It might seem like such a fine breed as the Sebastopol would've only been genetically engineered by science very recently. However, Sebastopol geese have been around for nearly two hundred years- having originated near the Black Sea in the 1800's. They were bred for their feathers to be used in bedding, pillows, and art. Understandable, considering they have the heaviest feathering of any goose breed.
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
Saddleback (all colors)
Splash (all colors)
Solid (all colors)
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
Derived from the Greylag Goose, Sebastopol Geese used to be much smaller than they are today having weighed around nine pounds in the 1800's. They were crossed with Embden Geese in the 1900's to increase the total weight of the bird.
Originally named Danubian Geese due their popularity around the Danube River, they were officially dubbed "Sebastopol" Geese after being distributed from port Sevastopol in Ukraine.
Sebastopol Geese are an ornamental breed with little value as meat or egg production birds. Laying only 20-40 eggs per year with feathers difficult to pluck, it is a pleasant breed to own as a pet or to exhibit in shows. Adult male Sebastopols weigh 12-14 pounds, with adult females weighing 10-12 pounds. Sebastopols are well known for having calm, complaisant temperaments. They are relatively quiet geese with some individuals speaking little to not at all. I personally, have never heard of a Sebastopol Goose attacking a human being. As brood animals, fertility rate tends to be low in the breed (but varies in individual geese). Sebastopol genetics are very complicated. Many colors can be produced and refined. Colored Sebastopols (at current) are not able to be shown due to having been out crossed with different breeds of geese to produce colored offspring. The ideal show goose is the purest of white with long, curled feathers evenly distributed over the body. Smooth breasted Sebastopols are not to be shown (resembling the Embden breed). The longer the feathers- the better. The ideal show goose would have feathers touching the ground- the curl of the feathers extending up the bird's lower neck. The bird would be in excellent body condition- with no keel. The condition of the feathers is of utmost importance, as well as daily bodily exams for any abnormalities covered by the feathers. Fresh bathing water must be offered daily along with clean, cool drinking water at all times. Sebastopol geese do best on a high quality feed containing niacin. Grass, leafy greens, vegetables, and bits of fruit are graciously accepted and do the bird good. Main Image, Adult Male Image, Adult Female Image Courtesy / Permissions of Brice Wonders and http://feathersite.com
Recent User Reviews
"Made me stop being afraid of geese!"
Pros - friendly, quirky, tolerant of other fowl, beautiful
Cons - noisy, gets dirty easily
I was TERRIFIED of geese until we got our female Sebastopol, Lucy. She is adorable, gorgeous, and loves people (and other animals!). She loves scratches and will sit on my lap and eat treats from my hands. She doesn't nip, chase, or act territorial - and she greets us every day with hilarious rubber-chicken-esc calls. She lives with several ducks and two chickens and definitely considers herself to be "one of the ducks"; not only does she consider herself their protector, she is always right there with the flock, even offering a little grooming and cuddling. Make sure that you can provide your Sebastopol with plenty of fresh water - their curly, often white feathers tend to stain easily. Keep in mind that these geese can be noisy - they love to sound off with their hilarious calls day and night.
I would recommend this breed to absolutely everyone, especially those who have a mixed flock and need a calm, friendly goose.