Brecon Buff Geese
Brecon Buff Geese are medium weight geese, originating from the Brecon Beacons area of South Wales and one of the few geese to originate in the UK. It was however, the first UK goose breed to be standardized. Created in the early 1930’s by Rhys Llewellyn who crossed some buff geese ‘sports’ from a flock of grey and white geese with an Embden gander and then a gander from this hatch with a pair of buff geese. By 1934, they were breeding true and in 1954, Brecon Buff Geese were accepted into the British Poultry Standards of 1954. It was however, the first UK goose breed to be standardized.
Brecon Buff Geese are hardy and make a good broody and look after their young very well, although care should be taken with broody geese as they can run themselves down too much. As young goslings fledge, their bills should turn pink. Bills should not be orange, there are many Brecon Buff Geese around that have orange bills. There should be no white feathers under their chin, in their primary or secondary feathers.
Uses: Utility – meat. Eggs: 10 to 25 white eggs per year.
Origin: Brecon, Wales.
Weight: Gander: 14-18 lbs. Goose: 12-16 lbs.
Useful to Know: Some geese are considered aggressive, some good guard animals (they can really make a racket!), and others make great pets. As a pet, hand reared Brecons can become very tame. Pink bills and legs / webs must be selected. Orange is dominant but is not the correct bill color which is seen in many Brecon Buffs.
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.