Saturday, December 10, 2011

goslings and kits

I'm starting to doubt the chance of yuletide bunnies and goslings. The eggs Saro has been nesting on have yet to hatch, and none of the does took to their fall breeding in November. I had the does again, but there's nothing I can do at this point to bring geese into the world. I hope a few hatch, both this farm and Common Sense down the road, are interested in geese. They are great for bartering too. I could get some great bath and body supplies from them for a few goslings, and next year's goose dinner for me!


Blogger doglady said...

After many attempts to breed my does last Jan, Feb and March, I have learned that you need to provide light if you want success. I suspect it is natures way of preventing the birth of kits that wouldn't survive under natural conditions.
You could always use an incubator to hatch goslings if your guys don't meet with success.

December 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

Humm all this rabbit talk makes me want to get some..I already have a home for them. HOA found out my friend had chickens too so he had to get rid of the chickens and the coop so he gave it to me. Hay Jenna are you going to do an online rabbit work shop?

December 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger E said...

Can you candle goose eggs the same way you can chicken eggs to see if they are fertilized?

December 10, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

I have some mature Silver Fox does that I showed in November. They are not buns to keep in a breeding program but would be fine to produce meat. If I can't sell them for a meat program, they will go to freezer camp.

December 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger becky3086 said...

When I first started with rabbits I was told to leave the buck in for an hour and then take him out. Well, it just plain doesn't work. Leave him in there over night and if you don't see them mating leave him in for a couple days. They just don't breed that good (unless they are used to it) right off like that. It takes some time. You can also breed a second male after the first and that helped as well. I also found that the more natural environment that you made for rabbits, the better.
As for geese, yes you can candle the eggs--if you could get them from the mama--which I doubt. I have tried to let my ducks hatch eggs and did have one duckling hatch one year and then it died from lack of attention from the mother. It seems better to hatch them yourself unless their environment is natural enough for them to hatch them on their own which is unlikely in most cases.

December 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Usually the doe goes into the buck's cage which negates any ownership of the space on her part. It has been my experience that things will be accomplished in minutes if she is willing and he knows what he's doing. Sometimes it takes longer and sometimes the doe is flat out not going to agree to be serviced regardless of how long you leave her.

December 10, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

You know that saying "breeding like rabbits"? So not true. It is getting rather late in the year. Maybe wait a couple months and try again.

December 11, 2011 at 3:28 PM  

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