I have just one pair of geese, beautiful Embdens named Elmer & Gertrude. They're about 2 years old. Last year Gertrude laid eggs about every other day for a few months in the spring but showed no interest in setting on her nest. This year she began again in April and just when I thought she was finished for the season she is showing signs of wanting to be broody. The nest site she's been using is up against our house under some bushes. All season she's been laying her eggs there. I have left a few to mark her place & have been removing the fresh ones as she lays them. For a few days she has been spending all day there, but not laying any more eggs. Each night we pick her up & put her in her pen for safety overnight. When she finally added one more egg to the nest I figured I should help facilitate her setting. I tried putting straw in a corner of her pen and placing her eggs there, but when I went out to see her in the morning she wanted to go right back to her original nest. Yesterday I placed 2 of her other most recent eggs under her with her last one. Last night I made a bottomless cage to lower over her for the night. This morning she was upset, had scraped the top of her beak so it was a bit raw. After I removed the cage & let her husband Elmer out of the pen she went and spent quite a bit of time with him in the poultry pool. She was off the nest for over an hour. I thought she might have quit the idea of being broody, but she is now back on the nest. What do you think the eggs chances are of continuing to develop? Can geese take such long breaks from their eggs? Do you think she will eventually get used to the cage overnight? I may have to set my alarm for sunrise to take it off earlier. Gertrude & Elmer are such dears, we love them like family, I would rather risk her chance to hatch goslings than to lose her to a dog or a big raccoon bothering her on her nest. I know she's a big girl but we all would be heartbroken if something happened to her and berate ourselves "Why didn't we protect her better?"