Waterfowl Commonly Seen in Practice

Swan goose

Chinese Goose

The Chinese or swan goose (Anser cygnoides) is a domestic breed descended from wild geese native to East Asia.

The Chinese goose is characterized by a large bill knob in both genders, a long, swan-like neck, and relatively erect posture. Mature ganders average 5.4 kg (12 lb); females average 4.5 kg (10 lb). The Chinese goose is a hardy breed, however their knobs can develop frostbite so it is important to provide some protection from inclement weather.

These geese eat many grasses and herbaceous plants, and many poultry catalogs refer to them as “weeder geese”. Chinese geese are considered an economical breed. They are exceptional layers, active foragers, which means they do not require as much food as other breeds, and they produce good meat. Alert and vocal, Chinese geese also make excellent “watchdogs”.

Image by Chuck Abbe.

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To cite this page: Pollock C. Waterfowl commonly seen in practice. December 19, 2012. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/waterfowl-commonly-seen-in-practice/