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Giving new babies just hatched to setting goose...? Time frame

Discussion in 'Geese' started by mominoz, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

    My goose who raised her first baby last year, and then fostered some 3 week olds, I gave her with her baby. She is setting and her eggs should be hatching anytime in the next couple days (well, there was an exploder egg yesterday that was probably from the younger geese who weren't fertile yet. she has 6 more )(
    3 are hatching now in my incubator. Last year I waited and brooded them 3 weeks , then put them next to the geese who adopted them of course.
    But they were (the babies) a bit freaked at first at the 'sight of a goose monster'..... I would like to get these babies to the parents right after they dry off, rest a bit..... anybody know the window of time in which they will bond (the babies) to the parents? I mean I could just sneak them in there (well , with the gandars trying to 'get me') with a pretext of putting straw in the house in the next 24 hours....(They have a secure house and house there, much nicer than living in the garage)
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The goslings will bond with the parent after it has been under her for about 2 hrs. The baby will get used to her voice and warm chest.

    Hope This Helps

    BCP
     
  3. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Seems the mama just hatched one...good timing. Her sister is 'helping', there are about 6 eggs left , if they all hatch.(dad an uncle are the guards).
    By bonding. I mean, what time period do I have to get the incubator babies to the mama goose without them freaking, in other words, the first 24 hours or first 2 days ?, what is my window that the sooner I get them into the nest the better? Would nighttime be easier? like tonight? Or just put them there this evening, when I lock up everyone else? Anybody else done this?
     
  4. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Putting the babies under her tonight would be best. Just always watch her reaction.
    How old are the babies from the incubator?
    I always put mine under my broody hens, when they are slightly wet so that they will dry completely under her.
    But in my opinion tonight is best

    BCP
     
  5. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

    The babies hatched this morning, and the one in the house with mama wasn't there yesterday... so I have 3 inside todays hatch , one outside and perhaps other eggs will hatch. (the eggs aren't all hers, there were a couple other females laying when she decided to set.)
     

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