Pilgrim goose

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A small flock of Pilgrim geese

Pilgrim geese (Australian Settler geese in Australia[1]) are a breed of domestic goose. The origins of this breed are unclear, but they are thought to be either descended from stock in Europe, or developed from American stock during the Great Depression era.


History of Pilgrim geese: Contrary to legend[citation needed], Pilgrim geese were not brought to the United States by early settlers[citation needed]. Oscar Grow, noted waterfowl expert from the early 1900s developed this breed from one or more of the auto-sexing European breeds such as the West of England goose or the French Normandy goose[citation needed]. Their name was supposedly[by whom?] assigned by Mrs. Grow to commemorate her family’s personal pilgrimage to Missouri during the Great Depression[citation needed]. They were admitted to the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1939.

This breed of goose is listed as critical by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.[2]


  1. ^ Australian Poultry Standards, 2nd Edition, Published 2013 Victorian Poultry Breeders Association Ltd trading as Poultry Poultry Stud Breeders and Exhibitions Victoria
  2. ^ "American Livestock Breeds Conservancy - Conservation Priority List". Retrieved 2008-03-25. 

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