The Scania goose is a breed of domestic goose originating in Scania in Sweden. It is also known as South Sweden Goose and Swedish: Skånegås.
It was developed from the towns of Vomb and Hunneberga around the end of the nineteenth century. The breed was actually developed from German waterfowl that was brought back by Swedish soldiers during the 1700s.
And those German goose are thought to have been Pomeranians in type, and were crossed to to the local goose population.
The Scania goose breed was standardized in the 1920s. And there were 172 registered birds in 2011. Read more information about the breed below.
Scania Goose Characteristics
The Scania goose is a large breed which is similar to the Pomeranian goose. It is the largest and heaviest breed of goose in Sweden.
Plumage of the birds is usually white with brown-grey head, back, neck, thighs and rump feathers. Legs and beak of these birds are orange, and their beak has a flesh colored tip.
Average live body weight of the mature Scania ganders is between 7 and 11 kg. And average mature body weight of the geese vary from 6.5 to 8 kg. Photo and info from Wikipedia.
Scania goose is used for both eggs and meat production. It is used as a guard bird, and also used for the production of feathers and ornamental purposes.
The Scania goose is a very hardy breed. It is hardy enough to spend the whole year out of doors in southern Sweden. It is relatively calm in temperament, but can become very aggressive during the breeding season.
The geese on average lay around 20-30 eggs per year, some birds may lay up to 40 eggs. Their eggs are very large, weighting up to 200 grams. It is a long lived bird and some geese can live for over 30 years. The birds are usually of good behavior and are excellent parents.
The Scania goose breed is very good for both meat and eggs production. The breed is also very good for using as a guard bird. It is also used for the production of feathers, and used for ornamental purposes.
However, review full breed profile of the Scania goose in the following chart.
|Other Name||South Sweden Goose and Swedish: Skånegås|
|Breed Purpose||Meat, eggs, feathers, ornamental|
|Special Notes||Very hardy, beautiful, good for outdoor management system, calm temperament, but can be aggressive during the breeding season, large eggs, good parents, long lived, good for meat production, good guard birds, good for ornamental purposes|
|Climate Tolerance||All climates|
|Egg Color||Gray to white|
|Egg Productivity||20-30 eggs per year, sometimes more|
|Country/Place of Origin||Sweden|