Hi guys. I'm new here, but I have a pet goose (Ida) who's 8 years old now. She's been with me since she was 6 months old. She's nothing fancy, just an ordinary farmyard goose, maybe a little on the small side. Ida and I have been muddling through okay so far, but I do have some questions, especially about laying. Every year during nesting season she lays, and as she lays I take her eggs away from her. The first few years it was about 9, then a few more, then a lot more, and the last couple of years she's settled into laying about 40 per season. She builds a beautiful nest and takes very good care of her eggs (until I steal them!), sitting on them and rolling them with her beak and etc. During nesting season she's super-friendly: follows me around, sits on my lap, lets me pat her and handle her (I suspect she thinks I'm her gander). She'll eat a grain mix and a few pellets, but mostly what she wants is grass and lettuce and celery and worms. Once she's done laying she goes broody on her empty nest, and stays put for a couple of months. She gets quite thin when she's broody, and so I did try breaking up her nest a few times and fencing it off, but she was just so baffled and distressed (and not just for a day, for almost a week) that I felt like a monster and just haven't had the heart to do it again. We're 12 eggs in on this year's nesting season, and I'm wondering... is this normal? I did the maths, and 40 eggs is one-and-a-half-times her own body weight in egg -- that seems like *a lot*. Is she a freak? Am I doing something wrong? Should I be worried about her?