Hatching March to June.
The American Buff Goose is a calm, friendly goose, that dresses out nicely for the table and is a pleasure to watch.
Production: An average adult Buff will weigh between 16 and 18 pounds. Few breeds of geese are frequently described as “friendly” but when you read about Buff Geese, that is a word that shows up often. One breeder describes them as “chatty” but never to the point of being annoying.
History: The Buff Goose is one of only two breeds of geese originating in the US. It is also considered a colorful goose, as most geese are feathered in shades of white, brown, and black. The Buff is an apricot or fawn color. While we know that the Buff is descended from the Graylag Goose of Europe and Asia, no one is sure how the Buff was developed. There may have been natural mutations and selective breeding, or it may have been that a breeder or breeders used cross-breeding until they obtained the bird we now know as the Buff Goose. It may be that the Buff was intended for commercial production at one time because its feathers are supposedly easier to remove than white, brown, or black feathers, but it is certainly not used for commercial production today. There is a critically low population of these beautiful birds and more breeders are desperately needed. The American Poultry Association included the Buff Goose in the Standard of Perfection in 1947, in the Medium Goose class.
Colors: The color of the Buff Goose is usually described as fawn or apricot. The Buff has reddish-orange legs, feet, and bill, though the nail, or claw, on the foot is pale pink.
Livestock Conservancy Status: Critical, which means there are fewer than 500 adults, breeding birds in the United States.
Body Type: The Buff has a stocky body, with no keel and two rounded lobes on the abdomen. Its tail is held in line, or just slightly higher than, the body. It has a wide head and brown eyes.
Average Mature Weight: 16-18 pounds
Classification: American Poultry Association Class: Medium Goose