If you have experience with geese (especially Toulouse), please, let me know if I have infanticidal geese or they're doing the right thing.
Here's the situation: my goose(s) have started laying. There is a nice nest between the heat pump and the back (north) wall of the house. I noticed one egg in a low depression on the damp sand, and promptly brought over a couple arm fulls of pine straw. The nest got bigger and "more organized"... fast! There were four eggs in the nest two days ago, when I left for work that day. When I got back home, the nest was completely buried with damp sand...I'm not talking a couple cups of sand...more like a five-gallon bucketful of sand! At first, I blamed the nefarious gophers that plague my orchard, but the sand looked "tamped down." The next day, after returning from work, the nest was comlpetely uncovered with a brilliant, white, fifth egg laying in the nest...all eggs undamaged and uncovered without a grain of sand to be found!
So questions: (1) do geese bury their eggs? (2) will the damp sand keep the eggs from hatching later on...do geese eggs suffocate? (3) when can I expect the goose to start sitting on them to incubate them? (4) how many eggs does a one-year old goose lay in early spring? and, finally, (5) will multiple geese share one nest, or is it a one-nest-per-girl kinda' thing?
Thanks for any input, thoughts, ideas, or speculations!