Originally Posted by NathanZee
Originally Posted by jchny2000
I am so exited to hear it! Geese will forage naturally if they have a good pasture available. Mine use little feed from spring to fall, aside from what I offer the brooding goose. I allow them free range during the day and they have a large pond fed by a stream. Aside from our live stock pasture they have at least 4 acres of mixed clover and orchard grass.
Its very important to leave her alone at lockdown. Any interference could cause a shrink wrapped gosling, and then you will have to assist the hatch. Its hard to do but be totally hands off. As far as humidity she will manage it herself. Her instincts tell her if its ok to leave the nest. Once hatching begins she won't. I would put a cheap kiddie pool where she can get to it, but not anywhere near the nest. Gosling can drown if they can't get out of a water source. I also put pebbles in the waterer so the goslings won't drown with a deep water plate. If you offer a bucket with water also keep it away from the nest.
Okay, I will. Sunday will be day 28 I believe, so does lockdown start on day 25, which would be today? The problem is that her nest is in a small pen inside the barn, there isn't room for a pool in there. Could she be able to get herself wet enough with a gallon bucket? She has a bucket just close enough to her now to drink, but she never splashes it, she just drinks out of it.
That works. As long as she can dunk her head, thats the most important thing. She needs to clear her nasal passages. Be very cautious that the baby geese don't fall in and drown. I warn about it because its happened here. For the babies water, just provide a regular chicken style waterer or shallow dish. Be sure to put pebbles in it in case they are still wobbly and fall into it. Finding a baby goose drowned made me extremely careful about a water supply. after the first week, they are sure footed, and the pebbles can be removed.
Yes, lockdown day 25. The goslings may not hatch until day 30, I have had 4 days late before. As hard as it is, hands off so they don't get shrink wrapped. I still get so nervous after day 25, I have a clear door on the incubator so I can see EVERYTHING happening in there. For my broody girls, I write down when one has sat more than 24 hours.. thats the day one. I try to sneak and candle around day 14 and day 24 to avoid rotten eggs.