Tufted Roman Goslings
Hatching March to June.
One of the oldest breeds of geese, the Tufted Roman Goose has much to offer, by way of its docile character and compact but meaty body.
Production: The Tufted Roman is considered a moderate egg layer and you can expect 25-35 eggs per year. The do not grow to an enormous roasting size, yet do offer a sufficient amount of meat.
Temperament: As far as geese go, the Tufted Roman tends to be quite calm.
History: Legend has it that geese played a role in ancient Roman history, by honking and making noise when intruders attempted to take over the Roman capitol in 365 BC, making it one of the oldest domesticated breeds.
Interestingly, in Europe there are non-tufted Roman Geese, but they are exceedingly rare in North America. Some people believe they are actually two separate breeds. In Europe Tufted Roman Geese are utility birds, but in the US, they are far more often raised as ornamental fowl.
The American Association of Poultry recognizes Tufted Roman Geese, and the guidelines set forth in the Standard of Perfection require a tuft. In many tufted ducks, the tuft is there as a result of the shape of the bird’s skull or an extra mound of skin. In the case of the Tufted Roman Goose, though, feathers form the tuft, by growing longer in that spot.
Colors: Tufted Roman Geese are all white. Some juveniles may retain some gray feathers, but it usually goes away with molting.
ALBC Status: Critical. This means that there are fewer than 500 breeding birds in the United States. In order for this ancient breed to regain healthy population numbers, more breeders need to be raising it.
Body Type: A properly proportioned bird will have a round, full body with no keel, and dual lobes on the abdomen, and, of course, a prominent tuft that somewhat resembles a helmet.
Average Mature Weight: 10-12 pounds
APA Class: Light Goose