Ducks and geese have been key features of the agriculture sector for decades. Nowadays, German farmers keep them almost exclusively for their meat, although earlier they were also kept for their eggs, feathers and down.
Once the birds have left the poultry house, it's important for them to have access to open pastures. As such, organic poultry farmers must provide an outdoor run. When out in the pasture, geese can eat up to 1000 g of green fodder per day, and ducks up to 300 g. Geese can therefore also be described as grazing animals. While geese are content with a vegetarian diet of greens, ducks scour their surroundings for small creatures such as insects and snails.