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Ornamental Geese


At Moon Ridge Farm you are able to view our paddocks and enclosures to view our birds up close, you can see the variety of ways they can be kept, the size of ponds and the planting of the pens as well as keeping the birds safe from predators. We can help and advise and answer any questions you may have. It is advisable to pre book an appointment if coming for ornamental species so we can ensure there is some one here qualified to give the assistance you require. In the first instance please call or email us and we can then contact you to discuss your requirements. As breeders we want to ensure you have the right environment and knowledge to keep and enjoy these beautiful birds.

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Wildfowl are frequently referred to as ornamental ducks, geese and swans. In the wild, these birds populate the world, apart from Antarctica. Some individual species such as the mallard are very widely distributed, others such as Laysan teal occupy very small areas. There are no true geese in the southern hemisphere.

There are numerous collections of Wildfowl throughout the UK which are owned by individuals, municipal bodies and other organisations. Many species which are maintained in captivity in the British Isles are indigenous to warmer countries but are quite hardy. Under suitable management the birds thrive, breed regularly and have a life expectancy greater than in the wild. A knowledge of the role played by wildfowl species in their natural wetland habitats is essential to understanding their needs in captivity.

A small pond and enclosure is suitable for a few birds but where a larger pond or lake is available there is greater scope for the establishment of a much wider variety of species. The birds must be enclosed and protected from predators and there are several methods of ensuring their safety. Please note that in the UK it is an offence to allow non-indigenous species to escape into the wild. Wheat and a compound pellet are appropriate food for most species. Where the pond and the area of the enclosure together with the wildfowl are reasonably balanced, it is perfectly feasible to plant successfully to create a feature which is attractive to the eye and enhances the beauty of the residents.
All geese originate from the northern hemisphere. Known as ‘true geese’ to distinguish them from the ‘look alike’ sheldgeese of the southern hemisphere. They can be divided into two groups; pale-breasted geese and dark-breasted geese. The two groups make up a total of sixteen species from the popular red-breasted goose through to the less common snow goose.

In the wild, geese are gregarious, particularly so out of the breeding season, on migration and on their wintering grounds. In captivity a single pair of most species will thrive and breed but if space permits it is more natural to keep more than one pair of the same or different species together. Ornamental ducks may also be kept with ornamental geese, usually without difficulty although sheldgeese and some shelducks mix less successfully.

Geese need plenty of grazing space, so concentrate on ducks if your enclosure is small. Assuming extra feeding, in addition to grazing particularly in winter, a rough guide is ten pairs per acre. The birds must be enclosed and protected from predators; it is essential to have a 2 metre high (6′-8′) fox proof fence.

Geese bond for life. While the sexes look identical they can breed in captivity in the third year. For breeding and otherwise, all geese need a pond. A pond of sufficient depth, say 50cms (18″), and an area large enough for two birds to bathe and turn over on their sides is a minimum requirement for a contented pair of captive geese.

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Ornamental Geese

Ashy Headed, Barhead, Barnacle, Cackling Cananda, Cereopsis, Emperor, Egyptian, Hawaiian Ne Ne, Lesser Megallen, Lesser White Front, Maned, Orinoco, Red Breasted, Ross's Snow, Ruddy Headed


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Passionate about poultry

We all love working with poultry. Between us there is over 8 decades of experience in owning all types of poultry as a hobby and commercially. Our poultry team have qualifications in animal and poultry care. All our team participate in our regular training sessions led by top poultry vets.

Plenty of poultry

Plenty of poultry

As well as our breeds of chickens we have ducks, geese, quail, peafowl and guinea fowl, beautiful wildfowl and even rheas. All kept in a beautiful farm setting overlooking the Creedy valley. We have poultry paddocks, open fronted barns, a quackery, parkland and brooder areas where all our birds can be seen.

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All our point of lay birds come with a 28-day health guarantee. We hatch and rear most of our own birds or use partner farms to rear our birds for us to our exacting standards. Our business is all about poultry. We offer free friendly practical and simple advice on everything we sell here.

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Plus, more than Poultry

As a working farm we also have pygmy goats, sheep, deer , pigs , wallabies to purchase (advance notice needed) We also have a fabulous shop here selling everything poultry from feed and bedding to housing plus a range of other feeds for your small holding animals.