Goose eggs are a fun and delicious alternative to chicken eggs, with a richer flavor and larger size. The giant eggs are only available for a few months in the spring so get them while you can!
My favorite thing to do with goose eggs is handing them to people when they leave my house, as a sort of confusing parting gift. Of course, you can also eat them, or with some work, turn them into more geese.
I would recommend you do some soul-searching with that last one and really put some thought into adding more geese to the world.
There are two things that really separate goose eggs from the rest of the barnyard eggs (I also keep chickens, turkeys, ducks, and
feathered demon clowns guinea fowl). The most obvious is the size, and the less obvious is the shell.
Goose eggs are huge. I have pilgrim and Toulouse geese and their eggs are 6-7 ounces.
There is quite a bit of variation in size over the laying season, usually, the first few eggs are on the smaller side and then they even out to be gigantic.
When my kids were younger I used to tell them they were dinosaur eggs. Jokes on me though because when spring hormones hit the male geese think they’re all T-rexes.
Goose eggs are either white, creamy white, or covered in mud and the shells are thick (or thiccc with 3 c’s as the kids say).
Breaking one open is always a fun time, you have to hit the shell hard pretty hard to crack it. If you hit a chicken egg that hard it would simply explode.
I gave on to my grandma to surprise my grandpa for breakfast, she said she considered pulling out a hammer to break if open!
Collecting & Storing
Unlike chickens that pop out eggs consistently, geese are seasonal layers. They start laying eggs in late winter/early spring and they’ll only lay for a month or two.
Finding the first goose egg of the year is always a fun time, it’s usually on the ground in a random location. It seems like the first one always sneaks up on them.
Once they realize what they’re doing they get a bit more deliberate with it and start creating nests/digging holes to lay their eggs in.
At this point I really don’t want more geese, I have 9 plus Baby Goose who thinks he’s a duck, so I’ve been stealing most of the eggs. I’ve been leaving one particularly gross egg behind in an effort to keep the geese laying in the same spot.
Update: I failed and have a broody goose…
A handful of my geese go broody every year, and they turn into miserable hissing snake demons. I have a very low tolerance for violence from my animals but broody birds and mamas are the only exceptions.
Once you find the nest, I recommend waiting until the geese are off to collect your eggs. They will leave once or twice a day to eat and make the biggest poop you’ve ever seen in your life.
Geese, in a flock, aren’t that friendly to outsiders, and when they’re in a nest they’re downright mean. Not only will they bite you, but they’ll also beat you with their wings & summon the other geese to do the same.
Read more about Broody Hens
As a mother myself, I recognize the urge to snap at anyone that gets too close to my kids, and let’s be honest, I don’t want to raise their babies so I’m happy to leave them to it.
For all their faults (the constant pooping and absolute disrespect for fences) geese really do make amazing parents. Unlike chickens or turkeys that have to be tricked into it, they will adopt any gosling they find and raise them in a large group.
I usually steal the goslings for a week or so to give them a chance to get sturdy before they go on epic journeys with the adults and I’m usually fighting for my life to get the goslings back in the house after the adults have noticed them.
As for how long you can store your eggs, the internet has again been less than helpful. There is a bit of a pattern where one person says something and then everyone else repeats the same things over and over (it’s going to get a lot worse with AI writing taking over).
The consensus seems to be 6 weeks in the fridge or 2 weeks on the counter.
How Many Eggs Does a Goose Lay per Year?
The exact number of eggs your geese will lay depends on a lot of factors including age, health, breed, and how diligently you collect them.
You can expect to get more eggs if you keep them collected, geese will stop laying when they go broody. Some geese may lay again after hatching their first brood but even if they do, you’re still missing out on at least a month of eggs.
Chickens will start to lay when they’re about 20 weeks old, you don’t get that lucky with geese. Instead, you’ll need to wait at least a year or possibly two for them to reach maturity and get those seasonal cues that trigger laying.
Here is a general idea of what you can expect:
- African – 20-40
- American Buff – 10-25
- Chinese – 40-100
- Cotton Patch –
- Emden – 30-40
- Pomeranian – up to 70
- Pilgrim – 35-45
- Roman – 25-35
- Sebastopol – 30-50
- Toulouse – 25-40
Obviously, the standouts here are the Chinese geese (also called swan geese), laying 2-4 times as many eggs as the others.
I have both Pilgrim and Toulouse geese, they’re allowed to free range and despite my best efforts, I know I miss out on quite a few of their eggs. Despite that my small flock gives me more than enough eggs for personal use.
I don’t keep geese for eggs, instead, they’re supposed to be lawnmowers and guard dogs. For the most part, they just give me daily exercise & anxiety when they escape and hang out on the road for funsies.
My original batch of geese was purchased to weed my now-dead orchard but this year I’m in the process of planting a new and improved orchard complete with 4′ tall welded wire fencing that the big jerks can’t squeeze through.
As a result of my newly installed fencing, I’ve been finding way more eggs this year than I normally do which leads me to believe there were quite a few hidden nests out in the woods and fields surrounding the property.
Cooking with Goose Eggs
Once you’ve got your hand on some goose eggs (either because you successfully raised your own or you visited my house and I handed you one when you left) it’s time to cook them up!
I think the easiest way to use goose eggs is in a recipe that isn’t really a recipe like an omelet, scrambled eggs, or even a frittata. Anywhere a rough estimate is going to work, a single goose egg is about equal to 3 large chickens eggs.
The biggest difference is the amount of yolk you get, goose egg yolks are proportionally much larger than chicken elk yolks and add an extra richness to a recipe making them popular for baking (duck eggs are very similar).
I whipped up a quick Goose Egg Aioli by blending up a goose egg yolk, dijon mustard, white balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and too many garlic cloves with my immersion blender and slowly pouring in grapeseed oil until I liked the texture. It is aggressively garlicky but A+ on a sandwich!
The goose egg yolk did a great job emulsifying the oil and the garlic covered up any strong flavor notes. I’m not a yolk hater by any means but if you’re used to supermarket eggs, the flavor of a fresh, grass and bug-fed egg yolk can really throw you for a loop!
Eating goose eggs seems to be more popular in England than in the US so most of the recipes I found are not written for an American audience but I think it’s worth the effort to give them a shot!
- Goose Egg Lemon Curd from The Simple Things
- Lavender Chocolate Goose Egg Cake from Tin & Thyme
- Poached Goose Egg from Tyrant Farms
- Fried Goose Egg with Caper and Lemon Crust from Great British Food Awards
- Soft-Boiled Goose Egg from Just a Pinch
- Goose Egg Custard from The Elliot Homestead
- Goose Egg Carbonara from Padstow Kitchen Garden
Other Uses for Goose Eggs
The thick shells make goose eggs perfect for crafting. They hold up well to carving and the large size makes them a great option for elaborate Pysanky designs.
You can also dye a few to add some extra excitement to your annual egg hunt! According to BBC Good Food, it takes 13 minutes to hardboil a goose egg.
Carving and pysanky will require blowing out the inside of the eggs first. The hardest part of blowing out a chicken egg is not breaking the shell, the hardest part with a goose egg is drilling the initial holes.
If your eggshells are messy I recommend getting them as clean as possible before you blow them out, the shells are sturdiest before you add any holes and you can really scrub without worrying about shattering the egg.
I used my Dremel to make two holes, a small one in the top and a slightly larger hole in the bottom. Then I used a metal pick to scramble up the egg and blew it into the smaller hole.
It actually went much smoother than I had anticipated, goose eggs are a lot easier to handle because of the thick shells and that helps a lot with the blowing.
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