Scientific name: Anser anser domesticus
Other common names: Bremen Goose; L'oie d'Emden; Emder Gans
The Embden Goose is a large domestic breed of geese. It is thought to have been developed in the town of Emden, in Saxony, Germany. The Germans originally bred this goose to be rather tall and slim in size, and the English where said to have further refined the breed into what it is today. The Embden Goose was imported to the United States from Germany in 1820, and was initially called "Bremans" after their port of departure.
Uses: Guard, Meat, Pet, Ornamental, Weeding
Temperament: Nice and social breed, but ganders can be extremely protective during breeding season
Weight: 20 - 31 lbs
Parenting abilities: Excellent
Noise level: Above average
Capable of flight: No
Meat production: Excellent meat fowl
Egg production: 10 - 30 eggs per year
Egg color: White
What else you should know:
Goslings can be sexed after they hatch, by looking at their down color. Ganders hatch a lighter gray. As they mature, all Embden geese will be white. Young females occasionally have gray feathers, but they will loose these in their first molt.
Embden geese are known to have a short temper when it comes to dogs, and have a particular distaste for smaller dogs.
Embden geese from the UK, tend to be a bit shorter and heavier then those that are raised elsewhere.
watchdogs, goose meat production, great egg layers, great foragers, rapid growth, goose eggs
sexual maturity, loud, hissy creatures, meanest geese, Bitey, Aggressive Bird
strong imprint instinct, pure white feathers, bit swanlike, bright blue eyes
Excellent Meat Bird
I grew up in a family that have Embden geese on a yearly basis. My mother would raise some for us and the rest to make some extra money around Christmas time. The geese were bought as goslings in the spring and then butchered and sold in the winter before Christmas. We also kept the down feathers and had them cleaned and then filled into pillow covers and down comforters. The geese are very hardy, but put on meat well and are certainly good watch geese. Another side benefit of this breed is that no one will be able to sneak into your house if you have Embden Geese on the property. They will let it be known that there is an intruder around. That being said they can be somewhat noisy. As for the meat, it is of excellent quality. Some people find geese difficult to pluck, but I must say I find this chore absolutely necessary in order to enjoy the full potential of this bird. A trick to help remove the feathers easier is to use a wet cloth and old iron to steam sections of the goose as you pluck. It is also advisable to burn off any leftover hair with a small propane torch. Embden Geese are a wonderful meat bird with dual purpose natural watch dog behavior. Small children and sometimes even adults can be intimidated by a full grown goose as some geese will hiss and show aggressive behavior towards people. I have not had this experience with the Embden Goose and recommend it as a high quality meat bird variety..
From SonjaM Jan 20 2019 10:27PM
Friendly and Outgoing Birds
We currently have six geese, two of which are Embdens. While they’re all friendly and delightful birds, the Embdens are the most outgoing of the group. They frequently lead the rest of the geese in following us around the orchard and are always happy to help with cleaning their house.
Our Embdens are a utility strain so they’re on the smaller side (about 14 lbs), but exhibition strains can get quite large. While they are impressive and beautiful at the larger size, the exhibition birds are far less active with much shorter lifespans.
Our geese are pets first, but do work around the farm as well. They lay a decent amount of eggs, which are excellent for baking and blowing. Their primary job here is mowing the grass in the orchard.
We’d been having problems with voles and it’s not an easy area to mow. Now the geese keep the grass short and fertilize the trees. They do make a copious amount of manure, which is extremely valuable to us as organic farmers, but wouldn’t be nearly so delightful on your lawn.
We haven’t had any further vole damage since getting geese, however, we have had goose damage. If you’re planning to keep Embdens, or any of the other large breed geese in a young orchard, you need to strongly consider fencing your trees. They love to chew on wood and will eat everything from small branches to decent-sized trunks to picnic tables. Our Embdens are not the worst offenders in the group (that would be the Buffs), but they’re far from innocent.
Their preferred food is grass and as long as they have an ample supply of it, they don’t eat a large amount of feed relative to their size. Their isn’t much that they love more than water and they do require access to enough water for bathing in order to keep their feathers in proper shape.
This breed is a traditional source for down feathers and are very cold tolerant. I’d imagine they could have trouble in hot climates, but with access to shade ours have never seemed uncomfortably hot here in western Washington.
They’re generally quiet birds, but have the capacity for great volume. At times, our girls can be rather chatty and do like to call out greetings, or warnings if they see something they don’t think should be there. These birds are only suitable for rural areas both on account of their noise levels and space requirements.
Our Embdens are extremely intelligent, entertaining birds that add a wonderful energy to the farm..
From gardenfairy Aug 20 2014 4:30AM
Owning Geese (why would you?)
My experience with geese was a long time ago, growing up on a farm. We raised a small flock of them mainly for their eggs (huge) and meat. The only farm animal I have ever come across more vicious than one of these horrible beasts was a Banty/Leghorn cross rooster!
These bright white geese with orange beak, legs and feet, are large, noisy and very aggressive. Geese will bite you! They will also run at you flapping their wings wildly, making an awful racket, and will peck you.
On the good side, as a farm breed, they are easy to care for as long as you have a pond or marshy land, they lay HUGE eggs, and the meat is excellent. Because of their aggressive nature, few animals will bother them when they are away and together. However, we found that weasels were very good at dispatching them while they slept.
Geese are not an animal I would willingly choose to own again. They are just too loud and nasty..
From klagoosh Sep 10 2015 12:11AM