Scientific name: Anser anser domesticus
The American Buff Goose is a critically endangered breed, that originated in the United States during the early 1900s. Unfortunately, the creators of the breed's history has either been lost or never documented. The breed is thought to have beeb developed from the North American wild Greylag, or from buff European imports such as the Buff Back, Pomeranian and Pilgrim.
Uses: Meat, Ornamental, Pets, Weeding
Temperament: Friendly, calm, social and curious natured
Weight: 16 - 18 lbs
Parenting abilities: Excellent
Noise level: Average
Capable of flight: No
Meat production: Excellent roasting goose, that cleans nicely
Egg production: 15 - 25 per year
Egg color: White
What else you should know:
There is a tufted variety of American Buff Geese.
When given a proper diet, a female goose can produce goslings in her first year. Many breeders recommend taking a year old goose's first clutch from her, and allowing her to incubate her second clutch. This tends to have better results.
free-range, great weeders, excellent watch dogs, friendliest goose, good brooder, beautiful buff color
loud honking, occasional bumble foot, feisty ganders, breeding season
excellent grazers, heavy weight breed
Geese: Interesting Animals to Own
Geese are intriguing birds. We owned two pair of American Buff Geese for a short amount of time on our farm. They are fun to watch for sure. It did take a considerable amount of time to be able to interact with them. They are not trusting birds, so it takes a lot of patience. We let them wander through several sections of our farm, including the pond area. That seemed to be their favorite place to be so we put their house right near the pond.
We found that their favorite snack was cheese crackers. Mostly we added it to their feed, but there were times when we fed them as they swam in the pond. To keep them healthy, we gave them water that was enriched with a special vitamin additive since Geese are finicky when it comes to the weather. They can't be too hot or too cold. In their house, we had a heating system in place using lamps to maintain an even temperature for them. Our four geese never got aggressive and didn't ever try to chase us. They were docile and laid back birds..
From SarahP12 Nov 15 2012 10:21AM
Beautiful and destructive
I hadn’t planned on getting American Buffs until someone had mentioned that they were looking for a home for some goslings. I met the parent birds, which were gorgeous and since I was already raising several other goslings at the time, I of course couldn’t resist these beauties.
I brought home a couple of girls. I thought. It turned out that the gal who had given them to me wasn’t quite as good at sexing geese as she thought, and I actually ended up with a brother and a sister.
These are a heavy weight breed and, like most other geese, the ganders are notably larger. I became suspicious about the genders of my buffs when the one grew so much faster than the other, but their sizes more or less evened out for a while. It wasn’t until December of their first year that it become obvious that one of the little darlings was a gander.
I separated him out from other geese. He also lives in our orchard and can see the girls, but there’s a fence dividing them because I had specifically not wanted mated pairs, fertilized eggs or feisty ganders.
I was worried that even outside of a mated pair my gander would be aggressive since his sister is the feistiest of my female geese. However, this gander has turned out to be the absolute cuddliest of any of our geese. He lets us carry him out in the morning and cuddles with me every night before I put him to bed.
He has never challenged me, but during the breeding season of his second year did challenge one of my other family members on multiple occasions. Once he figured out he couldn’t win, he gave up on and has only rarely ever tried to nip.
While these are sociable geese, buffs can be incredibly destructive. My female buff almost killed several of my six foot fruit trees by chewing up the trunks and also likes to eat the picnic table. The gander likes to chew on the side of their house when he can get at it.
Buffs can be a little feistier than Embdens and Toulouses but, when raised in the house, are still very sweet. They’re excellent grazers and productive birds that make an incredibly beautiful addition to any goose flock..
From gardenfairy Sep 21 2014 6:24PM
These birds were the bane of my existance on the farm. They tended toward aggressive behaviour and loved to attack me while I went about my chores. They were dogged about protecting their territory. It may have been the bad experiences of being chased by them as a child that formed my opinion of these animals but I wouldn't keep them ever again..
From PaulS Mar 6 2014 7:39AM