when do geese breed??

Discussion in 'Geese' started by geese11, May 12, 2011.

  1. geese11

    geese11 In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    At what age do geese start to breed?
    Do they have a season?
    Do they need a nesting box set up?

    Thanks to any advice in advance:)

  2. krista92

    krista92 In the Brooder

    May 3, 2011
    I dont know what age they all start to breed but my white chinese and roman tufted started a month or so before they turned a year old. Most lay somewhere between February and early Summer. My goose didn't start laying till late March. It's probably a little bit different for every goose.

    As far as nesting boxes go, they make things a lot easier. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. I just tipped a horse water tank on its side and put hay in it. It's the only place she's ever laid an egg.
  3. Gator113

    Gator113 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2009
    Port Angeles, Washington
    I am new to all of this, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

    One of my ladies started laying eggs. This is her first experience at this. She had built her nest on the floor of the goose shed, using straw. I was concerned that other geese might step on her eggs, so I moved her nest into the bottom half of a large dog crate placed into the corner of the shed. I'm glad that I hadn't bothered to build her nesters as she promptly built another nest and moved her eggs. I removed the dog crate. She later moved her eggs yet again.

    She may have become confused or upset, because she made it to the duck shed (the sheds are now separated by a fence) and laid two eggs in a Muscovy nest. I found her and the Muscovy BOTH sitting on the same clutch, at the same time. I wish I had taken a photo. I left the 2 goose eggs alone. The Muscovy is now sitting on her eggs and two goose eggs. The goose finally started sitting on her own clutch and IF I haven't screwed everything up, her eggs should hatch within the next week. I just hope that the mama duck stays on the 2 goose eggs until they hatch. I will be buying an incubator... LOL

    For me, I don't think I'll be messing with their nests. LOL

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