The gray goose is a proud and large bird, which is well known to all of us since childhood. And what characteristics does this bird have, how did the breed appear? You will learn about this and many other things from our article with photos and videos.
Large gray geese are very mobile, well-gaining birds, which are perfectly fed by any kind of food and have excellent health. Inside the breed, the gray goose is divided into two types: Steppe Tambov and Borkowski. The difference between them is only in different regions of the base of the breed and habitat at present.
These birds are very popular in Ukraine and Russia, in particular, in the Tambov, Saratov, and Rostov regions. Breed them and our compatriots abroad. Then you can see a beautiful photo of a floating goose.
It is noteworthy that the gray goose was bred twice and at the same time. This coincidence occurred due to the simultaneous discovery of the breed in the Tambov Region (Russia) and at the Institute of Poultry Farming (renamed the Poultry Center in 2003) in the Kharkov Region, close to p. Borki (Ukraine). Got a beautiful feathered by crossing Romensky and Toulouse tribal specimens. Now the breed is bred everywhere in Ukraine and in Russia.
Outwardly, the gray goose is very nice, strong, well-fed bird with a thick neck of medium length, a wide body and two fat folds on the belly. The chest is convex, massive, relief. The back is well developed with large wings. The bird also has brown eyes and strong red paws.
The upper part of the body is gray, the lower part is light gray, almost white, the paws are orange-red. Geese weigh about 6 kg, and males weigh about 7 kg, but individuals weighing 9 kg are also found.
Large gray geese are highly productive, grow quickly and raise their offspring well. The output of goslings is 67-68%. The gray goose is an exemplary dad, the same can be said about the goose, whose mommy's instinct is superbly developed. One egg of a gray large bird weighs about 170 grams. Annual egg production is from 35 to 45 eggs.
The output of meat from one individual during slaughter is about 60% of the total weight of the carcass. Also from these birds get the liver, it is considered a delicacy. One liver can weigh on average from 350 to 450 grams.
Feeding and maintenance
The content of the gray goose is unpretentious, maybe it is for this that the farmers appreciate it and in every possible way try to characterize their pets with complimentary reviews. The bird is mobile, has good health, easily finds food, in the summer it is well gaining weight on a free range with a mandatory one-time feeding during the day. In the food of these birds, special feeds are usually given (many of them are now produced), as well as fresh mowed grass, corn, and silage from cereals and legumes.
Winter feeding should be dense and three times a day. The basis of the diet in winter: grain, roots, cabbage leaves. In general, the gray goose is almost an omnivorous creature, but when fattening it is not worth saving on high quality feed Then the carcass after slaughter will be upscale. They contain pets with strict observance of three conditions: clean, dry, no drafts.
Barns for geese can be from any material, but always with protection from moisture and damp. Birds are well tolerated by frost, but the floor on which they walk should be thickly covered with straw or hay, and preferably with wooden flooring and straw on top of it. The facade of your goose should look to the south - so the birds will get more sunlight. Remember that one individual normally should be from 1 square. meters of space.
In our photo gallery we offer to see a few more photos of these beautiful geese.Photo 1. Goose family with offspring Photo 2. Gray Goose in the wild Photo 3. Gray birds in the pen