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Chinese and Embden cross?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by flockman, May 31, 2011.

  1. flockman

    flockman Songster

    Nov 6, 2010
    Northern Indiana
    I have read that you can cross a chinese goose with an embden gander. Is that really okay? The cross is supposed to be good for meet. Does anyone have any experience with this?

  2. theredroosta

    theredroosta Songster

    Oct 10, 2009
    What do you mean by "okay"?
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I doubt the cross would be good for meat since the Embden is much bigger than the Chinese. Maybe what you read is you would get a bird that is acceptable for both meat and eggs since Chinese are the 'egg-layer' geese. My embden goose laid a whopping 15 eggs before going broody, but the ganders easily weigh 20 pounds at barely 2 years old.

    ETA: I bought a gosling at auction a month or so ago, thinking it was an Embden. It's not, it's a white chinese. The gosling is easily 3 weeks older than my oldest embden goslings yet they tower over her. Chinese only get about 10-12 pounds, good quality embdens can reach 30#.
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  4. flockman

    flockman Songster

    Nov 6, 2010
    Northern Indiana
    Chinese breed:

    They come in two colors, the White Chinese and the Brown Chinese. They are smaller than the Toulouse or Emden; with the gander and goose weighing 6 kg and 5.5 kg respectively. They have a unique protuberance on the head that distinguishes them from the other breeds. They are better layers, and lay about 50 eggs in a season. This makes them ideal for crossing.

    The result of crossing between Chinese and Emden are goslings of white fleshing qualities that are produced more economically than other pure breeds.

    This was what I read.

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