Roman Tufted Goose
The Roman Tufted Goose is a small domestic ornamental breed of goose that resembles a small Embden goose except for the main distinguishing characteristic - the small tuft of feathers on its head.
There is a Roman breed without the tuft, but they are extremely rare in North America. This is an old type of poultry that is traced back to its origins.
This goose was probably developed in the Danube River Valley (Danube aka Donau is a river that originates in Germany and flows eastwards, passing through several Central and Eastern European capitals, before emptying into the Black Sea).
This is a lighter boned variety that weighs between 10 and 12 pounds. Its plumage is usually white and it has a small tuft on top of its head. Its eyes are blue, the legs are reddish-orangeand the bill is pinkish with a white bean.
Tufts or crests appear fairly often in Roman Geese. In the APA Standard the tuft is required, although nontufted birds are common in the Britain yet rare in the United States.
Both males and females look alike, although males may be slightly larger. DNA sexing is recommended to identify the gender.
This noble goose has a pleasant, friendly disposition, easily growing confiding with their care takers. They are rather prolific. They can be quite noisy, but mostly only when they are expressing excitement about something, for example, when they are expecting a treat. As they love to eat bugs, they are great at controlling bugs in your yard.
- Metzger Farms: www.metzerfarms.com (California)
- Powell Bros. Feed & Pet Supply, 1895 Broadway, Vallejo, CA 94589-2214
- Sand Hills Preservation (Iowa)
Diet / Feeding:
Roman Tufted Geese are considered useful backyard animals, as their primary diet consists of bugs. In addition to being enjoyed as pets they offer a very ecological way of controlling bugs in a backyard.
Ducks and geese generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.
Feeding Ducks and Geese ...
We all enjoy waterfowl and many of us offer them food to encourage them to come over and stay around - and it works! Who doesn't like an easy meal!
However, the foods that we traditionally feed them at local ponds are utterly unsuitable for them and are likely to cause health problems down the road. Also, there may be local laws against feeding this species of bird - so it's best to check on that rather than facing consequences at a later stage.
Please note that feeding ducks and geese makes them dependent on humans for food, which can result in starvation and possibly death when those feedings stop. If you decide to feed them, please limit the quantity to make sure that they maintain their natural ability to forage for food themselves - providing, of course, that natural food sources are available.
- Click here to find out which foods to feed them that will offer the nutrition they need to survive a cold winter and remain healthy
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