Pilgrim Geese

Pilgrim Geese
Photo courtesy of Stephane Deshaies

This is one of the autosexing geese: males are all white with blue eyes; females grey with some white on the head and brown eyes. Beaks and feet should be orange, not pinkish. Day-old male goslings are yellow or silvery with light bills and the females are greenish grey with dark beaks.

The Pilgrim Goose was developed in Missouri in about 1930 by Oscar Grow, a well-known waterfowl breeder. The breed was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1939.

Pilgrims are fairly docile, quiet birds and good foragers. They are ideal for a home flock. The geese weigh 13 pounds and large ganders can reach 16 pounds.


"Priscilla" and "Squanto," Mary Gano's pair of Pilgrims
Her pair of American Buff Geese are in the background
Photo courtesy of Mary Gano

My Pilgrim gander "Abra-ham"
with an Emperor Goose behind him

A Pilgrim family
Photo courtesy of Stephane Deshaies

Jennifer's pair of Pilgrim Geese
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Shamp

A trio of Pilgrim Geese
Photo courtesy of Katrin Becker

A Pilgrim Goose from Australia, and her head
Photos courtesy of Goose Breeders Network of Australia and Andy Vardy

A pair of Pilgrims in Germany
Photo courtesy of Silvio

Another Pilgrim goose
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A flock of Pilgrims at the Richmond sale in 2001

A flock of Pilgrims on the move
Photo courtesy of Florian Saint-Yves

Ah! They got there
Photo courtesy of Florian Saint-Yves


Pilgrim goslings: female on left
Photo courtesy of Tanya Curtis


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