This is our Geese Flock 

 We sell Babies in The Spring/Summer when available

 

This is our Current Flock,

We have 2 Females ( Mixed African/Embden) &  3 Males (2 Mixed African/Embden) and 1 Grey African

We added a Breeding Pair of Sebastapole

 

Our Male Sebastopole

Mr. Ruffles

Our Female Sebastopole

Sashia

Info on our Breeds

Gray African Geese

The Gray African Goose is a massive bird of the African variety.  While some breeders believed this type of goose originated in Africa, their genetic lineage is distinctly Chinese.  Why they are referred to as an African Goose is unknown.  However, it was customary to give new breeds of waterfowl exotic names, despite their true origination. 

The African Goslings are quite adaptable and have a rapid maturity rate.  Also, these birds can be cross bred with other breeds of geese to create larger breeds.

Gray African Geese have a delightful coloration which many have come to admire.  The neck and back are primarily a brown coloration, gradually shading to a lighter gray on the underside.  A dark brown and black stripe runs down the length of their back.  The knob and bill are black, and the feet are orange.  These African Geese do not have the dewlap under the chin.  


 African Geeseare the leanest of the large waterfowl, making them a very popular breed.  They also carry themselves with an attractive stance and posture, yielding a stately demeanor.  When they're parts of a flock, their size causes them to attract a great deal of attention.

 

  • Weight - Male: 20 pounds ; Female: 18 pounds
  • Color - Gray and white plumage with a dark back stripe, black bill, orange feet
  • Egg Color - White
  • Egg Production - 20-40 eggs per year
  • Country of Origin - China

EMBDEN GEESE :

 

The breed is pure white with a short, light orange bill, and orange feet and shanks. They are fast growing birds and will quickly reach about 9 kg (20 lb) for the Goose, and 14 kg (30 lb) for the Gander. The Emden's legs are fairly short. The head is oval-shaped and they have a long and graceful neck. The eyes are an ocean blue. The body is bulky and well rounded, having a long back and a short tail. The wings are very strong and of a good length. The feathers are close and very hard.

The breed’s habits are to forage for tidbits in the grass and water. They are herbivores and prefer living near some water. They are a very hardy breed and don't mind fairly mild sub-zero temperatures. Males are more vocal than females and can often be heard honking loudly if approached but geese in general talk quietly throughout the day. Emden geese that are accustomed to their owners presence don't mind being in close proximity but tend to keep their distance. When cornered or defending their nest male or female geese will try to warn away predators by loudly hissing at them and ruffling their feathers. If provoked, especially in an enclosed area their strong wings can be used as a weapon. Being domesticated they can fly but don't migrate.

A Emden goose matures in about 2–3 years and will start to look for a mate for life. The adult bird will commence laying eggs fairly early in the year, in February as a rule, laying 30 to 40 eggs. The goose starts incubating the eggs around the beginning of spring for about 28–34 days.

SEBASTOPOL GeeSE

Sebastapol geeseThe Sebastopol goose originated in southeastern Europe. While sources do not agree on the precise location, they all point to the region around the Black Sea. They were named after Sebastopol, a Russian city from which they were imported to the United States. The breed was developed from the wild Graylag goose which is native to Europe, and was recognized by The American Poultry Association in 1938.

The Sebastopol is readily identified by its feathers. Long, soft-quilled, curling feathers drape elegantly from its wings, body and tail. This modification in plumage is an example of breeding for a specific trait. The white variety of the Sebastopol is best known. Both males and females have pure white feathers that contrast with their bright blue eyes and orange bills and feet. Juveniles often have traces of gray. There are also gray and buff color varieties.

Sebastopols are medium-sized geese, weighing 12 - 14 pounds when mature. They have large, rounded heads, prominent eyes, slightly arched necks, and keelless breasts. The plumage of the head and upper two-thirds of the neck is normal, while that of the breast and underbody is elongated and well-curled. The soft, fluffy feathers of the back, wings and tail have flexible shafts, are attractively spiraled, and in good specimens are so long that they nearly touch the ground. The curled feathers prevent flight making them easier to confine. Sebastopols produce 25-35 eggs annually. They have a quiet and pleasant disposition.

Whenever a domestic animal is selected for an unusual characteristic, great care must be taken to insure that vigor and fertility of breeding stock is not overlooked. Robust health and adequate size should be the foremost selection attributes. Secondarily, select for birds with well-curled breast feathers, flexible flight feathers, and back and tail plumes that are long, broad and spiraled. Avoid selecting breeding stock with crooked toes and slipped wings.

To keep Sebastopols looking good, clean water for swimming should be made available. While Sebastopols are hardy and are being raised successfully in cold climates, it is a good idea to provide more protection during wet, cold, and windy weather than normally afforded other breeds, as their loose fitting feathers do not provide as much warmth, nor do they shed water as well. Ganders can be mated with one to four geese. If low fertility is experienced, clipping the long plumes of the back and tail and the feathers around the vent is sometimes helpful. Sebastopols produce good quality meat for roasting.

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