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Common Swan Injuries

March 15th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Common Swan Injuries - (0 Comments)

There Can be Countless Types of Injuries.
Many are JUST Bad Luck – Unforeseen.

    COMMON SWAN INJURIES

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Swan Broken Wing

Broken Wings are TOO Common. 

Mute Cygnet Hit by Vehicle

Being Hit by a Vehicle is ALL TOO Common. 

Swan Fishing Hook

Fishing Hooks and Line Entanglement are TOO Common. 

Swan Fishing Line

    Snapping Turtle Injuries are TOO Common. 

Swan Snapping Turtle Bite

Swan Snapping Turtle Bite
I have Started this Page.. it has Basic General Information.
I Hope to ADD Information as Time Allows.
This Information is a Work in Progress…..

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Common Swan Problems

March 15th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Common Swan Problems - (0 Comments)

It would be Nice to Just Enjoy our Swans.

But there are Common Problems to be Aware of.

Common Swan Problems 

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Swan Problems

There a Variety of Things that Might
Affect a Swan’s Water Proofing.

WaterProof Feather

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Swan Under Tongue Impaction

Under Tongue Impactions Can Result in Serious Health Problems.

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This Next ONE is Very Painful for Any Bird or Swan.

Swan Bumble Foot Sore

Bumble Foot Sores – TOO Many Swans Develop these.

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Swan Poor Diet

A Poor Diet Verses and Healthy Diet  –  Same Swan.

Swan Good Diet

Feeding Bread to Swans Can Cause Far More Harm then Good.

Swan Waterfowl Bread

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WaterFowl – All Birds
are Very Susceptible to Heavy Metal Poisoning.

Swan Heavy Metal Poisoning

Swan Spoiled Feed

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SWANS are Safest in OPEN WATER in the Winter.

Swan Need Open Water

Frozen Out of their Pond – High Risk of Death.

Swan Need Open Water

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Rogue Swan

A “Rogue Swan”

UnPinioned Swans that FLY Away from the Homes
Will Cause Disruption to the Peace on YOUR POND ! !

I have been SURPRISED How MANY Times
we have had to deal with this PROBLEM.

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I have Started this Page.. it has Basic General Information.
I Hope to ADD Information as Time Allows.
This Information is a Work in Progress…..

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Watching Swans in Flight is Breathtaking.

Watching Your Swans Fly Away is Heartbreaking.

Keeping Your Swans Grounded – Flightless

Keep Your Swan Grounded

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Swans Evolved to Fly – Flight is Programmed in their DNA.

Mute Swans Flying

Odds are Good they WILL Fly Away.  

Mute Swan Full Wing

Living Free Swans will be Exposed to MANY Hazards.

Mute Cygnet Hit by Vehicle

Pinioned Swan

Understanding How and When to Pinion will Minimize
the Problems of Full Wing Swans
for Current and Future Swan Owners.

Pinioned Swan

Done Properly a Pinioned Wing will Appear Fairly Normal.

Pinion Swan Cygnet

I hope to have Information Soon for you to Read.

I Strongly Recommend you have Your Veterinarian Assist you
at least the First Time.

CLIPPING Is the Second Best Way
to Keep Your Swans Flightless

Clipping Swan

This Needs to be Done Annually after Your Swan Moults.

Clipping Swan

Information to Clip Your Captive Pet Swan

http://swanlovers.net/category/clipping-captive-swan-pets/

   If You are NOT Comfortable Clipping..
Ask Your Veterinarian to Assist You.  
This Information will Help.

Clipping Swan

This Page will be Develop as Time Allows.

I have Posted this Page.. it is Very Basic for Now.
I Plan to ADD Information I have once Time Allows.

This Information is a Work in Progress…..
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  This Title Speaks for Itself..
Swans can be Quiet and Quick.

NEVER Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan

 

Hormonal Male Mute Swan

    DO NOT WEAR WHITE WHEN YOUR MALE SWAN 
       Is in “Spring HORMONE HELL.”

Hormonal Male Mute Swan

     Male Swans are Hormonally Programmed
when they See WHITE to Drive or the “Intruder.”


This Page will be Developed as Time Allows.

Bringing New Swan/Swans Home

Bringing Swan Home

Keeping a Record for Your New Swans

Keep Swan Records

NEW SWAN INFORMATION RECORD

DATE: NAME:
AGE: DATE/YEAR HATCHED:

DNA-SEX TESTING CERTIFICATE: SEX:

PURCHASED FROM:
PREVIOUS HOME:
PHYSICAL CONDITION:

ANY BLEEDING:

EYES: TONGUE COLOR:

WINGS:
WHICH SIDE PINIONED:
IF CLIPPED/WHEN:

ANY BROKEN FEATHERS:

LEGS: ANY BAND:

FEET: BUMBLE SORES:
CLAWS:

WEIGHT: CHECK BREAST:
LAST DOSE OF WORMING MEDICATION:
STOOL FOR OVA & PARASITES:

HEALTH CERTIFICATE:

NOTES:

WORLDWIDE THERE ARE SEVEN SPECIES OF SWANS

                        The REGAL Swan Foundation.

                         The WorldWide Loss of Swans

 

  THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION..  

Mute Swans

 

Trumpeter Swans Nesting

 

Migrating Tundra Swans

 

Black Australian Swans

 

Black Neck Swans

 

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MOONShine Madness

March 12th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in MOONShine Madness - (0 Comments)

** ALCOHOL is Toxic to Birds..
Alcohol Depresses the Organ Systems of Birds
and can be Fatal.

MOONShine Madness

 Making Feed Moonshine

Feed Fermenting Moonshine

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Are You unknowingly making “Moonshine Mash” ? 

I have followed the General Feed instructions below,
NOT Questioning Why ??..
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Swan Moonshine Mash
GENERAL Label/Tag Instructions for using
Commercial Animal/Live Stock Feeds.

Dry Feed: Change Daily..

Wet Feed Mixtures: Change Daily
When Temperature is 65 Degrees or Less.

Change every 12 Hours when Temp,
is higher then 65 Degrees.

Change Immediately if you see any Bubbles.

“WHY???” would Swans like the Wet Feed Mixture
after it sits and is Bubbling ????

Swan Moonshine Mash

The Swans LIKE it because it is Sweeter
as the Starch Breaks Down and Alcohol forms.

  The Mixture is developing into “Moonshine Mash.”

Swan Moonshine Mash

TO QUOTE Chuck Miller
from the Discovery TV Show “MoonShiners” :
“And this is how we make the Moonshine.”

How to Make Moonshine Mash
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Moonshine-Mash

Moonshine Mash is a Fermented Mixture or Slurry of Ingredients,
principally Corn, Sugar, Water and Yeast, that are Distilled to produce High-Proof Drinking Alcohol, also known as Moonshine or White Whiskey.

While Distilled Alcohol can be made from a variety of Grains,
Moonshine is most often associated with a Corn Based Mash.

This is left to Ferments at 80 Degrees for an Average of 7-10 Days.

MoonShiners use 50 LB Bags of Corn, Wheat, Rye, Poultry and Horse Feeds Plus Sugar and Yeast in their Mash Recipes to make “MoonShine.” Different Grains create different Flavors.

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POULTRY Feed Ingredients are Ground Grains and Plant Proteins.

Swan Moonshine Mash

Adding Warm Water to Poultry Feed.. allowing this to Dissolve
into a Slurry of Starch and Protein, Bacteria and Yeast in the Environment will start to breakdown and FERMENT this mixture creating Grain Alcohol.

Swan Moonshine Mash

Swan Moonshine Mash

The Wet Feed Ferments easily at Temperatures of 80+ Degrees for an Average of 7-10 Days.  These Backyard Bacteria and Yeast Strains are UNKNOWN.

There are Strains of Environmental Bacteria, Molds, and Yeasts that have TOXIC Secretions.

I spoke with the Feed Division Technical Service Southern States Corp.  1 (804) 281-1430  They agreed, commenting that MoonShiners buy Animal Feeds to make Moonshine.

Swan Moonshine Mash

In the Normal use of their Commercial Feeds for Animals and Poultry, they worry most about the Molds that occur in Hot, Humid Weather.

Swan Moonshine Mash

MoonShiners control their Mash Mixture by adding Known Strains of Yeast.  They add LARGE amounts of Sugar to increase the Alcohol that will be FERMENTED.  As the Alcohol Content increases it kills off the Bacteria.. and finally the Yeast.

Without this extra Sugar there will be Alcohol forming just not as much.  More like Beer.  But, not enough to kill the Bacteria, Mold or Yeast..

Swan Moonshine Mash

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The Break Down of the Proteins in the Feed Mixture is just as unsafe, forming Toxins..  No different then the concerns we have for “Food Poisoning” when leaving Meats out at Room Temperatures for more then two Hours.  ***Ptomaine Poisoning is from alkaloids found in decaying animal and vegetable matter.

This is especially important when it’s hot outside:
“Bacteria grows rapidly at room temperature, but it grows even faster when the Weather is between 90°F and 110°F,” says Elisabeth Hagen, MD, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Swan Warm SunShine
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The Risk of Clostridium botulinum – Clostridium perfringens -Bacillus cereus growing in Wet Stagnate Pond Water increases in Warm Weather.  These Pathogenic Bacteria are found everywhere.. Their Toxins are Lethal.  These Anaerobic Bacteria may/will Grow in the Bottom of the Wet Feed Mixture.
Botulinum Toxin is the most Acutely Lethal Toxin known.

Swan Clostridium Botulism

We lost one Precious Female Swan to Clostridiim Botulism.. Heartbreaking. She was Eating Flies near a Vegetable Compost Pile.

There are Dangerous Pathogenic Organisms in most Place.
A Few Organisms.. can “Grow” into a Lethal Mixture.

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Yeasts and Molds are found in all Environments.
Birds can contract Diseases from inhaling Mold/Fungus Spores.

SWAN IRON Toxicity

Yeast Populations in their Gizzard and Digestive Tract can cause
a wide variety of Health Problem: Bloating, Poor Digestion, Toxins that effect their Immune System..
A Heavy Growth can Obstruct the Bowel.. Death.

SWANs are VERY Susceptible to Heavy Metal Poisoning.

ADD Fermenting Feed to a Rusting Metal Pan = Iron Poisoning.

Swan Moonshine Mash

Swan Moonshine Mash

Swan Moonshine Mash

Various MoonShine Recipes..
http://www.coppermoonshinestills.com/id28.html
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It was interesting Researching all this..
for a Good Cause.. 
Healthy Swans.

This Information is a Work in Progress…..
As I learn more I will add to this information..
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Royal Male Mute Swan