Second hatch – Embden geese – 31 May-1 June

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June 14, 2014 by janem213

More geese : )

This was my first hatch for Louise (not Lou my neighbour) …. she supplies the eggs, I incubate and hatch them, she has all the hatchlings for £2 each however many hatch – and I don’t have to worry about finding them all homes, which is always a concern but has always worked out. If eventually!

– – i.e., a “hatching service”. The £2 doesn’t begin to cover the lack of sleep, the stress* and amount of time and work a hatch demands but then I have never done it for the money, which is just as well as I never do more than break even, all costs considered.

*I say stress but there is plenty of anticipation, excitement and lots of other things that make up for any stress.

Here is the first one starting to hatch…
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…and hatched!
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Only 3 hatched out of 6 eggs that looked good prior to hatching, all very lovely, healthy, chunky goslings. Louise was delighted that they happened to be 2 girls and 1 boy, which is the perfect combination for her. The males have lighter colouring than the females.

Here are they are still drying off in the hatcher, not a day old…image
A bit older…
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A bit older…(not long cleaned out and already poop everywhere!)
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Under the electric hen…
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And on to their new home at 6 and 7 days old…
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I think goslings are my favourites, as I have said before – they are much more aware/sentient than ducklings or chicks, you can almost have a conversation with them. They feel totally different to ducklings which have bidies that are more solid and hard – goslings are lovely and squidgy!

Loiuse was very happy and by then her next eggs were in another incy, some very special ones that I have wanted to do since my first hatch – 6 beautiful peafowl eggs!

In the incy 1st May 2014

Candling at one week, of 10 eggs 7 looked good.

Down to 6 at the hatch…

Of these only 3 hatched..

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