First goose egg?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Parrotchick, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Parrotchick

    Parrotchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess spring is in the air as my egg production from the gang of chickens, ducks, and turkeys has seriously amped up in the last few days. The piles of eggs on my kitchen table are accumulating much faster and demanding my attention more frequently. My girls are pretty good about laying where they should but it's so muddy out, they track mud into the nests with them, resulting in dirty eggs. Those big webbed waterfowl feet are the worst of course.

    So last night I was rinsing mud and found one egg much bigger than the others that I had thought was a duck egg, but now I'm reconsidering. I have two Chinese geese that I adopted later this fall when they were teeneagers. I have no idea their sex, and a friend of mine who is a lifelong raiser of poultry couldn't discern either. They sound pretty much the same, one is only a hair bigger than the other, and one is fairly outgoing and the other fairly shy. Both are loud and talkative. The only way I can tell them apart is that one will eventually come to eat out of my hand and the other will hold back a few feet.

    So aside from segregating birds, any suggestions on discerning if this is a goose egg or a freakishly big dug egg? I'd say off the top of my head this eggs is 25% bigger than my Pekin duck eggs and definitely heavier/denser feeling. My postal scale just went kaput so no weighing today.

    How often do Chinese geese lay and do they get broody? I'm not trying for baby anything so I pick all eggs everyday. I wouldn't mind two more goslings, but I already have too many males of other birds and while I love them, they don't love each other. Good thing, or I would be hatching!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It very well could be a goose egg. Do you think you could get a picture of them? My goose laid a egg day for about 2 1/2 weeks before she went broody.
     
  3. Parrotchick

    Parrotchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will post a picture tonight. Someone told me a few months back that she gets something like $4 each for goose eggs. Is that what people pay for eating eggs or eggs to incubate? I have no expectations of my animals that they "earn their keep." They're all pets I have for enjoyment and the eggs are a fringe benefit. Just wondering.

    How often does a Chinese goose lay and for how long? Most of my others have been laying all winter long and I do absolutely nothing for added light or warmth, short of an insulated chicken coop and duck houses (old dog houses) with straw on the bottom.
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I think thats for incubating but im not sure. i've never sold any of my eggs. I'm not sure about the laying. My brown Chinese girl started laying in December and laid some in January but then she went broody and hasn't picked up since.
     

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