Goose Eggs!

We had an inkling something was up in the goose quarter. With spring in the air, we’d just moved them from the grassed quarter where they’d spent winter into the large orchard quarter – once we’d ensured the trees had adequate protection from their nibbling beaks. A few days later it was noticed that a nest had been constructed – and what a nest! It was a shock to see the size compared to the usual chicken nest that we’re used to, and so very neat! Constructed from the straw in their house, we started to drop extra clean straw in throughout the week in case the culprit needed more.

Two days later an egg appeared! We snuck in to get our hands on it, only to find another buried underneath it! So the March 1st was celebrated in true style. Two weeks on we’re now getting one or two a day – Lucy was slower to sit, and also more reluctant for Barty’s amorous advances, whereas Grace was, well, Grace.

They’re around 135-145g each, apparently next year they’ll be around the 190g mark. Supposedly a larger egg will also give a larger goose, so we’ve decided to concentrate on the broody Light Sussex this year, and to allow the geese another year of freedom before children. It also gives us a massive supply of eggs, they’ve gone down well at school as lunch box hard boiled eggs, but Suz and I are yet to try one! The verdict was ‘they’re creamier than chicken eggs’.

People say, because of the creaminess, they are great for cake making – we’ll need to supply grandma with some to test the theory 😉

As a note to myself, we need to supply them with layers or growers pellets during this egg laying time, to help them replace the lost vitamins, minerals and calories they’re using whilst laying eggs – they’ll lay around 3.5 kg of egg each during the laying season! I’ve also started filling their pond up again as they prefer to get amorous on water.

Patch & Orchard Layout – 2013

Acre Field February 2013The replacement trees are not the only thing to have changed from the original patch layout, so it’s about time I put an updated version online.

The main differences are:

  • New tree arrivals
  • Shed (half the size of the barn we’d eventually like, but large enough to store anything we have at the moment.
  • The incorporation of the path through the middle of the allotment into growing space (less border work).
  • New location for compost bins.
  • New raised beds.

Digging the path over means the annoying shorter plot south of the asparagus bed will be turned over to flowers this summer – sunflowers, nasturtiums and marigolds.