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Goose hatching duck eggs?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by moodybubbles, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an African female goose. The person who gave her to me said she would hatch duck eggs. So I have two ducks laying eggs that we cannot eat (turns out DS is allergic!?) so I would love to know how to best set her up to want to hatch a few.

    Right now she is free ranging during the day with my chickens and I herd her into the duck pen and herd ducks and goose into the coop at night where the chickens also stay. She has access to the coop all day as well.

    Can I just leave the eggs on the ground? and if she is broody she will gather them together and sit on them in the coop?

    Or would she need to be set up in a small pen all on her own so she will go ahead and do it for me? My hatch rate on chicks was not good and I really like these animals to raise their own anyway.
     
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your goose has to lay eggs of her own and go broody before she can be given duck eggs to hatch. My assumption is that you do not have a gander and would like the goose to raise young. If the goose is laying eggs, leave them in the nest until she starts staying on the nest full time. At that point you can switch the goose eggs for duck eggs. Then, four weeks later, hopefully, your goose will have a batch of babies to raise.
     
  3. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She does not seem to be laying. I believe the eggs I find each morning are from my younger Peking ducks. So there's no chance she would see eggs laying around and go broody....I believe her to be on the older side. The lady spoke of having her years back.

    We have no gander. I assumed when the lady said that she would hatch duck eggs, that she did it all on her own at maybe a certain time of year.
     
  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is unlikely that she would brood eggs without laying eggs first. Geese live a long time when compared to ducks and chickens. Normally geese lay in the spring/early summer. The geese I had in the past started to lay in March. From Wisconsin.
     
  5. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had no idea they lived so long. Chickens don't need a rooster to lay eggs, the eggs without a rooster are just not fertile. I'm guessing it's the same with other fowl they just may have more specific laying and breeding (if males are present) patterns.

    How old can a goose still lay? I read that it is generally spring when they lay, she could bury them somewhere (she's endlessly digging!) and she will likely stop laying when she hatches some.
     
  6. moodybubbles

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    Oh and her feet don't look bright, they look dull and I was wondering if that was a sign of older age.
     
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  8. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She laid an egg yesterday!!

    I have her in the coop with ducks at night. She doesn't get along with them right now. So i have her separated but in the same coop at night. She has a small area in there of her own. Would it need to be darker? Would she need a separate pen setup or can she still free range and go broody? Would I need to ensure the safety of ducklings from snakes or are geese good at that?

    I've never had a broody chicken so I just don't know what they need or do.
     
  9. nchls school

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    For the best luck the goose needs a nest all her own. Leave the eggs in the nest or replace with dummy eggs as fresh eggs are laid; old light bulbs work well for dummy eggs with geese. When she has laid a full clutch she will begin to brood full time. At this point put the duck eggs under her and remove the goose/dummy eggs.

    The goose will protect the ducklings to the best of her ability, but she will need help to ensure their safety.
     
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  10. moodybubbles

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    I have never had young fowl out there. In my limited experience I have kept them indoors and it was chicks, not ducklings. I had one chick killed by a snake last year when I put them into the coop a bit too young and small.

    Thanks for the advice. I'm hoping the eggs I'm getting are fertile. ;)
     

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