Shetland Goose

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Scientific name: Anser anser domesticus

The basics:
The Shetland Islands of the coast of Scotland are known for their unique breeds such as the Shetland Pony and the Shetland Goose. In this harsh northern environment, Shetland Geese have evolved to be hardy birds. They have only been in the United States for a couple of decades and have yet to be accepted in the American Poultry Association.

Variety: Ganders are white, females are gray and white pied
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Weeding
Personality: Calm and curious, ganders can become aggressive during breeding season
Weight: 10 - 12 lbs
Parenting abilities: Excellent parents, very protective
Noise level: Below average
Capable of flight: Yes
Meat production: Good
Egg production: 30 per year
Egg color: White

What else you should know:
Shetland geese tend to mate in pairs, as ganders will rarely bond with more then one female.

Shetland geese are sexually dimorphic, and the males and females hatch different colors. Ganders will hatch a golden shade, and grow to be white. The female goose hatches gray and gold, and will grow to be gray and white pied or saddlebacked.

The Shetland goose is often confused with the Pilgrim goose. However, there are distinctions between the two breeds. The Shetland gander is solid white, while the Pilgrim gander has some gray. Also, the Shetland has an orange bill that turns pink near the nostrils, while the Pilgrim has a solid orange bill.


calm dispositions, lovely backyard geese, good parents


fox raiding


grey saddle, preferred marking, Shetland Islands, smaller adults

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