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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:06 pm 
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More goose questions from first time goose owner.. she has been laying for a couple of weeks, one egg every 3 days. I have been collecting the eggs as I didn't know if I should leave them all to accumulate, plus, she is laying in the hens nest! If she sits there the hens will be a bit surprised! How many eggs will she lay before she sits? Should I put them back (my 6 year old son has eaten some for breakfast, it takes two slices of toast to fit one goose egg on!) or wait til she lays some more? She has laid about 8 or 9 so far.

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Depends on if you want her to breed.
If so make a nest and put a couple of her eggs in it.
She may accept that and sit.
(I used to pinch one or two if there was a few too many.)
She will eventually sit when she thinks she has enough.

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Allison , If you keep taking the eggs away she will keep laying (within reason ) If she has a nest and is laying in this nest , the best bet is to leave the eggs . She will then lay around 8 or so eggs and sit . Since she is only laying every 3 or so days this is gong to take a couple of weeks . You will probably find the oldest eggs may not hatch. Just be aware with the young son that geese can be very protective of nests and eggs/young . Would be better to stop hens getting to this nest . I would set up her own nest place near by (a 200lt drum on its side with hay in it is ideal ) You haven't mentioned the gander ! He will also be very protective .Good luck


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:00 am 
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Hi, thanks for replying.. the gander is already chasing the dog, a border collie so not a tiny dog either. If the goose sits will the gander get more aggressive? I will have to keep small son out of chicken/gooseyard, goose eggs will be off the menu! I will try making a new nest for her but it still has to be in the chicken shed or the fox will get her. Could I make it out of hay bales? No drum available. If she doesn't like it I guess she will just keep laying in the hens nest and the hens will have to lay elsewhere. Do geese usually like a nest with a roof over it, like a drum, that is dark inside?


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Hay bales would be fine , and yes they like one side opening only for security (hay bales with a couple of sheets of sheet iron on top works well . Gander will most likely get more agressive when the goose sits. Good luck


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