Well I was wondering how the nest thing was going to work out, as 2 of my geese kept laying in the same nest. Today I had to end up separating the Toulouse pair from the American Buff pair, as there were totally bullying the gander. When I did this, the American goose sat on her eggs. I just removed 9 eggs 2 days before, and had the incubators warmed up to stick them in. I decided to wait until the evening to see if she was still on the nest, and she was. So I went back down and placed the eggs around her, and she just started adding them to the nest. The Italian/Skåne mix is in with the Buffs, and she has laid some of these eggs. She became very interested when I did this. Then she started pushing in on the nest and moving some of the eggs around. Now both are squished in on the same nest. This is good, as there are 15 eggs in there, and one goose was not going to be able to keep them all warm.
Things have settled down, now that we separated the Toulouse out. They are just plain mean. They are a**holes, to tell you the truth. This pair is supposed to be the tamest, eating out of your hand, but they are hissing mean a**holes right now. I am so hoping they get over this soon. The goose has shown no signs of laying eggs yet. They only just started being able to properly mate, just under 2 weeks ago. The lady I got them from only had a small baby pool for them. Geese this size need deeper water to mate in. I see the gander mating her all the time, but no eggs yet.
And when can I expect their behaviour to change? Is it after they sit on the eggs, or after the babies hatch?