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I was told (I thought) that geese lay at 2 years old, but some breeds lay sooner. A friend has some pilgrims that are just barely a year old, if they even are yet. Her pilgrim goose has layed 3 or 4 eggs already. I was thinking 'Okay, it must be that pilgrims lay sooner'.
I have an american goose. I was not 100% sure what the sex was, but I had tried vent sexing as a baby, and thought it was a girl. It will be a year old in April. Well, today I found my first goose egg ya So apparently, I was right, and she is a girl woot

I also have an embden, which I'm 99.9% sure is a boy. Of course I won't know for certain until I do or don't find goose eggs in the yard, cause this goose does not ever go to the pond where the american goose hangs out with the ducks.

So I guess, since the 'geese don't lay until they are 2' thing is apparently not right, what should I expect? The embden won't be a year old until May, and these are the only geese I have at this time. Should I expect to have a bunch of non-fertile goose eggs? Will she (the american) go broody at under 1 year old? Thanks for any help smile


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Originally Posted by Friend2Fowl 

I was told (I thought) that geese lay at 2 years old, but some breeds lay sooner. A friend has some pilgrims that are just barely a year old, if they even are yet. Her pilgrim goose has layed 3 or 4 eggs already. I was thinking 'Okay, it must be that pilgrims lay sooner'.
I have an american goose. I was not 100% sure what the sex was, but I had tried vent sexing as a baby, and thought it was a girl. It will be a year old in April. Well, today I found my first goose egg ya So apparently, I was right, and she is a girl woot"
I also have an embden, which I'm 99.9% sure is a boy. Of course I won't know for certain until I do or don't find goose eggs in the yard, cause this goose does not ever go to the pond where the american goose hangs out with the ducks.

So I guess, since the 'geese don't lay until they are 2' thing is apparently not right, what should I expect? The embden won't be a year old until May, and these are the only geese I have at this time. Should I expect to have a bunch of non-fertile goose eggs? Will she (the american) go broody at under 1 year old? Thanks for any help smile


It isn't as simple as you think, first the goose must be mature to lay eggs and they don't all mature on the same timeline. As a rule of thumb smaller geese mature faster that large geese for the same reason it takes longer to build big barn than a small coop.
2nd some breeds have been "messed with" to produce more eggs or to build a bigger body and that changes things somewhat.
3rd is location geese are seasonal layers, when they start laying depends on day length in their location unless they are messed with by artificial Light. additional light gets them started laying sooner and can keep them laying longer. A early hatched goose  is going to be mature in the late winter-early spring which is when they naturally want to lay so might be a first year layer. If it is a late hatch goose it might not be mature and miss the spring laying seson but catches the following spring and is a second year layer. Are you confused enough yet? In brief they will lay when their hormones bring them to season and you almost have to know the birds family history to predict when that will be. Good Luck with your geese!

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As a follow-up to goosedragon's post, my two Pilgrim females are only 11 months old (hatched last April) but I'm hoping they are mature enough to lay this Spring.  They are with a gander who's a year older than they are and he's already fathered one brood last Spring, so I know he's got the goods. Today I witnessed them mating for the first time and it was a sight!  I feel for those poor girls.hmm

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9 Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, 2 Blue Copper Marans,  3 Black Australorps, 12 Welsummers,  3Wheaten Ameraucanas, 2 Buff Brahmas, 8 Pilgrim Geese.
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My american hatched last year in the end of April, the embden hatched in May.  So I highly doubt that they have been mating, most times the embden bites the american when she gets too close.
So I guess I can just be happy that I was right on the sex, and sell the eggs for crafts lol

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My Toulouse started laying at the end of January. She was 9 months old then.  I think it really depends how old they are when they go into breeding season, since mine were hatched last Spring I think they were old enough this year to hop on the bandwagon, but if they had been hatched towards the end of the summer I don't know if she'd be laying.

Hope that helps!

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Our little girl Angelina,  is a white chinese starting laying around her 1st yr and continues to give us a egg every 3or 4days.  As long as someone is home and the dog doesn't get it.

She eats a lot of the chicken food so that's mght be why she has been laying so much.http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/22404_aa_2.jpg

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