Scientific name: Anser anser domesticus
The West of England Goose is a medium sized English farmyard breed which has traditionally been raised for meat. Though the breed is believed to have existed in the West Country since the 1600's, a standard was only accepted by the British Waterfowl Association in 1999. According to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), the West of England Goose is considered to be a breed "at risk".
Variety: Gander White, Goose Gray Pied
Uses: Meat, Pets, Ornamental, Weeding
Personality: Social and docile, but ganders can become aggressive during breeding season
Weight: 16 - 18 lbs
Parenting abilities: Excellent, protective parents
Noise level: Average
Capable of flight: No
Meat production: Very good
Egg production: 20 - 50 per year
Egg color: White
What else you should know:
The West of England Goose is an auto sexing breed, in which sex can be determined at hatching. Female goslings have gray patches on their bills, and will develop into a gray pied or saddlebacked coloration. Ganders have pale orange bills, and will be solid white when they are older.
The West of England Goose should have pinkish orange legs and an orange bill.
egg production, stranger, territory, terrifying beast, fearsome reputation
Better than dogs!
Geese are incredible birds! I would always prefer them to dogs - they can be mean beings when a stranger comes across their territory and sometimes they might also not like their owners very much.
I found that geese are lovely. They are beautiful, they are happy to just roam around and do their own thing. As long as you make sure that you have the right kind of food, fresh water, preferably also a bit of a pond, a bit of a shelter and in general the right environment for them, they will be easy to keep - as long as you don't want to keep them commercially or for egg production. Then you'll most likely have to put more work into them and their surroundings. Geez, but I don't want to image what it would be like to try and collect eggs from under a goose!
I always had a lot of fun with geese, I just wish they'd be a bit nicer and cuddlier!.
From Wairua1983 Jun 28 2013 12:01AM
Goliath was a gander, who lived on my grandmother's farm. He was a terrifying beast with a fearsome reputation. His wingspan was enormous. He could stick his neck out for yards. When he took after you, hissing and spitting, he was like a phantom jet blazing up the runway. Hardly surprising that, in the old days, they used to keep ganders as watchdogs, since few dogs I know could inspire the fear Goliath did. One thing in his favour - he was non-partisan; he loathed everybody equally, man, woman, child and animal. Even his fellow-geese lived in fear, heads constantly a-swivel in case Goliath should creep up behind and attack. The bull in the south meadow, who reduced everybody to jelly, was himself reduced to a quivering wreck when Goliath got into his field one day and set about him with a great deal of shrieking and battering of wings. Have you ever seen a bull cower? I did, and it's not pretty! But everything and everybody has an Achilles heel and Goliath was no exception; his was that he was greedy with a capital G. He loved to eat. He lived to eat. Food sent him into raptures. Unfortunately, it also sent him into ruptures, when he found, and ate, a child's wellington boot. End of Goliath. End of rule of fear. Do not keep ganders as pets. Here endeth the lesson..
From Digitalsec Mar 17 2014 1:57PM