Goose returns to nest after we removed eggs

Goosygoosygander

Chirping
Jun 1, 2017
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Kenilworth Qld Australia
Gabrielle had been sitting on 4 eggs for 49 days so we lifted her off and removed the eggs. She has lost a lot of weight & her feathers are falling out. Much to our horror she has gone straight back to the nest. I am so worried she will waste away she gets 2 pieces of bread a day. Is there any thing we can do to get her to abandon the nest ?
 

sourland

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Remove all bedding and feathers from the nest site, and fence it off if necessary. Many birds bond more strongly to the nest site than to the eggs.
 

blackandtan

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Sometimes you just have to break a broody; if her own health is at risk and the eggs just aren’t working I would stop her.
I haven’t had a broody goose (yet) but I’ve had a couple hens that sat on the nest till it smelled; I put them in a wire dog crate, the idea is to make it uncomfortable to lay down and it took my girls as little as three days up to two weeks to forget about her eggs. It’s a good way to feed them up too if they’ve lost condition
 

Goosygoosygander

Chirping
Jun 1, 2017
33
40
64
Kenilworth Qld Australia
Sometimes you just have to break a broody; if her own health is at risk and the eggs just aren’t working I would stop her.
I haven’t had a broody goose (yet) but I’ve had a couple hens that sat on the nest till it smelled; I put them in a wire dog crate, the idea is to make it uncomfortable to lay down and it took my girls as little as three days up to two weeks to forget about her eggs. It’s a good way to feed them up too if they’ve lost condition
I felt awful doing it but I didn't want to lose her I think she mated with her son who isn't 1 year old yet so he was probably firing blanks.
 

blackandtan

Crowing
Aug 30, 2016
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Thunder Bay Ontario canada
I always feel bad taking them from their “babies”. I had one this summer I had to do twice, she never moved off the nest and I really did want her to hatch some, I candled the eggs at two weeks because it was hot out and there was a smell, they were black! Oh and other hens continued to use her nest, so some of those bad eggs got squashed, packed into her belly, I finally said enough is enough and gave her a bath before crating her, she was so angry! She was all fluffed up and squawked at me continuously for days! Birds are endlessly entertaining
 

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