Adding a flock of geese to the homestead is a great way to add poultry variety, particularly because geese are largely self-sufficient.
Carolyn and Jackie get a close-up of a new member of the "family" — a day-old gosling. Four or five goose eggs can be hatched (in 28-35 days) under a hen while the goose goes on laying more eggs.
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The young geese are eight weeks old — half-grown and weighing about 9 pounds. The pair of breeders (at left) are two years old. Geese are extremely healthy, eat grass, and practically raise themselves.
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We bought this little poultry house and the scratch shed (at right) for our original backyard flock of seven laying hens. We've used it as a coop to fatten boilers and as a shelter for our geese.