West of England - Goose

West of England gander and goose

West of England Details

Uses
Table bird, eggs, conservation grazing, agroforestry
Origin
West and South West counties of England
Class
Medium weight
Colour
Gander: white, Goose: grey and white
Eggs
White
Weight, gander
9.1 kg
Weight, goose
8.2 kg

West of England Description

The West of England is an ancient auto-sexing breed that has existed in Great Britain prior to 1600. The history is rather vague, but it is likely the auto-sexing attributes of the breed were developed over many centuries without the influence of foreign breeds. Although they are a different breed to the Pilgrim they are likely to feature in the Pilgrim’s ancestry. The first West of England geese were likely to have been exported to the New World at the time of the Pilgrim Fathers.
The current struggle is to find pure stock.


Description
The body is moderately long and deep with a medium length neck and broad back. The tail is medium length and carried horizontally. A dual lobed paunch features between the legs.
Gander:  Pure white plumage although traces of grey markings may be seen on the back and flight feathers.
Goose:  White to the front of the head around the beak but the remainder of the head is grey. The neck consists of white and grey feathers. The breast and flanks are white except grey coverts with pale lacing on the thighs. Back feathers are grey and form a saddleback of colour. The tail is grey and white. Primary, secondary and tertiary feathers of the wings are white. The scapulars and coverts are grey with a pale lacing. Eyes are blue, legs and feet are orange or pink. The beak is orange.


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