It isn’t really the beginning of the new year here at Flip Flop Ranch until the Cotton Patch Geese begin to lay their eggs. They’re a little late this year as we usually get eggs around valentine’s day (great present isn’t it?), but the weather has been a little weird so maybe that’s why. We hatch these eggs and ship the babies all around the country. We’ve never eaten one although it would probably make an awesome omelette. They’re just worth more as babies since they are rare…plus I’m allergic to eggs!
Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny then God bless you!
~Traditional nursery rhyme
The History of the Eating Goose
The goose has been part of the winter holidays for millennia since the Egyptians first recorded eating them around 2500BC. It boasts delicious dark meat and what is considered some of the highest quality high temperature cooking fat available. Charles Dickens wrote that goose’s “tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of Read More
There is no happier day on Flip Flop Ranch for me than when the cotton patch goslings hatch. This year started good with a nice amount of eggs in the incubator week 1 and so far has continued good with many pipped eggs. As of right now, three goslings are out of their eggs and every single one is healthy.
It has been a struggle over the years for us to get the hang of hatching goslings. It’s nothing like hatching chicks which is basically just toss the eggs in and let the incubator run. Goslings are sensitive and need the right humidity and the right turning and the right Read More
“OK, if this freaks anyone out, just say so, but we had the most awesome dinner tonight. Goose.”
A friend of mine who owns babies and grand babies of our Tom Walker line of geese just posted this on facebook.
To me, this is excellent news. Now I know some of you are vegetarians/vegans or meat eaters who pretend that meat wasn’t once a live animal, so stop reading now if you don’t want to hear a review of how this amazing bird tastes. As for me, I’m getting hungry…
I can not believe how good these are. I was never a fan of eating goose before. We sold Read More
Spring has been here and is gone and summer is going by quick. The garden is growing and we have tons of little babies running around. Our new flock of Cotton Patch goslings looks almost like a flock of full-size adult geese! They grow so fast you can almost see them change in front of your eyes. We’ve added some other endangered animals to our flock as well. One is the Dorking chicken. We’re particularly proud of this accomplishment because it took me over a year to track down a breeder and get eggs.
Dorkings are a very special — and very endangered — breed. They’re one of the first breeds of chickens that were domesticated Read More
Finally got some cotton patch geese. This is a rare breed known for being gentle and for being good weeders. They’re super cute. I taught them to swim today. Well, I just put them in a kiddy pool and in seconds they were diving and splashing all over the place.