The Emden breed was bred in the ancient German city of Emden where the name came from, in the 19th century. Geese of this breed on the pasture are well fattened and give a lot of high-quality meat and useful fat
Appearance can “frighten” anyone who decides to attack them: plumage white with wings of a grayish hue; head of rather large size; beak and paws of orange color; neck of medium length with a bend, there is a small “purse” in the form of wrinkles at the bottom of the beak. A wide and long body with a massive body, wrinkles on the abdomen are also present. At the same time, it should be taken into account that the weight of an adult Emden gander can reach ten kilograms, and geese – up to eight kilograms
But large sizes do not yet mean a good egg lay: in one year a young goose can sit out no more than twenty-five to thirty eggs, “old” – no more than twenty-five to forty-five eggs. The average egg weight reaches 170 gr. The process of incubating chicks starts at the 10th month of life in the “youngster”. Approximately in fifty percent of cases they turn out to be good hens and take care of their “babies”. The weight of young geese at eight weeks is already almost four kilograms
An interesting difference from other varieties of geese is the change in color of plumage. When small goslings appear in the light, their fluff has a gray color. As the feathers “grow”, the color becomes discernible in gray, which suggests that they are similar to swans. As a result, a smaller proportion of adult geese remain gray; most of them become mottled, and only a few acquire a pure white color
The latter is characteristic only for males, whereas “diversity and grayness” is only for females, which can become “kipenno-white” only after the second moult. Emden geese are ideally bred for getting meat for sale, then there will be guaranteed profit. Do not forget about the plentiful plumage: from one adult goose you can get over half a kilogram of down! So the benefit in the content of this particular breed is obvious
They cross well with geese of other, smaller sizes, varieties. Such goslings are not so demanding for living and feeding conditions, they have greater egg production and early maturity, good meat taste.
Emden breed of geese