Chinese Goose


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Chinese Geese

Chinese Brown Goose Chinese Goose are domesticated geese that descended from the wild Swan Goose.



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.

Feral Brown Chinese Geese About 10 of them have settled in Oregon at an area Fern Hill Wetlands in Forest Grove Oregon

A close-up of a White Chinese Goose at Scott’s Landing Marina on Grapevine Lake October 14, 2009. The white variety of the Chinese goose has a bright orange bill and knob, bright orange legs, blue eyes, and pure white body feathers

Chinese Training


This goose is also known as Chinese Goose. It is native to Mongolia, northernmost China and southeastern Russia. It has been widely domesticated in the US. 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.

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.

Brown Chinese Goose

Chinese Domesticated Geese

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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