Breeding geese is quite a profitable business. This is particularly evident in the feeding, because from spring to autumn, their diet in large part consists of pasture. And if you have a large plot, the breeding of this bird will be one pleasure. But these birds have nuances that only experienced poultry farmers know and one of them is the beginning of egg production. So let's find out when geese begin to fly in full detail.
All details about laying
Geese are a rather large bird. By weight, they are inferior only to turkeys. It is also interesting that often its productivity depends on the weight of the female. Although highly productive in terms of laying eggs of these birds can not be called. On average, for 1 year, an adult goose is able to carry up to 40 pieces. It is also worth mentioning that the productivity and the onset of egg-laying also directly depends on the breed of geese and on the diet of their food.
Thus, with a certain diet, the average annual egg production of some breeds can reach 80 figures. It should be remembered that, unlike chickens, first-year rushing is not very productive, and the peak of egg production falls on the second and third year of their life. Also, one-year-old birds begin to rush later than others. This is due to the fact that the onset of egg-laying is accompanied by stress in geese. Therefore, while the body of a goose is not fully developed expect from her eggs should not be.
Start of egg production
Generally speaking, the young goose should begin to rush from 275 to 375 days of her life. But when creating the necessary conditions, some poultry farmers succeed in achieving the first egg to be laid at the age of 5-6 months. If you have both young and older birds, then finding out who laid the egg is easy. Young eggs have much smaller eggs than more mature birds.
There is an interesting opinion, according to which you can easily determine the purity of the breed of geese. It says that only pure breeds of geese begin their first egg-laying at the beginning of their second year of life. Opinion poultry farmers about such an interesting fact diverge. Therefore, believing him or not is up to you.
How to learn about the beginning of egg-laying?
Finding out that the goose will soon begin to sweep very easily according to their behavior. Before egg-laying they are very restless. There is also a trampling of geese in place. External signs are still lowered tail and uneven walking. The closer the time of intercourse of the first egg, the more restless the bird will move itself.
They begin to spin around the nests, carry straw in the nests and first sit near them and then in the nests themselves. Also the goose can dig the nest completely or bury itself in the straw with the head. You can also start talking about the approach of egg production, if geese collect and carry pebbles in their beak.
Preparation of poultry for laying
Experienced poultry farmers recommend that they feed the geese well one month before the start of the laying period. The diet of fattening should be made so that they gain about 0.5 kg in weight and at the same time do not become fat. To check if the bird has not grown fat very easily, it is enough to hold the palms under its wings, if the fat bumps are clearly palpable - this is obesity. Feeding is done in order to increase egg production, but if you overdo it in an obese bird, all eggs will be unfertilized.
Effect of diet on egg-laying
During egg-laying, geese may well lose weight, so they should not suffer from a lack of food. But we must remember that the diet also directly affects the laying of eggs. It is best to feed the geese with germinated grain during it. An excellent condition for the start of early egg-laying will be the presence of a large pasture and the ability to produce geese on it in early spring. There they will enjoy the first greens.
To increase productivity, you can also feed the bird feed for laying hens. Such feed can also cause earlier laying of eggs. It is worth recalling that this bird rushes in 2 periods, the interval between which is on average 1 month. In order to force them to rush again, they need to resort to enhanced feeding with greens, and also to start adding a little multivitamins to their feed.
A few tips from experienced farmers
- It is important that the first eggs were laid in the nest. Then even the bird on the run will definitely return to the nest in order to get in touch.
- If the goose wants to make friends, and the entrance to the goose-hole is closed, then it will just stand quietly under the door or shout loudly and walk near it.
- Usually geese rush in the morning at the same time. The difference can be up to 20 minutes. Only in some breeds, the demolition time is not normalized.
- Always remove eggs from the nest. If 5 or more eggs are left in it, it will cause a brooding instinct in the bird and lead to the termination of the socks.
- Fertilized, as a rule, is considered an egg laid on the third day after the fertilization process.
- Geese can dig their eggs very deep. Therefore, sometimes you need to be very careful to find them.