Are you Looking for Living Garden Features for your Pond ??
The Striking Beauty of these Graceful Birds will Enhance any property.
Having Captive Swans is a Commitment. They are Pets.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY.
If You are Interested in Owning SWANS… And are Just starting to Explore the Subject..
Gathering Information before Purchasing Swans will Improve Your Success as a First Time Swan Owner – Care Taker.Click to Enlarge Images
This is a Basic Summary of things to Know about Swan Ownership.
Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) are a Very Large and Showy Waterfowl. With Good Care and some Luck they may Live 20-30 Years. Having Swans is a Commitment. Private Property Swans are Captive Pets.
If you are thinking about owning Swans, you first need to ask yourself if you have a Suitable Water Environment for Swans to Live in.
Folks who have Appropriate Water Environments to Care for Swans may Desire to have them for Various Reasons.
For their Beauty.. For help to Control Canada Goose. To Naturally Assist with Management of Pond Plants.
Please take the Time to Research Swans so you are Prepared to provide Proper Care.
CAPTIVE SWANS ARE EXOTIC DOMESTIC PETS They are NOT Wild Waterfowl.
The Mature Male Swan is known as a Cob. and the Mature Female Swan is a Pen. Their Young are called Cygnets.
*** “Can Animal Rights Be Legally Defined?” In 1978 the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) defined Animal Rights. “Animals have the right to live and grow under conditions that are comfortable and reasonably natural… animals that are used by man in any way have the right to be free from abuse, pain, and torment caused or permitted by man… animals that are domesticated or whose natural environment is altered by man have the right to receive from man adequate food, shelter, and care.”
*** Pinioning Any WaterFowl… Changes Everything. In the U.S. Swans “Owned” by Humans are generally Pinioned to Restrict their Ability to Roam at Large.
In the United States, ALL Captive Swans are Classified as: Captive, Domestic, Exotic, Poultry, Livestock. (Not Wild)
Like ALL Animals, Livestock and Birds Living in Captivity. They are Entitled to: . . . 1. Adequate and Appropriate Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2. Adequate Fresh Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3. Appropriate Shelter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4. Reasonable Safety from Harm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5. Veterinary Care when needed. *******************************
With several Species of Swans the Cob and Pen are Similar in Appearance. Having DNA-Sex Testing when they are Young Helps Reduce Sexing Mistakes. A VERY Common Problem.
In the United States, the Native Tundra and Trumpeter Swans that Live Wild and Free are Federally Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918.
Tundra Swans, as far as I have been able to Learn, may NOT be Owned Privately. This Tundra Swan was Injured and taken to a WildLife Rescue. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
Privately Bred Trumpeter Swans may, with Proper Registration, be Owned. Folks who would like to own Trumpeter Swans, will follow the same Basic Care Practices as for other Swans.
Trumpeter Swans must be Registered – they are Federally Protected WaterFowl. All Trumpeter Cygnets will need to be Registered.. and Each New Owner will need to transfer Registration Papers and send in the appropriate Forms.. so the Trumpeters can be followed.
Trumpeter Swans MUST be Registered with the: United States Department of Interior Fish & Wildlife Service P.O.Box 779 Hadley, MA (Mass) 01035-0779
Helpful Information can be found through the Trumpeter Swan Society Website. www.trumpeterswansociety.org &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
BLACK AUSTRALIAN SWANs
I am not aware of any State that Restricts Ownership of Black Australian Swans. Where Winter Winds Blow Cold and Ponds Freeze, Black Australian Swans require some Shelter from the Cold as well as Open Water in the Winter to Survive. The Absolute Minimum Water Environment would be a Few Hundred Square Feet of Surface Water Area with a Depth of about 4 Feet with GOOD Flow Through.
If Black Australian Swans are being Shelter Inside, BE Sure to Close their Door at SunSet for the Night. Open the Door in Early AM.. Protect them from Predators.
Black Australian Swans Nest Twice a year.
SOUTH AMERICAN BLACK NECKED SWANs
Black Necked Swans are Nest-building between August and September. In North America, their Cygnets are still Small when our Fall and Winter begin.
HAVING and OWNING MUTE SWANs…
There is something Magical Interacting with these Enchanting Birds. Being somewhere between Wild and Tame. I Never Tire of spending Time with them. Observing their Behavior – Watching them Love each other.. Nesting – being Swan Parents is Magical. Each Day is a Gift.
2021 – In Pennsylvania, where we Live.. Mute Swans are Still allowed on Private Property. No Permits Needed… Few Regulations…
As Long as they are ON Your Private Property Swans are Considered your Property. The Same as a Cat, Dog, Horse…etc. That is their ONLY Legal Protection.
Most States around PA Prohibit Ownership of Mute Swans..
All Swans are at GREAT Risk of being Destroyed if they Leave your Property and are Found on ANY Public Land or Waterway where Hunting is Permitted. Only a Few are Successfully Rescued.
It is Illegal to Release or Allow the Escape of Mute Swans or their Cygnets into the Wild.
Any Feral Mute Swan found on Public Lands or WaterWays will be Destroyed. Pennsylvania has a ZERO Tolerance for Feral Mute Swans. We have Lost Several Wonderful Swans this way..Heartbreaking..
The PA Game Commission has given Permission to any Hunters in PA and any other State that wants to come to PA to Hunt Mute Swans Permission to Shot these HELPLESS Swans any time they want.
If you give Permission to ANYONE to Hunt on your Property, BE SURE to tell them YOUR Swans are NOT for them to KILL..
Cygnets Raised on a Private Pond that are Driven off by their Parents in the early Spring are Helpless to Care for themselves.. They have Not Learned how or where to Find Food. Many Starve to Death during January to March when there is Nothing for them to eat. It is a GOOD Practice to have them into New Homes by November of the Previous Year. Make Thanksgiving your Rehoming Goal. Healthy Four to Six Month Old Cygnets do Well in New Homes. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
IT IS WISE TO DO YOUR SWAN RESEARCH:
What Water Environments are Appropriate ???
It is Not Difficult to Raise Swans as long as you have a Body of Water where they can Live and Swim.
Raising Swans Entails that you keep them Fed, Reasonably Safe and Provide them with Conditions Similar to that in their Natural Habitat.
Your body of Water should Not Lead to a Stream or Connect to a Body of Water that will Easily Carry the Swans away.
In Captivity, Swans are Readily Maintained on Mixed Grains and Poultry-Waterfowl Maintainer Feeds. Daily Greens, either from Grazing on Under Water Plant Material or Supplemented Leafy Vegetables or Chemical Free Lawn Grazing or Clippings.
LEARN ABOUT: Transporting Swans, Feeding Swans & Cygnets, Winter Care, Protecting them from Predators, Providing a Reasonable Safe Place to Live. AND Annual Behaviors that might Impact your Home and Family.
NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON A HORMONAL MALE SWAN. When it is Time for Mating and Nesting, a Hormonal Cob can be a Challenge.
If you are going to get any Species of Swan, it is Best if you have a Pond with 1/2 to 1 Acre of Fresh Water with Flow Through to Refresh the Water.. You will Need to Learn to Work with and Around Swans. Your Pond will Belong to the Swan Family in the Summer. You may not be able to Swim, Boat, Fish, etc.
When Cygnets are on a POND there is LOTs of POOP…
The Pond needs to be at least 4-5-6 Feet Deep in the Middle to allow for Swimming, with Shallow Areas, 1-3 feet around the Banks. They need a Place to WALK-In and WALK-Out of the Water.. In the case of Mute Swans and Trumpeter Swans the Larger the Water Area the better.
Mute Swans spend the majority of their time in the Water and a Larger Water Body is much easier to Maintain. Larger Natural Ponds should not Require much Maintenance if they are not over Crowded with Birds.
The more Shallow the Pond the GREATER Chance that the Swans can Die from Botulism. If a Severe Drought occurs, the Swans will be able to get into Stagnant Muck that they otherwise would not and Ingest the Anaerobic Bacteria which Secretes a Deadly Toxin.
Having surrounding Habitat such as Open Lawns and Grassy Banks away from Woodland Areas is Ideal to prevent Predation by Coyotes, Bobcats, Foxes, Raccoons, etc.
The biggest Threats to Swans are Predatory Animals, Botulism, Pollution, Vandalism, Overhead Cables, Uncontrolled Dogs, Fishing Tackle/Line and Heavy Metal Poisoning.. And Neglect and Abusive Care.
The Swans I Worry about are Ones chosen to be Living Pond Ornaments. The Novelty of having Swans may pass and Neglect is likely to follow. Swans are a Commitment. They may Easily Live 20-30 Years or longer with Good Care and Some Luck.
The Responsible Care for Cygnets that Survive Summer: Cygnets need to be Pinioned.. Sexed Properly.. and New Homes Found. It is Unlawful to Allow Cygnets to Fly Away and become Feral.
If you Tire of their Care, ReHome Swans to another Interested Person. NEVER Release a Swan into the Environment. NEVER.. It is ILLEGAL ALL Across the United States and Canada to Deliberately Release a Mute Swan. These Swans are DOOMED !
Discarded Pet Swans will likely be Destroyed by the Department of Natural Resources/WildLife Management Services.
There are Numerous States that require Captive Wildlife Permits for the Possession and Propagation, a Breeders License, if a Non-Native Species, such as Mute Swans are Introduced into an Area and are allowed to Breed.
Every Year more and more U.S. States are Adjusting their Waterfowl Management Policy and Prohibiting Ownership of Mute Swans.
If you are Allowed to have and Breed Swans, you will need to have a Plan for the Disposition of their Young as most Swans Breed once a Year and can produce 1-8 Cygnets.
Black Australian Swans Breed Twice a Year and can Produce 10-16 Cygnets. You will Need to Find Good Homes for their Offspring.
Check with your State’s Wildlife Authorities – Wildlife Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to understand what Permits or Requirements you will Need to Comply with before you Decide to Purchase Mute Swans.
************* U.S. Fish & WildLife State by State…. contact Phone #s Call 1-800-344-WILD ************* **THIS IS THE OnLine LINK TO EACH STATE http://www.fws.gov/offices/statelinks.html
************* **General Mailing Address in Wash, D.C. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240
************* Do “Search” for (Mute Swan Management – STATE) Example Mute Swan management Virginia
Call Your States Department of WildLife – Fish and Boat Speak with the Agent in charge of Waterfowl Management.
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& This Information is a Work in Progress….. As I learn more I will add to this information.. Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger UpDated May 2021 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
Are You Planning to Move Swans to a New Home ?? Maybe to Your Home Pond or Private Lake ?? This may be Exciting for YOU.. ! !
But, might be Very Scary – even Traumatic for the Swans.Just the Act of Catching the Swans or Cygnets is Stressful. Some Socialized Swans will Travel Very Well… There are a Few that will be Terrified the Entire Time. They Alarm Call and Panic which can Lead to Harmful STRESS and/or Physical Injuries.
It is TRUE that Stress Can Kill Birds. Remember 3 Things – Be Calm, Stay Calm, Remain Calm. If you want to know WHY… SEARCH for and Read about – Capture Myopathy.
FROM: http://wildlifedisease.unbc.ca/ Exertional or Capture Myopathy (disease of the muscle) is a Non-Infectious Disease of Muscles that is Characterized by Damage to Muscle Tissues brought about by Physiological Changes, usually following Extreme Exertion, Struggle and/or Stress. This can be Fatal..
If a Swan starts to Struggle hold them just Enough to Control them and Allow them to Calm Down. Mute Swans generally Settle Down after a Quick Burst of Movement. Trumpeter Swans tend to Struggle Longer. We have Little Experience Traveling with other Species of Swans.
DO NOT HUG a Swan’s Ribs TOO Tightly. They CAN NOT Breathe and will REALLY Struggle. Speak Calmly and with a Soft Voice. Yelling will Scare a Swan. This Very Young Rescued Cygnet was all Alone in a BIG Carrier. All her Nest Mates has been Taken by Predators. She was Scared. Whistling to her Helped.. I held her, Wrapped in a Towel for Part of the Trip. Passenger Side.
You are taking Swans from their Home, where they feel Safe. And in many Cases Away from their Swan Family.
You Can NOT Explain what their Future will be. Time for a Move to Your New Home, Pond and Family. I Hope to Share Information to Help you have a Safe Trip.
***************************************************** PLAN AHEAD: There are Many Things to Do to get Ready. It is GOOD to Transport Mid-to Late Morning.. The Swans need some Time to See and Adjust to their New Home/Pond.
Have a Large Dark Sheet or Blanket to Cover a Very Rammy Swan. We have only had Two maybe Three Swans.. Panic. Rarely Happens.. most Swans Travel Well..
Some are a Little Restless. Some will Stand and Prance.. They may Rake their Beak.. A Thinner Tube Sock ( with the Elastic Area Removed) over their Head will Stop Beak Injury. Remove once the Swan Settles..
Have a Large Towel or Small Blanket Available. Wrap the Swan with the Towel to Control their Wings.. This Helps get the Swan in the Carrier-Box without the Wings Flapping all over the Place. The Swan’s Wings can REALLY Whack you ! ! The Towel is Helpful, if you Need to get into the Carrier-Box for any Reason.
Have EXTRA NewsPaper to Change if Needed. For a Long Trip, Roll Up some of the Soiled Layers of Newspaper and Toss when you Stop along the Way. Have some Plastic Bags for the Soiled Papers. Swans are BIG Messy Birds.. LOTs of Poop.
It Helps to have Water & Paper Towels for Clean-Ups. I keep a Gallon of Fresh Water in our Van.. Just in case I need it for ANY Reason..
BE VERY CAREFUL if you try to do some Clean-up.. That the Swan does not get away from YOU !!!!*****************************************************
CONSIDER Your VEHICLE:
DO NOT PUT SWANs or CYGNETs LOOSE in your Vehicle. OR in the Back of a Truck Bed Open to the Air – UnSecured. This Distraction is NOT Safe for You or the Swans. The Risk of Breaking their Wings, Legs and Necks.. TOO Risky. These Young Cygnet eventually Died.. from Bone Abscesses.
Will Your Vehicle Allow you to have LARGE Containers Safely Inside ?We can Put TWO Large Carriers in Our Van. OUR TRAVEL-AIRE CARRIERs are 36″ X 26″ X 24″ We can Easily Move Mature Swans.
Is Your Air Conditioning and/or Heat Working. ?? BE VERY CAREFUL NOT to Over Heat the Swans. You need to keep the Conditions inside the Carrier-Box Comfortable.
Comfortable Vehicle Temp is Important. Being Dehydrated and Overheated can cause Brain Damage.
KEEP the Vehicle at a Comfortable Cool Temperature. Inside the Carrier-BOX Can get TOO Warm. Check Swans Frequently. Swans can GET VERY HOT in a Confined Space.
Swans have a HIGH Body Temperature Normally at Rest – 101-103 Degrees F. When Swans are Active – Flying or Stressed their Temp may be 104-106 Degrees F. Swans Normally are Able to Cool themselves in Water. If the Swans or Cygnets are PANTING < < < < < They may be TOO HOT !! This is VERY Stressful.
IF You Stop in Your Travels – DO NOT Leave Your Vehicle in the SUN.
One Swan Moved by itself is more Frightening.. Two Swans Moved together are Comforting to Both.
For a Trip an Hour or Less.. you could Skip the Water. but, a Chunk of Wet Lettuce is a Treat. It is GOOD if you can See the Swans as you Travel.. Check Swans Once an Hour or Two. Listen for Activity. Soft Vocal Sounds are the Swans Talking to you.. If they are ALARM Calling.. try to Comfort.. Stay Calm.
IF Transport Time is Over an Hour – Supply Water and Food.
Have a Gallon Jug of Fresh Cold Water with You. Corn and Lettuce. Putting Whole Corn and/or Some Broken Lettuce in the Water Tub. OR A Gallon Jug with the Shoulder Cut Out can be Tied to the Interior.. Secure Well so they CAN NOT Untie the Cord.. !!
Once you HEAR a Swan Drinking you will know it is Relaxed. A Stressed Swans will NOT Eat or Drink. When you hear them Slopping in the Water. Smile, they are Relaxed.. A Sound I Love to Hear…
Keep Noise and Radio Low – CALM and Quiet is Best. Talk to the Swans. Let them get to know your Calm Voice..
If your New Swans Perceives you are Kind and Caring…You may be Starting to Develop “Trust” with them.
DRIVE like you are Transporting a Fish Aquarium FULL of Water. Do not Take Turns Quickly or STOP Suddenly. The Swan may be Standing and this Might Twist their Legs.. ***************************************************
Choose a SAFE Transport Carrier-Container-Sturdy Box.
Please have Separate Containers for the Larger Swans/Cygnets. Mute Cygnets 4-8 Months Old should – Will Weight 16-20 Plus Pounds. If One Swan gets Rammy or Panics – they are BIG and can Hurt Each Other.
A Swan’s BIG Feet have Claws that can SCRATCH… Swan Cygnet Leg Bones are STILL Fragile, they can Bend Easily. This will not Correct itself.. Better to be Safe.
If you are Moving Mute Swans.. A Healthy Mature Mute Pen will be around 24-26 Pounds at most. A Healthy Mature Mute Cob may Weigh as much as 30-Plus Pounds.
Black Australian Swans are Smaller. Trumpeter Swans are Larger by Several Pounds. ************
We use Large Hard Shell Pet Transport Carriers. These Come Apart for Easy Washing.. They Come in Various Sizes. A LARGE One is BEST. OUR TRAVEL-AIRE CARRIERs are 36″ X 26″ X 24″ We can Easily Move Mature Swans. These can be USED for Many Things.. VERY Helpful to Have.
If you do not have a Suitable Transport Container, Check with a Friend or Neighbor who might have a Large Carrier to Borrow.
OR If you do not have Large Pet Carriers Available. GET a VERY LARGE Sturdy CardBoard Box..or Two. The Box above would be Good for a Swan/Cygnet 10-15 Pounds.
For Mature Swans Try to have Large Sturdy Boxes 36″ X 26″ X 24″ Check these Boxes will FIT in your Vehicle..
More Info will Follow.. about CardBoard Boxes.
If you are Transporting Very Young Cygnets Smaller Carriers are OK. Medium Size Cat Pet Carriers. > > >Double Check the Carrier Door is Secure. Only put 2-3 Young Cygnets in One Container. They should be OK Together – Comforting Each Other. A Large Brood 4-8 in ONE Container will Crowd into the Corners. > > >Smaller Cygnets may be Suffocated. Check them Frequently. Provide some WET Chopped Lettuce.. Many Times Cygnets will Crowd into the Corners when Scared. This Crowding Behavior is Common when Cygnets are 1-6 Weeks Old. The Crowding may Result in Smaller Cygnets Suffocating. Make sure all the Cygnets are Breathing.
Lots of NewsPaper for the Bottom of the Carrier Allows me to Roll-up and Discard most of the Poop. Expect LOTs of POOP – that is Normal. Young Swan Cygnets are Eating POOP Machines… &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& *************************************************
ONE WAY – DISPOSABLE TRANSPORT BOXES. Swans are BIG MESSY Birds – Lots of POOP..
LARGE STURDY CARDBOARD BOXES – WORK WELL. These are Safer for Transporting Swans/Cygnets then Wire Dog Carriers.. ( Info Below..)
PLAN for an Adult Swan – 30 Plus Pounds. Swans are BIGGER then they Look.
Find BIG STURDY CARDBOARD Boxes at:
CRAFT, BOOK and RESTAURANT SUPPLY STORES. APPLIANCE and AUTO SUPPLY STORES. UPS and FEDEX SHIPPING STORES have LARGE STURDY BOXES. Home Depot and Lowes have LARGE Cardboard Boxes..
For Mature Swans Try to have Large Sturdy Boxes 36″ X 26″ X 24″ Check these will FIT in your Vehicle.
Add a Dozen or MORE Holes for Ventilation. Air Holes NOT Larger then 2 Inches. ( Smaller Holes for Young Cygnets.) Their Heads can come through Larger Holes. Swans and Cygnets may Hang themselves trying to Pull their Heads Back into the Box.
Line & Tape to the Bottom a Large Trash-Garbage Bag to make a Moisture Barrier. Swans are Messy Birds. Add Generous Thick Layers of Newspaper. Straw is OPTIONAL. NO HAY ! !
A LARGE 3 Pound Margarine Tub Fixed to One Corner. To Provide about 3 Inches of Fresh Cold Water. Some Chopped Lettuce and maybe some Corn in the Water Tub. Have Scratch for Young Cygnets.. and a Smaller Water Tub.
A Gallon Plastic Jug is a QUICK Travel Feed and Water Container.
Fresh Water in an Attached Tub or Jug – Several Inches. NOT TOO Full. Better to Occasionally Add some Water then have a WET Mess.
When you Put a Swan in the Box – Orient it to Reach the Water Tub. Otherwise they may not be able to Turn Around….
BE SURE you have a Way to Secure the OPEN FLAPs. You do NOT want a Swan Loose in your Vehicle. Bungees or Ropes Take Care the Swan can not get Tangled. *********************** SIDE STORY: One Gal Picked-Up TWO BIG Cygnets in Boxes without any way to Keep the Boxes Closed. On the Two Hour Drive Home the Cygnets GOT OUT into her Car SEVERAL TIMEs. A BIG Poop Mess. PLUS it was NOT SAFE DRIVING. *********************************************** Inside the BOX Can get TOO Warm.. Check Swans Frequently. IF You Stop in Your Trip Home.. DO NOT Leave your Vehicle in the SUN !
Once the Swan is Finally HOME and OUT of the Box.. DISCARD.. NO NEED to WASH !!
The New Swans will take a Splashy Bath once on your Pond.
On Transport Day TRY to Stay with the Swan/Swans until they are Comfortable-OK and Staying on the New Pond.Some Swans Adjust Very Quickly.. Some are Bewildered and just Want to Go Back Home.. There is Some Benefit from a Quiet Place to Rest and Adjust. TRY to Stay with the Swans the First Day or Two.. ! !Check they are on the Pond at SunSet and First Thing in the Morning.
If there is TIME, ask about their Parents.. ??? Related or Unrelated..??? Try NOT to acquire Brother – Sister Pairings.. Try to get your Breeding Pairs from Different Broods.
Ask for about 3-4 Days Worth of the Feed they Normally are Eating. This will let you know what their Diet has been. This will be a Clue to their General Health. A Cygnet 6-8 Months Old should be 18-20+ Pounds.
Check for the Pinioned Wing. OR the Clipped Wing. IF the Swan or Cygnet is FULL-WING.. CLIP ASAP ! ! ! Otherwise, when you get Home the Swan will Fly Away !!!!!
Ask for the DNA-Sex Certificate.. Check the Date.. Check ID. > >If Valid. The Date and Information on the Certificate should make Sense..
If Sex-Vent Checked: It is more Reliable for Males.. > > > IF the Boy Parts are Found. For Females Vent Sexing is Unreliable. If the Female is 3-4 Years Old.. they should Lay Eggs in the Spring. > > > Eggs = Female.. Over the Years we have become Aware of a Number of Female Swans that NEVER Lay Eggs.
Once Home, BE SURE Your New Swans or Cygnets are EATING. If a Swan or Cygnet is not Familiar with Bag Poultry-Waterfowl Feeds… If they have only been Fed Corn – Poultry-Waterfowl Feed is Foreign. Feral- Wild Rescues need to Learn what Commercial Bag Feed is. Put some Feed in their Drinking Water so they Taste it.
During Cold Months, when there are NO Plants to Eat a New Swan may NOT Understanding you are Providing Food. This is a Reason for a New Swan to Wander Away. Make SURE they are Eating ! !
Here a Resident Swan MAY be Helpful. (Not Always) When they Eats from a Feed Mix Container the New Swan/Cygnet will see. Swans do Learn from each other.
LARGE Wire Transport Carriers Commonly used for Dogs.
The Typical Wire Dog Carrier-Cage. NO – Not a Good Idea ! ! Not the Safest.
The Risk of Breaking Feathers in this Type of Wire Pet Carrier is VERY High. Especially, Soon after New Blood Feathers Emerge. CHECK for ANY Broken Bleeding Feathers !
If BLOOD FEATHERs are Present at the Time of Transport DO NOT use these.
The LONG Flight Feathers can get Caught, Break and Bleed. New Tail Feathers can Bleed.. Swan DO NOT have Extra Blood. ANY Blood Lose is a Concern..
A Rammy Swan may Injure their Toe Claws and Webbing between the Wire Bars.
*** If you ONLY have a Large Wire Type Dog Carrier. It is BEST to Line the Insides with CardBoard. ( Make Sure the Swans can NOT Swallow Any Strings or Twist Ties.)
Line Bottom with LOTs of NewsPaper or Straw.. NO HAY ! !
DO NOT Put a Swan or Cygnet on Your Pond if there are ANY BLEEDING Feathers or Bleeding Cuts. ************************************************* For an EMERGENCY Transport.. for an Injured or Sick Swan A Laundry or Large Duffle Bag is Useful. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& GOOD LUCK Moving-Traveling with Your Swans. I Wishing you many Happy Years with these Enchanting Creatures.I Love to Visit Swans. **************************************************** &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
SOME EXTRA GENERAL NOTES. *************************
I have found Used Pet Carriers at various Second Hand Stores. Check Yard Sales and Auctions or some times on CraigsList. You might find a Large Pet Carrier at a Reasonable Price.
OVER TIME: We have found a Variety of Pet Carriers along the Road. Placed out for the Weekly Trash Collection. Some have been Like New.
ALWAYS WASH Well… Disinfect with 10% Bleach.
*************************** Consider HAVING at Least ONE LARGE Box READY at ALL Times. It is Good to have Something READY, if “God Forbid” you would NEED to take a Swan to the Vets.
It is a Good Idea for any Swans Owner to have One Box like this Ready ” Just in Case” there is an Emergency and a Swan Needs to be taken for Medical Attention. An Injured or Sick Swan Needs Help Quickly. When a Swan is in Trouble, they are in Trouble. Preparing a Transport Box takes Time the Swan may not have.
If the Swan is Weak – you Could Just Wrap them in an Old Sheet..
If a Swan was attacked by an Animal.. DO NOT Touch them with Bare Hands. BE VERY Careful.. to Protect yourself.. Protect your EYEs. Mammal Saliva MAY CARRY Rabies.
Swans do not get Rabies.. In General Birds do not.. But, if you have a Swan, or Bird, or Pet that is Attack.. be sure to Protect Yourself.. Hands, Arms, etc..
If you have any Pet/Swan that Dies from an Animal Attack.. Try NOT to Touch it with your Bare Hands.. Put – Wrap in TWO Plastic Bags. Then YOU WASH VERY WELL..
For any Swan or Cygnet that Dies for an Unknown Reason, We send to the Department of Agriculture Pathology Lab for a Necropsy. A Complete Diagnositic Necropsy for PA Residents is around $50-80.00. CALL PADLS for Instruction and where to Send. Having a LARGE Box on Hand can be Useful and Save Time.
Swan, Duck and Geese are Sentinel Bird.
*********************************************** &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& *********************************************** SHIPPING Swans by OverLand Mail or Air.. is VERY Risky..
People Experienced with Shipping Swans by Air or Land have better Success then the Average Swan Owner.
Recently, GMA did Segments about Pets-Animals Shipped by Air. How many Deaths Occur.. ESPECIALLY, in Hot Weather.
I want to WARN YOU… Summer is a TERRIBLE Time of Year to Ship Swans. The Poor Animals that go by Air are put in Cargo Areas with little Temperature or Air Quality Control.. In the Winter Temperatures may be below Freezing.
IF they go by U.S. Land Mail they are NOT in Temperature Controlled Trucks. And, they are just a Box in the Back of the Trucks.
In Both Methods they may be Set Out in the Sun on Concrete or Asphalt between Connections. This is WHY we will NOT Ship or Fly Swans that we Arrange Adoption for.
Shipping Mortality is HIGH during Summer Months.. Spring and Fall are the Safest Time to Ship – If you Do.
There are Private, Commercial WaterFowl Breeders across the United States. These Folks have Experience with Sales and Shipping of their Birds. Checking with them may will give you Tips to Improve the Safe Arrival of Birds.
Years ago, you could Purchase Insurance to Cover the Value of a Swan. But, the Losses were TOO Frequent. The Air Services Changed to just $100.00 for any Animal Loss. Now I am not sure they will Insure at All.
** Express Mail – Insurance is for Damaged Container not the Swan.
It is JUST not Safe to Fly Swans.. the Containers are so Small. If the Transport is Delayed they can be in Real Trouble – Stress – Panic. The Risk is HIGH.. The Swan can become Terrified.. > > >No One to Comfort it !
With ALL Forms of Commercial Shipping there are Lots of Regulations to Observe. Veterinary Health Check Certificates, some States require Vaccinations..
An Unacceptable Number of Swans and Cygnets DO NOT Arrive OK. The Boxes-Container they are Shipped in are NOT Treated with Care. The Shipping Companies – U.S.Postal or Air, etc. Do NOT take Responsibility. An Injured or Dead Swans does NO One any Good.. Depending on the Time of Year.. Summer – Winter The Risk is VERY High.. TOO HOT – TOO COLD.
It is NOT SAFE to Transport without Air Conditioning in HOT Weather. The Swans need their Feet in Water to Regulate their Temperature. When they are Stressed.. they can easily OVERHEAT.. Stress can Kill them.. BIG Problem with Birds in General. Being Dehydrated and Overheated can cause Brain Damage.
It would be WISE to have an Agreement between the Seller and the Buyer who will be Responsible for the Monetary Loss.
The Lives of these Precious Swans are Worth Transporting In Person. Have your Swans Moved by Private Vehicle. Drive there. You can Check on them.. Comfort them.. Provide Food and Water. Make sure they are Traveling OK..
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