Somebody PLEASE tell me how to incubate Sebastopol geese eggs!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MandyH, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I've got a man down the road that gave me 4 of them last night, with MANY more to come. Now I am a turkey and chicken woman, and have NEVER hatched a goose before but I surely don't want them to go to waste. I need the basics: temp, humidity, duration, and do I have to mist them with water or something too?
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    This is from my website.

    Hatching Preparation

    Before incubation, I make sure that all of my incubation equiptment is properly disinfected. I use a solution of water and Brinsea Incubation Disinfectant to disinfect my equiptment. I put the solution into a spray bottle and mist down my incubator, thermometers, the slats that hold the eggs, and my new sponge for humidity. I also dip the eggs in the disinfectant before I put them into the incubator.

    To order the Brinsea Incubation Disinfectant you can go to That is the offical Brinsea website.

    When hatching goose eggs the temperature needs be at 37.4-37.6 degrees celsius.


    The humidity should be 50-55% during days 1-26. On day 27 when the eggs are 3 days away from hatching the humidity needs to be around 75%. A hint to keep the humidty up for hatching is to take a brand new clean sponge and soak it with warm-hot water, then put that in the incubator. The sponge keeps the humidity high.


    The goose eggs need to be turned and odd number of times a day from day 1 to day 26. On day 27 of incubation you must stop turning the eggs. The goslings are moving around in the egg getting in the position to hatch. Rotating the egg during this time will confuse the gosling.

    Misting and cooling the egg

    Starting on day 4 and ending on day 26 you must take the top off the incubator and let the egg cool for 10 miniutes. Sometime during that cool down the egg must be sprayed with warm water.


    Around day 28-30 when the gosling begins to hatch you must not open the incubator. Opening the incubator lets out the humidity and the gosling can become stuck in the shell. Let the gosling stay in the incubator for 24 hours until it fluffs up before moving it to the brooder.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2009
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  3. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    If you have a broodie chicken that is the best way of hatching geese.
  4. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yup, or a turkey or a duck. I`ve had good luck with hen hatched geese.
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I have none of the three that are broody at the moment, go figure. Now I had a turkey last year that sat for 3 months on her butt and durn near wasted away. For now I will have to put them in one of the sprotsmans and thought I would put my duck eggs in there too. Thanks for the info thus far.
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:you only keep the eggs at 37 degrees???[​IMG]
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  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    37.4 - 37.6 C = 99.32 - 99.68 F
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  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    redhen: I meant celcius. That is what my Brinsea reads in, not fahrenheit.

    Also, waterfowl eggs incubate better in a forced air incubator than still air.
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  9. HenPen

    HenPen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    New Hampshire
    Quote:I wish I had a neighbor that gave me goose eggs....
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  10. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    OMG thank you for the great post. I was about to have a heart attack because I was having such a hard time finding info on how to incubate my egg I got.

    I am totally going to print it out tomorrow

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