While it may seem cruel, keeping the geese from having a successful nesting season is the most humane way of controlling their population. This method is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States.
In the spring, we intensely search for goose nests, noting the date and location of each nest we find.
When the eggs are only a few days old, we oil them with corn oil, which keeps them from developing. If you were to crack open an egg at this age, it would look exactly like an egg that you would cook.
After the female goose has been allowed to sit on the nest for two to three weeks, we remove the eggs. At this point she and her mate can still fly, but it is too late for them to renest. All geese molt (lose their flight feathers) for around six weeks during the summer...usually mid June to the first of August.
Our aim is to have no molting geese on your property during the summer.
If these eggs are allowed to hatch, this one nest will be responsible for having seven geese on the property for at least three months. (Two adults, five goslings)
Note: A federal egg depredation permit must be obtained in order to oil the eggs. We will aid you in getting that permit and will handle all egg oiling activities. We maintain all records and prepare your year end report for you that must be sent in to US Fish and Wildlife.