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post #11 of 18
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the goose had started t build a deeper nest and had 6 eggs in it, she was getting pretty noisie when ever anyone went near her nest and was acting (so i'm told) very much like a goose getting ready to sit, on the 8th i had a peep and the eggs were no longer neatly in the nest, they were all over the floor of the kennel she has chosen, i left the eggs where they were hoping she would gather them up more, but yesterday when i went up there was a 7th egg and a couple of the others had been pushed out all together, i collected these is the morning, popping to one side for safe keeping, in the afternoon 4 more were out, i persume the newest egg was a keeper. so i have gethered them all, today there is an 8th egg. i left it. i have taken the other 6 home and candled and weighed them, they range from 190g to 205g. and none are cracked and have a small air sac on the top which looks to be intact. any ideas why she has done this, there are only the 2 geese but are other birds, the duck that was laying with her at the start of this post has moved nest and has about 15 or 16 eggs in her nest, and with out wanting to disturb her nest too much i can't see any other birds using her nest. any suggestions as to what my next move should be? should i just forget these eggs or give her them back or something else. any advise from more experienced goose keepers would be great, i am trying to learn fast, but wasn't expecting eggs so soon lol x

Since i don't let my geese and ducks nest in same area maybe @jchny2000   can advise what would be best to do. I'm thinking maybe another bird did this but just a guess

@sweety birds she sounds like a new mom. Ducks and geese will sometimes sit together if raised together. I am wondering if the duck isn't trying to take the eggs. What type of nest does the goose have?

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post #12 of 18
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her nest is in a kennel (never been used by anything other than a bird but it is actually a kennel) covered roof arch doorway and it is made of wood shavings and straw. i put wood shavings all over the floor when i put it in position, and left the straw for her in the door way, she made a bonny round nest quite deep, and eggs were being laid in there, up until a few days ago when it seemed to have been distroyed, i leave her straw by the door if she needs it she can get it and has been seen taking strands before, so i don't think me leaving her straw would have upset her. she has the nest to herself now, but it's funny how you said about growing up together. the ducks and geese were gotten at different times the duck first, by a few months, but they actually came from the same place. Pudding the goose is 2years old, i was told she laid last year with a different mate, but her eggs were not viable and nothing came, the previous home thinks this was the gander as he died shortly after, this time she has a new mate "dinner" chosen herself and he is 1 year old x 

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her nest is in a kennel (never been used by anything other than a bird but it is actually a kennel) covered roof arch doorway and it is made of wood shavings and straw. i put wood shavings all over the floor when i put it in position, and left the straw for her in the door way, she made a bonny round nest quite deep, and eggs were being laid in there, up until a few days ago when it seemed to have been distroyed, i leave her straw by the door if she needs it she can get it and has been seen taking strands before, so i don't think me leaving her straw would have upset her. she has the nest to herself now, but it's funny how you said about growing up together. the ducks and geese were gotten at different times the duck first, by a few months, but they actually came from the same place. Pudding the goose is 2years old, i was told she laid last year with a different mate, but her eggs were not viable and nothing came, the previous home thinks this was the gander as he died shortly after, this time she has a new mate "dinner" chosen herself and he is 1 year old x 

Somethings told her she isn't ready for it yet, or caused her to reject the eggs. I still suspect the duck tho unless she can't get to the goose nest. Are the goose and gander actively mating yet?

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to be honest i have never seen them myself, but my brother in law has reported seeing them, and laughed because he had chosen to get lucky while she was having a bath in a deep puddle and she was getting dunked under, i call it the get lucky puddle as the drake chooses the same puddle. 

i know it is rather early for her to lay and was not expecting it, but i think it's due to mild weather we have had, very mixed one minute it's mild and the next it's 100mph winds and ice.

should i just dispose of these eggs, try and incubate myself or give them back to her to try again?

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to be honest i have never seen them myself, but my brother in law has reported seeing them, and laughed because he had chosen to get lucky while she was having a bath in a deep puddle and she was getting dunked under, i call it the get lucky puddle as the drake chooses the same puddle. 

i know it is rather early for her to lay and was not expecting it, but i think it's due to mild weather we have had, very mixed one minute it's mild and the next it's 100mph winds and ice.

should i just dispose of these eggs, try and incubate myself or give them back to her to try again?

I am pulling eggs myself, we are getting severe wind chills and single digit temps.First time mom will do better in warmer weather for sure. If it were me I would incubate.

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post #16 of 18
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I am pulling eggs myself, we are getting severe wind chills and single digit temps.First time mom will do better in warmer weather for sure. If it were me I would incubate.

i think i will try it, i'm told it's rather difficult but have been searching all day for information and tips just incase it came to this, i collected the 8th egg tonight and have weighed them ready for incubation, thought this might be handy in any event even if i give her them back.

i'm told she'll just keep laying until she has her clutch, she is an embden goose, so i would hope she would just keep laying if she wants too and if she was unhappy would she not just move to else where? they have access to out doors all day until around 8.30 at night by which times it's dark. i'll try and take a pic of the kennel tomorrow it's now 23.09 in the uk, maybe you could give me advise if i can make any improvements, duck, chicken and turkey proof it? 

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I am pulling eggs myself, we are getting severe wind chills and single digit temps.First time mom will do better in warmer weather for sure. If it were me I would incubate.

i think i will try it, i'm told it's rather difficult but have been searching all day for information and tips just incase it came to this, i collected the 8th egg tonight and have weighed them ready for incubation, thought this might be handy in any event even if i give her them back.

i'm told she'll just keep laying until she has her clutch, she is an embden goose, so i would hope she would just keep laying if she wants too and if she was unhappy would she not just move to else where? they have access to out doors all day until around 8.30 at night by which times it's dark. i'll try and take a pic of the kennel tomorrow it's now 23.09 in the uk, maybe you could give me advise if i can make any improvements, duck, chicken and turkey proof it? 

Sure, I would love to be able to help! She will continue to lay, for sure. Many folks collect eggs to encourage the goose to continue laying, myself as well. Since she is Embden, her egg count will be around 30 eggs max, possibly more since this isn't her first year. Geese have a short laying season. With my flock, I normally get around 90 or so gosling a year, and always sell out. Oops meant to add it was about 18:00 here.


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post #18 of 18
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to be honest i have never seen them myself, but my brother in law has reported seeing them, and laughed because he had chosen to get lucky while she was having a bath in a deep puddle and she was getting dunked under, i call it the get lucky puddle as the drake chooses the same puddle. 

i know it is rather early for her to lay and was not expecting it, but i think it's due to mild weather we have had, very mixed one minute it's mild and the next it's 100mph winds and ice.

should i just dispose of these eggs, try and incubate myself or give them back to her to try again?

Eat some too they are very tasty.

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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..

 

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