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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:18 pm 
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Do geese pair up or can a gander be used in a trio? I have a trio of africans and have forgotton if the gander sits on the eggs aswell as the goose, if so in a trio with both females laying and only one gander how will it work when the females go broody. Help please.

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asically it does not work very well. In some cases the gander will ignore the second goose, in others he will mate. Best fertility is obtained by using pairs.

Also if you have 2 females sitting in the same area/shed they will fight with each other over the eggs, eggs will get knocked around and swapped ect - reducing hatchability significantly.

If you were to collect the eggs and try to artifically incuabate them (operative word being try) or give them to a muscovy to sit on, it may work for you.

I have to run some trios this year, as my own ganders and the ones offered to me for sale were not up to the standard i liked. (chinese) but i will only allow one bird to sit.

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I have two 44s backing on to each other as nests lined with dirt and straw which they have started to lay in. Do you think I should get rid of one of the females for a while or let them go? I'm still not sure if the male has a brooding role, from memory when we had geese years ago i thought the male sat on the eggs aswell, with two female this surely wouldn't work would it.

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Help please. :D

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I personally would let them sit and yes they will play pass the eggs to one another I do not have africans I just have run of the mill geese and no the male does not sit on the eggs as well but is usually very close at hand
although I find the females more aggressive see how you go maybe plan how you do it next year depending on what happens this year.
Hope things go well :)


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Thanks for the reply i have been wondering about this for days they are quite good freinds so we will see how it goes.

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