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Fast Facts:

African Goose

Scientific Name Anser cygnoides
Classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae
Status Domesticated-raised for eggs and meat.
Range Originating in Southeast China, the African Goose was brought to the United States in the 19th century.
Diet Plants
Size 18-20 pounds
Lifespan 10-15 years
Print Fact Sheet African Goose

Special Features

The African Goose appears physically to be a cross between the Toulouse Goose, and the Brown Chinese Goose. It has some of the size and the dewlap of the Toulouse Goose, and some of the carriage and "knob" of the Chinese Goose.
The dewlap runs down from the bill into the neck.
The knob requires several years to fully develop.
They can handle extremely cold weather but their knobs and dewlaps must be protected from frostbite.

Behavior & Care of Young

They are a gentle breed and considered quiet. Each gander will mate with 2-6 geese. As young as 1 year old the female will produce a clutch of 10-20 eggs which are white in color. Eggs hatch in 30-32 days. Young develop their dewlap between 6 and 18 months.

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