Geese Breed Focus - Chinese

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sumi, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    The Chinese goose is a breed of domesticated goose descended from the wild swan goose. Chinese geese differ from the wild geeses in much larger size and in having an often strongly developed basal knob on the upper side of the bill. The knob at the top of the beak is more prominent on males than females. By 6–8 weeks of age, the knob is already pronounced enough that it can be used for determining gender. Chinese geese are a close cousin of the African goose, a heavier breed also descended from the swan goose.

    The Chinese goose makes a good pet and is popular as "guard dogs", since they are quite noisy when strangers are about. Their temperament can be quite different between strains although, as with other geese, their upbringing has a lot to do with their temperament. Care should be taken with ganders if the goose is sitting on eggs, as they have been known to become a little aggressive to visitors at this time. Chinese geese are known to go broody easily.

    Chinese geese were admitted to the APA's Standard of Perfection in 1874 and into the British Waterfowl Standards much later in 1954.


    Purpose: Dual - meat and egg laying
    Weight: Gander - 11-22 lbs; Goose - 9-19 lbs
    Egg laying: 50-60 per breeding season (February-June)
    Colour/Varieties: Brown, and White Chinese. (The brown is similar to the wild Chinese swan goose.)

    Pic by @BarkingChickens

    Pic by @rainplace

    Pic by @zazouse

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    Do you own Chinese geese? Are you a Chinese geese breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Beautiful pics Sumi, and a very popular breed here on BYC. Thanks for show casing them.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Aren't they something?! Thanks for the feature, sumi.
  4. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    Thank you sumi
  5. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    We had one when I was a kid. Someone had raised it along w/ their chickens but couldn't keep it. We had more property and she fit right in with our hens. She was quite protective of them.

    She was an awesome guard goose too. You could tell if she knew the person coming in the gate vs. a stranger. The honk was different.

    The neighbor's cat would stalk our hens throughout the day and the goose would nip at the cat if she got too close to her hens. They finally all made peace and were one big happy family after about 6 months.

    Someone gave us two Silkie chicks and the goose could hear them in the house and was going NUTSO. She wasn't broody. So we carefully brought her to the chicks and held them in our hands to see what she would do and she took them right under her wing as thought they were hers and raised them. Was really very sweet.

    I do remember her bitting at first. Mom would tap her beak and tell her NO and that quickly stopped.

    So they are trainable. To some degree anyway.

    I wish I had more property today. I'd totally get another one to watch over my chickens.
  6. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you so much for doing these Geese Breed Focuses! It's time we rename the site to BackyardWaterfowl! [​IMG] Anyway, I love my african/chinese geese, they are the best pets ever! They walk with me, fly with (past) me, and love going out on foraging trips! The video is Elizabeth, the second picture is also her, and the last picture is James!


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  7. Robin1970

    Robin1970 New Egg

    Jun 25, 2015
    NE Oklahoma
    Thanks for featuring my favorite! I have a male and female Brown Chinese and they are such a joy to me. I have popped 7 eggs in the incubator and will find out if any are good Thursday.
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Good luck on your hatch! Let us know how it works out [​IMG]
  9. chicken farmer

    chicken farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2012
    Definitely thinking about adding geese to my hobby farm this spring and I think chinese are my favorite so far
  10. keiferlou

    keiferlou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2014
    NE Oklahoma
    Thanks for this post! I just picked up a couple of these guys 2 weeks ago to add to my crew. I had researched and narrowed it down to this breed or the Embden because I wanted an "alarm system" goose but also a friendly one that would be cool with petting and attention. My feed store had both breeds in the the bin and the Chinese just felt like the right ones. Immediately, they were big fans of people! Sam and Bowie are the friendliest baby birds I've ever had. They prefer to sit in your lap or follow you around the yard. I'm looking forward to many entertaining years with these kids!

    Bowie on the left, Sam on the right


    Bowie and Sam with the new ducks, trying to figure out the swimming thing
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