Red-breasted Geese (Branta ruficollis) are a small goose species that breeds in the tundras of Russia. They over-winter in European countries near the Black Sea like Bulgaria and Romania. Red-breasted Geese are facing threats in the wild, especially from hunting, which is why they are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN as of 2015. These geese are undoubtedly one of the most attractive northern goose species, and it would be shame to let such a stunning bird slip away. Red-breasted Geese are available in captivity, although they do tend to pose some challenges in breeding them.
The pictures on this page are of juvenile Red-breasted Geese from Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy. Since Red-breasted Geese are not mature until they are three years old, mine will not be able to breed yet (contact me for referrals to other sources). Geese have amazing personalities and are a pleasure to own, but Red-breasted Geese are more noisy than some other alternative goose species. As with any geese, you must have an aviary or lawn large enough that there will always be a supply of grass for the geese to graze. In the north, it is important to provide the geese with fresh greens, like romaine hearts.
Red-breasted Geese were added to the collection in the fall of 2016. I am very excited to work with this vulnerable goose species, and information about them will be posted as I gain more experience with them.