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