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
I love geese. I’m not sure why but it is most likely that I have a grudging respect for them and I admire those that stand their ground. Geese are not for the faint of heart. But they are extremely loyal and protective animals, something that can work for you or against you. A couple years ago, a good friend and fellow poultry lover, asked me for a recommendation for a good breed of goose. Pilgrims, I said, without hesitation. Pilgrim geese are typically one of the calmer, friendlier breeds and are considered good foragers. So my friend ordered and raised three Pilgrim goslings. Two of the geese grew up to be beautiful, easy going geese who got along well with the other poultry on her farm. One goose grew up to be the black sheep of the Pilgrim Goose world! You guessed it! My goose Goober is that black sheep. He started out attacking my friend's other poultry and then he moved on to her children. Corrective measures did not work – so owning my advice, Gober came to live with me. Goober loves me, which is great, except like a good guard dog he protects me against all perceived evil. Evil is the “real” dogs, cats, wildlife in rehab and even my horse. It sounds comical to break up a fight between a horse and a goose but really, it's not. Goober does have two friends, who look like complete angels next to him. I have two Canada Geese who came into the wildlife center as babies and never left. The three geese strut around, make trips to the pond and gleefully poop all over my front porch. They have a good life. However, Goober Goose has a timeout the cage, and I bet you can guess why. He allows no one in the gate. My son, my volunteers, children who come for education programs. No one is safe! They are all subject to his wrath. So Goober goes in a cage where he puts his head under his wing and pouts. To make up for this Goober gets to have special events. Goober Goose, go figure, likes to ride in the car. I discovered this while taking out the trash one day. I live on a long gravel road and once a week I haul my trash cans a mile up the road to pavement. One day, as I was doing this Goober, came running after me. So instead of turning around and making him go home, I just put him in the backseat. Now he thinks riding in the car is a blast. People say to me all the time, you need to write a children's book about that goose. I just might! .
From Ame Vanorio Aug 29 2018 9:39PM
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