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WORKING with SWANs – An Interesting Challenge.

October 5th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in BASIC CARE-WORKING with SWANs - (Comments Off on WORKING with SWANs – An Interesting Challenge.)
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WELCOME to the Wonderful World of Swans ! (-;

I have been Debating with Myself..
Do I have the Above Statement at the Beginning of this Topic Page..
……Or at the End.. (-; >> So.. I Decided Both..

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

When I think about Working with Swans.. I Smile..
That is-was my Happy Place.

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Interacting with these BIG, Enchanting Waterfowl, that are Close to being Free…
Having Beautiful Swans Living on a Pond or Lake,
Seeing them Willingly Come Over to Visit.
… And Nod “Hello.”
Working with Swans has been a Magical Adventure.

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We have Enjoyed the “Moments in Time” when we are with the Swans.

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Over the Years we have had to make some Very Hard Choices for various Swans.
Trying to Balance the Sorrows with the Moments of Joy and Wonder.

Not All of our Rescue Efforts were Successful..

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The Young Juvenile Above had a Deformity that Prevented him a Healthy Future.

GOAL*****************************************************************

My Goal with this Topic Page is to Summarize General Care,
to Minimize SOME of the Potential Harm or Injury and
Share Information so your Swans have a Better Chance for a Healthy, Long Life.

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There is So Much to Learn about Caring for Swans..
There is NO Way I will be Able to Share Everything We have Learned.
Every Swan Adventure has had Different Problems to Resolve.

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Having and Raising Swans Entails that you Keep them Fed, Reasonably Safe
and Provide them with Conditions Similar to their Natural Habitat.

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Swans are Prey Animals..
Keeping them Safe from Predators is a Challenge.

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When I do a Quick Inventory of the Different Swan Pairings..
Rehabs.. Losses.. Places.. Ponds.. Years..
I can not think of any One Place that has been Worry Free.

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Years Ago I had to Realize I Need to Enjoy Each Visit, there may not be Another.
Things would Happen that NO One could Predict.. (Sigh)

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Swans are a Challenge.. Not just the Peaceful Image from Romantic Photos..

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It is Good to do your Research and Learn about Caring for Swans.
Captive Swans are “Pets” NOT Wild Waterfowl.

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SWANs DO NOT Read the Various Books,
Websites or Articles Written about them.

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There are NO 100% Rules of Behavior.
There are Percentages… and Many Surprises..

Just when I Think I will be able to Predict what the Cygnets or Swans will do…
They do Something UNEXPECTED.

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My Husband has Coined this Phrase,
“Swans are Predictably Unpredictable.”

In England you can not be a Licensed Swan Keeper until
you Apprentice with an Experienced Swan Keeper for 25 Years.

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One of my Common Mantra is..
” I Wish I Could Talk to the Swans 5 Minutes a Month.”

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I Want to Ask… “Why did you DO THAT ??” or “What do You Need ” ??
“Do You Understand, Why I did this ??”

“Please Come Here, I WANT to Help You” ! !

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“If you can be Patient with me for a Few more Weeks, your Life will Improve.”

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But, that is not the Case..
I hope to Share with Anyone who Visit this Site about Swans,
Some of what we have Learned..

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PONDs or LAKEs***************************************************

Most States have POND MANAGEMENT WebSites.
These are Often Associated with Major Universities..
In Pennsylvania.. Penn State has a POND MANAGEMENT WebSite.
https://extension.psu.edu/water/pond-management

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A Pond or Lake is Never the Same Once Swans have Lived there..

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Swans are Comfortable Living Out on a Body of Water..
You will do most of their Care from Land – the Water’s Edge.

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Swans Need an Adequate Water Environment.
This depends on the SIZE and TYPE of the Pond or Lake.

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Is this Water Available Year Round..?? Is there Flow Through ??
Does it Dry Up in the Summer ?? Or Freeze in Winter ??

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You DO NOT want to Place Swans on a Water Area where they will Swim AWAY ! !
A Creek, Stream, River is not a Confined-Contained Water Environment.

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Nor is a Lake that Empties..to another Body of Water..
Captive Swans NEED to Stay on Private Property – WHERE You Put Them !!

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For Swans a Swift Moving Stream through a Private Property is a Fun Water Ride to Somewhere !

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IF you Pinion any Cygnets that your Swans Hatch…
YOU will Reduce the Problem of them Flying Away and
becoming Feral or a Rogue Problem for another Pond with Swans.

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The Life of a Rogue – Feral Mute Swan Frequently comes to a Fatal End.

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Take a Good Look at your Water Environment..
Removed or Reduced any Hazards as much as Possible..

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Anything that can be a Tangle Hazard..
Ropes, Wires, Bucket Handles.. Large Gauge Fencing..

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Another Hazard are Small Pieces of Metal, Coins,
Bottle Tabs-Caps, Screws, Nails, Broken Glass.

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Shot Gun Pellets in Ponds can be a Worry for Heavy Metal Poisoning.
If it is Shiny Swans will Swallow it.
Swans are like Little Kids.. and we Need to “Baby Proof”

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Common Swan Injuries
https://swanlovers.net/category/common-swan-injuries/

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Fishing.. If Anyone Fishes on Your Pond or Lake,
Ask People to be EXTREMELY Careful with Fishing Line and Hooks..
It is Safest for All the Waterfowl if there is NO Fishing Allowed..

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The Young Swans above had Wonderful, Dedicated People do EVERYThing they Could
to Give her a Chance to Survive the Loss of her Leg..
The ODDs of her Adapting were Low..

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In the End All the Effort was a Tough Learning Experience.
We were All HeartBroken. She was Loved to her Last Breath.

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There are many Sad Stories I could share.. “PiP” is One.
He was Lucky to Survive his Tangle with Fishing Line.

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His Damaged Foot will not Act like a Snow Shoe in Mud.
His Toes-Foot will Get Scratched Easily.
He has Lost the Heat Exchange in his Left Foot.
And Paddling through Water.. is Uneven..

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FISHING is RISKY Business
https://swanlovers.net/category/fishing-is-risky-business/

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What Plants are GROWING in your Pond or Lake ??? Anything Good to Eat ???

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Pond Algae

Swans can HELP to Clean Up (EAT) these EXCESS Plants.

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Pond Algae

When a Lawn is Treated to Reduce Unwanted Plants-Weeds,
these Chemical may Drain into the Water and will Alter the Underwater Plants.
CHECK your Pond for WHAT is Available for the Swans to EAT.

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The Golf Course Irrigation Pond Above has NO Under Water Plant Growth.. NONE.

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Drag a Rake or Cultivator TWO Feet Down Along the Water’s Edge.
See what Plants are Growing.. or What Plants are NOT There.

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Some Ponds and Lakes are Treated with “Shade Dyes” to Reduce Plant Growth.
The Community Lake Above has NO Under Water Plant Growth.. NONE.

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A Pond Treated with Chemical to Prevent Plant Growth is Risky.
DO NOT USE Herbicide Produces with Copper !
Copper is Toxic !
These Products are NOT Tested for Safety for Domestic Waterfowl !

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Lawn Fertilizers that helps Lawn Grass become Lush and Thick..
along with other Organic Materials and Run-off.. can cause various
Unwanted Plant Grown on/in a Pond…

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Some Plants are Great for Swans to Eat.. Some are not..
Some Algae and DuckWeed are GOOD..

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Too much.. is just Messy and will Result in Smelly Decaying Material
Releasing Tannic Acid in the Fall and Winter.
This is Why the Water Looks like Brewed Tea.

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Waterfowl… Can Foul the Pond Water with their Organic Waste..
Swans are BIG Birds and have LOTs of Poop..
Add a Brood of Cygnets.. LOTS of POOP… !

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In Warm Months, DuckWeed and some Algaes are Organic,
Nutritional Floating Plants.
(Result of Excess Organic Fertilizers and Decaying Plant Material..)

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The Exception is HAB – Harmful Algae Blooms
There have been various Areas around the Country that have been
in the News due to Certain Types of Algae Blooms that are Toxic or Excessive..

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Penn State Extension did a Pond Sample Study in Summer..2016.
to see how Wide Spread this Toxic Algae is in PA.. And where.

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Your Department of Agriculture can Advise, on Ways
to Reduce this if it is Growing in your Pond.
You would look for a Tiny Shiny Growth that LOOKs like Pea Soup.

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All Plant Debris that Falls into your Pond or Lake is a Source of Organic Breakdown.

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Aeration is a Good Way to help Organic Materials Break-Down.
This Improves the Oxygen Levels in most Ponds..
There are MANY New Types of Systems Developed over the Past Few Years.

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This Short YouTube Video is a Basic Summary..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yQ8LHSiYIU

This is the SAME POND Seven Months after Aeration was Installed.. !

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Any Aeration System Selected needs to be Safe for Swans and their LONG Neck.
Swans are Nosey – may be Cut by Spinning Propellers
that do not have a Guard Grill Cover..

“PiP” Loved to Play with the Water Current from this Aerator..

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He started to put his Head DOWN the Middle
where the Propeller Fan is Located.. Risking a Cut..

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There are SO Many Types of Aeration Systems now..
if you consider Installing a Propeller Type of System..
Ask the Sales People about a Grill over the Fan Propeller..
Let them know you have Swans with LONG Necks..

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RIGHTS*************************************************************

Captive Swans Have RIGHTS.

To Proper and Adequate Food
To Fresh Clean Water
To An Environment Reasonable Free of Danger
To Appropriate Shelter
To Veterinarian Care

Our Swans below were at the Vets for a Check-up and Parasite Medication.

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Responsible Ownership of Captive Mute Swans
https://swanlovers.net/category/responsible-ownership-of-captive-mute-swans/

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To Safely Pinion an Adult Swans is Time Consuming, Multiple Vet Visits,
Weeks of Antibiotics and Wound Care, Weeks of Dry Confinement.
It SOOooo Much Easier to Pinion Young Cygnets Less then Three Weeks Old.

ADOPTING A NEW SWAN********************************************

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Once your have a New Swan/Swans Home..
I would STRONGLY Suggest you put them into a Barn Stall,
or Cozy Shed.. for a few Days.

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This Allows Unrelated Pairs to Get to Know Each Other before Going Out in the Water.
Visit them often.. Sit and Talk with them for a Few Minutes.
Let them get to know you..

Many Swans are Good Listeners.. (-;
You can tell them about your Day… ( NO Yelling. )

You can Read your Junk Mail to them.. Tell them Stories..
Swans Enjoy Music. They like to hear your Voice.

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If you Smile while your are Swearing..
Swans will not feel Threatened..

#@%&* $#%@^ *(&%^$ (-;

After several Days.. they will become Familiar with the
Sounds and Smells, and the People who they will now Live with..

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They will become Familiar with your Feed before going out
onto a Large Area of Water.

Start by Having a Shallow Bucket.. NO Handle or Secure it..
Put Water and Whole Corn in the same Bucket.

If you are Feeding Poultry Pellets..
Put in Bowl next to the Water-Corn.
Most Swans LOVE Lettuce.. Add Some to the Water.

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When it is Time to Release the Swans to the Water.
If you are able to Walk the Swans to the Pond.. Great.. this is Less Stressful.
Have several People to Help Guide them..
and be Available to Keep them on the Water.

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The First Things you will see the Swans do..
They will Explore, Taste the Pond, Take a Splashy Bath..
Once they Start to Preen.. that is a Good Sign..
Preening is a Social Behavior.. = Acceptance.

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Place their Food Station in a Location EASY to Find..
You can move it once they know Food is Available..

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Swans are Grazers..
Having Food Available Morning to Sunset lets them Eat at Leisure.

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

Always Supply Water with DRY Feed Mixtures.

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IF you want to Discourage Predators.. take the Feed in at Night.
You will have Fewer Problems with Rodents..which carry Diseases in their Waste and Saliva.

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Small Night Rodents may Attract the Larger Predators..
Think of the Food Chain from Mice to a Coyote-Coywolf. AN Increasing Problem.

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WATCH your New Swans/Cygnets Closely for Several days until they Establish a New Routine.

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When Swans are Easily Visible or Accessible along a Traveled Road, they are Vulnerable.

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The Swans in the Above Images.. More then One did not Survive the Traffic.

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Swans Draw Attention.. Socialized Swans are Vulnerable.
Some People want to see these Beautiful Birds.. Photograph them..
Some will do Mischief..

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If People NOTICE Swans are Nesting.. Sigh !!
Goofy People may/will do Goofy Things.

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QUICK RETREAT OPENINGs to the Water.
The Safest Place for a Swan is on their Pond or Lake.
They Enjoy Sitting out in the Sun and Grazing on Tender Grass is GOOD for them.

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It is a VERY Good Idea to have Several Openings in the Plants that Encircle a Pond,
so the Swans can Quickly Scoot Back if they feel Threatened..
Whether by an Animal or a Strange Person..

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If the Opening is about 2 Feet Wide and Fans OUT > > that Works..
The Swans can Look Out from the Pond for any Danger..
The Fanned Out Shape lets them See more before Leaving the Water.

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You will OFTEN See your Swans Checking for Danger.. Looking Left – Then Right !

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> > > Check the Swans are on the Pond at SunSet and SunRise.
Swans are Safest over Deep Water at least 4 Feet Deep..
They will Float Quietly ALL Night. VERY Light Sleepers..

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YEAH ! They were OK through another Long, Dark Night.

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GENERAL YUCKs****************************************************

One Thing You will Learn VERY Quickly..
Wear Clothing, Shoes, Boots that are Washable..
Swans are Beautiful, White, Graceful.. and Messy.
THEY POOP.. and POOP a Lot..

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Swans Live in WET Places.. where there is MUD !
AND, BUGs, Ticks, Mosquitoes.. Have Insect Repellent Handy.

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You will observe the Swans Picking a Spot, maybe Two
where they will Preen almost every Day.
Feather Care is One of their Important Daily Activities.

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These Spots will BECOME MESSY.. Lots of POOP.

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All Swans should Moult once a Year.. FEATHERS – LOTs of Feathers !!!
When we had Swans we cared for Daily..
I tried to Rake this Yuck UP Once or Twice a Week..
It IS Unattractive and will Attract Flies – YUCK !

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We Generally do not Pet our Swans.
Hand Feeding is Common during Visits.

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Swans may Follow a Kind Person Working in the Area.
They are all different, have different Levels of Trust with People.

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A Few Swans do like to be Held, Stroked. If you are Petting your Swan..
BE SURE to Wash your Hands VERY WELL..
Swans Look so CLEAN and WHITE.. BUT, they Stand, Walk, Swim in Poop..
Swans are “Dirty Birds.”

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We Never Determined what “Harry” got into that he was So Dirty… ! !

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SWANs have A WILD SIDE******************************************

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Having Captive Swans, we are always dealing with their Wild Side.
We try to keep them in a Safe Environment, provide for all their Needs.
But, some Swans have a strong Desire to make their own Decisions.

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“Harmony” lived most of her Life Feral-Wild.
For a Short Time we tried to Adapt her to Life on Private Property.
She Chose to Leave this Safety.. which Ended in her being Shot November 2009.

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Swans do not Respond to us the Way a Dog or Cat will..
Swans are not Snuggly Pets.

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Swans are a Little Captive-Domestic and a Little Wild..

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Pinioned – Captive Swans are Pets. Swans do have some HardWired Wild Instincts.
There are some in most Domesticated Animals..
But, Waterfowl are not as easy to Control .. We Try.

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Swans are a Challenge for Everyone, trying to Harness their Wild Instincts.
It has been Interesting, Relaxing, Exciting, FRUSTRATING
and we are Always Trouble Shooting.

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As you Chat with and Get Information and Ideas from other Swans Folks..
Really Think about the Information. Digest it.. Store it.. Refer to it..
Look at the BIG Picture. We ALL have Different Experiences..

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All Swans have Very Different Personalities,
That Change when Living Alone or with a Companion..
and with their Annual Reproductive Behaviors.

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Swans are Individuals in their Behavior – Adaptability.
You will often Notice them being Curious while you are Busy.
They are Watching, Thinking and Learning.

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Swans are Smart.. They have Very Good Memories..
Cygnets Start to Learn before they are Out of their Eggs.

We have Observed them Learning.. Work Out Problems..
Understand Things we were doing after Given them some Time to Think about it..

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Much like a Three Year Old..
Swans Teach each Other. And We Learn from them..

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Swans that Interact with People, Learn and are Smarter..
then Swans that have Little Human Interaction..

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Swans as a Whole.. are Intelligent along a Bell Curve..
Some Swans are Very Smart.. Lots of Personality..
Some Swans.. Well, they Survive and are Lovable.

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Some Swans seem to Respond to their Names.
Others .. No.. just the Sound of a their CareGiver’s Voice.
They understand the Tone in Voices..

Swans are Very Visual.. They have a WIDE Field of View.

Swans Incorporate their Past Experiences as they Go about their Days.

Swans are Creatures of Habit.. They Develop a Routine..

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> > > Swans DO NOT Understand Future..
You can not Explain what might Happen in a Few Days.

We are Learning all the Time that Swans have a Mind of their Own.
Domesticating these Beautiful Waterfowl to Enjoy and
keeping them Healthy and as Safe as Possible is a Challenge.

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EMOTIONs*******************************************************

I have NO Doubt that Many Swans have the SAME Range of Emotions that we have.

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You will Witness Love, Joy, Happiness, Fear, Worry,
Curiosity, Dis-Like – Some Times INTENSE Dis-Like..
Sadness, Mourning.. Lonely, Depression, etc…

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Swans can be Silly, Tease, Play Tricks..
They Enjoy Music and Kind People.. Swans are Amazing.

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While “Swan Sitting” at a Country Wedding..
I Witnesses the Swans above Enjoying the Music Floating in the Air.

HANDLING SWANs***********************************************

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Having One or TWO Large Fishing Nets are VERY Helpful.
Wal-Mart Sporting Goods.. have a GREAT Value.. See Images.
Most Sporting Goods Stores have Sale on Nets.. An Assortment of Sizes are Helpful.

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I Can NOT Imagine People with Swans NOT having Large Nets.

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If you ever Need to Catch/Handle a Mute Swan….
Once you have “Gentle” Control of their Neck, you have Control of the Swan.
It is Surprising how Quickly Most Mute Swans Calm Down..

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NOT Trumpeter Swans.. they keep Struggling..

Talk to the Swan Calmly-Softly….
You can place your Feet on Both Sides of their Wings for Extra Control..
BE CARE NOT to STEP ON the Swan’s FEET !

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DO NOT RESTRICT “HUG” their Ribs…
Swans DO NOT have a Diaphragm and Can NOT Breathe
if they CAN NOT Expand their Ribs.
They must be able to Breathe or they WILL Struggle.

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If you Carry a Swan…. Hold just below the Neck
and in Front of their Hips, TRY to Control their Feet.

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Yes, Swans will be Weary if you have Caught them.. Many will AVOID you for a While.
It may take a while, but you will ReGain Trust..
They understand Patience and Kindness. And a Non-Threatening Routine.

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STRESS**************************************************************

Splashing and Chase Running over the Water is usually Playful Behavior.
Swans need to Exercise their Wing Muscles.

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Swans which are unable to Fly have a greatly Reduced Cardiac Stress Capacity…..
They may Suffer when STRESSED more quickly…

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NEVER STRESS a Pinioned Swan for more then a Few Minutes.
Give them Time to Calm and Relax.
Swans Can DIE from TOO much Adrenalin Pumped through their Systems
during a HIGH STRESS Activity.
Example – When trying to Catch them.. TAKE CARE…

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FEEDING Your SWANs***********************************************

Swans Nutritional Needs are Different from Ducks and Geese.
Swans are Grazers – Ducks and Geese are Gobblers.

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Swans need a Safe Appropriate Diet.. A Lower Protein Percentage.
Discourage Bread, Crackers, PopCorn, Cookies..
Encourage LETTUCE – Salad Greens Vegetables, Apples, etc.

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Feeding Adult Swans – Captive Swans Need to be Fed
https://swanlovers.net/category/feed-captive-swans/

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Swans Are Vegetarians
https://swanlovers.net/category/swans-are-vegetarians/

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It is Best to only allow Friends or Visitors to Feed Swans Food Items you say are OK..
Plain Cereals are Nice Treats …like Kix, Whole Grain Cheerio, Plain Corn & Bran Flakes.

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Swans LOVE Lettuce. They will Eat all Types of Lettuce..
Tossing a Head of Iceberg out on the Pond is a Fun Activity for Swans.
We call this “Let-Us-Play.”

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Lettuce Play – “Let-Us-Play”
https://swanlovers.net/category/lettuce-play/

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In Early Spring as Pond Water Warms, typical in Mid-March..
there are Tender Plants Starting to Grow in the Lower Water Levels.
The Swans Know. You will see them Up-Ending again.

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IF there are Large Numbers of Fish, Carp, KOI.. in a Pond
there may be Very Little for Waterfowl to Eat..
The Fish may EAT EVERYTHING that Grows..

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Swans NEED Food Support in the Winter depending where you Live.
There is almost Nothing in Northern States for Swans
to Eat Naturally during the Winter. Most Pond and Lawn Plants go Dormant..

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Insects and “Bugs” are Hibernating in some Form during the Cold Months,
Waterfowl need more Calories each Day. Adult Swans need 700 more Calories each Day.

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You do not want them to be Outside in the Cold-Hungry..
They need the Quick Energy of EXTRA Daily Calories to help them Stay Warm and Healthy.

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I Generally tell People in Pennsylvania – Swans need TOTAL Feed Support
from Halloween to St. Patrick’s Day.

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HAZARDs**********************************************************

LAWN Mowers..
I do not know WHY Mature Cobs DISLIKE LAWN Mowers so Much.
This is a VERY Common Problem.

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I Wonder if the Engine Creates a Painful Noise..
I have not Heard of ANY Female Swans Going after a Mower.. ???
Some Cobs will try to Attack any Machinery like Weed Whackers, Tractors, Generators, etc.

And Sadly, there have been Tragic Outcomes for Several Cobs Every Year..
Swans tend to get their Feet under the Mower Housing..

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Most Pond Owners have Large Lawns to Mow..
so Riding Mowers are Common..more ZERO Turn Mowers.
AND Cobs can MOVE so Quickly.. This is TOO Often a Tragic Combination.

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One Suggestion is to PUT the Cob into a Protected Area,
a Fenced Area, a Building, a Transport Carrier.. when it is time to Mow.

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Or, it is a Pain, but One Person keeps the Cob Busy
while the Mowing is being done near the Pond..

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Any Plant with Thorns can cause Foot Injuries.. Resulting in Painful Bumble Foot Sores..

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These Infected Sores are Very Difficult to Treat.

If you have Roses or Plants or Weeds with Thorns..
Example: THISTLES Thorns may Puncture Feet and start a Painful Bumble Foot Sores.

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The Thorny Thistle Plants (Weed) are a REAL Pain..
Remove Thistles in Areas the Swans Walk Frequent.
Be Careful when Cutting your Lawn..

Do NOT Cut Thistles and Scatter the Thorns, …Especially into the Water..
You DO NOT Want your Waterfowl to Swallow Sharp Thorns.

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If Possible consider Removing any Plant that has Thorns..
OR at least keep any Broken Stems or Cuttings Picked up.

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I am attaching One Image of a Swan’s Foot that Stepped on a Thorn..
Very Hard to Treat.. It was close to a Year before this Swan could Walk
more then One or Two Steps without Sitting Down.. His Foot HURT !!

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This Mature Cob.. Starved to Death..
His Sore Feet Prevented him Walking to the Feeder..

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THE DRAIN PIPEs that Allow OverFlow Water to Leave your Pond..
If the Pipe Diameter is Large Enough for a Swan or Cygnet to put their Head in…..
When there is Heavy Rain.. that Drains.. These Drain Pipes become a Suction Trap..

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The Drain Pipe below is about 8 Inches in Diameter..

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The Swans get STUCK – Suction IN and can not get Back Out !
I have Learned of this Happening THREE Times.
SOME Type of Barrier Needs to be Placed over these Pipes for Prevent Tragedy..

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NESTING************************************************************

It is Good to have some Brush and Twiggy Trees so the Swans will have
Natural Material for Nesting. Ornament Grasses are Good for Nesting.

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In Late Winter – Early Spring.. Courting – Mating begins.
Mature Cobs have HORMONAL Driven Personalities
That is a Seasonal Swings.. GIVE THEM SPACE !

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During Mating, Nesting and Raising their Young, it is BEST to give the Swans Space
and learn to Work Around and with them.. Be Understanding..

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NEVER TURN YOUR BACK on a Hormonal Male Swan.

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As Ground Nesting Birds, Nature Evolved the Cob to be Fierce During Nesting
to Protect his Female, their Eggs and later their Young.

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Some Cobs are Easier to Work with…. Some are “Bad-As–es” All Year Round.

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ALL COBs are Different.. Protective Cobs are doing their JOB..
Their Tolerance to you and your Family is UNpredictable..

If you Keep your Distance this SHOULD NEVER Happen… It is NOT FUNNY !

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Socializing them, Gaining their Trust, Respecting their Space.. (-; Learn to Work With them..
Respect the “THE LINE.” (Explained on other Pages)

Do not take your Dogs to the Ponds until you know how the Cobs will behave.
Or if your Dog just Barks at the Swans.

Keep Small Children at a Distance.. WARN Visitors..

The Peaceful and Calm Cob in the Summer can be
A REALLY SCARY BIRD during Mating and Nesting Time.

Working with Swans

During the Winter Months most Male Swans are Hormonal.
From December to May, the Cobs will be VERY Protective of their Water Environments.

Working with Swans

DO Not Wear White during these Months.. Earthtones are less Agitating..
Male Swan see ANYTHING White as a Territorial Threat.. and will REACT ! !

Working with Swans

Most Mute Swans are OK with Ducks.. Wild and Domestics
Many Swans will Chase Wild Geese.. Not sure about Resident Domestic Geese..

Working with Swans

Chasing Wild Geese is good for a Captive Swan’s Cardiac Health.
Since Pinioned or Clipped Captive Swans can not Fly..
Swans Benefit from this Exercise..

Working with Swans

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Working with Swans

How Threatening can a Mature Swan Cob Be ?????

Working with Swans

Hissing is a Threat… It is Just Noise.. “You are TOO Close” !!

Working with Swans

Swans will “Threaten” by “Busking” across the Water…

Working with Swans

Swimming VERY FAST, even Flying Short Distances….
toward Anyone or Anything they want to CHASE AWAY ! !

Working with Swans

A Swans MAIN Defense – Attack is to Flog with their BIG STRONG WINGs ! !

Working with Swans

Swans need Both Wings to “FLOG.” This is a RAPID, Hard Whipping Action,
which HITs around a Person’s Knees most of the Time..
IT DOES HURT!!! I have had my Share of Bruises.

Working with Swans

Swans may Charge and Head Butt….and it may looks like they are Trying to BITE….
Swans DO NOT have TEETH !
They have Very Little “Bite Pressure.” Basically a Pinch !

Working with Swans

Checking for Anemia is Simple.. Gently OPEN the Swan’s Beak.. Look at Tongue Color.
Their Tongue SHOULD be a Baby Pink.

Working with Swans

If you need to go near the Swans and you are unsure of how they may Behave…
Carry a Broom or a Pole with a Soft Pillow-like End..
Stay Calm.. Prevent the Swan getting Close to you..

Working with Swans

DO NOT SWING OR HIT A SWAN.. It is NOT Necessary to HURT them !!!
They are generally so Surprised to be Stopped….
they will Back Away. THEN YOU back away..

Working with Swans

Swans will become more Protective/Threatening as their Nest Matures…
It will be Best to Keep a Good Distance from the Nest. This Trust TAKE Time..

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Working with Swans

As I hear from Swan Folks ALL over the Country.. I Hear Different Winter Plans.
Each Person needs to be Comfortable with what they Plan and Do for their Swans..
All Swans are Different, Only a Few Mute Swans will Willingly go into a Shelter..
Most Swans Instinctively Fear being Trapped..

Working with Swans

Winter Care for Swans
https://swanlovers.net/category/winter-care-for-swans/

DO NOT GIVE SWANS HOT WATER from a Water Heater TO DRINK..
This Heated Water many Contain Dissolved Heavy Metals.

Working with Swans

I am Putting this in… Just in Case you Every Need to Wash you Swans..
Only Wash the Area that is Dirty.. Not the Entire Swans with Soap !
You DO NOT Want to Remove the Swan’s WaterProofing !

Working with Swans

Have a Plan in Mind for a Bitter Cold Spells..
If your Pond or Lake DOES NOT Freeze – Yeah!

Working with Swans

If the Swans are Frozen out of their Pond or Lake..
they are Subject to the Air Temperature.. and PREDATORS..

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Swans will be Reasonably Safe in a Round-ish Area of Liquid Water 20 -25 Foot in Diameter,
over Water that is at least 4 Feet Deep..

Working with Swans

There are Inexpensive ways to keep Pond Water Open..
IF THERE is Electric available by the Pond.

Working with Swans

I have Several Topic Pages about Keeping a “Winter Wake.”
There are Topic Pages with Basic Information about the various
Types of Aerators and DeIcing Equipment..

Keeping a “Winter Wake” for Swans
https://swanlovers.net/category/winter-wake-for-swans/

Working with Swans

I am going to Stop Here.. I am Rambling.. It is Easy to just Keep Adding Info.

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There are Joys and Sorrows when You Love and Care for Swans.

There are No 100% Rules with Swans..
Except that they are 100% Beautiful, Enchanting, Magical.

Working with Swans

WELCOME to the Wonderful World of Swans ! (-;

General Working with Swans Summary – OCTOBER 2021
More Notes will be Added as I think of Things. – PA SwanLover Linda

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SAME SEX FEMALE MUTE SWAN PAIRings

August 22nd, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SWANs-SAME SEX Mute Female Pairs - (Comments Off on SAME SEX FEMALE MUTE SWAN PAIRings)

Learn BASIC Information about Female Mute Swan Pairings.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

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SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Mature Female Swans are Called Pens.

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HAVING TWO SWAN Pens as a Pair..

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Two Female Swans do NOT Need to be Related..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

They can be Different Ages.. from Different Parents.

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Most of the Year Pens will be Friends/Companions..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens are Graceful, Charming, more Even Tempered.
Pens are not as Showy as Cobs.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

There is Less Risk of Pens Attacking the Public in Public Places.
But in Return Pens are more Often Abused by a Few Callous People.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

With Two Pens, there is NO “HORMONE” Drama in the Spring.
And No Cygnets to Deal with. Cygnets are Cute, but Work..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

This is the BIG Concern – Two Pens are VERY Vulnerable during Nesting.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Without a Cob to Protect them Nest Mortality is Higher.
It will be Your Challenge to Protect them.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Two Females do Better when there is an Island for their Spring Nesting..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Remember Raccoons will Swim Out to an Island to Steal Swan Eggs.
The Pens below were Nesting on an Island – Lost MOST of their Eggs !

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Or it may be Necessary to Put up a Section of Fence to Protect them.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

If you put up some Protective Fencing around their Nest..
Be sure the Pens can Safely go into the Water Several Times a Day.
Pens Leave their Nest for Very Short Breaks to get a Drink and Relieve themselves.
Swans DO NOT Release Body Waste into their Nest.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Or Consider a Floating Nest Platform.. An Artificial Island.
The Floating Platform Below is Anchored Out from the Bank.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

SWAN FLOATING NEST Box-Platform
https://swanlovers.net/category/swan-floating-nest-box-platform/

Swan Pens Need to Nest in the Spring..
With or Without a Cob – Mature Pens will Lay Eggs.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens will Nest Together or Separately. NO Rules..
Every Spring will be Different.. The Pens Decide.. (-;

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Nest Building takes One to Two Weeks..
Pens General Pull Together Cavity Nests.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

You Could Provide the Pens with a Pile of Twigs Arranged in a Loose Circle…
Pens Like to have One Solid Surface Behind them.. A Wall, Fence, Large Tree, etc.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Maybe they will Accept and Add to a Partial Gathered Nest.. Better Drainage..
Heavy Rain Surrounded the Nest Below.. Note how Swampy.
Having a Base of Twigs kept the Nest Cavity and Eggs Dry.

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You CAN NOT Remove the Swans’ Eggs to Prevent Nesting ! !

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens will Recycle and Lay another Clutch of Unfertile Eggs.
They will Keep Laying Eggs Until they have a Clutch to “Sit On” and Deplete they Body.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

We had One BIG Healthy Pen that Laid at Least 19 Eggs One Spring.
She Lost Two Clutches of Eggs to Flooding along a Local Creek..
She Surprised us with a THIRD Clutch of 4 Eggs.. Hatched 3 Precious Cygnets.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

First Clutch.. 8 Eggs ( I think ) Second Clutch 7 Eggs.. Both Lost to Flooding.
Below is the THIRD Clutch of 4 BIG EGGs !

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

This Extended her Nesting Season into Warmer and Warmer Weather.
After Weeks “Sitting” in the Heat.. her Cygnets Hatched July 14-15th.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

The Pens below had to be Moved during Nesting.. ( Emergency Move. )
They Both Recycled and Laid a Second Clutch – Nesting into Late June Heat.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens MUST be Allowed to “Sit” on their Unfertile Eggs for 42 Days.
The Pens may “Choose” to Leave on their Own.. Some Do.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Normal Incubation Time for Fertile Mute Swan Eggs is 37 Days.
Once the Pens Start Incubation – “Sitting” Full-Time..
Mark the Calendar, Count ahead 42 Days..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens are VERY Dedicated to their Eggs and will “Sit” Tight
on Eggs that will Never Hatch.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Many Pens will Protect their Eggs with their Lives.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens are Sorta Aggressive-Protective during Nesting..
They will Hiss and Flog if you get TOO Close to their Nest.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

This does Depend on your Level of Trust with them.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens DO NOT Eat more then a few Bites of Food during their Incubation Time.

Nature wants the Pens to be VERY Hungry once their Cygnets Hatch.
Then they EAT and EAT and EAT.. for 2 to 3 Weeks.

It is NOT OK to just Allow these Pens to Sit and Sit and Sit..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Some Pens will Starve to Death Waiting for their Unfertile Eggs to Hatch.
The Beautiful Pen below was Allow to “Sit” for Months.. she Died.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

After 42 Days, TAKE all the Eggs Away and Discard..
Do this Carefully, SMELLY Eggs may EXPLODE !!

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

The Pens will likely stay with their Empty Nest for another Day..
then Leave the Nest and Start to EAT !!!

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

The Average Mature Pen might Weigh 22-28 Pounds.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

For about Three Weeks before Pens Start to Lay their Spring Eggs..
You will Observe them EATING – EATing – Eating !

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Poking into Soft Muddy Areas of Shallow Water
for the Nutrients they need for their BIG Eggs.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

In Early Spring Pens Lay One Egg every other Day.
A Clutch of 6 Eggs takes 11 Days.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens DO NOT “Sit” on their Clutch until ALL Eggs are Laid.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

With a Pen – Cob Pair… the Cob Protects their Eggs.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens are out EATING.. Eggs may be Lightly Covered.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens may Sit on the Nest for a Few Minutes if they think
their Eggs need to be Protected..
The Pen below was Guarding her Eggs when I went to Check them.
She had One more to Lay to Complete her Clutch of 7 Eggs.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

The Pen’s Body Provides All the Calcium and Proteins for their BIG Eggs..
6 Eggs at 14 Ozs. each = 5.25 Pounds.
8 Eggs at 14 Ozs. each = 7.00 Pounds.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Pens Barely Eat during Incubation. This is Nature’s Plan !

Once the Pen starts to “Sit” Full-Time.. Incubation Begins.
Pens NEED to Sit on their Unfertile Eggs at least 42 Days.
MARK the Date each Pen Starts to “Sit” Full-Time.

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Once the Pens START to SIT Full-Time.
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE Food Near the Nest.. THIS Creates RISK !
This Invites Insects, Rodents, Snakes and Larger Predators.
All the Above may Contribute to Nest Mortality..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

I have TOO Many Notes of Swans that have been Killed
by these Large Roaming Canines.

You need to Note when each Pen Starts to “Sit” Full-Time.
The Two Pens will not Lay their Eggs at Exactly the Same Time..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Often this is Staggered over a Two to Three Week Period..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

This makes Timing the Eggs in ONE Nest more Challenging.

Timing Swan Eggs to Hatching
https://swanlovers.net/category/timing-swan-eggs-to-hatch/

Depending on how Warm-Hot the Weather is..
many of the Unfertile Eggs will Start to Rot..
Some will Explode. They SMELL Terrible, Attract Flies..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

It is a Good Idea to Plan to use Replacement Eggs..

SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs
https://swanlovers.net/category/swan-replacement-eggs/

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs
SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Some Pens will Leave the Nest on their Own..
They seem to Know that their Eggs will Not Hatch.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

We Went on Day 42 to Encourage “Brooke” to Leave her Nest.
She was Out on the Pond. She Left the UnHatched Eggs on her Own.
Every Year has been Different. Most Years we have had to Remove her Eggs.

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A few Mute Juvenile Maidens will Nest the Spring they are 22-24 Months.
Eggs Maybe..Possible, Low Occurrence..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Check for Eggs if you see a Maiden “Sitting” in One Spot
on a Pile of Gathered Sticks or a Pile of Dried Leaves..

90+% of Pens will Nest by the Age of 32-36 Months.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

There are a Few that Never Nest.. Not sure Why..

Nesting is when Females are VERY Vulnerable to Predators
and Curious People who WANT to get Close to their Nest.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Place SIGNS to Alert others to give the Nesting Swans a Safe Space..
Folks can Safely Watch with Binoculars..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

When Nesting Season is Finished Pens are Very Gentle and Easy-Going.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Female Swans are ALWAYs in Short Supply..
Take GOOD Care of Yours.

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If One Pen Dies.. the Remaining Pen will Accept
another Female of any Age.. Or a Male..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

There may be some Adjustment:
The Resident Pen may NOT be Thrilled at First
with another Female.. Preferring a Male..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Females new to Each other will Work-out their Pecking Order..

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Two Female Swans.. or Three or Four..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Multiple Pens will do Ok Together.. If you have a Large
Body of Water to Support more then Two Female Swans..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

We had One Situation where we Placed Four Young Females.
They were Very Cute Together..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs
SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs
SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs
SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Unfortunately, One was Grazing on the Lawn in their Fenced Area
and a Predator, likely a Raccoon went over the Fence and Killed her. VERY Sad..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

And, We know another Pond where there are Three Females
that had been together over 10 Years..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

These Pens put ALL their Spring Eggs in One BIG Nest..

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Over the Years, we have had THREE DNA Determined Females..
RE-CHECKED to be Sure.. that Never Lay any Eggs..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Apparently, this does Occur.. According to an Avian Pathology Specialist.
So… We Arranged for Two of the Barren Pens to Live Together. (-;

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Same Sex Pairings – Males and Females may “Mate” with Each Other..
They are Releasing their Sexual Tension.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

I Hope I have NOT Forgotten Anything Important..
ASK Questions.. Feel Good about your Decision..

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

The Cygnets Above Matured into the Two Pens Below.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

The Wonderful World of Swans … Is NEVER Boring..
And You will Never Stop Learning about them.. (-;

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Notes Organized from our Visits with Various Mute Swan Pens..
Several of the Nesting Swan Images were from Male/Female Pairs.
I Used these Images as Examples to Show a Pen’s Nesting Behavior.

PA SwanLover Linda – AUGUST 2021

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Memories of Many Sweet Mute Swan Pens.

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We Rescued these Young Females – They were VERY ILL.. Weeks of Treatments.

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These Young Cuties are a Different Pair of Female Cygnets.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

Mature Pens who Grace the Waterway of a Semi-Public Park.

SWANs Same Sex Mute Female Pairs

This Mature Pair of Pens live on a Complex of Multiple Ponds. Lovely Place.

This was a Fun Pairing.. They are Sisters that Hatched a Year Apart.

It Only took a Few Minutes for these Young Females to Accept Each Other.

I am Sad that Covid has Put a Stop to our Visit to Swan Ponds..

SAME SEX MALE MUTE SWAN PAIRings

August 14th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SWANs-SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs - (Comments Off on SAME SEX MALE MUTE SWAN PAIRings)

Learn BASIC Information about Male Mute Swan Pairings.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

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Before you Decide to get Mute Swans you should think about
whether you want Cygnets or Not.. Basic BackYard Breeding..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs
Mute Swan Family

There are Male-Female Swan Pairings.. And Same Sex Mute Swan Pairings.

Two Male Swans or Two Female Swans will NOT Produce Young.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

There are Pros and Cons to Both Same Sex Swan Pairings..
Males Swans are Called Cobs – Females Swans are Called Pens.

As I have been Working on this Topic.. MY Goal is:
To Share want I have Learned, Observed and Others have Shared.
So you have Information to Make the Best Choice for Your Pond.

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For Male Mute Swan Same Sex Pairs
TWO MALE NESTMATES Work the Best.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

If You are Interested in Swans because you have a PROBLEM
with Canada Geese.. Two Mute Males are a Good Choice.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs
Migrating Canada Geese

All Swans Naturally Eat Lots of Plants from Ponds and Lakes.
This Helps to Control Excess Plant Growth..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs
DuckWeed

Duckweed, many Algae are Natural Foods for Waterfowl.
If you Want to Avoid Chemical or Shade Treatments,
Swans may be a Part of your Plant Control Program.

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DuckWeed  Algae

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There are NO 100% Rules of Behavior with any Swan Pairings.
ALL Swans have Different Personalities..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

My Husband has a Comment I will “Quote”…
“Swans are Predictably Unpredictable.”

The Image Below made me Laugh.. It is March and the Canada Geese are HERE !

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs
Migrating Canada Geese

There are Some Predictable Mute Swan Behaviors.
They Need Understanding and Patience During their Seasonal Behavior Swings..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

Mute Swan Cobs tend to have BIG Personalities.
They are more Showy when their Wings are held in Display..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

IT is VERY Important that the TWO MALEs be NestMates…
Meaning the Two Males Hatched in the Same Nest Brood.
This Results in “Brood Imprinting” when they First Hatch..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

Two Mute Cobs that are >> NestMates << will Usually be able
to Live Together for their Common Life >> 25-30 Years,
85-90% of the Time, as Long as NO Female Swan is Introduced..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs
Golf Course

Two Male Swans *NestMates – NO Females = No Cygnets..
They Do NOT get as Hormonal as Cobs Protecting a Nesting Pen.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

I have had a Chance over the Years to Interact with an Increasing Number
of Male Mute Swan Pairings.. *NestMate Work the Best.. ONLY TWO Cobs..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

There are Less Raging Male Hormones in the Spring.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

Mature Cobs will Protect and may Chase People Away from
their Water Areas during the Spring.
GIVE them Space and Understanding.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

ALL Male Swans have an Annual Increase of their Reproductive Hormones..
This is Out of their Control.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

DO NOT WEAR ANY WHITE near the Pond or Lake in the Winter-Spring Months..
WHITE is a Trigger for Male Swans to Protect and Defend..

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Three or More Mature Male Mute Swans is a BIG NO-No-no..!!!
Will NOT Work.
It does NOT Matter how Large the Body of Water.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

It is Due to the “Pecking Order” when there are more then Two Male Swans.
There will Eventually be a Problem with a Dominant Bully Cob
and the Submissive Cob at the Bottom of the “Pecking Order.”

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

With Multiple Males, it is Likely more then One will Pick on the Most Submissive Male.

The Submissive Male will not be Allowed to Eat..
Likely Chased off the Pond.. which is not Safe a Night.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

A Submissive Cob is at Risk of getting Hurt or Killed.
A Submissive Male is Helpless.. A Pinioned Male may Walk Away.
Unless able to Fly Away.. to a VERY UNCertain Fate..

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Every Summer, I have Arranged Two Male Mute Cygnet Pairs for Several People.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

Male Swan Pairings are Good for Golf Courses, Community Ponds,
Hotels, Public Parks and for Folks not Interested in Cygnets.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

Cygnets are Cute ! …. but Cygnets are Work.
With Two Male Swans there are No Cygnets to Worry with..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

Two Cobs are LESS Problem with the General Public Visitors..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

Nesting Swans are an Attraction – People want to get Close. ( We DID ! )

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

If there are CYGNETs.. Folks want to Photograph them. ( We DID ! )

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

The General Public are NOT Familiar with an AGGRESSIVE Swan Cob.
These Folks are at Risk of being Chased, even Flogged..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

With Two Males – No Fussing with Cygnets – No Nesting Drama.
Less Aggressive Behavior. – Just Swans to Enjoy..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs
SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

With Two Males you Need to Warn your Family and
Guests in the Spring Months to Keep their Distance.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

Cobs may Gather and Build a Nest or Nests.. Sit on it..
Male Swans will Generally not Defend a Nest with NO Eggs..

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs
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They are NOT as Vulnerable as Nesting Females.
Male Swans are less likely to have a Predator Attack.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

The Male Swans are more Likely to Sleep in the Water where they are Safer..
Which will Hopefully mean LESS Nesting Trauma..

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THIS is the ONLY EXCEPTION:
( BACK GROUND INFORMATION )
In the Wild, Young Cygnets and Juveniles Naturally Form
a “Juvenile Group” when they Leave their Family Unit.

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The Six Month Old Male Cygnets in these Images are from Two Different Broods.
TWO Male NestMate Pairs. These Cygnets Joined Together in Minutes.
We Put them Together for ONE WINTER Until a Lake was Ready for Two of the NestMates.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

The Juvenile Groups Provide Comradeship and “Safety of Numbers.”
In the Wild there will also be Young Females in these Groups.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

As the Juveniles Mature it will be TIME for them to Form Pairs
and Leave the Group to find their Own Territory.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

With Multiple Males, it is Likely more then One will
Pick on the Most Submissive Male.
One of the Young Males Below is Showing Submissive Behavior.
All these Blended Male Cygnets were Fine for this ONE Winter Together.

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Multiple Young Male Cygnets might Live together Peacefully
From 6 Months – Until ca. 24 Months Old. ( NO Parents or FEMALEs )
Then New Arrangements will Need to be Made for Some of them.

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It is the “Pecking Order” when there are more then Two Male Swans.
There will Eventually be a Problem with a Dominant Bully Cob
and the Submissive Cob at the Bottom of the “Pecking Order.”

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

In the Early Spring, when these Young Males were just 12 Months Old..
Two NestMates with RED Leg Bands were Moved to their New Home.

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The Male Pairs were Color Banded to Keep the NestMates Together.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

The Submissive Male will not be Allowed to Eat..
Likely Chased off the Pond.. which is not Safe a Night.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

I have seen how Several Mute Males in their “Hormone Hell” Stage
CAN Go After a Weaker Male.. It was NOT Good.

SWANs SAME SEX Mute Male Pairs

A Submissive Cob is at Risk of getting Hurt or Killed.
A Submissive Male is Helpless.. Unless able to Fly Away..
A Pinioned Male may Walk Away to a VERY UNCertain Fate..

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THE MAIN BENEFIT – JOB of Two Mute Cobs in Early Spring-Summer.

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Canada Geese

For Folks that have a BIG Problem with Canada Geese.
Those TIRED of their NOISE and Poop-DIRT

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Canada Goose Poop

If Canada Goose Control is your Main Reason for Seeking Swans..

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Migrating Canada Geese

I Suggest a Same Sex Male Mute Swan Pair.
Most Mute Cobs DO HELP with the Pesky Canada Geese..

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Migrating Canada Geese

It DOES NOT Help when we Feed the Geese.

During Jan to late March-April Most Mature Cobs will be “Testy.”
It is their Elevated Hormonal Season..
This may last for 6-12 Weeks in varying Degrees..

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Canada Geese

The Elevated Spring Reproductive Hormones are what
Causes Swan Cobs to CHASE Canada Geese off your Pond or Lake.

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Canada Geese

Two Mute Cobs Generally Chase Migrating Geese off “THEIR” Water.
It is Good Exercise for Flightless Swans to CHASE Canada Geese..

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Canada Geese
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Migrating Canada Geese
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Migrating Canada Geese

Especially, during Migration Season.
“NO NEW-Comers are Welcome to their Territory ! “

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Canada Geese Goslings that Hatch on your Property will Imprint to Your Property.
These Canada Geese will Want to Return Year after Year.

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Canada Geese

You can Help by Learning How to Discourage the Geese Nesting on your Property..

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If young Swans Grow-up with Several Resident Canada Geese..
these may be Well Tolerated..

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While this Young Male was Living Alone,
A Pair of Resident Canada Geese were his Best Feathered Friends.

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Most Mute Swans are Tolerant-OK with Domestic and Wild Ducks..

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Most Mute Swans will Live Peacefully with Domestic Waterfowl.

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Without a Pen to Stimulate their Reproductive Hormones,
these Same Sex Cobs are Less AGGRESSIVE..

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There Tends to be more Peaceful Months of the Year,
when you can just Enjoy these Stunning Swans..

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It is the Migrating Flocks that will Cause most Mute Swans to Charge into Action..

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Migrating Canada Geese

Their Territorial Behavior is like a Bell Curve..

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Migrating Canada Geese

The Natural Reproductive Hormones of Swan Cobs
Start to Increase in Late December,
Peak January through April and are Declining by May..

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Canada Geese

Some will Start to Chase while Young Juveniles.

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Canada Geese

Some will Need to Mature a Bit to do the Job..

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Migrating Canada Geese

Most Male Swans (once 2-3 Years Old) will be Helpful
Controlling Canada Geese on a Pond or Lake.

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The Young Males below would NOT Allow ANY Canada Geese on their Pond !
Good Job Boys !

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The Number of Canada Geese can make a Difference..
TOO Many and the Swans may be Overwhelmed..

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NO Matter what Combination of Swans, there will Always be a “Pecking Order.”

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One Swan will be Dominant and One will have to be the Submissive One.

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Two Cobs “MIGHT/Will ” have a Few Weeks of being Testy with Each Other.
They usually Work Out how to Co-Exist. Most Stay BEST BUDS..
One Time you See them there is a Chase Happening..

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Then 30 Minutes Later they are Chest to Chest – Head Turning,
Expressing that they Like Each Other..

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If Cobs Start Aggressive Behavior toward Each Other…
What I would Suggest.. Keep a Close Watch ! !

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Do Your BEST NOT to Allow Either to be Hurt – This Behavior will Subside..
Try to Distract them.. to Stop Unwanted Behavior.
Toss Small Treats onto the Water.. Plain Cereals.

The Same Cobs ONE Month Later. They are Getting Along MUCH Better.

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The Cobs may need a Second Feeding Station for a While..

Most Important – YOU STAY Safe… ! !
Do NOT get into or onto the Pond or Lake with them ! !
They will be VERY Protective of >THEIR < Water..

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This is NOT Humorous – This is Dangerous – NOT Funny !

The Male Swans that Followed you around as you did Yard Work last Summer..
MIGHT Surprise you with a “WING WHACK” Attack.

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I have Swan Folks Tell their Tales of that FIRST Time their Gentle Cob..
…Hit them ! ( OUCH ! ) Be Aware !

“NEVER Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan”..
Always Know where they are… !

Never HIT the Swans .. ! !
Their Bones are NOT as Strong as a Mammal’s Bones.
A Swan’s Bones may Fracture with Sudden Blunt Pressure.

JUST KEEP THEM AWAY.. Keep a Barrier BETWEEN You..

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Keep Something with YOU.. to keep them from Coming at You..
We use a “Homemade” Repelling Tool.. OR a Large Polyvinyl Trash Container..

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Swan Cobs are Strong.. So BE Prepared to Brace yourself.. !

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If you See a Cob Swimming Fast, Pushing Water – Wings UP..
It is Time to MOVE Out of the Way.

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This is My Feeling, Not something I know for sure…
Like People and Kids, Cats, Dogs, etc..

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During a Given Year the Swan Cobs Hormones may be at Different Levels..
One may have more Elevated Hormones then the Other.

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I hear from Folks with Two Males.. Some Years they are Perfectly OK..
Maybe Spending Time Apart. But, NO Fussing or Fighting..

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Then the Next Year.. There are Periods for Noticeable Discontent..

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There is “Play Chasing.” You NEED to Learn the Difference.
Young Swans like to Chase each Other.. “Silly Fun”

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Since Pinioned Swans will NEVER get to Fly..
the Chasing is Good for their Heart Development.
BUT, Aggression.. Hurting each other is NOT Good..

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Every Swan Pair will vary. Every Year will be Different.
Your Role at this Time will be to Help them if Necessary,
by keeping them from Getting Hurt until their Hormones Decline.

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Most Important is for Both Cobs to be SAFE at Night.
Try to Encourage BOTH to be on the Pond at SunSet.

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If Needed, do you have a Place you could put One at Night ? ?
Inside a Secure Shelter.. WITH a Door.. if Needed ? ?

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I have not had Anyone with NestMates Cobs need to ReHome One.. ( Not Yet.)

UnRelated Males – Yes, I have Helped to Rehome Several..
These were Mostly when the Males were Mis-Sexed.
And People Realized they have TWO Males..

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A Behavior Common to Same Sex Swan Pairings:
Male or Female Pairs may “Mate” with Each Other..
They are Releasing their Sexual Tension.

You will see the Swans Swimming Side by Side,
Go through the Mating Act.. in a Non-Aggressive Act.
They will Do the Rising Up.. and Bathe Afterwards.

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You want to Know this is NOT an Aggressive Attack.

BELOW is an AGGRESSIVE ATTACK.. THIS IS SERIOUS.

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This Dangerous Behavior is to BE STOPPED As SOON As POSSIBLE !

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ONE VERY BIG IMPORTANT FACT for you to Know..

If Something Happens to One “Brother” of a Male Swan Pairing..
If One Dies for whatever Reason.. or is Lost.. Wanders Away.
OR One Cob Needs to be Moved to a New Home..

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You CAN NOT Introduce Another Male.. It will NOT Work.

I know of several Situation where Males were put together when Older..
OH MY, that REALLY does not Work. “Feathers FLY…”

The Remaining Cob will only Accept a Female/Pen as a Companion/Mate..

Your Options are:

  1. Allow the Remaining Male Swan to Live Alone.
    Consider some Fancy Ducks for Company..
    A Lone Male Swan will Adjust, ESPecially when there are Lots of Humans to Interact with..
    They Benefit from Social Company.
  1. You Could Decide to Introduce a Female and have a Brood Pair..
    See NOTE: Below about Young Female….

If you Still do NOT want Cygnets.. Eggs can be Spoiled..
The Swans will Mate, Build a Nest, have Eggs..
There will be the Basic Nesting Drama which will End
when Nesting is Over.. NO Cygnets to Deal with..

Timing Swan Eggs to Hatching Nesting has Rules.
https://swanlovers.net/category/timing-swan-eggs-to-hatch/

Swan Cygnets are Delightful – a Fun Experience.. AND Work !
But, that is another Topic Page..

BASICALLY: To be a Responsible Swan Owner.
Tiny Cygnets 1-21 Days need to be Pinioned.
DNA-Checked around 12-16 Weeks Old…
and Rehomed-Adopted by 6 – 10 Months Old..

The Parents will NOT Tolerate their Growing Cygnets
when they are Ready to Mate and Nest Again..

  1. Last Option – Rehome the Remaining Cob..
    And Start with Another Pair of Male NestMates.

RELATED Note:
The Introduction of a Young Female should be Supervised with an Older Male.

A Younger Females may be Perceived as another Swan’s Cygnet.
It MAY takes more Time for an Older Cob to Accept her.

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You will Want to keep a Close Watch while the Cob gets to know a Young Female.

I have Arranged MANY 4 to 6 Month Females to be a
New Companion/Mate for an Older Cob.. ( 4-20+ Years Old )
The Adjustments have been Minutes to Days to Weeks.
There is NO Way to Predict..

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A Juvenile Female, at Least 18-24 Months Old would be Ideal..
Finding a Juvenile or Older Female is a Matter of Luck.
Mature Swan Pens Available for Adoption are Difficult to Locate.

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Swans do not like being Alone, they are Social Creatures.
Most Older “Bachelor Cobs” will Enjoying the Company
of a “Sweet Young Thing” if Given a Chance.

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Years Ago, I did some Reading..
I Read about Several Mute Swan Pairs that Lived Together for many Years..
There were Never any Cygnets.. No Eggs.. ??

NO One Suspecting they were Two Male Swans ? ?

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And I ask Others with more Swan Knowledge then I had..
about their Thoughts and Experiences with Two Mute Cobs.

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Before I started to Suggest Same Sex Male Pairings to Folks..
We Met and Observed Several Mute Male Pairings.
Asked LOTs of Question of their Owners.

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Some had been together 6-15-20 Years.
These do Very Well for Golf Courses and Public Parks, Community Ponds-Lakes..
Camp Grounds, Bed & Breakfasts, Event and Wedding Venues.
Any Place where the General Public will be Visitors..

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From our Experience..
NestMate Males do Fairly Well Together 85-90% of the Time.

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For Private Owners, many Times having Two Cobs was an Accidental Pairing.
Cygnets Acquired from the Same Adult Pair.. Not DNA Checked.

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The Original Owner not Sexing the Cygnets in a Reliable Way.
The Clue was that after 3-5 Years there were NO Cygnets..
Some Nests.. No Eggs..

Every Spring I get Calls to help Shuffle Mis-Matched Pairings..
We NEVER Guess.. Always DNA Check a Swan’s Sex.

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Over the Years, we have had THREE DNA Determined Females..
RE-CHECKED to be Sure.. that Never Lay any Eggs..
Apparently, this does Occur.. According to an Avian Specialist.

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The Sweet Swan above was DNA-Sex Checked Twice.. FEMALE.
SHE Never Nested or Laid Eggs.

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Some Unrelated Male Swans will Tolerate or be Best Friends
with each other during the Non-Breeding Season..

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BUT,,, Late December through Spring Mature Cobs will be Governed
by their Increased Reproductive Hormones..

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Mature Cobs can be “Testy” with each Other..to Down Right > FIGHTING..
Lots of Chasing.. Especially OFF the Pond.. so the One is Not Safe..
For the Submissive Cob it is often Hard to Eat from a Common Feed Station..

For a Time they are NOT Best Friends.
A Lower Percentage of Unrelated Male Mute Swans will Live Together Peacefully..

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I have Visited Several Black Australian Cobs..
that are Living Together – Seem to be Bonded.

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Watching them during their Pre-Nesting Periods,.
they seem to be more Tolerant of Each Other..

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Watching the Black Australian Cobs Posturing is like Watching Flamingo Dancers.

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I have been trying to think if there have been any NestMate Mute Male Pairs
that needed for One to be ReHomed.. So, far Not the NestMates..
Unless I am Not Aware of it.

I have Arranged many Mute Swan Male NestMate Pairings..
Working with Swans I have Learned, Nothing is 100% the Way we Expect or Plan.

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As I Gather my Notes and Thought for this Topic Page..
I Wanted to Share a few of the Male Pairings we Experienced..

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Jotting down Notes from Photos and Memories..
the Examples are SO Varied.. It would take me Days.

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Having Two Male Swans.. has maybe been Unplanned more often
then they were Planned to be a Same Sex Pairing.

Almost Every Spring, I have Calls from Swan Folks that Realize they have TWO MALEs.

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The Stories are Basically All the Same.. They Acquired Swans.
One or Two from a Person, usually a Farmer.. who Said..
“This One is a Female.” She was Vent Checked.. (UNRELIABLE)

I have HEARD.. “The Farmer Said…” Many Times..

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The Common Stories:
“Swans are Doing OK Together.. but, there are NO EGGs.”
“In the Spring they are Fussing with Each Other, Not Mating.”
We want Cygnets..

So, I have Arranged for “The Spring Swan Shuffle.”

There are as Many who Decide to Keep their Males..
as there are Folks who Rehome a Male and get a Female.

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I Know Swan Ponds that have Two Males by Accident..
Folks who are Relieved to not be dealing with Cygnets..
Their Males are Keeping the Canada Geese Chased OFF..
The Swans are Doing OK.. and.. Well Enough Said.

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The One Mute Pair we kept in touch with, ( 2009-2016 )
that had the most Discord in Early Spring were not NestMates.
They had 4-6 Weeks of One Chasing the other OFF the Pond..

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The Larger Cob Built a HUGE Nest.. He “Sat” on the Nest..
There were Never any EGGs !
The Owner Never Saw his Swans Mating.. Frustrated.

I Said to him for Years.. “I Suspect you have Two Males.”
“NO NO NO, They were Vent Checked Twice.. “

Insisting he had a Cob and Pen.. ( Both 6 Years Old)
He Complained that their Behavior made no Sense..

One Swan was BIG – Pinioned on the Left Wing. (Male)
The Smaller Swan was Pinioned on the Right Wing..(Female) ?

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After Days or Weeks of “Swan Arguments”..
his Swans were a Lovely Pair on his Pond the Rest of the Year..

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I had a Chance One Winter Day to Snatch Feathers
from the Smaller Swan. DNA Result – MALE !
The Larger Swan had been DNA Checked before Purchase.

Once DNA Verified the Swans were Both Male,
the Smaller Male was Rehomed and a Female Introduced.

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Now the Man’s Brood Pair have Cygnets most Springs..
They are NOT Pinioned.. Not DNA Checked..
Most Left to Fly off or Perish.. Shame..

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In Our Early Years of Learning about Swans..
Placing Young Males Less then 6 Months Old Together was Suggested
as being an Acceptable Pairing.. I Heard this from Swan Folks Directly.
And I found Notes online in a few Places..

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I did Arrange One UnRelated Male Mute Cygnet Pairing..
They were 4-5 Months Old. (2013) I was Still Learning.

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These Male Cygnets became the Best of Buddies within Days..
They Grew into BIG, BEAUTIFUL Cobs.. Full of Personality.
Our Visits with them was a Favorite Swan Pond Stop.

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These Young Males were Happy and Expressed their Fondness to Each Other Often.

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The Spring these Cobs were Three Years Old,
their Owner Mentioned that the Boys had been Squabbling..
It Lasted Several Weeks. She was Glad that had Passed..

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The Following Year.. their Fuzzing, Chasing, Out & Out Fighting had become Worse.
One Cob was NOT Allowed on the Pond for Weeks..
He was NOT Safe at Night.. A BIG Worry.

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I Witnessed them Fighting during One Visit.. Heart-Sick.

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The Submissive Cob become Aggressive toward Members of the Family..
His Behavior made Life Outside their Home Risky.

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Finally the Family decided to have the One Cob ReHomed..
The Situation had become Intolerable.. It would be Best for All..

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I Arranged a Great Home for the One Cob with an Older Female.
The Cob became TOO Aggressive Living with the Older Pen.
When the Pen Passed (Old Age), the Cob Settled Down..
Now he is Living Alone.. He is Much Loved and Doing Well..

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The Five Year Old Cob that was Kept lived Alone for Several Months..

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Then One Late Summer Day he Welcomed a Spunky Four Month Old Female..

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Now the Family has a Breeding – Brood Pair of Mute Swans.
They are Enjoying Cygnets and I have Helped with their Adoptions.

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I am Very Aware.. By having All the Swan/Cygnet Data Notes
that I have been Keeping Over the Past 17 Years or So..
That Nature has been LopSided with the Ratio of Male to Female Cygnets..
There are Generally More Male Cygnets..

The Brood below is an Extreme Example.. EIGHT Hatched.. ONLY One Female.

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This was an Extreme Situations.. Normally there are a Few Females in a Large Brood.

Put this Together with the High Nest Mortality of Females..
It is VERY Common for the Owners of a Cob that Lost a Mate
in the Spring to a Predator to be Seeking a New Female..
Many Mute Cobs have Two or Three Pens during their Life Time.

I have a LONG SEEKING FEMALE List All the Time..
There are Never Enough Females.

If there were NOT Homes for Two Male Swan Pairings..
I have NO Idea what People would do with ALL the EXTRA Males.

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I have had Calls over the Years.. Reports that their Cobs are not Getting Along..
I keep Notes.. and I have Seldom have these Folks Call a Second Time..
Each Year is Different.

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I have Included Three Examples of Mute Swans Fighting.

Golf Course Mute Swan Cobs Fighting..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boXC8KeOutE

Brutal Swan Fight – This One is Labeled Properly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7nvKzx4YgQ

MALE MUTE SWANs Fighting..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci3uDf9YVqo

If you do a SEARCH for Mute Swan Fighting.. there are Many Clips on YouTube.
There are Some Clips Mis-Labeled Mute Swans “Mating.”
There are Also MANY Photos on the Internet.
As Beautiful as Swans are.. they have Can have a Nasty Side.

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A Final Side Note:
There are a Few States that will Only Allow Male Mute Swans..
They DO NOT Want any Females that Lay Eggs/Hatch Cygnets.

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I Hope I have NOT Forgotten Anything Important..
ASK Questions.. Feel Good about your Decision..

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The Wonderful World of Swans … Is NEVER Boring..
And You will Never Stop Learning about them.. (-;
PA SwanLover Linda M.Sweger – Organized August 2021

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BROOD SWANs – for Breeding

August 8th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in BREEDING-Brood Swans - (Comments Off on BROOD SWANs – for Breeding)

MALE – FEMALE SWAN PAIRING

BREEDING BROOD SWAN Pairs

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BROOD SWANs – Swans that will Breed – have Young.
A Male = Cob & a Female = Pen
The Classic MALE & FEMALE Pairing.
With Cygnets “Sire” & “Dam”

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Before you Decide to Acquire Swans
You should think about whether you want Cygnets or Not..
For Basic BackYard Breeding..