Chinese Geese, Chinese Swan Geese, Chinese Weeder Geese
photo of Wild Swan Goose from Wikipedia
Chinese geese come in two colors - white and colored like the wild swan geese they descended from. And two sizes - American and the heavier, English. They are an over all light goose weighing in at 8-12 pounds. They are the most prolific layers of the goose world. Unlike their wild descendants the chinese have a pronounced basal knob that can be used to sex them. At a six to eight weeks of age, the knob can be used to tell male from female fairly accurately. They are also a close cousin to the African Goose. Known as one of the most commonly kept breeds, they are easy to tame from an early age. Among the most vocal of all breeds, they do not hesitate to tell you when something is out of place or to just say 'hi'. They are used to weed crops such as cotton and strawberries if taught young to eat the 'right' things.
Meet Our Geese
Our geese arrived with 4 other companions of other breeds. Space is limited so we opted to keep just the chinese and rehome the other adults. In picking names, the decision came to stay with our Appalachian Hillbilly theme. RayLan and TilliFae came to us from a local lady and BoydAlen and BettiGae came to us from Pauley's Rowdy Acres in Ohio. We thought at first that RayLan was female but this year (2014) has proved who is what. We changed ElliMae to RayLan and renamed RayLan to BoydAlen. It would seem that RayLan is the boss with BoydAlen a lower man on the nest.