Location of Conservation: Changhwa Breeding Animal propagation StationContributor: Mr. Kuo-Chin WuTaiwan Livestock Research Institute 7 Tanung Road Peitou, Changhwa, Taiwan Republic of China Tel: 886-4-8884106 Fax: 886-4-88861
1.Solid white feathers, blue eyes and an orange-yellow beak and feet.
2.Orange-yellow knob in White Chinese goose.
3.A short tail turns upward in both kinds of Chinese goose.
4.Female is less than male in size.
5.Cutting roughage with teeth on the edge of beak.
6.Females brood on eggs.
7.Alert behavior when frightened or aroused.
8.Congregate and play in water.
9.Mate in water and fixed mates.
10.Usually raised in open-sided houses with access to a large field.
11.To a pond for exercise and bating.
12.Most of geese followed a leader when they move away.
Growth White Chinese Performance Goose Body weight at at birth 0.112 Kg 2 weeks old 0.35 Kg 4 weeks old 1.01 Kg 6 weeks old 1.72 Kg 8 weeks old 2.68 Kg 10 weeks old 3.22 Kg 12 weeks old 3.54 Kg 14 weeks old 3.95 Kg 16 weeks old 4.23 Kg Feed conversion at 2 weeks old 1.61 F/G 4 weeks old 2.19 F/G 6 weeks old 2.60 F/G 8 weeks old 3.00 F/G 10 weeks old 3.45 F/G 12 weeks old 4.26 F/G 14 weeks old 5.65 F/G 16 weeks old 6.86 F/G Survival rate 90.1¢H
Reproductive White Chinese Performance Goose Age at first egg 313±35 days BW at first egg 4.2±0.6 Kg Egg weight of first egg¡@¡@ 154±22 g Number of eggs yearly 20.6 eggs Fertility 83.08¢H Hatchability 48.22¢H Conformation Measurements Body length 41.2±3.3 cm Body height 75.4±6.3 cm Chest width 22.8±1.2 cm
One male mates with 4¡ã6 females. The laying period begins in September, peaks in December, and endsin Aprit or May of the following year.
The Chinese goose grows more slowly than exotic Embdem, Tufted Roman or Toulouse. Itsrearing period is about 16 weeks, which is at least two weeks longer than that of other breeds. However,consumers in Taiwan prefer Chinese geese and are willing to pay up to 80¢H more for meat, because of the good quality of their meat in relative to the taste flavor.