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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 1:57 am 
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My goose eggs are about to hatch!

The mum is on a nest in a yard with other birds (ducks and peafowl) but has a temporary fence seperating her from the others.

She is very exposed to the elements though.

She started sitting after she had 3 eggs, and laid another 4 over a week or so.

Because the first 3 eggs should hatch 7 odd days before the last egg, should I take the goslings away as they appear or just leave her be?

Will the babies cope being out in the open? The weather forecast is reasonable....

Anything else I should be taking into account?

Thanks all.... :)


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I always remove day old goslings and give them back to the mother when they are 2-3 weeks old. This eliminates any getting squashed as geese are a little clumsy.

If you think the latter ones will hatch later, yes remove the bubs, otherwise the mother will get off so the bubs can drink/eat and wont go back to sit on the eggs.

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Tribe of Honk wrote:
I always remove day old goslings and give them back to the mother when they are 2-3 weeks old. This eliminates any getting squashed as geese are a little clumsy.


Does the mother saccept them back easily?
Do you leave some with her?

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I leave none with her, my geese take goslings back provided they are not feathered. I usually have foster parents (my best raisers) who i give roughly 20 goslings to at a time, they even take ducklings who help to keep the flies under control.

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What breed of geese Schnapper?

I take goslings away as soon as they are hatched as I know its not safe to leave them out there. We've got too many very cheeky crows waiting for a feast. I also discovered last year that the goslings can get through the wire netting I have separating my pens, ending up in neighbouring yards. There they got picked on by chooks and were without their parents' protection.

Besides which, with them inside, I get to cuddle the squishy soft things. :D :D

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I think they're Embdens, or at least partially. :?

Still nothing hatched today....No-one is going to be here all day tomorrow, so fingers crossed they wait till Sunday!

Crows aren't a problem, there is bird net overhead. :D


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Can you take a pic of the adults and post it in here? We'll soon determine what they are. :D :D

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OK. Just put some pics up in my gallery. Also included another of my two other ganders(?).

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Probably cross breeds.....

I'm thinking Embden or possibly a touch of Pilgrim?


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