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Broody on Eggs, Day 27, I'm lost.

Discussion in 'Geese' started by chickchick8, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. chickchick8

    chickchick8 Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2009
    North Carolina
    So sorry if this has been covered in another thread or sticky, I can't seem to find anything.

    I'm guess maybe I'm just being a worrisome mum, but I'm worried none-the-less.

    My Seb hen is on day 27. Yesterday she started getting up and rearranging herself a lot and honking a bit. It looked a lot like what my broody hens do when the eggs start to pip so I assumed the babies were on their way.

    Today she's been on and off the eggs and in and out of her dog house(nest box). She and the gander are separated from the rest of the flock. She has been getting up and rolling the eggs around quite a bit. Is this normal?

    Temps are lower today (in the 60s) and are forecast to go down into the 30s tonight. Will they be okay? The nest is inside the barn, but it still gets a breeze through.

    She is looking pretty bad, bless her heart. She's been getting off her nest and going out for food and water on a regular basis, but the last couple days she just seems to look even more peaked.

    Should I be concerned? Should the eggs be making obvious progress by now (ie: should I hear peeping?)

    I'm sorry if this is silly. But I don't want to loose Esther over eggs that aren't going to hatch. The last time I candled (day 19 or 20) all was well.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Oct 10, 2013
    If she stays on the eggs then the weather shouldn't be a big concern. It does sound like the babies are coming. Geese turn their eggs a lot at that stage because she can hear the goslings peep and it's an action they do for some reason.
    She should get goslings either today or tomorrow or Tuesday ;)
    Geese never look pretty when brooding :)
  3. chickchick8

    chickchick8 Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2009
    North Carolina
    Thank you! Thank you! I so appreciate your expertise! This is my first time with a broody goose and I feel just as nervous as I did when my first chicken hatched eggs. Thanks again! :) I feel much better now! :) :) :)

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