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Pilgrim geese information

 

Pilgrim geese: British Waterfowl Standards 2008 – reproduced with permission from the British Waterfowl Association 

 

www.waterfowl.org.uk

 

 

Classification: Light [1982]

 

Origin: Great Britain. First standardised in the USA.

 

Colour genotype: wild-colour except for sex-linked, dominant dilution gene (Sd (Sd)).

 

Shape: male and female

 

Carriage: Above the horizontal, but not upright.

 

Head: Medium in size, oval and trim. Eyes moderately large. Bill medium in length straight, stout, smoothly attached.

 

Neck: Medium in length, moderately stout, slightly arched.

 

Body: Moderately long, plump and meaty. Back moderately broad, uniform in width, flat and straight. Breast round, full, deep. Adult abdomen deep, dual-lobed and well balanced, free from bagginess.

 

Tail: Medium in length, closely folded, carried nearly level.

 

Wings: Strong, well developed, neatly carried to the body.

 

Legs and feet: Lower thighs medium in length, well fleshed. Shanks moderately short and stout.

 

Plumage: Hard and tight.

 

Colour:

 

Gander

 

Plumage: White, some traces of light grey in back plumage, wings and tail.

 

Goose

 

Head: Light grey, thre forepart broken with with white and forming characteristic “spectacles” around the eyes. White becoming more extensive with age.

 

Neck: Light grey, upper portion mixed with white in mature specimens.

 

Back: Light ashy grey edged with lighter shade.

 

Breast: Very light ashy grey, gradually getting lighter under the body. The stern is white.

 

Flanks: Soft, ashy grey, each feather edged with a lighter shade.

 

Tail: Ashy grey, heavily edged with lighter grey approaching white.

 

Wings: Primaries medium grey. Secondaries darker. Scapulars, greater and median coverts medium grey edged with lighter grey. Lesser coverts light ashy grey, edged with lighter grey.

 

In both sexes

 

Eyes: Bluish grey in gander; hazel brown in goose.Orange cilium.

 

Bill: Orange

 

Legs and webs: Orange

 

Weights

 

Gander 6.3-8.2kg (14-18lb). Goose 5.4-7.3kg (12-16lb)

 

Scale of points

 

Carriage 10

Head and throat 10

Neck 5

Body 15

Legs and feet 5

Condition 10

Colour 35

Size 10 = 100

 

Defects:

 

Disqualifications:

 

In the goose: White blaze on the breast. Absense of white on the head and neck of older birds.

 

Major defects:

 

In both sexes: Flesh or pink-coloured bills, feet and shanks. Single-lobed or unbalanced paunch. Undersize.

 

In the gander: Completely white or with solid grey features in the plumage.

 

In the goose: White flights. All white head. Predominantly white neck. 

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