Shetland Geese
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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

PRICE REDUCED - MUST SELL ASAP

GEESE - Pair of rare purebred Shetlands from Holderread Waterfowl Farm. Hatched 4/26/2010. Small and sweet. If you are not familiar with Shetland Geese, they are autosexing at any age by their coloring. (Shetlands are not the only auto-sexing breed. Their coloring is also compatible with Pilgrims.) Shetlands make excellent parents. As adults, the females are white with a gray saddle back and more or less gray on their head and neck. The Ganders are nearly pure white with blue eyes.  They weigh only about 10 lbs, so are quite small as geese go.  Shetlands are extremely rare and, to my knowledge, are only commercially available from Holderreads.  Day-olds cost $65/sexed pair and that does NOT include postage.

This female has gotten lovely white speckles on the top of her head and back of her neck.  The gray on her wings seems to have a similar mottled effect.  This gander has a few dark feathers on his back, under his wings and a small dark gray spot on his right thigh.  These two were adopted and raised by a very friendly goose and so are becoming quite tame. But they are still a bit shy. They are crazy about tomatoes and bread, so taming them further should not be a problem once they settle in to their new home if you work with them quietly and slowly at all times as I have.

I grew them out as slowly as possible so as not to rush their development. I wanted to be sure they had plenty of time to mature for optimum long term health and productivity. They were started on Purina Duck Starter #8855 and then were eating Purina Duck Grower#8858. They are currently eating a 50/50 mix of Purina Game Bird Flight Conditioner and Purina Game Bird Maintenence Chow for the proper protein level as well as overall better nutrition in the hot weather when they are eating very little.  And, having been raised by a goose, they spent all daylight hours growing up outside in grassy yards and very active from day one.

This pair has not been exposed to ducks other than to see them through a common fence because I only have 2 OLD runner hens left.  If you have other birds, I can make NO guarantee how they will get along and you must be prepared to protect whoever turns out to be the less aggressive. (I house ducks and geese separately at night for everyone's safety even when I know they get along well out in the yard.) Pond not necessary - Kiddie pool OK. $60 for both of them - CASH ONLY - includes 20 lbs of their current  Purina feed.

 

Kiddie pool OK - pond not necessary. $60 CASH ONLY - includes 20 lbs of feed. Gordonsville VA.

Birds are shown by timely appointment only.

All sales are first come - first served,

CASH and CARRY ONLY. No shipping available.

No holds longer than agreed upon appointment day/time

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I am NOT able to take returns. ALL SALES FINAL.

So, before buying, you must consider the needs of geese as well as the compatibility of geese with your family, neighbors and existing pets. And be sure your zoning and/or home owner's association rules allow you to keep geese. Geese can honk quite loudly at times, especially when they are first let out in the yard in the morning. They run and flap and honk for joy! And if you speak to them just right, they will honk back.

If you don't already own a copy, you should buy The Book of Geese. It's written by none other than Dave Holderread and can be purchased directly from Holderreads if you can't find it locally. It is, by far, the best book I've found for goose care, feeding and breeding. Any geese you ever own will benefit from your having read it!

Geese are quite easy to care for and keep healthy. They need security from predators at all times as they have no effective defenses of their own - domestic geese cannot even fly away to safety. Predators may include not only raccoons, foxes, weasels, bears, coyotes, and hawks but also your dog or cat, and your neighbors' dogs and cats. For swimming, a couple of geese would only need a kiddie pool to have enough to swim in and keep their feathers clean - a pond is NOT necessary. They need water deep enough to rinse their entire head to keep their eyes and nostrils clear (I use 2 gallon waterbuckets). In addition, they need room to forage and exercise. They need plenty of well maintained grassy areas for good grazing and plenty of room to run and flap like fools! And fresh balanced duck feed that is mold and bug free and is protected from the elements. Access to shade is a must year-round. And they need a dry place to sleep at night that is predator proof and protected from wind, but not too air-tight.

If you are not atleast 18 years old, please have the responsible adult in your life read this entire ad first and then have them call me. These birds are located in central Virginia - I do NOT ship any birds - you must drive to pick them up.    Please leave a message if you get my machine. I am usually outside and while I can hear the phone, I never manage to get inside to catch it before the machine. But I can usually get back to you in just a few minutes if you leave a message.

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Gander - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Goose - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Goose - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Goose - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Gander - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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Shetland Pair - August 29, 2010

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