Does anyone have any experience raising Sebastapol geese?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread
Hello everyone! I am curious to know about Sebastapol geese. Does anyone here have any experience raising them? Are they good breeders? Are they as noisy as some? For instance the white chinese that I have had were totally noisy (if the wind blew they honked), but I have also had some african greys that only honked when something major happened. I think that they would be a beautiful addition to my orchard out in front of the ranch house. I need to know a little more about them. Thank you.
-- Lawannea S. Stum (Whitedov1@citlink.net), August 06, 2000
Lawannea, Try www.poultryconnection.com in addition to this forum. They have an exhibition waterfowl forum that you may find helpful. I'm raising my first dewlap toulouse geese and am very impressed with them. Some of the people at the waterfowl forum are very knowledgable. Bluetick
-- bluetick (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 06, 2000.
This answer is later--you might already have your geese. I have two Sebastapol's. They are a year old now--very pretty and graceful and have just started laying eggs this spring. They are very quiet. They only time mine make any noise is when they recognize a family member or our dogs. Then they honk for a short time. I had a Chinese once too. I love her but she was very noisy and I was afraid the neighbors would complain. These Sebastapol's are very different.
-- Judy Betournay (email@example.com), April 23, 2001.
I have a pair of Sebastapols with the female sitting on four eggs. They get excited when they see me, and they honk, but I leave them in a covered dog kennel attached to a box stall and they can walk in and out at any time. I have a kid's plastic pool outside for them, they like to mate in this, and I change the water every day. They will be allowed back out when the babies are born in a couple of days, but if I let them out now, the female would forget about the eggs and be more interested in the pasture. I cut grass for them every day and they become quite excited about this. They like to watch me cut the grass, and seem to want to tell me which grass they would prefer me to cut for them. They are wonderful, friendly, but you have to beware of other larger geese beating them up during mating season. I had to give away a pair of rare Pilgrim geese because the male almost killed my male Sebastapol. Frou-Frou is my male, and Tu-Tu is my female. I love them very much. I can't wait for the babies to arrive!!!!
-- L. Bernard (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 28, 2001.