Scientific name: Anser anser domesticus
The Pilgrim Goose is a newer breed of waterfowl, which originated in the United States during the early 1900s. The Pilgrim Goose was developed by waterfowl expert, Oscar Grow from the geese on his farm in Iowa. Mrs. Grow named the breed, after the families "pilgrimage" to Missouri during the great depression. The breed was admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1939, and is currently considered a critically endangered breed.
Varieties: Ganders are mostly white, females are mostly gray.
Uses: Meat, Ornamental, Pets, Weeding
Temperament: Calm and social
Weight: 10 - 14 lbs
Parenting abilities: Very good
Noise level: Average
Capable of flight: No
Meat production: Excellent, mid sized roasting fowl
Egg production: 20 - 25 eggs per year
Egg color: White
What else you should know:
The pilgrim goose is sexually dimorphic, which causes the males and females to hatch different colors. Ganders hatch silver yellow with light colored bills, and grow to be mostly white with a bit of gray plumage. The females hatch olive gray with dark colored bills, and grow to be mostly gray with some white plumage.
The Pilgrim goose is reported by several breeders to have low fertility.
good weeders, watchdog birds, vigor, temperament, beautiful bird, big bird
poor egg production, aggressive, hatch small clutches, lesser fertility, attack, nasty creatures
My dear geese
I have a couple of pilgrim geese 3 months already. They are gorgeous birds, always neat, love to take bath as much as they can, so water has to be replaced often. They are much cleverer than chicken, will eat only good food - grain, bread, apple and vegetable leftover, once I gave them milk - they couldn't stop until they finished it. But their favourite food is fresh green grass. Male is always protecting female one, easily agressive. They are noisy animals, I would say they are guarding the house by making me aware when someone is approaching.
Difficult part is to make the female one to sit on the eggs permanently, since here in Ukraine we don't use them for food..
From Vadym_Grebniev May 21 2014 1:52PM
I had 3 pairs of Pilgrim Geese. They are very friendly, and get along well with other livestock. In fact we had the unfortunate event of a neighbors dog attacking and killing one of our female geese. Her mate mourned her passing and we were going to lose him to grief when I put him in a pen where we had twin goats. He must have felt a strong paternal pull because he started eating again, and spent every day out in the field with the goats and came in with them in the evening. He practically raised the babies. He even shared his grain with them. Of all the types of geese we owned, the Pilgrims were by far the friendliest and easiest to handle. They were not prone to attacking their caregivers and learned to be herded by the family dog. I would recommend geese to anyone with a farm or small area of land and a place where they can swim. They are lovely and good natured..
From Heartsong2013 Feb 19 2013 10:58PM
Geese: the birds of Satan
Geese are The Devil with wings. They are awful, awful birds, whose spirits are mean and horrible things. When I see goose on a menu, I *always* order because it means there is one less goose on this planet and I think this is a very good thing because they chase, they bite, they hiss, they're just awful! They chase you with their wings extended all big when you try to feed them, they straight-up attack you - loudly! - when you are picking eggs, I hated every moment I spent with geese and unless you're a sadomasochist or a satanist or you miss being yelled at by your boss, I don't see why you would choose to raise geese..
From bondgirlintl Jul 8 2013 6:00PM