Association for Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds


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Flemish goose

Pied Flemish geese

 

Origin : The Flemish goose is an ancient breed very well adapted to our climate. It was originally selected for two purposes, the production of meat and of feathers. A long time ago the production of goose feathers was still profitable. Goose feathers were worth money and the white ones even more than the colored ones but it was believed that completely white birds were weaker than those with some pigmentation left in their feathers. Thatís why the most typical variety of this breed was the pied. The white parts of these birds were plucked four times each year but the colored parts were left so they would provide some protection against bad weather conditions.

Characteristics : The Flemish goose is an easy breed to keep. They prefer a large pen with lots of grass or weeds and than they should only be fed very little. The geese lay a nice number of large eggs which they brood easily. The goslings grow up rapidly and without any problems.

Appearance : The Flemish goose is a primitive breed without keel or paunch. The y were kept in liberty and had to search for their own food so they had to be very mobile. The body is almond shaped, this means that the abdomen is deeper than the breast. The carriage is nearly horizontal. Typical is also the short thick neck with grooved plumage. The bill is orange-yellow with pale bean and the legs are pinkish red. The eyes should be as dark as possible.

Varieties : Just two, pied and white. The pied pattern should be as symmetrical and sharply defined as possible. The head is grayish brown with a white ring around the base of the bill. Only the upper third of the neck is colored, the rest is white. The shoulders are grayish brown and each feather has a pale lacing. Seen from above this produces a dark heart shaped marking on the back. The flights are pure white. The stern is ash gray and the flanks are grayish brown with pale lacing.

State : Very rare to endangered. The Flemish goose is only found in Flanders and there is only a very limited number of breeders left. The white variety is almost extinct. Unknown in other countries.