Usually a gentle breed, despite their size African Geese originated from the wild Asian Swan Goose of China. It was introduced into Europe in the late 1700s and into the USA in the mid 1800s. In northern climates, it is recommended the African geese be provided shelter as their knobs have a tendency to become frostbitten if not given sufficient protection from the cold. If the knob is frostbit, spots may turn orange but then the knob returns to black once the tissue is completely healed the following year. African geese are similar to Chinese geese in that they are a bit noisier than other breeds. They are a beautiful goose and are very active foragers. They are good egg producers with above average fertility.
The African Goose is a large and bulky bird with a heavy body that is nearly as wide as it is long, a thick neck, and a large knob attached to its forehead (which requires several years to develop). A crescent-shaped dewlap hangs from its lower jaw and upper neck. This dewlap may become ragged in shape as the bird ages.
- Standard Weights: Gander: 20-26 lbs. Goose: 16-22 lbs.
- Varieties: Light, Dark, Buff
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: Brown / Grey (most common), Buff, White.
- Use: Meat and Eggs
- Origin: Africa with development in the USA and China
The ancestors of the domestic goose are derived from two distinct wild species. Western (European) breeds have been developed from the greylag, and Asiatic breeds such as the African and Chinese from the swan goose. Despite their separate origin, the Asiatics and greylag types do inter-breed.