- Nov 28, 2018
Hi everyone! I need some help with my goose eggs. This is my geese’s first year laying (white embden) and I know that the fertility and chance to hatch is really low but I tried it out anyway and put them in my incubator. I put 8 eggs in first and none of the eggs were older than two weeks. 2 out of the 8 were fertile. I kept all the other eggs in until day 10 where I threw the clear ones away. At day 9 or so I lost 1 out of the 2 viable eggs(blood ring)- my hands were thoroughly sanitized, as is my bator so it has to be the age of the parents? -Now it’s day 25 and I only have one egg in there. The egg has slightly dipped and I can see the gosling moving under the air cell. Also when I put the egg to my ear I hear a faint clicking which I’m guessing is it’s breathing? There’s only a few days till hatch, which I’m hoping will happen successfully, but I’m scared because I only have one in there due to hatch at that time and it’s going to be alone! I know the extreme imprinting nature of geese but I really did not think that only one would make it. I’m incubating in a forced air GFQ incubator(digital pro circulate air) which has hatched out duck eggs with 100% rates at times.(this is my first time hatching goose eggs) In fear of the goose being alone I put in another egg on the 20th (eggs were put in on the 3rd) which also wasn’t fertile. On the 24th I put in two more which are both fertile!!! Only problem is that they are going to hatch almost a month after my first one does. So in conclusion, I’m wondering if it’s okay to hatch just one goose egg by itself. After a month, if I introduce the gosling to other goslings will he/she be ok? I don’t want him/her to solely depend on me so it can’t live with other geese. I know it will think it’s human but is it cruel to put a mirror in the brooder? Or a stuffed toy? I’m just really scared. Thank you everyone!!! I’ll update if I get an internal pip soon. I’m planning to lockdown tonight or tomorrow depending on what I see! Thank you!!