After 3 years of searching, we finally found the Pilgrim Geese we had been looking for. Pilgrim Geese are Critically Endangered according to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and we wanted to add them to our farm's program and help get the numbers of these beautiful birds back up where they should be.

We called hatcheries who listed them on their websites and in their catalogs. No luck. Most haven't carried them for years or admitted that what they called Pilgrims were not true-breeding. I contacted farms who claimed to have them on sites like Slow Food and Eat Wild. No luck. Most of the farmers were listing Pilgrim Geese hoping that by listing them they would be able to find breeding stock themselves.

Facebook, of all things, to the rescue! Somehow I found a couple in Indiana with purebred, true-breeding Pilgrim Geese. I drove up there and picked up 6 unrelated goslings - 4 females and 2 males. They immediately began rotating around the yard during the day and being herded into the fenced backyard at night for protection from predators.

The fluffy little geese in the picture to the right grew very quickly. They hit the 10 pound mark in 2 months and had reached 12 pounds by 3 months. All this growth on grass alone! We didn't feed them anything else at all. That demonstrates why geese are the perfect homesteading birds - no extra feed needed, they graze extremely well, grow fast, fertilize copiously, and provide eggs, meat, grease, and down if desired.

We will be building up our flock for the next couple of years, so we are not selling these yet. We would be interested in trading breeding stock or goslings with other breeders though, so email us if you are interested in a breeding stock exchange for the sake of genetic diversity.

Availability: Anticipated 2015