How to distinguish geese Linda from other birds
Geese Linda is one of the most common breeds in our country. They have a snow-white plumage with beige tan marks. Rarely, gray specks may appear on the back and in the area of the wings, this is considered the norm.
The characteristics that distinguish geese of the Linda breed are as follows:
- Appearance of the body: the goose is large, tall, massive. Every muscle is very neatly expressed. The folded wings completely repeat the shape of the body.
- Description of the head and neck: the head is proportional, large. The neck is long and thick. In the forehead is a bump. Beak is bright orange. Eyes are small, black.
- Bottom: Strong short legs of dark orange color are widely spaced and slightly shifted to the tail.
How to distinguish small goslings of the breed Linda from other yellow glomeruli? Simply check for bumps on your forehead. All other parameters described above are typical for adults. It is better to understand the description of the breed and the characteristic features that the Lind geese have, their photos and videos, which can be found on the Internet as much as possible, will help.
Poultry farmers fell in love with birds, whose name is Linda, for their unpretentiousness, appearance, size and excellent taste of meat, liver and eggs. Poultry growing is beneficial not only for personal, but also for commercial purposes, the profit from the sale of geese is several times greater than from chickens or ducks.
Bashkir farmers, just like other breeders, for example, living in the Krasnodar Territory, Belarus and Tatarstan and other parts of the CIS, have been growing Lindov geese for almost 40 years. The appearance of the breed occurred due to the successful crossing of the Russian domestic goose and the Chinese waterfowl. The debate about which of these two breeds the considered one received the main qualities, has not subsided so far. But one thing is clear: all farmers know how the Linda goose can be distinguished from others.
The reasons why breeding Lindovian geese is more profitable than acquiring most European relatives is as follows:
- good immunity, able to overcome almost all diseases characteristic of geese,
- pickiness in the choice of food, so feeding occurs without problems,
- excellent adaptation in any climate
- excellent egg production.
In addition, the Linda goose has a large weight, with one adult you can get up to 12 kg of delicious dietary meat.
Thanks to Linda’s calm temperament, scandals and loud noises are almost never found in the house, however, when white birds come to the watering place, on the contrary, they begin to whack what urine is - this is their characteristic feature. But such sociability is peculiar only to adults and completely healthy individuals.
Due to its excellent resistance to cold, unfavorable climates, even when breeding stock at home, only 2% of the chicks die. Geese perfectly tolerate Russian winters in simple unheated houses, provided that there are no drafts in them, this is perhaps the main cause of problems with growing birds.
One white goose from the breed Linda during the year gives up to seven dozen eggs. More than half of them occur in the spring - the time is right to start growing young animals. To increase profitability, experts advise the geese to build a special enclosure with constant access to water.
Description of the diet of birds during the summer period consists mainly of pasture, insects and greenery. In this case, the winged gain good weight. For example, if most of the other gander, including Kholmogorsk, in the first 6 months of their life reach a maximum of 5 kg, then an individual of the Linda breed by this time reaches its maximum growth and already weighs about 8 kg.
The meat of geese is soft, aromatic, juicy. Its description cannot be confused with anything, except that an elite French breed can boast of such a taste. After freezing, the characteristics of the meat of the Linda geese are fully preserved.
If you plan to grow Lindovsky geese from chicks, you can speed up the process through the use of broiler feed. From such a daily daily diet, goslings will gain strength in a short time and will begin to gain weight several times faster.
A table showing how to choose the type of broiler feed, depending on the age of the chicks:
|from 0 to 2 weeks||Starter|
|from 2 to 4 weeks||Grower|
|from 4 to 8 weeks||Finisher|
The first walk of young animals can not be done until he turns 46 days old. This time is enough to ensure that the goslings are fully strengthened and ceased to feel the need for warmth. In the future, it will be possible to release birds at least daily for a walk.
Proper nutrition is the key to good growth
Proper nutrition is very important for growing birds. The first 4 months, a description of their diet must necessarily be 15% protein. Provided that every day the geese walk and additionally eat pasture. For those chicks that appeared at the end of autumn and do not have the opportunity to pinch fresh grass in the meadow, it is necessary to add 2% of grass primus to food. Also, these goslings require additional vitamin top dressing so that they are not threatened with vitamin deficiency.
We must not forget that the Linda geese are quite voracious, so always make sure that they always have enough food. This is the key to growth and proper development. A frequent lack of nutrition can cause the goose to deform eggs, and if it is decided to grow offspring from bad eggs at home, the young will suffer from ugliness and will not be able to live to be five months old.
Having matured and strengthened, the Lindovsky goose becomes almost omnivorous. Feeding him perfectly:
- grated pumpkin
- vegetable waste
- boiled potatoes.
Linda does not disdain and dry food with additionally chopped greens. The main thing is that there is always food and a spacious territory for walking, preferably with an adjacent pond, because there, in addition to water, there is also something to eat:
- small fish
Especially loved by feathered duckweed, which occurs in large numbers in ponds in late spring - early summer.
Breeding geese as a business
From the point of view of profitability, it is better to start selling goose meat after the birds have reached 5 months. At this age, with proper feeding, their body weight will already be 5-7 kg. So the costs of growing completely overlap the profit from the sale, as evidenced by the numerous reviews of farmers-businessmen.
If it is decided to feed the gander so that its weight is 10 kg or more, a lot of food will be required, and it will be unprofitable to sell it. And even provided that the poultry is raised exclusively for its family, the meat of a ten-kilogram goose will cost almost 2 times more expensive than a five-kilogram goose, therefore it is advisable to give full growth only to breeding individuals.
How to grow goslings from eggs
Breeding Lindovskiy goslings at home is a simple procedure, incubation is not required for this. Many farmers annually and successfully do this. First you need to choose the 5-7 most healthy and beautiful females and be sure to ensure that the Lind geese, which will play the role of an incubator, are strong and healthy.
With one such bird, replacing the hatchery, we will receive approximately 60-70 eggs per year. Unlike all the other geese, these geese are not allowed to walk, and their fertilization occurs every 5 days and always by artificial means. If everything is done correctly, the females will very soon begin to lay eggs, inside which the embryos are visible. Many farmers leave good feedback from crossing the Linda breed with others, for example, Kholmogor or the Humpbacked.
Egg production in Lindovian geese lasts approximately 120 days, starting from March-April. They immediately begin to actively fly, and in the first 2 months they will be able to learn the most eggs, then the activity is on the decline. Given these indicators, the seven geese that it was decided to use are enough to successfully breed the new generation of Linda geese. With proper care of the Linda geese, the egg production of this adult has maintained a good pace for five years.
As a rule, the slaughter of breeding geese occurs already in the second or third year of their life, and younger females are chosen to replace previous hens. The exception is breeding birds left for breeding with excellent productivity, they carry eggs for new offspring all 5 long years.
Lindovsky geese grow and develop without problems, caring for them is simple, maintenance does not require special delights. The main thing when breeding is to decide in advance what the purpose of raising a bird is: for sale or for yourself. Depending on this, the required number of individuals is calculated and a system for caring for them is drawn up.
In addition to meat, from the sale of which you can get a significant increase to the budget, Lindov geese have excellent quality down and feathers. This product is in great demand among enterprises or individuals engaged in sewing outerwear, production of pillows and other things. The main thing is not to cheapen: goose plumage is a very valuable product. Of course, you won’t be able to earn millions on it, but it’s definitely enough to compensate for the costs of keeping a bird. Proper maintenance of geese of this breed can be profitable.