The geese were our first 'producing' livestock and in true smallholder style they were completely unplanned. We had asked a neighbour about his geese and how they were to keep. A week later we found out he was selling his house and moving away but keeping the geese across the road from us. The next time we saw him he offered them to u s for free.
Three geese, all female, coming up to a year old and laying time? He even said they would follow us across the road if we had some corn. Hand raised by his daughters they were tame as anything. How could we say no, especially with the grass growing long . Well they didn't follow us, they attacked and after a cringeworthy/comical hour or so we had 3 geese in our sheep field. It also turned out that they weren't all female. We have a gander and two geese. They are however laying well and the eggs are tasty. Geese are something we hadn't read much about so we are very much blundering our way through but they are getting to used us, we are getting more confident and I think we are meeting all thier needs. They had been named April, May and June, but we changed those to fit into our naming scheme and reflect thier gender. Now we have Athos, Abigail and April. The previos owner has said that they are Toulouse Geese, I am assuming they are the utility strain as they don't have the dewlaps. There were sold to him as all female though so I don't know how confident we should be in the seller's knowledge/honesty! If you have any thoughts on what breed they are drop us an email!).
We then added two Embden geese to our flock, one for meat and hopefully one for crossing with Athos. The boy, Baldrik, didn't seem to do very well and took a bad turn quite suddenly. Unfortunately we lost him but we learnt a valuable lesson about geese. Barbara, the girl, has thrived since though and has become a part of the flock.