Only You Folks Would Understand...


9 Years
Apr 2, 2010
Wilds of Montana
Today I found a nest in my goose pen with a clutch of two eggs laid there!
I'm sooooo excited because I'm sure my Toulouse goose (Louise) who is 6 months laid them and then hid them by covering them with wood chips. I figure my African goose (Ee'qua) is a gander because of his clumsy attempts at trying to mate with her and his aggression towards the male roosters in the pen next to them. Louise is very patient, let him walk across her back trying to "do the deed."

I took the two eggs inside and put them in the refrigerator. I figure it's too early to try to hatch these eggs and she's too young since these are new eggs. They're most likely not fertile since Ee'qua hasn't gotten the hang of the mating thing.

I doubt the eggs are bad because it's been around 30F at night at 50s in the daytime. I'll float them before I cook them to be on the safe side.

Anyway, I was so excited about it and told my dh and he was nonplussed over why I should be so excited. But he's happy that I'm happy. But I thought I'd share. Maybe in the spring I'll try raising geese!
Exactly! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

I'm hoping my Keld turns out to be a goose. He's only 4 months old, so I guess I'll have to wait until spring to know for sure. I call him "he" because Keld is a boy's name - he was named after a friend I had who loved my geese. Luckily my vet understands the excitement - everybody at the clinic keeps asking "has he laid any eggs yet?".

I don't have any human children and most of my friends don't either. One of them was musing about this, when she said: "I consider myself lucky I don't have condescending friends who keep telling me about their children. However, I never saw it coming with you constantly talking about your goose!"

Well, I've toned down the goose talk a little, saving it for other goose-enthusiasts and for this forum.

My vet just sent me the 28 pics he took of Keld's visit. Here's one of them:

This was Keld's third visit, so this time he confidently descended the steps all by himself. He had some kind of lung infection, but he's perfectly allright now. The vet wrote to me: "We've had many different animals visit the clinic - lions, lynxes, sloths, and tarantulas. Even so, Keld is one who left a very special impression on all of us. Watching the two of you together was priceless."

I think I'm the only one in this country who keeps a goose as a pet, so we attract attention everywhere we go. Some people think I'm crazy, so it's nice to have the vet vouch for me.

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