Goose Gender/Goose Eggs

Sheepy

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 20, 2009
81
1
29
I have 3 White Embden geese that I got from a straight run tub in Orschelns. Last month I got 9 goose eggs. I left the eggs in the house, since the bigger goose was NOT gonna let me get near them.
I'm wondering how you can tell which ones are male and which are female.
The geese burried their eggs under all the straw, and I don't think they've been sitting on them, so I'm sure they aren't gonna hatch. Do these types of geese ever sit on eggs? And how long do they take to hatch?
Thanks!
 

crazy goose lover

Chirping
9 Years
May 17, 2010
119
1
91
Athens Illinois
The large one that won't let you near the eggs is likely the male. They won't go broody until they feel they have enough eggs. They cover them to keep them warm. They take 28-30 days to hatch once the goose starts setting all the time.
 

Sheepy

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 20, 2009
81
1
29
The eggs have been in the nest for over a month. The geese haven't been sitting on them (that I've noticed), would it be safe to take them out?
 

Sasa

Songster
8 Years
Mar 20, 2011
300
5
118
Northern Colorado
I have a question, I have 3 Embden geese, a gander and two geese, they're thinking about setting on the eggs they lay but I don't want any more Embdens. I want to get a couple of Sebastopol goslings, (can't find aduts anywhere), can I put the babies with my adults? will the adults adopt them and raise them like chickens do, or do I have to raise them and introduce them later? Goslings go up for sale next week, can anyone help with this question? I don't want the babies hurt by the adults.


Thanks.
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
23,381
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Adair Co., KY
They should adopt them, especially your gander. But I would let them hatch their own eggs as well and sell their babies, at least that would get them to stop laying.
 

Sasa

Songster
8 Years
Mar 20, 2011
300
5
118
Northern Colorado
That's good news, thanks! I get so attached so fast that I doubt I'd be able to sell any babies they hatched and I'd end up with more geese than I could handle. I would be really fun to see babies cruising around every year though, maybe I can develop some boundaries.
 
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shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
23,381
120
351
Adair Co., KY
I usually 'give' my bator babies to the geese when they are about 2 weeks old and they do fine with them. Geese are pretty smart birds
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