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There are Common Swan Injuries

May 21st, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Common Swan Injuries - (Comments Off on There are Common Swan Injuries)

Caring for an Injured Swans is a LOTs of WORK !!!
Try to Avoid the Common Injuries.

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

Common Swan Injuries

This Cob was Hit by a Boat Oar Breaking his Wing – Compound Fracture,
when a Person got TOO Close to his Female and Cygnets.

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Swans are Curious Creatures and will Find the Darnest Way to get Hurt.

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The Broken Window in this Shed is a Hazard.

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So Sad – the Life of this Beautiful Healthy Young Trumpeter was just beginning.

Fences can be as much a Hazard as a Safer Place.

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We Think this Swan became Tangled in a Fence..

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“Prince Harry” was a Full-Wing Rescue.. He NEEDED to be Kept Clipped.
That did not Happen. “Harry” Started to Fly About his Local Area.

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SWANs/Birds caught on Barbed Wire are likely to Struggle Violently
in an Attempt to Free themselves.

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We all know how Damaging a Barb Wire Fence can be..

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Gates can be … Well, Not Safe…

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Electric Fences are Common for Pastures. They can Cause Mouth Burns.

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We Learned of One Female Mute Encouraging her Cygnets to Fly.
She did not Clear the Pasture Fence.. and Broke her Neck.

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Fences – Can the Swan get their Head through.. ??? and NOT get it back
through the Openings.. Sharp Edges.. Loose Nails.

UnSecured Bucket Handles are a Tangle Hazard.

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Minor Injures can be Cleaned with a Gentle Soap.
Room Temp Water ONLY.

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Washing Birds in Hot Water.. will Burn THEM..

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The Skin on the Beak can be Scraped.. Watch for any Sign of Infection.
This Tissue Heals Amazingly Quick.. !!!

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Memories of Sad Stories of Swans Dying due to Entanglement.. TOO MANY.

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CHECK for TANGLE HAZARDs.

I have Heard TOO many Sad Stories of Swan Dying by Tangling in Ropes, Cables, Wires, Fishing Line.. Some have Swallowed these Items.

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Folks in Lancaster Co have had Swans for over 20 years.
NEVER had a problem. Spring 2015 they lost one Female Swan to old age.
They brought a young Female home.. everything was fine.
The Lack of Rain that Summer caused their Pond Water Level to be VERY LOW, the Ropes that kept their Aerator-Fountain in place became Slack and the young Female became Tangled around her Neck.

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“We have had so little Rain this Summer and Fall that the Ropes were Exposed and Loose.”
– A Freaky, Sad event

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This Never occurs to People that the Ropes that hold Boats in place can also be a problem. Cords, Cables, Wires.

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Electrical Cables, Extension Cords.. Potential for Electric Shock.

Another Hazard around Motor Boats… Spilled Oil and Gas. YUCK !

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One Female Trumpeter Swan.. Decided to Eat a Length of Rope Tied to
a Tree near her Pond.. She Swallowed the Rope all the Way to the Tree Bark.
Stood there for an Untold Period of Time..before being Rescued..
The Rope was Cut.. and not Removed. – OutCome Unknown.

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Getting Caught in Exposed Roots.. will their Break Legs.

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Frequently Check any Leg Bands – Especially on Growing Cygnets.
Tight Bands can do Permanent Damage to Legs.

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Young Swans have Fragile Legs.. Handle Carefully.

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The Young Female below: Her Legs were Bent when she was Younger.
A Mature Male tried to Kill her by Sitting ON TOP of her.. to Suffocate her.

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Wire Fencing with Large Gauge Openings have Hung TOO Many Swans.
If they can get their Head/Necks Through – their Feathers may make it Hard to Pull their Heads back Through.. Small Cygnets are Growing.. Get Stuck.

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We Stopped to Visit.. Walked down to the Pond of this Nesting Swan.
I found her Stuck in the Fence.. Head on One Side.. Body on the Other..
She was Struggling.. Very Stressed.. I got to her. Help her – She was Ok.

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Sometimes, a Swan just Wanted to get to the Other Side of a Fence..

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Swans and Cygnets Hit by Vehicle on Roads are ALL TOO Common.

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More the One of the Swans at this Country Pond were Killed.
One Young Male had Adopters coming for him.. He was Hit by a Car that Morning.

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Driveways are a Dangerous Place for Swans..

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Busy Parking Lots – NOT SAFE…

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They can Easily be Unnoticed when getting into Vehicles..
They May Not be Seen by Visitors or Delivery Truck Drivers.

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The Sun, Especially on Summer Days.. ASPHALT get VERY HOT.. BURNS Feet.

Heat Lamps are Commonly Used to Keep Young Cygnets Warm..

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As the Cygnets Grow…. RAISE THE LAMPS !!!
We Found this Young Cygnet with his Head SMOKING !!!

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Heat Lamps make me NERVOUS !! – Use with Great Care…
Chances are you will not have Fire Detection in your Out Buildings.

452 Best Heat Lamp Fire Images in 2019 / Inside Chicken Coops
https://www.pinterest.com/TheChicknChick/heat-lamp-fires/

Basic 80 to 100 Watt Light Bulbs will help to Warm the Still Air in a Building.
Snuggle them into Fresh Straw and out of the Elements..

A VERY COMMON SOURCE OF WATERFOWL INJURIES
SNAPPING TURTLES.

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The Helpless Swan below did not Survive her Jaw Injury.

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This Young Cygnet Simply put its Little Head in the Pond to Eat.. SNAP !!!

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If a Swan or Cygnet has a Salvageable Injury, it take WEEKs of Care
in a Shelter, WEEKs of Medication-Antibiotics, Wound Dressing Changes
and Several Veterinary Visits. A BIG Job !!!

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Snapping Turtle are VERY Harmful to Waterfowl .

SNAPPING TURTLEs are NASTY BEASTs
https://swanlovers.net/category/snapping-turtles-nasty-beasts/

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We have had ALL the Snapping Turtle Damage I ever want to Deal With.

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Fishing Hooks and Line Entanglement are TOO Common.

Wild and Domestic Birds ingest Pieces of Trash, Gun Shot Pellets, Fishing Sinkers.
Fishing Hooks are very Damaging.
Discarded Fishing Line causes TERRIBLE Injuries.

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We have worked with many Swans and Cygnets over the years.. LOVE THEM..
Things (gives me chills) have happened that you would NEVER Expect.
Those Lovely Long Necks get into trouble. – They Swallow DUMB Things.

We were Never able to Determine What this Object Was/is..
It was there in the Gizzard for Months.. X-Rayed Three Times.
The Young Swan was OK, Eating and Growing Normally.
Several Veterinarians Recommended we Do Nothing.. Just Leave it.

Swan are Attracted to Shiny Things..
Shiny Metal.. Hooks, Coins, Hardware like Nails, Screws, Soda Can Tabs, Rings, Jewelry, etc.
Swallowed Metal will not Pass through their Gizzard, Slowly Dissolves becomes Toxic, causing Heavy Metal Poisoning.

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OR Sharp Metal will Cut, Puncture the Gizzard Muscles, cause Bleeding, Infection, Death. “Hardware Disease”

Metal Dissolves, is Absorbed and becomes TOXIC. Heavy Metal Poisoning..
The most common Heavy Metal Poisoning in Birds is Lead, then Zinc.

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One of our Rescued Swans had Swallowed a small piece of Iron..
Iron is Water Soluble. She was Fine in the Morning, late Afternoon she was found floating on her Pond.

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Her Necropsy Showed, “Kate” died from Iron Toxicity..
Five Times Toxic Level. She showed NO Sign of being Ill.
Her Liver and Heart were Severely Damaged.. So Sad.

THEY will EAT Small Things – Sorta Garbage Pick-up Experts.
Bread Twist Ties, Cigarette Filters, Cigar Butts, Balloon Fragments,
Ribbon, Small Toy Pieces, ETC., Etc., etc……………………

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Any Time there is Construction or Repairs around the Water or Building your Swans may Walk around. Be Careful with Nails, Screws, Small Sharp Items. ANYTHING they WILL Swallow.

One Mature Female Died after Eating Styrofoam Packing Peanuts.
She was often fed Bread tossed on her Pond.
Kids tossed the Styrofoam Peanuts into her Pond.
She ate several. She stopped eating and wasted away.
The Styrofoam was found during her Necropsy.

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The Family remembered picking up the scattered Styrofoam floating along the Bank.

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Another OOPs.. Pool Foam Flotation Noodles left on the Pond..
No One Expected that the Swans would Chew Holes.. into them..

Swans, Waterfowl eat Small Stones to aid Digestion in their Gizzard.. Normal ..
IF this was a Dog or Cat these Small Things might pass through in a few Days.
With Birds anything Solid in their Gizzard stays there until it breaks down.

Broken Glass – CUTs Inside the Swans or Outside the Swans.

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Swallowing a Hook and Line… DO NOT Cut the Line.. Seek Vet. HELP !

Strings, Cords, Rubber Bands.. – “Baby Proof – Swan Proof.”

I have Heard that Dried Pine Needles can Puncture Waterfowl Esophagus Tissues. Try not to Feed where there are Dry Needles.

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There are TOO Many Fishing Related Injuries to Post.. TOO Common !

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There have been ENDLESS Stories of Swans Entangled, Injured and Dying Due to Carelessly Discarded Fishing Line and Hooks.

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It is SO Important that Waterfowl can have their Feet and Legs in Liquid Water during VERY Cold Weather.

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The Following Swans were Attacked by UNLEASHED Dogs.

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Dog Attacks… The Deep Bites with their Sharp Teeth, do Terrible Damage.

I have heard of Two Instances of Swans trying to Mate on a Pool Cover.
One Event Ended with the Female Dying.
The Other, the Swans Could Not Figure out how to get back off.

Swans can Get onto a Swimming Pool Cover – but Getting OFF is a Problem.

Another Place to Get Hurt… Open Doors to Sheds, Garages and Barns.
Curious Swans will Explore.. They can REACH Up and Pull Things Down.

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Over the Years, this Feeder’s Leaning was Unnoticed.. Nothing Happened.

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High Wind Storms.. Blowing Debris and Falling Trees..

“Handsome Fellow” was our First Rescue.. That was not Easy.

Over Time and Many Miles we have Helped Care for Many Injured Swans.

This Dear Swan had a Terrible Wing Injury.. It became Infected..
He was Sick and Lost a Lot of Weight before we were able to Rescue him.
We had NO Idea what we were getting into.. A Long Recovery Ahead.
Many Thanks to the Wonderful People who Helped
“Handsome Fellow” Recovered.

“Handsome Fellow” was a Joy. I Miss him Every Day.

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These Images of Injuries have been Collected by (c) Linda M. Sweger
I will be Very Happy if I do not need to Add More to this Page. May 2020
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Until I Worked on this Topic Page.. I had No Idea how Many Injured Swans
we have Known or Heard their Stories. I Continue to Remember More.

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HOW DO WE CATCH SWANS and CYGNETS ?

April 22nd, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SWAN CATCHING IDEAs - (Comments Off on HOW DO WE CATCH SWANS and CYGNETS ?)

THERE ARE AS MANY WAYs and IDEAs as SWANs.

SWAN UPPING is an Annual Ceremony in England.
The Mute Swans on the River Thames are Rounded-up,
Caught, Counted, have a Health Check, are Banded and then Released.

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Those British Swan Lovers Make this Look EASY !!

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If you are Interested: Swan Upping – Wikipedia
OR Search: *Swan Upping* – There are Many Website on this Topic..

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Until you have a Need to Catch a Waterfowl-Swan on a Body of Water,
most People have NO Idea how Challenging it will be..

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Every Situation is Different.. Any Body of Water is a Risky Unknown.
A Frozen Pond in the Winter.. The Worst Time of Year to Catch Swans.

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Especially, when your Helpers are Unfamiliar with your Body of Water.

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Over the Years, we have had our Share of “Try this, then Try that.”
My Husband has often said, “It is Better to be Lucky, then Good.”

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Our Quickest Captures.. have been 5 Minutes.. “JUST GOOD LUCK.”

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The Male Pictured Above was Sitting in a Shady Area with Dense Plants.
He was EASY to Catch.. Bless him..

The Longest Time to Capture a Swan we wanted to Move took 8 Weeks.
Multiple Visits, Several Failed Attempts.. Our “Brooke” made it HARD.

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The Farm where our Swans had lived for Five Years was being Sold.
We Found a Lovely Pond for them much Closer to our Home.
Two of the Three were Ambush Captured by the Farm Worker who Cared
for the Animals. He Watched for an Opportunity, Placed the Two in the
Barn.. We Drove there, Helped made a Feeble Attempt to Catch “Brooke.”
She was the Winner that Afternoon.. We were the Stressed Ones that Day.

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We Left with the First Two.. Released them to their New Home Pond.

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Once we Move her two Companions, “Brooke” went into Survival Mode.

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A Lone Swan will Frequently become Many Times more Cautious.
She did not Trust Anyone and Stayed as Far from us as Possible.

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It took Several Weeks of Visits for her to even come to us for Treats..
A Thick Layer of DuckWeed was a GREAT Summer Diet. Forget the Treats.

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After One or Two Bites of Salad .. OFF she went to the Far Side of the Pond.

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Patience was not Working. My Husband had an Idea.. Why NOT !
He Played Vocals of the Other Swans Recorded on his Cell Phone..
“Brooke” heard the Happy Snorting.. and came Closer to Rob.

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Just Close ENOUGH for Rob to FLOP our BIG Net Over her..
She was NOT Quite inside the Net.. and Started to Back OUT !!
BY “Good Luck” her Pinioned Wing Joint SNAGGED in the Net.
JUST Long Enough for Us to GET HOLD of her !!!
It was NOT a Graceful Capture. WE had the Adrenalin RUSH !!

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Finally ! We were able to MOVE “Brooke.”

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Our Threesome was Together Again.. I LOVE this Happy Image of them.

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Having our Mute Swan Threesome was Unplanned Luck.. (We were Lucky)
Odds are Low for this Pairing to Work.. I will Explain more on a
Topic Page about Three Swans Living Together..

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And there were Swans, Mostly Feral Swans that we were Never Able to Catch.. in Time..

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There are various Capture Methods, that take Time..
Before you Need to Catch Your Swans..
Think about what you might Realistically do..
HAVE A PLAN.. or Two.. or Three.

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We make a Plan Depending on ALL the Factors.
What we know about the Swans’ Routine Habits,
the Body of Water.. Obstacles.. How many Helping Hands.

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and How Urgent is it to Catch.. or do You have Time.. ??
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Before I Share Ideas.. and they are Just that – Ideas..

I want to Impress it is Important to do Captures with as Little Stress
as Possible. There is a Condition called “Capture Myopathy.”
There are Various Website that will Provide Information..
Take a Few Minutes and Read a Few..
Does this Really Happen ?? Small Percentage – Yes.

WILD INSTINCTs Capture Myopathy
https://wildinstincts.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/capture-myopathy/

OZARK – Capture Myopathy
https://www.wc4eb.org/wp-content/articles/Capture_Myopathy_Ozark.pdf

Merck Manual > Veterinary Professionals > Poultry > Myopathies
Exertional Myopathy in Poultry
https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poultry/myopathies/exertional-myopathy-in-poultry

Capturing Healthy, Well Socialized Swans or Cygnets – this is Less of a Concern..

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Hot Weather will add a Stress Factor.. It is Safest for Swans and People
to Capture with as Little Stress as Possible..

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It Does HELP if your Swans and Cygnets TRUST You..
They will often be Unhappy when you Move them..
Keeping their Distance for Days.
Just keep a Close Watch.. Be Sure they are ON their New Pond/Lake at SunRise and SunSet. Adjustment Time will Vary. Watch Them..

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We Visited our Young Male and just Sat with him.. Quietly..

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Finally, “Meadow” was Happy to See Us Again..

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The Trust you have Established with your Swans will Return after a Few Days. (Well, it might take Longer. Be Calm and Patient..)


When it is an Emergency to Capture a Swan..
Do what is Necessary Calmly.

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Under Tongue-Chin Impactions TRY to REMOVE – NOT Normal..

Under Tongue-Chin Impaction
https://swanlovers.net/category/under-tongue-chin-impaction/

Injured or Depleted Waterfowl-Swans are very Fragile.

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Their Stress level must be Addressed or Capturing them may be your Final Act.

Do YOUR Best to be Calm, not Chase, have some Support Fluid..
A Thin Syrup of Honey or King Syrup to Drip a few Drops on the Tongue.
Only put Small Amounts of Fluid on the Tongue if the Swan is able
to Swallow Normally. A Few Drops.. Be Careful NOT to Cause Aspiration.

Covering the Birds Head will help to Quiet and Reduce Fear.

If there is ANY Active Bleeding..
Carefully Apply Pressure to Stop Blood Loss.

Having a Safe Dark – Well Ventilated Container to keep the Bird in
until you can take the Bird for Veterinary Helps.
Call Ahead for Care Instructions.
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Capturing Healthy Swans on their Water is a Challenge..
They have the Advantage.

If you are VERY Lucky, the Swans you want might be in an
Area AWAY from their Water, so they are Easy to just Collect..

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When you are “Not Lucky.” You will need a Plan.

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It is SAFER for Everyone to “BAIT” them with Food – Treats.

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Use a Small Temporary Fence.. Put “Treats” inside.

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Sprinkle a “Hansel and Gretel” Trail of Salad Greens.

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WET Poultry FEED has a GREAT SMELL….YUMMY !!!
Place the Feed Bowl.. and LEAVE do NOT stay with the Fencing.

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Give the Swans a Chance to Explore with NO Human nearby.
Watch from a Distance until you see them Entering for the Food.

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Repeat for several more Days..
This is a NO Stress – Safer way to work with Swans.

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This takes Time, but it will Work if you are Patient.

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An Inexpensive Vinyl Garden Fence 25 or 50 FT Long.
AT LEAST 3 1/2 – 4 Feet High… Several Stakes.

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If you have Lots of Trees, you can use the Trees to Support
Temporary Fencing.
Anchor the Fencing as Close to the Ground as Possible.
It is AMAZING how Swans and Cygnets will FIND the
Weakest Spot in the Fence and Slip UNDER.. DARN !
Leave some Fence for a Gate.. Secure the Gate OPEN.

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Check that there are NO Tangle Hazards..

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Swans LOVE Lettuce and will Often go into a Fence Area for this Treat.
Put the Treats by the Opening the First Day.
Then each Day move the Treats further toward the Back.
Walk away for Several Days..
The Swans will Explore.. Finding their Treats.
The Swans become Comfortable being inside the Fencing.

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I have Two Examples: First a Swan Family with 8 Cygnets.

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This was the First Summer ALL the Cygnets Survived. SO Cute !

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It is Time to Get the Cygnets Ready to Collect their DNA Samples,
and Band them with Colored Cable Ties. They are GROWING !!
In Four to Six Weeks they will be Leaving for their New Lives.

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After 5 Days getting them Familiar with the Fencing,

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As we would Walk down to their Pond, the Whole Swan Family would
Swim Over and Walk Inside the Fence and Wait for us. “Treats.”

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For Several Days we just Fed them inside, Visited and Left..

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ALWAYs making sure the Gate is Secured OPEN when you
were not there.

OR CLOSE and Secure the Gate until you want to start Baiting..
Inside the Fenced area Could be a Trap if there are Predators in your Area..

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When we wanted to Work with the Swans.. We Closed the Gate.
Best to have a Second Person there to Help.
Put a Large Towel or Blanket around a Swan to Control Wings.

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Be Extra Gentle with Cygnets, their Legs are Fragile.. Up to 18 Months.

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When we wanted to Band and Collect Feathers for DNA..
We Closed the Gate.

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It was Cooler to Do this Project in the Shade, but the Images are Bluish.

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When it was Time for Rehoming.. We Closed the Gate..
Have your Transport Boxes or Carriers Ready..

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Pick out the Cygnets for their New Owners.. Released the Rest..

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ANY TIME you Catch your Swans.. Do a Quick Check..
Check the Color of their Tongue. REMOVE Any Under Tongue Impactions..
Feel Keel Bone.. for Body Condition.. Check Feet for Bumble Sores.

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We used this Over and Over during that Summer.. Worked VERY Well..

Temporary Fencing can be Stored and Used Again and Again..

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Catch Times:
Less then 10 Minutes.. We Moved a Young Male to his New Home.
Then Returned a Week Later and Moved a Young Female.. Time 5 Minutes.

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We had a Chance to Visit “Snow White” with her Mate “PiP.”

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The Second Example using the Temporary Fencing:

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We wanted to help Move Two of a Juvenile Group to their Permanent Lake.
The Young Males are Nest Mates.. Banded with Red Bands..
Several Weeks before the Target Move Date, a Fenced Area was put up and
ALL their Feed and Treats were put INSIDE the Fenced Area..
You can Barely… See the Fencing at the Far End of this Lawn.

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Staff at this Property Watched for the Young Swans to become Comfortable
going into the Area for their Foods.

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The Morning we Planned to Move the Two Juveniles, they were in the Catch Fencing when we Arrived and Parked our Van..
YEAH !!! Close the Gate !
All those Helping were Prepared to Move them.

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The Young Swans were Greeting us with Lots of Head Nodding.. Cute !!

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There was NO Attempt to Escape. We Closed the Gate – it was Stressless.

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Transport Boxes were Ready – Loaded Safely with NO Stress.
Everyone is Safe – OFF we Go to their New Home Lake.

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The Young Swans are MOVED !! Now they will Explore this New Place.
They WILL Need to be Watched Closely for Several Adjustment Days.

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Rolls of Vinyl Snow Fencing is very Light Weight.. but, needs Stakes.

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North State Fencing is Sturdy.. and does not need Stakes.
??? Maybe One or Two.. for Stability..
This Fencing is STURDY – Folds for Storage..

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These Flexible Panel Puppy Pens might Work. Worth a Try if you have them.

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For Years we used Wooden Snow Fencing.. Not Portable – Semi-Permanent.
It worked well for our Needs.

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A Fenced Area can be used at Various Times.
So think about having a More Permanent Fence-Gate Area available.

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If You Want or Need to Work around your Pond in the Spring,
it is Nice to have a Safe Place for a Hormonal Cob..

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They are Easy to Net in the Spring, Contain and Everyone is Safe.

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When it is Time to Pinion Tiny Cygnets.. They will follow their
Dam into the Fenced Areas.. Catch her and You have them..

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IF you Need to Catch Small Cygnets on the Water..
Look for Nets with LONG Handles and Small Gauge Netting.

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When it is time to ID Band the Cygnets and Collect Feathers for DNA-Sex Testing, Catch Fencing is a BIG Help..

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When there are many Growing Cygnets there will be Poop all over the Place, that is expected. The Ground can get Slippy. Be Aware !

Birds-Waterfowl Poop as Defense due to the “Fight or Flight” Response:
When Bird “Take to Air,” they Poop to Lighten themselves.

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SOME SWANs HATE Lawn Mowers.. Especially Males..
AND/OR Loud Motors.. like Chain Saws, Weed Whackers and Leaf Blowers.
Being able to put them in a Fenced Area is a BIG HELP…

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Catch Enclosures can be Half in Water or All on Land near the Pond.
Temporary… or Set-up for Long-term Multi Purpose Use..
There are Many Times it would be Nice to be able to Contain a Swan.

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If you do Set-Up a Permanent Fence Area.. Try to Avoid Right Angle Corners.

Swan Capture Fencing

An Oval Type Design is Better.. If a Predator gets into a Fenced Area..
Swans can get Trapped in Right Angle Corners.

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An Oval – Round.. Cornerless Design.. allows the Swans to move Side to Side.
This Concept also Applies to Perimeter Fencing..


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If your Swan/Cygnet is Full-Wing.. – They will be Safer Grounded.
When it is “TIME to CLIP” after their Annual Moult Catch Fencing is Helpful.

Clipping Captive Swan Pets
https://swanlovers.net/category/clipping-captive-swan-pets/

ANY Swan that has Learned to Fly is Trickier to keep in Place.
Catching them is a BIG Challenge.. Keep the Fence NO Wider
then 3 Feet.. It helps to have a Narrow Fence Area which make it
Difficult for the Swans to Open their Wings..

Catching Swans

We put Food inside the Narrow Fence Area..
First by the Entrance, then moving the Bowl further in each Day.
Let the Swans or Cygnets go into the Area for several Days with
NO One there.. Let the Swans Explore at their Own Pace… Patience..

After Several Days.. they Know their Food will be Inside..
The Fence is not a Threatening Place.
HAVE all your Clipping Supplies Ready..
Try NOT to Look at the Swans, Walk Slowly, Speak Softly.. Close Gate.
Have a BIG Towel or Large Net. And Extra Helper Hands..

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There have been times that Swans needed to be Captured that
for various Reasons the Temporary Fence was not Practical..

 Catching Swans

We have used the Sweeping Method with Some Success.
Here Obstacles will limit your Plans.. The SIZE of the Water Area.
Trees, Bushes, Fences, Rocks, Plants.. Docks, etc..

 Catching Swans

A Rope to Slowly Sweep over a Small Body of Water so the Swans
Walk-Out in a Location where there are People Waiting with Nets.

Catching Swans

This will Work.. At Least One Pass Over the Water.. “Slowly”
If the Swans Double Back Under the Rope, they Know how EASY
it is to THWART this Method.

After a Few Times the Swans get Wise to this Method..
Swans have VERY Good Memories.. They Learn.

Catching Swans

I Found this Idea on the Internet.. Worth a Try. It Might Work..
A Rope with Plastic Bags Tied on to Sweep over a Narrow Water Area to move the Swans off to People waiting with Nets.
The Fluttering Bags are a Little more Reason for the Swans to Move Away.

Again, One Pass over the Water and the Swans knews they Could
Swim Under the Rope and it Rarely Worked Again..

Catching a Swan

We Tried a Rope with Empty Milk Jugs that Float on the Surface..
Seemed like a Good Idea.. Humm..
“Sorta” Solid Looking Objects for the Swans to Move AWAY from..
This Tangled Easily if the Rope was too Long. Not for a Large Pond.
It was Difficult to Work with.. And, it was Wet and Messy to Take Home.

I Wonder if these Colorful Streamer that are Often over Car Lots might Work ??

Catching Swans
Catching Swans

One Women we know, uses a Long Length of Landscape Cloth..
It is about 3 Feet Wide.. Big and Black and Successfully Sweeps her
Waterfowl off the Pond when she need them to Go in for the Night.

Another Sweep Idea… Is to use a Kayak or Canoe, a Surf Board or a Large Floating Object with Ropes tied on Each Side. Sweep Slowly over Surface.

 Catching Swans

No One in the Boat.. just use as a Sweep Object..
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Chasing Swans around a Large Pond or Lake in a Boat
– The Swans Generally Win..

 Catching Swans

You will not be able to Catch them.. unless you have several Boats..
and MANY Hands.. Row Boats, Canoes, Paddle Boats are too Slow..

Catching Swans
 Catching Swans
Catching a Swan

A Kayaker is Trying to Encourage the Swan OFF Pond to People with Nets.
Be Careful NOT to Over Stress the Swans..

 Catching Swans

Trying to Capture Full-Wing Swans by Chasing is Hopeless.
They get Excited and KNOW that all they need to do is Fly Away from the Boat..
The BIGGEST RISK is they will just keep Flying..
This is Especially Challenging with Rogue and Feral Swans.

Catching Swans

When there is LOTs of Confusion, Strange People, it is …
Well, not a Great Way to Catch your Swans..

Catching Swan Cygnet

We Stopped the Crew of Helpers.. They did not Understand keeping Calm.
Rob and I Returned a Few Days Later.. We had the Cygnet we wanted to
Move in just a few Minutes.. NO Fuss.. NO Stress..

Catching Swans

There is more Success if the Swans are Pinioned.. Flightless.

We have no Boats. When Necessary, we have arranged for the help of People in Kayaks to Slowly working the Swans off the Pond.
ALWAYS have Anyone in a Boat or Kayak Wear a Life Jacket.

Catching Swans

Have Several People with Nets Waiting..
Give the Swans Space to Walk 10-15 Feet away from the Water,
then QUICKLY Net.

Catching Swans

Large Nets are Available at Wal-Mart Sporting Goods…
Less then $20.00 Frabill Fishing Nets – Telescoping Handle.
For Adult Swans the Hoop Needs to be 20-24 Inches…
Nets are VERY Helpful..

Catching Swans

You can NOT Aggressively Chase Swans for more then a few Minutes..
Slow is Better.. They will become Tired and go to Land..

Swans can develop “Capture Myopathy”.. which can be Fatal..
“The Fight or Flight Response” Pumps High Levels of Adrenalin
into their System.. Quickly Depletes their Blood Glucose..
Over Stressing them, they may Collapse – “Faint.”

In Extreme Cases, they might drop Dead- “Stress Death.”
Prolonged Chasing is not a Good Plan…
Take Breaks in the Action..


True Story: I will do a Basic Summary.
There are many more Details to this Sad Saga.

A New Golf Course in North East Pennsylvania wanted to have Beautiful Swans on their Ponds. They acquired 5 Pair of Swans.

Catching Swans

One Pair of Trumpeter Swans.

 Catching Swans

Two Pair of Black Australian Swans.

Catching Swans

Two Pair of Mute Swans.

Each Pair was Placed on their Own Ponds Scattered through the 18 Hole Golf Courses.

Catching Swans

The Swans did not Understand they were to Stay on their Assigned Ponds.
They would walk to other Ponds.. There were Fights and Chasing between Pairs.

Catching Swans

The Golf Course Owner wanted the Swans, Basically as Live Pond Ornaments. He wanted them on their Assigned Ponds..

Catching Swans

So One Summer Afternoon, he had the Grounds Staff Chase the Various Swans with the Greens Hole Flag Poles back to their Assigned Ponds.

Catching Swans

It was a Hot Summer Day that Ended Badly for the Swans.

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A Call from the Angry Owner, Five of the Swans had Dropped Dead..
He Accused the Breeder (Not Me) of Selling him Sick Swans..

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But, it was the Excessive Chasing that caused this Tragic Outcome.

Catching Swans

Five Swans died that Day. Three more were Killed by Night Predators.
Turned out, the Ponds were Shallow with NO Deep Water Safe Area for the Swans. The Remaining Two Swans were ReHomed to a Private Home Pond.

 Catching Swans

These Pond Images are Random, NOT from the Golf Course in this Story..


These Capture Ideas Diagrams are from the a Book about Swan Care:
SWAN Breeding and Management by Loyl Stromberg.

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Catching Swans

Many Swans will Come VERY Close to Eat from Your Hand..

Catching Swans
Catching Swans

If you are Patient and WAIT for JUST the Right Moment..
You MIGHT be able to Get Hold of the Swan’s Neck..
JUST DO NOT YANK their Neck, Just HOLD IT !!
Have a Second Person READY to Step in and Help Bring the Swan Under Control. If you Try this Way to Catch you Swan… Be Prepared to get WET !!
Their Wings and Feet will be Splashing the Water..

Catching Swans

In the Image Above, there is Whole Corn in the Bucket.. Our Little Female
Put her Head into the Bucket.. After we did this for Several Days…
I was Able to Reach Down and Get Hold of her Cute Little Neck.

Catching Swans
Catching Swans

A Pond Covered with DuckWeed has been Helpful at Times.
Again Do this for Several Day. Have your BIG Net Close and Ready.
We put some Corn in Water about 10-12 Inches Deep Close to the Bank.. The Swans can not see what we are Doing..

Catching Swans
Catching Swans

For a Few Moments, you have a Chance to Flop a Net over the Swan.
Make SURE you Aim for their TAIL !!! Push the Net DOWN to Solid Ground.
Swans are Experts at Sliding Backwards and Out Under a Net.
If you Miss, there is Little Chance you will get Another Chance that Day.

Working with Swans will Test your Patience and Creative Thinking.

Catching Swans
Catching Swans

Catching Swans is Tricky. But, WHEN Successful, it Feels GREAT !!

Catching Swans

MAKE a PLAN.. BE as SAFE as POSSIBLE.

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How to Tell if your Cygnets and Swans are Pinioned

April 15th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in PINIONED or FULL Wing - (Comments Off on How to Tell if your Cygnets and Swans are Pinioned)
Full Wing Swan

I Frequently Speak with Swan Owners who are not Sure if their Swans are
Pinioned. Which means the Swans are Grounded – Flightless.

If you have Acquired a Cygnet or Swan from a Rescue Group, it is VERY
Common for the Rescued Swans to be FULL-Winged. Able to Fly !!!

It is Sad to hear the Anguish of these Folks, who are Excited to have a Swan that Suddenly Flies Away.. I have heard this Story Too Many Times.

I WISH the Rescue Groups would Share this Information with People New to Swan Care..
When these Cygnets and Swans Fly Away, they are out in Feral Conditions AGAIN.. And in Peril.
These Swans were Lucky to be Rescued the First Time. A Second Rescue … Poor Odds..

Pinioned Mute Swan

This Topic Page will Mainly be Images for you to Study and Learn what to
Look for.. Basically ONE Wing Missing the Primary Flight Feathers.

To Enlarge Images – Right Click and Open in a New Tab.

It does Help if you Watch for your Swans to Stretch and Flap.
This is Usually Part of the Preening and Bathing Activity.. FLAPPING.

Flapping will Allow ALL the Wing Feathers to Shake Out and Lay in Order.

View the Images and then Watch your Swan to see if you can Tell if they are
PINIONED or NOT


When a Swan is Properly Pinioned Part of One Wing is Removed.
Comparing the Swan’s Wing to a Human Hand and Arm.

Lets Start with the Basic Wing Anatomy – the Beautiful Feathers.

BEST Time to Pinion a Swan is before they are Two to Three Weeks Old.

I Love the Beautiful Colors of a Royal Mute Cygnet’s Plumage !

Now Look at the Wings from Behind and See what is Different..

The Swan Below is Pinioned. She is Grounded – Unable to Fly.
There are a Few Primary Flight Feathers on her Right Wing.

There are Lots of Poses and Times when it is Impossible to Tell…

A Moment of Just Plain Cuteness – Nap Time

These Swans are Both Pinioned – One the Right Wing – One the Left Wing.

It does Help when the Swans Hold their Wings Up in Display.

Look Close – Do You SEE the Difference ???

I hope these Examples will Help you SEE
What is Missing or Not Missing. Pinioned or Full-Wing.

To Keep a Full-Wing Cygnet or Swan Grounded and Safer from the Perils
of Flying.. PLEASE Consider Annual Clipping.

Clipping Captive Swan Pets
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There was a Sad End for the Beautiful Female Swan that is the Full-Wing Title Picture on this Topic Page..
We were Never Able to Get Hold of her to Clip..
“Sweet Harmony” was a Feral Mute Swan. She lived most of her Life on our Local River System. We shared many Hours with her.
She is the Dam of our “Meadow.”

She Flew to an Area where Hunting was Allowed. A Public WaterWay.
“Sweet Harmony” was Shot on a Fall Day during Hunting Season.
The Hunter was Bragging about Shooting her, while he ate Dinner at a Nearby Restaurant. We were Heart Broken.. and Learned this Lesson.

If your Cygnets or Swans are Full-Wing they are Not Safe.

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Mute Swans – Polish

April 6th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Mute Swans - Polish - (Comments Off on Mute Swans – Polish)

The POLISH MUTE SWANs
( Just a Color Variant)

There is a Color Variation in Mute Swans.
Cygnus immutabilis (changeless Swan).

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From the Swan Keeper’s Handbook:
“Polish Mute Swans (Cygnus olor immutabilis) are a Leucistic form of Mute Swans.

A Leucistic Animal has a reduced intensity of Pigmentation while an Albino lacks all Pigments…

Polish Mute Cygnets are Creamy White to Light Beige when they Hatch.
Their Tiny Beaks are varying Shades of Light Brown.

Their Legs and Feet are Pinkish/Beige.

The Adult Polish Mute Swans have Apricot to Orange Beaks.

Many have Beige/Light Brown Legs and Feet.

The Polish Male’s Legs and Feet may be Shades of Dark Orange to Chocolate Browns.

The Pale Webbed Foot of a Polish Mute Swan.

The immutabilis form is less Common in the Mute Swan Populations
than the Royal form, and there tends to be more Female Polish then Male Polish Swans.

Records suggest this Mute Swan Variant was first seen along the Baltic Sea Coast of Poland (hence the “Polish” name) and then brought back to England to Breed for the Color Variant as a Novelty Swan.

In the Middle Ages of Europe, the Polish Cygnets were Highly Prized for being (almost) White from the time they Hatched.

As their numbers increased, it was noted they had a more Stocky Breast Muscle.

Averaging 15-20 Pounds at 6-7 Months Old. Not all Swans were in England, where they were Protected by the Royal Crown – (Today Queen Elizabeth.)

Imported to Eastern England and Raised as a Meat Bird, they became
the preferred Swan Cygnets for Winter Holiday Feasts.

In the 1800s, both Royal and Polish Mute Swans were brought to America..
The Polish were often raised on Farms as a Meat Bird.

The Royals were more likely to be for Show on Estates Ponds and Lakes.

As the American Settlers found they liked the Taste of the Wild American Turkey, the Polish Swans gradually stopped being raised as Food and became mostly Pets – Poultry LiveStock.

Today, most Swan Breeders prefer to Raise a Pure Royal Line..
They Command more when Sold.

Royals are preferred for their Stricking Black Feet and Rich Orange-Red Beaks.

Both Royal and Polish Adult Swans have White Plumage.

I like the Polish Swans, I find them to be less Aggressive.
My Sample is too small to say this is a Fact… just my Experiences.
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You may find mention of the Polish Variant Swans given the Species Name – Cygnus immutabilis.

The “Polish Mutes” are not a Different Species, just a Color Variation,
which is the Result of a Sex-Linked Recessive Inheritance.
A Pigment (Melanin) Deficient Gene in the Sex Chromosomes is what causes the Whiteness.

The Fuzzy Down of the Tiny Polish Cygnets is Creamy White rather than Grey. Their Beaks, Legs and Feet are Pale.

Depending on the Parents Genetics.. you may have BOTH Polish and Royal Cygnets in the same Brood.

I do not Understand how this Genetic Trait Demonstrates.. it is Confusing.
Mammals have Genetic Dominant and Recessive Traits.. Predictable Outcomes.

But, Birds Genetics are like Reptiles.. I have not find a Good Explanation..

The First Five Years, I was Learning about Swans, an onLine Article (Since Removed) stated that all White Cygnets would be Female..

I like to Collect Data. We send DNA for Sex Determination for all the Swans we work with…
Surprise ! There are Polish Male Swans.

Fewer Males then Females, but Sending DNA for Sex Determination
on ALL Swans and Cygnets has put that Old Claim to Rest..
There are Newer Articles that have Corrected the Information..


Years Ago, I read an Anecdotal Article that some Royal “Sires” will not tolerate their White Cygnets..

Polish Mute Swan

Hormonal Male Swans are Very Territorial, and they react AGGRESSIVELY toward White.
(Do not wear White near a Swan Pond in Early Spring.)

This may have been a Unique Story: A Farmer noticed his Male Cob
was killing the White Cygnets and Raising the Grey Ones..
One Spring when the Cygnets hatched, he Quickly Scooped-up the
White Ones.. and Stained them with a Safe Cloth Dye.. The Darker
Color Dye Faded as the Cygnets grew.. The Account said, the Cob
was Caring for all his Cygnets as the Dye was Fading and some became Pale… (-;

Personally, I have Notes of the “Dams” going after their Polish Cygnets..
Whatever the Reason, Avian Infanticide does Occur with Swans.
There are Probably many Reasons.. ???
Do the Parent Swans see these Pale Cygnets as Defective.. ??
There may not enough Reasons for this to be Studied.

The Creamy White Cygnets are EASILY Seen by all their Natural
Predators.. Hawk, Owl, Snapping Turtles, Cats, etc.

The Polish Cygnets tend to be the First to Disappear from a Mixed Brood..

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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.)
SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs

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.

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

SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs

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

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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. )

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

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

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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.

SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs

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..

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs

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.

SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs

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

SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs

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

SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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It should have an Uneven Mottled Pattern.

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

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

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

SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs

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

SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs

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

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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.

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How to SWAP-OUT Swan Replacement Eggs.

IF your Goal is to Prevent ALL EGGs Hatching.

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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..

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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.

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

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During the 8 to 17 Days the Female is Laying her Eggs, she is EATING.
NOT “SITTING !! “

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

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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

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Remove ALL but Two Real Eggs that are OK.

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Place only THREE Wooden Replacement Eggs in the Nest.

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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.

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If any of the Removed REAL Eggs are Cracked or SMELL Nasty
– DISCARD THEM.
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.

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SIDE 2 of INSTRUCTIONs.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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 !

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

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REPLACEMENT EGGs Painted over the Winter..
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An Example of a Replacement Egg Swap-Out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 !!

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

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

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These Image Tell the Story.

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

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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.

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

The Swan – by Susa Morgan Black.

A FLOATING NEST BOX – PLATFORM for SWANS

March 20th, 2019 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SWAN FLOATING NEST Box-Platform - (Comments Off on A FLOATING NEST BOX – PLATFORM for SWANS)
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These will GREATLY improve Survival for Nesting Females.

Toward the End of this Topic Page I am Adding Images Shared
by Swan Folks Far and Wide of their Swan Nesting Platforms.

To Enlarge Images – Right Click – Open in a New Tab.

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

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

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Unfortunately this means Vulnerable Swans will become Prey.

Watching Swans through their Nesting Season is Interesting.

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Each Species of Swans have Different Timing and Nesting Behaviors.

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

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

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

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The Pen will be EATING as she Prepares for Nesting.

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

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

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A VERY Vulnerable Time for Female Swans.

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Concern for our Nesting Swans has Increased.
Several Time Large Predators have Dug Under the Pasture Fencing
..and Attack the Field Sheep and Goats.. Life is Scary for our Swans.
Most of the Year they Spend their Night Hours Floating Quietly out on their Pond. It is Nesting Season that puts our Swans at Greatest Risk.

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I decided to Presume this Project Several Months Ago.

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

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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.

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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.
There has been another Attack in March 2020.
These Large Canine are Hungry.. WE are Worried.

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

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Mute Swan Cob Trying to Protect his Family from a Coyote.
The location was Fall Brook in Freetown Massachusetts
Photographer (C) Dennis P Durette This Link may Not Work.
But, if you Search * Swan Coyote * the WebPage can be Viewed
http://lakevillewiildlife.com/coyote–swan.html

While Search for Examples, I Found this YouTube Video…

Coyote feeding on a Trumper Swan, Winter in Yellowstone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhgRTD44d0Y

The DNA of the Eastern Coyotes-Coywolf shows they are a Hybrid of the Smaller Western Coyotes, the Remaining Grey Wolves in Canada and Domestic Dogs (Hunting 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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Many of their Eggs have been Stolen over the Years.

The likely Culprits are Raccoons.

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I have made Replacement Eggs.. when Needed.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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I am SO Pleased ! !

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

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

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

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

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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.

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“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.

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I Hoped “Brooke” would want to Check the Swan on the Platform.
But, she Realized very Quickly that is was a Decoy. NO Interest.

“Meadow” did not Like seeing this Intrusive “WHITE” Swan on HIS Pond.

It kept him busy Stalking and Studying the Decoy.

OH “Brooke” Please Walk-Up and Check-Out the Platform.

Here we Tossed Yummy Lettuce Leaves OUT onto the Platform…
Hoping to Tempt with Favorite Salad Greens.. NO Luck..
The Swans will NOT Go up onto their Nest Platform..
” I WISH I Could Talk to them Five Minutes a Month.”

We did NOT Get the Platform into the Pond Early Enough for the Swans to “Maybe” Understand what it was for.. “Brooke” had been Gathering her Nest Material for about a Week before the Platform was Finished and in the Pond. She Started to Lay Eggs Three Days after the Nesting Box was in the Pond.
We will have to Hold our Breath and Worry through their Spring Nesting.. I know the Last Date we will Allow “Brooke” to stay on her Eggs..
They Rarely Hatch.. After 42 Days we will Remove all Unhatched Eggs.

We Tried Everything we Could Think of… Our Pen had Already Picked her Nesting Site for Spring 2019. She Laid her Clutch of Eggs.. and Started to “Sit” to Incubate. She wanted to Nest Against a Fence, just Feet from her Pond.

Our Cob, “Meadow” did his Job Patrolling and Protecting… We were all Lucky.


While our Pen was “Sitting” on her Big Messy Nest, the Little Duck on the Pond started to use the Swans’ Platform for their Nests.. They were Safer.

We Checked the Swans’ Nest Weekly. Checking if Eggs were Missing.
There were Two Eggs Stolen from the Nest.
And Checking for any Signs “Brooke” had Injuries.

I Like to Bring more Nesting Materials when we Visit and Check her Nest.
I put these Fluffy Dried Grasses Near her Nest and “Brooke” will Incorporate it after we Leave.

Our Beautiful Pen looks Good.. Fingers Crossed the Nesting Season Ends and she is Safe.

Nine more Days to Check and Worry…..

On Incubation Day 43 we Encourage our Pen into the Pond.. and Removed all the Eggs. None were Fertile.. Most Close to Exploding.
Now “Brooke” can go and EAT !!

I am Adding Notes about the Following Days.. “Brooke” has not been Interested in the Nesting Platform.. I am Glad we Tried..

Summer Passed Peacefully. Platform is Floating in Place.

The Little Pond Ducks LOVE the Platform.. They Feel Safe there.

We are Glad the Little Ducks are Safe.. They are Very Cute..
Time to Think about Next Spring.

2019 Comes to a Close for this Part of our Story….

This First Year was “Try This and Try That.”

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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.

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It was Very Sad to see the Swans Lose their Precious Eggs to Heavy Rain Flooding.

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Below:
I am Adding Images of Swan Nesting Platforms shared by other Swan Folks.


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.

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

Various Floataions would Work..

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And they Lost MANY more Eggs while Nesting on Land.


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THANK YOU SWAN FRIENDS for Sharing YOUR Swan Nesting Platform Images..
First are of the Swan Platform Images from Oranmore, Ireland.
These Wild Swans were Flooded out Year after Year, until a Nice Man make this Platform for them.

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In the Netherlands, the City of Amsterdam Built Platforms along their Canals for their Wild Swans to Nest on.. No Images of any Swans on these Platforms.. But, One Pair of Swans Nesting by a Busy Marina.

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Swan Nesting Platform
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During the Nesting Time, the Cob became Aggressive to a Boater.
Several Days Later he Disappeared..
The Pen-Dam Hatched most of her Eggs and Raised them for several Months alone.

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NOW to our Southern Swan Friends in Sunny Florida
Built with a Good Friend on a Warm Afternoon.

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TEN – 10 Minutes after the Ramp was Added the Cygnets were Exploring the Platform.. I am SO Jealous ! But, Happy for DL and her Swans.

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Then to a Lake in OHIO.. and a Platform for their Beloved Swans..

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This Cute..

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This Canada Goose took up Nesting almost Immediately.

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Not sure How ?? In May the Lake Swans were Using the New Nesting Platform.

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From Pierre – To Build Basic Specs:
The Top Platform is 5 feet by 5. The Skirt adds another two feet all around.

There are 6 PVC Pipes 7 feet long by 4 inch, Water Proof Sealed Caps at each end. This make it float perfectly.
Be Sure to ADD Stainless Straps to keep the Sealed PVC Pipes in Place.

The Surface is Stable in the Water and will hold Two Adult Swans Easily
with Nesting Material and Cygnets.

To keep in a Fixed Location in the Water.. Consider Large Rust Proof Stainless Eye Screws and Stainless Chain. (Rope is a Tangle Hazard).

Take Platform in – Store for the Winter to Prevent any Damage from Ice.

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Another Swan Nesting Platform from GEORGIA.. THANKs Folks.
They shared a Series of Images – Fun Project.

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The Swans will Supervise this Building Project.

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This Swan Nesting Platform is not Floating.. It is on Support Posts.
It will stay in Place regardless of the Water Level or Weather Conditions.

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Now the Challenge is to get the Swans UP On the Platform.
Will they be Tempted with Favorite Foods and Treats ???
Will they Explore and Understand that this is for their Eggs.

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OH GOOD, YEAH One Swan is ON the Ramp. Good Job !!!

Now for a Little Adjustment to the Ramp..

Yeah ! This Time it was Easier.. “Your Treats are UP Here !”
There is Time to become Comfortable with the Platform.
Nesting Season is about a Month Away… WE are READY !

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OH NO !! There are Squatters !
Canada Geese and Turtles Like this Spot !!

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The Swans have a Mind of their Own.. We Tried.. They Picked this Spot.
We Love our Swans, we Want them to be Safe..

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I will Add more Examples as they are Shared.

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This is a Topic Page in Progress.. MARCH 2020
(C) Linda M.Sweger I Will Add more..Fingers Crossed.


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This was my Fortune Cookie Days before the Platform was Finished.
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SNAPPING TURTLEs are NASTY BEASTS.

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

SNAPPING TURTLEs are NASTY BEASTS.
Try to REMOVE THEM.

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

Snapping Turlle Swan

Click to Enlarge Images

Common Snapping Turtles
Snapping Turlle Swan Common Snapping Turtles

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_snapping_turtle
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
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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.
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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..

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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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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 !!!

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***** 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

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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.

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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.

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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
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These are Notes from a Swan Friend.. who has done this many times.

HOOKING THOSE NASTY SNAPPING TURTLES
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.
OR
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.

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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.
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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.
Snapping Turtle Traps

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

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

http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-18105.html

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

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The Following Photos Tell their Own Stories.
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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 SwanReady to go to Live on a Pond
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Snapping Turtle SwanI Cringe Every Time I See his Foot.

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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.

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Swan Lovers

 

 

SWAN CYGNETs Grow SO FAST – FUN to Watch

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

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..

Mute Swan Cygnet

  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…

Mute Swan Nest Eggs

Mute Swan Nest Eggs

  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.

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One Day Old.
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Two Days Old.

Mute Swan CygnetThree Days Old.
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.

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 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.
Mute Swan Family

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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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Mute Swan Cygnet16 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.
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20 Days Old.
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Assorted Cygnets Rescue to be Hand Raised.
21 Days Old.
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Mute Swan Family

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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

Mute Swan Family

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32 Days Old.
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33 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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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.
Swan with Cygnet
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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.
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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.
SO CUTE..
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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
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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.
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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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98 Days Old.
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100 Days Old.
SPRINKLER PARTY TIME.
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102 Days Old.
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103 Days Old.
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Mute Swan Cygnet104 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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116 Days Old.
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117 Days Old.
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THE HEALTHY CYGNETS are READY
for their New Homes.
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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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128 Days Old.
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130 Days Old.
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133 Days Old.Mute Swan Cygnets

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135 Days Old.
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137 Days Old.
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144 Days Old.Royal Mute Swan Cygnet
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146 Days Old.
Mute Swan CygnetsMute Swan CygnetsAdjusting to New Home.
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147 Days Old.
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Mute Swan CygnetsBEAUTIFUL WINGs
Mute Swan CygnetsBIG BLACK WEBBED FEET.
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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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Seven Months Old.
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Eight Months Old.
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Ten Months Old.
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Eleven 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.

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  This Photo Chronology of Mute Swan Cygnets Growing
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Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger         Date July 2018
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NEW OWNERS – Before You Buy

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

DO YOU WANT THE BEAUTY AND GRACE OF SWANs.

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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY.

If You are Interested in Owning SWANS…
And are Just starting to Explore the Subject..

Gathering Information before Purchasing Swans will Improve Your Success as a First Time Swan Owner – Care Taker.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..
Mute Swan Pair
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

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CAPTIVE SWANS ARE EXOTIC DOMESTIC PETS
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.
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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.
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TRUMPETER SWANs

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.
www.trumpeterswansociety.org
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BLACK AUSTRALIAN SWANs

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.

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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.

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HAVING and OWNING MUTE SWANs…

There is something Magical interacting with these Enchanting Birds.
Being somewhere between Wild and Tame. I never tire of spending time with them.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.
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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
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IT IS WISE TO DO YOUR SWAN RESEARCH:

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

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

Providing a Reasonable Safe Place to Live.
      AND
Annual Behaviors that might impact your Home and Family.

NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON A HORMONAL MALE SWAN.
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
https://swanlovers.net/category/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.

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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
https://swanlovers.net/category/where-to-find-mute-swan-information-for-your-state/

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U.S. Fish & WildLife State by State…. contact Phone #s
Call 1-800-344-WILD
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**THIS IS THE OnLine LINK TO EACH STATE
http://www.fws.gov/offices/statelinks.html

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**General Mailing Address in Wash, D.C.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240

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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.

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

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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 ADULT SWANs and/or CYGNETs.

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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.. ! !

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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.

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You can NOT Explain what their Future will be.
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PLAN AHEAD: There are many things to do to get ready.
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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..
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CONSIDER Your VEHICLE:

DO NOT PUT SWANs or CYGNETs LOOSE in your Vehicle.
OR in the Back of a Truck Bed Open to the Air – UnSecured.
This Distraction is NOT Safe for You or the Swans.
The Risk of Breaking their Wings, Legs and Necks.. TOO Risky.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..
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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…
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ONE WAY – DISPOSABLE TRANSPORT BOXES.
Swan are BIG MESSY Birds – Lots of POOP..

LARGE STURDY CARDBOARD BOXES – WORK WELL.
These are Safer for Transporting Swans/Cygnets
then Wire Dog Carriers.. ( Info Below..)

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

Find BIG STURDY CARDBOARD Boxes at:

CRAFT, BOOK and RESTAURANT SUPPLY STORES.
APPLIANCE and AUTO SUPPLY STORES.
UPS and FEDEX SHIPPING STORES have LARGE STURDY BOXES.
Home Depot and Lowes have LARGE Cardboard Boxes..
LARGE BOX HOME DEPOT

LARGE BOX LOWEs
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.

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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.
A BIG Poop Mess. PLUS it was NOT SAFE DRIVING.
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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..
DISCARD.. NO NEED to WASH !!

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.

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*** 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 !!!!!

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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.

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LARGE Wire Transport Carriers
Commonly used for Dogs.

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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.

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

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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..

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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.

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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..

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