West of England (Gloucestershire Strain)

The now rare West of England Geese of the Gloucestershire strain have been developed at Hunts Court over the past 40 years. Birds of the breed are medium-sized, and as their name suggests are traditionally bred in the West of England. The male (gander) is a white bird, while the goose has a soft grey coloured body and white head and neck; both have a slightly pink-orange bill. At hatching the goslings may be told apart because the males are yellow with a pink beak and females are dusky coloured with a dark beak. They produce 20-50 white eggs per year. Records of them date back to 1600, and were likely to have been exported to the New World with the Pilgrim Fathers.

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