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bodger



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Broody Goose  Reply with quote

Broody Goose.
It looks a though one of my geese has gone broody. This is very early geese but we do live in a very mild area of the UK. We haven't gone below freezing this year yet,
Goose eggs take 31 days to incubate, so with a bit of luck, in a month or so, I should have pictures of newly hatched goslings to share.
What I've got to do now, is to spy my chance and when the bird is off the nest, crawl into the pig ark that she's chosen to nest in and mark all the eggs, whilst all the time watching to make sure that I don't get my arse pecked !
The reason that I need to mark the eggs, is because there's another female in the breeding set who will probably start adding to the clutch. What I'll do, is to run the gauntlet and remove any unmarked eggs and either sell them or stick them into the incubator. I like my geese but the love isn't reciprocated.
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brewer66



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine havn't even started laying yet never mind sitting !!!
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many is in a normal clutch for a goose?

Between them and your ducks l, it's going to get lively  
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bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the problem that I had last year, two of them eventually had a clutch of around forty and consequentially, they didn't manage to cover all of the eggs all of the time, so I've been taking a few out. I sold six to a guy to eat yesterday.
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bodger



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This time she really has gone broody, she was trying to fool me before. I've left her with about seven or eight eggs. Here she is sitting in the far corner of her shed.







The other set of geese are still laying for all they're worth and I've just taken yet another six eggs out of the nest.
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brewer66



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine started laying on 26th Feb and one has gone broody already.  

I think she has super glued her self to the nest.
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much do you sell the eggs for ?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been letting them go for a quid each.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1.25 each, they can't lay them fast enough.  

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