Goose not sitting on eggs consistently

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Fowl Mouth Farm, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Fowl Mouth Farm

    Fowl Mouth Farm Hatching

    Sep 9, 2017
    I have a 2 year old Pilgrim/Toulouse Goose who has laid 8 eggs and was sitting on them almost 24/7 for over a week. For the past 2 days I have noticed her off the nest for a few hours at a time. She covers the eggs but isn't sitting anymore. The woman I bought her off of in the spring said she hatched her own eggs the year before without an issue. I am new to geese so I'm not sure what the problem is. Could she be still collecting a clutch? Her gander is penned with her and is very protective. Could he be bothering her? I'm worried that she's stressed and the eggs may go to waste.
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Usually they want their mate with them so probably hasn't anything to do with the gander. Something else stressing them? predator coming around at night during the day.

    Can you let them out long enough to candle the eggs to see if they are growing? If there is life you should see it.
    What are your outside temps real hot or warm where you are?
  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
    This is normal. They don't set on their eggs all day. They cover them up and go foraging for a while. Then they'll come back to them.
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  4. SunshineMary

    SunshineMary Chirping

    Jun 11, 2016
    My Coop
    My goose Abigail left her nest like that when she was sitting last spring. She’d go for a swim and eat some grass for an hour or so, then get back on the nest. The eggs hatched just fine.

    Our other goose Amelia sits much more tightly. I haven’t seen her off the nest for more than 20 minutes at a time.
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