Geese:

                                   Barnacle Geese

 

 

 

 

Red Breasted geese breed across the artic tundra and winter on the coastal grasslands. While being one of the most sought after geese in captivity due to their small size and beautiful color they prove to be one of the more stubborn geese to breed. We have had success by breeding these geese in a small group consisting of three pairs. We keep them in a 50' by 75' aviary with a small 5' by 10' pond in the center. During breeding season additional 30" pans of water are added and each pair establishes their own area near one of the pans. They lay a clutch of 5-7 eggs which are incubated for about 23 days.

 

 

 

 

 

                                              Ross Geese 

 

 

 

Emperor geese are native to Alaska and northeastern Siberia. A very beautiful and popular goose in captivity that breed quite readily. They are a rather docile goose, although some ganders can be quite territorial. If given ample space they can be bred in small groups or with another species, although a lot depends on the individual birds temperment. They lay a clutch of 4-6 eggs which are incubated for about 24 days. Emperors do not breed until they are three although start showing strong pair bonds at two.

 

 

 

 

                             Cackling Canadian 

 

 

Lesser White-fronted Geese breed across Artic Europe and Asia, wintering mainly in southeastern Europe and sounthern China. They are a small social goose and do well in small groups given ample space. As with most of our geese they are kept in a grassy area with small pans of water. Lesser White-fronts lay a clutch of 5-6 eggs which are incubated for about 25 days. While strong pair bonds are established the second year they usually will not breed until the third year. 

 

 

 

Swans: 

 

 

                                               Mute Swan

 

 

Barnacle Geese breed mainly in the European Artic Tundra and Islands, and winter in the coastal grasslands of northwest Europe.  Barnacles can be bred in colonies but a very large area should be used for this as Ganders become very territorial. We have found single pairs in a 25' by 25' area works quite well. If geese of any kind are kept adjacent to them a 3' site barrier of some sort will keep the ganders from fighting. They lay a clutch of 5-6 eggs which are incubated for 25 days. Barnacles generally do not breed until they are three years old.                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       Redbreasted Goose 

 

 

 

 

 Ross geese breed across the Tundra of central Artic Canada and winter in the western United States. They are the smallest of the Snow geese and a favorite of many breeders. They have pleasant personalities and can be kept in small groups. We provide at least one 30" square by 6" deep water pan per pair scattered throughout the breeding pen so each pair has a water source near their own nest site. This seems to cut down on squabbles between the ganders. Ross's lay a clutch of about 4-5 eggs which they incubate for about 22 days. They do not breed until three years old.

 

 

 

 

                                         Emperor Goose

 

 

 Cackling Canadians breed mainly in coastal western Alaska and winter chiefly in interior California, south to northern Mexico. This is the smallest of the eleven sub-species of Canadian geese and a favorite due to their small size. Although being small in size they can be very disturbing to other waterfowl. We breed these in single pairs in pens that are 25' by 25' with site barriers between pens. They lay a clutch of 5-6 eggs which are incubated for about 26 days. Cacklers generally do not breed until they are three years old. 

 

 

 

                                 Lesser White-fronted Geese

 

 

 

 

Mute Swans are originally native to central Asia but have been introduced over much of Europe and the Eastern United States. Although a beautiful bird, it is very territorial and takes over small lakes running off native species of swans. These birds will breed on small ponds and lakes but great care should be taken when raising these birds to let any to be introduced into the wild. Cygnets should be pinioned at a very young age to help prevent them from escaping into the wild and disrupting native species. They lay a clutch of 6-8 eggs which are incubated for about 36 days.

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