Our goose laid her very first egg today!! We are very excited but we have no clue as to what to do next. She made a nest in a barrel I had put out for protection from the winter weather. There was one egg in it this morning. DH and I think we would like for her to try and hatch them out if she is willing. But neither of us have ever had geese before. So I was hoping I could get some tips or advice from those Goose veterans we have here on BYC. Some background info: I have 6 geese that were hatched June 2014. They have always been together but only this spring have they 'divided' them selves into 3 groups. The main group is one male Toulouse, a female Toulouse and female tufted roman. The 2nd group is a male Toulouse and male African and they are the front line protection for the main group and they are always together. Then there is a single male African that has been kicked out of the entire flock. They are very aggressive towards it all the time. I currently have them all in my fenced veggie garden because they were causing some problems around the yard and with the ducks. They have been in there for about 2 weeks. I believe the Toulouse is the one who made the nest and laid the egg. I have never seen anyone mating her but that doesn't mean they haven't. I have seen them mate the roman. Yes, the 3 top males take turns mating the roman. Is that normal? Here come all my questions: 1) My daughter took the egg out of the nest this morning to show us. I had her put it back. Will that cause a problem for goose? 2) Should I remove the other geese from the garden and just leave the 2 females and 1 male in there? 3) Is the egg going to freeze? I am northern Minnesota, temp is currently 36 and she has not gone back to the nest since the chores were done this morning(meaning we were in the garden and daughter touched the egg) 4) Does touching the eggs cause them to not hatch well? Should I mark them and how do I do that? 5) Since this is her very first egg should I take the first few or does that not really matter hatching out first eggs? 6) What else do I need to know or should do? Sorry for such a long post. I appreciate any advice given to a first time gooser. Thanks.