Canada Geese Control Federal Permit

Goose egg addling is a wildlife management method of population control for Canada Geese and other bird species. The process of "addling" involves temporarily removing fertilized eggs from the nest, testing for embryo development, terminating embryo development, and placing the egg back in the nest. Returning the egg to the nest misleads the goose believing the egg is still developing. Otherwise, the goose would begin laying again

In order to work effectively, addling must be conducted in a manner that does not arouse the suspicion of the goose, and must not change the odor, appearance or texture of the egg.We can control Canada Geese and reduce their invasion on your property. Addling means "loss of development." It commonly refers to any process by which an egg ceases to be viable. Addling can happen in nature when incubation is interrupted for long enough that eggs cool and embryonic development stops.

The federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and its amendments protect virtually all native bird species, including Canada geese. Protected birds, their nests, and their eggs cannot be “taken” (harmed) in any way without permission from the USFWS. For most bird species, anyone desiring to addle must apply to USFWS for a depredation permit for their site.

Canada geese that nest within the lower 48 States and the District of Columbia in the months of March, April, May, or June, or reside within the lower 48 States and the District of Columbia in the months of April, May, June, July, or August. New Jersey & New York do not require additional permits.

For an addling program to be successful, it is essential to understand the birds' biology and behavior since these guide addling timing and methods. It also ensures that other species are not affected and Canada geese are not harmed.

Canada geese are easy to recognize by their size, color and markings, and—of course—their distinctive “honking” calls. Canada geese tend to eat and loaf in grassy areas with open sight lines and access to a body of water. Sexual maturity is usually not until three years of age and geese can live up to 20 years, although the average life expectancy of a wild goose is much shorter. Both parents defend the nest and goslings until they are approximately 10 weeks old and can fly. You may wish to supplement this brief summary by referring to field guides and reference works for more details on the biology and natural history of this species.

Nesting Chronology

For addling to be effective and for developing embryos to be treated humanely, it is critical to know the timing of nesting and egg laying in our area. Geese start nesting at slightly different dates in different areas; earlier in southern areas and later in northern areas, ranging from March through June with peak activity in April and May in most of the United States. Weather conditions also impact nesting dates with slightly earlier nesting in warmer years.

Canada Goose Facts

We have a Federal Permit to perform Addling of the eggs. If you have any Geese problems call our office TODAY!