Brown African Goose
Scientific Name: Anser cygnoides
Brown African Geese are heavy geese, with males weighing between nine and 13 kilograms or about 20 pounds and females weighing eight to 11 kilograms or about 18 pounds. They are quite thick set and have large dewlaps. Brown African Geese have black beaks characterized by a large knob that projects forward from the top of the beak. They tend to be the leanest geese compared to the other heavy-type breeds. The Brown African Goose has also been described as having a stately appearance. A brown stripe runs down the neck from the top of the head, and the rest of the plumage is colored in various shades of brown, gray, and white. The feet are orange in color, ranging from dark orange to a brownish version.
Although Brown African Geese can tolerate cold weather to an extent, their beaks may be susceptible to frostbite characterized by orange areas.
Brown African Geese may produce a clutch at one year of age. Usually, the incubation period is about a month and one gander may service between two and six females.
The Brown African Goose is a lovely domestic bird that is actually not African at all, despite its name! These gentle geese are quite large and docile and are certain to please.
Beautiful Brown African Geese are generally kept for meat, although they will also produce an average number of eggs. This large breed tends to be fairly docile and easy to handle. Brown African Geese are also rather hardy.
African Geese were first recognized officially in 1874 and today they come in two varieties; the Brown African Goose, and the White African Goose. Although some people believe the Brown African Goose is from Africa, it was actually developed when Toulouse and Chinese Swan Geese were crossed.