We raise mostly English & American heritage breed chickens for our eggs, these include the Dominique, Buff Orpington, Maran, Rhode Island Red, Brahma, Plymouth Rock, Silver Wyandotte, Speckled Sussex, Delaware, Welsummer, Buckeye & Dorking.
Our girls are a little spoiled, they range freely over the property during the day where they can eat various grasses, legumes & fruits, catch bugs & worms, sunbathe, take dust baths & scratch in the soil. At night, they are secure from predators in their insulated coop. They reward us with great tasting eggs that have a deep yellow/ almost orange yolk.
Our chickens are supplemented with a non medicated, non GMO feed which we buy from a local grain mill in Middlefield here in Geauga County.
We have chosen to raise brown & buff African Dewlap geese. We really cannot find fault with them, gentle, beautiful & majestic. Only occasionally getting a little ornery when sitting on eggs which gives them a pass here! They are also great at letting us know we have intruders from both the animal & human world.
Our breeding stock came from the renown Holderread Waterfowl Preservation in Oregon. This breed is also on the Livestock Conservancy's Endangered List.
African geese are long-lived & will produce for many years. Eggs are large, weighing 5-8 ounces & hatch in 30-32 days. Geese form bonds with their mates. They lay between 35 & 45 eggs each per year.
Our geese are free ranged on the farm during the day light hours & put inside at night for their protection. They are supplemented with non GMO grain, though prefer to forage.
Goose eggs taste very similar to duck eggs - a bit richer than a chicken egg. They can be used in much the same ways as any other type of egg in cooking & baking.
Our geese lay seasonally, normally from April - early June & occasionally in November.
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