12 Gregarious Goose Breeds

Use this chart to choose the right goose breeds for your yard.

February/March 2014

By Gail Damerow

Goose

Along with meat, fresh eggs and weed control, geese are good looking and make great watch-birds. Learn more in Raising Ducks and Geese: A Homesteader’s Guide to Waterfowl.

Breed

Breed Information

African
African Goose Breed

Eggs
Per Year
35 to 45

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 22
Female: 18

Foraging
excellent


Temperament
gentle
American Buff
Three American Buff Geese

Eggs
Per Year
25 to 35

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 18
Female: 16

Foraging
good


Temperament
docile
American Tufted Buff
Three American Tufted Buff Geese

Eggs
Per Year
35 to 50

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 15
Female: 13

Foraging
good


Temperament
calm
Chinese
Chinese Geese

Eggs
Per Year
30 to 50

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 12
Female: 10

Foraging
excellent


Temperament
usually calm
Embden
Embdens Goose Breed Example

Eggs
Per Year
15 to 35

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 25
Female 20

Foraging
good


Temperament
calm
Pilgrim
Two Pilgrim Geese

Eggs
Per Year
20 to 45

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 14
Female: 12

Foraging
excellent


Temperament
excitable
Pomeranian
Pomeranian Goose Breed Example

Eggs
Per Year
15 to 35

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 17
Female: 14

Foraging
excellent


Temperament
variable
Roman
Example of Roman Goose Breed

Eggs
Per Year
25 to 35

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 12
Female: 10

Foraging
good


Temperament
docile
Sebastopol
Sebastapol Geese

Eggs
Per Year
25 to 35

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 14
Female: 12

Foraging
good


Temperament
variable
Shetland
Two Shetland Geese

Eggs
Per Year
15 to 30

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 10
Female: 7

Foraging
excellent


Temperament
feisty
Toulouse
Toulouse Goose

Eggs
Per Year
25 to 50

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 20
Female: 18

Foraging
good


Temperament
calm
Toulouse; dewlap
Two Toulouse Dewlap Geese

Eggs
Per Year
20 to 30

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 26
Female: 20

Foraging
good


Temperament
calm

American Tufted Buff photo by John Metzer; All other photos by the Livestock Conservancy

For over 40 years, Metzer Farms duck, goose hatchery has provided a global clientele with over 25 breeds of high-quality birds and eggs. Visit them at Metzer Farms.

Since 1977, the Livestock Conservancy has worked to protect endangered heritage livestock breeds, preserving genetic diversity and safeguarding food systems from monoculture while promoting beautiful, historic animal lines. Learn more at the Livestock Conservancy.


In addition to running a family farm, Gail Damerow is the author of several books, including Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl, available at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store.

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