first goslings 1997
Today is my 20th goosiversary. I received my first goslings on this day in 1997. Above is the photo of them. Like with my chickens, I went crazy taking too many photos. Here is photo of them a little bit older.
goslings growing up 1997
and a little older yet.
gosling with feathers 1997
I got them thinking mistakenly that they would eat slugs. They do not eat slugs. I even tried mixing slugs with grain to try to get them used to it. So it turns out they were no use to me, but I have had them in my life ever since. Here are the first geese grown up. There are four Toulouse and 3 Pilgrim geese.
goslings all grown up with Honky in background
I had one of my first heartbreaks of farming when in April of 2000 I was tired from work and forgot to lock them into the barnyard. My favorite Sweetpea went missing that night, presumably eaten by coyotes. Geese are pretty tough though. We lost 2 geese in 2004 after we moved but it is rare for a goose to die.
We did hatch 9 goslings after we moved to our new farm and here they are, a mixture of Toulouse and Pilgrim geese.
goslings 6/2006 with Honky
Honky, my original white male Pilgrim goose, died in the cold weather in 2008. You can see him in the preceding photos.
Geese have interesting faces:
goose face 2/2009
They do great in cold weather (unless they are old):
geese in snow 11/2010
They guard the inside of the barn:
geese and sheep eyes 1/2011
They enjoy puddles:
geese swimming in pasture 1/2011
They patrol the barnyard:
They have amazing feathers:
goose feathers 4/2011
They like pumpkins:
geese and pumpkins 11/2012
They have amazing necks:
They have huge (and tasty) eggs:
goose egg 4/2015
They do not mind flooding:
geese in flood waters 11/2015
They like baked goods:
Chickens and geese 7/2015
And they fight off bald eagles trying to eat our chickens:
attack geese 4/2016
So, all and all, I like having geese round. They are loud and annoying, but they also make me smile and defend their barnyard. They seem to live forever and mostly eat grass. So I cannot complain about my 20 years with geese, even if they do not eat slugs.