Geese are one of the largest domestic birds. Perhaps, they are only inferior in size to turkeys and ostriches. And this does not apply to individual modern breeds, which can have a weight twice as much as usual. Interestingly, how much does a goose weigh at home and how to achieve maximum indicators of its mass? Find out the answer to this question right now.
How much should weigh?
Despite the fact that not every farmer is engaged in growing geese today, it is still a very popular and profitable poultry. Already when born, babies weigh about 100-120 grams, and by the month they gain weight up to 2 kilograms. But what is most surprising and sometimes even incredible is that by 70 days the goslings increase their weight 40 times! Yes, it sounds unrealistic, but it is.
Then after a two-month turn, the birds start shedding and lose some weight already. As a rule, to obtain meat by this period, the youngsters go to slaughter. It is important to note that geese live a long time, so many breeders keep them for quite a long time. Especially if the bird is bred.
How to achieve a good weight gain?
As you probably understand, weight gain and weight gain in geese is more dependent on nutrition. In general, the nutrition of poultry differs little from the wild diet, since it is based on greens. In private households, they also spend the whole warm period mostly on the green fodder. On the day, one bird can eat up to two kilograms of fresh grass and other greens. This amount of food is quite enough for her to live, but for intensive growth and high weight, as you understand, this is not enough.
To increase the growth of geese need to feed nutritious feed. In general, good grain, animal feed, animal products such as cottage cheese, eggs are used for this. Be sure that the bird for good development and growth should receive minerals (chalk, calcium) and vitamins (vegetable and leafy dressings). As practice shows, a very big plus in the accumulation of geese gives the presence of a number of clean reservoir. In it, birds collect duckweed, aquatic vegetation, small aquatic inhabitants.
Fattening of the bird
Feeding geese should start at the end of summer, around August. As a rule, a bird should weigh about 3-4 kilograms. But if you want to get a real meat giant, the diet should be increased up to four times. It is best during this period to give not dry, but steamed grain in small portions. The entire period of fattening can last from 15 to 25 days, depending on the desired weight. By this time, with intensive fattening, the bird's weight increases to 5-8 kilograms, but some breeds are distinguished by even greater weight gain indicators - up to 7-9 kilograms.
We all know well that, apart from the meat of this poultry, liver and stomach are very much appreciated. In Russia, for example, both earlier and today the goose with apples is a very respected “guest” of feasts and feasts, and the liver is a favorite dish of gourmets. However, in order for these products to beat tasty and have the highest gastronomic indicators, the bird must be well-fed and well-fed. It is from these by-products that one can understand how well a farmer was caring for geese.
In order to achieve the best results, experts advise to feed the bird with whole grain, and as a top dressing give dry hay of legumes with root crops. Very fond of geese, potatoes and carrots. In winter, to maintain poultry health, it is advised to add sauerkraut to the menu. Surprised? But this product helps to digest well to all micro and macro elements.
To improve digestion, which is directly related to weight gain, chalk should be regularly in the feeder geese. Do not forget about the feed in the period of growth and development of young animals. Just in the first months, babies lay the foundations for a future good weight.