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Old 05-18-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Default The Poultry Thread

These are our Buff Orpington Geese. They are soooo precious! We're getting the biggest kick out of them:
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Here's more. In the last two they are only a couple of days old. They are now 7 weeks old.
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The babies are so cute, but I'm not fond of the grown ones. There was a remnate of a farm that I had to pass on my way to a friends and the geese would honk and try to chase us.
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Are they pets or eaters?

I love geese, living and in the oven. A fastly unused meat I think. (in the UK anyway)
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Originally they were there for the eggs and to be eaten. It hadn't been a working farm in a long time. The only reason they were able to keep the geese in the city was that they were descended from the original geese. They sure were mean suckers. The gal kept them around as guard birds. Anyone try to trespass and the geese go off honking and chasing the people away.
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We chose Buff Geese for their disposition and the fact they are a rarer, hard to find heritage breed. Goslings sell for $15-20 apiece. These geese will hopefully be the source of a little extra income at some point as well as helping to maintain the breed. From time to time we'll probably have a goose supper but for now its all about developing a gaggle

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Buff geese, unlike other geese, are very calm and have a wonderful disposition. They are very light buff color sometimes described as being fawn. They have origins in the United States which is unusual as most geese come from outside the US. Young geese ( up to one year old) will weight between 12 and 16 pounds and older geese several pounds heavier.




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Yesterday we moved the goslings down to the poultry yard. We're like worried parents over them LOL but they look like they'll be just fine. They are growing so fast. I swear in the last week their feet doubled in size!
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A farm where I used to have a patient had 4 geese. They were pretty friendly.
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The only geese I have ever interacted with are Canadian Geese, which are all over the open spaces up north. They are pit bulls with feathers. They would fly down into the riding ring and bite right through my pants when I was out lunging our horses, and I got some nasty bruises from them. Ducks are okay, but geese belong on a platter.
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I believe those are Pilgrim Geese Mouse. They are one of the friendlier breeds. Ours are touted as being very friendly as well.

Canadian Geese are common around here and they are quite a mess both in attitude and in "presence". Some areas where they hand out are treacherous to walk in. Geese make a big squirt! We've got a pair nesting on the pond below the house. They keep pretty much to themselves though.
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The goslings are growing so quickly! They are bigger than the ducks now and are really starting to feather out. We'll get some pics soon and post.
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All the poultry has made it to adulthood! Today the ducks were making eyes at each other LOL. The geese are wonderful, not mean at all. The chickens are a motley crew and winter has dropped our egg production down to the point where we've had to buy eggs from time to time. I'll try to post some pics soon.
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We've got eggs in the incubator with chicks due to hatch the 13th. Keep your fingers crossed
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Chicks!! We have chicks!!! There's a whole lot a peeping going on!
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The biggest bottleneck we have in processing chickens is plucking. There are some interesting pluckers on youtube and this one looks quite doable to us. Its a plastic barrel cut to make a casing for rubber fingers (this fellow used air hose but another we saw used the short rubber bungie cords cut in half, we like that design because the bungies have a larger end that helps secure them). Below the casing is a round deck a couple of inches smaller than the casing with rubber fingers pointing upward. This deck spins and the feathers are washed out with a garden hose. The motor is off set from the deck shaft and mounted to the wooden frame that holds the barrel casing.

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That is a pretty neat plucker!
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Yeppers we definitely want to get a plucker. Right now with hand plucking we can process 6 birds an hour and the majority of the time is spent plucking. We would rather do it in 14 seconds like this:

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Here's another type:

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Buff Duck eggs in the incubator! T minus 28 days and counting... Target date May 19.

The Geese have gone broody and egg laying has commenced. T minus 28-35 days and counting. Target date May 19-26.
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OK, maybe no goose eggs yet...the pigs like goose eggs...we'll have to regroup and try something different for the geese...
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Saturday, if everything goes according to plan we will be bringing home a couple of dozen straight run Barred Rock chicks about 2 weeks old. Buff Orpingtons are our favorites but Ruby just can't leave them alone. I don't know what it is about them but she zero's in on those golden balls of fluff and loves them to death. She leaves the Barred Rocks and adult Buffs alone So, we're changing breeds and going with the Barred Rocks. They're a good dual purpose breed...we'll see how it goes.

Our duck hatching experiment was a royal flop. None of the eggs were fertile. We suspect that the duck loving rooster has something to do with the lack of duck dynamics. Now that we're switching chicken breeds we're thinking we just don't need a Buff Orpington Rooster no matter how gorgeous he is.
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Our chicken situation has settled into a nice blend of Dominiques, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons and a couple of Barred Rock/Australorp mixes. We have two roosters: an Australorp/Barred Rock mix and a Barred Rock/Easter Egger mix. There are 14 hens and 2 roosters that we will keep and 2 maybe 3 young roosters we'll put into the freezer shortly. We also have 50 broilers that came yesterday all slated for the freezer in a few weeks. It's a comfortable place to be!
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The Chicken Tractor project:
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We've got another batch of broilers started in the chicken tractors. These will be done the third week of April and I doubt we'll start any more until September. We just don't like having to process when the weather gets too warm and the bugs are out.

We still have some poultry wants and are trying to hone in on the breeds of ducks and geese we would like to have. It's a hard choice but we'll be looking at dual purpose breeds for the ducks and mild mannered breeds for the geese. They will come in time.

We are also looking at pigeons. American Giant Homers in particular. They are a little larger breed but not so large that they have difficulty flying. They are a meat bird and when raised in one place they can be allowed to free range. We definitely like free feed

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How eggs are made.

Great informative site:

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