Geese Toulouse geese

Discussion in 'Waterfowl' started by cgmccary, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. cgmccary

    cgmccary New Member

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    Here are some of my Toulouse Geese (production variety). I currently have a flock of 6. Although I have a livestock pond, my Geese do not use it. I have two kiddie swimming pools for them. It is probably a good thing they do not use the pond because there are some large snapping turtles inhabiting it (and known to take feet off geese or kill ducks).

    They also will incubate their own eggs and when hatched, the gander and the rest of the flock protect the babies as a group.

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  2. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    I love this breed. One of my goals for next spring is to get 2 or 3 :)
     

  3. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    Sounds like a really nice breed. Love the pictures!
     
  4. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    I priced a pair the other day ... the guy wanted 75 bucks!!! (ouch)

    Guess I will keep looking. ~Sigh~ I miss our local fowl sales.
     
  5. patlet

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    Pairs run between 75-100 bucks here in NH. It takes the good part of a year to figure out the pairings (or triplets) since Toulouse sexes are so difficult to tell apart with immature birds. Also, to get a good match, it's best to wait for at least one season of laying. Two seasons will be a proven pair and therefore cost that much more. Geese can easily live to their twenties nowadays...a proven pair can provide hundreds of eggs and/or goslings. Anyone interested in raising geese need to know that they are messy, always looking for something to mess with and can be wicked when nesting. Even the most docile breeds, Embdens, Toulouse and Pilgrims, will turn protective when nesting.
     
  6. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Yeah, I'm thinking $35 a bird. Not bad! Then again I live on the East Coast, Cha Ching!
     
  7. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    We had an auction once a month, (before all the new rules and regs.) We I could by them for 10 ~12 bucks per bird... so I could get a pair for 20 ~ 24 bucks. ;) I've never had to pay over $30 for any pair.

    I just need to start checking our Ag. Review ... And as this is the first of the month, I will do that come morning. (Thanks for the reminder. :D)
     
  8. patlet

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    Wow. It's been a long time since geese were $10. The lowest I recall is $25 but geese were always a rarity here.
     
  9. luckyridgefarm

    luckyridgefarm Junior Member

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    We have one that we adopted last September.
     

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  10. patlet

    patlet New Member

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    Handsome boy. About two years old?
     
  11. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Oops. I was thinking girl.
     
  12. luckyridgefarm

    luckyridgefarm Junior Member

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    Thank you! Lucky is a 1 year old and I believe he is a gander. We thought female for along time but he never did lay any eggs.
     
  13. bsshoncho

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    You should check in SouthEastern KY. People always try to upsale them but, truth is... You can usually purchase from $10-$15 pet bird. You'll only find Toulouse, Embden, Chinese, African or crosses on the regular. I have only ever purchased birds that were in HORRIBLE living conditions just to get them away from the people or ornamental birds from respectable breeders. My ornamental include a pair of unrelated Canada's, bar-head & pacific white-fronted geese (in which I LOVE these last two breeds).
     
  14. bsshoncho

    bsshoncho New Member

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    My American Buff goose
     

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  15. kaufranc

    kaufranc Junior Member

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    I love the Buff! She is beautiful !