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.
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)
Feeding Ducks and Geese ...
We all enjoy waterfowl and many of us offer them food to encourage them to come over and stay around - and it works! Who doesn't like an easy meal!
However, the foods that we traditionally feed them at local ponds are utterly unsuitable for them and are likely to cause health problems down the road. Also, there may be local laws against feeding this species of bird - so it's best to check on that rather than facing consequences at a later stage.
- Foods that can be fed to Ducks, Geese and Swans to survive cold winters and remain healthy when food is scarce in their environment.
Please note that feeding ducks and geese makes them dependent on humans for food, which can result in starvation and possibly death when those feedings stop. If you decide to feed them, please limit the quantity to make sure that they maintain their natural ability to forage for food themselves - providing, of course, that natural food sources are available.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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