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Roman Tufted Geese
Country of Origin: Italy
Bird Size: 10-12
Comb Type: Tufted or No Comb
Primary Use: Triple Purpose
Egg Production: Seasonal
Egg Size: Extra Large
Egg Color: White
Hardiness: All Temps
Type of Environment: Free Range
Conservancy Status: Critically Endangered
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The Roman goose is beautiful majestic goose. Our favorite goose here on the farm! The tuft of feathers on their crown, for which they are named, begins just over the eyes and inclines backward, it is pretty cool looking. Not all Roman Geese are tufted we have both tufted and non-tufted varieties here at the farm. In many parts of the world tufts are optional. Romans in America are mostly bred for show, in Europe and other parts of the world they are more of a utility breed used for meat and eggs. Roman Geese in North America descend from a small group of birds, resulting in a small genetic pool but breeders, like us are working hard to expanding this line. They are considered threatened on the Livestock Conservancy List and want to do our part to preserve them. The Roman Goose is a small breed, weighing 10-12 lbs. All geese are a moderate egg-layers, and lay roughly 25-35 eggs per year, ours however through breeding can lay up to 60. They make good sitters and mothers.
We have a variety of colors for our Roman lines:
Our geese are pure-bred, non hatchery stock and from top breeders with like minded goals. Our goals are for preservation, egg laying production and breed conformity. True Roman geese are not autosexing.
Geese are herbivores. Apart from nibbling on an occasional meal worm, their diets consist of fresh grass and other greenery, plus a balanced feed. They are always chatting with us here on the farm. We consider them very friendly for geese. They are alert and make good watchdogs, we find the Ganders to be better watchdogs. Ours are protective of their duck groups and their young, always in groups with one goose looking around for any danger. They wont go in at night till all ducks are “in bed” an like to make sure the farm is ok. Many people use geese as guardians of their yard, farm, or homestead. They are a great alternative to a dog. However, keep in mind geese can be susceptible to predation so keep this in mind with your housing and run designs. Our geese here on the farm are all Non-GMO!
More cool things about geese are they are used successfully to control grasses and some leaves, they are great foragers. Geese are excellent weeders and during the early days of commercial agriculture goose farmers would supplement their income by renting flocks out to cotton farms for a chemical-free weeding solution! Think about using them for your grass as a mowing solution, plus their droppings enrich your soil.
When it comes to choosing a breed, pick what you’re most attracted to all 3 we have are really about the same in temperament, care, and size. On our farm we’ve found that in most cases personality and temperament depend more on the individual bird and its environment than on the breed. To reduce the likelihood of aggressive behavior, we work calmly around geese of all ages and never feed them from the hand after they are a couple weeks of age. You want to build a relationship built on respect. If using for guardians the respect is important. They are social birds, geese are some of the only domesticated fowl that imprint on humans. They will bond with the person who feeds them as a gosling, and remain dedicated to that person as their surrogate “parent” throughout their lives. Geese lay roughly 20-35 eggs a year, so not prolific layers. Hatching eggs are difficult and hatch rates are low the first years of their lives. They can live up to 20 years!
Feed recommendations: we recommend starting with our baby feed for the first 3 weeks, then duck and gosling grower till laying age. At laying age you will feed them an adult feed which we carry here. Fresh clean water needs to be available, grit to break down the feed and Oregano Oil in the water daily to help with gut health. Geese can start to get grass at 2 weeks with some other veggies.
Grit is very important for waterfowl – they need it to break down food in their gizzard. Please have grit available year round.
The Roman goose originated in Italy. More than 2000 years ago, Romans considered these geese sacred to Juno (the goddess of marriage). In 365 BC, as the Gauls attempted to steal into Rome under cover of night, it was the honk of a Roman goose that awoke Marcus Manlius and saved the capitol. Geese have been used for guarding, thanks to their protective nature and loud voices, for centuries. Geese guarded the temple of Juno in ancient Rome, protected a Scottish brewery, and continue guard police stations in rural China. In Europe, Roman geese are utility birds, bred for a rapid maturing, small, meaty carcass. In North America, many strains are largely ornamental, bred for a distinguishing crest, or tuft however some are non-tufted as well. The original Roman Geese dated back 2000 years ago did not have tufts! In common North American usage, which is followed here, “Roman” goose is used
interchangeably with “Tufted Roman” goose. All geese are decedents of the wild ancestor the Graylag goose.
Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment. To safeguard our birds from exposure to disease brought in by visitors, in accordance with the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, areas where birds are kept are off limits. However you are welcome to look at all the breeds and interactions, it is a site to see.