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Author:  Cai [ Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Different Waterfowl Breeds

Please post up your breed of duck or other waterfowl with a photo & quick description with good and bad points of them for people looking at getting waterfowl to use as a resource.

Author:  Cai [ Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Different Duck Breeds

Khaki Campbell ducks were developed for their high egg laying ability they average around 300 eggs a year. Khaki is the most common colour although others do exist, mothering ability has been sacrificed for egg laying so they rarely hatch their own young.
Picture of Khaki Campbell ducks, males have the green head
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Author:  Elcarim [ Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Different Duck Breeds

I have geese, can I put them on here?

I love the khaki Campbells... I wonder how my Silkies would feel about raising ducklings...

Author:  Cai [ Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Different Duck Breeds

Sure can put geese on here, I'm sure your silkies won't mind until they start swimming!

Author:  Elcarim [ Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Different Waterfowl Breeds

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Pilgrim geese.

These guys are not quite mature in these photos. This variety of goose is able to be sexed at hatching, boys are all white and girls are grey. They have bright orange feet and beaks, and the boys have lovely blue eyes. The white coloring around the beak and eyes of the female is typical, and becomes more pronounced with age.

They are a smaller variety of goose, not aggressive towards people, although my gander will chase my billy goat and can be a bit mean to any Silkies who get in his way. They are able to fly at about waist height for short distances. They are quite noisy.

Geese are primarily grazers, and like somewhere to wet their heads and appreciate a pond in summer. They will make a big mess of all your water containers, so keep them away from troughs or any water vessel that is not easy to tip out and refill. They rinse their bills and leave dirt and grass in the water.

They are funny, impatient and bossy. My gander rattles the gate while waiting for me to prepare feeds in the evening. I was hoping to breed them, but the goose hasn't started laying or nesting yet. We'll see what happens. They are a fun and easy-care addition to the farmyard.

Author:  ollie girl [ Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:38 pm ]
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Are pilgram geese the one's you hear about that are like guard dogs and will make a racquet when someone comes they don't know :?:

Author:  Em [ Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:22 am ]
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Excuse my blunt question here, but are they good eating?

Author:  Slim [ Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:44 pm ]
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Apparently they are, from my reading.

Author:  Elcarim [ Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:15 pm ]
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From what I have read all geese are pretty good eating. These guys would probably fit in your oven better than the bigger Embdens or Toulouse geese. If mine ever get around to reproducing I will probably eat some of the ganders.

These geese make a racket any time of day, for any reason!

Author:  Alyson [ Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:30 pm ]
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We have eaten a few and they taste great, I have roasted some and made a nice curry with them.

Alyson

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