Scientific name: Anser cygnoides domesticus
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
Cotton Patch Goose
These are a great breed of geese if you enjoy watching their play antics in the farmyard. They lay large sized eggs year round, and their meat is pretty tasty too. They have wonderfully colored feathers and will make "honking" noises all day..
From hphillips Jul 6 2013 8:10PM
Cotton Patch Goose
I had the distinct pleasure (Note: sarcasm) of working with about six Cotton Patch Geese while staying on my grandparent's farm for a few years. They had about ten geese total, but not all of them were the same type. I do remember being told that all the Cotton Patch Geese were female, mostly because the single male goose they had wouldn't allow for any competition.
These geese were the terror of my summers. They were loud, always making some sort of vocalization. It annoyed me at the time, but in hindsight, I guess that was a good thing - because at least then I could hear them coming.
Crossing the yard (which was a huge, huge country yard) was akin to crossing the streets of a metropolitan city in rush hour traffic. If you didn't look both ways before you crossed, something was going to hit you. In my case - it was geese.
I'm not sure if it is particular of this breed, but these geese were the most aggressive animals I've ever had to deal with. The would sneak up behind you, necks stretched out in front of them, bodies low to the ground, hissing if you were standing somewhere they wanted to go. They come at you, flapping their wings, if you (heaven forbid) tried to feed them.
I pretended to be sick quite a few mornings so that I didn't have to go out and confront the things when it was my day to feed the animals. Some days, they would even chase me back towards the house. I remember running from them as if my life depended on it, and diving through the back door of the house before they could reach me.
Admittedly, it probably wasn't quite as fearsome and dramatic as I remember it, but I can say for sure that these were not friendly animals. They were aggressive, noisy, and possibly possessed a desire to kill all humans..
From pencilprincess7 Jun 4 2014 8:01PM