Dianne has sent me some photos of her new pilgrim geese, so here they are.
Thanks for sharing these photos Dianne. They are very majestic looking.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Oh Dianne, They are beautiful birds, love the contrast between male and female. Your boy looks like my Embdens. Are they still very friendly and docile ? It would be lovely if they breed and to know for sure who is what ! . Regards Mama .
Your geese look great. I remember as a child we had 2 geese, I think they were white. I called them Simon and Sally. I do not know what breed they were but I was scared of them as they chased me a bit which other family members thought was very funny.
I had thought last year I would like some geese to protect the ducks as I was told they were good guard dogs as such and raise the alarm. But I feel I have enough with the ducks, maybe some day.
thanks, love them to bits already, they are very interactive and friendly! the gander has a lovely grey back and wing tips, beautiful when he has a good stretch.
I have been reading up about geese and believe pilgrims are recommended for their freindliness/tameness?
I would like to get 2 goslings possibly next Spring and have an interest in this breed.
I just do not know anywhere here in Northern Ireland, they have them.
its a tough one, i looked everywhere and nothing up here in scotland either, not even close. i ended up getting mine from waaayyyyy down south and got a bird courier to bring them up. i do know that the courier goes to ireland quite often. and the chap i got my geese from is very helpful and breeds quite a lot. he can do unrelated pairs for you.
it would be great to get some pilgrims in ireland too, i am hoping to breed and spread them about, just wonderful temprament
good luck in your hunt!
ps let me know if you need any numbers for these guys
Thanks for the info. Will let you know in due course.
That is interesting that the courier goes to Ireland.
I am looking for baby goslings or even hatching eggs.
I would like them to grow up with the other ducks.
I would be thinking about next Spring if all is well.
It is just I am scared to have to many animals. I have 14 ducks at the minute and cats also. I need to be sensible!
I was sensible.......I had 4 chickens....then 8 chickens, plus 3 ducks, plus 1 more duck...........now I have 10 chickens and 12 ducks......no more!!!!! (says she!! lol) x
lol ladies we own ducks chickens and geese, where does sensible come into it x
sensible . . . meh who needs to be sensible when its fun!!
I have 12 pilgrim geese and I started with two pairs. I hatched the eggs in an incubator. One of my geese started laying on the 4th October this year. This was a shock to me as they don't usually start laying until Feb. I was amused at the comments about pilgrim geese being friendly. When they start breeding I take a broom with me, to fend them off, when I enter their field to feed them. My wife will not go near them at all as she has been attacked a few times. When the two pair were goslings they were very cute and my wife gave them names. Now they are adults and chase her she calls them other names. This year I hope to breed some more as they are so easy to look after. I would love to help the people who want Pilgrims but I now live in Spain.
That made me laugh, so sorry but it is funny. Maybe not all pilgrims are the same Bill, yours are obviously not the friendly type. I have Embdens and they are fine with me but sometimes a bit stroppy with my hubby. If he stands his ground the geese always back down. Great you have incubated eggs as they are said to be difficult. I have let a broody do the job this year and have two goslings. Regards Mama
I'm glad I made you laugh, it is quite funny. I let one of my broody geese sit on some eggs but they did not hatch. I was getting worried about her as she never came out for food. After 32 days I took the eggs away as she may have still been sitting on them today. I candled the eggs and they were all bad. The goose did not look well and had to spend some time resting on her own until fit again. That is why I find it easier to use the incubator and I always get goslings at the end. Regards Bill
so nice to here about your pilgrims...not planning on having that many though! haha, if only!
i am hoping to hatch some in the spring, any helpful hints would be welcome, seeing as i have never incubated goose eggs before!
my pair are sooo funny, they follow me about chatting the whole time, and there new trick is to go into the duck house at bed time so the ducks can't get in! and then i come along asking them what on earth they think they are up to and they come running out killing themselves laughing, while the poor wee ducks charge in to bed. then i get some back chat while they walk up to their own bed
Lol, Scotty you made me giggle!! xx
How do you get your geese into any shelter? My geese only go into their hut when they are laying an egg. When we have rain, wind or sunshine, they sit outside under the olive trees. The only time they stir, during the night, is when they hear a sound, then they all get up and start a hell of a noise. This starts the guinea fowl off. We are lucky we have no one living near us or there might be complaints.
i would love to let my lot do what they want, however i am surrounded by forestry and hence have a very large fox population around! the geese have an large old dog kennel for their bed and when i got them spent a week with another person quietly herding them to bed each night. now they wait for a bit of a chat and waddle up to bed with me wandering behind chatting back!
will definately pick your brains about incubating eggs if you dont mind
Hello Bill, Same for me,when mine see me they start the march towards the house chatting on the way. We too have foxes but have had no trouble with them so far.Don't think there are many as the hunters shoot them here. Regards Mama.
Hi Di & Mama,
You are both welcome to pick my brain but I only know what I have read and my own limited experience. I only started keeping my birds (ducks, guinea fowl, geese, chickens and turkeys)four years ago when we moved to Spain. I bought a book, Domestic Geese by Chris Aston, and looked on the web to amass the information I have. If I can be of any help to anyone, I shall gladly share my limited knowledge. best regards Bill
Reading though the forum I see that you live in Spain, me too. Hopefully you will read my problem with my goose and get back to me. I have as the rest of us too many feathered friends, Geese, ducks, guineas and chickens, Not forgetting two horses and cats and dogs. Crazy or what! Anyway I am worried about my goose shes an emden, I have nine. The muscovys, three were given to me I now have twelve. Cant get guineas to breed. Lots of eggs, 5 girls and 2 boys but no babies. Maybe you can help or know someone who does. Hope to hear from you.(urgent)
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