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The broody goose is sitting on her last remaining non-viable egg (we ate the rest). It's been almost 6 weeks now and she's still sitting tight, and in the last week or two, only getting off very rarely (some days not at all, or not that I've noticed). Should I now remove the egg next time she gets off? Force her off?
Also, she has straw stuck in one nostril - should we be concerned? Or will it work its way out once she spends more time on - and in - the pond?
and sorry, I can see you have a dilemma there but it's been tickling me all day.
I find that straw stuck in the nostril is a definite sign of needing to get out more!
Hope she isn't too upset at being evicted.
So the next day, I moved and laid out one of the posh but nowadays unused chicken coops for her use, under the granary, with the side permanently open and the door propped up. I put straw in there as I had the thought that I might get her used to it and then shut her in to keep her safe from Foxy each night. But she's far too wise to get trapped in a chicken coop, and would spend the day in and around it, but then head to the pond at twilight. Until early April, when she started nest building and spending each night in said coop. The nest was pretty good, as she added to her clutch (and as I quietly removed the plus ones). Then she started sitting in earnest, lining her nest with down and plugging holes in the roof of the chicken coop with bits of hay to stop the draughts (which made me smile as the entire side of the coop is permanently open...)
So, to cut a rambling tale a bit shorter, she is indoors - kind of - at night, albeit indoors with an open side and under the granary. Next time she leaves the nest and I am here, should I simply shut up the chicken coop, effectively shutting her out, and hope the she sleeps on the pond as she did, or remove egg, nest, etc from the coop, but leave her able to go in there (open as it is)?
Yours, concernedly, Kate
Oh I so wish! Still working on the other half to agree to that..... If I do persuade him, is there a risk she won't accept them? There are day old goslings for sale just up the road....Marigold wrote:Would a couple of goslings be an option for Goosie, Kate?
Goosie came out today, to eat some feed I put down for her (though she was very wary of me) and to go for a bathe on the pond. I swiped the two eggs (she'd obviously snuck in another one at some point) but she came rattling back before I could do anything else. She's back on her nest, which is a true thing of beauty, every now and then hunting for the missing eggs. I'll see how she goes, and if she stays on there, will swipe the nest next time she gets off.
Thank you all for your feedback!