Cotton Patch Goose

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Scientific name: Anser cygnoides domesticus

The basics:
The Cotton Patch Goose is a breed of domestic goose which originated in the Southern United States. It is so named because it traditionally was used to weed fields of cotton, corn, and other crops. Up until the 1950s, Cotton Patch Geese were customarily kept on rural Southern homesteads and farms as multi-purpose poultry used for weeding, meat, eggs, down, and grease. Their grazing kept fields clear of crabgrass and other weeds, while leaving crops unharmed and reducing the amount of manual labor necessary. After the mid-20th century, herbicides almost entirely replaced weeding on American farms, and the Cotton Patch Goose declined. They are currently listed as critically endangered by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC).

Varieties: Ganders white or white with gray patches, females gray or gray pied.
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Pets, Weeding
Personality: Friendly, non aggressive
Weight: 8 - 12 lbs
Parenting ability: Good
Noise level: Average
Capable of flight: Yes
Meat production: Smaller goose, but good meat
Egg production: 15 - 30 eggs per year
Egg color: White

What else you should know:
The smaller size of the Cotton Patch goose makes it ideal for warmer climates.

Cotton Patch geese can fly, and can easily clear a six foot fence.

This breed is sexually dimorphic, which means that the ganders and female geese hatch different colors. Females are gray or gray pied in coloration, and males are solid white or mostly white with some gray feathering.

All Cotton Patch geese should have pink bills and feet. If you see orange bills or feet, you are likely to have Pilgrim geese instead.


meat, play antics, large sized eggs


bite, aggressive animals, noises


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Cotton Patch Goose

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