White Chinese laying at 20 weeks???

Discussion in 'Geese' started by shelleyd2008, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I know it's got to be her, my dad saw her on a nest earlier today and I found an obviously pullet-sized goose egg in that very same nest! I got her on April 4 and I believe she was only 3 or 4 weeks old. She was pretty small but she had most of her feathers, except what had been picked off from being overcrowded with who knows how many other goslings.

    I know the White Chinese can lay pretty young, but 20 weeks? That seems a little too young!

    This is a picture of her a week or so ago:
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    And here she was as a baby (smaller one on left):
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    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I had to edit the first post because my brain was apparently not working yesterday. I've had the goose for 16-17 weeks but she was 3-4 weeks old when I got her. But is it normal for them to start laying so young?
     
  3. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Shelley

    I've not had this happen but someone told me they had a cross Chinese lay at 8 months so I suppose it could happen. Maybe the summer days are still long enough to stimulate the ovary. Sorry I cant be of more help.

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  4. ironjerry

    ironjerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two years ago I got mine at about 6weeks in April and they laid eggs in late February. They are Chinese and the eggs were fertile as I hatched 3 in the hovabator that year.
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I can see 8 months since they are rather small. I expected her to start laying in spring like 'normal' geese. But 5 months is a bit ridiculous, most of my ducks don't start laying that young! I doubt it's fertile since all my ganders are Embdens and are currently molting or coming out of a molt. I know it's got to be hers since the other females are an adult Embden and 4 'baby' Embdens who are a month younger than the Chinese. Plus the egg is half as big as the ones my adult Embden pops out [​IMG]

    Yesterday's 'egg' was shell-less, so apparently she's still getting things in gear. I haven't seen one today yet but I haven't really looked either.
     
  6. cmcm

    cmcm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a white Chinese that started laying at 5 months too. I got her and her mate at a feed store in the middle of March and she started laying in the middle of August. She has layed 11 eggs so far! I was not expecting any eggs at all. Pretty amazing!
     
  7. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

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    Its pretty normal for Chinas.. I have 20 Brown Chinas.. and have some pullets that layed a few eggs in the middle of their pen from this years goslings...
     

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