what is this goose behavior?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sydney13, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the other day my goose was sitting in a raised flower bed which is one of her usual spots. their were some pieces of straw scattered over the dirt and she would delicately pick each piece of straw up one at a time then walk over to the other side of the bed and put it on that side. she eventually made a small little pile of straw then walked away [​IMG] . anyone know what she was doing and has anyone have their geese do this? shes only 4 and a half months so to young to be making a nest right?
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    She is nesting .
    My chinese gesse started laying at 4 and 5 months of age.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She is at the very least practicing at making a nest.
     
  4. noahsgeese

    noahsgeese Border Collie

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    She is probably making a nest!
     
  5. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so after the nest building then how long untill the lay a egg? and do geese tend to lay in the coops or outside?
     
  6. noahsgeese

    noahsgeese Border Collie

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    Usually, mine just lays about right after her nest is done.... and my goose when she makes a nest, she usually lays most of her eggs there but some of the time she will lay them somewhere else..... Like, my goose just made a nest in our front flower bed and she laid about two eggs in there and then went into our chickens coop at night and now she lays all of her eggs there! [​IMG]
     
  7. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had ganders "make nests", and geese that did little gestures toward making a nest, but didn't lay any eggs (especially the ganders).

    I think your goose is playing "house".

    Come spring, she'll make a serious nest, taking hours and hours to get it just right.
     

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