Goose Facts

Goose Facts
Goose is domesticated type of waterfowl. There are dozens of types of domestic geese today. They are all descendants of two basic types of geese domesticated 4.000 years ago. Greylag goose is an ancestor of domestic goose created in Europe, Africa and western Asia, while Chinese goose (second type of domestic goose), created in eastern Asia, originates from swan goose. Based on their weight, all types of geese are divided in three basic categories: heavy, medium and light. Geese can be found all over the world today. They are kept as a source of meat, eggs and feathers, or in some cases as house pets.
Interesting Goose Facts:
Goose can reach 32 to 37 inches in length and 8 to 22 pounds of weight.
Goose can be completely white or covered with brownish-grey plumage with dark markings, just like the wild geese.
Goose has orange bill, long neck, short legs and wide rear end (due to fat reserves near the tail). Domestic goose has more upright posture compared with wild goose, whose rear end is slender and body posture more horizontal. Chinese goose has large lump at the upper surface of its bill.
Goose cannot fly, but it can lift the body few feet above the ground when startled (it spreads the wings and starts to wave when it is surprised or shocked).
Goose likes to swim and spend plenty of time in the water.
Goose is active during the day (diurnal bird).
Goose is an omnivore. Its diet is based on worms, corn, wheat, sunflower seed, weed, leaves and grass. It needs to drink lots of water during the meal to prevent choking.
Thanks to its dietary preferences, goose can be used as a substitute for lawn mower and herbicides (it keeps the grass well-trimmed and growth of weed under control).
Geese communicate via loud honking noise.
Flock of geese was used to guard the parked aircraft in South Vietnam during the 1950s, because of the ability of these birds to produce loud noise and keep intruders on a safe distance.
Goose is social bird that likes to be part of a group. It lives in harmony with other geese and ducks in the captivity. Unlike wild geese, domestic geese do not mate for a lifetime.
Female lays up to 50 eggs per year. They hatch after incubation period of 30 days. Only female takes part in the incubation of eggs.
Just like their wild cousins, domestic geese of both gender take part in rearing of the goslings (hatchlings). Geese aggressively protect their offspring from the potential predators.
Goose reaches sexual maturity at the age of 3 years.
Goose has an average lifespan of 20 to 25 years.

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