Tips on Hatching Goose Eggs


Hatching goose eggs is as much fun as technically it sounds. The activity can be taken up as a project or as an exciting business. Normally it takes around 28 to 35 days for the goose eggs to hatch. The first step is to gather eggs which are fertile and have proper shape and are without any damage. The eggs should be less than five days old. To get these types of eggs it is important to obtain eggs from a place where the stock is well fed and managed. The eggs should not be washed much and the usage of water whose temperature is lower than that of the egg should be avoided. While storing the eggs it has to be ensured that the eggs are not at all wet, they should be dry to as much extent as possible. Even before the eggs are set in the incubator, they should be allowed to reach a temperature around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Any egg having a crack of what so ever size should not be placed in the incubator.

An incubator provides the conditions that are ideal for hatching the eggs. If the incubation is being done naturally, a hen will do the job but if the incubation is being done artificially certain factors need to be kept in mind which are temperature, humidity, ventilation in incubator and the turning of eggs as these play a major role in deciding the success in hatching from the egg. The incubator should be running for at least for 24 hours before the eggs are placed and a proper initial temperature and pressure should be there in the incubator. The temperature should be around 99 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity around 55%. The eggs need to be marked or can be left unmarked depending upon the type of incubator. The conditions in the incubator do not need to be changed for the whole of the incubation period. But in the last 3 days humidity has to be increases to around 72% to make the shell softer for easier hatching. Proper ventilation ensures the availability of required amount of oxygen to the embryo present in the egg but excessive ventilation should be avoided under all conditions to ensure proper working conditions. Turning of the eggs ensures that the embryo does not stick to the shell and the gosling that comes out from the egg does not have any deformity. In case of natural incubation for hatching goose eggs all the conditions are provided by the hen.

Artificial incubators can be selected by deciding upon the number of eggs that are to be incubated, the people and the resources that are available to carry out the process and the capital available. Artificial incubators are of two types, forced air incubators and still air incubators. Forced air incubators have built in fans which are missing in still air incubators and they are more expensive. Still air incubators are smaller and are the most commonly used for hatching goose eggs.

The incubator should be selected keeping in mind all the requirements and proper processes should be employed to achieve higher success rate of incubation.

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