The Pilgrim Geese breed came into being when Oscar Grow, noted waterfowl expert from the early 1900s, developed the breed from one or more of the auto-sexing European breeds such as the West of England goose or the French Normandy goose. Their name was supposedly assigned by Mrs. Grow to commemorate her family’s personal pilgrimage to Missouri during the Great Depression. 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. The Pilgrim Goose was standardised by the APA first, in 1939, and later in the UK in 1982. Details Purpose: Utility – meat Origin: UK. Egg laying: 20 to 40 white eggs per year Weight: Gander: 14-18 lbs. Goose: 12-16 lbs Pic by @Tivona Pic by @bekkanblue Pic by @DuckBoy323 BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/pilgrim-geese BYC Breed Discussion: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/888731/pilgrim-geese-thread/0_30 Do you own Pilgrim geese? Are you a Pilgrim geese breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!