Egg laying intervals & shelf life of unincubated eggs questions

BettyGoosie

Hatching
8 Years
Jun 6, 2011
9
0
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Hi all,

I'm specifically interested in Canada geese for these questions, but since most people probably don't have personal experience with them, I would like info in general from people who have had a lot of experience with any kind of geese. It's probably similar enough.

1) What is the usual egg laying interval? 1 a day, 1 every 2 days?

2) It probably varies from goose to goose, but is it usually consistent for each goose? For example, always 2 days apart for goose A, 1 day apart for goose B, or do they sometimes start out slow -- lay an egg, then nothing for a few days, and then start laying them more regularly?

3) Can geese control their egg laying? Do they have the ability to time it or stop it if they get sick or injured?

4) What is the longest egg laying interval that people have experienced with their own geese?

5) What is the shelf life of eggs that have not been incubated yet? That is, how long they are still viable before they must start being incubated.

I've seen things that say only 7 days, yet I've heard of geese laying as many as 9 eggs and all hatching. Even with the shortest interval of 1 egg a day, that would make 8 days between egg 1 and egg 9, and if the interval is even longer, it could be as many as 16 days between them.

6) What is the longest "shelf life" that people have experienced with their own geese?


Thank you for any information.
 

Tivona

Songster
8 Years
Jun 2, 2011
601
69
181
Oregon
I have no info for Canadian geese but my pilgrim goose laid eggs as follows:

February 2014
11th
13th
15th
16th
18th
19th
21st
23rd
25th
28th

March 2014
4th
6th
8th
10th
12th
14th
15th
17th
19th
20th

Twenty eggs in all. I sold six ate one and let her keep thirteen to incubate. She started sitting March 20th 2014. They are hatching under her this very minute on April 21st 2014. I have no idea how many will hatch but I saw one almost out of the shell when she stood up for a second and I hear lots of little peeping voices.
 

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