When can I expect my goose to go broody?

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  1. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    I have a roman tufted goose, a little less than a year old, and she started laying about a week and a half ago. She's laid eight eggs so far, possibly nine as I forgot to check yesterday. I often catch her in the coop fussing with the nest, pulling bedding in and sitting on the eggs. Problem is, I have no gander, and no other geese actually, although I have a buff gosling coming next week, bought especially to be her friend. Anyway, I'm thinking that I want to let her hatch, so I want to buy hatching eggs. I'm wondering when I can expect her to go broody so I have rough idea of when to expect to have to buy eggs.

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  2. CrazyChookLady5

    CrazyChookLady5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any experience with geese, but maybe around spring, my chooks always go broody at that time of year
     
  3. RURU

    RURU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they feel they have a full clutch of eggs!
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Thanks! I guess she feels she has a full clutch because she is now glued to her nest. Guess I better find some eggs!
     
  5. Miss Lydia

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    [​IMG] keep us updated.
     
  6. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Will do! I think I'll start the eggs inside since it's so cold out that even her getting up just once a day to eat and drink could let the eggs cool down too much. I got two frozen chicken eggs this morning. After it warms up so it's at least above freezing I'll swap them out with her infertile ones.
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Sounds like a good plan then you won't lose them from the cold weather.
     
  8. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Realise that a lot of first year geese don't set all the way through or hatch babies.... none of mine did, 3 different breeds, but usually do the second year and are supposed to get better with time.
     
  9. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    That's okay. If she doesn't finish it, hopefully I'll be able to and then I'll have my own babies :love
     
  10. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    So my eggs should ship tomorrow and I've decided, on the advice that she may not sit all the way through, combined with the fact that these are coming almost a week after she started sitting, to incubate them myself all the way through until lockdown. If she is still sitting at that point, I will give them to her.

    I have a quick question about misting the eggs. Do you mist them when you take them out for cooling, or do you mist them after they're done cooling and you're putting them back in the incubator? These will also be shipped eggs, so I'm wondering if it is best to incubate them vertically, as I would with shipped chicken eggs, or if they'll fair better on their sides.
     

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