West of England & Brecon Buff Geese – 16-18 April 2016

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April 30, 2016 by janem213

First geese hatch here : )

Having Welsh ducks (the lovely Welsh Harlequins) I wanted to have Welsh beef stew!!!?! [That is Google dictation for you! And me a vegetarian!!!] … to have Welsh geese too. [That’s better]

The only breed originating in Wales is the Brecon Buff. The breed standard calls for pink bills and feet but many sold are orange. Not only is it hard to get eggs, it is hard to get good quality eggs. They are also quite difficult to hatch…

I bought 8 eggs from a breeder  but despite (it seemed) trying everywhere couldn’t get any more elsewhere. Not wanting to risk just one hatching and wanting a bigger hatch I got 3 lots of 4 eggs from different breeders of another breed, the West of England. Another fairly rare breed, it is autosexing which means you can tell which goslings are male and which are female. Having 3 lots of eggs would ultimately give me lots of related pairs as well as the Brecon Buffs which I planned to hatch more of soon after. If all went to plan. As quite often, it didn’t…

Of the 8 Brecon Buff eggs only 1 was good at lockdown. It hatched, but died a few days of age : (

The WOE though were brilliant! At lockdown (3 days before hatching) 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 looked good. All 4 hatched (3 boys and 1 girl), 1 of the 3 (a girl) and both the 2 (both girls).

It’s so lovely to have goslings again : ) They are such characters and have such presence. We have conversations ! As soon as they see me they go “Cheep Cheep
Cheep Cheep Cheep!” then I say “Cheep Cheep
Cheep Cheep Cheep!” and then they respond “Cheep Cheep
Cheep Cheep Cheep!” You get the idea!!

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First to hatch drying off in the cheapo incy.

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Oldest 2 in the brooder a day old

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Not a great photo except to show their different markings (girls in front, boys behind).

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Earlier today, about 2 weeks old, enjoying a bit of lettuce.

20 eggs in two incys 17 March, 8 BB and 12 WOE.

Just before lockdown 1/8 BB and 9/12 WOE.

16-18 April 1 BB and 7 WOE hatched.

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