Mother knows best, but what if you have to use an incubator?
5 Domestic Goose top tips from Colin Murton.
• Set eggs no longer than a week after laying as viability declines a bit every day
• Most incubators are designed to be indoors, they don't cope with huge variations of temperature
• Turn eggs at least twice a day, more if you can, to and fro, not round and round!
• Ramp up the humidity a couple of days before hatching so the gosling does not stick to the membrane
• Be patient, from the first signs of pipping to hatch can be up to 48 hours