Broody Goose in December?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by The Chickeneer, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    We bought a pair of Sebastopol geese this summer.We noticed this November that hen had been going in and out of their little hut we built them(about the size of a dog house). I didn't bother checking for eggs because I read somewhere that geese lay eggs in the spring only. Well now she is broody on 9 eggs! This was a very pleasant surprise.The male stays by the hut with her all day and night, and will bite anyone who comes near. I have never hatched or raised goslings before, im not sure when she started setting, but I think this is the third and a half week. I added some straw in there for her, and placed a bowl of food and water right outside the little hut. How many days does it take to hatch these geese? Are the eggs even fertile, since winter isn't exactly their breeding season? I've never seen the geese mate in all the time they've been here. Will the aggressive/protective male be a problem when the goslings hatch?Will he hurt them? This was a very nice surprise and I have so many questions I don't know where to start, .
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Although not usual, it is not unheard of for a goose to set this time of year. Hopefully the eggs are fertile. Most geese have STRONG parental instincts, and if the goslings hatch he may become more aggressive - towards YOU not the goslings. Good luck and update if the goslings hatch - roughly 28 day incubation period.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Ganders are wonderful fathers. Looking forward to hearing if you get goslings, just remember what sourland said they will be very protective of their goslings and will not tolerate many around them. It's just their natural instinct.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    True story to follow - When I brought my 'city girl' fiancé to meet my family (never let her meet them until we were engaged [​IMG]) she was fearful of dogs. She was standing outside the pen containing my beagles when I decided that she should 'voluntarily' get to meet them more intimately; therefore, I approached Gus the Goose and grabbed one of his newly hatched goslings. I then ran in her direction with Gus in hot pursuit. Seeking the lesser of 2 evils she jumped in with the dogs. The gosling ran back to his dad, and she still married me 50 years ago this coming month. [​IMG] Gus by the way was a human imprinted gander who adopted half a dozen goslings at about 3 years old and later selected one of the geese as his mate.
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    How sly was that, and funny, would have loved to have seen a video lol.. and she must have forgiven you to have put up with you almost 50yrs.[​IMG]. Congratulations [​IMG]
     
  6. sourland

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    Lydia, forgiven but not forgotten. [​IMG] Makes a great story to tell the grandkids.
     
  7. Miss Lydia

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    I bet it does. [​IMG]
     
  8. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Please let them have them for a while. They are so precious all together. But what age to take them I don't know since I haven't had that privilege yet of having goslings.
    Look forward to seeing yours though.
     
  10. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    IF they hatch and survive,(first-timers, after all), it would be up to you at what age to sell them. I got my first ones a few years ago when they were just 2 days old, but my geese are devoted parents and care for them for up about 6 months or more, although they´re getting some good amount of feathering by 3 months of age, so they´d be fine to go at this age if you wanted...
    I personally could never let anyone have any of them at just a few days, as they need a lot of care and can be hard work without the parents. They also need goose company, so I don´t sell single geese unless someone already has them.
    Watching them with their parents is so rewarding.
     

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