A site dedicated to the proper care and general information of mute swans
Header

     WINTER CARE FOR SWANS.

NATURE HAS DESIGNED SWANS
TO LIVE IN VERY COLD WEATHER CONDITIONS.  

UNDERSTANDING WANT SWANS NEED WHEN THE TEMPERATURES DROP TO FREEZING AND BELOW
WILL HELP YOUR CAPTIVE SWAN REMAIN HEALTHY OUTSIDE FOR THE WINTER MONTHS.

Winter Mute Swans

            Swan Along a Pennsylvania River
 February 2007 

  Click Images to Enlarge 

 

As Fall approaches each year.. it is time to check that your Swans are Healthy.  Good Body Condition is very important for Swans to tolerate Winter Conditions.

In the Northeast United States, the Rule we follow is:
From Halloween to St. Patrick’s Day… we provide
Total Nutritional Support for our Mute Swans.
This Care would include any Captive WaterFowl – Ducks, Geese, Captive Trumpeter Swans and Black Australian Swans.

As Pond Temperatures Drop, the growth of Under Water Vegetation slows and will go Dormant until next Spring.
Lawn Grass will become Dormant..  Or when covered with Snow and Ice unavailable for Grazing.

Water Insects and Under Water Critters hide in the lower areas of the Pond.

 MOST IMPORTANT
PLAN FOR 
OPEN WATER – A WINTER WAKE.

Healthy Swans do very well as long as they can keep their Feet in Liquid Water.

Sheltering Healthy Adult Swans is generally unnecessary.

Except for a few, Mute Swans do not like being inside a Building.