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ROMAN / TUFTED ROMAN / CRESTED ROMAN

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AREA OF ORIGIN:  Mediterranean

CATEGORY:  Goose

 

CLASSIFICATION

CODE

MASSES

BREED CODE

RING SIZES

Light

 

 

776

 

Adult Gander

32

5,5 to 6,5 kg

 

E

Adult Goose

34

4,5 to 5,5 kg

 

E

Young Gander

36

5,5 to 6,5 kg

 

E

Young Goose

38

4,5 to 5,5 kg

 

E

 

Developed in Rome over two thousand years ago, the Roman goose comes in two types. The common type in North America is tufted, with a small pouf of feathers on top of its head; there is also clean-headed type that doesn’t show the tuft, though it is seldom seen in North America. To the ancient Romans, the goose was a revered animal associated with Juno, the goddess of light, marriage, and childbirth. Roman literature tells the story of how these sacred geese saved the city with their warning cries when the Gauls were about to attack. The Roman is a small but plump goose with a good meat-to-bone ratio. The breed is known for a charming and friendly disposition. Females are fairly good layers and good mothers. This combination of traits makes the Roman a good choice for backyard geese. The Tufted Roman was standardized in 1977.

 

  

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