Scientific name: Anser anser domesticus
Other common names: American Saddleback Pomeranian; L'oie de Pome'ranie; Pommerngans; Rügener Goose; Buff Saddleback; Pomeranian Saddleback; Grey Saddleback
The Pomeranian goose is a very old German breed, that was developed by farmers of Permerania, during the early 1500s. The Pomeranian goose was marketed throughout Europe, as it was favored for its delicious smoked breast. The Pomeranian Goose has been imported to most countries, and was one of the first domesticated geese to arrive on the shores of North America. Today, the Pomeranian goose is well known, but remains relatively rare.
Varieties: White, Gray, Buff Pied or Saddleback, Gray Pied or Saddleback
Uses: Guard, Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Pets, Weeding
Temperament: Varies greatly. Some bloodlines are very docile, while others are nervous and aggressive
Weight: 15 - 17 lbs
Parenting abilities: Excellent
Noise level: Above average
Meat production: Very good meat fowl, raised for smoked goose breasts
Egg production: About 35 eggs per year
Egg color: White
What else you should know:
All Pomeranian Geese must have a single-lobed paunch. If they are dual lobed, then you are likely to have a Gray Back Goose.
Some strains are highly productive and can produce up to 70 eggs per year. However, most Pomeranian Geese lay around 35 eggs per year.
In North America, only the Saddleback (also known as pied) varieties exist.
meat goose, dual purpose goose, heritage breed
chickens underneath, love hate relationship
I raised Sebastopol Geese for 35 years. Decided that I wanted a meat goose. The Pomeranian is a good dual purpose goose and is a heritage breed. Ours live in the barn at night, due to predators, but forage out in the fields by day. They late in the late winter. I let them hatch their eggs and usually raise their young. I sometimes put the goslings in a brooder to insure their safety. They are docile and well behaved, even on a nest. If you don't bother them, then they don't come after you. I recommend them as a multi-purpose goose on the farm.
From LGLF Apr 14 2012 11:48AM
I have a very love / hate relationship with my geese. I first acquired the pair from a friend about five years ago and I was very excited to add them to my flock, expecting them to hang out with the chickens. However, I soon found that the geese (who I named Eve & Grace) were not interested in becoming friends with the chickens. In fact, they often chase them away from food and things that I give them and are territorial of my barn, not letting the chickens underneath or around very often. The geese also think they are indestructible and will often hiss at dogs, cats, and even cars. They wont often move for vehicles coming in and out of my driveway and will take on things much larger than them. They nest underneath the barn and are very protective of their eggs (despite the fact that they are both female and the eggs will obviously never hatch.) At night when I go out to close up the barn they bite at my feet and legs and try to chase me away sometimes, although I have just gone to wearing heavier boots and so it doesn't hurt. Despite all this though, I also do love my geese. They love to play in water and actually like to be sprayed by the hose. Although they chase and peck and are mean to my chickens they have protected them against a raccoon once. By the time I got out there with my shovel to chase the raccoon away the geese had already had it cornered in the barn hissing and flapping (although it was probably to protect their eggs more than the chickens.) And speaking of eggs, I also have collected their eggs before and although I don't like to eat them (they're too rich) I have blown them out and dried them and made beautiful ornate eggs. Although I don't know if I would want to own more geese after the girls are gone I do like my two ladies wandering around the yard eating my weeds and prickle bushes. They make me laugh on a daily basis and even though I don't use them for anything I'm glad to give them a home..
From ChelseaThompson Feb 2 2015 5:22PM