Is my Gander Crazy??

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Catwmn, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Catwmn

    Catwmn Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pair of geese. The Female is an Embden, and the male is a Toulouse/Sebastapol cross.

    Squishy my female has been laying since late december. Yesterday we cleaned out the goose nest because it was starting to smell pretty bad. :( There were almost 30 eggs in the nest. Most of them were small and very discolored so I tossed all of those. I float tested the large ones and have six in the incubator. I cracked some and checked for fertility and we do have fertility.

    However, My female has shown NO interest in sitting at all.

    My gander however, sits on the nest all night every night, and today, after yesterday's cleanout has decided to sit full time. My female laid ONE egg last night and he has not left it all day. He is sitting there rolling it around under him, and arranging hay carefully around the egg and himself and even placing pieces carefully on his back. LOL

    Has a gander ever gone broody before?? I just don't know what to think!!
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Now that is super special. If they pair up, maybe they do . Cool
     
  3. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    I've read about ganders sharing the sitting duty before, so its not unheard of.
     
  4. Avlana

    Avlana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is incredibly adorable [​IMG]I guess he just wants to be a Papa so bad. I've heard of ganders "experimenting" sitting on a nest but never full time like that. I wonder if he'll continue on with incubation? Let us know.
     
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  5. Catwmn

    Catwmn Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, now I now why he was sitting. He laid an egg!!

    Apparently I have two females!! UGH! LOL

    So, now here is my other question.

    Do either of these eggs appear fertile to you?? [​IMG]

    The top egg LOOKS fertile to me. If the one I thought was a gander has been mating the other goose daily and yet he/she lays eggs HOW do I have fertile eggs?? I am STUMPED!!
     
  6. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    The top one is for sure fertile, and I might see a faint halo on the second one.
     
  7. Catwmn

    Catwmn Out Of The Brooder

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    How is it that I have two female geese, and fertile eggs with NO Male. I am in Texas and have NEVER seen a wild goose around here at all. I am so stumped!!
     
  8. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    Can you post pictures of your unconventional parents? Lol
     
  9. Catwmn

    Catwmn Out Of The Brooder

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    The Toulouse is the one I thought was a gander, and the Emden is the female.
    Actually, now I know BOTH are female but still I have fertile eggs.
    I guess I have to take them to the vet to have them vent sexed. :/
     
  10. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    Only none way to find out! Better incubate those eggs!
     

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