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Is this impossible

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Vicke Lynne41, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. Vicke Lynne41

    Vicke Lynne41 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two female African Geese and one male African goose that I got when they were only a few days old on May 3, 2014. I also have one male Pekin Duck and one female Pekin Duck that are about 4 weeks older than the geese. About a month ago we noticed the ducks mating (if that is the proper word). Then a week or so ago I saw the male duck mating with one of the female geese. I didnt think anything of it because I thought A) they were both to young and B) they wont cross breed. Well my female duck has layed one egg a day for the last two days. My one female goose just laid an egg yesterday. The geese are about 16 weeks old. I had read over and over that geese with not start laying eggs until the spring and not until they are around 9 months old. So how is it that the one goose is laying eggs? I know it is a goose egg and not a duck egg because of the size difference. Just tonight I noticed that the same goose looks like she has another egg bulging from her belly area. It actually looks like an egg poking out like a baby's foot does in a human. So I am super confused and not sure what to do or think. Can someone explain to me how this is happening and if it is normal? Do ducks and geese cross breed?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Ducks and geese don't cross breed but they will breed. My gander bred many Muscovy ducks till I got him his very own goose, no babies ever came of it in the 5 yrs it went on. We have at least 2 other member who are seeing eggs already out of their young geese or mating already started. Which for here in the US is very early. some Chinese will lay in the fall of the year though. So looks like you'll have some yummy goose eggs to bake and eat. they make awesome omelets. Very young for geese to be laying wow. Welcome to BYC.
     
  3. Vicke Lynne41

    Vicke Lynne41 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for responding. I really could not make sense of it.
     
  4. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is that her in the avatar? Very pretty... chinese explains the early eggs, it seems.. Enjoy your omelettes!
     
  5. Vicke Lynne41

    Vicke Lynne41 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes that is her. She is so friendly and loves when me or my kids rub her neck and down her back. She has no aggression at all. Now my male duck on the other hand, UGGG! I have lots of bruises from him.
     
  6. The goose girl

    The goose girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just to clear up any potential confusion: Female birds lay eggs regardless of male presence.

    Eggs from the same bird can vary very much in size. But duck and goose eggs have different textures and colors. Duck eggs have a more waxy surface and tend to be tinted bluish/greenish; whereas goose eggs are white and chalky.

    My goose, a White Danish, laid her first egg in October when she was 6 months 9 days old. I don't know about Africans, but I've heard Chinese geese can be very early layers. 16 weeks may be a new record, though.

    The egg shaped bulge you describe in her belly area worries me. Where on her belly is it? Is it around her cloaca?
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    True goose girl a pic would help there.
     
  8. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Vicke, a goose her age isn´t going to lay a very large egg. And ducks can lay enormous eggs. But duck eggs are extremely smooth, almost waxy. Goose eggs are quite rough in comparison. Are you sure the big egg isn´t from a duck?
     
  9. bravevline

    bravevline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2; a pic would help. goose eggs feel almost chalky. [​IMG]thats the first one i got. my ducks last year laid at this time of year. i called up my friend who has been breeding for nearly thirty years, and she said ducks and geese are both able to start laying end summer-early autumn the same year after they hatch. ducks more so than geese, but a goose can now and then.
     
  10. Vicke Lynne41

    Vicke Lynne41 Out Of The Brooder

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    All the eggs that are being laid are the size of an extra large chicken egg. Some are smooth and some are more rough to touch. This is the first time I found two eggs. Just over the weekend I found two more. This one you can see one is bigger but the on Satuday they were both basically the same size but I know my duck can not lay two eggs in within a few hours of each other.
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    As for my ducks belly lump thing, here is a picture of that. I was told its normal for a goose.

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