Interesting facts about geese

Interesting facts about geese

Goose is not only one of the largest, but also the most intelligent poultry. Breeding geese on farm farmsteads does not cause any special difficulties, as the goose is a unpretentious bird, gaining weight well and, moreover, capable of feeding on grass.

Interesting facts about geese

At the moment, science has studied and confirmed the following interesting facts about geese, which make it possible to simplify the process of growing them:

1. Geese monogamous, therefore, when breeding for meat and eggs, at the same time, one should take into account the fact that a goose that has lost a gander can not form a new pair for several years. In the wild, geese breeds are found, preferring to remain alone all their lives after the death of a partner. The first goose pairs are formed at the age of three or more years, young geese of one-year-old pairs do not form;

2. Domestic geese do not fly, the reason for this is in most cases the excessive weight of the bird, or frequent molts. Wild geese always fly a wedge, which allows them to increase the duration of the flight – the leading goose dissects the discharged air with its wings, creating more favorable conditions for the flight of the remaining geese. As necessary, geese change;

3. Geese are ranked among the duck family, forming an order of anseriformes;

4. The ancestor of most of the modern domestic geese is the wild gray goose, except for the Chinese domestic goose, whose ancestor was the Chinese wild goose gruff;

5. The geese have a good hearing, which makes it possible to distinguish sounds at a distance of not less than 50 meters;

6. Absolutely all geese have the same structure of the trunk, are endowed with membranous paws and a long neck. The definition of the bird breed is carried out by visual inspection and weighing;

7. Both domestic and wild geese equip nests with their own feathers and down. Goose, preparing to incubate goslings, plucking feathers on the stomach and sides, and insulates them nest. The wild goose leaving the clutch masks the eggs with branches and leaves, the same procedure is performed by the poultry;

8. Geese are long-lived, in the wild they can live more than 25 years, at home the age of the goose can reach 30 years;

9. Adult geese moult twice a year. During moult, birds lose their plumage, which is why they can not fly for 1.5 months. This feature is also preserved in domestic geese;

Interesting facts about geese

10. Newborn goslings can swim already on the second day after birth, and this reflex is congenital in them and does not depend on whether there is a goose in them or not;

11. Adult geese in the wild can communicate with at least 10 different sounds, home use a slightly smaller number;

12. For fattening, only geese of large breeds take on meat, gradually reducing their diet to corn and greens;

13. Goose is a sacred bird in many cultures. Thus, the monks of Tibet revered the goose as the incarnation of the god Shiva, and the ancient Egyptians believed that the ancestor of the modern goose had pawed it to create peace. The Romans believed that the goose is the beloved bird of the god of war of Mars, with special respect to the geese began to be treated after the legendary salvation of Rome from the barbarians;

14. Until the beginning of the XVII century in Russia, geese, as a poultry was not bred. Geese to Russia were brought by the Germans, great connoisseurs of tasty and satisfying food, and soon became incredibly popular. The goose, stuffed with apples and other ingredients, was a decoration of the table not only of ordinary noblemen, but also of high-ranking tsar’s people, whereas not every peasant could afford a goose to a festive table;

15. In order to prepare a lush soft dough, it is necessary to use exclusively goose eggs.

Interesting facts about geese