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Goose Hatching Question

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sweetshoplady, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    OK, is there anything special that I need to do to successfully hatch goose eggs?

    I'm really nervous. I hope very much that these will hatch. [​IMG]

    I have 4 pilgrim goose eggs. [​IMG]

    It's 28 days right?
  2. Cool everday from day 4 up until they pip the air sac. Spray them with some warm water during that cool down period. Thats basically it. Yes, it is 28 days. Also make sure to turn the goose eggs an odd number of times a day, if you dont have a turner.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2009
  3. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    Cool for how long? Bath water temp water? How wet do I get them?

    Is it better with a turner or hand turned?
  4. Quote:sorry, i thought i put how long to cool.

    Cool the for about 5-10 min. The water temp, just make sure it is warmer than the egg. I sprayed the whole egg until it was soaked. I did this, and the gosling hatched out like clock work. I find that a turner is better. You wont forget turning them, etc. My incubator just pops in and out of a turner.
  5. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    You are going to [​IMG] baby geese. They are so fun and you are Momma. We had 10 Chinese goslings years ago and of course they do the first one they recognise is momma, dunno the term, but make sure you socialize them at a very young age and they will not be as territorial with the family. They only want to keep you safe, or your kids- and holy Hannah watch out for those wings, rugged buggers.

    Until you wrote, I had forgotten you need to "water" them, like a goose would, hop off the nest, take a drink, some food and back on the nest. (see how you are supposed to "cool and wet" them)
    Don't drown them, but I used to wash my hands well and then pick up the egg and roll it around in my wet hands (and talk to it).
    Keep us posted on your journey with the goose eggs, I'll be rooting for you!!!
  6. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    when i hatched goose and duck eggs, I never did the misting them with water or cooling them off. I had duck, geese, chicken, turkey, guinea, quail and pheasant eggs all in the same bator at the same time and almost everything hatched. I used an old redwood bator. I do the dry hatch method, where I dont add any water at all. ...
  7. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    So, by letting them "cool" and getting them damp, I am imitating the mama goose who gets off the nest, gets a nice drink and dinner, then takes a swim. She then with her wet belly gets back on those huge eggs and rolls them around and gets comfy and resumes nesting.
  8. ~SunSetsWest~

    ~SunSetsWest~ Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Central, Fl.
    [​IMG] Awwwhaa! That's so cool, your hatchin geese! [​IMG]
    They are next on my list as well..[​IMG]

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