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. Details: 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 BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/chinese BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/533413/the-african-and-chinese-goose-thread/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...th-brown-chinese-goose-will-give-me-what/0_30 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!