wings and things

Mother goose

on December 10, 2013


After weeks of feeding Ola special grain and replenishing her water, and looking forward to her two goslings hatching, I went out this afternoon to find that she had abandoned the nest and there was only one egg there. So I brought the warm egg into the house and put it in my shirt pocket and googled goose hatching whilst stroking the egg and saying little mothery things to the gosling inside it. I found enough information to warrant going outside again and slightly cracking the egg so it could get out.

Well, guess what? There was no gosling; it was just an unfertilized and beautiful egg with a massive yoke – not a chick. And to think I was stroking this stupid egg for two hours when I could have used it to bake a cake! Argh!

Ola is frolicking without those eggs and I am feeling like a goose!

21 responses to “Mother goose

  1. Oh that is too funny!! 😀

  2. ytaba36 says:

    Can you hear me cackle all the way from tropical Queensland! Your heart was in the right place, Julie. 🙂

  3. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:


  4. Haha! Too funny! The visual of you stroking that egg made my morning!

  5. I love it!!! Haha. Don’t worry. I would have done the same thing. SO funny! Love your birds stories.

  6. That’s ok, Julie – just remember, once a mother “hen” or bear or goose …. always a mother …. lol!

  7. FlaHam says:

    Julie, How does it taste fried over easy, with a little salt and pepper?? Just curious, take care, Bill

  8. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    That’s so funny, Julie! 🙂 I would never know myself, what is what – would have NO idea!!

    Love the photos.

  9. janechese says:

    The yokes on you!

  10. So you are not Mother Goose after all

  11. Ditto what janechese wrote. U R 2 cute, Jules. 😉

  12. Terry says:

    What a disappointment!

  13. batgurrl says:

    A wonderful moment to enjoy. At leat for us looking in at the egg. 😉

  14. This made me laugh, Julie. Lovely pics. 🙂

  15. Lynda says:

    Julie, next time she lays, take a flashlight out with you once a week to monitor how the egg is developing. Hold it to the base of the egg, seal in the light with your and and fingers, then slowly turn it. If the egg is developing you will begin to see a web of veins, and as time progresses, a baby gosling will grow. Goslings hatch in approximately 32 days.

    WARNING: Never eat an egg that has been sat on, and never crack open an egg that has not hatched after weeks of being sat on. It could explode and cover you with nastiness! 😛

    Oh yes, and when she lays again make sure to give her a bunch of straw. Just lay it within reach and she will do all the fluffing and folding. 😉

    And as most have already said, at least your heart was in the right place. xo

  16. it’s a wonder you didn’t take ‘mama goose’ into the house to nurture her there… Diane

  17. Judith says:

    Loved this! You gave it your best eggy effort.

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