Geese Breed Focus - Sebastopol

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sumi, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    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, a name first used for the breed in Ireland in 1863, they were officially dubbed "Sebastopol" Geese after being distributed from port Sevastopol in Ukraine. The breed was first exhibited in England in 1860 under the name "Sebastopol" goose.


    Purpose: Ornamental; Exhibition
    Weight: Gander 12-14 lbs; Goose 10-12 lbs
    Egg laying: 25-35 eggs annually

    Colours/Varieties: Buff, White

    Pic by @Chickenhill

    Pic by @DuckLady

    Pic by @Cottage Rose

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    Do you own Sebastopol geese? Are you an Sebastopol 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!
  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Those are some seriously beautiful geese!
  3. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Mid west Michigan
    Received a notification on this topic so will respond about a breed I love and have kept for 11 years now. For many years I wanted to try geese but like most people erroneously thought they were mean and evil. I did some investigating and found that some breeds aren't as aggressive and among those breeds was Sebastopols. Well it only took me one minute after seeing pics of them in a Dave Holderread sale brochure to know I wanted some of those fluffy beauties! Long story short I found geese much more interesting and personable than chickens. Aside from the ganders breeding season crabbiness I found them down right dog like. Back in 2005 I found very little breed information and photos and went on to promote the breed through my photography and created a website and breed forum to share the information I had gathered through the years that followed. 2016 will be my last year for breeding Sebastopols due to a desire at 65 years old to cut back and have more time for traveling and other interests. I'm keeping a handful of Sebastopols for pets because my love for the breed has not died. They truly are a lovely breed and if anybody is hesitating to try geese for the same reasons I did, I would recommend giving them a try. My only regret is that I didn't try them sooner in life.
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  4. ksmith6689

    ksmith6689 Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2015
    New Jersey
    I would love to get some of these beautiful birds. Any sellers in the south jersey area?
  5. RezChamp

    RezChamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes. Very nice looking birds. And yes again, probably very good feathers for blankets and pillows etc. I had considered getting some but a thought occurred,"Dang! I bet when they get dirty THEY GET DIRTY!" So I changed my mind. But who knows, maybe one day.....
    I just hope I ain't like Cottage Rose because , well, I'm already 57.......
    Cheers y'all:):):)
  6. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2016
    Relaxing with my Buns
    I would really love to get one of these geese
    Can someone please tell me about their experience with them

  7. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  8. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2016
    Relaxing with my Buns
  9. maidmariner

    maidmariner New Egg

    Jan 30, 2010
    I live in East central Florida and would love to get some of these. Anybody that breeds Sebastopols in this area?
  10. sasafras4u2

    sasafras4u2 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Mar 19, 2016
    My Coop
    I don't have any geese but I really really really want some of the beautiful creatures.

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