African geese are actually close relatives of the Chinese goose and bear some similarities. The African goose is heavier, with ganders reaching about 20 pounds, making it a good addition to meat-production flocks. Females produce up to 50 large, white eggs a year and also reach a large size. The black knob above the beak which develops into adulthood, and the dewlap under the beak, give its head a distinctive shape. These geese are vocal and protect their territory, though they can be raised from chicks as gentle family pets.