Scientific name: Anser anser domesticus
Other common names: Tufted Roman Goose; Roman Tufted Goose; Tufted Roman
The Roman Goose has a long and romantic history dating back over 2,000 years. Ancient Romans believed them to be a friend of the goddess Juno, and credited them to saving Rome. In 365 BC, the capital of Rome was attacked by the Gauls, who planned a sneak attack during the dark of the night. However, their plan failed as the flapping wings and loud calls of the Roman Geese announced their arrival, and awoke the slumbering Marcus Manlius.
Uses: Guard, Meat, Pet, Ornamental, Weeding
Temperament: calm and usually friendly, very alert
Weight: 10 - 12 lbs
Parenting abilities: Excellent
Noise level: Above average
Capable of flight: No
Meat production: A fine and plump roasting fowl
Egg production: 25- 35 eggs per year
Egg color: White
What else you should know:
Goslings may show some white in their first year. This usually disappears with their first molt.
In Europe, the Roman goose is raised more for utility and is more often found without a crest. In the United States this breed is commonly raised for ornamental reasons and almost always has a crest.
sneaky goose, meat production
The intelligent and sneaky goose.
Tufted Roman’s are highly regarded for their feathery bulge on top of their heads, along with their sleek, and compact bodies. I’ve seen a lot of geese pet owners hold this as a favorite among their flock. These birds are small to medium in size for geese, they reach a maximum weight of about 12 pounds and are not used in meat production much at all.
These guys are highly intelligent compared to most geese, I’ve witnessed them be very sneaky when it comes to getting into things when they’re not supposed to, such as a feed bag or a gate open where there’s tall grass. They’ll often wait until you walk away from the area and then quickly swoop in and gorge on what they can, instead of just moving in while you’re there like other breeds.
Like all geese, these guys are seasonal egg layers and I’ve seen moderate success rates on hatching. They stay on their nests for long periods of times, but they’re also absent for long periods of time as well, which results in inconsistent temperatures and hatch rates. Incubator is a good use with these birds if you have a small quantity of them.
I’d recommend this breed of goose if you want something nice to look at, and for use as a pet. These are not really meat birds and shouldn’t be regarded as such unless you had to cull some due to large populations or too many males..
From BrentM Aug 24 2014 10:50PM