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Hatching Goose Eggs
« on: March 06, 2010, 02:59:23 pm »
A friend brought 11 goose eggs over for me to incubate.  I'll use the deep homemade one for these large eggs.  Chicken, duck, and peacock eggs are as large as will fit in the "store bought" one.

It'll wait about a week to candle them and see if anything is happening.  I have no idea what species these are, but I suspect that they are Chinese or something.  I didn't get a chance to ask.


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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2010, 04:43:11 pm »
Interesting project. My uncle had geese for a few years many moons ago. His were white geese and he never clipped them. He let his go to the hay shed where they nested. Once hatched they would follow the adults to a spring out in the field, have a little swim and return to the hay shed. One day one of the adults got killed by a dog. The pair did not have goslings at the time. In a day or two of mourning for it's lost mate it took to flight and left, never to be seen again. I think the female was killed. I know with Canada geese the female (with mate) will always return to where it was born.

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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 05:44:40 pm »
That's pretty cool! When our boys were young we had an incubator. We hatched duck eggs and the little ducklings immediately became attached to our youngest boy. Followed him everywhere. Then we hatched pheasant eggs, and gave them to our old mother hen to protect. She did her best, but when she needed them to gather under her wings for protection, they instead scattered and ran for the hills. Old mother hen about had a conniption trying to gather them in before the cat ate them. The cat won. :-X
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 08:50:34 pm »
That is sad...Tim
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010, 08:54:50 pm »
That is sad... :(

Magic if they are Canadian Geese eggs, eat them.    They are trying to eat all my ryegrass >:( pastures before the cows.
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010, 09:10:37 pm »
James that is sad too....not what I was refering to exatly...kind of like the deer up here ..in your case....I have an attachment to getting the little fowels out of the shells myself...once I had a bantum setting on some guinea fowl eggs in a little hen houe I had at the time...I would close th door about dark each night to keep the opossums and coons out...I went to close th e door one evening and the hen was sitting on the floor....there was a chicken snake in her nest eating the eggs.....I shot the snake...cut it open ...took the eggs out and put them back in the nest ..put the hen back on them and most hatched....The hen raised a clutch of eaten eggs....Too bad the guienes were so stupid as to play chicken with cars...Sad..again I guess....Tim
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 09:20:04 pm »
I am just kidding about eating them.... I think. 

That's a cool story about the getting the eggs out of the snake.  I love seeing eggs hatch and grow too.  But the cows help pay the bills, geese don't.
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 10:21:54 pm »
I candled these eggs last night.  I know it's early, but I really don't think that they are any good.  I'll keep turning them and check them again in about a week.  I should see some blood vessels by then.

I've hatched ducks, chickens, peacocks, swans, and turkeys.  These are my first goose eggs.
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2010, 08:33:40 am »

 I was told Goose eggs are very difficult to hatch.   I knew a woman that would cut a plug of sod out of her yard, and use that in the incubator, to help keep the humidity high. Takes more humidity-wetness with Goose eggs.

  We hatched Pheasant and Bobwhite Quail. Kids were mesmerized when the eggs started moving and opening.

  Too bad most kids today, never see or learn that stuff.  ::) ::)  That's the sad part.  :(
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2010, 08:49:08 am »
My uncle raised all kinds of pheasants and wild fowl to. Also had silver fox right next door to the bird cages, and on the other side of the bird cages some red deer.  ;D :D

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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2010, 09:03:52 am »
Takes more humidity-wetness with Goose eggs.

I have all of the water cups full, so my humidity should be OK.  I just don't like the way the yokes are floating in these eggs.  I don't think that they are good, but time will tell.
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2010, 12:52:42 pm »

 Those shells are pretty thick. Can you actually see inside them ???  Can you see the spider ???  IF it is stuck to the inside of the shell, you are busted. Everything HAS to float for the start of creation.

  Do you know if the eggs were turned or elevated every day, before you got them ???  We used to put a small dot from a Sharpie on them, to know if they were turned every day.

  Sounds like you have experience. I'm just trying to jog the grey matter a little.  ;D ;D
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2010, 01:45:26 pm »
Sometimes it seems like I am the neighborhood "mother hen".  Folks bringing eggs.  I have had both incubators full and going several times.  The guy that brought these was very vague about their history.  Oh well, we'll know more in a week.
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2010, 08:11:23 pm »
Well, today is "Hatching Day".  Only 3 of the eggs were good.  Some were not fertile and some had bacteria growing inside of the shell.  Anyway, three hatched this afternoon and two grandsons got to watch the action...... :)

 


The last one pushing out.



Now all three are free....... :)  What a miracle.
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2010, 09:08:12 pm »
You didn't tell me you were setting eggs. I usually hatch a batch of chicks every year. Think I'll skip a year.

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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2010, 05:52:37 am »
What do you feed them at this stage Magicman? Looking great grandpa.  smiley_beertoast

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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2010, 08:52:13 am »
Purina "chick starter" works well.  In this case, since I was incubating them for someone else, I just called them and informed them that they were Daddy.  The family came over, and I was "chick free"...... :)
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2010, 08:08:13 pm »

 Is that a home made incubator .. I would like to make one and hatch a batch of chicks. If you built it .. what did you use .. ???  :P :P
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Re: Hatching Goose Eggs
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2010, 11:18:03 pm »
Is that a home made incubator ..

Yup, homemade.  The bottom is a thick styrofoam crabmeat shipping cooler.  There are 8 water cups made from 1/2 of the lid from paint spray cans.  I fill 4 for the first 3 weeks and then all 8.  They also serve as legs for the wire to rest on.  There are vent holes around the sides as well as the top.  The heat source is three  7 watt light bulbs.  I bought the thermostat from the seed/feed store.  There is really no substitute for a storebought thermostat.  The eggs should be turned each day.  The temperature is set at about 99oF.  I have a plexiglas window in the top so that I can see inside to check the temperature, etc.
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2010, 11:34:58 pm »
Congrats on the new additions to your family :D
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