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bodger

Goslings?

I've been offered eight x three month old goslings. They're of the non descript cross bred farmyard variety and the asking price is twenty quid a piece. I've seen similar sorts advertised on the internet for around a tenner, so the vendor is a being a bit OTT with his pricing but they are pretty local to me.
What do you think? Should I have a go at them and offer the chap a lower price? Where would you start the bidding?
Gareth

What sex are they, and what is their value to you?

If they are local then paying slightly over the odds may be worth it due to the saving in additional mileage and time involved sourcing them from else where.

If geese and one gander but all are related, is it possible to swap ganders with someone else local? if so then they might be worth £13.00 to £15.00 a piece.

If geese and one gander but unrelated then £15.00 each would be worth a pop.

If two or more Ganders then they are worth no more than £10.00 a piece, with unrelated geese at £15.00 each. ...... keep the best gander of the lot, and oven ready the others.

It's going to be a good long while before the geese will be old enough to lay (I love a soft boiled goose egg with toasted wholemeal soldiers), and although you may have a surfeit of grass at the moment for them to eat, what will the feed bill be to get them through the winter and on in to spring?
bodger

I've managed to source some from elsewhere. I've got six being delivered at the weekend. Three older geese for a tenner each and three six month old ones for fifty pounds the three.
I intend housing them in one of the spare pig arks and I'll put a strand of electrified around the ark at night time to stop any foxes from digging in to them at night. These geese should be on our side when it comes to controlling the grass that we have in abundance.
hughesy

If the grass is long you'll need to cut it first they don't like the long stuff usually but once it's short they'll keep it that way.
Gareth

Well,

That works out at £13.35 a piece and is a right result   if you don't have to travel too far to get them.

As you've made no mention, I take it these are all geese with no ganders, if so you are on to a winner and probably a nice little earner with the eggs next spring .... back this spring goose eggs were £6 each in our local butchers and he couldn't get enough of them in.

If you are not carrying a Gander over winter, I assume you'll try and get one locally come next January or February ready to put in with the girls, and then I take it you will only be planning to replace existing stock and increasing your flock numbers by no more than 1/5th or 20% with newly hatched gosling next year, by which time you should have a really good idea of what the goose carrying capacity of your available grass is.
hughesy

If I could get 6 quid each for my goose eggs I'd be a happy man. £1.50 seems to be the going rate here.
bodger

The lady who I'm buying them off is delivering them and is also anxious to stock up on my cider and sausages at the same time.

I'd be quite happy to get £1.50p each for goose eggs.

I'm not finished yet, I'm hoping to lay my hands on another four goslings from elsewhere with the intention of ending up with a nice breeding pen of say one unrelated  gander and three unrelated females. The surplus ones being fattened for Christmas.

If things go to plan, things should work out pretty well
Its a simple tradition that I'm looking to emulate. I'll keep four geese over winter and then have goslings ready in the early summer to fatten on the grass right through to Christmas with the addition of some grain in the last month or two. In theory, its simples but as we all know, there's many a slip between cup and lip.
Gareth

The only goose eggs for sale in Norwich last spring and the ones at £6 each were at Archers butchers which is about 400 metres from where we live.

However, they are are a pretentious award winning and currently fashionable butchers who command a price and get it.... a single Scotch egg is £1.75    You should see the queue of folks outside there all morning long on a Saturday, and that is even with a medium size Tesco's, and Co-Op on the same parade, and an Aldi across the road (and I think most of the meat in Aldi's is better).
hughesy

To be fair I'm quite happy with the income our geese generate. I don't sell any for eating just the eggs in season. This spring I think we got about 300 quid in from egg sales. It's a nice bonus if they lay in the autumn too which ours did last year. They cost next to nothing to keep and they mow the grass as part of the deal. You can't lose.
bodger

confused

Looks like your on a winner , i had 3 about 30 years ago when they built Torness power station , one of the workers used to buy my eggs   £5 a dozen, i thought i had won the football pools !! but the best bit was they were great watch dogs/geese.
bodger

I haven't actually seen them as yet , the negotiations have been done over the phone but they sound as if they're going to be interesting colours. The lady says that some of them are a buff colour and that some have grey patches.
Dave C

Looking forward to seeing them mate.

And well done to giving them a try.
I have talked about it but that's as far as I have got.
With work and other problems in my life I never gotten round to very much this year  
bodger

Todays the day.
bodger

Well they're here and I think you'll agree they're quite interesting colours.







The ducks are interesting colours too but lets put it like this, I've probably got more Welsh Harlequin blood running through my veins than they have. I'd show you' a photo of them but they've cleared off into the undergrowth and it looks as though we're going to have some rather challenging duck herding to do later on tonight.
Toddy

Kind of useful them not being clone like You can tell them apart pretty quickly

Nice looking flock you have there. Best of luck on the sexes.

M
horace

Nice looking birds
bodger

The geese are fine but I've decided that later on today, I'm going to take the ducks back. They're just a load of mongrels and I only wanted them because she said they were harlequins.
bodger

The ducks have gone and I've had my money back. Phew!
welshboy

The two buff look like there is Brecon Buff in them somewhere. All look healthy.
bodger

WB, I still fancy getting some Brecon Buffs, but they're few and far between and hellishly expensive.
welshboy

How are they grazing ? I guess you need another dozen or more to graze the same as the horse
bodger

I certainly do. At the moment I'm negotiating with a vegetarian who may or may not sell me some more goslings. I've had to promise not to eat them and she'll let me know in the next few weeks. Maybe I just looked too well fed.
Toddy

Good grief, what does she think most folks keep geese for ?

….and this is a vegetarian asking  
Keep it well, kill it quick and clean, and I have no issues with it.

Each to their own I suppose.

M

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