Same goose, different year lol. My grey goose is laying again. Earlier this month I tried incubating a few of her eggs without success. I don't know if the eggs were infertile or if they froze, but not a one developed. Mama Goose always lays overnight, and spring time temperatures in the Rocky Mountains at 9000' are brisk to put it mildly!
The first of the eggs was layed about 2 weeks ago. Mama goose was laying an egg about every 2nd or 3rd day and not actively sitting but was showing signs that she would nest. I gathered the eggs until I had a clutch of 4 eggs for her to sit on. The tentative nest she was building was situated right at the entrance of the pen where if I opened the gate it would hit the nest and could very well break the eggs. So I hollowed out an area in the stall, and lined it with straw, layed the 4 eggs in it and hoped Mama goose would approve. Later on that evening spying on the geese via my barn cam I was thrilled to see Mama Goose sitting on my makeshift nest!
She has been sitting faithfully and has vastly improved the nest, lining it with her own down. She has also layed two more eggs and is now sitting on a clutch of 6 eggs.
This morning mama goose got off her nest while I was feeding and gave me an opportunity to photograph the eggs in the nest. Here they are 6 eggs with Mama goose primping the nest.
. And moments later she was back sitting on them like a dutiful mama.