The domesticated Chinese goose is descended from the wild Swan goose (as is the African goose) and their large size (5-10 kg in males; 4-9 kg in females) distinguishes them from the wild breed. The domesticated breed also often have an large basal knob on the upper side of their bill, which is more prominent on males than females, and can be used for sexing at 6-8 weeks of age.
There are two varieties of the Chinese goose; the brown (which is similar to the wild Swan goose) and the white. The brown is tall and graceful with a black head knob and beak, with a long and slender neck, and are known to make good ‘watchdogs’. The white Chinese goose has an orange head knob and beak and orange-yellow legs. The breed standard defined in the American Poultry Association’s ‘Standard of Perfection’ requires that the Chinese goose be a tall, slim bird. However, many domestic Chinese geese have a similar body type to other breeds.
Both the brown and white varieties are good laying birds, as the female can lay 50-60 eggs during the breeding season. There are reports of Chinese geese laying up to 100 eggs during the same period.
Brown or grey has a brown stripe extending from the base of the knob to the body. Colours are a variation of brown. Brown is more common in Australia. There is also an all-white variety.
|Gander||4.5 – 5.4 Kg|
|Goose||3.6 – 4.5 Kg|