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Sebastopol Geese


Sebastopols are medium-sized geese which are known for their long curling feathers that, renders them a flightless bird.  It is so enjoyable to watch white fluffy clouds float about the property.

Sebastopols love to play with their owners and between themselves.  If you giggle and run about the yard like a goofball so, will they with wings straight out and laughing right along with you.  They love their baths, a kiddie pool brings them hours of entertainment for you and for them.  Generally they are a quiet bunch as they whisper continually back and forth to each other.  They are much like a dog, in the fact they will let you know if you have visitors, person or animal, they come when called, and will follow you about.  We could not imagine life without our beautiful Sebs.  

The Sebastopol goose originated in southeastern Europe. While sources do not agree on the precise location, they all point to the region around the Black Sea. The Poultry Book, published in 1909, states that they were named after Sebastopol, a Russian city from which they were imported (Johnson, et. al., 1909). It was developed from the wild Graylag goose which is native to Europe (Holderread, 1981). The American Poultry Association recognized the breed in 1938 (Malone, et. al., 1998

The Sebastopol is readily identified by its feathers. Long, soft-quilled, curling feathers drape elegantly from its wings, body and tail. This modification in plumage is an example of breeding for a specific trait. The white variety of the Sebastopol is best known. Both males and females have pure white feathers that contrast with their bright blue eyes and orange bills and feet. Juveniles often have traces of gray. There are also gray and buff color varieties

Sebastopols are medium-sized geese, weighing 12 - 14 pounds when mature. They have large, rounded heads, prominent eyes, slightly arched necks, keelless breasts and dual lobes (fatty lobes that hang below the abdomen). The plumage of the head and upper two-thirds of the neck is normal, while that of the breast and underbody is elongated and well-curled. The soft, fluffy feathers of the back, wings and tail have flexible shafts, are attractively spiraled, and in good specimens are so long that they nearly touch the ground (Holderread, 1981). The curled feathers prevent flight making them easier to confine (Grow, 1972). Sebastopols produce 25-35 eggs annually. When handled carefully, they have a quiet and pleasant nature (Holderread, 1981).

To find our more on Sebatopols history Thompson has written a wonderful artile that can be read on the Livestock Conservancy site at http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/sebastopol 

 

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