Uses: Utility – Meat & eggs. Eggs: 30 to 50 white eggs per year.
Weight: Gander: 6 – 7 Kg. Goose: 5 – 6 Kg.
Colours: Blue, Grey (standardised), Cream and Buff (non standardised)
Useful to Know: Some strains can be aggressive. The Steinbacher was after all named ‘the fighting goose’ in France and Germany.
Photo: Steinbacher Gander. Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson.
Steinbacher Geese are small, light weight, proud looking geese that look similar to Russian Fighting Geese. Steinbacher Geese came from the Thuringia region in eastern Germany and were originally bred from a cross from the local, regional geese and Chinese Geese. Their most distinctive feature is the orange bill with a black bean. They have orange legs and feet. In France, they are called L’oie de combat de Steinbach or “The Steinbacher Fighting Goose”. In Germany, they are called Steinbacher Kampfgänse. Kampfgänse also means “fighting Goose”. Steinbacher Geese were first standardised in the UK in 1997. They are not standardised in North America.
The following books are available. Links take you to the Amazon or other sellers’ pages for the books.
- Domestic Geese – C. Ashton – P.57
- British Waterfowl Standards – P.33
- British Poultry Standards – P.376
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