Colour: Grey with white underbelly and black markings
Size: 60 to 90 cm
Wingspan: 1.3 to 1.8 m
These migratory birds are loud and obnoxious. Their messy nature is becoming increasingly more troublesome as they return to the same location every year and many choose to overwinter in cities without migrating south. Geese can be aggressive and damage property through their picking and their excrement. Health risks arise from their feeding habits and as they drop feces as they walk. Geese can also be a risk for air safety. As geese are a protected species, it is best to get professional help to remove and then decontaminate.
Canada geese can be found in most types of wetland. Although they are waterfowl, they spend as much time on land as they do in the water. In the spring and summer months, the geese consume leaves, flowers, stems, roots, seeds and berries. They will often graze one food for 12 hours or more a day to consume a sufficient amount of nutrients. It is necessary for them feed even more intensively right before they fly north after the winter, storing energy for an active breeding period and preparing for a lack of food in the spring. Canada geese can also be found grazing on lawns, in parks, at beaches and on golf courses.
Goose Life Cycle
Female Canada geese lay their eggs between March and June. They will lay between four to ten whitish eggs in a nest made of grass, reeds and moss which they line with down. The nests are usually on the ground near water. The females hatch the eggs and turns them over often to evenly heat them. Male Geese will guard the females and their nests and will call out a warning if danger approaches. They eggs will hatch in about a month. Breaking out of the shell with an egg tooth on the top of their bills. It may take the chicks one to two days to completely break out of the shell. They will fly when they are between 40 and 70 days old. In most cases Canadian Geese will mate for life.
It is important to never feed the Geese. Fencing off water access also will help to discourage grazing as they prefer to be close to water access during feeding. Keeping grass well manicured and choosing less favorable varieties of grass will also deter these picky eaters. Moving the food source further from the water line can greatly dissuade Geese from choosing your location to feed. Remove grass from water edge to about 39 yards. Opting for less edible options like sand or inedible organic choices.
Goose Service Prep Guide
There are many things that should be done to prepare for a goose treatment. For the full list of ways to make your goose treatment successful, view our Goose Service Preparation Guide.
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