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  1. Iain Utah

    Female reproduction and death

    A single soft egg is not terribly unusual, once in a blue moon, and usually self-resolves. If it becomes a pattern, it gets serious really fast. Try offering her crushed eggshells (it's better than oyster shell). If that doesn't work, try to disrupt laying pattern by removing her nest or even...
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    Scared geese

    Congrats on your new geese. They are so lucky you found them! Water is the key to making friends, as they love fresh water more than treats. Bring them small buckets of fresh water as often as you can. Even if they have fresh water, they still love getting more. It takes days (sometime...
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    Duck raped goose.

    I've seen that happen twice at my place. A few years back, I had a smaller domestic drake that was fixated on trying to rape my geese. After a few weeks of non-stop yelling at him and chasing him off, I sold him. Then last month, I ran out to save an older, arthritic goose getting raped by a...
  4. Iain Utah

    2020 Gosling Hatch-A-Long

    I didn't think I'd have any news to post on this thread, as I hoped to not have any goslings. But I should have known my most productive goose was going to hatch babies. I tossed her first nest away mid-incubation 6 weeks ago, but lost track of time in getting her 2nd nest tossed while cooking...
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    What Type of Gosling is This?

    They look like toulouse goslings to me. Adorable! Congrats!
  6. Iain Utah

    Announcement BYC Recognition Medals

    Thanks for the nice surprise! Congratulations to all who received awards. :)
  7. Iain Utah

    What kind of goose is this? Purchased at local farm store.

    I disagree and believe it is a grey toulouse baby. If you look at the top of the beak, it will be rounded with african/chinese, but for toulouse, it is squared off. Congrats and hope you have a buddy for him, as there is nothing worse than raising a solo baby!
  8. Iain Utah

    Young goose off her legs

    I'm so sorry to hear this. Laying shell-less eggs is very dangerous. Best thing to do is offer her crushed egg-shells and lots of fresh water. If it is a single episode, then usually goose recovers fine. Occasionally, a goose will appear very sick for a couple of days after laying shell-less...
  9. Iain Utah

    2020 Gosling Hatch-A-Long

    :( I hate when that happens! I'm really sorry for your loss.
  10. Iain Utah

    Introducing new goslings to gander

    I'm sorry for your loss. It must be very hard on your gander to lose both. I'm sure he is in shock and grieving. Getting him goslings would be wonderful. So long as weather not too cold, you can introduce them immediately. If he is anything like my ganders, he will likely do a better job...
  11. Iain Utah

    2020 Gosling Hatch-A-Long

    Serv, are your females yearlings? None of my dewlaps lay fertile eggs until they are 2yo. I'm seeing breeding and nesting, but not paying attention to who is laying where. It is still bitter winter and all eggs freeze quickly.
  12. Iain Utah

    2020 Gosling Hatch-A-Long

    Serv, it is possible, but you have to get a health certificate that your flock is free of certain avian diseases, and an import permit. Not sure how much it costs or how long it takes, but I doubt it will be quick and easy.
  13. Iain Utah

    2020 Gosling Hatch-A-Long

    If you want your girls to eventually attempt to hatch babies, then I'd not take away eggs. Instead, offer small piles of straw along edge of nest, so they can build nest up and better insulate. Once there are 10 or so eggs, then I start removing the oldest eggs. I find 6-7 eggs is ideal for my...
  14. Iain Utah

    2020 Gosling Hatch-A-Long

    Congrats on finding the nest. Buffs are productive layers, so an early start to season is not unusual. If your girls are still hanging out as a group, then they likely have not started cooking them yet. Really smart geese know to sit just enough to keep them viable and protected until ready...
  15. Iain Utah

    Hay for geese

    Our local feed stores carry small bales for horses. That's what I'd try to find. Geese do not dive into hay the same as grain or treats, but do appreciate grazing on it 24/7. It seems there's always at least of couple of our geese cleaning up hay around our hay trailer or fence-line where we...
  16. Iain Utah

    Hay for geese

    Geese like fresh, green, sweet smelling grass hay, that is usually fed to horses.
  17. Iain Utah

    Are chickens good surrogate mothers for goslings?

    A cochin may be able to cover two goose eggs, and are definitely good brooders and mothers, but if it were me, I'd invest in a good battery back-up charger for bator.
  18. Iain Utah

    Just a FFA girl needing some help with geese

    Congrats on the first pair of females. They are very cute. Congrats on the new pair, too. The white one is clearly male (and very good looking), but the brown one looks female to me. Do they sound the same? Males tend to have longer held, higher pitched tone, and females tend to have lower...
  19. Iain Utah

    Male or female?

    Congrats on your new goose! Your place is beautiful and the goose is very lucky. It is a toulouse cross with either african or chinese. I cannot say from your picture if male or female, but should be pretty easy to figure out by personality this time of year, once it gets comfortable in new...
  20. Iain Utah

    2020 Gosling Hatch-A-Long

    Bummer your eggs are clear. Any chance they got too cold before you picked them up?
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