Thanks for the luck! They are all still very devoted, even though the weather has turned to a constant rain. Sigh. Guess our water supplies will be good this summer.
It was early in the breeding season when the ganders were still working out the pecking order . . . .didn't actually observe them mating, but I saw the others shortly after he was gone, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I knew that there was a possibility of her eggs still being fertile, IF they had mated, but . . . I just don't know. I did put some eggs from another pair under her as well, and in what will possibly become not one of my better ideas - I bought some fertile eggs of a third breed . . . like I need another enclosure of geese next year. Sigh.
And her nest is in an igloo dog house, which requires me to crawl in to grab the eggs . . . being new at the whole candling thing, I visualize being stuck in the house trying to figure it out, with her attacking my lower half, and the obstinate gander deciding that he really IS the boss, and attacking with her. With my luck, I'd get stuck like Pooh in the opening . . .
If it goes another week though, and the weather gets a bit warmer, I might grab an egg or two while my 9 year old stands guard -- he's recently discovered that he can boss the ganders around, and so anything that takes him into the goose yard makes him happy . . .
Although, with my luck, he'll bring his video camera and video the whole thing . . .