Geese Breed Focus - Embden

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sumi, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Embden Geese are thought to have originated from the Netherlands and Germany. The author Lewis Wright however wrote around 1900 that he was of the opinion that they originated from the town of Emden in Germany, although Edward Brown in his 1906 Races of Domestic Poultry wrote that the breed was created by crossing the German White with the English White and then, by a process of careful selections, creating the breed as it is today. Others suggest that the English Emden's great weight and size was produced by selective breeding with the Toulouse breed, which was then bred out leaving the large size of the Embden breed. In any case, the continental stock used in breeding the modern birds is most likely descended from the great white landrace of Frisia, which has been attested as early as the 13th century.

    The Embden breed entered the British Poultry Standard in 1865 and the APA's Standard of Perfection in 1874.

    Details:

    Purpose: Meat production
    Egg laying: Poor, 10-30 eggs annually
    Weight: Gander 26-33 lbs; Goose 22-28 lbs
    Colour: White, though some females may show grey in their backs and rumps, usually in their first year.


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    Pic by @Miss Lydia

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    BYC Breed Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/white-embden-geese

    BYC Breed Discussions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/733710/how-about-a-thread-for-embdens/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/404594/embden-goose-how-to-tell-sex/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/834580/when-do-embden-geese-lay-eggs/0_30


    Do you own Embden geese? Are you an Embden geese breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    This is an awesome breed if you want large and very protective. I've had my Embden gander for almost 9years[April2016] He was hatched here by one of my Muscovy ducks.

    Sam is loyal to a fault he can be aggressive towards people but only during breeding season, other times of the year he is pretty passive. He is very protective of his family which consists of 2 females and one gander which him and his mate a Toulouse adopted.

    They are a beautiful breed I love the white and I understand they make a great table bird although I could never eat mine[although I have threatened at times]. lol

    What made me decide to get this breed was quite by accident I traded 3 Muscovy duck eggs for 1 goose egg.


    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]He is an awesome papa goose to other water fowl.
     
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  3. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I loooooved my Embden. He could be nasty but you just have to ignore that! ;) I bought him from a poultry farm because he was the biggest and most beautiful goose they had, and it was worth it!
     
  4. psue

    psue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Squishy was the first gosling on my place. He's here to stay. His hatching can be found on youtube even [​IMG].

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    Squishy and his girl Fred. The geese that started it all.
     
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  5. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow they're so different! Beautiful!
     
  6. JLfarm

    JLfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love this breed they are just so beautiful and graceful. I raise them just for the sheer pleasure that I get from them I had no choice to get this breed bc this is the breed that my grandfather had brought over from Germany when he came to louisiana in the late 1800's and the geese have been passed down through generation and now there are only 6 geese left from this bloodstock.
     
  7. macgro7

    macgro7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Interesting fact:
    Most farmyard geese are white and most are described as embden BUT THE ACTUAL PURE BREED EMBDEN IS CONSIDERED A RARE BREED, in UK at least.
    The real embden is slim looking, upright standing, pure white, very tall goose. Genders can stand a metre tall! It's exactly the same situation as with the Aylesbury duck in the UK. All white ducks are called Aylesbury but very few are the pure breed.
     
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  8. angelmilke

    angelmilke Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I am very new to all this incubating and I need some help if anyone could tell me what to do, I got four grey goose eggs that I have been wanting forever I let them set for 24 hours got my incubator all ready went to trace air cell and weight them after weighing them I realized all there air cells moved around so I have them upright in egg carton but I know u have to tilt them a lot in the first week or so but I'm scared to tilt them or turn them there just setting there in the incubator and I don't know what to do, how long should I leave them alone before I turn or tilt them? Please someone help me
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Can we see pics please? how awesome to have this breed being handed down from gen to gen.
     
  10. JLfarm

    JLfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure thing
     

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