Sebastopol or Danubian
The Sebastopol is a breed of domestic goose, descended from the European Graylag. They were also referred to as Danubian geese, the preferred name in 19th century Britain.
In German, they are called Lockengans or Struppgans, meaning "curl-goose" and "unkempt goose".
The Sebastopol is a medium-sized goose with long, white curly feathers. The feathers of the neck are smooth and sometimes greyish-brown.
Crosses have produced all-gray, buff, and saddle back variants. Feathers on the breast may be curly (frizzle) or smooth.
The gander weighs 12-14 lbs while the goose weighs 10-12 lbs. The legs and shanks are orange and the eyes bright blue.
On average, females produce 25-35 eggs per year.
Though geese generally retain some flight ability, Sebastopols cannot fly well due to the curliness of their feathers and have difficulty getting of the ground. They need plenty of water in order to keep themselves clean, and to clean their sinuses.
The breed was developed in Central Europe along the Danube and the Black Sea. It's not known if the birds originated in the port of Sevastopol, Ukraine as the name implies, by the 19th century they were found in all the countries surrounding the Black Sea. The alternate name Danubian reflected their prevalence around the river Danube. They were originally bred to use their curly feathers in pillows and quilts.
Breeding over the last hundred years has increased the average weight of the birds by thirty percent. It is best to avoid breeding two specimens both having curly breast feathers, as they may develop abnormal wings.
Diet / Feeding:
Ducks and geese generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.
Feeding Ducks and Geese ...
We all enjoy waterfowl and many of us offer them food to encourage them to come over and stay around - and it works! Who doesn't like an easy meal!
However, the foods that we traditionally feed them at local ponds are utterly unsuitable for them and are likely to cause health problems down the road. Also, there may be local laws against feeding this species of bird - so it's best to check on that rather than facing consequences at a later stage.
Please note that feeding ducks and geese makes them dependent on humans for food, which can result in starvation and possibly death when those feedings stop. If you decide to feed them, please limit the quantity to make sure that they maintain their natural ability to forage for food themselves - providing, of course, that natural food sources are available.
- Click here to find out which foods to feed them that will offer the nutrition they need to survive a cold winter and remain healthy
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