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#95935 - 04/22/11 07:55 PM Grafting Goslings
Maria Ricardo Offline
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I have goose eggs in the incubator. Since we have established that it is impossible to sneak up on geese at night, how can I slip the day-old goslings under the broody goose? Is it possible to graft goslings? How?

I'm thinking that it will be better to put the about-to-hatch eggs under her when she gets off the nest.

These are not tame geese.

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#95943 - 04/23/11 03:41 AM Re: Grafting Goslings [Re: Maria Ricardo]
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I don't keep geese myself, so no personal experience in this field. But I have read that adoption of goslings is a wide spread phenomenon with geese. To be on the safe side you can sneak in the eggs while the goose is away , but you can also read this.

http://www.rug.nl/biologie/onderzoek/onderzoekgroepen/dieroecologie/publications/1Kalmbach05.pdf

http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=17477889

there are some hits on google if you write 'goose adopting goslings'. I have recently seen a program where a goose was obsessed with adopting goslings, even though she was not setting herself.

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#95947 - 04/23/11 08:08 AM Re: Grafting Goslings [Re: Wieslaw]
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Wild Canada Geese often have adopted goslings in their care, mixed families. It is a survival pattern. There may be a number of families grazing together and the young just go back to water, with the nearest adults. With few nesting places, many pairs of Canada Geese have an additioal single goose of either sex as "nannies"--extra protection, well accepted. The 3-somes are together on the water, as well as field grazing, a seasonal grouping.

But working with them up close, would have no idea about working around a nest? Good luck, CJR

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#95956 - 04/23/11 11:18 PM Re: Grafting Goslings [Re: CJR]
Maria Ricardo Offline
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Very interesting article.

I put the eggs under the goose, hopefully they will hatch out OK. There are 2 other broody geese in the enclosure, we will see what happens.

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#96866 - 06/11/11 03:16 AM Re: Grafting Goslings [Re: Maria Ricardo]
Wieslaw Offline
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Grafting of gargantuan proportions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_W7F_6RCoo

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