Chinese 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 in males than in 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

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)


Gordon Ramel

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