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  • Joined Jan 2013
little bit worried
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:05:29 pm »
im a little bit worried about my goose. she's sitting on a nest and she's refusing to move even for food or drink. I've put both within reaching distance of her now but im not sure if its the right thing to do. i thought they wouldn't poo around the nest either?  ???

any advice would be welcome.


  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
Re: little bit worried
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 03:23:11 pm »
She will very likely come out for something to eat and drink every day at some point. Ours has been sitting for nearly four weeks now and although we don't see her out very often she looks to be in good condition so isn't going short of anything.


  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: little bit worried
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 03:25:36 pm »
Don't worry too much at this stage. Mother Nature knows what she is doing. In my experience they will often sit for days without leaving the nest then leave to eat, drink, poop and return quite happily to the nest.


  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Queensland, Australia
Re: little bit worried
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 03:28:23 pm »
They're quite good at giving the impression they're going to starve or dehydrate but the only time you should worry or act is when she's been sitting past the hatch date. Putting food near the nest can distress them as it can attract other animals, namely vermin. If it's not in an easily cleaned dish the first food the bubs could be tucking into could be moldy, as well.


  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: little bit worried
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013, 07:23:19 pm »
Mine sit very tight and do lose weight and start to look pretty scruffy. But they soon recover once the goslings hatch.

Just make sure that the food you're putting near her isn't left out overnight to attract beasties.

They do usually get up to drink and poo at least, but often only for 5 mins, so you'd have to never do both yourself to be sure of catching her!   :D


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: little bit worried
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2013, 07:32:13 pm »
I had a chicken that I was convinced wasn't getting off the nest. I happened to be washing up one day (it does happen ocasionally lol) and I saw her in the garden feeding and drinking.



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