Problem Geese

The following is a summary of nest and egg control for Canadian Geese called egg addling. Due to occasional changes in regulations, do not rely on information provided here as it may be dated. Make sure you link to the government websites listed below.

Geese usually return in spring to the area where they hatched or where they nested previously. Over time, this results in increasing numbers of geese in areas that once had just a few birds. Sound familiar DeRuyter people. Growth may be controlled by preventing geese from nesting successfully. Although it is difficult to eliminate nesting habitat, harassment in early spring may prevent geese from nesting on a particular site. However, they may still nest nearby where they are not subject to harassment.

If nest prevention fails, treating the eggs to prevent hatching is an option. This can be done by puncturing, shaking, freezing or applying 100% corn oil to all of the eggs in a nest. The female goose will continue incubating the eggs until the nesting season is over. If the nest is simply destroyed or all the eggs are removed, the female may re-nest and lay new eggs as anyone with a parakeet can attest to.

Egg treatment helps in several ways. First, it directly reduces the number of geese that will be present on a site later in the year. Second, geese without young will be more easily repelled from a site after the nesting season. Finally, if conducted on a large enough scale (throughout a town), it can help slow the growth of a local goose population, and over time lead to stable or declining numbers.

Federal and state regulations apply to any disturbance or treatment of Canada goose nests or eggs. However, federal rules only require that persons register on-line at the site listed below before conducting this activity. It is simple and no cost. All that is required is that you have valid email and that you return to this site (link below) by October 31 to report the number of nests with eggs you destroyed, and the date (month) and location (county). You must report even if you conduct no activity. You will not be able to register for future seasons if you have an outstanding report. You must register between January 1 and June 30 this year. The bottom link below takes you to the US Fish and Wildlife Service registration site.

NYS DEC Article – When Geese Become A Problem-


Permit Requirements Question and Answers–


On-Line Permit Site –

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