Many places refer to African and Chinese geese as separate breeds. I would consider the two not as breeds but as two lines of the same breed. Show quality African and Chinese geese are very different because they were selectively bred for different traits.
In show quality African geese they are very big, heavy geese very suitable for their meat. They also tend to have big dewlaps. Because of their size and heaviness they cannot walk that well. MetzerFarms Hatchery has these show quality geese defined as 'Super Africans' while the more simple geese who look similar to my geese are referred to as African geese.
The best of show quality Chinese geese are tall with very slender and long necks and very prominent knobs.
In African and Chinese geese that are not show quality they tend to look a lot like one other since they are of course, the same breed. It is simply the merging of two lines so that some geese lean towards the African line more while others lean towards the Chinese line more. Some may even have a balance of both of the lines.
I consider the geese of my flock who are even with the ground and are shorter with shorter necks to be more on the African side. While the geese who are more erect with longer necks and who tend to be smaller are more on the Chinese side. The Chinese line is not as strict with dewlaps so thanks to the line I can breed for geese without dewlaps.
I had posted about Rowan when he was called Dandelion and about his gray marking on each side of his head that made him look like he had eyebrows. I was wondering if this would affect his stripe when he was older.
I believe the eyebrow markings were an indication of how his stripe would run from his beak to under his eye then to the top of his head and then down along the back of his neck.
I have been raising Gray African/Chinese geese for two years now and I have heard about the white geese. People often have them alongside a gray goose in pairs. I had been speculating on changing to Roman geese until I found out that they are very likely to have defects but white Chinese geese would make up for that. I believe they are supposed to have blue eyes like all the other white geese but I am not sure. White Chinese geese are supposed to have a colorless gene instead of a white gene. Making everything regarding breeding totally different.
My slow and adorable goose named Tupelo was quite a marvel when she first feathered out. Typically a young goose when he or she first feathers out will have a bunch of speckled feathers on their chest and the chest will look brownish. But Tupelo was an exception. Her chest feathers were cream. Apart from the chest feathers there are the tail feathers. Most geese will have sloppy coloring on their tail feathers. Each tail feather has a gray spot in the middle outlined by a thick white border. Sometimes that spot is not all that perfect and has a mixture of white on it. Other times the top half of the tail feather can be white while the bottom half is gray with some of both color mixed in. So it is rather crazy when first feathering out and can stay crazy even past that.
I had originally decided on four types of eye-colors: Sassafras, Cherry, Ash, and Wide Eyes. This proved incredibly complicated because the Sassafras and Cherry eye-colors proved to be very similar except for one gander with the Cherry eye-color. But that was one goose. I decided to merge Sassafras and Cherry and simply go with Brown. Sassafras was named after one of my geese who passed this eye-color on to three of her offspring. I used Cherry because this color I considered to have a reddish look to it. I kept Ash and Wide Eyes although they may prove to be complicated sometimes as well.
Dandelion has grown to have a fascinating trait. He has a big gray spot above each eye that makes him look like he has eyebrows. I cannot call by name any previous gosling from the past who may have had this same trait. It is quite possible none of them ever had it as Dandelion is from a different bloodline. I will be watching to see if this will completely disappear or if it will make his coloring slightly or obviously different from the other geese when he is fully feathered out.
my name is Emily
I have twenty-six geese. I hatch a bunch of goslings because I want a lot of people to have geese. I do not see them everywhere but I want to! The goslings are the sweetest baby birds I know! The adult males are proud and can be cranky but have their sweet moments while the females are shy and sweet all at the same time.