Dhabi Farm has contracted with an accredited and known for quality breeder for their foundation flock of American Buff Geese. Goslings will be arriving after the middle of March in 2022, hopefully. A few might be for sale. As they mature the goslings becoming geese have paired off. “Harry’s Guy” has both the smaller females and “Peter” has the one larger female. The breeder of these geese has Harry who is pictured below winning the championship in one of the shows she attends.
Goslings are offered for exhibition, 4H projects, pets, or for your table. Goose eggs produce a richer flavor, moister texture, and greater leavening than chicken eggs. Orders for goslings are accepted anytime, but are only available in the spring. Older birds are rarely available at any time of the year.
Family-owned and operated by Kathy Hopkins, NPIP # 74-3778, Texas Flock Registration #FR-004509. Silver Spring Waterfowl is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the American Buff Goose. Our flock ranges between 50 to 80 breeding geese on average. We breed healthy, well-socialized, exhibition quality birds that conform to the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection while maintaining intangible breed characteristics such as temperament, parenting instincts, and fertilty Consistent winners in national competition.
American Buff Geese
The American Buff is a lovely apricot-fawn color. The buff colored feathers on its back and sides are edged with creamy white. Its abdomen is nearly white. Its bill and feet are orange to reddish orange, and the hard “nail” at the tip of the bill is a pale pink. Its legs may fade to pink during laying, or when green grass is not available. The American Buff has brown eyes.
The breed is the largest of the medium weight class of geese with mature ganders weighing about 18 pounds and mature geese weighing about 16 pounds. The body conformation of the American Buff is typically European in style. It has a medium-long neck with deeply furrowed feathers. It has a chunky body with little or no evidence of a keel, a slightly arched back, and two rounded fatty lobes on the abdomen. The tail is held in line with or only slightly above the line of the back. This sturdy body is set on moderately sized legs that are set suitably far apart to provide a stable base.
Buff geese are one of the most calm, sociable, and beautiful breeds of geese; they are extremely intelligent, long-lived, naturally inquisitive, and highly sociable. They are outstanding parents and have an amazing sense of humor. American Buff geese are very friendly and make excellent companions. They thrive on the quiet life and a regular routine. They are good parents, attending well to their goslings. These attributes make the breed well suited for the average home flock. The American Buff makes a medium-large roasting bird. Its colored plumage does not show soil as readily as that of white birds, yet its light colored pin feathers allow it to dress out as cleanly as a white goose.
When selecting breeding stock, first consideration should be given to good body size. A medium shade of buff that is free of gray is preferred. Even color on the back is desirable, though a portion of the plumage usually is somewhat checkered or mottled, even on today’s best show specimens. Avoid breeding stock with pinched heads, small or shallow bodies, prominent keels, gray in the plumage, and excessively faded or dark color. To produce the highest percentage of offspring with correct color, some breeders have found it helpful to use ganders that are slightly lighter in color than their standard-colored mates. Ganders can be mated with three to five geese.
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