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. Details: 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 BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/sebastopol BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/445537/sebastopol-geese-thread-show-your-pics/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ock-color-genetics-and-color-improvement/0_30 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!