is she ever going to sit on that lovely nest.

Discussion in 'Geese' started by elmacri, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everyone.

    I have been looking over the last 10 pages and can´t really find an answer to my question so i thought i would ask.

    I have one of each Toulouse geese.
    The male has been hissing and getting more and more aggressive every day. I understand from reading posts that this is normal in the spring ( so can i presume he will go back to normal after spring?)
    Then the female started laying, i took the first two eggs and then she started to make the most wonderful nest with twigs and straw from the ground around her.
    Problem was that she never stayed on the nest so i started taking the eggs and selling them. Then i learnt that you have to leave them there till she thinks she has a full nest..........now here's my questions.

    I filled the nest with the eggs she had laid and some ducks eggs so she would think it full and sit......she didn´t ! WHY?

    Then it rained one night ( not normal for now) and they all got wet, will they still be OK ??

    How long should i leave the old eggs in there ? Should i leave her eggs and replace the duck eggs maybe?

    Sorry for so many questions. She too has started honking at me but far less then the male, He is trying to kill me i think. I just maintain eye contact and push him away when he tries to bite. Oh and they were new to me as babies last spring if that helps. I am in Southern Spain and the weather is warming nicely now.

    Thanks for all your help in advance.................................


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  2. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi

    The eggs should still be ok even if they got wet.

    With your goose you need to remove all the eggs except the last one laid and let her naturally complete her clutch one egg at a time. You cant suddenly fill her nest with a clutch of eggs and expect her to become broody. Her body is still in ovulation cycle so leave her to start again and with some luck she'll start to incubate when she feels she has completed her clutch naturally.
     
  3. Gyburc

    Gyburc Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree with the previous poster, the eggs will be fine, and you just need to be patient and wait for your goose to sit. If she does, do watch out for her and make sure that she does get off the nest to eat and drink - geese can get obsessive about sitting, particularly the young ones. We lost a goose this way last year, sadly.

    Your gander will calm down again after breeding season, don't worry! In fact, he could be being particularly bad because this is his first breeding season. This was certainly the case with my gander - last year when he was only 9 months old or so he was an absolute nightmare and would attack me pretty much at random from 1 January onwards, but this year he is much, much calmer.

    Good luck!
     
  4. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to both of you, I have removed the duck eggs and left hers in there. she is back on her nest now its dusk. Am hoping it really wont be too long before she decides to stay. I am so excited. lol
    Mr. Gander just tried attacking me while i was topping up their pond so he got sprayed with some water and that seemed to deter him for a few minutes.lol
    Thanks again
     

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