Often referred to as 'Swan Geese' because of their dignified movements on land and water, Chinese are considered by
many to be the most graceful and beautiful member of the goose family. In popularity they rival Toulouse and Embdens.
Combined with their ornamental qualities, Chinese are exceptionally practical: Of all breeds, they are the best layers, most
active foragers (making them economical and useful as weeders), produce the least greasy meat, and, except for Pilgrims,
ate the easiest to sex at maturity. Because of their alert and talkative nature, they are frequently used as watchdogs.
The elegant Brown Chinese, which is often the choice of small flock owners, has a rich brown an tawn plumage that is
accentuated by a dark, russet brown neck stripe. In mature birds, the glossy black bill and knob are separated from the
main head plumage by a narrow band of cream-white feathers. The shanks an feet are brownish orange or dark orange and the
David Holderread, The Book of Geese