Babies hatched!!! - Video posted

Discussion in 'Geese' started by nsanywhere, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. nsanywhere

    nsanywhere Songster

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    It started yesterday - 4 out of the eggs by late afternoon, 2 more this morning. SO EXCITING!!!! My mama goose is a 2 year old Sebastopol, this is her first batch and she couldn't be more pleased with herself.

    There are still 2 eggs left - one with no activity at all, one well on its way out, but no progress since yesterday. I *know* I'm not supposed to help them out of the egg, but my emotions are getting the best of me. If I help this little one, is that certain death? Its just so hard to see it struggle, get knocked around by the active six babies, and not always in the warmest spot under mom.

    Thoughts?

    Here are a few pics of the babies - more to come!

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    Some babies are starting to venture out
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    AWWWW!
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  2. aineheartsyou

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    TOO CUTE! congrats on the new babies!
     
  3. Congrats !

    I have heard some of the people I know say it may be a good idea to spray teppid water on the shell of the struggling one. They say it doesn't interfere so much as it softens the shell/ membrane for the little one to do it themselves. They say it may give a little "refreshment" and stimulous.

    BUT... this is all hearsay and I can't vouch for it.
     
  4. biddybird

    biddybird Songster

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    Love the pics, especially the cuddly Mom and duckling----would make a great Mother's Day picture. You should send it to your local paper.
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    So beautiful! Makes me want a goose, but I have no pond.......I'd better just stick to the chickens.....Lovely mama and babies......
     
  6. nsanywhere

    nsanywhere Songster

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    Thanks all! There's just nothing like spring babies!

    Here is a sweet video:

     
  7. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Crowing

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    Awww, cute! They're chattery little things, aren't they. I like your last photo.
     
  8. cracking up

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    I know you're not supposed to help and I've had good hatches just waiting but if this little one really is late and maybe is trying to get out too small a hole you can gently crack the shell in a circle - shouldn't hurt.
     
  9. nsanywhere

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    Well, I l decided to let Mother Nature do her thing. The little one did make it out of the shell, but died, still damp, under mama. Another one also died, and the last egg isn't showing any activity.

    But, I have 5 gorgeous, happy, healthy little goslings! They ventured outside today for the first time, had a little snack and started drinking water.

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  10. Sheepy

    Sheepy In the Brooder

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    She let you get that close? I hope that when ( and if [​IMG] ) my geese decide to hatch their eggs, they're as fun as yours!
     

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