West of England Geese
Ganders are white and geese are grey and white. Both goose and gander have a slightly pink-orange bill, legs and webs. West of England Geese were first standardized in the UK in 1999.
West of England Geese are an ideal beginners goose in that it is relatively docile in nature, but the ganders can be defensive during the breeding season, as can all geese! They have so much in common with the Pilgrim goose stature, size, coloring, auto sexing attributes, that it is often thought the two breeds are related, with some surmising that the common-of-old West of England is part of an older common farmyard heritage of auto sexing geese that may have been taken to America when Europeans first colonized it. They lay around 30-40 eggs a year and grow quickly, making them a good bird for the smallholder who wants eggs, meat, mowing and an intruder-alert system all-in-one.
Uses: Utility – meat and eggs. Useful auto sexing characteristic.
Eggs: 20 to 50 white eggs per year.
Weight: Gander: 14-18 lbs. Goose: 13-16 lbs.
Color: Ganders: White. Geese: Pied Grey and White.
Useful to Know: An auto sexing breed.
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.