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Goose laying question

Discussion in 'Geese' started by AmericanMom, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We acquired two geese this past fall and due to the beginning of some aggressive behavior we have given them the enclosed garden area (about 25x70) as their own personal space, they also have a secured 6x10 room off the main chicken coop that is theirs. My question, I went out the other day to check on a broody chicken hen I have and witnessed the geese mating (or attempting to mate) I have since seen the behavior leading up to the mating, but not the actual mating a few more times. This is a bonded pair that raised a clutch for the previous owner last year so I know they can and have done the job but my question is, how long after mating should I see the first egg? I have walked the garden and their *house* and not seen any yet..
    She is Chinese and he is Tufted Roman. (sp)
     
  2. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. servpolice

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    Did the previous owner tell you what sex your geese were? Because from the picture the white Chinese looks like a male and the tufted looks female?
    Usually about 3 weeks after mating you should expect eggs ;)
     
  4. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the white Chinese is the female and the tufted is the male ... Its hard to explain but if I had a photo of the right angle its easy to discern.

    I put the bottom from a extra large rubber made type dog house in the goose house and filled it with straw, went out this morning (viewable from the chicken coop) and it looks like one of them was messing around in it so hopefully she accepts it as a nesting site and easy for me to get to without being mauled lol


    I'm looking for better photo's.. here is one..

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  5. servpolice

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    Ah yes the tufted in the other picture looks male.
    A dog house full of straw will be perfect and it shouldn't be long before you could get an egg if you they mated more than 3 times
     
  6. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ask and ye shall receive [​IMG] Look what I came home to today :0 Of course it wasn't where I wanted her to lay but I marked it as the first egg (heard they are rarely ever fertile) and placing it in the nest box I made hoping it will lure her to it [​IMG]

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  7. servpolice

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    Yey! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    So what is your next plan?
    Incubating?
     
  8. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My plan is to take 3-4 and incubate those and then let her decide how many she wants to lay and sit herself... The ones I hatch will be pets, what she hatches are going to the dinner table [​IMG]

    I hatched out three a few years ago and the difference is raising them when they bond to you and buying adults is very different
     
  9. servpolice

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    Make sure she doesn't sit on too many because she will have trouble keeping all warm and will fail at brooding. Sounds good!
    Once you start incubating you can join the 2016 gosling hatch a long with hatching!
     
  10. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, sounds good. I know she had a clutch of 8 last year so I wont let her sit more than that for sure. [​IMG] I am hoping I can snag the first 4-6 and then let her lay her clutch, hoping she wont lay more than 6-8 before she decides that's enough

    I have experience with hatching geese eggs but not how many they lay before deciding to brood them.
     

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