Pal-Mates … weekend web tip

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


Greylag family — Phoebe Vaughan