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 Post subject: Geese on a dam.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:55 pm 
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Ok, so I'm new and i guess this has been answered heaps before, so i will apologize now for asking it again....

My free-range geese have an island and hutches on it that they lay eggs in, i give them hay at laying time for them to build a nest.... last year eggs every where, no geese. but i did have 2 hens sharing a nest.... this year eggs all around the nest sites, but i do have 2 sites and 2 hens.....question ,,, am i best to check the eggs and incubate, or leave her to do it, or remove eggs till she sits??
hope this make sense?

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 Post subject: Re: Geese on a dam.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:42 pm 
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You can leave it up to the goose and hope for the best OR collect the eggs and hatch them yourself for more reliable results. I would not bother collecting them unless you planned to artificially incubate as collecting then returning eggs to the nest at exactly the right time is difficult to get right.


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 Post subject: Re: Geese on a dam.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:49 am 
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oh well, she is on her own then..thanks.
either that or i confuse the hell out of one of my chooks...


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 Post subject: Re: Geese on a dam.
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Do you have a gander? if you do then collect up the eggs and use a chook if the goose won't sit


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 Post subject: Re: Geese on a dam.
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You can collect the eggs and put fake eggs in the nest to entice her to brood it worked for a close friend of mine


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 Post subject: Re: Geese on a dam.
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Toogoose, i think ill pinch a few for a chook, and let her try to work out the rest.. thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Geese on a dam.
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I do about 50/50 with chooks and find they both do equal job


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 Post subject: Re: Geese on a dam.
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If you leave them there they will go broody they wait until they have laid all the eggs before they sit its normal and the best way to hatch and breed geese in my opinion so they can learn from mum


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 Post subject: Re: Geese on a dam.
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I see your point but I wonder how many eggs you get to hatch?


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 Post subject: Re: Geese on a dam.
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Around 70% but I think thats about normal in the wild and enough for the goose to handle


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