Pal-Mates — weekend web tip

G is for Gravid and for Goose.

How can you tell when geese are about to lay? Although body shape of the goose sometimes makes it plain she has an egg on the way, the first signs are often a change in behaviour. The pair will prospect for safe places and the gander may decide he really does not want your company.

February is often the start of the laying season for domestic geese, and also for the Nene or Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis).
A pair of Nene or Hawaiian Geese
Nene Geese — Ian Gereg