There are ALL Types of Swans from Cygnets to Adults. There are Files for Males-Cobs and for Females-Pens. The General Title just Above the File will NOT Print.. These Titles are which Type of Swans the Invoice Represents.
There are a Few Invoice-Receipts for Black Australian Swans. There are a Few Invoice-Receipts for Trumpeter Swans. There is Only One Invoice-Receipts for Black Necked Swans.
You will Need to Import the File to your Computer. Or Maybe your Printer.. So Many Different Ways.
These will be a Small File. But, you will be able to Enlarge them to Print a Decent Invoice-Receipt Form.
Enlarge File then… Print these Files Horizontal-LandScape.. or Rotate and Print the File Vertical-Portrait.
You should be able to Print Two Copies on One Page. If you want to have Forms for Both Seller and Adopter.
************ Royal Mute Swan Cygnets 6-8 Months Old.************ Mature Breeding Pair of Mute Swans.
************ Adult Royal Female-Pen Mute Swan.
************ Two Year Old Juvenile Royal Male Mute Swan.
************ Mature Breeding Pair of Royal Mute Swans.
************ Juvenile Male Royal Mute Swan. ************ Four Month Old Royal Mute Swan Cygnet.
************ Breeding Pair of Trumpeter Swans.
************ Juvenile Female Royal Mute Swan.
************ 10 Month Old Royal Mute Swan Cygnet.
************ Breeding Pair of Black Australian Swans. ************ Adult Royal Mute Swan Male-Cob. ************ 11 Month Old Royal Mute Swan Cygnet. ************ Breeding Pair of Black Necked Swans. ************ Juvenile Female Royal Mute Swan.
************ Juvenile Royal Male Mute Swan.
************ Mature Breeding Pair of Mute Swans. ************ Adult Royal Mute Swan Male-Cob.
************ Adult Trumpeter Swan. ************ Juvenile Royal Mute Swan Female. ************ Adult Black Australian Female-Pen. ************ Mature Adult Trumpeter Swan. ************ 5 to 6 Month Old Royal Mute Swan Cygnet.
************ Adult Trumpeter Swan Female-Pen.
************ Breeding Pair of Royal Mute Swans. ************ Juvenile Royal Mute Swan Male.
************ Mature Breeding Pair of Trumpeter Swans. ************ Mature Adult Mute Swan Male-Cob. ************ Adult Black Australian Swan Male-Cob.
************ Adult Royal Mute Swan Male-Cob ************ 4 Week Old Royal Mute Swan Cygnet. ************ 4 Week Old Black Australian Cygnets. ************ 6 Month Old Polish Mute Swan Cygnet. ************ Adult Royal Mute Swan Female-Pen. ************ Breeding Pair of Trumpeter Swans.
************ Breeding Pair of Royal Mute Swans.
************ Juvenile Royal Mute Swan Female.
************ 4 Month Old Black Australian Cygnets.
************ 4 to 6 Month Old Mute Swan Cygnets. One Royal & One Polish. Cute ! ************ Adult Royal Mute Swan Female-Pen. ************ Adult Black Australian Male-Cob.
************ Juvenile Royal Mute Swan Female.
************ 12 Month Old Royal Mute Swan Male. ************ Juvenile Royal Mute Swan Female.
************ Adult Black Australian Swan Male-Cob.
************ 5-6 Month Old Trumpeter Swan Cygnets.
************ 4 Month Old Royal Mute Swan Cygnets. ************ Adult Breeding Pair of Trumpeter Swans.
************ 11 Month Old Black Australian Female.
************ 6 Month Old Royal Male Mute Swan Cygnet. ************ Adult Trumpeter Swan Male-Cob.
************ 6 Month Old Royal Male Mute Swans. ************ 18 Month Old Juvenile Royal Mute Swan Female.
************ Adult Royal Mute Swan Male-Cob.
************ 6 Month Old Trumpeter Swan Cygnet.
************ Juvenile Royal Mute Swan Female.
************ Adult Royal Mute Swan Female-Pen.
************ THANK YOU for Sharing your Homes and Ponds/Lakes with our Swans and Cygnets.
************ INVOICE-RECEIPTs Created by PA SWANLOVER Linda March 2022.
WHY PINIONING YOUR SWANs and CYGNETs is a WISE DECISION – Responsible.
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Swans Evolved to Fly – Flight is Programmed in their DNA.
YOU can NOT say to your Swans – “You are Not Allowed to Fly.” We Live with Pet Swans in a Realm between Captive Domestics and their Wild Instincts.. and NO 100% Rules.
I WISH Grounding Swans was not Necessary. Seeing Mute Swans Living Wild and Free to Fly is an Experience I will always Cherish.
When I First Start Learning about Swans, I Hated the Idea of taking their Flight Away… It is Magical to Watch Swans.. Flying Free.. Such Joy..
Over Time I have Experienced TOO many Sad Outcomes when Swans Fly. Basically, a Mute Swan that Flies is likely Doomed. TOO many Sad Stories.. of Full-Wing Swans and their Tragic Ends.
I have Come to Terms with the Practical Reasons for Pinioning.
When we want to Enjoy Swans as Captive Domestic Pets.. ** When Pinioned they are Safer.. a Little Less Worry.
Every Time I Pinion a Cygnet, I know I Increase the Chance this Precious Little Life will Grow to be a Healthy, Happy, Domestic Pet.
I DO Understand the Reluctance.. Especially the First Time. My Emotions.. Hates taking Flight Away from the Swans. For them to Never know the Joy of Flying Free.. BUT,,,, If we allow them to Fly.. their ODD of Dying Increases.
There are So Many Thing that can Happen to a Swan that Flies..
Once we Pinion and they are Captive for us to Enjoy (Pets), the Swans Depend on us to Help them have the Nutrients that their Healthy Bodies require. We are Domesticating them.
Captive-Raised Domestic Swans often lack Survival Skills such as Predator Avoidance and the Ability to Navigate back to their Home, their Pond, and Private Property Safety.
On Ponds with Adult Swans that are Pinioned the Captive Raised Cygnets Never Learn to Forage beyond their Ponds. These Cygnets become Dependent on the Available Feeds.
When these Cygnets are Chased off Private Property by their Parent in Late Fall-Mid Winter, there is NO Natural Food Available.
At the Pond Below.. there was Limited Food. The Cygnets were Chased-OFF in Early Fall. Half of the Eight Cygnets Perished. We Arranged Homes for Three of them. If these Young Swans are Socialize, they may Look for Places where there are People – Seeking Food. AND Scare the Heck out of Folks Unfamiliar with them. They may Land on a School Yard, Shopping Center, etc..
Eight to Ten Month Old Cygnets are Actively Growing.. If they are Lucky and are NOT Shot to be Meat on a Hunter’s Table, Months of Starvation is Painful. Many will Perish.. The Young Female Mute Swan Above was Very Lucky to be Rescued. She was TOO Weak to Walk, Closed to Death. After Two Months of Care at a BackYard Rescue she was Adopted to a Loving Home.
If Swans were Naturally Living in the Wild, they would have a Feeding Range of 3-5 Square Miles to find the Nutrients their Bodies needs to be Healthy.
For Feral-Wild Swans Harsh Winter Conditions will be a Hardship without Humans Supplementing Feed/Food. Many first year Cygnets will Starve or Freeze to Death.
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& Another Sad Story of a Young Full Wing Swan.
On a February Day Images of a Dead Swan Stuck in the Ice of the Landwer Canal (Berlin, Germany) started to appear on Social Networks.
Passersby Speculated the Cause of Death to be the Extreme Cold Winter Weathers that Germany was experiencing as part of a Polar Vortex with Temperatures going well Below Freezing.
People Walking along the Frozen Canal would Toss Flowers onto Swans Carcass. After 3 Days Authorities removed the Swan from the Ice, Closed the Area under the Bridge to prevent People from Gathering on the Unsafe Spot.
The Following August, a Comment was left under a Post of One the Images. “I passed that bridge when he was still alive… he flew to pass underneath the bridge but it was pretty dark already and he crashed against the bridge leaving his neck broken. We couldn’t help him as the ice was still too thin to walk on it. Was very sad”
Another Swan Flying into a Solid Structure.
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& LEGAL STATUS The Legal Status of Mute Swans in the United States has Drastically Changed since 2003-2004.
Mute Swans are No Longer Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918.
Until 2004-2005, the Practice to Pinion was a Swan Owner’s Choice. Often Ignored.. Too much Trouble. They Want the Beauty of the Full Wings.
NOW the U.S. Federal Government WildLife Services Require that Non-indigenous Mute Swans be Pinioned.
Mute Swans are Required by Law in Canada to be Pinioned. Mute Swans in the United States are NOT Allowed to be Feral. Several States are Very Strict with these Requirement. “ZERO Tolerance.”
In the United States, in the States where Mute Swans are still Allowed to be Privately Owned, it is generally Required that these Mute Swans be Pinioned to Discourage Feral Populations.
Several States that Still Allow Mute Swans – Require them to be Grounded.
Permits and Pinioning are Required in Several States.. Compliance will be Randomly Checked..
Some States may Tolerate Annual “Clipping.” This MUST be Done.
There is a State that Requires Mute Swans to be Enclosed in Fencing.. Totally.. Basically Caged.
Each State has Determined what will be Included in their Mute Swan Management Policy.
More and More State are Prohibiting Ownership of Mute Swans.
There are States that Only have a few “Grand-fathered” Mute Swans. These are Mute Swans that were Living there before the State’s Management Policies changed to Prohibit Future Mute Swans.. These Mute Swans are Permitted to Remain > if Grounded. but, Can NOT be Replaced. No Cygnets may Hatch. For Years these Social Birds will Live Alone.
To Sell or Buy or Barter or Give a Mute Swan, Cygnet or their Eggs to another Person in many States has become more Restricted. Guideline and Regulation Differ in each U.S. State.
Some States that “PERMIT” Captive Mute Swans do not Allow Cygnets to Hatch.. Swan Eggs may Not be Sold. So, Learning to Prevent Eggs Hatching is Necessary.
Responsible Care of your Swans and Cygnets will greatly Reduce many SAD Outcomes to Swans that become Feral. The Beautiful Female Swans Above were Destroyed – Both Shot to Death.
************** As of 2022: It is still Legal – OK to Own and Care for Mute Swans on Private Property in Pennsylvania. Mute Swans are Classified as Exotic Domestic Poultry. PA Swans can Reproduce and Cygnets be Adopted to New Home.
In Pennsylvania, Feral Mute Swans are Classified as Vermin.. and may be Destroyed by any “humane” method 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year.
Any Mute Swan, Adult or Cygnet that might Wander away from Private Property into a Navigable Public Water Ways is Fair Game to anyone who wants to Destroy these WayWard Swans.
This includes any Mute Swan, that might Walk off Private Property to Nest along a Nearby Stream, Creek, Lake, etc. Classified as Public. Do your BEST to ENCOURAGE your Swans to Nest on your Private Property.
**From a Print-Out for Navigable Water Ways in Pennsylvania. “Depending on how a Swan Owner’s Property is Bordered or Crosses some Water Ways which may be used by the Public for Recreation, there will be Debates on where the Swans would be on Legally Protected Private Property or considered Feral. If you have any Doubt Check with your PA Regional (WCO) WildLife Conservation Officer. ”
Every Year or So there are Changes/Updates on the PA Fish & WildLife – Game Commission WebSites. Nothing in Favor of Relaxing the Regulations for the Mute Swans.
It is STRONGLY Recommended to have Adult Swans Pinioned and to Pinion their Off-Spring/Cygnets. The PA Game Commission may Revise their Recommendations at any time.
Before 2004-2005, the Mute Cygnets Living on Private Property with Captive Swan Parents until they were 8-10 Months Old, were Allowed to Simply Fly away when the Adult Pair began Preparing for the next Nesting Season. A large Percentage of these young Swans are Ill prepared to Care for themselves Living Feral-Free. Their Captive Parents can not Teach them to Live as Wild Swans. The few that Survive are the Feral Mute Swans, that have become the Swans of “Lethal Management Practices” in many States since 2004-2005.
Feral Mute Swans are being Destroyed in more and more States as a Lethal form of Management of the Mute Swans. The Atlantic Flyway and the U.S. Hunting Lobby are basically working toward Eradicating Mute Swans in the United States and much of Eastern Canada.
Countless Thousands of these Beautiful, Graceful Swans have been Destroyed in the last 15 years. Mute Swans have been Maligned by most WildLife Services. Animal Right Groups have been unable to Stop their Slaughter.
Public Push-Back has had Small Successes – Be a Voice for the Mute Swans. Being Responsible Swan Owners will Help Prevent Feral – Free Flying Swans. It is Recommended that the Removal of Feral Mute Swans be Done Out of View of the Public. To Avoid Public OutRage.
I will Add a Topic Page about >> “Silent Taking” Methods. It is Difficult to Accept that these are “Humane Methods.”
ANY MUTE SWAN that becomes Feral in PA will not survive Long. This is Posted in the PA Hunting & Trapping Digest..
https://forum.pafoa.org/showthread.php?t=56877 Mute Swans are Considered an Invasive Species in the State. The PAGC Recommends that the Feral Mute Swans be Removed at any Opportunity. There is No Closed Season and they may be taken at any time on Public Lands and Waterways. In PA Hunters Shoot as many Feral Swan as they can..
There have NEVER been more then 100 Mute Swans living Feral in PA According to the Mid-Summer Mute Swan Surveys conducted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 2005 – 2008 – 2011. (MSMSS) These Counts have been Discontinued.
Working with and Learning about Mute Swans over the Years, I have come to Terms with the Benefit of Pinioning Swan Cygnets. Any Swan that leaves your Private Property and becomes Feral and Free WILL Pay Dearly. Few will Survive.
This is Why I help Swan Folks Learn to Safely Pinion… ALL these Darling Cygnets are Living on Private Ponds and Loved.
The FEW Young Mute Cygnets that are Rescued in the Spring.. are JUST LUCKY that someone found them before the Hunters.
All Species of Swans will be Safer when Grounded.
Registered Trumpeter – Black Australian – Mute Swans Whooper – Black Necked – Coscoroba Swan ( Tundra Swans are Prohibited as Captive Pets. ) PINIONED-GROUNDED SWANs are CAPTIVE PETs.
All Species of Swans have the Same Hazards if they are Able to Fly.
********************* NOW BEYOND THE LEGAL FACTs. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
Imagine this Scenario: You have Just Purchased Mute Swans.. You have been Planning this for Weeks, maybe Months.
You have Paid an Adoption Fee.. $600 to $1,500 to $2,000 Dollars. Much more for the More Exotic.. Swans.
You are Home.. Swans are out of their Transport Containers.. and Gliding Gracefully out on the Water Environment you have been Planning to Enhance with their Beauty..
Your First Time to have these Magnificent Waterfowl.. You Turn to Sit on your Pond Bench.. Big Smile.. They are Finally here.
As you Watch these BIG White Birds Exploring your Pond or Lake they start to Run.. and Run Flapping..
The Sound of BIG Webbed Feet Slapping on the Water Surface.. Their Black Eyes Gleaming… Flapping, Running..
Flapping Wings Lift the Swans off the Water.. then Quiet..
A Beautiful, Breathtaking Sight as they Leave your Pond Gaining Height, Clearing Shrubs, then Trees.. You are Sitting – Relaxing on your Bench.. Speechless.. Odds are Good they WILL Fly Away. “Bye, Bye Birdies.” They have NO Loyalty to You or your Pond/Lake. ( or your Lone Resident Swan ). NEVER Put Swans on your Pond until you KNOW they are Flightless/Grounded – Pinioned or Clipped. CHECK their WINGs before Releasing to the Water.
Just Because you are Told.. you are Adopting a Pinioned Swan.. Not Everyone Does this Effectively.. CHECK the Wings. Watching Swans in Flight is Breathtaking. Watching Your Swans Fly Away is Heartbreaking.
The Purchase and Care of Swans is not Cheap. Prices vary by Age, Specie, Availability, Location, Breeder or BackYard Ponds. …They are not Cheap. You will not be Happy if to see your Swans go for a Morning Flight on a Cool, Stiff Breeze and just keep going, leaving you with a few White Feathers.
Trying to Catch Swans that Fly is Very Difficult.
This is the Risk of having Full-Winged Swans.. Odds are Always there that they WILL Fly Away.
Most Swans and Cygnets are ReHomed/Adopted during the Last Summer and Early Fall.. When Air is Still Thin.. All Five Cygnets Above were into New Home by September.
When we get to Cooler Mornings.. Cool Fall Mornings. The Air is Denser.. and Swans Enjoy Flying.. Swans get a Twinkle in their Eyes.. Turn to a Brisk Breeze.. Wings Start to Flap… They Run Across the Water .. and May Lift up into the Air.. A BIG Risk they will Fly Away. The Swans in these Two Images are Pinioned.. and Just Play Chasing. They Can NOT Fly Away. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
To PINION Pet Swans is Responsible. Yes, My Opinion..LMS The RESPONSIBLE thing to do is to Pinion Cygnets. Then Arrange New Homes for them by Fall.. NOT Release. DO NOT Allow them to Fly Away and become Feral.. and Shot.
Understanding How and When to Pinion Swan Cygnets will Minimize many of the Problems of Full Wing Swans for Current and Future Swan Owner-Adopters.
Done Properly a Pinioned Wing will Appear Fairly Normal.
I have Helped a Wide Variety of People Learn in Person.. and with these WebPages.. Swan Folks and Veterinarians have Used this Procedure on their Own.. and Called to let me know.
As Far as Hurting the Tiny Cygnets..
I can say, most of these Folks are Surprise that the only Time the Cygnets feel Pain.. is the Second you PULL the Dental Tape Tight. ONE Second to Save their Life and Improve their Future as Pets. When You Cut the Wing Tip – they do not Flinch.. ( IF the Tape is TIGHT ! )
A Spring Cygnet that is not Pinioned and is Flying by Late Summer, knows the World is a Bigger Place then its Home Pond.. Catching to Clip them is VERY TRICKY.
A Cygnet’s Instinct to Fly is Intense when their First Flight Feathers Emerge. Their First Primary Flight Feather are BLOOD Feathers.. You will have to be Very Careful to Clip them Safely.
Once a Swan Cygnet Learns to Fly, they are Harder to Keep in Place. We have tried – FRUSTRATING.
IF I AM HERE: I will be Happy to Talk you Through.. or Answer ANY Questions. I will be Happy to be on the Phone as you do the Pinion Procedure.. Their Future Safety as Captive Pets is the Goal.. FEBRUARY 2022 AS LONG as I can.. I will Share Information.. *********************************************
As I Interact with Swan Folks across the Country, I am hearing more People are Learning their Veterinarians are NOT Willing. They will NOT Pinion.. ONLY Clip.. They Express they have an Ethical Issue to Pinion Swans. – Considering Swans Wild Waterfowl. SO, Start Early to CALL Avian Veterinarians, so you Know what your Options are.
We have Learned Over the Years, how Tragic it is when a Swan is Lost. Lost to a Predator, Lost to an Injury, Lost to an Illness. All Hard to Prevent. These Losses are Heart Wrenching..
But, Watching a Beloved Swan Spread it Wings and take Flight with NO Guarantee that they will Return to your Property.. Anxiety and Apprehension..
I have had Too Many Calls from Anguished Swan Folks Fearing their Swan is Gone. Many are.
Some have been able to Keep Track of their Swans for a Few Days or Weeks. Only a Few have been Successful bring them back Home.. Clipping ASAP. BE SURE TO CLIP when you have hold of your Swan..
The Young Swan Above was a Rescue. It Took Time for him to Socialize. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
Mute Swans that Fly are at High Risk of Perishing. Ask me.. I have a Growing List of Swans that Flew Away. Many, we will Never Learn what Fate they Met.
With Each Passing Year.. I have Contact with More and More Swan Folks, who find this Website.. And Get in Touch with me.
I Listen to their Stories of Anguish and Woe. They are Hoping I Will Tell them their Swans will Return. This is a Very Hard Lesson for Swan Owners to Learn.
Occasionally, I Learn of some Lucky Swan that is Rescued and Brought Back to Private Property.. Home ! ( BIG SIGH ! ) >>> CLIP that Swan BEFORE Putting Back on Your Pond.
Swans do have Good Memories.. If they Left and Decide to Return Days, Weeks or Months Later.. it was their Choice.
OOOOOOHHHH… the Wind.. Be Aware of Windy Days..
Cool Windy Fall Days.. the Air is Dense and Flight is Easy. Swans – All Waterfowl LOVE the Freedom of Flight.
Flight Capable Swans may Take to Air and Fly about Close to Home… …If It is NOT Storming and Visibility is Good they may Return. Swans are Visual and they Know where they are.. In Good Weather.
Flight Worthy Swans do become Lost when there is a Nasty Storm with Rain or Snow.. when Land Marks are more Blurred from their Vision.. Some Mute Swans Get Blown Far Away.. We have Rescued Several Swans after Storms..
Swans Living Free – Feral will be Exposed to MANY Hazards.
There are SO Many Dangers for a Swan that Flies. Swans are at more Risk of Mortal Injuries. Few will Get Help. Mute Swans that Fly Away may not Survive for Long.
Keep Your Swans Grounded – Flightless – for their Safety. It is Important your Swans are GROUNDED.. ( I Know I AM REPEATING Myself. )
Pinioned Cygnets and Swans have a BETTER Chance to be Captive, Private Property Pets.. They can Still Walk – Wander About.. You Still Need to Keep Track of them..
Pinioned Swans have Difficulty Trying to Fly during the Hot Summer Months.. the Air is Too Thin.
BUT, in the Fall and Winter the Air is Denser.. Add a Cool Brisk Breeze.. and Some “Grounded” Swans will be able to go for Short Flights.
Proper Pinioning makes Balancing Difficult..
************************** Knowing that there are Swan Folks who will NOT be Responsible and Ignore Pinioning Cygnets that Hatch on their Ponds is VERY Disappointing. They are Enjoying their Swans..
But they Allow these Cygnets to Fly Away, while there are Other Folks who have Been Waiting to Adopt Swans.. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
CAPTIVE SWANS are not Migratory.
Mute Swans are NOT Migratory Birds. They will not Fly South in the Fall..for the Winter Months. They will not Fly to the Chesapeake Bay.. Living Feral-Wild Mute Swans normally move about an area of Three to Five Square Miles.
Captive Pet Swans that Fly Away ARE NOT Migratory Waterfowl. Mute Swans are NOT Migratory Waterfowl.. Trumpeter Swans Raised in Captivity are NOT Migratory Waterfowl. Captive Raised Trumpeter Cygnets DO NOT LEARN to Migrate.
Escaped Feral “Pet” Swans will not have an Easy Time Surviving, Especially in the Northern States. There are an Average of Five Winter Months with Little Natural Food.
Living in Wilderness Areas there are Natural Hazards for Swans. Living near Humans, there are many more Hazards.
OVERHEAD WIRES: Over Head Electric Wires.. Swans are in Danger of being Electrocuted.. Their Forward Vision is Poor.. they do NOT See the Thin Wires. They Fly into Electric Wire and are Electrocuted..
The Power Lines along a Rural Road may carry 7,200-14,000 Volt Circuits. In Larger Towns there are Power Lines carrying more than 19,000 volts. Coming in Contact with any of those Voltages would be Deadly.
If a Swan happens to touch TWO Wires at once, or a Wire and a Ground, they will Probably be Electrocuted. If they Survive, the Severe Burns will do far more Damage then will be Noticed at first. A Fair Percentage will need to be Euthanized, unable to Recover from unseen Internal Burns.
Over the 2021 Winter Holidays.. I Received a Call from a Person in my Swan Network. A Man who for Several Years has been Actively Caring for the Swans on a Large Retirement Community Lake.
While he was on Vacation, FAR from Home.. One of the Young 2021 Cygnets – 7 Months Old.. (Above is an Example ) Flew into Electric Wire, was Electrocuted – ( Did Not Survive ) and Knocked out the Power for the Surrounding Area..
The Electric Utilities were NOT Happy, the State Police were NOT Happy, the State’s WildLife Services were NOT Happy, the Lake Community was NOT Happy.. Now ALL the FULL Wing Swans that have been Living on this Lake have Questionable Futures.. NO One wants a Repeat. The Man who has been Caring for the Swans.. Loving them will not have the Final Says.. *************************
A Very Pleasant Surprise.. ONE Young Cygnet has Survived being Electrocuted ! Memorial Day Weekend 2022.. A Wayward Mute Cygnet Flew UP into the Transmission Lines of a Small Area Town.. Shorted OUT the Area,.. and Fell Lifeless to the Ground.
I will Summarize the Month Long Story.. The Stunned Cygnets… Yes, it was Alive.. was Taken to an Animal Rescue Group.. Evaluated by a Veterinarian.. Watched for a Month.. DNA Determined MALE.. and a Private Home Arranged. This is the FIRST Swan I have Know to Survive Electrocution.
****************** Living in Areas with Over Head Telephone and TV Cable Wires, Swans can get Tangled – Communication Wires have Lower Potential for Electric Shock.. But, they can Still be a TANGLE Hazard..
It is Impossible to tell what Voltage a Wire may be Carrying just from looking at it or whether a Particular Wire Carries Electricity, Phone or Cable TV Service.
The Normal Voltage in Telephone Wires that provides the Dial Tone is not Dangerous. When a Phone Rings, a Series of High Voltage AC Surges up to 100 Volts, and this can be Mildly Shocking. So Many Over Head Wires.
With Wing Spans Six to Eight Feet, any Cables or Rope between any two Points may be a Tangling Hazard.
FENCING: Swans Mis- Judging Fences – Common Injury – Broken Neck.. A Fence Meant to Protect Could become a Hazard for a Flying Swan.Electric and Barb Wire Fences are Difficult to See from a Distance.
****** Flying around a Country Farm, a Swan may become Tangled in Wire Fencing, Electric Pasture Fencing, Barb-Wire. The Struggle to Free Itself …well, it will not be Pretty. ****************
Just his Neck Fits Through this Garden Fence.
WET ROADs – Wet Parking Lots:
On Rainy Days, Swans may see a Wet Rain Soaked Asphalt Roads as a Stream.
Or a Wet Parking Lot as a Pond.. Attempting to Land on these Wet Surfaces they Break Legs or Foot Bones. Frequently Broken Leg Bones Result in Euthanasia.
Below ??? Parking Lot or Pond.. ?? Like other Waterfowl, Swans may Fly into Moving Cars or Trucks, etc. Especially on Rainy Days.
BEING HIT by VEHICLEs:
TOO Many Swans are Hit by Vehicles.. The Young Male below.. Had the Impact to his Head.. He was Stunned for Days. Swans are BIG BIRDs.. They can Scare a Driver, Possibly Causing an Accident. If the Police are able to Track the Swan/Cygnet back to your Property.. YOU are Liable..
FERAL – ROGUEs: Feral Swans Lost and Wandering – Flying about from Place to Place – Become Rogue Swans.
These Swans might End-Up in a Public Places that may Abuse them. Since they do not belong to Anyone.. they often do not get Help when Hurt.
A Rogue Swan may FLY into an Established Swan Pond.. Disrupting the Established Swans that are in Captive Care.. We had our Lives Turned UpSide Down by a Rogue Female Swan.
The Result.. We Lost All Three Swans in the End. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
Swans are NOT Welcome Guests in Private Swimming Pools.. NOT Welcome ! ! BIG BIRDs.. Lots of Poop..
If a Rogue, Feral, Wild or Pet Swan, Duck or Goose Finds a Swimming Pool and Decided this a Safe Place to Enjoy..
They will be DRINKING the Chlorinated Water the Entire Time they are in the Pool. This could Damage their Internal Organs. ***********************************
This Pool Cover Below would Look like Water from Above.. A Landing Place ??? Coming in for a Landing ! Perfectly Done on REAL Water. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
SHOT BY HUNTERS:
Flying Into an Area where Hunting is Allowed. In Most States the WildLife Services Remove Feral Swans.
Many Feral Swans in PA are Found in the Sight of a Hunter’s Rifle and Shot Dead. A Percentage of Hunters feel “If they Fly.. they Die..” BOOM ! *******************
In PA Mute Swans must stay on Private Property or they are Likely Destroyed. On Public Lands and Public WaterWays they are Fair Game 365 Days a Year.
Swans that are Flying About an Airport are a REAL HAZARD to the AirCraft.. These LARGE Birds Getting Sucked into an ENGINE will Likely Cause Engine Damaged.
Because of their large Size, Mute Swans pose an Aviation Hazard in the Event of Collision with an Aircraft. Three such Collisions have been reported from JFK Airport in New York despite Active Management of Swans on the Airport Property (NYSDEC 2017).
From 1988 to 2017, a total of 263 Civilian Aircraft were either Destroyed or Damaged beyond Repair due to Wildlife Strikes around the World. 98% of Wildlife Strikes are Bird Strikes.
Below are Migrating Tundra Swans.. They are a Concern for Airports During the Season they are On the Move. If the Swans Keep Moving Great or the Air Traffic may be Delayed Until the Swans are Not Near the Airport Run Ways.
DNR might be Called to Come, Chase or Destroy these Swans if Necessary.
Basically… the Mute Swans that Fly near an Airport are Destined to Perish. They are Not Protected as are the Tundra Swans.
Life is Very Difficult for Feral Swans..
In 2022 I Talked with a Person who Lives in a Large Golf Community. They have Swans that are Not Pinioned.. One of their Females Flew into the UpStair’s Picture Window of One LakeSide Home – it was a Fatal Flight.
This Swan Flew THROUGH a Bathroom Window. Surprise !
Just thinking about All the Possible Dangers to your Beautiful Swans… the Act of Pinioning starts to Sound like a Reasonable Safety Precaution. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
CLIPPING is the Second Accepted Way to Keep Your Swans Flightless. It Takes 5-10 Minutes Once you have Hold of a Swan..
It is a Challenge to Sell, or Re-Home a Full-Wing Mute Swan/Cygnet. Being Pinioned is BEST.. Much more Adoptable.. Proper Clipping will keep a Swan Grounded until their Next Annual Moult is Complete.
A New Owner Should be WILLING to keep these Swans Properly “Clipped.” And UNDERSTAND what this means. *********************************************** If you Acquire a Feral Rescued Swan… from a WildLife Rescue Group.. these Swans will Likely be Full-Winged. BE SURE TO ASK About this !
It is SO IMPORTANT While Adjusting a FULL-WING SWAN to a New Home that they are CLIPPED to Keep them Grounded.
I have talked with Numerous People, who Purchased Full-Wing Swans that Flew Away.. in a few Short Days. Few Folks ever get them back.
Or have Gotten a Swan from a Rescue Group.. ( Many Rescue Groups do not like to even Clip ) And Days-Weeks later the Swan Flies Away.
These Swans were Lucky to be Rescued the First Time.. There was Time and Resources to Care for these Mute Swans until Healthy.. These Rescued Mute Swans may NOT be Release to the Wild. But, then Given to People who do not Know.. the Swan might Fly Away.. These Swans are Back OUT in the Dangerous Feral Environment they were Rescued from.. ( SIGH ! )
If You are NOT Comfortable Clipping..Ask Your Veterinarian to Assist You. This Topic Page Information will Help.
You will Need to be Extra Careful with Growing Cygnets.
Swans are NOT Clipped like House Birds, Ducks or Geese..
This Needs to be Done Annually after Your Swans Moults.
Timing this is Tricky.. and You MUST Observe the Stages of Moulting their Primary Flight Feathers to do this Safely and Successfully.
I have Documented the Stages of Moulting.. on the Clipping Captive Swan Pets Page.
I Understand the Difficult Challenge to >>> TIME Clipping. NOT ALL Swans Moult at the Same Time.. Pens Moult First.. the Cobs Moult about a Month Later. If a Swan is in Poor Health, that may Delay a Proper Moult.
If your Swans and/or Cygnets are Full-Wing.. There is a Short Window of Time for the Optimal Time to Clip.. The Risk of being Late by a Few Days or Weeks is a Swan that Flies Away..
THE Most Concerning Time is as Fall Approaches and the Air Cools. On a Cool Crisp Day ADD a Breeze and Swans WANT to Fly.
This Wonderful Image of Whooper Swan Cygnets was Shared by a Gal in Finland. They are Wild.. Free to Fly as their Natural Instinct is in Control.
I Feel it is VERY UNWISE to have TWO Full-Wing Swans on the Same Pond.. They would Need to be Clipped at Different Times. ********************** This was the Exception.. a VERY Dedicated Adopter.. A Gal who Wanted to Try having the THREE Rescued Mute Cygnets Above Come to Live on her Large Mountain Lake. She has DONE Well. It has been SIX Years and ALL Three Swans are Still on her Lake. The Three Together have had Periods of Seasonal Squabbling. The Large Water Environment has Provided Space for them to Work it Out. With Each Passing Year, they are Doing Better as a Mute Threesome.
IRRESPONSIBLE CRUELTY / ABUSED
The Person who DID this HAD NO IDEA what they were Doing.
Several Images are of a very CRUDE Attempt to Clip. Cutting through Blood Feathers. The Stated Purpose was to Constrict Band Amputate the Portion of Wing.. to Pinion. The Tight Green Band was not Stopping the Bleeding. After Several Days this Cygnet was Surrender to us.. ASAP, we took him to our Avian Veterinarian. The Cut Feathers Blood Loss was Significant.
His Blood Values were Terrible.. He was Not Eating. We had Two Days to Try to Stabilize him Physically. His Mutilated Wing Started to SMELL TERRIBLE ! The Sliced Wing Skin was Developing Wet Gangrene. The Infected Portion of the Wing was Surgically Removed. We had Named him “Liberty” – he did not Survive.
“Liberty” had been a BIG Healthy 11 Month Old Cygnet before his Owner Allowed someone Else to do this.
Over Time I have Learned of Several other Barbaric Practices to Pinion.
The Safest, Simplest Time to Pinion is when Cygnets are Tiny.
I Will Always be Sad to take Flight Away from Swans. I have to keep Reminding myself.. that they will be Safer.. Grounding is what Allows us to keep Swans as Pets..
I am Sure there will be Lots of Debate on what is Wise and What is Best.. and What is Right.. ..We Pinion.
This Information is a Work in Progress….. Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger . . . . . . . . . . . FEBRUARY 2022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
Below are Several Examples of the Sad OutCome of Full-Wing Swans.. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
The Sad Saga of a Swan named “Prince Harry.”
“Prince Harry” was Rescued in Early Summer of 2015, by a Dedicated, Active Wildlife Rescue Group.. He was Injured – Found Living Feral. The WildLife Rescue Group cared for him for Weeks until his Health Improved.
In PA, WildLife Rescue Groups are Allowed to Care for Mute Swans that are Brought in from a *Feral Situation. But Unlike other Wild Animals and Birds that they Care for and Release, the Mute Swans MAY NOT be Release back to Live in the Wild-Feral. Mute Swans will Need a Private Property Adoption..
I Arranged for a Home for this Full-Wing Juvenile Male Mute. I EXPLAINED to the Adopter that this Swan would NEED to be Clipped Annually. They already had a Pinioned Juvenile Female on their Pond. “Prince Harry” was Placed on the Family’s BackYard Pond in Mid-Summer of 2015.
On Arrival to us, We Clipped “Harry” ASAP to keep him Grounded.. His Moult was just Starting.. So Clipping would Need to be done Again after his Moult Completed.. Not as Trusting yet, No One could Get Hold of “Harry”.. I Reminded the Adopter Several Time.. We would come Help.. “No, he is OK.” On a Breezy November Day… OFF “Prince Harry” Flew !!! AND FLEW !!
Rob and I had an Amazing “Rescue” Catching “Harry”.. Unbelievable Story. Talk about “DUMB Luck”.. “Prince Harry” was ALSO VERY Lucky.” He was Clipped ASAP Following this November Adventure ! !
After his Moult in Summer 2016.. This Busy Person did not Clip him.. I Reminded Multiple Times.. “It was TIME to Clip ! ! ” On a Chilly February Day ( 2017) while Visiting.. I Reminded AGAIN !!!
“NO Problem, “Harry” has Not been Trying to Fly.” He is Settled in here.. “Harry” is OK.. >>>>> WRONG ! We Learn Later, his Wife Saw “Harry” Flying.
Two Days Later, “Harry” Left… Flying about to Local Country Ponds.. There are Roughly 12-15 Small to Medium Size Ponds that are Short Flights. He would be Gone for Days or Weeks at a Time.. then Return.
Now and then “Harry” would Stop at Home for Quick Visits.. But, he was Basically a “Rogue Swans.”
He was almost Three Years Old in the Winter of 2016-2017. A Gentle Cob. For some Reason, he did not Pair-Bond with the Female that was on this Private Family Pond.
There was One Time he was “Dirty Harry” when he Flew Home. Good Grief… Where had he Been ? ? One Morning, the Family looked out – “Prince Harry” was there. They Noticed Something LOOKED Odd with “Harry.” Getting Closer, OH NO.. what Happened !!!
“Harry” was Eating, Drinking, otherwise looked OK.. ????? Except he was Bleeding.. ! ! His One Wing was Mangled ! ! The Couple went into the VERY COLD February Pond to get him..
We got a Call from “Harry’s” Owner. “Harry” was Hurt ! ! “Harry” had became Tangled in Something and Severely Broken One Wing.. Poor Guy.. “Harry” could not tell Anyone how it happened. ? ? He was Lucky to be Alive. He got Home Somehow.
“Harry” was taken to an Avian Veterinarian due to an Almost Total Traumatic Wing Amputation. The Stump NEEDed to be Cleaned, Prepared and Properly Closed.. One of the WORST Wing Injuries I have seen.. Almost Twisted Completely OFF..Terrible ! !
“Prince Harry’s” Owner was Stepping-up to try to get him through this. I have Cared for my Share of Severe Injuries.. It is Full-Time Care. It would have been much Easier to Put “Harry” Down.. Sad Thought.
There was NO Chance to Stabilize this Swan.. An Unknown Blood Loss – NO Choice Surgery NOW !! This had to be Addressed NOW.. ! ! “Harry’s” Broken Bones were Oozing Blood. There was just an Inch of Skin Holding the Primary and Secondary Section of his Wing together. It would be a Quick Snip.. Debride, Clean – Stitch the Stump, Dress the Wound.
The Surgery was Done.. Completed.. But, “Harry” did not Wake-Up from the Anesthesia. His Loss was Heart Breaking for All of Us..
Sadly, the Fast Trip to a Veterinarian was NOT Successful.
If “Harry” had Survived, NO Pond TIME.. Kept DRY and Quiet. He would need Antibiotics Twice a Day for Several Weeks.. Probiotics X2 Daily, Bandage Changes, Sponge Baths to keep his Waterproofing and his Bottom Cleaned..
Maybe One or Two Trips to the Vets Office for Rechecks.. A Special Vitamin-Mineral Supplement to help him Replace the Lost Blood.
His Wing Stump Kept Dry until the Stitches Come Out. They would need to keep his Feet on Soft Substrate to Prevent Bumble Sores.
Lots of Clean-up – Swans are BIG Messy Birds. Kept in a Safe Place. ETC. The Family has 3 Small Girls.. It would be a Big Chunk of Time in their Day.
The ONE Big Worry, we were all Helpless to Control was “Stress Mortality.” There is No Way to know what “Prince Harry” went through when he was Injured. During the next 2-3 weeks, he could Die from Capture Myopathy-“White Muscle Disease.”
Everything done at the Vet’s and Post-op Care can be Perfect. But, the Stress of his Entanglement may have Sealed his Fate. You hold your Breath for about a Month. This Gentle Male – Full-Wing Feral Rescue. Knew the World was a Bigger Place. We Could NOT Keep him in Place when his Wings could Carry him Away. “Prince Harry” Lived Flying Free for Less then a Year. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
The Saga of “Gilbert” Sad, but True.
A Young Male Mute 11-23 Months Old.. ?? Very Confusing History. Early April.. “Gilbert” was Advertised To be ReHomed – Free for the Taking.. “Gilbert” had Started to Chase the Owner’s Dog, etc.
“Gilbert” had been Alone for Close to 8 Months on a Large Tree Lined BackYard Pond. ( Where NO One had Observed him Flying.)
The Happy Adopter was TOLD this young Male was DNA Checked and Pinioned. ( The Original BackYard Breeder, Said this. )
“Gilbert” was Released Shortly onto the New Family’s Pond..
Thrilled to have this Young Male Swan, I was Contacted to see if I might Know of an Available Female.
Yes, I had a Young Female on my ReHome List.. Yeah ! She was 11 Months Old. She was Not Pinioned. She is Full-Wing..Clipped for Now. I Explained what would Need to be Done in the Future. She would be Grounded until Late July-Early August.
The Man Drove to Pick-up the Female.. A Long Round Trip.
They Arrived Home to an Empty Pond.. NO “Gilbert” ! ! “Gilbert” was Located Swimming on a Neighbor’s Pond..
This Very New Swan Novice went to Feed “Gilbert” at the Neighbor’s.. One Day, maybe Two Days. Then “Gilbert” was GONE Again..
Searching Local Ponds and Streams.. He FINALLY Found “Gilbert” on a Pond 1/4 Mile Away.. Again Arranging Permission to Feed “Gilbert.” Hope to Get Hold of him. Several Days Later, we had a VERY Windy Day State Wide.. This Time “Gilbert” Flew off into the Clear Blue Air. Now he was Really Gone..
This Young Male..ca. 22-23 Months Old.. is now a Rogue.. He is just Out and About.. where the Blue Sky Takes him.. Until he is Not.. “Gilbert’s” Fate is UnKnown..
This Unsure Outcome.. means “Gilbert” could Bounce about and Maybe Return once in a while.. NO Loyalty to Anyone or any Body of Water..
A Rogue Swan can be a REAL Problem to an Established Swan Pond. Sigh !!! Just Ask me. Our WHOLE Swan World Changed on a Chilly February the 14th.. **************************************************** In One Day our Male was Smitten with this Rogue Female. We Tried to Catch her and Move her to a New Home.. NO LUCK ! &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
If you Chose Not to Pinion.. and the Cygnets Fly Away. They will more then Likely be Destroyed.. In PA it is Not Legal to Release Mute Swans or their Cygnets into the Wild. Sadly, it is not the Swan Owners who Pays a Fine.. It is the Swans or Cygnets, they Pay with their Lives. The Discarded Pinioned Pen Below was Shot to Death. Few are Rescued, most are Destroyed.. They are Fairly Helpless.
Your Tiny Cygnet will Grow Quickly.. Summer Days will Pass.. When Fall Arrives.. you Need to have Plans for Rehoming-Adopting Cygnets. Young Swans are Much Better Pets, if they Do NOT Fly Away..
The Parent Swans are Ready for them to Leave.. We Rarely have the Adult Swans Show any Sign of Missing them by Sept-Oct. Healthy Cygnets do well their First Winter.. They are Ready.
The First Weeks after Hatching, If the Cygnets are Taken or Lost the Parents will Search and Call for them for Several Day.. All of her Tiny Cygnets were Gone in 12 Days. ***************************************************
If your Adults are Full-Winged, when their Cygnets are around 3-4 Months Old.. It will be TIME to Clip your Adults to Prevent them from Flying. The Instinct is there for the Parents to Teach their Cygnets to FLY.. The Adult Swans will start to Run over the Water Flapping their Wings.. It Start as “Play Chasing”.. This will Strengthen the Cygnets’ Wings..
In a Short Time the Group will try to go to Air.. If your Adults are Grounded that will Minimize the Risk. BUT, there will Still be an Instinct in the Cygnets to try to Fly… ( If the Cygnets are NOT Pinioned. ) DO CLIP them once you See their Primary Wing Feathers Fully Emerged.. Use Care NOT to Clip Where there is Blood in the Primary Feather Shafts.
If the Cygnet Never Learn to Fly, it will be easier to Keep them in Place..
Keeping Captive Birds that through Natural Adaptation or Selective Breeding have lost the ability to Fly removes the need for Pinioning; for example, keeping Indian Runner Ducks as opposed to Wild-type Mallard Ducks.
Quality of Life: The Removal of a Body Part of a Captive Animal-Bird by Human Beings is an Issue of Contention (see animal rights).
Permanent Enclosures Designed to Prevent Accidental Egress (escape) of Swans Removes the need for Pinioning. These are Extremely Confining Habitats.
Quality of Life for a Captive Animal-Bird is often used to justify Modifications. In most Circumstances, if Swans are to be kept in Captivity, Pinioning can Increase their Quality of Life.
Captive Swans allowed to Roam a Property and Pond have a Higher Quality of Life through their Freedom of Movement, Allowance for Natural Behaviors, and Increased Mental Stimulation when compared to Penning in a Fenced Enclosure. ***************************************************** We Live with Swans between Semi-Captive and Semi-Free.