Travis is unloading one of the Pomeranian Saddleback geese. These are not show geese, but locally bred and raised farm geese. They are valued for their quiet temperaments, so compared to the nasty Embden gander that lives on the farm, they will be a welcome addition. They are easily sexed too, which is a treat. The females have a grey head only and small grey saddle on their backs, while the males have grey heads and neck with the grey blending in to the more noticeable large grey saddle on their backs. Both sexes have blue eyes, not as bright blue as the Embden geese, but a very pretty blue. We have acquired a trio, two geese and gander of this breed. Next spring, they will be separated into pens, the Embdens, Pomeranian Saddlebacks, and the American Buffs, to breed true. There is no American Buff gander at present, so the Tufted Toulouse will have to take his place. He is quite a fancier of the Buff girls anyhow and I am sure would love the job. There are some pairs of Embdens, too, which will be kept for breeding, but the rest will be Thanksgiving dinner. Five babies were hatched by the American Buff goose, from her own eggs, but it appears that the mating was likely with the Embden gander. These will also be sold for meat geese. Unlike shoes and ladies, a farm can have too many geese!
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