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.


African Goose

African Goose Breed

Eggs Per Year: 35 to 45
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 22
  Female: 18
Foraging: Excellent
Temperament: Gentle


American Buff Goose

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 Goose

Three American Tufted Buff Geese

Eggs Per Year: 35 to 50
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 15
  Female: 13
Foraging: Good
Temperament: Calm


Chinese Goose

Chinese Geese

Eggs Per Year: 30 to 50
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 12
  Female: 10
Foraging: Excellent
Temperament: Usually calm


Embden Goose

Embdens Goose Breed Example

Eggs Per Year: 15 to 35
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 25
  Female: 20
Foraging: Good
Temperament: Calm


Pilgrim Goose

Two Pilgrim Geese

Eggs Per Year: 20 to 45
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 14
  Female: 12
Foraging: Excellent
Temperament: Excitable


Pomeranian Goose

Pomeranian Goose Breed Example

Eggs Per Year: 15 to 35
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 17
  Female: 14
Foraging: Excellent
Temperament: Variable


Roman Goose

Example of Roman Goose Breed

Eggs Per Year: 25 to 35
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 12
  Female: 10
Foraging: Good
Temperament: Docile


Sebastopol Goose

Sebastapol Geese

Eggs Per Year: 25 to 35
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 14
  Female: 12
Foraging: Good
Temperament: Variable


Shetland Goose

Two Shetland Geese

Eggs Per Year: 15 to 30
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 10
  Female: 7
Foraging: Excellent
Temperament: Feisty


Toulouse Goose

Toulouse Goose

Eggs Per Year: 25 to 50
Live Weight in Pounds:
  Male: 20
  Female: 18
Foraging: Good
Temperament: Calm


Toulouse; Dewlap Goose

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.