Pilgrim Geese are the only American goose breed that is auto-sexing. You can tell the male from the female goslings the moment they hatch. Male goslings are yellow with a grayish hue while females have darker down and skin. As they mature, males become increasingly white with blue eyes and females become gray with brown eyes.
Pilgrim Geese were developed by Oscar Grow. His wife named them "Pilgrims" after the family relocated on a "pilgrimage" from Iowa to Missouri. They are a very friendly breed of geese. Ours never hiss unless they have a nest or goslings to protect. If their eggs are collected for sale or incubation rather than allowing them to set them all, they will usually lay around 35-40 eggs a year.
Goose Breed Info:
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Low
Egg Size: Very large
Egg Color: White
Very docile breed.
Breed Colors / Varieties:
Males are white with light grey mostly under the wings but
sometimes on the wings,back and tail.
Females are "wild-colour" type. Soft grey and light brown body and wings
with white speckles on face and neck.
Goose Breed Photos:
Recent User Reviews
"Adorable and pleasant, but breeding season is..."
Pros - Cute, clean, calm, stay together, don't wander, don't attack
Cons - Like to beat up chickens, consume a lot, destroy grassy penned up areas, really territorial during breeding season
My pilgrim geese were really sweet and adorable at first, but once breeding season came along I had to get rid of them. Nearly killed some of my chickens.
Now that they have been sold to a place with no chickens and lots of space, I've heard they're really sweet and get along with everyone perfectly. So, if you don't have lots of space, don't get these birds! Probably won't try them out again, I prefer smaller poultry.
"Beautiful and sweet."
Pros - Easy going temperment, trainable and very pretty. Color sexing!
These are the sweetest geese I have had or met. Both the male and female are responding very well to verbal training. I am working with them on the words no, quiet, bedtime, and a few others. They took a bit to get idea of commands but once they understood, progress has been fast. They are healthy, alert and smart. I would put them at about the middle for goose breeds when it comes to noisy honking, but they are quite trainable so if you work with them getting them to be quieter over all is fairly easy. They do well with strangers if encouraged to behave and be calm and quiet. They are not mean and work well with my ducks but as with all goose breeds they need some watching and correcting as necessary for ideal behavior. They are a medium-ish size perhaps just a touch on the small side which can be nice in a mixed flock. So far I would say they are smarter and sweeter then the Embdens I have had and less noisy then the Toulouse I have had. The color sexing is so nice. No wondering if goslings or adults you have are the right gender mix. I would definitely recommend them.