Scientific name: Anser cygnoides domesticus
Other common names: Chinese Swan Goose; Brown Chinese Goose; Chinese Brown Goose
The Chinese Goose is a domesticated breed that was developed in China, from the wild Asiatic Swan Goose. They have been bred in China for hundreds of years, and arrived in Europe and the United States during the 1700s. Since then, the Chinese Goose has been imported throughout the world, and is one of the most common of the geese breeds.
Varieties: Brown, White
Uses: Guard, Meat, Ornamental, Pet, Weeding
Temperament: Alert, curious and loud, with personality varying from friendly to highly aggressive
Weight: 10 - 12 lbs
Parenting abilities: Varies, but most bloodlines are good parents
Noise level: One of the loudest breeds
Capable of Flight: Yes, but rarely does so
Meat production: Very good
Egg production: 40 - 80 per year
Egg color: White
What else you should know:
At eight weeks of age, the Chinese goose can be sexed by looking at it's basel knob. Ganders will have a larger knob.
The Chinese goose's knob is prone to frostbite, and therefore these geese will need extra care during the winter.
delicious meat, great mothers, great tasting eggs, crisp skin, larger bird
commercial desktop incubators, great brooders, egg turner
My Chinese Pair
I was told the White Chinese Geese will mate for life, so I purchased a single pair. They have turned out to be better guard animals than my canine companions. letting me know instantly when someone or something is approaching. They don't require special pens, so mine are allowed to roam freely. They will instantly love you or hate you, and will let you know quite loudly. If they take a dislike to someone in your home, I don't recommend giving them free range. If they love you, they will come to your feet and enjoy your attention.
Chinese geese are great brooders, and lay an average of 100 eggs per year. I have no knowledge of their meat, except to say they grow rapidly and I have heard good things about their flavor. I prefer to enjoy their company and presence, and watch them interact with the other animals..
From Kerri May 28 2013 1:42AM
My Chinese Geese
I've been keeping Chinese Geese now for about twenty years and to me they are the best variety of geese you can keep. They are a much larger bird than wild birds and the meat is excellent. They also produce great tasting eggs.
You'll find that Chinese Geese will produce more eggs than other types of geese. In a season a female will usually lay 60 - 70 eggs and they are great mothers. My female Chinese Geese usually raise every gosling they hatch.
I raise them primarily for their meat. I love to smoke them over apple wood and inject them with a tea marinade that gives you delicious meat and crisp skin that you'll love.
I have several lakes and ponds on my property so they have all the water they need and I feed them lots of cracked corn which they love. The only problem I have with them is they will raid your patch of greens. I now have a simple fence around my greens to keep the geese away. Once I have all the greens I want I take the fence down and the geese quickly finish them off.
If your going to keep geese I can highly recommend the Chinese Goose..
From thomasbyers Feb 26 2013 12:44PM
The grouchy one
Growing up, my great grandmother always had a ton of chickens and geese. I used to love to watch them all flap around and peck at the ground all of the time. Most of her geese were the sweetest little things. They would come over to you when you called and they would also eat out of your hand. However, the one Chinese Goose that she had (named Hercules, most likely because of the bump on the beak) was a real jerk! He never was ever kind to any of us and seemed to be the leader of the pack. I don't know a whole lot about geese, but I do know that he was a mean one.
That bird used to chase after us when we were younger (he lived forever, by the way) and he would attack our shoelaces if we had tennis shoes on. He constantly honked and waddled all over the place, especially close to the house, like he wanted us to come outside and see what was going on. I'm not saying that the other geese he traveled with didn't make noise, because they made plenty of it. However, they never caused any trouble like Hercules did. Maybe he just didn't have the best personality. That is the only Chinese Goose my family owned and he was rarely ever nice at all. I don't have a picture of him, but he looked just like the two geese in the picture I provided!.
From Nika Apr 28 2014 11:56PM