12 Gregarious Goose Breeds

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<h1 style=”text-align:center”>12 Gregarious Goose Breeds</h1>
<h2 style=”text-align:center”>Use this chart to choose the right goose breeds for your yard.</h2>
<p>February/March 2014<br/>
<em>By Gail Damerow</em>
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<p>Along with meat, fresh eggs and weed control, geese are good looking and make great watch-birds. Learn more in <a href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/raising-ducks-geese/ducks-and-geese-zm0z14fmzchr” target=”_self”>Raising Ducks and Geese: A Homesteader&rsquo;s Guide to Waterfowl</a>. </p>
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<strong>African Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 35 to 45 <br />
<strong>Live Weight in Pounds</strong>: <br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 22<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 18<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Excellent<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Gentle</p>
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<strong>American Buff Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 25 to 35 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 18<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 16<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Good<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Docile</p>
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<strong>American Tufted Buff Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 35 to 50 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 15<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 13<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Good<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Calm</p>
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<strong>Chinese Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 30 to 50 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 12<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 10<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Excellent<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Usually calm</p>
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<strong>Embden Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 15 to 35 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 25<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 20<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Good<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Calm</p>
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<strong>Pilgrim Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 20 to 45 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 14<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 12<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Excellent<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Excitable</p>
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<strong>Pomeranian Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 15 to 35 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 17<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 14<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Excellent<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Variable</p>
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<strong>Roman Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 25 to 35 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 12<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 10<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Good<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Docile</p>
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<strong>Sebastopol Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 25 to 35 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 14<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 12<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Good<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Variable</p>
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<strong>Shetland Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 15 to 30 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 10<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 7<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Excellent<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Feisty</p>
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<strong>Toulouse Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 25 to 50 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 20<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 18<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Good<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Calm</p>
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<strong>Toulouse; Dewlap Goose</strong>
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<strong>Eggs Per Year</strong>: 20 to 30 <br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;Male: 26<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;Female: 20<br />
<strong>Foraging</strong>: Good<br />
<strong>Temperament</strong>: Calm</p>
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<em>American Tufted Buff photo by John Metzer; All other photos by the Livestock Conservancy</em>
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<em>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 </em>
<a href=”http://www.metzerfarms.com/” target=”_blank”>Metzer Farms</a>
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<em>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 </em>
<a href=”http://livestockconservancy.org/” target=”_blank”>Livestock Conservancy</a>
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<em>In addition to running a family farm, Gail Damerow is the author of several books, including </em>Hatching &amp; Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl<em>, available at the </em>MOTHER EARTH NEWS<em>
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