These domesticated Chinese Geese have been bred for size and they are much larger size than their wild cousins.
Males may weigh between 11 – 22 lbs (5 – 10 kg) and females between 8 – 22 lbs (4 – 9 kg).
Both males and females often have a strongly developed basal knob on the upper side of the bill, although the knob is more prominent on males than females.
This knob offers a way of accurately identifying the genders. Juveniles can also be sexed when they are 6 – 8 weeks old.
Chinese geese come in two varieties: a brown variety that is similar to the Swan Goose and a white phase.
Further Goose Information
- Goose Information / Overview
- Photos of the Different Goose Species for Identification
- Species Index of Geese
Breeding / Nesting
Most breeding activity occurs between February and June. A Chinese Goose usually produces 50 – 60 eggs in one breeding season – with some exceptional hens laying as many as 100 eggs a season.
Diet / Feeding
Geese consume a wide variety of plant material, including grass, roots, shoots, leaves, stems, seedheads and fruits of other herbaceous marsh vegetation, aquatic plants, and agricultural grain and potatoes (particularly in the winter)