Chinese geese are elegant on land and on water and are sometimes referred to as Swan Geese. Their long, graceful necks are topped by long heads with an erect knob. They are good layers and produce less greasy meat than many breeds. They are also useful to have around as they are active foragers and will do the weeding if carefully managed. In fact they are often called Weeder geese. They may come in either brown or white, both pictured here. Both varieties were admitted to the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1874 (Malone, et. al., 1998). They are also alert and set off the alarm with alacrity.