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Nesting and egglaying issue

Discussion in 'Geese' started by crj, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I'm wondering if anyone else is having this.... well........ what will be a problem. I have an African goose that is laying eggs in a green coop that looks like a dog house. This is not the problem. I have chickens laying eggs in the coop too. This is not a problem. What the problem is... is my turkey is laying eggs in the same coop. I do not see an African Goose and a Bronze turkey nesting together. I've been taking the turkey eggs out since the goose has been laying eggs in there since Christmas. The turkey will be a problem when she goes broody. The turkey did brood in that coop last year. She did not do well. Not sure what my plan is. Anyone have this issue at home???

    Ok. I now have a Sebbie laying eggs. She just started and she is a first timer like the African goose. She is laying eggs with the duck eggs. I fixed up the area where she was sitting and I moved the duck eggs to another corner. I could not find the Sebbie eggs anywhere. I don't know what happened to them. I think there may have been 2. Well, she decided to make her nest over the duck eggs. UGH. I don't know what's going to happen there.

    I have 1 more goose and it's an American Buff. She is looking for a place to lay her eggs. Where I wanted her to lay her eggs is now occupied by a broody bantam who I had to take out of the green coop where my African is laying. I keep finding this bantam in the afternoon sitting on the African goose eggs. One night she spent the night in the coop with the goose. Lets just say the next morning there was a bit of a commotion. I had to lock the two in the coop because of preditors. Honestly.... a die hard bantam. I may leave her locked up in the pink coop she's in and only open the door in the late afternoon. Putting food near her may help keep her in that coop too.

    It's a little nuts around here right now so I'm wondering if I'm the only one dealing with such and issue. If anyone has gone through this please let me know how this will play out.

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  2. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh my, i don't know what to say. i'm picturing a little bantam chicken perched on top of a giant goose egg. [​IMG]

    i keep my bantams separate from my two big girls and separate from my ducks who are all separate from my geese. But the geese are out all day with our three Nigerian Dwarf goats. They're only about 10 months old and not laying yet. Although i did see one of the girls looking like she was nesting in a corner of the goat pen today, until the goats came barreling in.

    Sounds like you have quite the handful there. Hope everything works out.
     
  3. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sure is busy around here. BTW, she is sitting on about 3 goose eggs. I've found that she makes a nest on top of the eggs. Strange. I moved her again last night and how I keep the door closed enough where the other chickens that want to lay in the coop can't. I hope it works. I will have to build a fence around it.
     
  4. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does sound that you've got alot going on. Im afraid I have no solutions as our breeding pairs are house in their own pens. Wished I could be more helpful.

    Best of luck to you.
     
  5. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost the battle of keeping that bantam out of the the coop where the goose lays her eggs. I found her hunkered in tight with the goose. I could swear that bantam was trying to get under that goose. So, that was it. I can't keep that chicken out of the coop so off I went to collect her eggs. I did and I put them in the goose coop on the far right side. I actually crawled into the coop, grabbed the chicken and put her on those eggs. She was so happy and sat with no problem at all. I figured the goose doesn't seem to mind the company so what the heck. The goose isn't broody.... yet. This will be interesting to say the least. Just to let you know the little coop is the size of a large dog house. I can just imagine what I must have looked like from the outside of that coop. Can't be pretty........

    Found the sebbie making a nest on top of duck eggs. Didn't work out for her. She was breaking them with those big ole feet of hers. She's a first time layer and she is just starting. I took the duck eggs out and left her egg in the coop so we will see what happens. This coop is a good size where you can get in it.
     
  6. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    That is so funny! Yes, a broody little chicken is a tenacious thing! What type of bantam is it? i have mainly silkies, and when they go broody they are the most dedicated things. Sometimes i'll find three of them dog piled on top of one egg.
     
  7. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG, really? That many on 1 egg? That is too funny. I'm not sure what kind of bird she is. A few people said she may be an Iowa Blue. She wasn't as dedicated to the eggs as much as she was the coop! She just had to be in that coop. She hasn't left yet so I guess she is happy.
     
  8. I have two broody hens right now -- I gave up and am letting them sit on the weird mixed chicken eggs that I have. If they are broody again, I'm going to put duck eggs under them. Needless to say, I 'm not keeping any of the chicks from this batch, but they are very devoted. One of them is a silkie and I can totally see why people want them for broody hens . . . I've heard of silkies brooding over nuts, fruit, rocks -- anything remotely round, although one on a goose egg would be pretty funny!
     
  9. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard the same thing about Silkie's. This hen was actually waiting for the goose to leave. She was sitting on nothing at first. Then she tried sitting on 3 goose eggs. Just wasn't going to happen. Now she has a bunch of eggs to sit on. It's a barnyard mix. This should be sort of fun. I'll probably keep them depending on the size of the bird.
     

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