Hatching Seb goose eggs..

Discussion in 'Geese' started by redhen, May 30, 2011.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    So... how do YOU all incubate your goose eggs?
    And do you take them out daily and let them cool down and spray them?? I'm not too keen to doing that..
    And advice??
    I think Miss Prissy had a good thread about hatching seb eggs..
    Anyone know how to find it? I cant seem to find it...
    Last edited: May 30, 2011
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Thanks! Yeah i saw that sticky. [​IMG]
    I need english conversions to his temps though.... [​IMG]
    And i think he said he dry incubates??.... eh... not too sure about that.

    Miss Prissys thread was about incubating seb eggs..which is the type of eggs i am incubating.
  3. DAS

    DAS Chirping

    Nov 14, 2009
    NW Wisconsin
    I just hatched 4 out of 5 of shipped eggs. One I had to help because he was positioned wrong, but he may still make it. The temps I used were--99.5 in incubator with humidity 50-55%. When they started to pip I put them in the hatcher at 98.5 temp and 65% humidity. Most days I took them out and misted them. Right or wrong, this worked for me [​IMG]
  4. I started to do the cooling thing untill I left them out 1 day for hours on end and forgot about them. I would spray them every time I turned them but more or less ran my Brinsea at 25 to 30 most of the time. I hardly added any water at all. Once they pipped then I went into Lockdown and upped t to 80. I hatched 4 out of 4 Sebbie eggs I bought from Ebay. That was my 1st time doing goose eggs. [​IMG]
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Thanks guys!! [​IMG]
  6. pete55

    pete55 Songster

    Feb 19, 2011
    Suffolk, UK

    Im also on the Sebastopol Geese Lovers forum and there's lots of Sebastopol specific information there about incubation. The temperature should still be 37.2C / 99.0F and I usually use low humidity combined with daily cooling to promote adequate moisture loss.

    To achieve good hatch rates you have to find the humidity level that achieves an approximate weight loss of around 15-17%. The way to achieve that is to weigh your eggs as soon as possible and then check weekly to see if you are on course to reach your target weight loss. If your eggs are losing insufficient weight then dry incubate and cool daily. If they are losing too much then raise your humidity. The message Im trying to get over is not to be too prescriptive and treat your eggs as individuals according to your environment, incubator, egg age, shell porosity etc.

    Fuller explanations are available in the report I did earlier;


    Good luck [​IMG]

    Pete [​IMG]
  7. TiaView

    TiaView Songster

    Jun 14, 2010
    I have 4 goose eggs coming through the mail. I am wondering if my large Wyandotte hen that just went broody two days ago can hatch these instead of using the incubator. I'll admit, I'm a little nervous about using the incubator. I've never hatched out eggs using one before, and it seems like a lot can go wrong. The only incubator that I have is the "dry air" that I bought at Tractor Supply with the egg turner. Will THAT work?
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:Thanks Pete! [​IMG]
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:Dry incubation actually works better for them. I don't mist or cool mine and they do fine. 99-100 degrees forced air or 100-101 degrees still air. Humidity about 40% until they pip the shell, then increase it to 65%+.

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