The Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese

Well-raised geese are the ultimate homesteading companion, providing weed control, eggs, entertainment, and more. The Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese covers everything you need to know from selecting breeds, feeding, housing, and animal health, to how geese can benefit your land as workers and providers of eggs and meat.

By: Kirsten Lie-Nielsen

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Raise a gaggle of geese, the unsung heroes of the small farm

While chickens preen in the spotlight, geese are the historic unsung heroes of small farms and homesteads. Providing weed control, large eggs, and entertainment, and acting as “security” over other animals, geese are the ultimate modern homesteading companion.

The Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese covers everything you need to know to raise geese, including:

  • Profiles of breeds and how to select the best one for your needs
  • How to “imprint” goslings on a person
  • Feeding, housing, animal health, and cold weather care
  • Using geese for weed control, soil improvement, and as “watch-geese”
  • Cooking with goose eggs and meat

Additional coverage includes a look at the rich history of geese on farms in North America and Europe that will enhance any goose keeper’s enjoyment of these intelligent and unique birds.

This practical guide is a must-have essential for the kitchen table of homesteaders, small farmers, permaculturists, and professional farmers looking to add the power of geese to their land.

About The Author(s)

Kirsten Lie-Nielsen is a writer and farmer living on 93 acres in rural Maine. After starting a small hobby homestead with her partner on an abandoned farm with no electricity and running water, Kirsten’s endeavors have quickly grown to encompass geese, goats, chickens, bees, ducks, and extensive vegetable and herb gardens. Always intrigued by self-sufficiency and working with her hands, Kirsten enjoys sharing her experiences and the lessons of life on the farm for publications such as GritMother Earth NewsBackyard Poultry, and Kirsten blogs about her rural adventures at, and her first book, The Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese, was released in October 2017.

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Book Specifications

ISBN: 9780865718616

Page Count: 144

Dimensions: 7.5 × 9 × 0.288 in

Publication Date: September 25, 2017

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