Uses: Utility – meat. Eggs: 10 to 25 white eggs per year.
Origin: Brecon, Wales.
Weight: Gander: 7.3 – 9.3 Kg. Goose: 6.3 – 8.3 Kg.
Useful to Know: As a pet, hand reared can become very tame. Pink bills and legs / webs must be selected. Orange is dominant but is not the correct bill colour which is seen in many Brecon Buffs.
Photo: A Brecon Buff Goose owned by C & M Ashton.
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson.
Brecon Buff Geese are medium weight geese, originating from the Brecon Beacons area of South Wales and one of the few geese to originate in the UK. Created in the early 1930’s by Rhys Llewellyn who crossed some buff geese ‘sports’ from a flock of grey and white geese with an Embden gander and then a gander from this hatch with a pair of buff geese. By 1934, they were breeding true and in 1954, the Brecon Buff was accepted into the British Poultry Standards of 1954.
Brecon Buffs are hardy and make a good broody and look after their young very well, although care should be taken with broody geese as they can run themselves down too much. As young goslings fledge, their bills should turn pink. Bills should not be orange, there are many Buff Geese around that have orange bills. There should be no white feathers under their chin, in their primary or secondary feathers.
The following books are available. Links take you to the Amazon or other sellers’ pages for the books.
- Domestic Geese – C. Ashton – P.60
- British Waterfowl Standards – P.13
- British Poultry Standards – P.357
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