Scientific name: Anser anser domesticus
Other common names: Danubian Geese; Lockengans; Struppgans
The Sebastopol Goose is a domestic goose, which is descended from the European Graylag. The breed was developed in Central Europe along the Danube and the Black Sea, and was named after the Russian port town of Sevastopol. They were originally bred to use their curly feathers in pillows and quilts. Today, the Sebastopol goose is raised almost worldwide, primarily for their ornamental value.
Varieties: Buff, Gray, White
Uses: Feathers, Meat, Pets, Ornamental, Weeding
Temperament: Social, calm, and quiet
Weight: 12 - 14 lbs
Parenting abilities: Varies greatly amongst bloodlines
Noise level: Below average
Capable of flight: No
Meat production: Good roasting fowl
Egg production: 25 - 35 per year
Egg color: White
What else you should know:
The Sebastopols loose feathers do not repel water or wind as well as normal plumage. Therefore, your geese will need shelter and possibly heat during extremely cold weather.
To keep your Sebastopols looking nice, clean water for swimming is necessary. Mud should be avoided
Low fertility is common amongst Sebastopols. If breeding, you may want to trim feathers around the vent, as well as clip the back and tail plumes.
Occasionally goslings will develop gray feathers. This should disappear by the first molt.
long curly feathers, beautiful blue eyes, awesome pets, beauties, super calm
little cranky, pretty expensive breed, clumsy swimmers, cold temperatures
4H poultry leader, blue eyes, great lawn mowers
Lovely and Unusual Sebastopol Geese
"But Mom! How can we live in Sebastopol and NOT have any Sebastopol geese?" How does a mother and 4-H poultry leader deal with that kind of logic? While I'm sure many people that know our family assume that we have just about every feathered creature known to man, we did not have any geese. More specifically, to my oldest son's dismay, we did not have any Sebastopol geese. I had always said no to geese...too noisy, too aggressive, too much trouble! But there THEY were for sale by a breeder at our local fair; a young pair of Sebastopol geese, with their beautiful blue eyes and long, flowing white feathers...quietly looking us over as my son bombarded me with all the reasons we really should take these geese home with us. The breeder told him they were quiet and non-aggressive, that they are easy keepers and would be content with minimal housing and a wading pool. So, I finally said yes. My son paid the breeder a fairly substantial sum out of his own hard-earned money and we took them home. I've never been sorry for yielding to the pressure that day. They are beautiful birds and everything the breeder said was true. They have produced 4 to 7 goslings a year with the father taking a very active part in the care and nurturing of the goslings. I love watching them sashay around the yard with their long curly feathers swaying from side to side as they waddle about looking for tasty bugs and slugs. They remind me of sweet little old ladies dressed up for teatime in their feather boas. And no...we don't ordinarily let the geese swim in the pool...the female noticed someone left the gate open one day and took full advantage while the male nervously paced about on the deck!
The only down side I can think of owning Sebastopols for exhibition is that during the winter it is difficult to keep them clean and white for poultry shows.
From thodefamilyfarm Aug 15 2011 3:46PM
Unconventional, awesome pets - and great lawn mowers!
My husband had interest in getting a goose or duck to keep as a pet for a while. We live right on a marsh and have lots of land, and we have Canada geese that are always flying overhead and hanging out outside. It's a great area for this kind of pet. We looked into ownership and found a breeder that sold Sebastopol geese. We chose that breed because they're supposed to be tame and friendly, and also can't really fly away due to their curly feathers. We bought two birds because we heard it was best they not be alone. As goslings, they were a little cranky at first when we'd handle them, hissing and nipping and wiggling around, but that behavior soon faded. They are kept outside due to our indoor cats. We originally kept them in an outdoor chicken coop that was otherwise vacant, but now they stay in a small barn on our property at night.
They love to cuddle with us, lying beside us and resting their heads on our arms. When they were goslings, they would fall asleep in our hands or laps. If you get a young gosling, they will imprint on you as a human and fall in love with you, which is really sweet. If you do choose a goose as a pet, be willing to take care of it for the rest of their life because of this attachment. They also love to follow us around the yard when we're outside. They do tend to chase random bugs or animals and have freaked out our indoor cats with their honking on occasion. But otherwise they are super calm and curious.
Their diet is quite simple, consisting of clover and dried corn, a few grains, some fruit, seeds and grass. We let them graze right in the yard and don't have to mow our lawn nearly as much anymore.
They're not always crazy about new people, and have hissed at cars that come up the driveway, and sometimes people who walk up to them. They've never bitten anyone, but they have attempted to nip at their clothes. Geese can be aggressive without proper training. You also must have a good amount of land for them to walk around on, fresh water, and make sure to fox- and coyote- proof their dwelling! Sebastopols are a pretty expensive breed of geese (we paid $120 for the pair of them) as opposed to others who might also make good pets, so be sure to search around.
They make great watchdogs because they always notice when someone is coming onto the property, but their honking is loud so be prepared. They are also poop machines, especially as goslings, so take care when holding them. One other note of caution - they love to peck at things when they're wandering around. We had plastic Adirondacks chairs that now have clusters of dents in them from being poked, so be careful when letting them roam.
Geese are more of a farm pet, but if raised with care they can be loving, playful, and sweet.
Image: By Davee [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
From VBSalt May 20 2014 2:11PM
Keep away from children
I had about six of these geese when I was young, and they were the sweetest when they were little. They'd sit in my lap and follow me around and were a general joy.
Unfortunately, when they grew up they got aggressive. If you've ever been bitten by a goose, you know it's pretty painful. They'd chase members of my entire family, but the worst thing was when one of them attacked my younger sister, who was about five at the time. The bird flew at her, talons to face, and I'm just glad we were there when it happened.
I've heard of geese growing attached to their owners and being as good as guard dogs, but this wasn't the case with ours. They got aggressive to everyone.
A very pretty lawn ornament, their slippery droppings aside, and sweet when they're babies. But keep away from small children..
From AnzaBee Feb 28 2015 9:58AM