What? New geese, you say?
Yes, it's true. Despite the large number of alpaca posts on this 'blog (commensurate with the large number of alpacas on the farm, har) we do, in fact, have other species here, and geese are one of them. This particular breed of geese is one that I had attempted to obtain waaay back in the spring of 2013, before the farm even had a name, or even a 'blog! My first attempt did not go so well -- out of ten hatching eggs, only two were fertile, and both died before hatching -- and I spent the next two and a half years looking for adults or goslings. There weren't any for sale.
These are exhibition Toulouse, you see, and they are reeeeeally hard to get babies out of. They are big and fat and boggy and have a hard time with the ... Um ... "Mechanics" of reproduction. Thus, they are rare.
What's the point, you ask? Well, exhibition. They look neat. (Don't worry; despite the difficulty it causes with regards to their reproduction, being big and fat and showy does not seem to affect their health.)
These are baby exhibition Toulouse geese -- just a few months old -- so they aren't yet displaying the dramatic dewlap that they are known for. I am very excited to point out that the second goose is a buff -- a relatively rare color for exhibition Toulouse.
Exhibition Toulouse are at their most fertile their first breeding season, so I'm going to try really, really hard to hatch those eggs next spring.
Yes, she is grey! She does not look in in the pictures, but this one is solid dark rose grey inside that brown-looking blanket.
This one was almost our very first bottle-baby. Mom had a very harrowing winter, and her gestation went 368 days, so her udder took quite awhile to come in. Baby did great with the bottle for about two feedings, then started to hate it. She was getting reeeeeeeally sick of tubing, so we were all enormously relieved when mom's milk started to flow! (Note milk mustache in some of those pictures -- all natural!)
My attempt to show her true color. Baby fiber shots are hard!
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.