Derry Feed & Supply Co., Inc.

A Purina Americas Country Store

ALL ABOUT GEESE

       Goslings          

Geese have a long and distinguished history. Domesticated in Ancient Rome, China, and Bible Lands, geese are even pictured on the Pyramids. In Central Europe a newly married couple could expect young geese as a highly prized wedding present. Geese can be expected to breed past 30 years of age and a 40 year old is not uncommon. 101 years of age is the record. Geese are raised primarily for meat today but we have many customers who also use the eggs for baking and the shells for decorative arts. Goose down goes into everything from an old-fashioned feather bed to a modern lightweight jacket. Geese are easy and inexpensive to raise, quick to grow, and a delight to behold. 
PRICING__26.00 / PAIR, SOLD IN PAIRS ONLY, 50% DEPOSIT REQ. AT TIME OF ORDER.

                                         Prices are subject to change without notice.                                             

GEESE ARE NOW SOLD OUT FOR THE 2010 SEASON. DERRY FEED WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RECEIVE ANY MORE GEESE UNTIL THE SPRING 2011 SEASON.  VERY SORRY . ANN 

 

Goslings and Ducklings arrive in one large shipment around the end of May 2010  .

Brooding Temperature for Goslings and Ducklings the first week is 85 degrees. Decrease this temperature weekly.  Ducklings and Goslings are easy to raise and are quite disease resistant. 

Do Not Feed Them Medicated Feed. Medicated feed used for chicks and turkeys will kill ducklings and goslings.   Feed free choice grit at one week of age and provide a well balanced feed (usually a non- medicated poultry feed is a good choice). Ducklings and Goslings are good foragers and will eat plenty of good green grass. 

BE SURE AND PROVIDE FRESH, CLEAN WATER AT ALL TIMES.

Ducklings and Goslings do not get their feathers until they are four or five weeks old. ...Therefore... they should not be left outside in cold or rainy weather !  

EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO BEGIN__Non Medicated Poultry Feed  /   Heat Lamp and White Bulb  /  Feeder and Waterer  /  Large Box /  Wood Shavings for Bedding.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR ADULT BIRDS____Adult Feeder  /  Adult Waterer  /  Predator Safe Coop  /  Shavings.

FOR WINTER______item 338611 Farm Innovators__Heated Poultry Fount___*49.99 ea __*price subject to chg w/o notice. 

VARIETIES:

White Chinese or Weeder Geese----are excellent weeders. They are especially good at weedng strawberries, cotton or tobacco fields. Up to 7 gees are required per acre.White Chinese have less fat than the Embden or Toulouse..therefore there is less waste when cooking. The Chinese Geese are white, very grasceful with a swan-like appearance. 

White Embden----are the most popular breed.  They are fast growing and easy to raise.  Excellent for their meat and their white feathers for pillows.   White Embden geese originated by the Em River in Germany and were first brought to the U.S. in 1821. They have the same massive appearance as the Toulouse, combined with a pure white color. They are a wonderful eating bird and easier to dress because of the white plumage. Expect fall weights of 20 pounds for males and 13 pounds for females.  A flock should have a 14 to 15 pound average at 24 to 26 weeks. Excellent for purebred showing.

 

Toulouse----is the "old fashioned gray goose". The Toulouse does not get as heavy as the White Embden.  They are beautiful and easy to raise.    Taking their name from the famous city in France, Toulouse Geese (along with White Embdens) are the most popular commercial geese sold in America. They produce excellent yields of goose down and all-dark meat. The varying shades of gray in the plumage emphasize their deep, rounded breasts and massive appearance. Expect fall weights of 18 to 20 pounds for males and 12 to 13 pounds for females.

African----is a large attractive goose noted for it's distinctive dark stripe the entire length of the back of the neck. The African Goose also has a black nob and bill and orange feet. This breed is not as heavy as the Toulouse or White Embden, but they mature early. They are very dignified looking and attract a great deal of attention. They are especially desirable for crossing with the heavier breeds of geese.

This is Nacoma.  He was a beautiful white Embden Goose belonging to Cindy Nickerson, a long time customer at Derry Feed.  Nacoma lived 22 years with Cindy and her family and was a true friend.  Cindy would take Nacoma with her when she went, almost every weekend, to visit her mother in Northwood, NH.  Nacoma and Nicole (a female Embden - 3 years younger and Cindy's other goose)  loved going in the big pond and on family walks in Northwood.  He was a very special fellow. Thank you Cindy for sending Derry Feed this beautiful picture.

 Nacoma and friends. Cindy is on the left.