Ever wonder why on earth someone would want to use bantams as a Homestead fowl?? Here's the SCOOP on our favorite, the American Buttercup Bantam:
This is part 3 in our blog series on raising geese. In this segment I am going to try to cover some of the most frequently asked questions regarding ownership of geese, terminology used for raising geese, and how to get prepared to buy your first geese!
This is Part 2 of our blog series discussing raising geese. If you have read Part 1 and still feel you are up to the challenge of owning geese, we are now going to discuss the possible uses for your pet geese on your farm, as well as the proper diet and housing requirements.
Nothing seems more picturesque than walking out of your house on a cool misty morning to feed your livestock and to be greeted by a few geese and ducks next to your very own little pond.
Sadly however, most people's 'farm dreams' get shattered as soon as that sleek 'gaggle' of elegant geese greet their coffee-deprived owner with their signature boisterously-loud, and non-stop-ear drum-piercing-fine-tuned-choir--HONK! Which is soon followed by bullying and feather plucking the ducks. Then, as you tepidly enter the yard, along comes the dreaded- charging-hissing gander. Some where between the honking, hissing, and bullying we stop and ask ourselves "Why did we get geese?!", "Are ALL geese like this?"
The 2017 Standard Breed has been selected! And boy, was it a tough decision! But, we feel we have made an excellent choice, and can not wait to get our chicks next Spring. In the mean time, you can read more about the winner of this campaign the Light Brahma, and the factors that helped sway this breed in our favor!
Eggs are set, the power has already gone out twice, and the incubator is having a fit! What better time to start learning?! As the season progresses, I hope to share some of the things we have learned this year about what to do, and of course what not to do... as well as hopefully help troubleshoot some of the grey areas in egg hatching with 'desktop' incubators.
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