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bodger

Gosling Watch.

We've got two different lots of goose eggs being firmly sat on by their mums. Although we've fattened bought in goslings before, we've never actually kept any breeding geese here, so if we manage to get some to hatch, then it will be a first for us and I don't mind telling you, this old stager is already getting very excited.   I've never really grown up

One of the geese has been sitting much longer than the other one and although I didn't jot down when she started to sit properly, I think the eggs should be due to hatch in the next week or so.

One thing that I have noticed, is that the ganders have lost a lot of the feathers from their backs and I'm pretty sure it must the females plucking them out and using them to insulate their nests. The boys must have been rather chilly these last few cold windy nights.

I know you should never count your chickens before they hatch but I'm really looking forward to what hopefully will be a happy event. Fingers crossed for a good result and of course, there will be photos.
horace

Good luck with them
Toddy

You have an interesting life, Bodger

Yeah, I'd like to see that too

M
perlogalism

Good luck. Our first one hatched yesterday but from an incubator as the mum seems happy to lay eggs but not sit on them!


Yorkshire Geordie

Aren't they lovely when just hatched?
How the heck does all that fit into a shell?  
Martyn
bodger

What colour do you reckon your goslings will be?
My breeding geese are a pretty mixed bunch.
Dave C

Good look John  

Will you be fattening any spares for the table ?
bodger

No I'm afraid not. There's a good sale for young goslings but once they've feathered up a bit, nobody seems to want them and we may very well be landless by Christmas time.
perlogalism

Yorkshire Geordie wrote:
Aren't they lovely when just hatched?
How the heck does all that fit into a shell?  
Martyn


Yeah and lovely "Tribble" sounds they make too. Interesting that the dog is oblivious to all other fowl and chicks but SO wants to eat Goslings and Ducklings  

Same thoughts as you re the egg. I was watching it hatch yesterday and was wondering how it managed to break the shell at all??

Bodger: The mum is a pure white Embden & Dad is mostly white with a few pale grey wing feathers so White-ish at a guess  
sandrar

Geese make wonderful parents. One year I had a single gosling hatch, they treated it like a very spoilt only child.
perlogalism

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she decides to sit on some other eggs. That way I can slip the gosling in and hope it gets fostered  
Jaycee

perlogalism wrote:
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she decides to sit on some other eggs. That way I can slip the gosling in and hope it gets fostered  


Just put the gosling in when you are ready, they will foster it at any stage. The gander will take on most of the mothering duties.
 
A lot of breeders take the newly hatched goslings away and give them back when they are 2 to 3 weeks old, before they are feathered, avoids squashed goslings.

They aren't like hens where you have to slip chicks under a broody at night and cross your fingers
bodger

That's a good piece of info to know John.
Jaycee

perlogalism wrote:
Good luck. Our first one hatched yesterday but from an incubator as the mum seems happy to lay eggs but not sit on them!


Did you get anymore hatch? How many did you set in the incubator?
perlogalism

No more hatched just yet - We put in the eggs as and when so the next is due in about a week.

Thanks for the info about fostering, I didn't know that!

BTW, what do you feed new Goslings? We're giving lettuce and grass but it's showing no interest in crushed wheat.
Jaycee

You can feed the gosling chick starter or duckling starter if it's available.

I don't know what humidity you are currently running the incubator at, but it's a good idea to crank it up to 75-80% this usually means adding an extra water source. I run the incubator at this humidity for the whole incubation period with duck and goose eggs, eggs laid horizontally and manually turned twice a day. Try it, the hatching rate might surprise you.

Just back to the fostering, I forget it is still cold over there especially at night. What I would do is put the gosling in a separate small enclosure with food and water inside the goose run/pen during the day and bring it inside at night. It can take a couple of days for both to bond. You will know they have when the geese start hissing at you when you go near the gosling
perlogalism

Ta, I'll try and get some crumb on Tuesday.

Incubator is currently running at 68% so I'll up it a little  

When the Gosling has feathered up a bit, I'll try introducing it. Hopefully it'll have warmed up by then! ' will let you know how we get on.

Cheers, Mike
sandrar

Try to buy non medicated chick crumbs as the medicated feed isn't recommended for waterfowl.
bodger

For duck eggs, I always spray the eggs with warm water each and every time I open the incubator. I was told by someone that it imitates a wild duck nipping off the nest for a quick swim and then getting back on the nest. It's probably the same for geese.
bodger

There hasn't been any goslings forthcoming as yet, I'm getting to the stage where I'm beginning to wonder whether there are going to be any.
perlogalism

Jaycee wrote:
Just put the gosling in when you are ready, they will foster it at any stage. The gander will take on most of the mothering duties.


.. and here's proof that you were right. Thanks Jaycee  


bodger

Lovely photos.
I actually removed the eggs from under  my geese this morning, so there wont be any goslings for us this year. They'd been sitting for ages.
Jaycee

Nice one .
Is that the gander? How did the initial introduction go?
perlogalism

Yep, that's the Gander. The Goose is currently sitting on 1/2 doz eggs. We had the Gosling in a cage out on the grass for a few days and the Gander just plonked himself down next to it. As the weather was OK yesterday we let him out and as you can see, they got on fine. They've even been for a swim together today  

My only concern is what (if anything) will happen when the other eggs hatch? I guess nothing much....?
brewer66

The geese were out and about with 4 goslings this morning  
I will try and get some photos but dad dos'nt want to let me get too close.
sod

Wow shame human Dads weren't all like that
brewer66

Managed a few photos (not very good but my long lense has given up )






Bodger, one of the next generation. A chick hatched 7 weeks ago from a hen out of the eggs you sent me last year.    

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