I have 1 single female goose as a pet. She is just over 1 year old. I got her when she was a baby..
She was a very active goose, always walking around the yard and finding new things to play with and corners to sit in... She has been laying about 4 eggs per week, for about the last 4 months or so...

About 3 weeks ago, she sat down in her nest and since then has hardly gotten up. She had a very healthy appetite but since she sat in her nest, she hardly eats anything.. 1 plate of food can last 2 days, when she used to eat 2-3 plates of food a day (plus her rumagging) She also has not laid any eggs during this time..
From everythign I read, it seemed as if she were brooding, despite the fact that she is not laying eggs, and has no eggs to fertilize, and could not even if she wanted to (no husband)...
So, is this normal? What is going on with my goose? How much longer can I expect this to go on, before she gets back to normal? She used to be playful and friendly. Now she just sits there and hardly even talks to us...

Rafi
About 3 weeks ago, she sat down in her nest and since then has hardlygotten up. She had a very ... she is not laying eggs, and has no eggs to fertilize, and couldnot even if she wanted to (no husband)...

Even thought the eggs are not fertile, they will still sit them. The incubation period is approximately 28 days. I would try to get her off of her nest for part of the day, to eliminate, eat, and swim.

Regards
Isn't that an awful stress on her body to lay that many eggs over that period of time?
Dave
I have 1 single female goose as a pet. She is just over 1 year old. I got her when ... to sit in... She has been laying about 4 eggs per week, for about the last 4 months or so...

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From everythign I read, it seemed as if she were brooding, despite the fact that she is not laying eggs, and has no eggs to fertilize, and could not even if she wanted to (no husband)...

Except that in the first paragraph, you say she has been laying for the last 4 months.
So, is this normal? What is going on with my goose? How much longer can I expect this to go on, before she gets back to normal?

Yep, it is brooding, which is normal. I've had a solo female cockatiel that would lay a clutch of eggs, and then sit on them, for about half of the incubation period.
You are better off to let her lay a full clutch, and sit on them, as by constantly taking eggs away, she can become calcium depleted.

The size of the clutch, and duration of the incubation period vary by species, but that is how birds reproduce.
If you pet her around the vent, she can be fooled into thinking she has mated. Emotion: wink
yah, okay, you betcha.
I feel like I need a bath now..