Scientific name: Anser anser domesticus
Other common names: Brecon
The Brecon Buff Goose is one of the few domestic geese breeds that was created in the United Kingdom and Wales. The breed was developed by Rhys Llewelyn, of Swansea, whom used buff geese that he found on farms in the Brecon Beacons. Lleweyn's breed was the first recognized goose in the United Kingdom, and was admitted to the standard in 1934. Today, the Brecon Buff Goose is very rare.
Uses: Guard, Meat, Pet, Ornamental, Weeding
Temperament: Very friendly if hand raised
Weight: 14 - 20 lbs
Parenting abilities: Excellent sitter and mother
Noise level: Average
Capable of flight: No
Meat production: Very good
Egg production: 10 - 25 per year
Egg color: White
What else you should know:
Brecon Buff geese should have pink bills, legs, and webbed feet. Fowl that sport orange bills should not be bred. Do not be alarmed if your goslings do not hatch with pink bills, the bills do not turn pink until they are fledged.
No white feathers should be under the chin or in the primary and secondary feathers. White feathers around the top of the bill are acceptable, and will develop with a birds age.
Breconshire Hill farm, hill farm origins, distinctive pink legs, buff plumage
The Brecon Buff, a very sweet-tempered goose.
The Brecon Buff goose was developed by Rhys Llewellyn in 1928 who crossed buff females from a Breconshire Hill farm with an Embden gander and in five generations he had stabilized the breed. In 1934 the breed was officially recorded. They are notable as the plumage has a distinctive buff colour. They are smaller than the Embden and are often crossed with Embdens or meat production.
They are reared for meat and eggs. They are much less aggressive than Embdens and are also good geese for controlling pond weed and other weeds. Because of their hill farm origins they are also a very hardy breed. True Brecon Buff Geese, as well as having buff plumage have distinctive pink legs and beaks.
They are compact in carriage and very docile (they are sometimes described as 'twp' [thick in Welsh]) which means that they are very easy to look after but need care from predators and over-night housing. Like many geese they need grazing areas and a decent-sized pond for swimming in.
Though classed as a rare breed, they are still kept by many Welsh hill farms, partly due to their hardiness and partly due to their docile nature. The females are also very broody and excellent for raising chicks, even the chicks of other geese and some farms keep them for this purpose alone.
When crossed with the Embden you get a larger chick which is suitable for the Christmas table. Being prolific layers you also get a decent number of eggs for cooking.
They are one of the few breeds of geese that make good petting birds and are quite happy to be tucked under your arm and carried around. In the uplands they are typically housed in a large dog kennel over night (this needs to be well ventilated) and though hardy they need protection from heavy rain and snow. Straw is ideal for bedding, but hay is better if they are nest building.
It is a shame that this breed is not better known as they are truly sweet birds and excellent all-rounders..
From DLlE Sep 7 2012 2:07PM