Brown African Geese are large, have a knob on the head and the same unique gray color pattern of the Brown Chinese. For many years, because of the similarity of color patterns, Brown Africans and Brown Chinese have been sold as the same breed. Toulouse goslings have a “U” at the top of the bill while Africans and Chinese have an arch. Adults are 16-18 pounds.
Brown Chinese Geese are an elegant, attractive, ornamental, gray variety that has become very popular for the farm goose flock. They are highly efficient foragers and maintain normal growth on a minimum amount of commercial feed. Many times they have been confused with African Geese, which are larger, and have a body carriage that is not as upright. Adults 10-12 pounds.
Embden Geese, which are the most popular of all breeds of geese, are used primarily for commercial production of meat. They are pure white and have massive bodies with mature females weighing 13 pounds or more and males weighing 20 pounds or more. They have a unique characteristic of ruffled neck feathers. When geese are present on the farm they are a deterrent to snakes.
White Chinese Geese are pure white, have a yellow bill, a knob on their head and an upright carriage. They are known as “weeder geese” primarily because they are highly efficient foragers and can maintain normal growth on a minimum amount of commercial feed. Goslings, which are solid bright yellow. Adults 10-12 pounds
Toulouse Geese, sometimes called “Big Gray Geese”, are very popular. The Toulouse that are sold by Ideal and most other hatcheries are not Standard Toulouse. They do not have a dulap, are not as large and their body carriage is not as close to the ground. Adults 16-20 pounds.