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Canada Goose Egg Addling Protocol

Done the right way, addling is a humane way to keep Canada goose populations down

The Humane Society of the United States

  • One addling method is to replace the real eggs with dummies to trick the goose into continuing to incubate and prevent her from laying more eggs. J. Irish

The term "addling" means loss of development, and is commonly used to refer to any process by which an egg ceases to be viable.

Addling can occur through natural processes, when incubation is interrupted long enough for eggs to cool and for embryonic development to be arrested.

Humans may also humanely manage bird populations by using addling techniques to prevent egg development.

This protocol is written specifically for Canada geese (Branta canadensis), and is intended to help minimize human-goose conflicts where addling programs for these birds are desired.

For more information, download the PDF or learn about Canada goose egg addling training workshops »

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