Cotton Patch Geese

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Our Cotton Patch Geese are not descended from the Walker line of geese-they ARE the Walker line of geese.  These are Tom Walker’s original breeding flock.  Make sure you get your Cotton patch goslings straight from the best!

Because geese relish grasses and shun most broad-leafed plants, some enterprising US farmers in the 1950s began using them to rid cotton fields of grassy weeds, which are difficult to kill with herbicides.  The geese were put into the fields as soon as the crop came up.  A brace of birds kept an acre of cotton weeded; a gaggle of 12 would gobble as many weeds as a hard-working man could clear with a hoe.

IMG_5933This method of clearing fields was so effective that by 1960 more than 175,000 geese honked their way across the carefully tended farmland, mainly in the Southwest.  Seven days a week, rain or shine, the feathered field hands slaved uncomplainingly from daybreak to dusk, even putting in overtime on moonlit nights.  Many toiled so diligently that they worked themselves out of a job.

The geese cleared the fields more cheaply than hoe hands.  They left the crop untouched and ate only the succulent young weeds.  They did not damage crop roots (as hoes or tractors can), and they were safe and selective, unlike many herbicides.  On top of all that they spread fertilizer for the farmer, and ultimately provided him meat for the market.

Cotton Patch Goose GanderEventually, farmers found that geese could be used to weed nearly all broad-leafed crops: asparagus, potatoes, berry fruits, tobacco, mint, grapes, beets, beans, hops, onions, and strawberries, for example.  Geese were used in vineyards and fruit orchards to eat both weeds and the fallen fruits that could otherwise harbor damaging insects.  They were employed in fields producing trees for the forest industry and flowers for florists shops.  Some growers turned goslings loose in cornfields to consume the “suckers” (corn, after all, is a grass) as well as the grain left on the ground.  This eliminated the problem of corn as a weed when different crops were later planted in those fields.

IMG_4204In the 1970s when cotton acreage dropped and herbicides selective for the troublesome grasses were developed, the use of geese declined.  But today, some organic farmers are returning to the practice.

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IMG_7630Cotton Patch Geese were originally bred in the south to eat the weeds in the cotton and corn fields.

Dr. Tom Walker and a handful of other foundation breeders such as Mark See helped prevent the breed from going extinct.

Dr. Walker travelled the south looking for the goose he remembered from his childhood.  He collected them from many of the southern states and developed his breeding flock by selecting geese that met his exacting standards.

IMG_7642When Tom decided to retire from selling geese, we drove out on a grueling 56 hour drive from California to pick up the gaggle.  Our van broke down and our three day trip ended up being a week long (and three times as expensive)! However, we learned that Texas has great food lol!

We are dedicated to continuing this very endangered breed by breeding the same lines and to the same standards as Dr. Walker.

**Please remember that as a rare heritage breed with small numbers that it can sometimes take a while to get your goslings to you.  It all depends on how well the geese are laying and how well the eggs are hatching.

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Comments (105)

  • June 20, 2013

    Well I am in Texas and just had to sell (as a pet) my male cotton patch due to the orange beak. I need a male pretty soon due to the fact my girls will start laying in a month or two! Any suggestions or do you know where I can get one here?? Thanks!

    Laura

    • Flip Flop Ranch
      June 26, 2013

      Hmmm, this time of year it’s hard to get geese from anyone. I’ll ask around to see if there’s anyone in Texas who has an extra male. Feel free to hit me up in the spring for geese though. My gaggle is almost 60 geese so I should have enough to go around next spring.

  • Rita
    January 9, 2017

    Will you have any goslings for this spring?

    • Serina
      January 10, 2017

      Hi Rita, we definitely will have goslings but we’re totally sold out for this year. Would you like to get on the list for 2018?

      • Rita
        January 13, 2017

        Hello Serina,
        Yes! I would! I live in Southern Ca and would be glad to come and pick them up!! By then, I will be completely ready! Should I just call your flip flop Ranch at the end of the year?

        Rita

        • Serina
          February 2, 2017

          Yes, feel free to call or email me about them around march when babies are being born 🙂

      • Darcie
        January 26, 2018

        Is your list for 2018 already filled up? I would like to get on it.

        • Serina
          March 10, 2018

          It is. But I can put you on the waitlist!

  • Wendy L. Bryant
    January 22, 2017

    Would love to be placed on a waiting list for goslings. Currently raise American Buff Geese but have always loved the Cotton Patch!

    • Serina
      February 2, 2017

      Buff Geese are so nice! I will definitely put you on the list and then I’ll contact you in the spring with availability.

  • Susan Mattern
    January 24, 2017

    I’m trying to acquire one or two breeding pairs of Cotton Patch Geese to raise on my farm in Georgia. I’d appreciate being put on any waitlist you might have.

    • Serina
      February 2, 2017

      Hi Susan, I’d be happy to. I will contact you in the spring about availability.

  • James
    February 1, 2017

    Hi Serena,
    I have a 1-year old pair of CPG that are from the Tom Walker line also. I got them from a breeder in Michigan. I would like to get a another pair of goslings from you when you have them available to diversify my gaggle. I hope to have babies of my own this spring, but new blood would be a good thing. Please put me down for next available.

    Thanks,
    Jamie

    • Serina
      February 2, 2017

      Sure! I’d be happy to share with you. Are you here in California or are you looking for shipping?

  • Penny Sanford
    March 5, 2017

    Serina, Im interested in getting on your 2018 list for Cottonpatch. Is there a reservation fee? Minimum order?

    Im in Mississippi on a farm established in 1837 by my forefathers. Is there any way to get birds from the Mississippi line of CPG?

    Thanks,
    Penny

    • Serina
      March 7, 2017

      Your farm sounds amazing. I’d be happy to put you on our 2018 list. Our minimum is 2, but I suggest 10 which also gets you free shipping. I can definitely send you birds from the mississippi line as long as the goslings are available.

  • Acacia howell
    March 18, 2017

    I would like to be put on the waiting list for cotton patch gosling for 2018. Thanks.

    • Serina
      March 18, 2017

      Definitely! I’ll contact you when we get closer to 2018

  • Tab
    April 12, 2017

    Please place me on the 2018 gosling list. Would like to help further your conservation efforts with goslings with Mississippi lineage. Thanks so much for all you do!

    • Serina
      April 18, 2017

      That’s awesome! I’ll definitely put you on the list 🙂

  • Cara Schwichtenberg
    April 18, 2017

    Hi,
    Please put me on your waiting list for 2018.
    Thank you!
    Cara

    • Serina
      April 18, 2017

      I will! Thanks for your interest in this amazing breed!

  • Mike Fuller
    April 19, 2017

    I have a pair of CPG and would like to get more. Please put me on the waiting list for 2018.
    10 would be great!

    • Serina
      April 25, 2017

      I definitely will!

  • Priscilla Hernandez
    April 19, 2017

    Please add me to your list for the beautiful Cotton Patch babies in 2018. I have many breeds of chickens that are on the watch list. I also have Sebastopol geese, African Grey and Talouse. I love and spoil all my babies.

    • Serina
      April 25, 2017

      That’s great. I’m always happy to hear about breeds being conserved and spoiled 🙂

  • Mike
    April 23, 2017

    Serina,

    Please place me on the wait list for 2018.

    Thanks!

    • Serina
      April 25, 2017

      No problem 🙂

  • Mikal
    April 25, 2017

    Please put me on your 2018 list for Cotton Patch Geese.

  • Jean Arnett
    May 9, 2017

    I am interested in getting some cotton patch geese. Please let me know cost of eggs & or goslings plus shipping to TN. I know you have a waiting list, saw them here 70 years ago, shocked they are so rare.

    • Serina
      June 20, 2017

      Yes it’s tragic that we’ve almost lost them, but thankfully many people are wanting to keep this great breed alive. I will put you on our waitlist! If you buy ten or more, the shipping is free. Less than that, it’s usually $45.

  • Jason
    May 14, 2017

    How might I get a couple of the cotton path geese? I’d like them to breed of they were unrelated. I have African who just lost her call duck buddy and is very lonely. We live in Colorado so shipping would be a requirement. Thanks, jcb

    • Serina
      June 20, 2017

      I could put you on our 2018 wait list (although at this point it’s looking like 2019). However, there are a few other breeders who are willing to ship if you want to get geese from another breeder.

  • June 10, 2017

    We would love to be added to your 2018 waiting list as well! We’ve been admiring the Cotton Patch since we first learned of them a few years ago.

    • Serina
      June 20, 2017

      I definitely will! We have a loooonng list at this point so we’ll do our best 🙂 They’re an awesome breed!

  • Alicia
    June 15, 2017

    I just picked up a male cotton patch today. He was a rescued from a meat auction.
    I didn’t even know about this breed until a few days ago.

    Do you happen to know anyone in tN that sells goslings? I would like to get him some friends.

    • Serina
      June 20, 2017

      Hmm, I know someone in Georgia I could recommend, but nobody in Tennessee off the top of my head. However, many breeders will ship!

  • Donna
    July 9, 2017

    May I ask the estimated cost of a pair of goslings? I live in Va, so shipping would be required.

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      Right now we’re selling them for $75 each, but we’re sold out until 2020 so it just depends on market factors whether the prices goes up or down.

  • Brian Lee
    July 13, 2017

    Planning ahead for 2019 ( unless things advance to 2018 by too much hard work ) Can you ship to North Carolina or is there somewhere to source locally which you recommend?

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      We definitely can ship to North Carolina and have done so before.

  • Michael
    August 6, 2017

    Dr. Tom Walker sold me 5 pairs of Cotton Patch from his stock back around 2004 or 05 at $10 each, but then had me kill all 10 as they didn’t have the right color feet or bills. Does the line still have this problem?

    • Michael Neal
      August 27, 2017

      Either way could you put me down for 2018

      • Serina
        March 10, 2018

        Definitely.

    • Serina
      August 30, 2017

      Orange is a genetic variant in every line and will probably always be there. There’s some controversy as to whether or not we should get rid of the orange. Obviously pink is the breed standard (as far as a standard exists), but orange geese are more fertile. I so far only have pink billed geese in the gaggle. Occasionally I do get an orange goose and currently I cull them out of the line.

  • October 8, 2017

    Put me on your 2018 list. Want to try geese as pets

  • Daniel goldstein
    October 12, 2017

    Do you think you might have any left for this spring? I am interested in a breeding pair to live with my cayuga and welsh harlequin ducks. I am located in central virginia. If you think you will be out of supply could you recommend anywhere else? Thanks

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      Sorry, we’ve been sold out for 2018 for quite some time, but I’ll put you down for 2019. I don’t know any other breeders who also aren’t sold out, but I’m looking for some! If I find them I’ll post it.

  • Victoria Williamson
    November 8, 2017

    I would like to be put on the list for cotton patch geese please!

  • Curt Herman
    November 18, 2017

    Put me on the list for 2018 too.

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      On the list!

  • Amy Hale
    November 26, 2017

    I am interested in acquiring a few Cotton Patch goslings in 2018 if you could put me on your list.

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      We were sold out for 2018 at the beginning of 2017, but I’ll put you on the list for 2019!

  • Deborah Buie
    November 28, 2017

    Could you please include me for your 2018 list?

  • Chris gibson
    December 29, 2017

    Can you please advise of a breeder in AL, MS, GA, LA, or FL? Maybe even Texas?

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      I’m sorry I don’t know a single other breeder that isn’t sold out!

  • Thomas Allen
    January 22, 2018

    Hi,
    I would be interested in obtaining some goslings of this breed. Have you any still available this year?

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      We don’t unfortunately. We’re totally sold out, but I’d be happy to add you to the waitlist.

  • Suzanne
    February 13, 2018

    Please put me on the list for Cotton patch goslings. Do you sale hatching eggs? Love to support heritage breeds, live in TN so I need these. Thanks!

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      We don’t sell eggs. I’ve found that they don’t ship very well and the reason we breed them is to keep the breed going. I hate to loose eggs. You’ll end up spending more money on eggs than you would on goslings to get the same amount of birds.

  • Melissa Freeman
    February 18, 2018

    We live in South Carolina and interested in getting some geese for our farm.

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      That would be great! Have you looked into the different breeds?

  • Micki Brown
    February 23, 2018

    Hi Serina I just moved to Mississippi and am adding some geese to my flock of chickens, ducks, and turkeys. I would love to have a couple cotton patch geese. Can they be shipped?

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      They can be shipped. The goslings actually do better than the eggs with shipping.

  • Mathew Goodman
    February 25, 2018

    Hello,

    Will you have any Cotton Patch available in 2018?

    Thanks
    Mathew

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      No I’m sorry. We have a waiting list until probably 2020 unless we get a particularly good hatch!

  • T
    March 9, 2018

    Do you still have 2018 goslings available?

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      I don’t. I don’t even have 2019 goslings at this point. But I will put you on our waiting list if you’d like.

      • T
        March 10, 2018

        Yes please add me to your list.

  • Christopher Rioux
    March 9, 2018

    Hello. I am interested in getting some Cotton Patch goslins. I would appreciate it if you would please add me to your waiting list.

  • Wina Garrett
    March 9, 2018

    10030 Fobes Rd

  • Bruce
    March 9, 2018

    I didn’t see any recent posts so wasn’t sure if this is still active. I am interested in being on the waiting list for either goslings or hatching eggs. Although I live in Texas, we have a son near Palm Springs so we could pick them up.

    • Serina
      March 10, 2018

      Hi Bruce! Happy to put you on the waiting list. It’s huge, but we’re trying to get through it. Just had eggs being layed.

  • Jimmy Carter
    March 11, 2018

    Please put me on your 2019 list for 5 pairs of cotton patch geese, I have a home with 4 acre pond in converse louisiana, I love my geese and they will have a wonderful home. 318-567-3523 cell 318-471-2003

    • Serina
      March 11, 2018

      Sure thing! That sounds amazing. I’m jealous of your future geese 🙂

  • Carrie
    March 11, 2018

    I would like to be added to your waiting list please. Thank you!

    • Serina
      March 11, 2018

      You’re welcome!

  • Sali
    June 2, 2018

    I’m in Florida and would love to know the cost of 10 straight run goslings + shipping, this breed has almost completely disappeared from our area (only gaggle I know of belongs to a small historical society) and I’d love to be able to bring them back. I know I’m late for this year, but would love a poke when next year is available.

    • Serina
      March 1, 2019

      Hi Sali, Yes it’s very sad how they’re disappearing. I’m glad to hear you want to help with their preservation. We took this past year off because of health issues, but we should have goslings in 2020 or 2021 depending on how many hatch. The shipping on 10 goslings is free 🙂

  • Christine Jackson
    July 5, 2018

    I would like to be added to the waiting list for 10. Thank you

  • Whitney
    August 1, 2018

    I would like to be added to you waiting list please!

  • Saprena Griesenauer
    August 12, 2018

    Hi Serina.
    Do you ship?

  • Teri Sullivan
    August 21, 2018

    I don’t know if I asked to be put on your 2019 list or not. If you are still taking names for 2019, please add mine. How much are they a pair? Need to know for my “Mad” money account. I have one pair and I think they are the smartest and most wonderful goose I own.

    • Serina
      March 1, 2019

      Sorry for the late reply. I was already sold out for 2019, but will put you on the list for 2020. They are awesome geese.

  • Travis Beus
    September 13, 2018

    Please put me on your wait list also. I live in Washington state near Seattle. Thanks

    • Serina
      March 1, 2019

      Will do! Sorry I just saw this

  • Jodi Dunn
    September 16, 2018

    I would love to be put on the waiting list for some goslings. Would it be 2019? Or 2020?
    And do you ship to Indiana? Wondering your prices also.

    Thank you

    • Serina
      March 1, 2019

      Hey Jodi, I may have some for 2020, but 2021 for sure if all goes well.

  • October 24, 2018

    Serina,

    Do you know if weeder-type geese (including cotton patch geese) will eat Japanese stiltgrass? We have about 13 acres of woodland we’re trying to restore with native wildflowers in Southwest Virginia. Any room on your 2020 (or 2021) waiting list?

    • Serina
      March 1, 2019

      Honestly, I’m not sure. I’d be surprised if there were any types of grass they wouldn’t eat. However if it’s not very palatable, they’d probably eat other grasses first so you might have to pen them in a small area to have them mow everything down. We do have room on the 2021 wait list 🙂

  • Diane Culver
    December 27, 2018

    3191 County Road 298

  • Adria
    January 27, 2019
  • Tate
    February 26, 2019

    Hey do you think I could get on the 2020 waitlist or is that too far in the future?

    • Serina
      March 1, 2019

      Hi Tate, I think Serina contacted you. 2020 is a possibility, but there’s a chance it might be 2021.

  • Brandon Long/Kevin Knight
    March 11, 2019

    We initially asked to be put on a wait list on 4/15/2017. We were told it would be for 2018. When might be able to get goslings? Kevin

    • Flip Flop Ranch
      March 28, 2019

      Hi Kevin, It doesn’t look like we’ll be shipping any this year because all of southern california is under a New Castle Disease Quarantine. This is going to put us even further out on getting through our wait list unfortunately!

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