Goose and duck share tasks
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CTA. 2000. Goose and duck share tasks. Spore 89. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Imele Benoit, a meat technologist in Bamenda, Cameroon, tells us about his incubating ducks: 'I have a small but diversified poultry run, with chickens and cocks, ducks and drakes and geese and ganders, all free-range.I have noticed that the geese...
Imele Benoit, a meat technologist in Bamenda, Cameroon, tells us about his incubating ducks: 'I have a small but diversified poultry run, with chickens and cocks, ducks and drakes and geese and ganders, all free-range. I have noticed that the geese are bad layers, but they are very productive with their eggs. One goose can lay between 20 to 30 eggs in a clutch, but only about 15% will hatch properly. My tests were to get the duck to sit on the goose s eggs. During the first test, I replaced the duck s eggs with those of the goose. Of the six eggs hatched by the duck, I got three goslings. In my second test, I replaced six duck eggs with three goose eggs, and I got two goslings and some ducklings. In the third test, I let the goose sit on the eggs, and I got just one gosling. My conclusion is that when I want goslings, I let the duck sit on them. After 28 to 30 days, the young goslings leave their shells and get used to their adoptive mother, for the first month. Then they abandon their incubator duck and go back to their biological parents.'
SubjectsANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HEALTH;
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