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Ginkotree



Joined: 26 Jun 2008
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Location: south west wales
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 6:32 am    Post subject: Geese sitting  Reply with quote    

I feel so happy, I have two geese sitting very proudly on thier wonderful nests..and the dads are very protective

Sonny



Joined: 12 Apr 2010
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Location: South Lincs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dont forget to make sure there is a water container that the females can sit in very close as most poor hatches are down to the fact the famles havent been able to give the eggs their daily damping, this is especially important in the last week, most of the time myself and some others I know will dip the eggs in tepid water the day before they are due to hatch.
Goose eggs in an incubator also need a higher humidity so do them on their own

Ginkotree



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for that tip, they both have water but I will put it closer to them..

pookie



Joined: 01 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fab Ginkotree!

Little gosling are so lovely!

Make sure your ladies are protected from fox attack, as the gander will not be able to do that, no matter how much he bluffs at you.

Good luck and keep us posted

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oooooh good luck. As Pookie said .... keep us posted.

My old pair have decided they can't even be bothered to lay this year!

Geese make wonderful parents it's a joy to watch.

Ginkotree



Joined: 26 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know they are grateful for the water being closer but there was an awful lot of hissing... I will have to trust that they were ok so far ..we shall see.

BadgerFace



Joined: 25 Mar 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GSHP wrote:
Oooooh good luck. As Pookie said .... keep us posted.

My old pair have decided they can't even be bothered to lay this year!

Geese make wonderful parents it's a joy to watch.


Not a single egg from my pair either Hoping that the late spring was the problem, but could be old age - though I don't think 15 is that old for a goose

Good luck with your hatch Ginkotree, looking forward to seeing some gosling pic's

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My gander from as far as we can work out is about 30 the goose only 10. They have made an half hearted attempt at both mating and nest building but nothing more....I live in hope.

Ginkotree



Joined: 26 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

pookie wrote:
Fab Ginkotree!

Little gosling are so lovely!

Make sure your ladies are protected from fox attack, as the gander will not be able to do that, no matter how much he bluffs at you.

Good luck and keep us posted


The dogs are out all the time to watch for the fox and Gent "got one " when he was home, smudge the dog cornered it in the barn...mangey old thing.
I have rescued one of my geese from a fox three times, she now has a purple neck from the anti septic spray..I only let them out if I am about and shut them away if I go down the lane.

T.G



Joined: 13 Sep 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oh how lovely ginkotree - best of luck

.o0is it geese who are the ones that need water to mate - i'm sure thats the reason they gave us as to why ours laid lovely eggs but never hatched ...

Ginkotree



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have no idea if it is a Need but they certainly "enjoyed" the water..ducks when I had them were the same...I am lucky as I have so much water running through the farm that I was able to divert it to make a pond that I can sluice out when it gets mucky...and the geese have nibbled round the edge to make it bigger...I am sure someone here knows..

T.G



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well i'm sure if they have 'enjoyed' the water together then all is as it should be regards fertility at least

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't think water is essential but certainly with the heavier breeds it is thought that mating on water 'helps'.

Many a time I thought my poor goose would drown...she was held under for so long

Sonny



Joined: 12 Apr 2010
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Location: South Lincs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the goose will go and wet her underside then go and sit back on the nest to keep the humidity up, it increases hatchability and is proven by the fact that geese eggs need a higher humidity in incubators.
The higher humidity also makes it easier to hatch, many goslings are lost due to being unable to hatch

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 10 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GSHP wrote:
I don't think water is essential but certainly with the heavier breeds it is thought that mating on water 'helps'.


That's what I've always understood - and with heavy breed ducks, too. It's a bit like a circus act for them otherwise.

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