This medium-sized heritage breed was created right here in the Midwest, and they are friendly, quiet (compared to other geese), and auto-sexing - you can tell gender at hatch with 75-90% accuracy. We have two breeding groups: the first came from a 50+ year old flock and another amazing local breeder, Fun-E Farm; and the second is from APA Grand Master Exhibitor Laura Kershaw.
Critically endangered in the US, this is one of the oldest goose breeds in the world! In Roman mythology, they were the Goddess Juno's sacred animal, and they are historically credited with saving the city during the invasion of the Gauls. Jess was a Classics major, so she is geeking out and we are incredibly excited to have started our flock from APA Grand Master Exhibitor Nate Rynish!
Charlie came to us a couple weeks old and must not have been handled much - he has always been shy around humans and hangs back behind the girls. He is a huge sweetie, though! We were a little hesitant to get a gander because of all the aggression horror stories, but he has never come after us or ever done anything beyond hissing at our other animals.
Wendy came to us with Sweetpea. Both are from a 50+ year old flock! They have always been talkative and sweet. Wendy looooves Jess and wants nothing more than to follow her around, softly "booping."
Sweetpea came to us with Wendy and is the guardian of the group, always watching for signs of trouble. She is always the first to spot a hawk (or airplane or pigeon ... or bug or falling leaf) and sound the alarm. She isn't "mean" but also is not friendly, and she also has a slight bump at the top of her bill, so we will be swapping her out of our breeding pen for a new female in 2022.