Faroese Goose

The Faroese Goose is a breed of domestic goose that is indigenous to the Faroe Islands in Denmark. They are mostly reared for their valued meat, as well as, for their feathers.

Faroese Goose
Faroese Goose

Quick Information

Physical Characteristics Neither too large nor rough built, but otherwise it must not be refined and neat. Is very hardy and resistant to weather and disease and can withstand harsh climate
Personality/Behavior Docile, tamable, temperamental, guarding, alert;
Might become aggressive during mating season
Popular Traits Hardy, frugal, resistant to weather changes
Plumage/Feather Color Grey pied, Blue pied
Purposes Meat, feather, ornamental
Eggs Large, white in color, each weighing around 130 grams
Ring Size 22 mm (both male and female)
Lifespan Normal
Weight (size) Gander: 5 – 5.5 kg
Goose: 4 – 4.5 kg
Diet Short summer grass (do not need supplementary foods), however, the Faroeses are still fed during snowfall and during egg laying; good forager
Country of Origin (Faroe Islands) Denmark

History and Development

Nothing is conclusive about the origin of this goose breed. However, it is thought that, the Faroese goose is the direct descendent of the tame goose that were brought to the Faroe Islands from the British Isles and also from Scandinavia by the Landnam people.

Goose culture had always been prevalent in the Faroe Islands since there were no predators that would kill these birds, and they continued to exist for centuries.

In 1990, the population was described as an independent goose breed in Denmark’s journals ‘Skandinavisk Fjerkræstandard’ and ‘Geflugel Börse’.

Faroese Goose Pictures
Faroese Goose Pictures
Faroese Goose with Gooselings
Faroese Goose with Gooselings

Meat Production

This popular table bird has a very tender and juicy meat, and is slaughtered usually around December. While the goslings grow up quickly, they are ready at a weight of 4–5 kg (9-11 pounds live weight). Before slaughter, the chicks are fattened for three to four weeks. The meat is often salted lightly or wind-dried and is stored as winter supply.

Faroese Gooses
Faroese Gooses

Interesting Facts

  • The Farose Goose is considered to be the oldest form of tame goose in Europe.
  • This goose is a favorite table bird during Christmas.

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