I am a newcomer to the world of ducks and geese although I have had hens for twenty years . I have acquired a mâle and female goose and would like to get some babies so I'm waiting to see if the female will cover her eggs to hatch them but so far she doesn't seem inclined to . She has now laid 12 eggs and if she's not going to cover them I will eat them but at the same time I don't want to eat them if she will cover them . I don't now how long to wait , it would be a real waste of eggs if they go off . Can anybody advise me ? I was told that she will eventually cover them when she feels she has enough , is that true ?