Embden Geese are a white goose that is sometimes called the Emden or the Bremen (usually in America). Embdens have an orange bill and legs and have blue eyes. Embdens are quite tall compared to other geese, although the Embdens in the UK tend to be a little shorter and stockier than those found on the continent.
Embden Geese thought to originate from the North part of Germany. The goose has retained this in its name in the UK. Some early publications suggest it might have some of its origins in Holland but some of the more respected Authors of the day, such as Lewis Right believed the breed to have been created in Emden, North Germany.
Embden Geese do not lay very many eggs in a season, typically only 20 eggs. They will often go broody and are good sitters. Ganders can be aggressive whilst protecting the sitting goose or young goslings. Some grey feathers can be found in young first year females, typically on their back or rump but eventually, they should end up as pure white.
The Embden is called L’oie d’Emden in France and Emder Gans in Germany. They have been a popular bird to use to generate a hybrid cross for meat production across Europe. In the UK, the largest supplier of Embden Crosses is in Norfolk – Goslings from Gulliver Geese. Typically, Embdens can be crossed with Toulouse Geese or other large Geese if you want to create a good utility hybrid. During the last century, the emphasis was always on improving the goose’s weight and many of the early poultry shows judged birds on their dead weight.
Uses: Utility – meat. Eggs: 10 to 30 white eggs per year.
Origin: Northern Germany.
Weight: Gander: 25-30 lbs. Goose: 20-26 lbs.
Useful to Know: Embden Geese are one of the main breeds used in commercial Goose production.
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.