Sebastopol Geese were originally from the River Danube near the Black Sea and have been called the Danubian goose. They are known as Lockengnse in Germany and L’Oie Frisse in France. Sebastopol Geese are medium weight geese, known for their long curled ‘frizzled’ feathers that make flight almost impossible for them. They have striking blue eyes. There are two types standardized of Sebastopol Geese in the UK, the Buff and White varieties although grey and saddle backed varieties exist. There are two types – smooth feathered and curled feathered. Because of their rough feathering, they are not so waterproofed as other geese and do require a shelter to be able to get out of the worst of the weather. Sebastopols are not known as an aggressive breed and they will go broody and sit on eggs.
Sebastopol Geese are probably our most unique appearing goose. You would think that a bird such as this would have been bred fairly recently but actually they have been around for hundreds of years. The Sebastopol Geese origin is thought to be from the countries surrounding the Black Sea, Hungary and the Balkans. They were known early on in England as Danubian and the Spanish and Italians referred to the breed as Danubio due to importations from the lower Danube river area. How they got the name Sebastopol is a mystery other than some of the first birds may have been imported from the port of Sebastopol.
Uses: Showing / Attractive unusual pets. Eggs: 30 to 50 white eggs per year.
Origin: Eastern Europe.
Weight: Gander: 12-15 lbs.. Goose: 10-13 lbs.
Colors: Buff, White. (Curled feather and smooth breasted varieties)
Useful to Know: Light Grey feathers can appear in white females during their first year.
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.