Steinbacher Geese

A Grey Steinbacher gander
Photo courtesy of Chris & Mike Ashton

One of the European breeds of fighting geese, the Steinbacher was developed in Germany early in the 20th century. It was developed either from crosses of common farmyard geese with the knobbed Asiatic geese or with the Tula Goose.

Blue and Grey are both accepted colors of Steinbachers in Germany. Unlike most fowl, Blue Steinbachers breed true, producing blue young. The beak is bright orange and has a black bean and black edging along the beak serrations. Ganders weigh 13-15 lbs (6-6.5 kg) and geese 11-13 lbs (5-6 kg).

Steinbacher geese lay only 12-15 eggs per year.

Although bred as a fighting goose, the Steinbacher has a calm confident temperament as a pet. However, when kept with other geese, the ganders should be isolated from other ganders in separate pens during the breeding season as the males then will show their fighting heritage.


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Steinbachers at, oddly enough, Steinbacher Poultry Farm


A flock of Steinbacher Geese
Photo courtesy of Bernd & Mari Krebs via Chris Ervay

The head of a Steinbacher, showing the strong beak
Photo courtesy of Bernd & Mari Krebs via Chris Ervay

A Steinbacher . . . from Germany!
Photo courtesy of Sascha Michel

A Blue Steinbacher goose
Photo courtesy of Chris & Mike Ashton

This bird took Best Steinbacher at a British Waterfowl Association show
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

Another Blue Steinbacher
Photo courtesy of Bernd & Mari Krebs via Chris Ervay

A Steinbacher female from the UK
Photo courtesy of Jed Dwight

A pair of Blue Steinbachers
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker


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