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REPLACEMENT EGGs for Your Nesting Swans.

March 26th, 2019 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs - (Comments Off on REPLACEMENT EGGs for Your Nesting Swans.)

AND > Basic Procedure to Swap-Out Eggs when Needed.


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Over the Various Swan Nesting Seasons that we have Expericened,
there have been a Number of Times having Replacement Eggs has been Helpful.


If there is No Cob/Male to Fertilze a Pen/Female’s Eggs:


Healthy Swan Pens/Females Mature by Age Three and will Nest
and Lay Eggs with or without a Male/Mate.


When Swan Eggs are NOT Fertile, they will often start to
Rot and SMELL TERRIBLE before they can be Removed from the Nest.

(42 Days AFTER the Pen is “Sitting” Full-Time to Prevent Recyling. )


There are Nest Raiders.. Likely Raccoons Stealing Eggs.
Some Times People..


Heavy Spring Rain may Soak and Spoil Eggs.
The Eggs Turn Blue once they are Too Wet..
Many Times the Developing Embryos will Drown.


When the Female is not Ready to “Sit” Full-Time in Early Spring,
while still Laying her Clutch, a very Frosty Night may Freeze the Eggs. Little Chance these will Hatch.


If for any Given Year, you want to Prevent Eggs Hatching.
Maybe you do not want to Deal with Cygnets.. Lots of Work.
The Eggs can be Spoiled by Spraying or Oiling..


OR you can Replace the Real Eggs with Life Like Replacements.


In States where there are “Permit” Mute Swans,
the State Policy may NOT Allow their Eggs to Hatch.


If your Swan Pair are from the Same Brood and you Determine it is more Responsible to Prevent their Eggs Hatching. Often Young Swans are Acquired from the Same Parent Swans.. Reducing Genetic Diversity.

We Rescued these Young Cygnets. Male and a Female Nest Mates.
It would have been Easy to find them a Home Together.
To Prevent Inbreeding, we Arrange Different Forever Homes.


OR as in the Example Below: The Mature Pen Died.
The Cob Bonded with his Female Offspring.. ( His Daughter ).
The Owners decided to Rehome them to Different Homes after they had been Mating and Nesting. Their Eggs were Not Allowed to Hatch.

Now they are Both with Unrelated Mates for Healthier Cygnets.

Having Replacement Eggs can be VERY Handy..
Use them – then Wipe them off and Store for Future Years.




My First Swan Egg Replacements were:
The UnHatched-Unfertile Mute Swan Eggs that I Drained and Filled with “Great Stuff” Foam. These were a Little Light Weight.


I Painted a Sorta Feather over the Plugged Hole. To Sorta Hide the Spot.


All but One Real-Filled Eggs was Accepted by our Nesting Pens.


TO my Disappointment, a Raccoon started to Steal my Real Replacement Eggs and Crewed them into Pieces.. DARN.


My Next Plan: WOODEN Eggs..
I Called a WoodCrafter Store. Explained I wanted to have Large Eggs
Turned. They were Happy to Help.


I took a Gentleman One of my Real Eggs for the Template.


Below are the Measurement of an Average Size Mute Swan Egg.
The Craftsman did a GREAT Job. Now it is Up to Me to Paint & Seal them.


He used Heavy Dense Wood.. BIRCH. The Weight is Pretty Good.
Birch wood is a Hardwood that is Extremely Strong.


The WoodCraftsman advised me on the most Durable UnderCoat Sealer
and the Outer Finish Product for Outside Wood Items.


For the Mute Swan Egg Colors I used the Small Bottles of Acrylic Craft Paints to Tint the Sealer.

The Colors will Vary with the Different Species of Swans.
The Color Samples below are from Regular House Paint Color Samples.


These Files Show the Colors I tried to Match in Craft Acrylic Paints.


First Step..
Sand the Bare Eggs until all Rough Spots are Gone.
Wipe Away any Dust.


Coat with a Good Quality Primer – Sealer.. White
Interior/Exterior Water Base Primer.. Coat – Dry – Sand.
White Coat AGAIN – DRY WELL..


I Used the Little Take Home Container Lids to Keep the Eggs from Rolling.


I Added Acrylic Craft Color to Tint an Aliquote of the Sealer.
( NOT Entire Can. ) BASE Color Coat Twice..


Time to “Stain” the Eggs. Using Medium Brown Craft Paint.

Dilute the Color until it will Stripe and Smear on the Egg.
I had to Wet my Hands to Coat the Entire Egg with Uneven Coloring.


Then WIPE Dry with a Paper Towel to Remove MOST Paint.


It should have an Uneven Mottled Pattern.


There is a Fluff of Small Feathers in the Swan’s Nest to Cushion the Eggs.
“Feathering the Nest.”


I Painted to Small SemiPlume Feather on One End..
To be Sure Which are REAL Which are Wooden.


Once the Eggs are VERY Dry, I Completely Coated Three Times
with the SATIN Exterior Seal & Protect Finish. DRY Well.


The Satin Finish was too Glossy.. On a Very Damp Terry Cloth,
I Generously Sprinkled Fine Grit Bon-Ami & Coarser Ajax Scouring Powder.


Generally Rubbing-Buffing all over until the Eggs had the Same Dull Surface as the Real Mute Swan Eggs.


RINSE Well, Dry Immediately. Dry Well before Storing.

After using in a Spring Nest, DO NOT SOAK IN WATER.
Wipe with Soapy Water, Rinse, Dry Well. Store for Next Year.


How to SWAP-OUT Swan Replacement Eggs.

IF your Goal is to Prevent ALL EGGs Hatching.


NOTE: When the Swan Pen Starts to “Sit” Full-Time.
Mark Your Calendar. She Needs to “Sit” for 42 Days.

OR IF she Abandon her Eggs on her own. Then Watch for Recycling.

Wait Until the Female/Pen is “Sitting” Full-Time for at least a Week
To Ensure she is Truly Finished Laying..


Be Sure it is the Pen at the Nest “Sitting” Full-Time.
Most Cobs will Sit with the Clutch as it is being Laid.
For a Clutch of 5 Eggs it will take 9 Days. For 8 Eggs 15 Days.


He will Protect the Eggs, but he CAN NOT Incubate them.
Only the Pen can Incubate the Eggs… ALL Eggs at the Same Time.


During the 8 to 17 Days the Female is Laying her Eggs, she is EATING.


Fertile Mute Swan Eggs SHOULD Hatch on Day 37 Plus – Minus 1 Day.


It is an Interesting Time. But, a Lot Like Watching Paint Dry.
The Pen will hardly Eat during this Time…
Quick Breaks on the Pond to Drink and Relieve herself. Average 6 Minutes.
Most Cobs will Watch the Nest during this Time. Not All.

If the Eggs are Fertile on Day 35 the Cygnets inside the Shell start to Wiggle.
The Pen will be OFF and ON the Nest Frequently.. STARTING to EAT !
The Pen’s Hungry Behavior is a VISUAL SIGNAL Hatching is about to Happen.
The Cygnets are Pipping. IF you can safely get Close you can hear them.


If the Eggs are Spoiled or Replaced, the Pen will not have this Signal.
She will continue to “Sit.” If the Eggs are not Removed some Pens Starve to Death. It is for her Health and Safety, REMOVE all Eggs at 42 Days.

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Arrange for 3 People to Help with this Project.
Supplies.. One or Two Large Nets.. Maybe a Large Towel..


A Bucket Lined with Two Plastic Grocery Bags.

Working Together this will only take a few Minutes.

FIRST: Contain the Male..
Either keep him at a Safe Distance across the Pond.
OR when he come up to the Nest AFTER YOU – Net him.


SECOND: Net the Pen Or Wrap her with a Large Towel.
Move her off to the Side. Try NOT to Scare Her.
OR Encourage the Pen off her Nest and into the Pond.


I use a Lawn Chair to Encourage the Female off her Nest.
Turned Around this Also Protects me from being Whacked.

IF there are 5-8 Eggs:


Check for any Cracked or Smelly Eggs that are Attracting Flies.
Remove these first.


This Female became VERY Sick from Eating the Pesty Flies.
She died Nine Days after Hatching her Only Cygnet. Then it Disappeared.


Remove ALL but Two Real Eggs that are OK.


Place only THREE Wooden Replacement Eggs in the Nest.


Release the Pen. Then Release the Cob. Check the Swans are OK..
Someone Watch that the Pen goes back on the Nest and Tends
to the Eggs in her Nest. That she Accepts the Replacements.


If any of the Removed REAL Eggs are Cracked or SMELL Nasty
Rotting Eggs may Explode !! ( Gas PRESSURE )
– KEEP in Plastic Bags.

I had ONE Stinky Egg that I placed in the Bucket Bags.
Put the Replacement Eggs in the Nest. Stood Up.
Picked up my Bucket. BOOM !!!
ONE Egg was that Close to Exploding under our Pen.




THE NEXT Day: Do a Basic Check from a Safe Distance
that the Swans are still in Normal Nesting Behavior Mode.



ONE Week Later..
Repeat: Remove the Remaining Real Eggs.


DO NOT Add any more Replacements.
UNLESS there are Eggs Missing.. !!!!


Swan Pens frequently Lose Eggs during the Nesting Season.
They need several Eggs ( Two or Three) to “Sit” on
for the 42 Days to Prevent Recycling.


KEEP the Extra Wooden Replacement Eggs as Spares.
There may be some Losses over Time by Raccoons or People..



ON Day 42 – Remove ALL Eggs from the Nest.
This way the Pen will Start to Eat Again..Avoid Starvation.


Wipe Replacement Eggs with Soapy Water on a Terry Cloth.
DO NOT Soak Wooden Eggs. Rinse, DRY Well.
Store for Next Year. Remember WHERE they ARE !



The Winter Months are a Good Time to be Crafty
and Make Replacement Eggs.



REPLACEMENT EGGs Painted over the Winter..
Information March 2019 (c) SwanLover Linda M.Sweger

An Example of a Replacement Egg Swap-Out.


Take a Few Minutes to Observe the Nesting Swans..
Walk Slowly – Get Closer a Little at a Time..


It is Typical for the Cob to be Patrolling Near the Nest Site.


This will be the Pen’s Fourth Spring to Nest. She is Dedicated to her Eggs.


Our Helpers were in Place, Ready to Start this Swap-Out.


I Walked BETWEEN the Nest and the Pond
to see if the Cob would come out to Protect his Female.


Giving the Cob a Little Space to Come up to the Lawn-Nest Area.


So Sweet, the Cob goes to Make Sure his Female is Safe.


Now it is TIME for him to CHASE Us OFF.. So Predictable.


The Cob was EASY to Net. He came Directly to Us. OOPs !!


Be Sure the Net Hoop is Securely on the Ground.
Swans are Good at Wiggling out UNDER any Open Spot .
Check his Neck is Not Twisted and he is Breathing OK.

We Slowly Move the Pen off the Nest with a Lawn Chair.
Do this Slowly, give her Time to Stand-up and Move Away.

The Nest contained a Large Clutch of 8 Eggs.
Working Quickly, I did not Snap Photos that were Focused. DARN !!
The Clutch below is an Example from a Nest in 2017 !!


We Removed 5 Real Swan Eggs and Placed 3 Replacements in the Nest.


SNAPPING One last Photo….
We Stepped back so the Pen could Return to her Nest.


These Image Tell the Story.


The Cob was Release and Went back to the Pond.
We Watched for about 5 Minutes.
The Pen Settled Down on the Nest.


This Mute Swan Pen will Need to Sit on the Nest for 4 more Weeks.

In One Week the Remaining REAL Eggs will be Removed.
She will Continue to “Sit” on the Three Replacement Eggs.
She will Accept them as hers. They will Smell like her and the Nest.


Swan of Beauty, Swan of Grace.
A Queen among her Ancient Race.

The Swan – by Susa Morgan Black.


March 20th, 2019 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SWAN FLOATING NEST Box-Platform - (Comments Off on A FLOATING NEST BOX – PLATFORM for SWANS)

These will GREATLY improve Survival for Nesting Females.

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As Hints of Spring are ALL Around.
IT is that Time Again. NESTING for Most Birds and Swans.


Many Native WildLife will have Young to Feed.
Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Bears, Coyotes, Coywolves, Fox, etc.


Unfortunately this means Vulnerable Swans will become Prey.

Watching Swans through their Nesting Season is Interesting.


Each Species of Swans have Different Timing and Nesting Behaviors.


In Early March Mute Swans are Checking for a Nest Location.


They Gather Piles of Materials for One to Two Weeks.
The Cob Builds a BIG Messy Nest.


And/Or the Pen will Pull together a Soft Cavity Nest.


The Pen will be EATING as she Prepares for Nesting.


Egg Laying takes 8 to 15 Days on Average. (Male Guards Eggs)


The Pen will “Sit” Full-Time 37 Days for Fertile Eggs to Hatch.


A VERY Vulnerable Time for Female Swans.


Concern for our Nesting Swans has Increased.


I decided to Presume this Project Several Months Ago.


The Pond where our Swans are, has a Sheep Pasture on One Side.


I have been Hearing More and More about the CoyWolf Hybrids
as I Talk with other Swan Folks.
This is Occuring ALL Over PA and Many other Eastern States.


During the Last Months of 2018, some Large Predators dug under the Pasture Fence and Attacked ALL and Kills several of the Sheep.
It was SO Sad. And a Real Eye Opener for All of Us.


These Large Hybrid Canines are Increasing in Numbers Every Year.
There are Lots of Websites that Discuss the CoyWolves.


Mute Swan Cob Trying to Protect his Family from a Coyote.
The location was Fall Brook in Freetown Massachusetts
Photographer (C) Dennis P Durette

Their DNA shows they are a Hybrid of the Smaller Western Coyotes,
the Remaining Grey Wolves in Canada and Domestic Dogs
that are Tied Outside.

They are not Solitary Animals like the Western Coyotes.
These Larger Canines will Travel in Packs and Hunt in the Day Time.
Their Fur Color, Pale to Dark, has Lots of Variation.
They LOOK like a German Shepherd with a Bushy Tail.


I hardly Speak with Anyone, anymore that does not mention
hearing the Howling at Night and the Farm Pets being Attacked.


This WILD Trumpeter Swans was not Pinioned.
But, it was NOT able to Escape being Snatched by this Clever Canine.


If a Pond has an Island, Swans Nesting on these Isolated
Areas have a Much Better Chance of Surviving Nesting Season.

A Gate will be Needed at the Far End of the Bridge.

During the Majority of the Year, our Swans have been Faithful
at Spending their Night Hours Floating OUT in their Pond Water.


But, Spring Nesting is Different. The Swans will do their Best
to “Sit” and Stay with their Nest & Eggs Day and Night.


Totally Vulnerable. Our Cob “Meadow” can NOT Defend against
these Large Pack Canines. Our Swans are NOW at HIGH Risk.


“Brooke” and “Meadow” will be 10 Years Old in 2019.
They have Nested each Spring starting in 2012.


We have been Lucky, they have not been Injured or Scared from their Nests.


Many of their Eggs have been Stolen over the Years.

The likely Culprits are Raccoons.


I have made Replacement Eggs.. when Needed.


Once the Swans can take their Tiny Cygnets out on their Water
they ALL will be Safer. At least from the Land Predators.


SO>>>> I Decided I could not just allow them to be Killed.


This May not Work. They May not be Willing to Use it.
We are Trying and Hoping this Floating Nest Platform will Protect them.


My Husband and I felt we could NOT do this Project ourselves.
We hired a Professional Craftsman. I Drew the Plans and he
used his Skills to go from Paper Plans to Construction.


On the Day the Platform was Delivered, we Put our Cob in a
Carrier to keep Everyone Safe from his Spring Hormones.


Helpful Hands joined the Effort and the Team did a Great Job
getting the Platform into the Pond.


My job: Stay out of the Way.
And try to get some Photos to Document this Project.


The Man who Built the Nesting Platform did a Wonderful Job.


For his First time, it is PERFECT. Floats at the Proper Height.
The Ramp Rests just under the Water for Easy Slide Up..


I am SO Pleased ! !


Now we need to get “Brooke” up on it.
She is SO Close to Laying Eggs. Within the Week.


The Swans are Ignoring the “NEW Furniture” in their Pond.


We are ALL Brainstorming how to get them to go UP on the Platform.
and Realize all the Nest Material they needs is THERE.


After Loading the Platform with Nesting Materials,
we Placed a Dish Pan in the Back with WET Feed Mixture.


I am Hoping the Waterfowl Pellet Feed will Smell Good.
When it is Wet it Smells like Fresh Dog Food.

We have used Wet Feed to “Bait” Swans with Pretty Good Success.
I am Hoping if they can not get Feed from their Normal Container
the Smell will get their Attention.


“Brooke” is Eating LOTs to get ready for Nesting.
I am HOPING she will Smell the Wet Feed and GO Up on the Platform.

Tossing Floating Pellets into the Water by the Platform.
Flopping Lettuce on the Ramp and in the Water.
After Several Days.. NO Interest from the Swans.

The Next Idea we are doing is to Put One of my Garden Decoy Swans
on the Platform.. These are Pretty Close to Life Size..

WE Need the Swans to Climb up and Explore.. Fingers Crossed.


This First Year will be “Try This and Try That.”


Another Benefit of a FLOATING Nest Platform.
If there are Heavy Spring Rains, the Platform will Rise as Flood Waters Swell. Each Year Many Swan Eggs are Lost during Spring Flooding.



If you do an Internet SEARCH for:
“Swan Floating Nest Box” or “Swan Floating Nest Platform”
There are Several Images onLine. Several Commercially Available.

If you are a DIY Person, there are Ideas.. These can be Built.

Our Structure is Mainly Pressure Treated Lumber.
I had the Exterior Covered with TimberTech AZEK Composit.
We have AZEK Material on our Deck – NO Painting.
LOVE the Stuff. Much more durable then Wood. NO Splinters.


We added Plasitc Lattice on the Walking Surface.
This will Allow Toe Claw Grip and good Drainage.

Various Floataions would Work..


This One has Large PVC Pipe Tubes with Heavy Duty Rubber Caps
Double Sealed to Prevent Water Leaking in.


ALL the Hardware is Stainless Steel..
ALL Screws, Screw Eyes and Quick Link Connectors.


We Purchased 2 – 75 Foot Reels of Stainless Chain.
Chains are better – Swans will Chew on Ropes.


The Excess Length will allow us Freely to Move the Platform.
We will want to Clean it after Nesting.
And, we might need to Check the Eggs without someone going out in a Boat.


The Platform needs to be Anchored/Positioned out in Deeper Water.
Try to have SOME Shade during Afternoon Hours.

REMEMBER Raccoons can Swim.
So, this is not a Solution for these Nest Raiders.


Our Swans had Eggs Stolen while Nesting on a Gated Island.
When we checked the Eggs over the Five Weeks, there would be about ONE Big Egg missing each week.


And they Lost MANY more Eggs while Nesting on Land.

This is a Topic Page in Progress.. MARCH 2019
(C) Linda M.Sweger I Will Add more..Fingers Crossed.

This was my Fortune Cookie Days before the Platform was Finished.


August 2nd, 2018 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SNAPPING Turtles - NASTY Beasts - (Comments Off on SNAPPING TURTLEs are NASTY BEASTS.)


There Photo Images on this Topic Page
That are Unpleasant to View.
But this is What Snapping Turtles Do.
They BITE ! !

Snapping Turlle Swan

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Common Snapping Turtles
Snapping Turlle Swan Common Snapping Turtles

I have used Information from this Wikipedia Article in this Topic Page.  If you want more info.. Read this and other Articles.

Nature has its Cruel Side..
One Animal-Bird-Fish needs to Eat another Animal-Bird-Fish to Survive.
Snapping Turlle Swan Bringing Captive Pets to our Homes, Properties and Pond..
we try to prevent losing our Chosen Pets to Predators.

We DO have Some Control over SNAPPING Turtles..Snapping Turlle Swan
Fences are NOT going to keep them from your Ponds and Lakes.

The RANGE for Common Snapping Turtles..is:SNAPPING TURTLE General US Range

In Pennsylvania, Common Snapping Turtles are the ONLY Turtles that Folks with Domestic Waterfowl need to be Concerned with..

Snapping Turlle Swan
Snappers are a Major Predators of Young and Adult Waterfowl..Snapping Turlle Swan

All other PA Turtles are Harmless and Beneficial to your Water Environments.PA Painted Turtle
We frequently see the Painted Turtles basking and swimming shyly about.  They will often surface for Chopped Lettuce.. and Floating Pellets.PA Painted TurtlePA Painted Turtle

****** If you Live in Some Southern States.. OH MY GOSH !
Alligator Snapping Turtle
http://www.untamedscience.com/ Alligator Snapping Turtles.

Thank Goodness we do NOT have these in Pennsylvania..
TURTLE Alligator Snapping Range

I am NOT a Fan of ANY Snapping Turtles..Snapping Turlle Swan
I have NO Good Words for Snapping Turtles..Snapping Turtle Swan
Snappting Turtle Swan
Snappting Turtle Swan
We have MANY Pitiful Memories of Snapping Turtles. Snapping Turtle Swan

Both Times there were People READY to Help her.
The Snappers that Bit her were REMOVED ASAP.

This Topic Page will not be a Pretty Picture Tour..
Snapping Turlle Swan They can BITE People and Pets, like Dogs that want to Walk
and Play in a Pond, Creek, Stream, Lake or River. OUCH !Snapping Turlle Swan      She Died before she could be Rescued.

Mute Swan Cygnet Snapping TurtleMute Swan Cygnet Snapping Turtle This Cygnet was Rescued around Eight Weeks Old..
She had Two Toe Claws Cut-Bit OFF.. and Torn Webbing. Mute Swan Cygnet Snapping Turtle
Recovery was Questionable..  She Might be Lucky..and OK.
This Injured Foot will Always be a Concern.     LOTs of Dedicated TLC.
Eight Weeks Later, she has Healed Well.. and Adopted to New Home.

Swan Cygnet Snapping Turtle

SNAPPING TURTLEs.. BEST to Remove all you Find..
I am NOT making any Suggestion on what you do with them.
That is between You and the Snapping Turtles.Snapping Turlle Swan Snapping Turlle Swan For Folks who ENJOY Waterfowl and their Young,
Snapping Turtles are a constant source of Nasty Injuries and
Death to smaller Ducklings, Goslings and Cygnets.Snapping Turlle Swan Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtles will BITE Feet and Faces of Waterfowl.
Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan

These Turtles quickly learn where you are feeding your Waterfowl..Snapping Turlle Swan
They will lurk close-by.. waiting for Leftover-Spillage.Snapping Turlle Swan
Do not Feed where Plants will create a hiding Spot.Snapping Turtle Swan

Snapping Turtles like to walk along the bottom of a Pond
Scavenging for Food. They may Bask out of Water.Snapping Turlle Swan
More frequently we see them in the Water floating on the surface
with just their Snout and top of their Carapace Exposed.Snapping Turlle Swan Snapping Turtle GooseThe HARM they do to our Wild and Domestic Waterfowl is DREADFUL..Snapping Turtle Swan
This Young Cygnet did Survive with Months of Daily Care.

Snapping Turtle SwanSwan Snapping Turtle Bite
This Young Feral Swan was not so Lucky. Snapping Turlle Swan
Snapping Turlle Swan
I have Images and Images of Swans Bitten by Snapping Turtles..
Once Bitten it is a Difficult Process to help your Pet Waterfowl.
Snapping Turlle Swan Her Leg and Foot were Infected and FULL of Maggots.  A Mess.
Snapping Turtle SwanThese Young Swans could not be Saved..  BOTH Euthanized.
Snapping Turtle SwanThis Little One would not be able to Eat or See…   Tragic End.

Too many are Mortally Injured beyond Realistic Hope for Recovery.Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

We have had TOO many Sad Experiences. Snapping Turtle SwanToo many Permanently Disabled Birds.
DUCK Mallard Beak Snapping Turtle
I Love WildLife..
but, the Pond Swans, Ducks and Geese take Priority.Snapping Turtle WaterfowlSnapping Turtle Swan

Snapping Turtle Trap

This Breeding Swan Pair started with four Cygnets..Snapping Turtle Swan
This was the Last One.. So Sad. We offered to take it to a Safe Place..Snapping Turtle Swan
The Owner did not care.. Said, “This happens every year.. “
He Sells any Cygnets that Survive until Fall.Snapping Turtle Swan
I left this Roadside Pond with a very Heavy Heart.Snapping Turtle Swan
This Pond is along the Road.
People bring Snapping Turtles here and ADD them to this Small Pond.


SNAPPING TURTLEs.. BEST to Remove all you Find..Snapping Turlle Swan&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

This Dam Started with Six Cygnets.

Snapping Turtles Swan If you lose a Waterfowl Pet or one of their Young..     Be Suspicious. ???Snapping Turtle Swan
???? Snappers or Hawks or Owls or Blue Herons, etc.Great Blue Heron

You can do Something about the Snappers..
the others mentioned are more Difficult to Protect from.

Check and WATCH for Snappers along your Pond Edges.
Snapping Turlle Swanor Floating Quietly in the Water.Snapping Turlle SwanIf your Waterfowl, Swans are reluctant to enter the Water…Snapping Turtle Ducks
Check around… they may be trying to warn you..

Put Food and Treats in Clear, Shallow Water. 
Swans Snapping TurtlesSwans Snapping TurtlesSwans Snapping TurtlesAt Least they have a Chance of NOT being Bitten in the Face.

Snapping Turtles are an unwelcome Problem in many Areas.

### A Family Memory Story.. ###
When my Mother was a Girl.. (1920s)
She would Catch the Snappers from their local Creek.
Sell them to Folks who would make Turtle Soup.Snapping Turlle Swan
The Bigger the Snapper the more she was Paid.

Times have Changed.. Fewer are Harvested for a Soup Ingredient.

There has been an EXPLOSION of Snapping Turtles ALL Over..

In their Environment, Snapping Turtles are at the top of the Food Chain.Snapping Turtle Swan
Common Snapping Turtles have few Predators when older due to their formidable Size and Defenses.Snapping Turtle Swan*****************************************************

Common Snapper Habitats are Shallow Ponds, Creeks or Streams.  They are often seen Basking along the Banks, sometimes on Fallen Logs.Snapping Turtles SwanSnapping Turtle Swan
They lay in Shallow Muddy Water with only their Nose or Head Exposed.Snapping Turtle Swan
Their Nostrils are positioned on the very Tip of their Snout.Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan

Common Snapping Turtle Food Habits:
They are Active, Opportunistic, Omnivorous, eating almost anything:Snapping Turlle Swan
Insects, Spiders, Crayfish, Clams, Snails, Earthworms,
Leeches, Frogs and Toads, Salamanders, small Turtles, Snakes,
Fish.Snapping Turlle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan

They consume lots of Aquatic Vegetation.
Basically, anything they can get in their Mouths.
Anything Alive or Dead.
They are efficient Aquatic Scavengers.Snapping Turtle Swan

They are Ambush Hunters of Aquatic or Semiaquatic Birds and small Mammals.Snapping Turtle Swan
Snapping Turtles are considered a Nuisance since they consumes many Game Fish, Ducklings and Goose Goslings.Snapping Turtles Geese*****************************************************
Snapping Turtles Mate from April through November.
These Turtles come out on Land to Court, making them more visible in the Spring.

Snapping Turtles travel extensively over Land to reach new Habitats or to lay their Eggs.Snapping Turlle Swan
You may not have any Snapping Turtles in Early Spring..
but, this Roving Behavior may introduce a New Snapper to your Pond.  Snapping Turlle SwanWatch for them floating in your Pond.

Snapping Turlle Swan
Fences do not Stop them..  The Cygnets above were ALL Eaten by a BIG OLD Snapping Turtle on a Friday Morning while the Family was away at Market.

Peak Turtle Egg Laying is May, June into July..
Female Snapping Turtles leave the Water and Travel to findSnapping Turlle Swan
Soft Mulch or Sandy Soil to lay their average of 30 to 50 Eggs.Snapping Turlle Swan
Golf Course Sand Traps are a Great Place for Incubation.Snapping Turlle Swan
Incubation time is Temperature-Dependent, ranging from 9 to 18 weeks. Snapping Turtle SwanThe unprotected Nest is Vulnerable to Predation.Snapping Turtle Swan

The Baby Turtles Hatch in late Summer and instinctively know to head for Water.  The Temperature makes a difference as to how many of each Gender are Hatched.Tiny Snapping Turtle

Turtle Hatchlings are the size of a 50-Cent Piece.Snapping Turtle Hatchling
Many fall prey to Raccoons and Opossums.Snapping Turlle SwanSnapping Turlle SwanSnapping Turlle Swan
Those that survive are generally long-lived — 30 to 50 to 100 years.Old Snapping Turtle “HE” is Likely Older them Most People Alive Today.

****************************************************Snapping Turtles Winter
Turtles have a Complicated Metabolic Process that allows them to Hibernate through the Cold Winter Periods.Snapping Turtile Winter
They Dig and Snuggle down into the Lower Muddy Areas and wait for Spring.Snapping Turtle Swan

For a Few Colder Months the Snappers are NOT a Problem.

They will be BACK.. when your Tiny Innocent Cygnets want to Play and Explore.

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Snapping Turtle DuckThis Mother Duck Started with Seven Ducklings.  Mallard Duck DucklingsFive Ducklings Lost in 12 Days.  So Sad.

AND, if you have a Pond that is visible from the Road.
You are likely to have People bring Snapping Turtles they find Crossing the Road to your Pond.Snapping Turtle SwanTheir “Good Deed” becomes your Nasty Headache..
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This Female’s Beak was Bitten by a HUGE Snapper Dropped into her Pond.  The Pond Owner saw the Truck STOP, open the Tail-Gate and Slide the BIG Snapper into their Pond…
And, just Drive Away.     THANKS BUDDY !!!


***** FOR PRIVATE Land-Pond Owners..

June 18, 2018 I Spoke with a Person at the Harrisburg
Fish & Boat Commission Office. (717) 787-4250

I explained the Dilemma of several Pond Owners with Domestic Waterfowl..having their Pet Waterfowl Injured or Killed…
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And they read Snapping Turtles can not be Removed until July 1st.
This Regulation is for People who Trap for Commercial Sale of Turtle Meat.

IT is OK for the Person who Owns the Pond to REMOVE Snapping Turtles ANYTIME they are a Problem for You, Your Family, Your Pets, Your Waterfowl.Snapping Turtle Swan

NO Permit Needed.. NO Time to Wait.. Anytime..
*** JUST do not Sell the Turtles.Snapping Turtle Swan

IF you NEED to remove Snapping Turtles for the Safety
of your Waterfowl, make sure you have Identified them Properly.PA Painted TurtlePA Painted TurtlePA Painted TurtlePA Painted Turtle

Species Description:
The Common Snapping Turtle has a large Head with a strong Beak. The edges of their Jaws have sharp edges to RIP apart Food.Snapping Turtle Swan

Males are larger than Females. Snappers grow throughout their Life Time.
Snappers weighing in excess of 22 Pounds are likely to be Male and OLD.
Snappers that do the most Harm will Range from 10–35 Pounds.Snapping Turtle Swan

Do a SEARCH for a Website to help you Identify Turtles.
Most States’ Fish and Boat Commission Websites have a Page.
Search Example: Pennsylvania Turtle Identification.

Snapping Turtle HatchlingBaby Turtles To help Identify.
http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/babyphoto.htmPA Painted TurtlePA Painted Turtle

If you are Not Sure you have a Snapper in Your Pond..
You can Check with a Simple Method..Snapping Turlle Swan
Tie a Raw Chicken Leg (or Chunk of Raw Meat) to a Strong Cord.
Tie the Cord to a Stake or Post along the Edge of the Water.
Put the Meat into Shallow Water….  Wait… Check…
If you have a Snapper.. the Meat will be Consumed.

Sigh.. No One wants this Result..

The Best thing to do to Protect your Pet Waterfowl..
Is Remove Snapping Turtles.

There are WildLife Control – Removal Services that will come Set Traps and Remove Snapping Turtles..

Snapping Turtles are the one Wildlife Species in Pennsylvania
that you can Legally Harvest and Sell Commercially for their Meat.
Commercial Trapping to Sell Snappers for their Meat has a Restricted Season.
WildLife Control Services must follow State Regulations.
In PA a Permit is Required.. Legal Season begins July 1st.

IN PA – Any Company or WildLife Removal Service that Traps
Snapping Turtles for Commercial Sale must wait for the Date Set
by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. In 2018 the Date is July 1st.
This allows the Female Turtles time to Lay their Eggs..
Which generally happens during May-June.

An Annual Permit is Required through the Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat Commission.
The completed application shall be forwarded to:
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Bureau of Law Enforcement,
PO Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000.

There are various Meat and HOOK Methods of Snagging the Snappers.
If you use One of these Methods..
The HOOK needs to be DOWN at least Five-Six (5 to 6) Feet from the Surface..Snapping Turtle Swan
Swans can REACH Down to Graze on Under Water Plants.Snapping Turtle Swan
You do not want to SNAG your Swans..
or have them get Tangle with Bare Lines or Cords.

I have NEVER done this Myself
These are Notes from a Swan Friend.. who has done this many times.

Supplies and Instructions by J.Ford

One EMPTY Gallon Plastic Milk Jug Sealed with Cap.
* 4-5 foot Steel Leader (Add Weight so this Sinks.)
or Narrow Pipe or Metal Conduit.. Something with Weight.
# 6 or 7 Steel Bluefish Hooks
40 to 50 feet of Nylon Rope.
Chicken Necks, Legs or Wing Parts for Bait.

* Secure the Nylon Rope to the Weighted Steel Leader.
Thread the Nylon Rope through the Pipe/Conduit..
Attach Hook very Securely…
Secure the Rope to the Empty Milk Jug.

Have a Second Line attached to the Jug.. Attached to the Shore.

Bait the Hook and then throw the Milk Jug with the Leader or Pipe
as far into the Pond as you can and wait for the Snapping Turtles
to Hook themselves. The Bobber (Milk Jug) will move.

Pull the Milk Jug in when the Turtle is HOOKED.

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Use a Shovel to push Turtle into LARGE Trash Can.Snapping Turtle Swan

Use Wire Cutters to Cut the Steel Leader..
DO NOT Try to REMOVE the Hook from the Turtle.

Take Turtle to Stream or River FAR FAR away and release.
The Turtle’s Digestive Juices will dissolve the Hook.

Repeat Until you have Snapping Turtles OUT of your Pond.
If there is ONE there are very likely MORE….

One Pond we Visited thought they did not have Snapping Turtles.
In ONE Week they Caught 25 Assorted Size Snappers.

Be Vigilant for New Snappers and/Or “Chicken Leg” Check several times a year.

There are Snapping Turtle Traps.. Commercially Available.Snapping Turtle Trap

Depending on the Problem in your Area..
These might be worth the Investment.Snapping Turtle Trap
AND there is NO HOOK to Worry About.

Search Various WebSite to Compare Traps and Prices.
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Catching Snapping Turtles by any Method is time consuming.

Seeing your Sweet Faced Waterfowl Chewed into Pieces is Heartbreaking.Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan
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How you Plan to Dispose of Snapping Turtles is for you to Decide.

Before you can eat Snapping Turtle Meat:
You need to take them home ALIVE.
Put the Angry Beast in a large Escape Proof Tub of Water – ALIVE.
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Change the Water several times during the next 5-7 days.
This Cleans the Turtle before you Kill and Butchered it.
(Nope Not Me ! )
This is more than many People are willing to do.

This is the Basic Idea.. Search and Read for Better Instructions.
Snapping Turtle Meat can be Consumed in small amounts.
Snapping Turtles do retain PCBs in their Fat and Internal Organs.

If you choose to Eat Snapping Turtle Meat, you can reduce your exposure by carefully trimming away all Fat and Internal Organs and discarding these Tissues before Cooking the Meat or making Soup.
***See the Annual Fish Consumption Advisory
for more Snapping Turtle Consumption Information.

A Brief Account I found several time while Reading.. (SIGH)

Assault with a Turtle???? This is a Collection of Notes..


“The police use them (snapping turtles) to find drowning victims.
They tie ’em on a line, and the turtle will lead ’em to the decomposing body every time.
Only problem is, the embalmer has to figure out how to hide
the chunks the turtle bites out of the corpse.”

“GROSS” ! !
Collected and Organized by Linda M. Sweger             August 2018
This is a Sad Work in Progress..
I Really DISLIKE Adding to it.

The Following Photos Tell their Own Stories.
This Sweet Gentle Swan had the Damaged Beak for the Duration of her Life.  Grassy Plants would get Caught in the Cut.

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“Meadow” and the Nasty Snapping Turtle Bite.
Mute Swan CygnetYoung Mute Cygnet – Just Four Weeks Old.
Life was Good.   …For a Few More Days.Mute Swan CygnetRescued at 40 Days Old..  Right Foot Badly Injured.

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Snapping Turtle SwanCygnet Snapping TurtleMany Veterinary Visits and Antibiotics.
Snapping Turtle SwanCygnet Snapping TurtleWe can not put a Brace on his Injury.
Snapping Turtle SwanAfter Six Months his 4th Toe became Infection.
Within Days it had to be Removed.
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Snapping Turtle SwanSwan Cygnet Snapping TurtleSoaking and Wrapping EVERY Day.
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Snapping Turtle SwanIt is SIX Months since he was Bit.
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Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle SwanOur Male Swan is doing FAR Better then we had Hoped.

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Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan  Rescued in August of 2009 – “Meadow” is NINE Years Old.
A lots of Work.. Worth Every Minutes.   

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    She is a Very Lucky Swan.



Swan Lovers




July 1st, 2018 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Swan Cygnets Grow SO FAST - (Comments Off on SWAN CYGNETs Grow SO FAST – FUN to Watch)


From Tiny 8 to 10 Ounce Fuzz Balls
to 20 Pound by 4 Months.
Swan Cygnets GROW VERY FAST..

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  CLICK to Enlarge Images

This will be Mainly Snap Shots of Cygnets GROWING.
Many Photos have Age and Weight on them.

Lets Start from the Beginning

With the BIG SWAN EGGs…

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  Mute Swan Eggs Incubate for 37 Days..
Plus or Minus One Day.

     To Save Time I will Skip Ahead 36-37 Days.

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Nesting Mute Swan          HAPPY HATCH DAY ! !

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Mute Swan Cygnet            Lots Happens during the First 24 Hours.

One Day Old.
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Two Days Old.

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Mute Swan CygnetsMute Swan CygnetsThe Swans and Cygnets are from Different Families
And Different Years.
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  Naps are Important Time Spent..
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Nesting Mute Swan Cygnets The Swans May Only Return to the Nest
for 3 to 5 Days.

 Four Days Old
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For Three Months Swan Cygnets
are Eating & Pooping Machines.
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Five Days Old.
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Mute Swan Cygnets THE TINY Cygnets LOVE to PLAY…
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Six Days Old.
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Seven Days Old.
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Eight Days Old.
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Nine Days Old.
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10 Days Old.
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14 Days Old
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15 Days Old.
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18 Days Old.
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19 Days Old.
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Their Necks are Getting Taller
and their Webbed Feet are Getting BIGGER.
20 Days Old.
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Assorted Cygnets Rescue to be Hand Raised.
21 Days Old.
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23 Days Old.

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24 Days Old.
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26 Days Old.
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27 Days Old.
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28 Days Old.

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29 Days Old.
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30 Days Old.
A Mute Swan Family

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32 Days Old.
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33 Days Old.
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34 Days Old.
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35 Days Old.
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36 Days Old.
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38 Days Old.
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40 Days Old.
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41 Days Old.
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42 Days Old.
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45 Days Old.
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46 Days Old.
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47 Days Old.
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48 Days Old.
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49 Days Old.
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52 Days Old.
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54 Days Old.
 Mute Swan Cygnets Day 54 and 55 their Natal Halo is Easy to See.
55 Days Old.
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56 Days Old.
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57 Days Old.
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58 Days Old.
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59 Days Old.
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60 Days Old.
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I LOVE THIS STAGE of Feather Development.
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63 Days Old.
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64 Days Old.
Mute Swan Family
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65 Days Old.
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67 Days Old.
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68 Days Old.
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69 Days Old.
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70 Days Old. Mute Swan Cygnet
72 Days Old.
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74 Days Old.
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75 Days Old.
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76 Days Old.

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77 Days Old.
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78 Days Old.
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80 Days Old.
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81 Days Old.
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82 Days Old.
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84 Days Old.
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Mute Swan Cygnets The First Three Months Cygnets are Eating and Pooping Machines.
85 Days Old.
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Mute Swan Cygnets The White Swan Below is their Sire.
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86 Days Old.
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87 Days Old.
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88 Days Old.
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98 Days Old.
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102 Days Old.
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103 Days Old.
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105 Days Old.
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107 Days Old.
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109 Days Old.
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110 Days Old.
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112 Days Old.
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114 Days Old.
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115 Days Old.
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116 Days Old.
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117 Days Old.
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for their New Homes.
121 Days Old.
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Mute Swan CygnetsThe Cygnets’ Legs will Grow more Slowly now.
Mute Swan CygnetsWing Feathers are Well Developed by Now.
If NOT Pinioned – Learn and Plan to Clip.
The Cygnets will start to WORK their Shoulder Muscles.
Before Long they WILL Try to FLY.
(Maybe AWAY)
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123 Days Old.
Beautiful Royal Mute Cygnet Plumage.
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126 Days Old.

Mute Swan CygnetsThe Brood Still Hang Together.
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Mute Swan Cygnets         What a CUTE Face !
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127 Days Old.
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133 Days Old.Mute Swan Cygnets

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135 Days Old.
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141 Days Old.
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144 Days Old.Royal Mute Swan Cygnet
146 Days Old.
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147 Days Old.
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Mute Swan CygnetsBEAUTIFUL WINGs
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148 Days Old.

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Mute Swan CygnetsMale NestMales will be a Same Sex Pair.
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Sadly, Neglected – 3 to 4 of this Brood Died.
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149 Days Old.
Mute Swan CygnetsOnce the DNA is Done, it is Off to a New Home.
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Five to Six Months Old.Mute Swan Cygnet
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Mute Swan CygnetsAt Six Months Old…Cygnets Face their First Winter.
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Seven Months Old.
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Mute Swan CygnetsSweet Memories.

Mute Swan Cygnets Pair-Bonding
Eight Months Old.
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Nine Months Old.
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Ten Months Old.
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Eleven Months Old.
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Twelve Months Old.
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Now that these Young Swans are 12 Months Old,
they will be Referrcd to as Juveniles
for the Next Two Years.

  This Photo Chronology of Mute Swan Cygnets Growing
is a Work in Progress.. 

Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger         Date July 2018


NEW OWNERS – Before You Buy

June 23rd, 2018 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in BEFORE You Buy Swans - (Comments Off on NEW OWNERS – Before You Buy)


Are you Looking for Living Garden Features for your Pond ??

Mute Swan Pair

The Striking Beauty of these Graceful Birds
will Enhance any property.Mute Swans

Having Captive Swans is a Commitment. They are Pets.


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.Mute Swan Cygnets                                     Click to Enlarge Images

This is a Basic Summary of things to Know about Swan Ownership.

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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.Mute Swan Family

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.Mute Swan Pair

Folks who have appropriate Water Environments to care for Swans
may desire to have them for various reasons.

For their Beauty..
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For help to Control Canada Goose.Canada Geese Control
To Naturally Assist with Management of Pond Plants.Mute Swan Pond

Please take the time to research Swans so you are prepared
to provide Proper Care.Mute Swan Family


They are NOT Wild Waterfowl.

The Mature Male Swan is known as a Cob.Male Cob Mute Swan
and the Mature Female Swan a Pen.Female Pen Mute Swan
Their Young are called Cygnets.Mute Swan 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…Mute Swan Family
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.Pinioned Mute Swan
In the U.S. Swans “Owned” by Humans are generally
Pinioned to restrict their ability to roam at large.Pinioned Mute Swan Cygnet

In the United States, ALL Captive Swans are Classified as:
Captive, Domestic, Exotic, Poultry, Livestock. (Not Wild)Mute Swan Pair

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.

Mute Swan PairWith 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.Wild Trumpeter SwanWild Tundra Swans

Tundra Swans, as far as I have been able to Learn,
may NOT be Owned Privately.Injured Tundra Swan
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 Swan Pair

Trumpeter Swans must be Registered
– they are Federally Protected WaterFowl.Trumpeter Swan Cygnet
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.


I am not aware of any State that Restricts Ownership of Black Australian Swans.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.Black Australian Swans
The absolute minimum Water Environment would be a few hundred square feet of surface area with a depth of about 4 feet with GOOD Flow Through.Black Australian Swans

If Black Australian Swans are being Shelter Inside,Black Australian Swans
BE Sure to Close their Door at SunSet for the Night.
Open the Door in Early AM.. Protect them from Predators.Black Australian Swans

Black Australian Swans Nest Twice a year.



Black Necked Swan

Black Necked Swans are Nest-building between August and September.Black Necked Swan
In North America, their Cygnets are still small when our Fall and Winter begin.



There is something Magical interacting with these Enchanting Birds.
Being somewhere between Wild and Tame. I never tire of spending time with them.Mute Swan
Observing their Behavior – watching them Love each other..
Nesting – being Swan Parents is Magical. Each Day is a Gift.Mute Swan Cygnets

2018 – 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.
Mute Swan Pair
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.Mute Swan Public Waterway

It is Illegal to Release or Allow the Escape of Mute Swans or their Cygnets into the Wild.Mute SwansFeral Mute Swan

Any Feral Mute Swan found on Public Lands or WaterWays will be Destroyed. Feral Mute SwanPennsylvania has a ZERO Tolerance for Feral Mute Swans.Feral Mute Swans
We have Lost Several Wonderful Swans this way..Heartbreaking..

PA Mute SwansThe 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. Feral Mute Swans

If you give Permission to ANYONE
to Hunt on your Property,

be sure to tell them YOUR Swans
are NOT for them to KILL..
NO Pet Swan Hunting

Cygnets raised on a Private Pond that are driven off by their Parents in the early Spring are Helpless to care for themselves.. Mute Swan CygnetsThey 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.Feral Mute Cygnet
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.Cygnet New Home


What Water Environments are Appropriate ???Large Fountain Pond

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.Fast Moving Stream

In Captivity, Swans are readily maintained on Mixed Grains
and Poultry-Waterfowl Maintainer Feeds.Feeding Mute Swans
Daily Greens, either from Grazing on Under Water Plant Material
or Supplemented Leafy VegetablesFeeding Mute Swans
or Chemical Free Lawn Grazing or Clippings.Swans Grass Grazing

 Transporting Swans,
Feeding Swans & Cygnets, Winter Care,
Protecting them from Predators,

Providing a Reasonable Safe Place to Live.
Annual Behaviors that might impact your Home and Family.Hormonal Mute Cob
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..Pond Flow Through SpillwayMute Swan Family    You will Need to Learn to Work with and Around Swans.Mute Swan Family
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…Swan Pond 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..Swan Pond
In the case of Mute Swans and Trumpeter Swans the larger the
Water area the better.Trumpeter Swans

Mute Swans spend the majority of their time in the Water and
a larger Water Body is much easier to maintain.Swan Pond
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.Swan Pond 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.

Swan Grass LawnHaving surrounding Habitat such as open Lawns and Grassy Banks
away from Woodland Areas is Ideal to prevent Predation from 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..SWAN Fishing Hook
And Neglect and Abusive Care.

The Swans I Worry about are Ones chosen to be Living Pond Ornaments.Mute Swan
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.. and New Homes Found.Cygnet New Home
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.Feral Mute Swan
These Swans are DOOMED !

Discarded Pet Swans will likely be Destroyed by the
Department of Natural Resources/WildLife Management Services.Discarded Pet Swan

Responsible Ownership of Captive Mute Swans

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.Swan Family

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.Mute Swans 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.

Where to Find Mute Swan Information for Your State

U.S. Fish & WildLife State by State…. contact Phone #s
Call 1-800-344-WILD

**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.

Swan Pond

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

Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger                                Date June 2018
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TRANSPORTING Swans and Cygnets

June 21st, 2018 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Transporting Swans - (Comments Off on TRANSPORTING Swans and Cygnets)


Transporting Swans

Click Images to Enlarge

Are You Planning to Move Swans to a New Home ??
Maybe to Your Home Pond or Private Lake ??Swan Pond
This may be Exciting for YOU.. ! !

Catching Swan
But, might be Very Scary – even Traumatic for the Swans.Catching SwanJust the Act of Catching the Swans or Cygnets is Stressful.Catching a Swan
Some Socialized Swans will Travel very Well…Transporting Swans
There are a Few that will be Terrified the Entire Time.Transporting Swans
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.

Catching a Swan
Speak Calmly and with a Soft Voice. Yelling will Scare a Swan.
Transporting Rescued Cygnet   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..  Transporting Rescued Cygnet
I held her, wrapped in a Towel for Part of the Trip.  Passenger Side.Transporting Rescued CygnetTransporting Cygnet

You are taking Swans from their Home, where they feel Safe.
And in many Cases away from their Swan Family.

Transporting Swans
You can NOT Explain what their Future will be.
Transporting SwansMoving Mute Swan
Transporting Swans I hope to share Information to help you have a Safe Trip.

PLAN AHEAD: There are many things to do to get ready.
Transporting Swan
It is GOOD to Transport Mid-to Late Morning..
The Swans need some time to See and Adjust to their New Home/Pond.Transporting Swans

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..Transporting Swans
They may Rake their Beak..Transporting Swans
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.Transporting Swans
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. Transporting Swans 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 !!!!Transporting Swans*****************************************************


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.Transporting Swans    These Young Cygnet eventually Died.. from Bone Abscesses.

Will Your Vehicle allow you to have LARGE Containers
Safely inside ?Transporting SwanWe 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.

Transporting Swans 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.Transporting Swan

Swans have a HIGH Body Temperature Normally – 106 Degrees.
Swans Normally are able to Cool themselves in Water.Transporting Swans
If the Swans or Cygnets are PANTING Transporting Swans
They may be TOO HOT !!     This is VERY Stressful.

IF You Stop in Your Travels –
DO NOT Leave Your Vehicle in the SUN.Transporting Swans

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 Swan Talking to you..
If they are ALARM Calling.. try to Comfort.. Stay Calm.

IF Transport Time is Over an Hour – Supply Water and Food.

Transporting Swans
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.

Once you HEAR a Swan Drinking you will know it is Relaxed.
A Stressed Swans will NOT Eat or Drink.Transporting Swans
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.Transporting Swans
Talk to the Swans. Let them get to know your Calm Voice..

If your New Swans perceives you are Kind and Caring… Transporting Swans
You may be starting to Develop “Trust” with them.

DRIVE like you are Transporting a Fish Aquarium FULL of Water.Transporting Swans
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 Weight 16-20 Plus Pounds.Transporting Swan
If One gets Rammy or Panics – they are BIG and can Hurt Each Other.

A Swan’s BIG Feet have Claws that can SCRATCH…Transporting Swans
Cygnet Leg Bones are STILL Fragile, they can Bend Easily.Transporting Swans
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. Transporting Swans
A Healthy Mature Mute Cob may weigh as much as 30-Plus Pounds. Transporting Swans

Black Australian Swans are Smaller.
Trumpeter Swans are Larger.Transporting Swans

We use Large Hard Shell Pet Transport Carriers.Transporting SwansTransporting Swans
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.
Transport Carrier
These can be USED for Many Things.. VERY Helpful to Have. Transporting Swans  Transporting Swans

If you do not have a Suitable Transport Container,
Check with a Friend or Neighbor who might have a Carrier to Borrow.

OR If you do not have Large Pet Carriers.
GET a VERY LARGE Sturdy CardBoard Box..or Two.Transport Carrier This Box 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 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.
Transport Carrier
Only put 2-3 Young Cygnets in One Container.
They should be OK Together – Comforting Each Other.Transporting Swans
Check them Frequently. Provide some WET Chopped Lettuce..Transporting Swans
Sometimes Cygnets will Crowd into the Corners when Scared.Transporting Swans
This Crowding Behavior is Common when Cygnets are 1-6 Weeks Old.
The Crowding may result in Smaller Cygnets Suffocating.Transporting Swans
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.Transporting Swans
Young Swans are POOP Machines…


These are Safer for Transporting Swans/Cygnets
then Wire Dog Carriers.. ( Info Below..)

PLAN for an Adult Swan – 30 Plus Pounds. Transporting Swans
Swans are BIGGER then they Look.



Swan Transport Box

For Mature Swans Try to have Large Sturdy Boxes 36″ X 26″ X 24″
Check these will FIT in your Vehicle.
Swan Transport Box

Add a Dozen Holes for Ventilation. Transporting Swans
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 Pull their Heads back into the Box.

 Transporting Swans 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. Transporting Swans
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.
Travel Feed Water

Fresh Water in an Attached Tub – Several Inches. NOT TOO Full.Swan Transport Box
Better to Occasionally Add some Water then have a WET Mess.Swan Transport Box

Swan Transport Box

When you Put a Swan in the Box – Orient it to Reach the Water Tub.Swan Transport Box
Otherwise they may not be able to Turn Around…. Transporting Swans

BE SURE you have a Way to Secure the OPEN FLAPs.
You do NOT want a Swan Loose in your Vehicle. Transporting Swans
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.Transporting Swans
On the Drive Home the Cygnets got out into her Car several time.
Inside the BOX Can get TOO Warm.. Check Swan Frequently.
IF You Stop in Your Trip Home..
DO NOT Leave Car in the SUN !

Once the Swan is Finally HOME and OUT of the Box..

The New Swans will take a Splashy Bath once on your Pond. Transporting Swans

On Transport Day try to stay with the Swan/Swans
until they are comfortable-OK and staying on the New Pond. Transporting Swans Some Swans adjust very quickly..Transporting Swans
Some are Bewildered and just want to go back Home..
Some Benefit from a Quiet Place to Rest and Adjust. Transporting Swans
TRY to Stay with the Swans the First Day or Two.. Transporting Swans Check they are on the Pond at SunSet and First thing in the Morning.


*** When you Go to Pick-up Cygnets:

 Transporting Swans
If there is TIME, ask about their Parents..
??? Related or Unrelated..???
Try NOT to acquire Brother – Sister Pairings.. Transporting Swans
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. Transporting Swans
IF the Swan or Cygnet is FULL-WING.. CLIP ASAP ! ! !
Otherwise, when you get Home the Swan will Fly Away !!!!!

Clipping Captive Swan Pets          READ this Complete Page

Ask for the DNA-Sex Certificate.. Check the Date.. Check ID.
The Date and Information on the Certificate should make Sense..
If Valid.

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.. Transporting Swans

Once Home, BE SURE Your New Swans or Cygnets are EATING.
If a Swan or Cygnet is not Familiar with Bag Poultry-Waterfowl Feeds… Transporting Swans
If they have only been Fed Corn – Poultry-Waterfowl Feed is Foreign. Transporting Swans
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. Transporting Swans
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. Transporting Swans
Swans do Learn from each other.


LARGE Wire Transport Carriers
Commonly used for Dogs.

 Transporting Swans

The Typical Wire Dog Carrier-Cage.
NO – Not a Good Idea ! ! Not Safe.Swan Transport

The Risk of Breaking Feathers in this Type
of Wire Pet Carrier is VERY High.
Especially, Soon after New Blood Feathers Emerge. Transporting Swans

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.. Transporting Swans

A Rammy Swan may Injure their Toe Claws and Webbing between the Bars.Swan Transport

*** If you ONLY have a Large Wire Type Dog Carrier.
It is BEST to Line the Sides 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.

GOOD LUCK Moving-Traveling with Your Swans.
I Wishing you many Happy Years with these Enchanting Creatures. Transporting Swans I Love to Visit Swans.


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. Transporting Swans

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 – wrap in an Old Sheet.. Transporting Swans

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 in TWO Plastic Bags. Then YOU WASH VERY WELL..

 Transporting Swans 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 $40.00.
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.

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.

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 Swan
** 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. Express Mail Swan
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. Transporting Swans
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. Express Mail Swan
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. Transporting Swans
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..

This is a Work In Progress
(c) Linda M.Sweger      June 2018
SWAN Lovers


April 22nd, 2018 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in TUNDRA Swan at MCWMA - (Comments Off on TUNDRA SWANS at Middle Creek MCWMA)

Formerly they were Called “Whistling Swans.”

Tundra Swans

Witness the Spring Waterfowl Migration
in South Central Pennsylvania.

Wild Tundra SwansMiddle Creek WildLife Management Area
Where WILD TUNDRA SWANS & Snow Geese Fly Free.

Click Images to Enlarge
 Migrating Tundra Swans

Middle Creek WildLife Management Area is a Unique Place to view Several Thousand Tundra Swans while they stop and rest in Flocks waiting for some Instinctive Signal that it is Time to Fly North, back toward the Territories where they will start their Nesting Season.Migrating Tundra Swans

From February through early March, as Large Migrating Flocks of Waterfowl begin to Arrive at Middle Creek, you may hear Comments on the Local News that the Snow Geese are at Middle Creek Wildlife Center.  Migrating Snow GeeseThey often do not say much more..
They might show a quick Video Clip… of the Snow Geese.Middle Creek Snow Geese

It is TIME to Check the Pennsylvania Game Commission Website….
(Link Below) In Early February Middle Creek Staff start to Post
Estimated Bird Counts every few day.Spring Waterfowl Middle Creek

They Mainly Count the Snow Geese, Tundra Swans and Canada Geese until the Numbers Dwindle.. Spring Waterfowl Middle CreekThe Main Spring Migration Push may only last a few Days to Two-Three Weeks. Every Year is Different..

This is a Tundra Swan..Tundra Swan

There is a Yellow Spot between the Eye and their BLACK BEAK..
And they do look like they are Smiling.Tundra Swan Smile
Trumpeter Swans have Black Beaks, they do not have this Yellow Spot..  Both Species are Federally Protected Native Swans.
Trumpeter Swans

Middle Creek WildLife Management Area – MCWMA.

is In South Central Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County.PAGC Middle Creek Reservoir-Lake
It is a Man made 380-Plus Acre Reservoir Impoundment
Constructed and Completed in the early 1970s.Tundra Swans MCWMA MAP

Search : The Middle Creek Story
Pennsylvania Middle Creek WildLife Area History.
This Summary of MCWMA is Interesting.
Middle Creek Bird Watching

For those who enjoy Bird Watching.. it is a Place to witness the Annual Spring Migration of Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, Canada Geese.. Migrating Canada Geeseand many other Species of Hawks, Ducks and Birds.Mallard DucksMCWMA Migration
There are Resident Nesting Bald Eagles.Bald Eagle Middle Creek

Middle Creek is a delightful place to spend a few hours on a Nice Day. Middle Creek WMA A Visit is worth the Trip at least once in your Life.Spring Waterfowl Middle Creek

The Displays of Snow Geese Air Dancing in Mass are Breathtaking.
Resident Bald Eagles Spook the Snow Geese into Flight.

The Visitors Center
Middle Creek Wildlife Management AreaMiddle Creek Visitor CenterPennsylvania Game Commision All managed by the PA Game Commission.
Free to the Public.Middle Creek Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is Closed from Thanksgiving to February 1st.
Middle Creek Wildlife Area

State Game Lands Number 46
100 Museum Rd, Stevens, PA 17578

Phone: 1 (717) 733-1512Middle Creek Visitor CenterMiddle Creek Visitor CenterMiddle Creek Visitor CenterMiddle Creek Visitor CenterMiddle Creek Visitor Center Middle Creek Visitor Center Middle Creek Visitor Center Middle Creek Visitor Center Middle Creek Visitor Center Middle Creek Visitor Center

The Spring Migration Counts are Posted on the PAGC Middle Creek Webpage.. under the “WaterFowl Migration UpDate.”
The WebPage Posts a Summary of the Migration Activities.Middle Creek Tundra Swans

Search for: Middle Creek Waterfowl Migration Update
The Site Link is Too Long.

Waterfowl Migration Update – PA.gov

The Estimated Counts for Snow Geese may be 20,000 to over 100,000…Flock of Snow Geese

The Counts for the Tundra Swans may be 500 to 5,000 or more.Tundra Swans Middle Creek

A Rare Trumpeter Swan has been noted during the last few years.Wild Trumpeter Swan

There are flocks of Canadian Geese, and various other Migrating Birds.Migrating Canada Geese

We have been to MCWMA when there were Tundra Swan Counts
averaging 4,000-7000…Migrating Tundra Swans

TUNDRA SWANs – Cygnus columbianus
Formerly known as Whistling SwansTundra Swans

The Word TUNDRA means Barren Land.Barren Tundra
The Alaskan and Canadian Tundra Regions are Areas of Extreme Climate.Winter Landscape

There are year-round Frozen Grounds – Permafrost.Frost Heave

The Region is Treeless. The Growing Season is very short.Treeless
The Winters are LONG and COLD.Very Cold Winter

Search: Tundra Landscape Pictures

Tundra SwansWildlife include: Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, Assorted Ducks.
Caribou, Muskoxen, Barren-Ground Grizzly Bears.
There are Wolves, Foxes, Weasels, Ground Squirrels,
Arctic Hares and Lemmings. AND, Lots of Insects.

Tundra Swan Nesting AreasTundra Swans Nest on Arctic Tundra Ponds, in Estuaries,
on some Inland Lakes and along Coastal Waters.Tundra Swan Nesting Areas

The Tundra Swans must Nest as early as Possible..
They only have time to Mature One Clutch of Eggs.
If this Clutch is Lost, there is not enough time for another.Swan Nest Closed

There would not be enough time for Late Cygnets to develop
and be ready to Migrate when the Tundra Swans must once
again Fly South.Wild Tundra Swans By early September the Cygnets must be fully feathered and able to fly well enough to travel Hundreds to an average of a Thousand Miles with their Parents.Migrating Tundra Swans

Cold and Starvation claim many young Tundra Cygnets.Winter Begins

The major Fall Migration of Tundra Swan occurs more to the East in late September to early November. TUNDRA SWAN Migration Range MAP Ontario’s Long Point on the North Shore of Lake Erie, is an important Spring and Autumn Migratory Staging Area for the Eastern Population of Tundra Swans.Migrating Tundra Swans

After Staging, they will fly Day and Night making a non-stop Migration of almost a Thousand Miles to their Wintering Areas.TUNDRA SWAN N America-Migration-Flyways MAP
The Eastern Population will distribute down the Atlantic FlyWay along the Eastern Shoreline from the Chesapeake Bay to Wetlands
of the Carolinas.  Maybe a few through Eastern PA, not through Central PA.Migrating Tundra Swans

The Parent Swans will take their growing Cygnets on their first Migration.  The Cygnets will have just One Round-Trip with their Parents to learn the Migration Route and where to find the Foods they need to survive. Migrating Tundra Swans Only the Healthiest Cygnets will complete Migration.  A Study found a 52 Percent Survival Rate for Tundra Swan Cygnets during their first Migration.Tundra Swan FamilyTundra Swan FamilyTundra Swan Family

MIGRATION OF TUNDRA SWANs     “Whistling” Swans

Migrating Tundra SwansThe Tundra Swans may fly Hundreds of Miles by Day and Night. Depending on Headwinds or Tailwinds they will fly about 15 to 60 miles per hour.  The Long V Formations may be close to a Mile High in the Sky.Migrating Tundra Swans

The Spring Migration is a little more Inland with Thousands moving through Central Pennsylvania in February and March on their way back North – up into the Canadian Tundra Regions.Migrating Tundra Swans

This is a Lovely Video Summary of Tundra Swan Migration.

The Start of Migration Activity at Middle Creek makes me Hopeful Milder Weather will begin in our Area after the Long Winter.Waterfowl Spring Migration
The Birds will Generally move North as the Waters they depend on are Thawing.     I always wonder – How do they know ??Waterfowl Spring Migration

Large Wedges of Tundra Swans may take Flight at SunSet heading North..  They will fly many Miles through the Dark of Night.Migrating Tundra Swans

You may hear a Flock of Tundra Swans flying at Night as their Whistling Calls float through the Cool Air.Migrating Tundra SwansNocturnal Tundra Swans

To hear their Vocal Call … Check this Site – Link.
The CornellLab of Ornithology Page.. All About Birds
There is a Green Button to Activate the Tundra Swans’ Call.

If you have a bit of Luck and a Flashlight in hand.. Shine a Beam of Light up under the Swans as they move overhead. It is a thrill to witness this Seasonal Nocturnal Event.SWAN Silhouette over the MOON
With Binoculars you may get to see Migrating Birds flying across the Moon.

At this Link you can HEAR the Tundra Swans in a Flock..
There is a VOCAL Strip to the Right of the Photos..

Migrating Tundra Swans800-1000 Miles is the Average Distance from Middle Creek to their Tundra Nesting Regions. Taking Wing for their Home, Tundra Swans will arrive by Mid-May..Tundra Swan Family
The Parent Swans will arrive unaccompanied by last Year’s Young.Tundra Swans

Migrating Tundra SwansThe Young Non-Breeding Swans will gather in Juvenile Groups and Flocks..   They are no longer Welcome to be with their Parents.

Migrating Snow GeeseThe Snow Geese will also fly North to the Arctic and Subarctic Regions of North America where they will Nest during the Spring and Summer Months.
When I first started to learn about Mute Swans..
the thought of Pinioning them was so sad..

Pinion Mute SwanTo take their Flight away..
The Freedom and Joy they must feel as they Fly Naturally About.Wild Tundra Swans
Swans Evolved to Float and Fly.Trumpeter Swans

Now, I accept that to keep Mute Swans as Captive Pets,
to Minimize the Hazards of Wild Swans,
Pinion or at least Clipping is necessary for their safety..Electrocuted Trumpeter Cygnet

When we have a chance in February or March we head to
Middle Creek to see Wild Migrating Tundra Swans in Flight.Wild Tundra Swans
Federally Protected, Tundra Swans live Wild and Free.Tundra Swan Flying

Hunting Tundra or Trumpeter Swans is Prohibited in PA.
Sadly, that is not the same for Feral Mute Swans.SWANs ID TUNDRA TRUMPETER MUTE

On a nice Weekend the Roads around Middle Creek are Jammed with Visitors from all over the East Coast when the Migration is in Progress..Middle Creek WMA
We watch for Fair Weather and visit during the Week.Middle Creek WMA

MCWMA MigrationTake Warm Clothing, Binoculars, Camera Equipment, Snacks.
It is Picnic/or Brown Bag only place.
Rest Rooms are in the Visitors Center..Middle Creek Visitor Center
There may be Port-a-Pots out at Willow Point.  Seasonal..

Middle Creek Willow Point

The Main Public Road through the Management area, Klinefeltersville Road is Open all Year..Tundra Swans MCWMA MAP Middle Creek WMAMillstone Road on the South Side of the Lake is also Open with a Parking Area by the Lake.

Middle Creek Willow PointThere is a Walking Path, Willow Point Trail, to view areas of the 380 plus Acre Lake.. Tundra Swans MCWMA MAP
  Great Viewing of the Snow Geese..Migrating Snow Geese

Middle Creek Willow PointThe Walking Path to Willow Point is Paved
Strollers – Walkers – Wheel Chair Accessible.
It is 0.44 Mile from the Parking Lot to the Viewing Area.Tundra Swans MCWMA MAP

During Late Fall through the Winter Months..
Willow Point Walking Trail may be Closed to the Public due to Hunting Season.Middle Creek Driving Tour

ALL the Roads around the Lake are OPEN most Years from March 1st..  through September 15-30th. Then Closed for the Winter Months.Middle Creek Driving Tour

The Best Time for us to Visit is usually after March 1st.

Tundra Swans MCWMA MAP
The Driving Tour Roads that run through the interior part of Middle Creek are closed from September 15-30th to March 1st to all traffic.
There is NO Foot or Bicycle Traffic allowed during this time.

The Driving Tour Roads Open on March 1st most years, if the Weather Conditions are acceptable.Middle Creek Snowy Day

This allows Visitors to drive around the MCWLA Reservoir Lake. Several Parking Areas provide viewing from different angles to the Lake.Middle Creek Driving Tour
The Waterfowl will favor the areas of Open Water as the Lake is Thawing.Migrating Tundra Swans

Check for any UpDates for the Tour Roads Opening.
Some years this may be delayed due to Snow on the Ground.Middle Creek March Snow
(They do not Plow this Road) This would disturb the Birds…Mallard Duck Nest     Respect the Restricted Area.

Middle Creek Wildlife
*** At SunRise there is increased activity as the Nocturnal
Traveling Flocks of Waterfowl arrive at Middle Creek Lake..Migrating Waterfowl

Large Flocks of the Waterfowl will spend time away from the Middle Creek Reservoir Lake during the Day.Wild Tundra Swans

As you Drive around the Area you will see Flocks of Waterfowl
Grazing in Grain and Corn Fields and on Ponds of Local Farms.Wild Tundra Swans

The Birds will forage in Farm Fields, picking up Salvage Corn and other Grains left after the Fall Harvest. They may feed on Winter Grain Crops – Wheat, Rye and Barley.Wild Tundra Swans

Many Flocks will returning to the Middle Creek Lake around SunSet.Middle Creek Tundra Swans

*** Late Afternoons toward SunSet, there are Flocks of Tundra Swans, Snow Geese and Canada Geese taking off from the Lake and
heading North.. back toward their Northern Territories..Migrating Tundra Swans***************************************

The Magic of this Spring Day just left on Wing.
L.M.Sweger  2018

I Fix my Gaze on the Individual Swans as they move further away..
I want to hold these images in my Memories..
Magic is Flying Away.. They are going to their own Destiny.

Holding my Eyes on the Whole Flock…
With Each Rhythmic Motion of their huge strong Wings
they are lifting higher into the Colored Rays of the Setting Sun.

They will soon be the best Sight in the Late Afternoon Light..

I Wonder – How do they Know the Way.. ?
How do they Know when to Go…?
From here their Home is over 800 Miles North.

What Urge inside makes the First Swan get up and Run UP into the Sky..  ??
What Urge inside tells the Rest of the Flock to Follow.. ??

Distant Stars will Guide them on their Night Flight.
Miles and Miles and Miles.
The Warm Light of the Spring Moon will Chase them
through breaks in the Grey-Blue Clouds.


It is possible during the Early Spring you might see/find an Injured Tundra Swans.Injured Tundra Swan
Migrating Tundra Swans can get hit by Vehicles..
They may Fly into Power lines..
Resulting in burns, broken wings and legs..

Please Report Injured Tundra or Trumpeter Swans to the
PA Game Commission.. or a WildLife Rehab Rescue.

Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators

Most of the Injured Tundra Swans are taken to Tri-State Bird Rescue in Delaware..Tri-State Bird RescueTri-State Bird RescueThey will be Evaluated and Treated if there is hope for Recovery and Release.Tri-State Bird Rescue

There is NO Federal Program allowing Private Ownership of Tundra Swans.  It is illegal for a Private Person to have these Federally Protected Swans..

Trumpeters SwansProperly Registered Pinioned Trumpeter Swans may be Privately Owned.

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Wildlife Rescue Service
Address: 170 Possum Hollow Rd, Newark, DE 19711
Phone: 1(302) 737-9543 https://tristatebird.org

Wild Tundra Swans

There is Magic in the Air.. Swans in Flight

3000 Tundra Swans arriving for the Night – Jan Harteman
in Scotland Neck, North Carolina, USA.

Migrating Tundra SwansA Huge Flock of Tundra Swans taking off
Aylmer Wildlife Management Area Swans

Wild Tundra SwansCanadian Arctic Tundra

Spring Waterfowl MigrationWe had this little extra:
Middle Creek WMA SunSet

One Evening, when there was a Cloudless, Clear, Colorless SunSet…
turning around toward the East, a Band of scattered Red Sunrays formed a Pink Ribbon on the Horizon…Middle Creek WMA SunSet

The Pink Band slowly rose higher into the Sky above the Grey-Blue Shadow of the Earth as the Sun slipped further below the Western Horizon.  This Pink Band is called the “Belt of Venus.”

Middle Creek WMA SunSet
Middle Creek WMA SunSet

Middle Creek WMA SunSet

Middle Creek WMA SunSetPhotos of Middle Creek WMA
Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger                  Date April 2018
*************************************************Migrating Tundra Swans


SWAN FEEDER – Aut-O-Dine 25 Adapted

December 12th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Swan Feeder - Aut-O-Dine 25 - (Comments Off on SWAN FEEDER – Aut-O-Dine 25 Adapted)

SWAN FEEDER – Aut-O-Dine 25
Formerly Known as the “Blitz Dog Food Feeder”

Swan Feeder

  Click Images to Enlarge

Our 2009 “Blitz” Feeder was by Blitz Pet Products.  (I think)

For a while these Feeders were made by Bergan Pet Products..
They were Renamed the “Aut-O-Dine 25” – for the Capacity.

Now Aut-O-Dine 25 Feeders are made by Coastal Pet Products.

We have had LOTs of Exposure to and Experience with these.
Aut-O-Dine Feeder for SwansThey are used by maybe 8-10 Swan Ponds we know or Visit..

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder

The Aut-O-Dine 25 – (Blitz Feeder) as used for Swans.
This is a GREAT Idea, that has some Design Flaws.
And they are NOT Trouble Free…
Because they are Dog Feeders Adapted for Swans.

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder

If some of the information on this Page helps you Avoid
some of the Problems we have experienced – Great.
We purchased three when they were “Blitz” ( $75.00 each)
and at least 3-4 once Bergan LLC started to Make
these Feeders renamed Aut-O-Dine 25 ( $35-37.00 each)

In Dec. 2017 these are Manufactured by
Coastal Pet Products       Address & Contact Information Below

Swan Feeder

The Basic Design is very similar..
The BIG Difference is they are now MUCH Thinner. ******************************************
I am adding Notes on the use of this Feeder all the time..
I WISH these were as Wonderful as they seem..
But, until there is a better alternative.. many try to adapt.
Swans NEED a Different Diet then Ducks and Geese.
Swans Should NOT have a HIGH Protein Diet.


Feeding SwansWhen you have all Three Types of WaterFowl on your Pond/Lake
you NEED a Way to Provide your Swans a Healthy Feed Mixture.

Mixed Waterfowl Pond   A Pond with Assorted Domestic Ducks, Geese and Swans.  

Mixed Waterfowl Pond

If Everyone could Relax and Sit with their Swans while they
SLOWLY Graze and Enjoy their Feed Mixture and Food Items..
Finding Another Way to Feed them would not be Necessary.

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Things We have learned over the Past 9-10 years…

These Feeders were not Meant to be Outside in the Weather.
This is a Semi-Permanent Mount.  More Work to Move.

Aut-O-Dine 25 Pole Mount

Swan Feeder

What you want this type of “Swan Feeder” to do:

Keep Feed Mixture Dry during Summer Months.. Less Spoilage.
Swan Feeder

Keep Rodents out of the Feed Mixture.
Swan Feeder
During Warm Weather Mice, Rats, Opossums, Raccoon, Squirrels
Little Birds, etc. WILL Consider Open Containers of Feed Mixture
a Snack Bowl.  Animal Saliva and POOP carry Diseases. 

Feeding SwanKeep Feed Mixture from Freezing during Damp Winter Months.

Keep Geese and Ducks from Raiding your Swans’ Feed.

Mixed WaterfowlDucks and Geese are Gobblers.. they EAT Quickly and Move on.Canada GeeseSwan FeederSwans are Grazer.  They Like to Eat Slowly – Nibbling All Day.

It is more Natural for Swans to have Food-Feed Mixture
Available all through the Day Light Hours.

Swan FeederWorks Best Mounted 15-18 Inches above Shallow Water.
Swans will Drop Part of the Dry Feed Mixture as they Eat.
Having Floating Pellets as Part of Mixture the Swans will be Able to Graze on them.
Swan Feeder It is BEST to Feed your Swans in the Water. 
They are Safer from being Stalked and Grabbed by a Predator..

Adjusted to a Height so Shortest Swans can Reach-In…
…So Ducks and Geese can not.
Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

The Ducks and Geese will Happily Clean-up Dropped Feed.Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans
You want the Shortest Swan/Cygnet to be able to reach.

Swan Feeder

Having the Feed OUT of Reach of the Wild Migrating Geese may
Discourage them from Hanging Around your Pond.
Swans and Canada Geese This may be a Temporary Problem during Annual Migration  Seasons.Migrating Geese You will NOT be Feeding ALL the Wild WaterFowl.
Migrating Canada Geese

We often see the Swans trying to Chase the Geese away from their Food.  The Geese tend to Distract and Divide..
Sneaking in from Different Directions Grabbing the Food.
Swan Canada Geese After a Short Time the Food-Feed is all Gone and the Swans did not get to Eat.

Migrating Birds, Ducks, Geese, etc…
may Carry Diseases to your Pond.

Migrating Canada GeeseSwan Canada Geese Best if they just keep Moving to their Far Off Destinations.
Putting Feed on the Ground is Difficult for Swans to Pick-up.
Plus they may “Choke” on Dry Feeds without Water Available.
Feeding Swan

SWAN Esophagus-FoodNOTE: If a Swan tries to Eat TOO Fast..
the Dry Feed may get STUCK
in their Esophagus and Block Swallowing.
Forming a Condition called “CHOKE.”
         This could be an Emergency… 

Supply Water with DRY Feed Mixtures. Feed Swan

  Having Feed Mixture in a Contain is Better for them.

Grabby Ducks and Geese will OverWhelm the Swans.Swan Canada Geese
Feeding Your Swans may take some Imagination so the Swans get ALL the Nutrients and Calories they Need.
Try Different Methods until you Find the One/Ones that Work the BEST for Your Swans.
Place this Feeder in a Location you can get to **SAFELY**
during the Winter Months.

Feeding Swans in Winter

Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

Consider the most Common Direction of the Rain in your Location.
Try to Place in a Semi-Shady Place.

Before Installing – Check all the Feeder’s Surfaces:

Check the EDGE of the Push Door for Rough Spots..

Swan Feeder
Check the EDGE of the Feed Tray for Rough Spots.
An Emory Board will Smooth any Sharp Spots.
Swan Feeder
A Swan’s Beak is covered by a Dense Skin.. it Scratches.
It is not a HARD Horn like Surface.

Mounted on a Round Pole makes it easier to Adjust the Height..
And Move the Unit from Left to Right.
BUT it is Difficult to Reinforce the Back on a Round Pole.
Swan Feeder
If during the Year the Water Level of your Pond Rises
during Wet Weather and the Water Level Drops during Dry Summer Months, you may want to Adjust the Feeder’s Height.
Swan Feeder
Mounted on a Square Wood Post:
Not as easy to Adjust Height – more Permanent.
Swan FeederMounted to a Free Standing Post…
Difficult to keep Straight-Stable.

Swan Feeder   Mounted to a Solid Structure more Stable..
The Push Door Works Better.
Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

On a Square Post Something can be put inside to help Support the Back of the Container to keep it from Sagging when Filled..

Swan Feeder

Swan Feeder

I used a 6 x 10 x 3/4 inch Poly Vinyl Cutting Board. 

Support For Swan Feeder Support For Swan Feeder Support For Swan Feeder
I found this Perfect Size at a Restaurant Supply Store.

* * * * * *DO NOT use Wood, it will become Moldy.
* * * * * *DO NOT use Metal, that will contaminate the Feed.
WaterFowl are very Sensitive to Metal Poisoning.
It is BEST NOT to Fill the Container.
Put enough in for maybe One-Two-Three Days at Most.
Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans
The Poly Vinyl Material is thin and the Container Sags if it is Filled.
Try Half-way or Less and Adjust as you see fit.

Blitz Feeder for SwansBlitz Swan Feeder**************
ALSO, when the Container is TOO FULL…
 Aut-O-Dine Feeder for SwansThe Push Door has trouble – either NOT Opening..
OR, it Will NOT Close.

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder
Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder
If the (Inside) Black Divide-Slide Plate gets off the “Nubs”
 – the Feeder Jams.

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder
These Feeders were Designed for Dog Food to be in an Inside area.
They are NOT WaterProof.
 Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans
They Leak in many Places around the Lid and Into the Push Door.
Water/Rain can Spoil the Feed Mixture inside.  Check for Moldy,
Clumped, Lumpy, Sour Smelling Feed..    DISCARD.

 Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans
One Pond has mounted a Picnic Table Umbrella over theirs
to try to keep the Feed from getting Wet.

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When you First Install-Mount an Aut-O-Dine 25 Feeder for your Swans, they may not know there is Feed inside.
 Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans
It is Helpful to Tuck Romaine Lettuce Leaves in the Push Door.
The Sight of these Large Green Leafy Treats will Atract them.
The Swans will Find the Lettuce and Quickly Learn this is
where to Find Food..

 Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

Once One Swans figures it Out, the Others
will be Watching and before Long it is being Used as you Planned.
Watch to be Sure all your Swans are able to Reach the Feed.
We like to Put a Mixture of Floating WaterFowl Pellets and Whole Dry Corn in these Feeders.
Southern States Floating Waterfowl Pellets
The Dropped Pellets Float… and the Dropped Corn will Soften.
Swan CornThe Swans will get to Eat most of this Mixture..

Mallard Ducks Cute Little Ducks are Welcome to do the Clean-up.
Another UNWELCOME Pond Creature
Snapping TurtleOne BAD things, any Snapping Turtles will Quickly learn
there may be TidBits of Feed or Corn in this Location
and Lurk there.

Snapping Turtle cause TERRIBLE Injuries to WaterFowl.
DUCK Beak Snapping TurtleSnapping Turtle DamageThe Life of this Young Cygnet was Destroyed.      Sadly Euthanized.

Try to REMOVE any Snappers.. In any way you find Acceptable.
Trap Snapping Turtle
If you see Muddy Foot Prints on the Feeder

YOU MAY have a Raccoon trying to get inside.

Swan Feeder
A Hungry Raccoon may Challenge your Swans for the Feed.
A Squirrel or Chipmunk may try Chewing into the Lid..
The Swans dip their Beak into the Water with each Bite.
They get Dirty Pond Water into the Bottom of the Feed Tray Area.
The Feed gets Wet and Spoils or becomes Caked Solid … or Freezes.
Frequent Cleaning is needed to removed Nasty, Spoiled Feed.
Soured Feed can make your Swans SICK..
HOT Summer Days.. Insects may lay Eggs in the Soft Warm, Damp Feed.
In Several Days there will be Maggots in the Feeder.. YUCK !!!
Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans
So, One or Two Days of Feed is most Practical.
Check the Bottom inside the Push Door before you add Feed.

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder  If it does get Lumpy-Wet-Smelly..
Toss that out into the Water for the Fish..       Or Discard-Toss Away..
Swan Feed Fish

ONE Thing we are trying is to put a Staggered Line of 1/4 Inch Holes in the Bottom of the Tray to allow Drainage and some Air to Dry this Area.
Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder
This does not seem to make Much Differences.
Make sure the Lid is “Snapped on Snug” after Filling.
The Top/Lid comes off TOO Easily and can Blow Out into the Pond..
They seem to Sink out of Sight.
There is NOTHING that Connects the Lid to the Unit.
Swan Feeder

Consider some type of Attachment for the Lid.
Maybe something like a Short Length of Picture Frame Wire
threaded through the Top and the Unit.. with Knots inside.

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder

I have seen a Brick placed on the Top of One and a Chunk of Wood
on Another to keep the Lid on. This is RISKY…
The Brick or Wood could fall on a Swan’s Head.

Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

Bungees are Frequently Wrapped around the Entire Feeder-Lid.

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If the Lid is Lost during the First 12 Months..
Coastal Pet Products has been good about Replacing the Lid..

NO Longer Made by Bergan Pet Products..
NOW Coastal Pet Products, Inc.                       As of Dec. 2017
(“BLITZ) – Aut-O-Dine 25 Feeder Used for Swans.
www.Coastalpet.com                      1 (800) 321-0248
Customer Service –                        Debbie Ext. 356 (Dec 2017)
Toll Free Phone Number:              1 (866) 217-9607
Mailing Address:         911 Leadway Ave.   Alliance OH 44601

You can arrange for Replacement Parts through Coastal Pet Products.

The Aut-O-Dine 25 can be found Online on various Websites.
Cost and Shipping varies.
If Purchased from an ONLine Store… and Shipped.
*** When the Box arrives Check the Unit for any Damage or Defects.

Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

We have receive Two Feeders that had broken Lids.

Aut-O-Dine Feeder for SwansI called the Manufacturer, sent Photo Images..  Both Lids were Replaced..
and they sent a Replacement         -No Charge.. Warranty is One Year.

One Feeder was Crushed in Shipment and replaced NO Question.
Our Tractor Supply has these (Dog) Feeders available.
If you purchase a Unit from Tractor Supply or from an OnLine Store…
if it has defects or damage.. You may need to return it to that Store..

OR… first Call Coastal Pet Products, they may help you if the Unit was Damaged when you Opened the Box.

Available From Stromberg’s Catalog “Chicks & Gamebirds Unlimited.”
Price Varies Year to Year.

Swan Feeder

Stromberg’s Chicks & Gamebirds Unlimited
P.O.Box 400
Pine River, MN 56474

Swan Feeder

Call Toll Free: 1 (800) 720-1134
Order OnLine at: www.strombergschickens.com
Phone: 1 (218) 587-2222
FAX: 1 (218) 587-4230

If you Find Ways to Improve the Function of this Feeder..
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Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

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Common Swan Injuries

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

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


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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…..

Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger                                        March 2017

Common Swan Problems

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

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


Swan Under Tongue Impaction

Under Tongue Impactions Can Result in Serious Health Problems.


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

Swan Bumble Foot Sore

Bumble Foot Sores – TOO Many Swans Develop these.


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


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

Swan Heavy Metal Poisoning

Swan Spoiled Feed


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


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.


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…..

Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger                                     March  2017