Geese Breed Focus - Roman

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sumi, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Roman, or Roman Tufted is said to be one of the oldest breeds of goose, bred more than 2000 years ago and originally sacred to the Goddess Juno. Roman geese were imported into the UK during the early 1900’s and entered the British Poultry Standard in 1954. Some Roman Geese are tufted and both tufted and non-tufted can be shown in the UK, but the APA's Standard of Perfection requires a tuft. They are called Tufted Roman in North America where they were standardised in 1977.

    The breed is primarily kept as utility meat bird in Europe, where in Australia, they are dual purpose. Crests or tufts are optional in Europe and Australia.

    Details:

    Purpose: Dual - Mainly table birds
    Egg laying: 40-60 eggs annually
    Origin: Poland/Germany
    Weight: Gander - 12-14 lbs; Goose - 10-12 lbs

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    BYC Breed Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/roman-tufted

    BYC Breed Discussion:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/621520/tufted-roman-geese/0_30


    Do you own Roman geese? Are you a Roman 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!
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I don't have this breed, I just think they are lovely and must be hard to find because I never have seen them for sale anywhere around my part of the country. I hope we get more pics and thoughts from those who have them.
     
  3. slutter

    slutter Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Ditto!
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Who knew? So beautiful!
     
  6. bluerainbow6

    bluerainbow6 New Egg

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    I'm getting two TRs in May. My questions:
    1- I do plan on providing a wading pool for them; but, will they want to swim in my swimming pool?
    2- I read that a female may have darker gray feathers. Is that the only distiction? Will I have to sex vent them?
    3- how many eggs can I expect ?
    4- will they coexist peacefully with my hens and rooster?
    5- they won't be fenced in during the day, so do I have to worry about them wandering off?
    Thanks!
     
  7. bubbariddles

    bubbariddles New Egg

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    I have raised 8 geese since February 1 2016. This week I have had one to die and 2 that have had all the feather plucked down to the skin and very bloody. Any ideas why and what? Thanks in advance
     
  8. wingedshade

    wingedshade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you buy mail order birds Murray Mcmurray has them, but they are expensive! https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/tufted_roman.html

    I haven't bought geese from these guys before.
     
  9. romien

    romien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered a male and female of these guys and they get here in 2 weeks. Can't wait!!!

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  10. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    I missed this thread! I raise tufted romans. They are very rare and on the ALBC's critically endangered list. Here are my new goslings from this year:

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