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
Geese - A must have for every farm
In the business world, we use a term "value for money" very often, these geese are the animal equivalent of this term. They are "money in the bank".
Why, let me explain step by step
They eat very little from your pocket: You buy them and let them forage. They will be happy and will be able to manage for them selves. It is good to give them grain occasionally or regularly but not necessary. They will also be able to go through your left over bread, vegetables and so forth
They are excellent at keeping your pastures weed free. If you have grass growing here and there, they will trim it and they eat a lot of such stuff so they will keep it well trimmed and nice looking
The speed at which they grow is rapid. If you are keeping them for meat production, they are excellent. Faster than many breeds, easier than chicken and ducks with less hassle.
They do not need you to protect them in fact they are the ones who will protect you. They are big and imposing birds, the wing span can actually be between 1 to 2 meters depending upon the age. A normal predator is scared of them hence you do not really need to worry about having an ideal coop.
They are equally happy if it rains a lot and gets cold, if anything they enjoy water and have fun in it. No need to run around if it suddenly starts raining worrying that the birds will get sick
Hardy creatures, rarely get sick and if they do, it is better to get them slaughtered
Excellent meat source. The meat is plentiful and it is also different to the chicken meat. More flavor although the flavor part is totally subjective
They brood once a year if not less, so you will have a steady supply of young ones.
We normally train them in such a way that we make a "buaaaank buaaaaank" sound and they call back. Than we can see where they are, if you call them they will half fly half run to you as well. Hence it is very easy to herd them unlike chickens or ducks who sometimes do not understand such commands.
They are intelligent as well, can sense danger and are strong minded
A possible con is that some times they are aggressive towards strangers but normally they are easy to have.
A must have on any farm, if you do not have a farm still they are very helpful. Due to their low maintenance aspect, if there is space available they are almost raised for free..
From Zak_Hades Jul 18 2014 5:38AM
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