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Goose eggs in April??? 
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Post Goose eggs in April???
I am new to this but geese laying in April does not seem right from what I read? We have one goose of 7 laying in the big hay shed while they free range during the day - she makes a nest in the loose straw/hay and lays - quite happy to leave it to go to bed - we have picked up both and put them in the their night shed where they have been buried under straw.
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Post Re: Goose eggs in April???
it's the weather :sunny i have a broody sitting on duck eggs, not only is it mad to a broody, but a duck laying in autumn? as crazy as a goose laying!
eat the eggs, she may not sit as the days are getting shorter, but you never know.....

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Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:58 pm
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Post Re: Goose eggs in April???
Thanks aussi - another laid today! Have been doing a lot of reading re this and it seems it is often in response to a rain event - I WISH. But also if they lay early it is often a sixth sense about the summer ahead being an excellent one for food and sustenance. So fingers crossed for that! I think I will use it as a practice run in judging when to lock her up on a nest to sit - if it works great and if it doesn't then we won't get too upset. They will obviously need a hand if they do hatch to get thru the cold until feathered. Have read it is best in normal conditions to remove the young for a few weeks and put them back before they feather up just to ensure they aren't squashed in the early days. This will be a good idea to get round the cold I would think??

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Post Re: Goose eggs in April???
what sort of geese do you have? would love a few goose-ys......

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Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:38 pm
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Post Re: Goose eggs in April???
Just farmyard - Gander is white and females are grey and white - unfortunately not pilgrim (even if Dad is) as you can sex them from birth - we have 5 who are now almost 5mths old, same size as adults but impossible to tell which way they hang as yet! I made her a nest and put in her 4 eggs today. Managed to separate her from rest on their way to bed so will see if she settles in over next few days :)

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Post Re: Goose eggs in April???
With the 9th egg laid yesterday the goose has finally decided to sit! That makes at least 23 days of laying to get 9 eggs before sitting - what is the likelihood of a hatch?? I know they don't start 'cooking' until she sits but has this making of the clutch taken too long?

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Post Re: Goose eggs in April???
No that should be fine the hatch rate may be a little lower on some of the older eggs but provided she sits well you should get some goslings!

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Post Re: Goose eggs in April???
Thanks for that Cai - she seems to be a good girl as she is sitting strong and never hesitated at the beginning when I moved her first two eggs to the nest area of my choice - must have made it nice and cosy in goose opinion ;)

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