March 26, 2012
Limit Goose Flock Growth by Addling Eggs
Humanely reduce the local Canada goose population
The humane way to limit flock growth and stabilize goose populations is to keep eggs from hatching.
We call this “addling.” It can be done by treating eggs with corn oil or by removing the eggs from the nest, and it's humane if done at the earliest stages of development.
It limits the number of geese in places people don’t want more. And it frees adult geese from tending flightless goslings, so they can be encouraged to move themselves elsewhere before summer conflicts are greatest.
It takes a community to addle effectively
Would an addling program benefit your local parks, ball fields, and other open spaces? In order to addle, there have to be nests. Some properties have goose issues but no nests. In these cases, detective work during nesting season can uncover nesting sites. Then, volunteers can work with those properties to start addling.
Before you start an egg-addling program, hatch an overall plan to keep the peace with geese.
Everybody needs some practical instruction before attempting to addle. Training is needed to identify mated birds, find nests, and humanely treat or remove eggs. Take our egg addling course online and see our egg addling manual to learn the proper techniques.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) no longer requires special permits to addle in the lower 48 states, but you must register with the Service first.
Some states require you to get their permission first. Check on your state's requirements. Many states simply accept USFWS registration, but some have additional requirements.
» Learn about Canada goose egg addling training workshops.
» Get trained in egg addling with our egg addling online course and manual.
» Guide to Canada Geese shows step-by-step how to humanely deal with "nuisance" geese.
» Living with Wild Neighbors in Urban and Suburban Communities: A Guide for Local Leaders gives elected officials and other decision-makers the tools to implement long-lasting, nonlethal solutions to community wildlife conflicts.
» Humane Wildlife Services works to resolve homeowners' conflicts with wild neighbors.
» Our Wild Neighbors book offers a detailed look at urban wildlife species and how to peacefully coexist with them.