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This is my first experience with geese.  About 2 weeks ago we found our first goose egg in the goose coop.  Then last night, my husband put away the birds but my goose was sitting on 7 eggs that she had hidden in a pile of hay.  My husband took her off and gathered the eggs since it is just about winter here and we get some pretty severe weather in the winter.  Today she laid another egg in the same spot and buried it in the hay. 

 

Should I let her try to hatch a clutch of eggs (I'm not sure if they are fertile or not, I haven't seen the gander doing his thing) even though we have bad weather coming?  Should I just keep collecting eggs until spring?  Will this fall egg laying mess her up for brooding in the spring?

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This is my first experience with geese.  About 2 weeks ago we found our first goose egg in the goose coop.  Then last night, my husband put away the birds but my goose was sitting on 7 eggs that she had hidden in a pile of hay.  My husband took her off and gathered the eggs since it is just about winter here and we get some pretty severe weather in the winter.  Today she laid another egg in the same spot and buried it in the hay. 

 

Should I let her try to hatch a clutch of eggs (I'm not sure if they are fertile or not, I haven't seen the gander doing his thing) even though we have bad weather coming?  Should I just keep collecting eggs until spring?  Will this fall egg laying mess her up for brooding in the spring?

@alrosenb Yes keep collecting this is not a good time of year for hatching and she'll try again in spring and that will be a good time for goslings. Mine aren't breeding so most likely yours aren't either so letting her sit on non fertile eggs isn't a good idea anyway since it really drags them down and she needs to be her best health and weight with winter coming.Goose eggs are very tasty too.

 

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Edited by Miss Lydia - 11/30/15 at 4:16pm

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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