A Gaggle of Geese-Ordered

We finally got our geese ordered today! We ended up going with Plum Run Poultry/Heritage Turkey Hatchery because after days of searching, they were one of the few hatcheries who still had their Pilgrim geese available. Most other hatcheries have either sold out early or have not gotten them listed yet, and since they are a fairly rare breed, we were concerned about waiting any longer to place the order. Our order consists of breeding pairs of 8 goslings: 2 female and 2 male Pilgrim geese, 1 female and 1 male Toulouse geese, and 1 female and 1 male American Buff geese. We are mostly interested in the Pilgrims, but since the minimum order for geese is 8 for mailing with this company, we decided to try the other breeds as well.

The pictures below were gathered from The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy website and are typical of the breeds we chose to order.

BuffGeese

(The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy )
http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/waterfowl/buffgoose.html

pilgrim_pair

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/waterfowl/pilgrim.html

Just a quick mention as to why we are interested in the Pilgrim geese:

Pilgrims are a rare heritage breed and are auto sexing geese which means that you can tell males from females by their coloration from the time they are hatched throughout their lives. Adult males are mostly white while adult females are mostly grey. They are also described as a friendly breed of goose… at least during non-breeding season. 🙂

*Update: We decided to cancel the 2 Toulouse geese and order 2 additional female Pilgrim geese instead.

**Update: Our goslings did not come from that hatchery and I would highly advise not to order from them as they display questionable business practices.

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Winter Wonderland

We closed on the farm on Friday, December 14 and took possession late in the day the following Monday. Since then we have been working hard washing cabinets and drawers, removing wall paper, patching walls, sanding, painting, adding locks to the bathrooms and master bedroom, and changing out a few light fixtures. I will be posting “before and after” pictures very soon, but for now I wanted to share some lovely winter wonderland pictures. We have already gotten more snow this year than all of last winter combined! Its beautiful here in the country!

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Back Fields

Back Fields

Winter Deck

Winter Deck

Winter Woods

Winter Woods