First of all let me say that African Geese are not from Africa. They are from China. No one really
knows how the name "African" came about, but it is believed that when the breed was first brought to
England in the 1800's, they wanted to give it an exotic name. Since Chinese geese were already named
Chinese, they were dubbed Africans, and to this day they still are. Africans are believed to be the first
goose to be bred with a dewlap.
African Geese are the clydesdales of the goose family- they have a high step, massive build, a pendulous
dewlap hanging from their throat, a large forward facing knob on their heads, a deep black bill and
knob. They are colored with bright orange feet and shanks. Africans are the only breed of goose that
is actually brown. The rest are shades of gray or white. They have a white rear end, a pale buff belly
shading up to a chocolate brown body with a dark brown stripe down the back of the neck. In the
Africans, males are much bigger than females. My females average 16 lbs, my males 25. Africans
grow very fast, faster than the Embden geese in fact. I can dress a 14 week old gosling and have a
good 8-9 lb dressed bird on the table.
As far as attitude- geese get a bad name for being nasty and obnoxious. Let me say as a true lover of
geese, they do make a lot of noise, but its happy honking and communicating. My geese are well
socialized. They are hand raised from babies, and they imprint on me. They would never think of
hurting "mom" except perhaps during the nesting season if I were silly enough to reach into a nest when
momma goose is on her eggs! My geese eat out of my hand and follow me around the yard like dogs.
Geese make very good pets when raised with people.
2006 Estimated Prices-
Hatching Eggs- 50$ a Dozen
Goslings- 10$ each
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