I am searching threads for my answers but digging through all of the chaff is taking quite a bit of time.
My situation is this:
I'm in Central Va. Mild Winters and wet Springs.
I free range a flock of 30 laying hens and a breeding pair of American Buff Geese.
They all bunk down in an open access hoop house shelter.
I use clothes baskets filled with hay inside of the shelter for the hens.
I'm interested in raising some goslings.
I'm hoping to let the geese do the work this time and I will take more responsibility for incubation next season.
Let me know if there is any pertinent info that I've left out.
My main question are:
I seem to understand that geese don't lay year round like hens. What is the egg season for geese?
Should I attempt to provide a nest or will she do a better job?
If I provide, how much shelter should it have?
Middle of March and she has not laid any eggs. What does that mean for my hopes of goslings this season?
Success rate of natural brooding vs. artificial incubation?
I know that these answers are all in these threads somewhere and I am trying to find them.
Please share what info that you have.