Brace yourself for some serious cuteness… we recently brought home two baby Sebastopol geese! Well, technically I got one goose and my friend Becca got one goose and I’m raising them until the mountain pass between our towns opens. And it’s been SO much fun. I am beyond obsessed with our Sebastopol goslings and how damn cute they are!
They are Sebastopol geese, which are basically the fanciest geese you can get. They’re a heritage goose breed with feathers that are long, soft-quilled, and curly! Seriously, click on that link… you have to see how gorgeous they’ll be. They are medium sized, so they’ll ultimately weigh about 12-14 pounds. One is a buff color and the other is a mystery!
Becca is going to be raising 2 Pilgrim geese and then when the pass opens, we’ll be swapping one Pilgrim for one Sebastopol so we will each have one of each breed.
So why did we get goslings?? Because apparently geese are great for guarding chickens and keeping them safe. I haven’t shared it too much here, but we’ve had a few losses in the flock because of predators and I’m not happy about it. Eventually, the “guard geese” will live with the chickens. If anything happens, they will sound the alarm (geese are apparently really loud) and I can go outside to investigate or they’ll chase off the predator. Awesome, right??
It’s been super interesting to see how raising geese differs from raising chickens. They are SO much more engaged and literally have imprinted on me. So they follow me around, talk to me, and snuggle with me. They also make eye contact and seem more aware than chickens… and definitely smarter. And NOTHING beats swim lessons!
So what do you think of our Sebastopol goslings?? Let me know if you want me to share more info about raising them. I’m so obsessed!