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Discussion in 'Geese' started by Muscovies, Dec 22, 2010.
What is the best breed of geese to raise?
My only goose...a gander...an african gander is not agressive and easy to raise.
That depends entirely on your reason for raising them, your setup for keeping them and any unique requirements you may have.
Looking for a lot of goose eggs? White Chinese are known for being prolific layers.
Want something unique and beautiful roaming the yard or to appeal to the pet and/or show markets? Sebastopols are popular.
Desiring meat for the table? Embdens are traditional farm geese. American Buffs and Toulouse may also be a good choice.
Thanks roocrazy and Olive Hill
Quote:Americans are very sweet natured, tend to be calm, and are relatively quiet. They're a good all-around goose because they're a good meat bird too.
For some reason I just never cared for Embdens. Toulouse are sweet & I really loved my Brown Chinese/Toulouse mixed geese, they were very quiet and laid back. My White Chinese were by far my favorite though, but my gander did start to get a little snotty when his hen was "maturing".
I went with Roman Crested geese. They seemed like a good dual purpose kind. I've been surprised at how much I like them. Much better than the turkeys.
I have Embden and Toulouse - the Embden are more aggressive - but having said that the Embden are laying already so perhaps that is the reason, however, we sold an Embden male to our neighbours for his Christmas Dinner - he was extremely aggressive al year round! I did feel terrible about the demise of a goose that I raised from a tiny gosling but the 11 remaining (6 Toulouse and 5 Embden) are more subdued now!
I just love the Toulouse - they appear to have character and are so georgeous to look at!