The Steinbacher goose exudes confidence and pride. Standing tall as they display their unique beak colorings and full breasts, these birds have moved past their fighting origins to become a part of breeders’ farms around the world. Hardy and easy to work with, these geese are beautiful and unique. Let’s take a look at more information about the Steinbacher goose and its characteristics.

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Quick Facts About The Steinbacher Goose

Breed Name:Steinbacher Kampfganse
Place of Origin:Thuringia, Germany
Uses:Meat and eggs
Gander (Male) Size:13 – 15 pounds
Dame (Female) Size:11 – 13 pounds
Color:Grey, blue, buff, and cream
Lifespan:15 – 20 years
Climate Tolerance:Moderate
Care Level:Moderate
Production:30 – 50 white eggs per year
Optional:Black lipstick markings prominent on the bill

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Steinbacher Goose Origins

The Steinbacher goose was originally bred in Thuringia, Germany in the early part of the 20th century. Although the breed’s origins lack thorough documentation it is believed they originated from breeding Chinese geese with regional German geese. In 1932, the Steinbacher was inducted to the German Poultry Standards and the UK Domestic Waterfowl Standards in 1997. These geese were imported to the United States in 2004 and are considered globally endangered.

Steinbacher Goose Characteristics

While originally bred for fighting in Germany, the Steinbacher goose is actually a mild-mannered breed. They exhibit calm dispositions toward humans and other geese unless it is mating season. These unique birds are considered confident, not the aggressive fighters they were bred to be.

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Uses

Steinbacher geese are mostly used for meat and egg production but are also exhibited often. This breed is considered a reluctant sitter which makes egg production difficult to rely on. Many use this breed for exhibition purposes due to their unique bill and proud posture.

Appearance & Varieties

These geese display an erect posture which gives off the confident and proud demeanor they are known for. Featuring a large, full breast the Steinbacher has been seen with grey, blue, buff, and cream colorings. In the UK, lavender was even recognized in the breed’s early sightings.

Possibly the most recognizable physical characteristic of this goose is the beak. They are orange with a noticeable black serration that gives off the appearance of black lipstick. The orange on the beaks develops over time as goslings are born with solid black beaks.

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Population, Distribution & Habitat

Steinbacher geese are considered rare in North America. Due to their endangered status, mostly breeders work with these geese in hopes of helping their numbers. In other parts of the world, this goose is slightly more common but still doesn’t have the numbers or distribution of other goose breeds.

Two steinbacher geese face-to-face
Image Credit: uschel, Pixabay

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Are Steinbacher Geese Good for Small-Scale Farming?

Yes. The Steinbacher goose would make a nice addition to a farm of any size due to its hardiness. The key to keeping these birds happy is providing adequate room to sitting mothers and having the ability to separate ganders during mating season to avoid confrontations.

As you can see, the Steinbacher goose is a rare breed that has moved past its original fighting origins. These geese are well-tempered and in most scenarios, affectionate to humans. Due to their decreased numbers and critical status, welcoming these geese to a farm would help their numbers and aid in conservation efforts as they are still considered rare in the US.

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Featured Image Credit: uschel, Pixabay