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PILGRIM

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England

CATEGORY: Goose

 

CLASSIFICATION

CODE

MASSES

BREED CODE

RING SIZES

Light

 

 

772

 

Adult Gander

32

6,5 kg

 

B

Adult Goose

34

6,0 kg

 

B

Young Gander

36

5,5 kg

 

B

Young Goose

38

4,5 kg

 

B

 

This is known as an auto-sexing breed because the males and females are a different colour; the gander is primarily white with a small amount of grey on the rump, flanks, and wings. The females are pale gray with some white on the face, neck and rump; the amount of white increases with age. Auto-sexing geese in these colours have been found I the USA, the UK, France, part of northern Europe and Australia. They may well have been taken to the Eastern States of the USA by early settlers from Europe. Oscar Grow, and expert on waterfowl in the USA, claims to have developed the breed in Lowa and when he relocated to Missouri in the Great Depression of the 1930’s he named the breed Pilgrim in memory of this move. The breed was first standardized in the USA in 1939 and in 1999 in the UK. The Pilgrim has a reputation for being a calm, sweet-tempered and personable bird, with good parenting qualities and a fast growth rate. Pilgrims are excellent backyard and barnyard birds. While hardy, active foragers, they are also about the most easy going of  all goose breeds, with a quite disposition.

 

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