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I had to share with some people who might understand how sad I am right now. We have had Sebastapol geese for 2 years now and have not gotten any babies. Last year I sent 37 eggs to be incubated and not one hatched. The geese hatched out one gosling last year them selves, and a raccoon got it. This year one of our females was attacked by a raccoon and scared off her nest, all eggs were lost to ravens. Then a few weeks later in the middle of the day she was killed by a raccoon. I was heart broken. So we manged to save 8 eggs from the other female, the rest the ravens got if we weren't quick enough to get them before they did. So those 8 eggs spend the last 35 days in the incubator, and 2 pipped on Thursday. One died today, stuck in its shell and the other is still alive and kicking but not making much progress. I so want to intervene, but know it's 99% of the time not helpful.  I feel so helpless right now, I just needed like minded folk to commiserate with.
 
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Sorry to hear about your problems. I've lost several of my geese this year to something. I'm not sure what yet, but I don't think it's coons.
I also have not had much success incubating goose eggs. But the one I did get to hatch several years ago is my best buddy. He followers me everywhere.
 
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Thanks Phil, I'm sorry to hear you've lost some to predators as well. It's never a good feeling. 
 
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