It was whilst going about my morning routine-puting hay outside, then letting the goats out, then letting the sheep out and then finally letting the geese out. I opened the gate to the geese pen, stepped in to flush them out and felt it-a crack beneath my foot. I instantly knew what it was and my stomach dropped into my foot-my sebbies (sebastopol geese) had laid their first egg! And I had crushed it.
I knew it was breeding time in the geese yard by the cacophony of sound that greets my ears every day, but I had not seen any nesting going on and didn't really expect any-these geese are less than a year old. I do hope I can persuade them to move their nest beyond the gate entrance. I laid straw all around the perimeter of their pen this morning except by the gate in hopes that I can lure them to a better nesting spot.
I do hope Momma Goose can forgive me for literally crushing her first born.
Here's hoping that I have more eggs in the next few days. I may also need to dust off my incubator!