The Roman Tufted Goose is a small ornamental breed of domestic goose. This breed’s development is dated back to over 2000 years ago in the Danube River Valley. True to its name, you can identify the white Roman Tufted Geese by the small tuft of feathers on top of their head. In Europe they are bred as a utility goose breed for their fast growth and small meaty carcass. In North America they are revered more as an ornamental breed for their tufts.
Roman Geese are a prolific breed. They are pleasant and friendly but can tend to be quite noisy and “talkative” when they become excited. This breed makes an excellent backyard bird because of their love for bugs. Also, their superb foraging abilities make an excellent ecological option for pest control in the yard or garden is great. Finally, they have an alertness and willingness to “sound the alarm”, making this breed and excellent sentinel to ward off threats to your yard and garden.
If you intend to breed this bird there are a couple key tips to follow. First, you must be very careful and observant to any minor defective genetic traits because this breed descends from a small group of birds and has a small genetic pool. Also, be sure to to look for calm and gentle birds with compact bodies. Choose the pure white birds with well rounded chests, straight necks, and large tufts.
The Roman Tufted Goose makes a plump roasting bird and will make an excellent addition for those looking for an ornamental pet goose with great foraging abilities. If you are looking for a solid goose breed to add to your free range or pasture raised flock, this is a great way to go. Metzer Farms has bred this goose breed for many years, and offers a fine representation of this fantastic breed.