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bodger

Our first ever !

We've had geese on and off for a number of years but they've always been goslings that we've reared for the table. This time around we've got a breeding sett and this morning I found our first ever goose egg. They're only young birds and I reckon the egg is a fair size for a beginner.
Here it along side a Welsummer chicken egg as a comparison.

The question is, do I scoff it or save it to put in the incubator?  









adirondack-jim

I might save it if you think you'll get anymore over the next few days?  What size would you process the gosslings for the table?
HonkHonk

Incubator, then if a few more come along you could sample one or two of them.
How much stronger in taste than a hen's egg is a goose's?

I like duck eggs but they give me indigestion my dear old nan on my dad's side couldn't even have a hen egg for the same reason.
bodger

Certainly no stronger than a duck egg. I like them.
sandrar

I would ( well *I* wouldn't as I don't like eggs ) eat it. Wait until they get full size before hatching. Don't forget the old wives tale though...."never have daffodils in the house if incubating eggs"  

I love geese
HonkHonk

bodger wrote:
Certainly no stronger than a duck egg. I like them.


Hmmm interesting, I will try one one day lol.
I would like to keep geese too, gotta move house first as the landlord wont allow livestock ya know!
Pilsbury

I so have to buy a little 6/12 egg incubator to hatch for the kids this year,  any recommendations?
Needs to be cheap for now to see how it all goes in work.
bodger

Another egg this morning. I've got someone who wants some for eating, how much should I charge? I'm a bit of a soft touch and I always end up virtually giving stuff away.
Toddy

Well, one goose egg is as big as 2.5 hens ones. It's a meal in itself.
Last time I bought them I paid a pound each.

M
hughesy

The first few won't be fertile so eat them. Or sell them. We charge £1.50 each for them on the market and never have any trouble shifting them. They're early starters John ours never pop one out before valentine's day!
bodger

We really do live in a mild but wet area. We've only had two nights of mild frost this winter.
Toddy

Hughesy's price is still okay from a housewife's pov. A little on the steep side, but farmer's market/organic/free range/home grown, and all that

I got mine from a fellow up Loch Lomondside. He said he kept 50 geese !

M
hughesy

I charge £1.50 because that's what the other bloke who has them on the market charges. We both sell out every week so it can't be too far out.
Toddy

It's fair enough Hughesy
It's a business matter, and if they're selling well, for both of you, at that price  then it's obviously what the market will stand.
Not a lot of profit on eggs I reckon, make the best deal you can.

M
bodger

adirondack-jim wrote:
I might save it if you think you'll get anymore over the next few days?  What size would you process the gosslings for the table?


Jim, the traditional time over here tends to be at Christmas, so they tend to be slaughtered a week or two before. The size of the goose tend to be dependant on the breed. I'd hope that my geese would dress at at ten or twelve pounds but these I have are a bit of an unknown quantity.
hughesy

Toddy wrote:
It's fair enough Hughesy
It's a business matter, and if they're selling well, for both of you, at that price  then it's obviously what the market will stand.
Not a lot of profit on eggs I reckon, make the best deal you can.

M

Goose eggs are all profit. The geese don't cost anything to keep.
Toddy

Time, effort, goslings, keeping the fox at bay, land, etc.,
It all cost somehow I reckon

M
hughesy

Our geese range about on the land between and surrounding our pig pens. They do have a shelter which they only use at laying time so maybe a bale of straw once a year for nesting. I never incubate eggs so no cost there and haven't bought any new birds since the original three we got several years ago. We let the geese sit if they want to towards the end of the laying season and if they rear a few goslings that's great.
So time and effort is really negligible, the housing and land is there anyway so no cost attributed to the geese and I don't feed them apart from letting them clean up any spilled pig feed. If the geese weren't here our costs would be the same so I can't attribute any to them on their own. Obviously more effort in terms of increasing the numbers, rearing more goslings etc would incur costs but our little gaggle seems to be self sufficient and maintains fairly stable numbers without any input from me so any money I get from selling their eggs is a nice little bonus for a couple of months.
welshboy

hughesy wrote:
The first few won't be fertile so eat them. Or sell them.

I agree
bodger

There was a bit of a development on the goose front this evening.

We followed the advice given and ate the first few eggs. They were delicious. This evening, one of the young female geese stayed on the nest, so I locked her safely in for the night. I counted the eggs in the nest yesterday, so I imagine that she's probably sitting on nine tonight.
I'll open her nesting place up during the daytime but I'm a bit wary of some of the other geese nipping in and laying further eggs in the nest.

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