George & Martha ...
George & Martha are American Buff Geese, a breed of domestic goose that is medium sized and known for their mild temperaments. I purchased G&M when they were only 10 days old, still yellow and fuzzy, and too young to accurately determine the genders. Turned out that both are female.
They lay eggs only in the Spring and I generally get several dozen. I use the shells in some of my crafting work. I use the liquid parts from time to time to enrich the dogs' food -- yes, I scramble and cook them first.
I also get an abundance of feathers from G&M as they molt frequently. These feathers are also good for crafting. And, the local sparrow population gathers the down to line their nests.
Martha has a condition in her right wing called angel wing. It developed when she was still very young. She had a fever and some kind of infection. I had to inject antibiotics and give her anti-inflammatory drugs orally every day for about a week. In addition, I supplemented her food and water with Gatorade. She seems to have recovered nicely other than the deformity in the right wing.
George is a bit more standoffish than Martha, perhaps because of the special treatment Martha received.
Both love to chat with me when I go out in the yard.
It turns out that geese are very efficient grazers. The back yard has gone from a mess of weeds with some grass to bare dirt. The geese have eaten it all and eat the shoots and sprouts as quickly as they come up. Once in a while, during the summer, I close off part of the yard and plant some grass seed. When the grass is 7 or 8 inches tall, I let the geese do their thing. They love it and the goose poop is a much brighter green for a few days. But we really can't grow anything else back there. The only thing they seem uninterested in eating is the wild onions that sprout up under the pecan trees.
But their favorite treats are fresh cantaloupe and fresh corn. All I do to the cantaloupe is cut it in half. They devour it, starting with the seeds. As for the corn, I need only toss out a few ears. They know just what to do and by the next morning, there's little left other than a bare cob.
Of course, their main diet is commercial poultry food supplemented with sunflower hearts, cracked corn, and peanuts.