The Exhibition Toulouse geese are huge grey and white birds, often weighing 14kg or more. They have been bred specifically for showing, and have an exaggerated keel, lobes and dewlap. Because of their size and shape, they are very hard to breed successfully. But, like many large animals, they have a placid nature.
We have a flock of Sebastopol geese. These are classed as small geese and they are very easy to identify because they have ‘frizzle’ or ‘curly’ feathers over their body. We have both the frizzle and smooth-breasted varieties. The beaks and legs are orange and the eyes are bright blue. These geese originated around the Black Sea, and took their name from the Sebastopol area.
American Buff Geese
Our American Buff geese are larger than the Sebastopols, and have brown feathers, hazel eyes and orange feet and beaks. They originated in the USA, mainly from German strains. Buffs are a docile, calm breed, and make very good parents. We have a new pair from Tony Axon and hope to be breeding from them in 2012.
For more information on the different breeds, see the British Waterfowl Association website or the Poultrykeeper website where you can see a listing of goose breeds.