Wild Acres located in Armstrong, BC, Canada sells African goslings.
African Geese: SOLD OUT FOR 2019
unsexed/straight run goslings $25 -gate sales only
We do not ship or sell goose eggs
Limited goslings may be available near the end of April until the end of May 2020 and they will be posted on our facebook page at that time.
Our matriarch pair of African geese did well at the Interior Provincial Exhibition in 2016. We won Champion goose!
The African goose originated from the wild Asian Swan Goose of China. African geese are also quite a bit heavier than Chinese, and are better known for their docile temperaments. They are a beautiful goose and are very active foragers of grasses and weeds. They are good egg producers with above average fertility. The mature African goose has a large knob attached to its forehead, which requires several years to develop. Ganders are taller with a more pronounced dewlap, while the females are shorter and stockier, with larger keels or lobes.
Geese are often housed with ducks and can be free run with other poultry such as chickens as long as extra waterers are made available for the chickens. Hanging buckets with chicken nipples work well for both poultry and waterfowl.
Geese are more like grazing animals than any other type of poultry. Their beak and tongue are particularly well-equipped for grazing. Because geese have virtually no crop in which to hold feed, they tend to feed and graze frequently. In summer they may continue to graze and feed at night.
Goslings can start grazing at just a few weeks of age. If pasture is good and plentiful then the amount of prepared food they are given can be reduced. Feed waterfowl starter crumbs or non-medicated chick crumbs (20% protein) for the first week. A pelleted grower ration (16%) plus cracked corn, wheat, milo, oats or other grain can be fed after this time.
During the summer months, if they have an extensive range, they may eat little else but grass, but during the autumn and winter months when the protein content of grass is lower, they will need wheat and pellets. Always ensure there is clean drinking water available near their food as well as grit/course sand and oyster shell especially in the winter months.
Geese don’t require expensive accommodation. An old shed or a dog house will do, providing it has ventilation. Domestic geese do not need a pond (they only spend around 10% of their time on water) and a plastic tub is sufficient for them to be content. Geese prefer to mate on water so to ensure the heavier breeds are successful with this, they may need slightly deeper water than the lighter weight breeds.
African geese are long-lived and will produce for many years under normal circumstances. Geese don’t generally fall ill if they are kept correctly, so other than routine worming, they don’t require much in the way of medication. Geese form bonds with their mates. If well managed, they will reproduce in their first year but their eggs are usually more fertile in their second year. They lay 40-65 extra large white eggs (5-8oz) that hatch in 28+ days. The African goose produces high quality, lean meat, and is considered a premier roasting goose. Status: Watch Use: watch dogs, weeders, pets, meat APA Standard Weight: ganders 16-18 lbs at 15-18 weeks old
Please remember that prolonged feeding of high amounts of protein such as 20% chick starter and or 25% turkey starter can result in Angel wing, which is the result of a diet too high in protein. The last joint of the wing is twisted with the wing feathers pointing out laterally, instead of lying against the body. We suggest taking away high protein food sources at night.
If your gosling or duck develops Angel Wing there is hope. If caught at a young age and the feeding is changed such as adding more greens and low protein grains. Angel wing may be corrected. The affected wing can be tucked under and taped with surgical tape. The surgical tape usually falls off by itself within a few days.