Need help - Question about geese laying eggs

Discussion in 'Geese' started by MaxSmith, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. MaxSmith

    MaxSmith Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two brown Chinese-African geese and two white Roman geese and each pair has laid close to 6 eggs.

    The two pairs lay eggs in the same area, do I need to separate the eggs or just leave them alone in the same place? I need to know if they'll go broody or not.

    Thank you
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Hey Max Congrats on the eggs, only problem I see is 2 ganders in the same area, that doesn't sound like it is going to work
    We just saw 2 Toulouse geese hatching a brood of gosling but only 1 gander. is there anyway you can put up something to separate the 2 pairs for 1 thing you don't want any fighting going on around the eggs or you may end up with broken eggs and also injured gosling when hatched. As far as going broody every individual goose is different so that you just have to wait and see, My goose has laid 8 eggs so far and although I see her going in a laying on the eggs some during the day she isn't broody yet could happen anytime though.
     
  3. MaxSmith

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    Hi Miss Lydia,

    I separated the eggs three or four days ago, but both geese go the same spot (where they laid their eggs) to lay. They ignore the new laying area I set up for them. The ganders and geese get along with each other and I haven't seen any fighting.

    The timing of when they go broody is what I'm concerned about.

    Your insights were very helpful! Thanks
     
  4. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi Max, just in case it´s of any use or interest to you, I left 3 sisters to share a nest and nothing at all hatched because they spent their time stealing the eggs from under each other and letting some roll away and get cold....on it went....
    I would think the best thing you can do is pen a pair together until they´ve successfully hatched their goslings, then let them mix again after the babes are growing well.
     
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  5. MaxSmith

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    Miss Lydia,
    In the morning I release the four geese out of their coop, and during the night time they come back to the coop. During the day, I leave the door open so they can go in and out as they please.

    Should I keep them separated and locked in the coop during the day?

    Thank you
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I see no point in it Max as long as the ganders are getting along. like livininbrazil said geese sharing a nest don't usually have very good hatches, so if you can give them their own bit of privacy inside the coop so each pair has their own space during brooding you would probably have a better outcome as far as hatching goes. Once one or both goes broody things could get lively if they have access to each others space[nest] I wouldn't lock them in their coop. except at night for their safety.
     
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