Breed Club SecretaryDucks come under the brief of:
· The Domestic Waterfowl Club of Great Britain
· The British Waterfowl Association
HistoryThey are reputed to be of European origin and were called Sebastopol after being brought from the seaport of Sebastopol. They are unique in the goose breeds in having frizzled feathers which curl due to the lack of a rigid feather spine/quill. When the primaries and secondaries on the wing also curl well it is often linked to the angel wing, and it becomes almost the norm to find wing abnormalities within this breed resulting in the unaffected ones becoming expensive! This defect is often the result of close / in breeding and is cured often by breeding the smooth breasted and the frizzled rather than frizzled to frizzled.
CharacteristicsThey are average layers as a breed and due to their east European heritage can be short tempered having the Russian fighting Geese / German Kampfganse in their makeup. Useful in that they are unable to fly well having no true wings, but needing care and plentiful water in order to groom and care for their plumage.
Breed TipsNormally a smooth breasted or less frizzled goose bred to a frizzle will breed a better gosling as the feathering often skips generations.