American Buff Geese
The American Buff Geese are very similar in appearance to Brecon Buff Geese and are marked like Toulouse Geese but are buff, rather than grey. Buff Geese and Brecon Buff, side by side are almost identical in appearance but the bill and legs / webs are a bright orange on the American Buff rather than the pink color found in the Brecon Buff. Buff Geese are slightly heavier and the eyes are a slightly different shade of brown.
Little seems to be known about the origins of the American Buff Goose. They are one of the few breeds of Geese to have been developed in America, being standardized in 1947 and entered the British Waterfowl Standards in 1982.
Tufted American Buff Geese originate from the standard American Buff. They have a tuft of feathers on the crown of their head (consisting only of upright feathers, there is no ‘lump’). This breed was created by Mrs Ruth Books, by crossing American Buffs with the tufted Roman goose over many years of breeding and selection.
Currently, Tufted American Buff do not exist in the UK and are only found in very small numbers in Europe.
Uses: Utility – meat.
Eggs: 15 to 25 white eggs per year.
Weight: Gander: 20-26 lbs. Goose: 18-24 lbs.
Useful to Know: As a pet, hand reared can become very tame. Tufted American Buff exist although are extremely rare.
The ancestors of the domestic goose are derived from two distinct wild species. Western (European) breeds have been developed from the greylag, and Asiatic breeds such as the African and Chinese from the swan goose. Despite their separate origin, the Asiatics and greylag types do inter-breed.