I have 2 mama Pilgrim geese and 1 papa. They are all a year old. One of the mama's started laying eggs... everywhere! Under the car, in the garage, on our steps... I found 8. Anyway I got super excited and ran out to buy an incubator. I figured she would just be like our chickens and wouldnt REALLY want to sit on the eggs. So I popped them as I found them in the incubator with a number and date on them.
I was wrong:/ She chose to make a nest in an old dog crate and laid 6 more. Ok. Well I cant give her the eggs back NOW cuz Iv been incubating them so they are farther along then the others, right??
Well next mama number 2 climbed in next to her and made her own nest, shes got 12 eggs! They were laid about 10 days after mama #1 starting sitting in her nest.
Oh yes its fun feeding those 2 in the morning, those 2 honking in my face and papa biting my but:/
So, I need help and here are my questions.
Incubator babies - will they be ok? I only have 1 incubator so I cant really change the temp or humidity as the eggs age, like your supposed to. Should I go get another one? Or will the babies be ok with the current setting? 102 degrees and they get dipped in water once a day and taken out of the incubator for 15 minutes.
Mamas eggs - When the first babies start to hatch will they both leave? Should I watch for that? Or will mama # 2 keep sitting on her eggs?
The biggest question - will the geese be able to protect the babies from the chickens?
We had a broody hen hatch 7 chicks and 3 ducklings and the rest of the flock nearly killed them! Funny thing, our rooster Leroy tried to protect them. <3 Hes the man:) The mama tried to protect them too but couldnt be everywhere at once. Poor sweetheart. We ended up having to separate them until they were about 3 months old:/
This was a long post sorry. Any info you could give would be great!! Thanks!!!!