Most people are amazed the first time they see a Sebastopol goose. Their frilly feathers bring to mind a fancy dress. But don’t be fooled, these are geese first, decorations second, and as such they can become aggressive, protective and noisy. They, and Pilgrims, are great “first geese for nearly everyone that is prepared to keep geese.

These lay fewer eggs than the Pilgrims and the goslings are always in demand, especially the females, as a breeding group may have up to 5 females per male, so the surplus males are more readily available. This is my first year (2024) with my young breeding group, so availability of goslings is somewhat unknown.