Category Rare Breeds

Permaculture Animal: Australian Settler Geese

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Australian settler geese (previously ‘pilgrim geese’) were developed for Australian conditions. They are hardy medium sized geese. Males are born white, and females grey.

The breed is becoming rare: it has lost popularity to larger exhibition breeds and slender Chinese geese. It has also been crossed with other breeds, so establishing a pure flock may take a few generations. As geese can live for over twenty years, you may be lucky enough to find an old generation living on a family farm somewhere.

HABITS AND PERSONALITY

Geese are not for the faint hearted: they are noisy, poo a lot and need plenty of fresh water, particularly during summer. They have razor sharp teeth, sharp claws and very strong wings.