Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gooseee, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. gooseee

    gooseee Hatching

    Jun 2, 2016
    My boyfriend saved some abandoned goose eggs. He put them in a bucket in our room and covered them with a heating pad and. Towel. He cracked an egg about a week ago and there was a dead goose. He cracked another and it was alive but died shortly after. It wasn't fully developed (he thinks) I still have 2 and have been researching today. (Now that I know there were hidden eggs in my room.) I tried the water test no movement. The shells are so thick I can't see inside with a flash light. Are they still alive?
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    How long has he had them stashed away? Geese take longer to hatch than chickens, 28 days I believe.

    I'm not sure a heating pad would keep the temp constant enough either. Since there's no air circulating through the bucket, you'd want to aim somewhere around 101F at the top of the eggs. They would also need to be turned at least 3 times a day to keep the embryos from sticking to the shell and dying.

    I don't think its looking too good for them, but it wouldn't hurt to let them keep cooking if you aren't noticing any leakage or bad smells.

    Good luck!
  3. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Crowing

    Apr 9, 2015
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Oh wow! Why'd he crack them open? You need to buy an LED flashlight or if you have a smart phone you can get the app, I think it's called mag light or brightest flashlight or something. Hold the light into the fat end of the egg and find the air cell. Under that you will see development. Do you have a thermometer in there? How big was the gosling when he opened the egg, that will be an indication of how far along they are.
    Here's some examples of what you're looking for...
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2016

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