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When do geese lay eggs???

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We have 5 geese(2 females/3 males), and they have not laid any eggs.  When is their laying season?  Last year we only had 2 females and 1 male, and we kept them confined.  The geese laid a few eggs, but we picked them up and did not let them sit on them.  Then, we let them keep their eggs and they made a nest and sat on three eggs for a couple of weeks.  However, about one and a half weeks from the time they should have hatched, one of the geese accidentally crushed the eggs.  Now our geese are free ranged and I am afraid they will try to find a secluded area in the woods to make a nest.  Our neighbors geese did this and they were killed by coyotes.  Should I build a shelter for them to make a nest in?

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Mine start in march.

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Mine started laying on Jan 31.  I have all my geese in pens to control who breeds to who. I placed plastic 55 gallon barrels in the pens that they are using as nests.  Last year I had some that free ranged and I also picked up the eggs. If they ever saw me stealing the eggs they would move the nest.  There was a couple of times the nest was right under my nose.  They are very good at concealing their nest.  Having them penned is a plus for me because I didn't want to search for nest again this year.  You could build them a shelter they might lay in it or they might not. Good luck


Edited by swheat - 2/19/10 at 6:13am

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Bantams: Cochins, Rosecombs, Silkies Geese: Sebastopol, Buff Dewlap Toulouse, White African Ducks: Call, Muscovy  Peafowl: Purple, Opal, Cameo Silver Pied   NPIP 64-1039

 

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Mine have been laying since the first week of February.  I'd have to wonder if yours aren't hiding their nestss.

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