Goose Eggs, Duck Eggs, Chicken Eggs
It’s egg season on the farm and our two lady geese are doing a lovely job of laying for us. Also, some of our older ducks are starting to lay (I think many are still a tad too young), and of course the chickens already know what the egg laying is all about.
So here are some pictures of the the two lady geese. They decided to make a nest beside the actual goose house (which the muscovy ducks use for a perch) and they share the nest. I don’t know if that is usual or not, but these two ladies don’t seem to mind. Initially, we were collecting the eggs because we were still experiencing temperatures well below freezing. Then we decided to let them have the eggs and see if they could hatch out some goslings for the farm. Now geese need a certain number of eggs in the nest before they will actually sit on the nest. They like 10 or more eggs and it takes 29-31 days for the eggs to hatch. Within a weekend, the ladies were up to 4 eggs in the nest. Alas, the next day all the eggs were gone. We live amidst the Carson National Forest, so there are plenty of egg-thieving predators that I could point the finger at, and you all know which finger I would use too.
So we started collecting the eggs again, and giving a few away here and there. So far, we have collected 1 duck egg. I was lucky to find it among the dead and down willows, as the goats had run through that space 3 times in the space of 20 minutes, scaring the ducks out of that area. It is a perfectly white egg, a little smaller than out chicken eggs. Then a week later, I noticed a second duck egg, only this one was light green and had been broken into. There are plenty of magpies around and I know they love chicken eggs, so I assume they wouldn’t turn down a duck egg. So far our ducks are not making nests, but rather simply laying their eggs out on the grass and leaving them.
And the other day, just after letting the geese out of the pond pen, the two white ones went over to where the ducks sun themselves much of the day, scaring the away. The goose proceeded to eat something white from the ground as the gander stood guard. I was not at a good place to be sure, but I fear my geese are periodically eating duck eggs! Damn them! If anyone else has heard of this, please leave me a comment.
Anyway, we are contemplating building a duck house, like a larger one sort of like our chicken house, to give them a safe place to lay eggs and be in at night. But that is a larger project and not one that needs to be seen to immediately.
I leave you with lots of pictures to aid you in your questionable dreams of farm poultry eggs.