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