Raising Chinese Swan Geese as Pets

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Since the Chinese domesticated the wild swan geese over a couple of centuries ago, many cultures including the west have caught up having Chinese swan geese as pets. For the right people living in the right place, having Chinese swan geese as pets can be a privilege. Yes, having a passion toward large farm animals like geese isn’t enough requirement to raise Chinese swan geese as pets. Read up why.

Housing Chinese Swan Geese

chinese swan geese enclosure

The number one reason not everybody is privileged to raise Chinese swan geese is the farm animals’ particular need for a fairly large water body to swim in. Geese are waterfowls after all. So you need to live near a lake or own a fairly large artificial pond to raise Chinese swan geese. An inflatable kiddy pool will not do. You don’t want to lend your swimming pool to the geese either! If you pass this requirement, then you can raise Chinese swan geese as pets.

chinese swan geese barn

Housing a couple of Chinese swan geese is fairly easy. They can be housed in a small barn or chicken coop enough to protect them from the elements and wild animals. During winter, keep the birds’ house warm by adding heat lamps. The house should open up to your lawn where your geese can graze and access the pond or lake whenever they want to. Don’t worry, Chinese swan geese are pretty domesticated, so they know how to return to their house when it’s needed.

Feeding Chinese Swan Geese

brown chinese swan goose

If grasses are abundant, Chinese swan geese are happy to consume as much as their crop could contain in a day. In fact, geese make better living lawnmower than goats! During winter though, supplement their diet with green leafy vegetable you can get from local markets.

chinese swan geese feed

As staples, geese should be given cereal grains like cracked corn, sorghum, barley, etc. Don’t give Chinese swan geese rice because rice causes stomach upset for any types of birds. Geese should be given organic poultry pellet or mash you can buy from farm supply stores also. You must remember, however, to put clean water next to their feeder when feeding geese with poultry pellet or mash.

Chinese Swan Geese Special Needs

chinese swan geese

Unlike other pet farm animals that are okay as long as they have food, shelter, and water, Chinese swan geese have special needs in order to be happy or at least stay clean.

1. A mate – Chinese swan geese choose one mate for life, but they can’t live without one. So if you must have geese as pets, get a male and a female to keep the two happy. Just consume the eggs if you don’t want to breed your pet geese.

2. Water – Chinese swan geese or any other pet geese species can’t live without a deep, wide body of water to swim in. Take this as number one consideration when considering geese as pets.

3. Duck diaper – If you haven’t heard about duck diaper before, gather your wits about it if you want to take your geese inside your house or take them for a ride in your car. If you train your geese to wear duck diaper, you can have them live with you in your house even. It’s not so difficult to learn how to make a duck diaper and the benefits are enormous if you love your Chinese swan geese so much.

4. Exercise – A male Chinese swan geese can weigh up to 5 pounds and the female can weigh a little less than that. To strengthen their legs to support their heavy body, they need their exercise. That’s why you can’t keep pet geese in a small enclosure because they need a wide space to stretch their wings and kick their heels to stay fit.

Permit to Raise Chinese Swan Geese

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Raising farm animals as pets are regulated by the local Department of Agriculture. Some districts even band having farm animals in the area altogether, so stop by your local animal control office or Department of Agriculture to check what regulations apply in your area regarding Chinese swan geese.




12 Responses to “Raising Chinese Swan Geese as Pets”

  1. michael said:

    oh also can you do a caresheet on the greenwing macaws or just macaws i would be happy if you did


  2. leah murray said:

    I do have several chinese geese in my five acre lake, stocked with catfish, bass, and perch. Do i need to worry about the geese eating fish eggs or new baby fish or will they stay with vegetation instead, which there is ample supply of. Also, I bought a few domestic ducks. Will they eat all my fish. The lake has been stocked for about 7 years. Thanks for any help.

  3. Kevin Pan said:

    I’m sorry but you are wrong on a couple of issues that I’d like to point out because you are giving misinformation about chinese geese. I’m a breeder of them for 35 years now and have been breeding healthy, happy and vibrant goslings for years. Number one, domestic chinese geese are not like their wild counterparts who mate with one female for life. No, instead you can have up to 5 hen geese per gander. Number two, they do not require a large body of water. They only need a kiddie pool to take their once a day bath that they do to keep their feathers clean, other than that they spend the entire day grazing and coming back and forth to their water to get a drink, therefore a kiddie pool will suffice for their bathing ritual. They do drink alot of water and a large plastic tube will suffice for that. Other than those two issues I agree with everything else you say. They do need a big enclosure and if they can’t have access to grass in the winter then they need to have a bail of clean dry hay put out for them so they can keep fibrous material going through their gut along with the grain. I do have a pond and my geese only get in it once per day to take a bath and that’s all. I have friends who have used kiddie pools for years and their geese are just as healthy and happy as mine are.

  4. Kevin Pan said:

    Actually I hate to keep nit picking but here are two more issues with your information. Number three, chinese swan geese do not weigh 5 lbs. Instead they weigh 10 to 12 lbs for the goose and 12 to 15lbs for the gander. Number four, you do not need a permit to raise any domestic animal whether it be for pet or consumption. The only places that any domestic farm animal would be regulated would be within the city limits of a city or town or a zoned area like a housing subdivision or such. If you live in the country you are good to go. :) The only species of animals that are regulated are wild native species. All domestic farm animals are exempt.

  5. Kevin Pan said:

    After reviewing your material I found yet another error in you information. Chinese geese were domesticated in asia from the wild siberian swan goose over 2000 years ago, not a couple centuries ago like you said. A century is 100 years a couple of centuries would be 200 years. These geese were domesticated over 2000 years ago. You know before you claim to be an expert on making care sheets for anything you should really know what you are talking about, have a legit history, plus have years of experience.

  6. Sophia Warffeli said:

    I’ve had a lot of experience with caring for the special needs of my Chinese Swan goslings and geese. I must say, Kevin Pan is right on the money re: all his comments on this site!!

    Let’s all try to get factual information out to the public on these very special creatures. Those of us who are able and desire to have them on our farms; and meet their unique needs – are serving as their stewards – throughout their rather long lifetime. It’s a matter of great accountability and – a huge responsibility to correctly describe this species, their care, and unique traits in a public forum such as this!! After all, embarking on the special kinship with these birds is truly a priveldge!

    Thanks Kevin for helping us get the facts straight.

  7. Joe Sutton said:

    Kevin Pan Get a Life.

  8. Lauren said:

    Kevin Pan, seriously mate you need to get out more :S but you have been keeping me and my freinds entertained during geography class :D

  9. Karen said:

    Dear Mr Kevin Pan,
    I find your intellectual comments absolutly inspirering. I would love it greatly if we where to meet up, maybe you could tell me more about your geese and how to raise them properly?
    I think I may be in love with you.
    Please, Please, Please can we meet up, I want YOU!!!
    Love you forever and always, darling.
    Karen xxxxxxxxx

  10. jim said:

    my geese are boring they just excreet all day

  11. Mildred Landreth said:

    Just lost our 28 year old white China gander, Water Baby. When his mate, Pickle, an Ebden X China, died, Water Baby who had been living at our barn, came through two electric fences to get to our house. We let him live on our back porch until we could find another mate for him…4 chickens. He was happy again, especially with the little Game. Now the Game is unhappy, hasn’t laid any eggs since Water Baby died a week ago.

  12. rkbhasney said:

    rateare swan in india


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