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We love our heritage breed geese, but Ptery is a flock favorite. He’s a homebred mix of Roman Tufted and, I believe, African, resulting in a large goose with a small tuft and clown-like face paint feathering. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #keepgeese #homebred #goslings #homestead #farmlife #farming #iamamodernfarmer #modernhomesteader

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The beautiful Buff geese Serena and Louis joined our flock from @homesweethomestead yesterday. That brings the number of geese in my gaggle to 23, far more geese than I ever thought I would have! We are starting to focus our flock on a few specific heritage breeds that we hope to cultivate in the future. American Buffs are among those, so Louis and Serena fit in perfectly. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #keepgeese #guardgeese #homestead #farmlife #farming #mainefarm #modernhomestead #iamamodernfarmer

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If you have attended any of my talks about geese, you’ve probably heard me mention our first pair of geese. My husband’s son asked for geese as a graduation gift many years ago now, and we got two Chinese goslings in the mail a few weeks later. We did zero research except for some memories of geese from my childhood. Mr and Mrs Goose imprinted right away and were delightful to raise, following us around and honking for attention. We dug a small (messy) pond in our backyard just for them and spoiled them at every turn. After a year, Mr. Goose disappeared. Either he was hit by a car or an eagle grabbed him, we were never sure but both were close by threats at our home at that time. Mrs Goose mourned him long and loud. After a few weeks of constant crying (while I searched the internet for a suitable friend), Mrs Goose decided that my husband, Patrick, was the one for her. Suddenly no project outside could be done without her standing six inches away from him, eagerly awaiting any attention. The need for a new feathered companion grew more urgent. Finally we found Rupert, a fluffy Sebastopol gander that we brought home. While Rupert and Mrs Goose never really bonded deeply with each other, they were the start of a flock that grew the next spring, and then next, until now we have over twenty geese. And yes, both are still part of the flock, and Mrs Goose is very happy with all her feathered friends. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #keepgeese #chinesegeese #homestead #farmlife #farming #mainefarm #farmer #iamamodernhomesteader #countryliving

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mypetchickenofficial

Thank you all so much for following along today! I hope you’ve enjoyed the takeover and found some useful information in my posts. Head on over to @hostilevalleyliving for my farm story and all about our herd of goats, as well as more on the geese, guineas, and chickens. Be sure to visit my website (link in the profile) for my book, The Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese, and watch out for So You Want to Be A Modern Homesteader? on bookshelves in November. Photo credit on this great shot goes to @themoderndaysettler Thank you again! - Kirsten @hostilevalleyliving #mypetchickenofficial #takeover #hostilevalleyliving #getgeese #geese #geeseofinstagram #chickens #poultry #author #writersofinstagram

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mypetchickenofficial

What do geese like for special treats? Geese can be picky, and their preferences vary between individual birds. Watermelons are always a hit, but fresh greens of all kinds are the go-to. Salad, beet or carrot greens, spinach, kale - those are all winners. Unlike ducks and chickens, geese are not omnivorous, so they prefer vegetarian treats and turn their noses up at chicken favorites like worms. A few geese do enjoy dried mealworms, however. - Kirsten @hostilevalleyliving #mypetchickenofficial #takeover #hostilevalleyliving #geese #getgeese #geeseofinstagram #goosetreats #goslings

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mypetchickenofficial

With all these birds, it can be a challenge to make sure that everyone gets along. Not only does each flock have their own ‘pecking order’, but they have to get along with the other birds as well. We are fortunate to be able to offer free range daytime space for our birds, which allows them to forage in their own corners of our property and not interact unless they want to. At night the geese are housed in a separate coop so they don’t bully anybody. One or two geese could be kept with the chickens, but a whole flock will start picking on them. The guineas we raised in the chicken coop so that they would think of that space as ‘home’ and thus far it’s been helpful in getting them to roost indoors every night (notoriously a problem with guinea fowl). They boss the chickens around, but get along reasonably well most of the time. The key to a harmonious mixed flock is enough space and food for everyone. We don’t try to cram more birds into our coop than would be comfortable and in wintertime we offer lots of treats to keep everyone amused. - Kirsten @hostilevalleyliving #mypetchickenofficial #takeover #hostilevalleyliving #geese #getgeese #geeseofinstagram #chickens #mixedflock #backyardpoultry

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mypetchickenofficial

Most folks will want to keep at least two or three geese. A single goose imprints more strongly on people, and can become a nuisance with its constant need for human attention. Two or three will bond with each other and grow to be more independent. For peace and quiet on the farmyard, stick to all girls or get one male to every three or four females. - Kirsten @hostilevalleyliving #mypetchicken #takeover #hostilevalleyliving #getgeese #geese #goslings #geeseofinstagram #babygeese

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mypetchickenofficial

I get so many questions about goose eggs. Yes, geese lay very edible and delicious eggs. A goose egg is approximately equivalent to three chicken eggs. They have large yolks compared to the whites and hold together to create thick, tasty batters. Perfect for baking, goose eggs are also very sought after for making pasta. Perfect for a single person omelet, they also can just be fried up like a regular chicken egg and will taste much the same. - Kirsten @hostilevalleyliving #mypetchickenofficial #takeover #hostilevalleyliving #gooseeggs #fresheggs #geese #getgeese #geeseofinstagram

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mypetchickenofficial

People are always skeptical when I tell them I keep geese, but the truth is they are remarkably useful and versatile birds. Our large flock keeps predators at bay, we have had no major predator issues since introducing geese to our flock. They also serve as excellent alarm bells and no visitors arrive at our farm without being announced. That being said, they’re surprisingly friendly. Just like ducklings, goslings can imprint and become bonded with a person, making them excellent pets for the right person. While our gaggle is primarily for flock protection, geese have many other uses. In a vineyard, orchard, or among berry bushes they are remarkable weeders, keeping paths trim and neat. Don’t use them in your vegetable garden though - they will eat up your lettuce. They lay a respectable quantity of giant eggs seasonally, their meat is quite prized for holiday meals, and they make beautiful additions to any barnyard. The only drawback to geese is their volume - with close neighbors you’ll want to select breeds that are less vocal. #mypetchickenofficial #takeover #hostilevalleyliving #geese #getgeese #geeseofinstagram

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Feathers is one of our Roman Tufted geese. Romans are my favorite geese: small and easy to manage, loud enough to be good guardians but docile enough to not be scary or annoying. Their ever-curious nature makes them easy to have imprint and their little tufts and bright blue eyes make them stand out among the flock. #hostilevalleyliving #romangeese #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #keepgeese #homestead #farmlife #iamamodernfarmer #goslings #countryliving

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hostilevalleyliving

I am excited to be a part of the #commongroundcountryfair tomorrow. This celebration of rural living has been a symbol of the end of summer in Maine since before I was born, and I remember going with my mother as a small child. Since then it has at least tripled in size, and is a destination for all those interested in self sufficiency around New England. Talking about geese there tomorrow will be an exclamation point on a busy summer for us. I hope that if you are a Mainer, you’ll say hi! #hostilevalleyliving #commongroundfair #mofga #mainefarmer #mainefarm #farmlife #countryliving #homestead #authorsofinstagram #getgeese #writer #writersodinstagram

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hostilevalleyliving

This spring’s goslings turning into beautiful Buff Toulouse adults. If you love geese and you love farming, come to my talk at the @motherearthfair in Seven Springs, PA this weekend! I’ll be talking from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Livestock Conservancy Stage and signing books afterwards. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #weedergeese #guardgeese #homestead #farmlife #farming

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waterfowler_howing

69 geese in 4 hunts..Very fortunate to hunt with a good group of guys the past two weekends in MN..they put on alot of hours and miles to get on these early unpredictable geese..but thanks alot cant wait for next september!! #doadecoys #tanglefree #vortexoptics #winchesterisbetterthanbenelli #getgeese #moltgear #goodcompany #69

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jon_miller65

Honker beat down today for the Minnesota opener #getgeese

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hostilevalleyliving

The Dewlap Toulouse geese are some of the most stately on our farm, and one of my favorite varieties. They tend to be friendly and curious, but honk when they see an intruder, making them great guardians. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #guardgeese #dewlaptoulouse #homestead #farmlife

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spittingameoutdoors

She said dad I’m gonna be doing the calling this weekend ! I know we are ready to get after em ! Who else is ready ? Y’all check out our partners @carolinalabradors ! #spittingameoutdoors #carolinalabradors #sickforit #whatgetsyououtdoors #getinwhereyoufitin #getducks #getgeese #zinkcallsavianx #higdonoutdoors #bandednation #limits

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hostilevalleyliving

His friends told him it was too small, but Cuddles insists that this bathtub is just the right size. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #bathtime #goslings #homestead #farmlife #iamcountryside

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hostilevalleyliving

When you end up in the chicken coop you have to exit like the chickens do. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #homestead #farmlife #farming #goslings #goodmorning #riseandshine

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hostilevalleyliving

Feathers is a Roman Tufted goose, an ancient heritage breed. They are a favorite on our farm because of their compact, easy to manage size, and their alert and curious personalities. We have four Roman Tufted geese in the flock now, and look forward to adding more! #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #guardgeese #homestead #farmlife #iamcountryside #iamamodernfarmer #goslings

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fieldquarterwaterfowl

Inside of a month now till the opener.. Ready to see these pea fields transform!! @codyforee @sitkagear @tanglefreewaterfowl @stingray_industries_led @ramseyrussellgetducks @lifetimedecoys @zinkcallsavianx #anotchabovetherest #FQ #FieldQuarter #sitka #avianx #tanglefree #getducks #getgeese #sitkagear #geese #ducks

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Geese are a huge part of our farm. Did you know I wrote a book on keeping geese? There’s a link to it in my profile, and I also write articles on geese and speak about caring for them at homesteading events. We got geese on a whim, but we loved their personalities and have found them to be extremely useful as guardians and alarm bells. That’s just two of their talents that we use on the farm, but geese can be helpful in many ways. And no, they aren’t always mean! They can be some of the snuggliest animals on the farm - though they’re not afraid to hiss at you once and awhile. #hostilevalleyliving #homestead #farmlife #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #guardgeese #writersofinstagram #author

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robertchase199

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Ptery enjoying some afternoon shade. Our summer has been hot and humid so far, making for some happy crops in the garden but a grumpy flock of geese. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #homestead #farmlife #mainefarm #iamamodernfarmer #guardgeese

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robertchase199

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Remember my three little shadows from this spring? They’re all grown up now. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #goslings #getgeese #homestead #farmlife #farmer

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spittingameoutdoors

A little pre gaming getting fired up ! Who else’s blood is starting to boil !? Tag your crew !! Check out our partners @carolinalabradors !! @higdonoutdoors @pursuitchannel #spittingameoutdoors #sickforit #whatgetsyououtdoors #getinwhereyoufitin #getducks #getgeese #higdonoutdoors #zinkcallsavianx #bandednation #pursuitchannel

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hostilevalleyliving

Wait up, mama! Our three spring goslings from @metzerfarms have just started hanging out with the big geese in the past two or three days. But they still come running when they see me! #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #goslings #homestead #farmlife

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hostilevalleyliving

Punk rock gosling 👩‍🎤 Officially dubbed “Feathers” by my nieces visiting from Texas today. #hostilevalleyliving #goslings #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #mohawk

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Already modeling pros 😂. This trio of goslings has stayed imprinted and around the barn for longer than they usually do. I can’t say I’m complaining about being followed around by these cuties and listening to their little peeps. #hostilevalleyliving #goslings #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #homestead #farmlife

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junglesidefarm

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hostilevalleyliving

This group of goslings is growing up so fast - their wings can’t keep up! Thinking geese? Link in my profile to my book, The Modern Homesteaders Guide to Keeping Geese. #hostilevalleyliving #getgeese #geeseofinstagram #goslings #homestead #farmlife

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hostilevalleyliving

I could go on about all the practical reasons to keep geese. Or I could just show you how sweet and adorable imprinted goslings are. #hostilevalleyliving #getgeese #geeseofinstagram #homestead #farmlife

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I plan to take advantage of the long weekend by getting the rest of the garden in today and doing some major clean up around the pasture. There’s a sense of urgency because next weekend I will be away in Maryland speaking about geese at another @motherearthfair! #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #homestead #farmlife

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hostilevalleyliving

They’re growing like weeds! If you’re local in Maine stop by the Owl and Turtle Bookstore in Camden this Saturday between 10-1. I’ll be there selling and signing books - but even better these fluff balls will be there to snuggle! #hostilevalleyliving #goslings #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #authorsofinstagram

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hostilevalleyliving

Add a little fluff to your Monday. #hostilevalleyliving #goslings #geeseofinstagram #getgeese

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hostilevalleyliving

And then there were FIVE. Wow! These little peepers have two dedicated mamas, a doting papa, and half a dozen curious and friendly aunts and uncles. So I think it’s safe to say they’ll be a little spoiled. #hostilevalleyliving #goslings #geeseofinstagram #getgeese

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hostilevalleyliving

Tulip did an amazing job! This morning there were three little goslings peeping under mama. She may hatch a few more today as she still has eggs. These little, precious fluff balls bring so much joy to the barnyard and Mom and the other geese are so proud of them. #hostilevalleyliving #goslings #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #cutenessoverload

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hostilevalleyliving

On gosling watch! By my calculations, Tulip’s eggs could hatch any day now. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #geeseaspets #sebastopol

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hostilevalleyliving

Three weeks until goslings! Not that I’m counting the days or anything... If you are interested in goslings this spring, check out my book (link in the profile) or better yet come to my talk at the @motherearthfair in Asheville this Sunday! #hostilevalleyliving #goslings #geeseofinstagram #tbt #getgeese

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hostilevalleyliving

Serious egg business to attend to. #hostilevalleyliving #geeseofinstagram #getgeese #fresheggs

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