The mother goose is an American Buff. She mated mostly with the Toulouse cross gander, though the Embden cross gander got her a fair share of the time against her will. The goslings were yellow with grey patches on their backs when they were first hatched and then turned a buff colour similar to their mothers. They are getting white feathers now and losing their baby down. It is amazing how quickly they grow on grass, which is what they prefer to eat over all else. the geese are not locked up in a pen or hoop coop for the night, but can roam freely through the yard gleaning the tender grass shoots wherever they stop. They also love the alfalfa hay and have taken to sleeping near the goats' bale. The amount they poop out is enormous! There are the five babies and eight adults and that is a lot of goose droppings. It appears that no one wants to buy the adult geese so most will go to the processor's in the fall. Two ganders and two geese will be left, plus the babies and once it is determined which the males are, they too will have to go so they do not mate with their sisters. This is taboo in the bird world, though it is acceptable to have the father mate with the daughters for a generation or two. Roast goose is wonderful, more tender and delectable than chicken. Would you like some?
Fluffy writes daily about the experiences on the farm and with the bed and breakfast patrons.