Buff Grey Back Geese
Buff Grey Back Geese are pied medium weight geese, originating from the Northern part of Europe. Grey Back Geese are easy to confuse with Pomeranian Geese – In the UK, they are two different breeds. The English Buff Back and Grey Back are dual lobed geese, usually orange in the bill, and the same shape as the English Embden and commercial Embden geese. It has a separate class at the larger shows. The two types were standardized in the UK because they could not be shown in the same class.
Buff Pied Pomeranian have recently been introduced in Germany so it is even easier to confuse Buff Back with Buff Pied Pomeranian as well as Grey Back with Pied Grey Pomeranian. In the U.S. they mix up the two types. Most strains have good temperaments when hand reared, lay well and are reasonably plump so make a good all around goose. They will often go broody if kept as a pair or trio. Buff Back Geese were first standardized in the UK in 1982. These geese had long been known as and esteemed as Saddlebacks and it has always been a popular color pattern.
Uses: Utility – meat. Eggs: 25 to 35 white eggs per year.
Weight: Gander: 16-20 lbs. Goose: 15-18 lbs.
Colors: Buff and White / Grey and White.
Useful to Know: A good all-round Goose that can make a good broody
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.