Getting 'Addled' About Goose Eggs


New York, like other states blessed with waterfowl traffic, is getting goosed these days and it’s hurting, mainly due to destruction of the ecosystem by these birds. Although hunters take almost 100,000 Canada geese yearly in September, it’s not good enough. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will issue a General Depredation Permit, that according to an article in, “allows the disturbance or removal of adult or juvenile Canada geese or their nests or eggs under certain situations, without having to apply for individual state and federal permits.” 

Geese nest from mid-March to mid-May, and you know, if they have a family in the area, they want to stay around – at least until the kids are finished with school. 

So, the DEC encourages egg addling. 

What in the wide world of outdoor activities is egg addling? 

You sneak up on a nest, remove the goose first (by scaring it away – remember, it’s not hunting season) and then puncture the eggs (you get to choose the weapon) or coat the eggs with 100 percent corn oil. It does not state whether olive oil or vegetable oil is suitable. The DEC, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes an online report “When Geese Become a Problem," which offers alternatives to addling. 

How about you? You done any addling lately?