t you read this free guide before you get started raising geese?
Complete confidence with geese breeds in 29 pages
Yep, that’s exactly what we want to give you with this free guide: Complete confidence. It will only take you 30 minutes or so to read it, but it will give you all the basics and then some, saving you time, money and aggravation down the road. Even if you’ve never owned any kind of poultry before, you’ll be completely prepared, ready to tackle this new adventure – and actually enjoy it, instead of losing sleep over it!
For instance, many people new to geese breeds might wonder about keeping geese in cold climates. Relax: In cold climates, simple structures are adequate to protect them from the weather. Stacked hay bales with a plywood roof facing south or a semicircular windbreak of straw bales keep them out of the wind and snow. Provide plenty of dry litter for them, wood shavings or straw. Replace it as it gets wet. As long as geese are well fed and have clean bedding, their natural insulation can take almost anything winter throws at them. In a winter storm, they may be out looking around while other fowl are sheltered indoors. And that’s it! No worries.
Then there’s the tricky question of how to prevent your geese from flying away. It would be a shame to see your investment fly south for the winter! Read up on the possibility of losing your geese and you might even try this neat trick:
Domestic geese do not fly much. If flying becomes an issue, trimming four inches off the leading four or five primaries of one wing will prevent them from successfully flying away. Feathers will need to be trimmed again after each molt. Pinioning removes the entire first joint of the wing, cutting it off. It can only be done on goslings in the first day or two after hatching. It makes it impossible for the bird ever to fly.
As you can see, we’ve removed most of the obstacles you might perceive to raising geese, just by writing this guide! We want you to enjoy geese breeds, not just suffer through it.
So why not download the free guide right now, and start planning your geese venture immediately? Once you see all the steps to take and how to execute them, it will start to seem much less challenging than you might have thought. Nature-powered weed-eaters, hardy and easy to manage, companionship, even meat – what’s not to love about geese? Read the guide right now!
Yours for happy, healthy, productive geese,
for Countryside Network
PS: Did you know that unlike most poultry, geese prefer to lay their eggs outdoors? Dampness is important in incubating the eggs. If the mother is not inclined to set on the nest, goose eggs may be hatched by broody chicken hens or artificial incubators. Find out more about the basics of geese breeds in this FREE guide!
PPS: Remember, this useful guide is absolutely FREE and instantly downloadable. There’s no need to wait to get this expert, hands-on advice from Countryside Network!