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Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
Unlike ducks and even more among fowl, geese have no sexual dimorphism, so it is very difficult to discern the male from the female. Usually in geese the male is bigger and his voice more acute than the female. But in France there is a breed that has a remarkable sexual dimorphism characterized by the color of the plumage: the male is completely white while the female is spotted.
It is a breed obtained by improving the common goose with standards, scrupulously selected to precisely maintain the color difference of the plumage in the two sexes.
Extremely rustic, it adapts to live anywhere without particular food requirements and must be raised in total freedom.
It provides truly exquisite meats. It lays 50-60 eggs per year weighing 120 grams.
The plumage differs according to gender: creamy white male and gray-brown white female.
Cut it: small.
- male a. 4.5-5.5 kg
- female a. 4.0-5.0 kg
Tarsi and beak are orange in color; blue eyes. It has only one ventral sac.
Normandy Geese (photo www.troglodyte.info)
Loca di Normandia has its own variant, like our Romagnola: the twin with the tuft! Obviously in this case the Bavent keeps the plumage completely white in the male and the female is instead spotted, precisely as a Normandy loca. For the rest loca of Bavent is absolutely identical to Normandy.
Thanks to Francesco Silletta
Bavent geese (photo http://leretouralaterre.fr)