The Roman Goose

The Roman Goose
Story & Photos By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Maine Roman geese bring history and a unique appearance to the farm. Their carriage and plumage are swanlike, and their lineage traces back more than 2,000 years. These geese are not common on American farms, being more popular as an exhibition breed in this country. Around the world, Roman geese have been raised for a variety of uses, and they make a helpful and entertaining addition to any flock. Key Facts Roman geese come in two varieties, a tufted and a plain-headed version. The more common and distinct variety in America is the tufted Roman, which has an unusual upward plume of feathers at the top of its head. Plain-headed Roman geese have flat feathering over their heads, as well as the rest of their bodies. Roman geese are widely believed to be the oldest breed of goose still being bred today. Originally domesticated in

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