Sebastopol

Average User Rating:
4.875/5,
  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    White
    Blue
    Lavender
    Buff
    Grey
    Saddleback (all colors)
    Splash (all colors)
    Solid (all colors)
    Smooth
    Curly
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.

    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.
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  • Breed Details:
    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

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Lacy Duckwing
    5/5,
    "Great pets"
    Pros - They are great pets and are still a good guard dog (goose).
    Cons - The males still turn in breeding season.
    They are good geese who will not fly away and make good pets.
    Purchase Price:
    $25 each as gosling.
    Purchase Date:
    2011
  2. sryglet
    5/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    5
  3. scratch'n'peck
    5/5,
    "friendly"
    Pros - good-natured, distinctive feathering
    Cons - a bit less cold tolerant than other geese breeds
    Calm breed. My Sebastopols follow me around.
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. Julie Birb
    Awe, Lucy sounds absolutely wonderful.
  2. ChickenGrass
    Yes that's true pipdzipdnreadytogo
    It's unfair to give a rating of a goose that you
    Have never owned because you think it's ugly
    It's like saying that cover of the book
    Looks ugly so I give it 1 star
    Makes no sense....
      JumbeThePigDuck likes this.
  3. pipdzipdnreadytogo
    Don't you think it's a little unfair to give a poor rating to a bird that you have never even owned, just because you think they're ugly?
      JumbeThePigDuck likes this.
    1. JumbeThePigDuck
      I reported him. What a jerk. Give the geese a chance.
      JumbeThePigDuck, Nov 16, 2017
  4. PoultryQueen101
    We bought a Sebastopol Gosling and he died the next day! I really want another one, as long as it is solid white, curly breasted, and young so that it has not imprinted on anyone yet.
  5. gydesen
    Do you know of anyone who raises them closer to Michigan? I'm afraid that they might not survive the journey. But I will look into the farm you suggested. THanks
  6. lareynadenada
    You are in sebastopol??? I was raised in Forestville now living in Lake County
  7. Miss Lydia
    Celtic Oaks Farm raises and sell them she is in FL.
  8. 4hchickmama
  9. gydesen
    I was looking to get a few geese to keep the weeds down in a orchard we planted this year. I love the look of these geese! Where could I get them in central Michigan?
  10. dianaabel
    thank you so much for your kind words. I been trying to find sebastopols but is not easy. The place that i got them dont sale them
    any more. Keep on looking.

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