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Discussion in 'Geese' started by bubbastump22, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. bubbastump22

    bubbastump22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can someone give me an answer..i got 20 eggs on my nest from 2 females that r sharing a nest and neither one is sitting yet... the one i got will sit on the nest at night and cover up the nest as the other one really just wants the nest to lay eggs...how long do i gotta wait to see them start to sit...i knw the eggs r fertile i see my gander making contact 2-4 times a day with each girl ... is there something im doing wrong that they wont sit? i cover up the nest when the one lays and egg and it gives me a chance to count and check for cracked eggs ... and my other one i can get her to walk in the pen when the eggs r not covered up and she will sit on the nest for bout 30 mins and then get off and want out with the other 2...WHAT AM I DOING THAT THEY WONT SIT..... i hope one goes broody soon but how long do i gotta wait im going on 4 weeks of eggs and have already wrote off the first week of eggs..do i just let them pile up in the nest? there free range...get as much food as they want feed and grass.. and there healthy as an ox...of btw they r african geese and a year old if not 11 months till march then a full year at that..will they still sit being that young? what should i do wit the eggs..my chickens arent sitting right now an i dont got an incubator the one i had..went to crap
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I'm personally not a fan of allowing geese to share nests. If they try to share a nest I always seprate the nests into 2 equal size clutches. As for sitting I would just give it time. With them being young they may not completely understand what they're doing yet. My goose did a poor job sitting the first year but had a 100 % hatch rate the next year.
     
  3. bubbastump22

    bubbastump22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh ok...ya im not a fan of it either but my one goose took over the nest and now they share..i figured id leave it that way cause the nest has a roof on it to keep it dry if it rains... i figured if i got 2 sharing the nest maybe on will go broody ..and then thats when i can officially start counting down the days ..and on the last 2 days ill b checking constantly or leave the one that goes broody in the pen and let the others free range so i dont gotta worry bout them fighting over the babies and killing them by accident..but afterwards i plan on splitting up the babies so they can have bout and equal amount to take care of
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I don't know how many geese you have but I would bet they will all work together to raise any goslings that hatch, they have such a strong maternal instinct. I just saw how many eggs you have, i have a feeling your going have to pare that down a bit if and when one does go broody. What i would do is start marking the eggs so you get the freshest for hatching, Take a marker and put some kind of mark on the eggs so you know which ones are the freshest.
     
  5. RURU

    RURU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Date the eggs when each one is laid.
     
  6. bubbastump22

    bubbastump22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 3 1 gander and 2 females...ya i mark down everyday on a calender when an egg is layed..the girls r on every other day so it equals out to an egg a day..right now.. and thats a good idea..i think ill start to mark the eggs ..but can i candle them first to see if there fertile i knw when i brought home my new female her eggs werent fertile till her second week of being here. i mean can i candle them and put them back in the nest or is that not a good idea?
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Sure you can candle them, just be sure to suit up before going in. [​IMG]jk let us know what you see.
     
  8. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    lock the gander and the two geese out of where the next is before needing to spend too much time handling them. This will save you from a flogging
     
  9. bubbastump22

    bubbastump22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i candled the eggs and it looks like 8 possible eggs have something in them..all i can see is a dark spot bout the size of a quater..so im not soo sure or not..but there marked and i put them in one nest and made another nest and put the others in that one...so 10 eggs in one and 9 in the other..i had 20 but i broke one open to see if it was fertile..and it was..just a small spot no veins or anything..
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'd candle again in 5 days or so just to keep up with it.
     

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