Gosling, African Goose
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Gosling, African Goose

The African Goose is a breed of goose. The African goose breed most likely originated in China, despite the name. They may possibly be related to the wild swan goose a smaller species of goose, just like their close cousin the Chinese goose. Though they share some similar characteristics (such as colour variations), the two can be distinguished by the African's larger dewlap and different knob shape. African geese are also quite a bit heavier than Chinese, and are better known for their docile temperaments. Also, they are known to lay far fewer eggs than Chinese geese, 25-40 eggs per year for the African goose vs. 40-65, or, in extreme cases, up to 200 eggs per year for Chinese geese.

Two origin theories persist for the fowl: the first purporting that Africans are the result of crosses of swan geese and Chinese, while the other asserts that they are pure derivations of the swan goose, and their unique traits are simply the result of selective breeding. Whichever the case, it has existed as a distinct breed since at least the middle of the nineteenth century, and was admitted to the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1874.

Ganders often have a higher pitched call than the geese, and are taller, while the females are shorter and stockier, with larger keels or lobes.

African geese appear in three color varieties: Brown, Buff and White. Browns have black bills and knobs, and plumage with irregular shades, from a very light to dark brown. Whites have all-white plumage and orange bills and knobs.

Baby: Has a black feet and beak and are black and white with a little yellow on the head.

Mature: They have a black knob on their head, a black bill, and a dark stripe down the back of their neck. Dignified looking and attract a great deal of attention. Not as heavy as the Toulouse or White Embden, but they mature early. Are desirable for crossing with the heavier breeds of geese.

Weight

Weight: 14-16 lbs. at 5 months.

Eggs

25-40+ eggs per year

 

  • Item #: HG-AF

Gosling, African Goose

Price: $26.30
2 or more: $20.30 each
8 or more: $19.30 each
16 or more: $18.30 each
32 or more: $17.30 each
40 or more: $13.00 each
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