Updated on September 25, 2017.
2018 Hatch Weeks: April 3, 17; May 1, 15, 20; June 12, 26.
We have had a reduction in the number of breeds that we offer for 2018. We had what some have termed a "Predator Apocalypse". It started in the Fall of 2016 with a huge number of opossums and then, as Winter and early Spring turned into Summer, we had countless numbers of other poultry predators. We had a mink that refused to be caught despite a professional trapper's assistance and countless attempts. We learned that mink can get through an incredibly small hole and are very, very destructive. We also had skunks, fox, numerous raccoons and a badger, who did not get poultry but each night dug huge holes into the pens to allow everyone else in. There were some mornings that there were so many different animal tracks around the pens that it was impossible to identify all of them as to what was eating what. All in all we lost all members of over 29 breeds and numerous individuals of others as the mass of poultry eaters would make their rounds, finding each and every loose pen door, or weak spot in the fence, you name it. We eventually caught the adult raccoons and a pack of coyotes took care of the young raccoons. The early morning I saw the coyotes I nearly gave up hope that we would ever be able to raise poultry again as it seemed like yet another poultry eater was here for a feast. We did not expect the coyotes to be there to help, but they did. We will update the breeds and numbers again after all breeders have been selected later in November, but this is how it looks at this point.Note: Remember that geese are rather temperamental layers and will quit once the season turns hot. Our incubators are not the best for goose eggs, so hatches are subject to availability. The goose assortments available are as follows: Super Assorted and Fancy Assorted.
Order Early! Please remember we process and fill orders on a first come, first served basis. We never know from year to year which will be the hot items that everyone will want, so place your orders early even if you don't want them until summer. If you don't get your name on the list early for the date that you prefer, that date may already be booked up for the breeds you want.
Order limits: The number in parenthesis after a breed is the maximum number of that breed that is available from any one hatch. You may order fewer than that number if you would like. If you would like more than that number of that particular breed, you must order enough birds for two (or more) separate shipments from two (or more) separate hatch dates.
PLEASE REMEMBER ALL DAY-OLD POULTRY IS SOLD AS STRAIGHT RUN ONLY. WE DO NOT SEX ANY OF THE DAY-OLDS. Since we do not sell sexed chicks, we have no control over what you receive as far as a male-female ratio. Ideally, it is supposed to be a 50-50 split, but anyone who has been in poultry knows it can vary from that.
PLEASE NOTE MINIMUM NUMBER OF BIRDS REQUIREMENT BEFORE ORDERING!
You MUST order 6 to 8 geese (the equivalent of 25 chicks) per order. You may mix ducks and geese in one order. One goose equals two ducks. This is required because the geese will not stay warm enough to arrive alive at your Post Office if there are too few geese in the box. The only option that we have to keep the geese warm enough to ship is by the body heat of the geese. Please do not ask us to ship less than this minimum requirement.
SUPER ASSORTED: Goslings 6 for $55.00; 12 for $100.00 This assortment can be any goose breed we offer. It might be one each of six different breeds or two or three each of two or three different breeds.
FANCY ASSORTED: Goslings 6 for $110.00 This assortment will be from one or more of the following breeds: American Buff, Buff Saddleback Pomeranian, Grey Saddleback Pomeranian, Old Fashioned Pomeranian, Roman Tufted, or Tufted Buff.
American Buff: Large, gentle, rich buff color. (AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY)
Brown Chinese: Small, rather noisy breed of goose. Ours are the true Chinese with long, slender necks. (AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY)
Buff Saddleback Pomeranian: Large sized, white with buff saddleback patches on the back and head. Goslings $30.00 each (4)
Grey Saddleback Pomeranian: Large sized, white with grey saddleback patches on the back and head. Goslings $30.00 each (4)
Old Fashioned Pomeranian: A colorful group of rare, old German geese. They are not all of one color. (AVAILABLE IN FANCY GOOSE ASSORTMENTS ONLY)
Roman Tufted: Small sized, pure white with tufts on their heads. Very elegant looking. (Available in Assortments Only)
White Chinese: Small, very active, noisy, good breed for foraging. Ours have long, slender necks. Goslings $10.00 each (6)