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 Once a Year Swans will Moult Replacing all
25,000 of their Feathers.
Collectively their Feathers are called Plumage.

Mute Swans Feathers

It takes an Average 4-6 Weeks
to Renew all their Worn Feathers.

Mute Swans Mount

MOULTING – English Spelling

MOLTING – American Spelling

 Mute Swan Moult

Swans use their Beak and Head to do most of their Preening.
The Tiny Feathers on their Heads become Worn.  If there is Iron in their Pond Water, this Mineral attaches to these Feathers.  Air interacts with the Iron Particles and Rust forms.  This Rusty Cap will be Renewed to a Clean White during their Annual Moult.

Mute Swan Rust Red Head
Mute Swan Red-Head   Iron Stains.

Mute Swan Red-Head

Mute Swan Feathers

    It is Easy to Spot their Large Primary Flight Feathers.

 Mute Swan Moult

Mute Swans Moult

Their Preening Area will Look like a Pillow Exploded.

Mute Swan Preening Area

Mute Swan Preening Area

Mute Swan Preening Area

   Females Generally Moult in June – Males in July. 

Nature timed the Adults Moult so the Female-Dam would be Grounded with her Tiny Cygnets.  The Male-Sire remains Full-Feathered so he is still able to Flog to Protect his Family.

Mute Swan Moult

As the Female’s Primary Flight Feathers are growing in the Male will start his Moult.  This way they are not both Grounded at the same time.

Mute Swan Moult

Mute Swan Moult

Mute Swan Moult

Mute Swans Shabby Stage

Mute Swans Shabby Stage

Female Mute Moult

Mute Swan Shabby Stage

Male Swans Moult

Mute Swan Moult

As the New Feathers Emerge they are Itchy.

Mute Cygnet Moult

Female Mute MoultMute Swans Blood Feathers

The Large Primary Flight Feathers are Blood Feathers
at this Stage.

So are many of the Larger Tail Feathers.
Mute Swans Blood Feathers

Female Swan Moult

Remember the Cob and the Pen will Moult
at different times.

About 4 weeks apart.

Mute Cob Moult

If a Swan has a Poor Diet, is underweight, their Moult may be delayed.  Swans typically loss a Pound of Body Weight with the loss and regrowth of their Feathers. Good Nutrition will help keep your Swans Healthy. Also, the Females need to Replace what they lost laying their Clutch of Eggs.

Mute Swan Blood Feathers

The Blood Vessel in the Feather’s Shaft will start to
Atrophy once the Feathers have Fully Grown-in.

Mute Swan Blood FeathersMute Swan Blood Feathers

Mute Swan Blood Feathers

Mute Swan Blood Feathers

A Broken Blood Feather can result in Serious Bleeding.

Mute Swan Blood Feathers

If your Swans is Full-Winged and needs to be Clipped Annually this is when you need to start watching for your Opportunity.
DO NOT Cut any Pink or Purple area of a Feather
– Only where the Feather Shaft is White.

Mute Swan Full Wing

There is a Page to explain Clipping.
Clipping Captive Swan Pets to Keep them Grounded.
http://swanlovers.net/category/new-swan-owner-information/swans-grounded-flightless/clipping-captive-swan-pets/

Mute Swan Feathers

 

This Information is a Work in Progress…..
As I learn more I will add to this information..
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Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger                                        October  2016
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