There used to be a goose that sat in the bushes all the time on a nest. Well the other day I was walking my dogs and I looked and saw blood and feathers dragged across the snow and the mom was gone.
I waited a day just to make sure that the blood and feathers I saw was the mom. She wasn't there the next day, so I took the eggs and put them in a box with a blanket, foil, a wet rag, and a heat lamp.
When I got the eggs they were cold. I just tried to look at them with a flashlight and my grandma said she saw something that might be a baby, but she wasn't sure. I also tried the water trick, but it wasn't either a float or a sink. So what should I do? Please help. Thanks.
I don't remember the proper temp because my geese hatched their own eggs. I do remember a few things you need to be informed of. Turn the eggs several times a day. Heat-moisture are essential. When they pip (start to hatch) do not help with pulling the shell off. That makes them bleed and die. For food you will need some mash and to help, gather clean clover and cut into 1/4 inch pieces. Put water in a dish with a smaller lip. When they see you, you become mom and you will be followed. Hugs for caring. Geese are wonderful.
Me again. To see life in the egg, you need a dark closet, cardboard roll from TP, and a flashlight. Put the egg on one end of TP cardboard and lit flashlight on the other. You will see how far along they are.
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I found a goose nest with 6 eggs in it. My boss told me to throw them off the boat but instead, I gave 5 to my friend and one I kept. We had just seen the mom earlier. I am keeping the egg wrapped in 2 blankets and a human heating pad on low. Do you think it is still alive? What should I do? I do not have an incubator.
By Man13 from Knoxville, TN
Get the movie "Fly Away Home". The girl on there came up with an ingenious way of keeping her goose-eggs alive and hatched them all. Plus it's a fantastic movie and based on a true story. But if you watch it you should be able to get some ideas from it. Good luck. (05/04/2009)
Incubation is a delicate process with precise temperature, a turning eggs over schedule that is very important, and a specific humidity setting, too. My neighbor used to hatch eggs with an incubator and I was fascinated with how persnickety the whole process was. Call the nearest feed store and find out who has an incubator. If you do hatch it out, it will be a wild-type goose, right? I thought the title of that movie was "Father Goose", I could be wrong. (05/04/2009)