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Practical Banding Idea for Cygnets and Swans

July 10th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in ID Banding for Swans - (Comments Off on Practical Banding Idea for Cygnets and Swans)
ID Leg Banding for Swans

A Mute Swan Family may have Six to Nine Cygnets.. HOW Do they Tell them Apart ? ?
HOW Will You Tell them Apart ? ?

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ID Leg Banding for Swans

I Started to Organize this Topic in 2015.. Well, it has been Somewhat Frustrating..
How to ID the Cygnets and Swans in a Practical and Safe Way.

This Seems Like it would be a Simple Straight Forward Subject.

I have Swapped Ideas with Other Swan Folks..
Searched the Internet for Ideas and Supplies..
and I keep Coming Back to the Simplest Banding with Colored Cable Ties.

But… When Banding Cygnets and Adult Swans
There are Variable to Consider..

EVERYONE Worries that a Leg Band will Get Caught on Something..
You Need to Weigh the Benefit against this Concern.
If a Band is a Problem Remove it.

For Adult Swans: A Simple Colored Leg Band MAY SAVE their Life.
If a Captive Pet Swan Wanders OFF your Private Property..
You might need to Identify the Swan as your Pet..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

In Many States: Feral Swans are Removed from Public Lands and WaterWays.
The Feral Female Mute Below was Shot to Death in November 2009.
She was Full-Wing.. had been on our Local River System for Two Years.
The Public would take Photos of her and Post them to Social Media.
A Hunter from Maryland Traveled to Pennsylvania to Shoot her.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

If a Hunter or WildLife Agent Sees a Band on a Wandering Swan..
They may Re-framed from Shooting your Swan..

If you Only have One Cygnet..
A Band might not be Needed until they are 4-5 Months Old.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

I will Share ONE Example that Surprised me.. ( Still Learning )
We had Two 9 Day Old Rescued Cygnets..
Rejected by their Dam – they would be Hand Raised.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Early on, I thought with Just TWO Cygnets.. I could keep them Straight.
I had Pinioned One on the Left Wing – the Other on the Right Wing.
Since we were Hand Raising these Tiny Rescued Cygnets
I Sent the Wing Tips for DNA-Sex Determinations.

On the Sample Submission Form I ID them as the Smaller Royal Mute Cygnet.
and the Larger Royal Mute Cygnet.

Within 2 Weeks, their Size Reversed..
When the DNA Report came Back.. Both FEMALE.
I was Relieved.. there would NOT be ANY Sex Mix-Up.
Plus I had Pinioned on Opposite Sides – Making a Note of that.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

If the Resulted has been One – Female / One – Male..
AND I had Pinioned Both on the Same Side..
AND I had been Depending on their Size to keep these Two Cygnets Straight..
I would be Unsure Which was Which..

SWANs and their Cygnets – Color Cable Ties for ID Bands

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Most Hardware Stores have a WIDE Variety of Cable Ties.. Multi-Color.. Assorted Sizes.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

ID Banding can be Very Helpful with Growing Cygnets..
They GROW So Fast.. Changing their Physical Appearance with Each Passing Week.
Their Plumage will be Changing.. and by Next Summer they will be All White..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

I know a Few Time that Cygnet Leg Bands came OFF..
and a Few of these Cygnets Needed to have their DNA ReChecked.

ID of a Brood of Cygnets is a Challenge.. The Cygnets Should be Pinioned by 21 Days.
Consider Doing the Smaller Cygnets on the Right Wing..
Then Pinion the Larger Cygnets on the Left Wing..
Basically, Pinion Half on Left – Half on Right.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

If Cygnets are being Hand Raised..
then Putting a Band on while they are GROWING.. is Less of a Problem.
Here, we have Submitted the Wing Tips for DNA.. They are Too Young for True Feathers.

ID Leg Banding for Swans
ID Leg Banding for Swans

Determine the Sex of Swans-Cygnets by DNA
https://swanlovers.net/category/determine-the-sex-of-swans-cygnets-by-dna/

Hand Raised Cygnets are NOT out on a Large Body of Water..
More Cygnets will Survive when Protected during the Day and Sheltered at Night..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

If your Swans Hatch 8 Cygnets and they are Living out on the Lake with their Parents,
there is a Good Chance that Several will NOT Survive the Perils of Summer.
Common Perils: Snapping Turtles, Hawks, Owls.. Great Blue Herons..
Large Mouth Bass.. Cats, Fox.. etc. Life is Hard for Swans.

ID Leg Banding for Swans
Snapping Turtle

The Polish Mute Swan Family Below Started with Six Cygnets.
The Creamy White Polish Cygnets are more Easily Seen by Predators.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

During their First Six Weeks.. Three did not Survive..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

It is Realistic to Wait until the Cygnets are 12-14 Weeks Old to Gather them UP..
Collect True Feathers from their Chest to Submit for DNA-Sex Determinations..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Their Legs are Well Developed by this Time..
Place Assorted Color Cable Ties on the Leg that Matches
their Pinioned Wings. Keep an Eye on these..

We use Colored Cable Ties on Cygnets when doing DNA-Checks..
Most will stay on for 12-18 Months.. Some DO Break-down and Fall Off.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Adjust to Minimize Catching on Things.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

I try to Balance “NOT TOO TIGHT” with “NOT TOO LOOSE.”
I Slide my Little Finger into the Band as I Snug it Up.
If I Pull it TOO Tight – I Start Again.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Take Care to Adjust ANY Leg Band So it will NOT Slide UP the Leg over the Ankle Joint..
The Joint Next to the Feathers… is the Ankle Joint.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Be Sure to Collect Any Strips of Cable Tie that is Trimmed.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

The Ankle Joint of Birds – Swans is Visible.. NOT their Knees.

ID Leg Banding for Swans
ID Leg Banding for Swans

Adjust to STAY on the Long Visible Part of the Leg.. So there is NO Pressure on any Leg Skin.
Their Legs are NOT Round.. more Almond Shaped..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Keep a Watch for Bands to LOOK Snug – Especially with Cygnets.
OR if the LEG Swells for ANY Reason.
There are Nutritional Problems that Might Cause a Leg to Swell.
An Injury Might Cause a Leg to Swell.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

When the Bands get Above the Ankle Joint the Tiny Feathers may Hide the Band.
We have Come Across Cygnets Limping Badly. Checked their Leg…
The Band was not Visible and Way TOO Tight.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

If a Band LOOKs TOO Tight.. > > CHANGE IT !

Swans and Cygnets have VERY Thin Leg Skin..
You do not want there to be any Pressure on the Skin..
( A Story of Tight Banding is Below.)

PROTECT > > YOUR LEGS and LAP – Wear OLD Shoes
CYGNETs WILL POOP FREELY.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Watch their Toe Claws .. They are Able to Scratch.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

If the Cygnet or Swan is WIGGLING.. Wait ! ! to Use the Scissors Until they are Still.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

IF you Need to Cut a Band OFF to Change it..
Put a Thick Piece of Paper Under the Band.. so the Scissors does not Press on the Thin Leg Skin.
One Suggestion is to Use a Pet Toe Nail Clipper to Snip the Cable Tie.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

By Four Months Old.. most Cygnet Legs are Close to Mature Size..
If you are Placing the Bands-Cable Ties at 16+ Weeks..
You might not Need to Change them again..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Their Legs are Close to Full Grown- Size Wise..
The Leg Bones are Still Fragile. Handle as Gently as Possible.. Lower to Ground Gently..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Once these NEW Objects are On the Swans and Cygnets,
You may Notice them Nibbling at them for a Little While.
That will Stop once they have a Chance to Adjust..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

The Cygnets Above were Splashing in their Feed Tray.. Messy Babies.

Try an OnLine Search for Colored Cable Ties.

These Cable Ties with Tiny Metal Charms are SO CUTE ! ! !
If a Band would Look Worn or Might Come Off.. CHANGE the Band.
You do not Want any Tiny Metal Charm to be Swallowed..

ID Leg Banding for Swans
ID Leg Banding for Swans
ID Leg Banding for Swans

Packs of Chicken Charms are Easily Found OnLine.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

( A GOOD Practice with Swan ) is to have a Fenced Area
Where the Swans and Cygnets get Treats Several Times a Week… BIG HELP !!

SWAN CATCHING IDEAs
https://swanlovers.net/category/swan-catching-ideas/

We have Used the Catch Fencing.. It is STRESS-LESS
for both the Swans and CareTakers.. Swans Love Treats..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Several Time a Week the Cygnets are Given Treats in the Catch Fence.
Close this Area a Night.. So NO Swans get Trapped InSide.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

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IF you have or are Planning to Acquire TRUMPETER SWANs,
Trumpeter Swans should be Purchased from a Captive Registered Breeder.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Wild Free Flying Trumpeter Swans MAY NOT be Removed from the Wild.

The Wing Tag on the Trumpeter Below is for Migration Research.
This Young Male Flew into our Area.. He had a WebSite to Report Sightings.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Trumpeter Swan are Federally Protected and Need to be Registered with the:
The United States Department of Interior.

United States Department of Interior  (413) 253-8643
      Fish & Wildlife Service
      P.O.Box  779    Hadley, MA  (Mass)  01035-0779
It is More and More Difficult to Speak with a Person at this U.S Dept.

You may be Able to Get Registered – Numbered – Metal Leg Band for Trumpeters.
Check with the Trumpeter Swan Society for the Proper Process.

The Trumpeter Swan Society – (763) 694-7851
12615 County Road 9 Plymouth, MN 55441
ttss@trumpeterswansociety.org – www.trumpeterswansociety.org
Ask the TTSS Folks for Assistance if the Breeder is NOT Helpful.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Trumpeter Swans are Native to Canada and the Americas.
There are Migrating Populations of the Trumpeter Swans in the West.
There are Very Few along the East Coast.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

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A Story of What can Happen when Leg Bands GET TOO TIGHT !

A Large Lake, 55 Acres of Mountain Enchantment.
A Community of mostly Senior Citizens.
One Spring, Five Tiny Cygnets Hatched..
The Swan Caretaker-Helpers Gathered, Pinioned and Banded them.

Spring and Summer Days Passed.
The Rapidly Growing Cygnets were on the Lake at Large.

Various Event Occurred and the Cygnets could not be Caught to Change their Bands.
Late Fall, as Ice was Forming.. the Cygnets were Finally Collected.
Two of the Seven Month Old Cygnets had Severely Constricted Legs.

These Two Cygnets could not Walk. A Veterinary Visit – Evaluation..
It was Questionable if these Legs would Ever Function Properly.

A Swan’s Legs and Feet are VERY Important to their Survival
OutSide in their Environment.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

The Three Cygnets that were OK were Adopted to New Homes.
The Two Cygnets with Non-Functioning Legs were Placed in a Shelter for the Winter.
Look how Beautiful and Healthy they Look..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

With Months for these Constricted Legs to Heal, Nerves, Blood Vessel, etc..
these Big Messy to Care for Cygnets were Standing, Slowly Improving.
They had a Chance.. NOT Easy for All.. Cygnets or Caretaker.

I Can Not Imagine the Pain the Cygnets Suffered
while the TIGHT Bands were Strangling their Legs.

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For Captive Pet SWANs – Color Cable Ties for ID Bands
Banding Information Organized by Linda M. Sweger JULY 2021
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Below is General Information about Various Banding you might See on Wild Swans.
And in Some Areas Bands on Feral Mute Swans.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Why do the Swans have Huge Yellow Numbered Tags
on their Wings in Southern Ontario ?
https://naturalcrooks.com/rambles/why-swans-yellow-number-wing-tags-ontario/

“Wild” Released Trumpeter Swans found in PA with Yellow Neck-Collars
or Yellow Wing-Tags are from the Ontario Reintroduction Efforts.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Neck Collars are Commonly used in the United States and throughout North America.
Wing Tags, as well as Collars, are commonly used in Canada.

Red, Green and Yellow Collars are most often used for Trumpeter Swans.
While Gray, Black and Blue Collars are most often used for Tundra Swans.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

If a Wild Swan Stops on your Pond or Lake or River..
Try to take a Photo of the Collar or Wing Tag for the Numbering Code.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

The Marker Information is Needed in Addition to carefully Describing the Date,
Location, Number and Age ( Adult = White Feathers, Cygnet = Gray Feathers)
Numbers of other Marked or Unmarked Swans in the Group.
Notes on Behavior are Appreciated as well.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

All Wild Marked Swans should be Reported to the USGS Bird Banding Lab.
The Bird Banding Lab has an easy Online Site for you to Report a Marked Bird.

USGS – Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL)
https://www.usgs.gov/centers/eesc/science/bird-banding-laboratory

Bird Banding Laboratory Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road Laurel, MD 20708

ID Leg Banding for Swans

The Silver Leg Band can rarely be Read on a Live Swan
but can provide Valuable Information when a Dead Swan is found.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Be sure to Note your Name and Contact Data.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

This Young Male Trumpeter Swan stayed at a Local River Access for Months.
He became an Attraction. Every Day People would Stop to Visit.
He was Fed a Steady Diet of Bread and Corn..
One Afternoon he went to a Small Island in the River for a Nap.
He Never Woke Up.. He was Barely Two Years Old.

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WHY do some Swans have Large Color and Number Coded Neck Collars ??

ID Leg Banding for Swans

These Neck Collars are Color Coded and Numbered by Location.

I REALLY Dislike the Neck Collars..
I would Worry ALL the time that it was Getting TOO Tight and Choking them.
These are Used Mostly in Areas where DNR and ReEstablishment Programs
are Studying Swans that will Live Wild and Free.. To Check Population Disbursement..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

I would be Uncomfortable with these Neck Collars..
They Look like they MIGHT Restrict Swallowing.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

I have been Assured that these Young Swans are Doing OK..
The Collars MUST Remain on them.. A State DNR Requirement.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Then there is WINTER… Water Freezing Into the Neck Collar onto Feathers.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

This Icy Collar has to be VERY Annoying.

ID Leg Banding for Swans
ID Leg Banding for Swans
ID Leg Banding for Swans

This Trumpeter has a Bright Neck Collar and a Matching Leg Band.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

In England the Method Employed is to Mark ( or “Ring” ) Individual Swans
with Uniquely Numbered Leg Rings so that they may be Identified and Studied.

ID Leg Banding for Swans
ID Leg Banding for Swans
ID Leg Banding for Swans

So… Banding Swans is Not a Simple Topic.. We Try to Keep it Simple.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

There are Numerous WebSites to Read about Banding Wild Birds and Swans..
All Information has Value..

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Below are From my Notes and Searches for Other GOOD Ideas
for IDENTIFYING Cygnets and Swans.
I Decided None of these were Workable for Our Cygnets/Swans.

I did a Bit of Reading about these Colored Spiral Poultry Bands.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

The Spiral Rings might be Workable for Young Cygnets.
But, the Largest Rings are Too Small for Mature Adult Swans.

The more Solid Round Rings are not Large Enough for Mature Cobs..
The Largest Turkey Spiral Bands are NOT Large Enough..
Most Rings Only Go to Size #16.
Mature Cobs NEED a Ring at LEAST 1 – 1/2 Inches.

The Simple Cable Ties are Flexible and Conform Better to the Shape of a Swan’s Leg..

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There are Several Websites that Offer Aluminum Bands.. which might Work.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

Different Types of Metal-Aluminum Bands need a Special Tool for Proper Closure.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

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I Found these Colored Wrist Bands.. These might be Workable..

ID Leg Banding for Swans

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Several Years Ago.. I Called the Company Below..
At that Time I could not Find any Band that was Better then the Basic Cable Tie.
New Product are being Developed. It does not Hurt to Check what is New..

NATIONAL BAND & TAG COMPAMY Phone: 1 (859) 261-2035.
International Identification INC
721 York St, PO Box 72430 Newport, KY 41072-0430
They were Happy to Help – Made Suggestions.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

We Discussed using Metal Livestock Ear “Tags.”
Clipping these into the Wing Skin of Cygnets Weighing at Least One Pound..
Should be OK for a Swans Up to 25-30 Pound.

ID Leg Banding for Swans

The More I Thought about these.. How would anyone Know
to Look through the Wing Feathers for the Tags.. ???

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There are a FEW Places – Zoos and Major Parks that are Using the MicroChips.
The Same UnderSkin Chips used for Cats and Dogs.

To Check these MicroChip you Need a Chip Scanner..
These are Not Very Practical for the General BackYard – Farm Swans.
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A BASIC SCHEDULE for SWAN EGGs to HATCH.

April 7th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in TIMING SWAN EGGs to HATCH - (Comments Off on A BASIC SCHEDULE for SWAN EGGs to HATCH.)

THERE ARE BIG SWAN EGGs in their NEST.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Your Mute Swans are EGGSpecting.. Now What ??

“TIMING the NEST & EGGs” will be Helpful.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

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This will be a BASIC OUTLINE.. General Behaviors.
There are LOTs of Exception.. NO 100% Rules.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

I do not have Much Experience with other Species of Swans.
We have Worked and Visited Mostly with Mute Swans.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Toward the End of this Topic Page I will have a Few Notes
about the Black Australian and Trumpeter Swans Nesting.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

As I Worked on this Topic Page.. I had Lots of Nesting Notes from Our
Years of Swan Visits.. And Photo Images to help Support my General Notes.
Keeping a Diary as Your Swans Nest can be VERY Useful in Future Years.

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Mute Swans will Start more Affectionate Courting Behavior in the Late Fall.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

On Average, Sexual Mating will Occur Starting Mid-Late January
and Continue until the Female Starts to “Sit” Full Time on their Nest.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

In Late February-Early March, Swans will Start Looking for a Nest Site.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Do Your BEST to Keep them On Your Private Property.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

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There are SWAN NESTING RULEs for Early Spring:

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

#1 >>> DO NOT WEAR WHITE in the Spring while Swans
are Mating and Nesting. WHITE is a Trigger for the Cobs to Attack..
NO White Buckets or Bags. > > > > Earth-tones are Less Agitating.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

“Hormonal Cobs” see WHITE as Invaders in his Territory.

#2 >>> Keep ALL Feed/Food at Least 30 Feet from their Nest.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

You DO NOT Want to Invite Mice, Rats, Raccoons or Insects to the Nest.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

It is the Cob’s “JOB” to Protect his Female, the Nest and their Precious Eggs.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Since Swans are “Ground Nesting Birds,” the Pens are Very Vulnerable.
Protecting a Swan Pen from Predators is a BIG Challenge.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Pens are Very Vulnerable During Nesting.
Especially without a Cob for Protection.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

#3 >>> NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON A HORMONAL COB !!

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

THEY are FAST and Quiet.. Give him SPACE and Understanding.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

* * * * * Inform – Warn ALL Your Visitors to KEEP Their Distance * * * * *

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

There is a “Line” > > That if you Cross it..
You are in the Cob’s Protected Space and he WILL Defend it..
BE AWARE ! !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Swans can COME Across a Body of Water or a Lawn.. IN A BIG HURRY.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

We keep a Barrier with us.. A Padded Fan Rake. Or Large Vinyl Trash Can.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Never Hit your Swans.. >>> Just Keep them from Hitting YOU !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

OR We Keep a LARGE Net with us.. To Contain the Cob if Necessary.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

#4 >>> DO NOT REMOVE ALL Eggs to Prevent Cygnets Hatching..
Pens MUST “Sit” on Several Eggs 42 Days to Prevent Recycling and Laying more Eggs.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Instead Oil, Spoil the Eggs or Swap-Out with Replacement Eggs.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

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

If you want to Reduce the Number of Eggs that might Hatch,
Wait for the Pen to be “Sitting” about 7-10 Days.
This Pen was “Sitting” on 8 EGGs – We Removed 5 – Leaving her 3.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

IF you REMOVE any EGGs.. KEEP them COOL Just in Case they are Needed.
If the Remaining Eggs Start to Disappear you may Need them.
Unless they are Cracked or Smell Nasty. Discard Those !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

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My Plan with this Topic Page is to Share “TIMING Swan EGGs to Hatch”
I Plan to get into more Details in Future Pages.. Much to Share.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Swan Nesting is a Wonderful Time… Enchantment in the Air.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

If you are Able to Relax for a Few Minutes each Day…
Sit and Watch – It is a Magical Time..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Although some “Waiting” Days (37 – 42) are Like Watching Paint Dry.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

During this Time you May NOT be Able to Mow the Lawn in the Nest Area.. BE Patient..
Many Cob HATE Lawn Mowers.. They WILL Attack Them.. BE AWARE !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Cob above was Lucky. He Attacked the Mower HIT the Metal.
Broke Open the Skin on his Wrist Joint. It Hurts ! Risk of Infection !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

It is the MOST Magical Time Watching Swans in Love.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

How they Work Together, Protect and Care for Each Other.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

It is a “BIG SMILE Day” when we Find Tiny Cygnets in their Nest !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

If Tiny Cygnets Hatch, most Mature Swans are Devoted Parents.
There are Exception.. NO 100% Rules with Swans.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Tiny Cygnets are Very Vulnerable until about 12 Weeks Old..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

There are Lots of Things to Learn when Caring for Swans..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Swans are NOT Fond of the Nets.. They will Try to Avoid being Caught.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

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Reproductive Hormones Increase During the Winter Months >> Spring !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

As the Time for Mating Begins
You will See the Mute Swans’ Beaks Flush Pinkish-Red.
This is the Result of their Reproductive Hormones Increasing.
You will ONLY See this with the Mute Swans..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

One of the First Anxious Times is WHERE will the Swans Decide to Nest..
The FIRST Year or Two.. are the Biggest Worry.
Do EVERYTHING you can to Encourage them to Nest ON your Property.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Nest Building will Begin Mid-Late March…
It is Weather Dependent. ??? Which is Still a Mystery to me.

Nest Building may take 5 – 14 Days. Swans will be Mating.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Cob will Gather the Larger Coarse Twigs for the Nest Base.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Pen will Spend her Time EATING, EATing, Eating !!

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Female will Line the Cavity with Smaller Materials.
Dried Grasses, Leaves and FEATHERs, etc.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Egg Laying may Starts as Early as Mid-Late March.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

“Sitting for Incubation” might Start the Early Weeks of April..
MARK the DATE your Pen Starts to “SIT” FULL-Time ! ! !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Somehow, Swans Instinctively Know when there will be LOTS
of Insects Available for their Newly Hatching Cygnets.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

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Whether a Female Swan has been Mating or Not (No Male Mate),
by Age Three (Some at Two Years) Pens will Want to Nest.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Once the Main Nest Material is Collected and in Place,
the Pen’s Hormones will Prompt her to Pluck-Preen
Soft Fluffy Contour Feathers from her Lower Breast and Abdomen.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Term “Feathering the Nest” Comes from this Nesting Process.

This Creates a Thinner Layer of Feathers known as the “Brood Patch.”

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Pen Arranges the Fluffy Feathers in the Nest Cavity
to provide Additional Warmth and Insulation.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

This Thinner Layer of Feathers Allow the Blood Vessels
that Run Close to the Pen’s Skin in the “Brood Patch” to Pass her Body Heat
(Resting 103-104 Degrees) Directly to Incubate the Eggs at 101 Degrees.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Swan Pens.. Lay ONE EGG Every Other Day (Favoring Mornings)
until All her Clutch is in the Nest.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

A Clutch of 6 Eggs: 6 Laying Days.. and 5 Days in-between = 11 Days.
A Clutch of 8 Eggs: 8 Laying Days.. and 7 Days in-between = 15 Days.

The Pen will NOT “Sit” on her Eggs for more then a Few Minutes
while she is Laying them.. SHE will be Out EATING !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Cob will Protect and Keep Eggs Warm, but Can NOT Incubate.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

During the Egg Laying Time, the “Cob” will “Sit” with/or on the Eggs.
They Enjoy being Close to and Protecting the Eggs in their Nest.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

During the Laying Stage, Swans may Bury or Cover their Eggs
to keep them Safe until the Clutch is Complete and Ready to Incubate.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

ONLY the Mute Pen can Incubate their Eggs – The Clutch.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

IF Both Swans are Out on the Water.
You Might get a Chance to Sneak a Peek at the Nest/Eggs..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Swans are VERY QUICK to Head back to their Nest
if they SEE you in that Area !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

EATING: The Pen will be Seeking Soft Muddy Places to Find Insect Larva..
and will be EATING, EATing, Eating.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Their EATING Frenzy Starts about Three Weeks Before Egg Laying Starts.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

She is Getting Ready for 5 Long Weeks on her Nest..
The Average Mute Pens Weighs 22-26-28 Pounds.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Average Mute Clutch: 4-9 Eggs. Average Egg Weighs 13-14 Ounces.
7 Eggs = 6.00 Pounds of the Pens Body Weight.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Most Swan Eggs are Light Olive Tea Stained in Color.
Some ??? are a Very Pretty Pale Blue..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Make a Note of the Date the Pen is “Sitting” Full-Time,
Count Ahead 37 Days.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

If All Goes WELL, and Nothing Happens to this First Spring Clutch,
Hatching will occur -/+ 37 Days.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

When the Pen’s Egg Laying is Complete,
“Sitting” will Begin Around the Clock to Incubate her Eggs.
This Way all the Eggs will Incubate at the Same Time.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

During the Next 35-37 Days, the Pen will Need to take Short Breaks
for to Drink and to Relieve herself. Breaks are Short 4 to 6 Minutes.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Cob will Stay with the Nest and Eggs until the Pen Returns.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Cob will Frequently Switch Places for these Short Breaks..
and Protect the Eggs-Nest. You may See him Nod for her to “Get-Up.”

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

You may Observe them “Counting their Eggs.”

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Sometimes, Eggs will Crack as the Parents Trade “Sitting Duties” and Never Develop.
If they Leak the Clear Albumin, this will Attract Flies and Insects..
Try to Remove Cracked-Sticky or Stinky Eggs.

The Pen will Turn the Eggs Numerous Times a Day.
This Warms the Eggs Evenly and Helps Prevent the Embryos
from Sticking to One Spot in the Shell…

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Cobs will “Patrol” the Water’s Edge by the Nest…

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Cob will Usually Join his Female On or By the Nest near SunSet…

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

If the Swans are Comfortable with you Walking Toward their Nest,
Collect a Handful of Twigs or Greens like Ferns.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Lay the Twigs or Greens where they can Easily See them..
Be Safe doing this – Not TOO Close..

The Swans will Accept the “Gift” for their Nest.
The Next Day these will Likely be in the Nest.

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I have Done this Over and Over, I think it Helps with Trust..
They Understand you are not a Threat to their Nest.
Be Sure to “Nod” Hello as you Approach them.. Stay Calm.

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THE LONG WEEKS of INCUBATING the EGGs are About OVER !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

DAY 35: Two Days before the Cygnets Hatch, you may hear “Cheeping.”
The Term is “Pipping.” The Pen may Quietly Squeal to the Eggs..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Cygnets will Wiggle in their Eggs..
This will Cause the Pen to Stand more and Leave the Nest more Often.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Hungry, the Pen WILL Seek Food – Watch for her to EAT.
The Pen’s Hunger is a “Signal” of Imminent Nest Maturity.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Pen will get into the Water Frequently and Bring Moisture
on her Breast-Abdomen Back to the Nest to Help Soften the Egg Shells..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Do Your Best NOT to Interfere with this Process…
The General Advise is: NEVER Help a Half Hatched Egg..
The Swans’ Instinct will do the Best Job.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

AND the Swans Need Time for the Imprinting with their Cygnets..
Best to just Observe.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Soon After the Eggs Hatch, the Pen will Eat the Shell..
She is Reclaiming the Calcium her Body Provided for the Shell.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

All Eggs should Hatch within 36-48 Hours up to 72 Hours.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Cygnets MUST go to the Water by the Third Day to Start Eating.
“BUGS are the GRUB” for their First 10 Days…. LOTS and LOTS of Bugs…

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Swans will Gently take their little Cygnets back to the Nest for
Mid-Morning Naps and Short Rest Periods for Several Days.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

It is a TOTAL Joy to Watch Swan Parents Care for their Tiny Cygnets…

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

To Supplement Feed for the Cygnets – > > NON-Medicated “Start-n-Grow”
or a NON-Medicated Poultry “Crumble” in a Shallow Pan near the Water
will help if BUGS are Scarce…

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

READ: Feeding Swan Cygnets.. for more Info..
https://swanlovers.net/category/feeding-swan-cygnets/

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

In Some Situations it may be Necessary to Remove and Hand Raise Cygnets.
If Predators to Numerous. – If the Parents Reject some of the Cygnets.
If Cygnets Hatch in a Location they are Not Allowed.

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Hand Raised Cygnets have a Better Survival Rate. It is a Big Job.

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If the Swan Eggs are UnFertile and Not Going to Hatch..
Try to Remove after 42 Days.

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If the Eggs are Not going to Hatch… for whatever Reason,
Some Female will Simply Continue to “Sit”… and “Sit.”
OR if the EGGs are REALLY STINKY.. the Pen may just Leave.

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If you are able to Check the Eggs when the Pen Stands Up
or is OFF the Nest for a Few Minutes…

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Look for any Eggs Attracting Flies…
They are likely Rotting – Carefully Smell Them.
> > > Rotting Eggs that Smell BAD… SHOULD be Removed.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

If the Eggs DO NOT Hatch by Day 42 there is Little Chance they will..
They will likely SMELL TERRIBLE – Attracting FLIES..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Flies Around a Nest are a SIGN of Trouble.
Remove any Cracked or Foul Smelling Eggs.
Flies Carry Many Types of Diseases.

>>>> AND Flies May Lay Eggs – in 3 Day there will be Maggots in the Nest.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

WE have Replacement EGGs to SWAP-OUT Nasty EGGs.

OR Consider a Fly Repellent:

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

ABSORBINE FLYS-X Natural Fly Repellent
Ready-to-Use For Multi-Species Live Stock Use.
Repels & Controls Biting Flies, Mosquitoes, Gnats and Ticks.
Natural Ingredients: Rosemary Oil, Thyme Oil, Citronella Oil,
Cedar Oil, Clove Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Geraniol.

DO NOT SPRAY Directly into the Nest.. Use ORGANICs – ONLY if Needed..
Spray 4-5 Feet OUT from the Center of the Nest..
Spray Away from the Pen.. On Calm Day.

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42 Days on Eggs that will not Hatch.. is SIX Long Weeks.
Your Pen is not Eating more then a Few Bites during that Time.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Best to Remove/Discard the Eggs so your Pen will Start to Eat.
(From Articles) Report 20% of Pens will Sit until they Starve to Death.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Hopefully, the Pen will Leave the Nest Naturally…
If you Wait TOO Long.. the Eggs will EXPLODE.. YUCK !!

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Some Cobs will Encourage their Female to Leave the Nest..
Somehow, they know.. I have Witnessed this.. It is Sad.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Double Bag-Line a Small Bucket to Remove UnHatched Eggs.
If they Explode or you Drop them.. IT IS a BIG Mess.. Been There.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

I can not Imagine what a Pen does if an Egg Explodes
while they are Turning them.. They are “Stink Bombs !”

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Removing the Eggs is NOT a One Person Job..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Extra Hands.. and Make a Plan so you Know Who will do What.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

You will NEED to Contain the Cob in a Safe Place.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

This Makes the Job Safer for Us and for the Swans.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

We Put Our Cob in a Transport Carrier in a Safe, Shady Area.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

I use a Folding Lawn Chair – Turned Around as a Protection-Barrier.
Moving Closer Slowly to the Pen on her Nest.. be Patient.
Hopefully she will Move Off the Nest for a Few Minutes..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

IF the Pen will NOT Leave the Eggs on her Own..
Wrap a Large Beach Towel around her… Gently Move her off the Nest.
This is a VERY Stressful Time for a Pen.. Keep Calm – Work Quickly.

NOTE: When the First Cygnets Hatch.

Usually you will have Most Hatch within 24 Hours.. then maybe a Few more by 36 Hours..
IF there are UnHatched Eggs at 72 Hours they are Unlikely to Hatch..

Removing these will Stop the “Dam” from Continuing to try to Incubate them..
It is Time for her to take the Healthy Cygnets to the Water…
They NEED to Start Eating.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

It is VERY Common for One or Two Egg Not to Hatch.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

It is More Unusually for ALL the Eggs to Hatch.

There are MANY Reason Eggs do Not Hatch..
Maybe they are Not Fertile.
Maybe an Egg has a Tiny Crack.. Bacteria gets in..
Maybe the Air Exchange was Poor..
Maybe there is a Physical Defect ..
Maybe Deficient in Materials..
Maybe it Froze..
Maybe it Got TOO Wet..
Maybe…
Maybe…

Time to Remove and Discard the UnHatched and/or Eggs you know are Unfertile.

WHEN YOU Pick UP the UnHatched Eggs..
“Carefully” Smell.. Listen for Piping.. Feel for Wiggling..
IF you Hear Piping.. OR the Egg Wiggles.. > > Leave IT !
and it does NOT Smell Nasty.. PUT it Back in the Nest.
IT JUST Might Hatch..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Most Pens will Quickly Return to their Nest.. It is a Sad Time but Necessary.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Once the Nest is Empty.. the Swans will Likely Return for about a Day..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Taking the UnHatched Eggs Away Allows the Cob to “Close the Nest.”

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Now the Swans will Face ALL the Perils of Summer.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Nest Below is a Different Nest.. Built by Different Swans.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Most Swans are OUT on their Water the Next Day..
The Pen will be Eating.. Provide her a Good Quality Feed.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Reproductive Hormones for Both Swans will Decrease over the Next Two Weeks..
The Summer and Fall will be more Peaceful..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

If you have Cygnets Hatch… Then the Summer and Fall will be Busy !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Young Cygnets out Grazing for Crunchy BUGs !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Swan Cygnets GROW SO Fast.. They Need to be Strong and Healthy by Fall.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Swan Cygnets Grow SO FAST
https://swanlovers.net/category/swan-cygnets-grow-so-fast/

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

GENERALLY ALL SWANs INCUBATE their EGGs a Similar Number of Days.

MUTE Swans …………………………………. Aver. 36-*37 days
BLACK AUSTRALIAN Swans ………….. Aver. 36 days ………….. Twice Annually
BLACK NECKED Swans …………………. Aver. 36 days
COSCOROBA Swans ………………………. Aver. 35 days
TRUMPETER Swans ……………………… Aver. 35-36 days
TUNDRA-(Whistling) Swans ………….. Aver. 35-36 days
WHOOPER Swans …………………………. Aver. 36 days

BEWICK Swans ……………………………… Aver. 36 days
– I am trying to Figure Out where these Fit.

( While Reading, I did find a Variety of “Days for Incubation”)
Ranging from 32 – 45 Days. I Suspect some Guessing.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Black Australian Swans Nest Twice Annually.
Broods Hatching in March and October.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Black Australian Swans BENEFIT from Sheltering.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Basics for Nesting Swans is Similar. The Time of Year they Nest will Vary.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Trumpeter Swans Nest about a Month Later then the Mute Swans.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

It is a Good Idea to Remove the Nest Material when you are SURE
your Swans are Finished for the Season.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Decaying Nests make Great Homes for Mice, Rats, Bees, Snakes,
Spiders, Mold, Fungus, On and On, etc.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

In the Fall or Very Early Spring Pile some New Twigs for a Fresh Nest.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

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Swan Eggs are Lost for Various Reasons..

Swan EGGs are Commonly Lost to Freezing, Flooding, Raccoons..
People..Kids.. !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Spring Weather can Vary Greatly… Warm then COLD !
Uncovered Eggs may Freeze.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Spring Flooding – OH MY !!
When Heavy Rain Flash Floods their Nest Site !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

WET – Soaked.. Water will Enter the Eggs.
There are Very Fine Pores in the Shell that Allows Air to Enter-Exchange..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

More likely then not any Embros that are Developing will Drown.
OR Bacteria will Enter and Damage the Contents of the Eggs..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Nesting Material that Does NOT Drain.. Can Spoil the Eggs.
This Nest is Mostly Last Fall’s Leaves that are Mush after Days of Rain.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

WET Swan Eggs will turn Blue..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Days of Heavy Spring Rain.. Spoiled this Pen’s Eggs.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

These will be the “Anyone’s Guess” Eggs..
It is “Anyone’s Guess” if they will Hatch.. Few Do.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

I have Seen Swans Roll these Blue Eggs out of their Nest.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Disappearing EGGs – Raccoons are the Common Reason.
You may Find Broken, Empty Egg Shells in the Area Near the Water.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

As Long as there are One or Two Eggs in the Nest,
Most Pens will Continue to Incubate them.. And not Recycle.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

If All Eggs are Lost there is a Good Chance the Pen will Lay more Eggs.
She will EAT for 7-14 Days to Replenish her Body… “She will Recycle.”

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

You will See Mating AGAIN, if they Recycle for another Clutch – MORE Eggs.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Swans will START their Nesting ALL Over Again !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Incubating – “Sitting” in the Summer Heat is Very Hard on the Pens..
Try Providing some Shade.. Below the Pen is Using her Wings for Shade.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

The Cob will Notice the Pen Panting, Blinking.. Looking Distressed..
and will give her more Breaks on Hot Days.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

>>> Never Place Food Near the Nest… ! NO Closer then 30-40 Feet…
But, a Pan or Bowl of Clean (Change Daily) Cold Water on Hot Days
Placed Several Feet from the Nest is often “Welcomed” by the Pens.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

This Pen Trusted me.. I could Place a Cold Drink on her Nest..

Watch/Remove ANY Pan of Water Close to Hatching..
If the Container is Too Deep a Tiny Cygnet MIGHT Climb IN

and NOT be able to Get Out..

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

” BIG SMILE “

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

With or Without Cygnets it is Time for Swans to be Out on their Water.
Swans are Safer on the Water Environment !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Enchanting Memories.

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Gathered for YOUR Information (FYI) …May 2021
From our Years of Visiting Nesting Swans Far and Wide.
We had Experiences with Feral Mute Swans and Private Captive Swans.

We have Learned.. There are NO 100% Rules with Swans.
Swans Do NOT Read the Books Written about them..
… SwanLovers Linda & Rob
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When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Protect Yourself from the Hormonal Cob..
He will be a Challenge to Work Around.
BUT, it is his JOB to Protect his Family.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Give him Space and Understanding.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

Working Safely with Swans is a Challenge.

 When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

These Bubble Wrapped Fan Rake are a BIG Help.

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

I Prefer the Cobs Whack my Repelling Tool.. then ME !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch
When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

A Large Vinyl Trash Can is a Great Object for a Cob to Flog !

When Will Swan Eggs Hatch

MAYBE a SUMP PUMP Will WORK

March 20th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP - (Comments Off on MAYBE a SUMP PUMP Will WORK)
DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

A Winter Wake is a Disturbance in the Surface of Water
that Inhibits Freezing.

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During the Warm Weather a Spray Fountain was in this Country Pond.

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This is a Retention Pond. Guessing about FOUR Feet Deep in some Areas.

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We Learned a Lot from our Visits with these Swans.

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We Stopped Late on a Very Cold Afternoon to Drop-Off Bags of Lettuce.

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Rob Walked out on the Dock.. I Came Down to the Pond for a Few Minutes.

DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

It was not Long before Thick Clouds Covered the Sky.. Blocking the Sun.

DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

The Air Chilled Quickly.. My Tolerance for the Cold has its Limits.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

Discouraged by the Lack of Sun and my Cold Fingers, I went back to our Van.

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I Always Enjoy our Pond Visits.. and Photographing the Various Swans.

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The Following Series of Images were a Surprise.

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While Rob Continued to Feed the Swans..
I Snapped the Following Images Sitting in the Van out of the COLD.

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What I was Seeing in my View Finder.. were VERY Dark Images..

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I Figured I would be Deleting these Once on my Computer.. TOO Dark !

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I was Glad that I Captured these Almost Silhouette Images.

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By 4:30PM.. it was OverCast with Thick Clouds and getting Dark.

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When this Pair Saw our Van Pull-in.. they would Head Over for Treats.

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Depending on Rain and Snow Melt.. The Pond Water Level would Vary.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP
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Mid-March of 2014, a Fair Amount of their Pond was Still Ice Covered.

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This is the Start of the Winter of 2014 – 2015..

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I Tried to See what was Swirling the Water to Keep the Ice Free Area.

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I Asked the Wife.. She said, it was a Sump Pump Attached to the Dock Post.

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What I could See.. Reminded me of a Leaf Blower..
A Jet of Water near the Surface. * There is an Electric Cord in the Water.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

Do a SEARCH for: POND Aeration SUMP PUMP
>>> : POND DeIcing SUMP PUMP

DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

Sump Pumps Draw Water TOWARD the Unit and Discharge with Force..

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This Action also Pulls any nearby Debris toward the Unit.
Leaves, Pine Needles, Trash, etc. can QUICKLY STOP the Water Flow.
This may cause the Unit to OverHeat…. > > > > POOF !! Short Life..

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Do a Search for: Clean vs. Dirty Sump Pumps.
Not All Sump Pumps are Created Equal. Some are More Suited for this.

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We Visited this Swan Pond for Nine Years.
The Same DeIcing Pump was there each Winter.

DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

This was a Favorite Swan Pond we would Visit over the Years.

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We got to Observe the Young Pair Bond, Mature, Nest and Hatch Cygnets.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP
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These Swans knew us Well.. Enjoyed our Salad Greens and Treats.

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“For Your Information.” ..FYI .. SwanLover Linda March 2021
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We Frequently Drove Home as the Sun was Setting over Adams County.

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This Country Colonial Farm was SOLD. All the Swans were ReHomed.

SubSurface Diffusers for Open Water

March 15th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Winter Wake by SubSurface Diffusers - (Comments Off on SubSurface Diffusers for Open Water)


SUBSURFACE CIRCULATING AERATOR SYSTEMS
Work by STREAMING AIR BUBBLEs.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

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The Air-Bubble Streams Circulate Water from the Lower Pond
and Improves the Oxygen to a Pond’s Lower & Upper Levels.

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During the Winter, Movement of Circulating Water Inhibits Surface Freezing on Pond and Lakes. Waterfowl-Swans NEED an Open Water Area.

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From July 2015 to May 2017, our Swans were Living
on a Lovely Country Pond with an Island.

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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

We tried using a Submersible Pump Set-up the First Winter – 2015-2016.
It Worked.. but, the Debris that Drains into this Pond meant the Pump Needed to be Cleaned Frequently. NO FUN when it is Very Cold.

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And there is an Electric Cord in the Water..
I have Never been Comfortable with Electric Cords being in the Water..
Due to the Risk of Electric Leakage. The Electric Box is a GFCI.

 GFCI Receptacles are Required where a Water Source is Present.
For All Locations that are Wet or Damp – Rain, Fog, Snow, Ice, etc.

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This was their First Winter on this Pond.. Lots to Learn..
Our Swans found the Inflow Drain Pipe Water was Warmer..
The Pipe Runs through the Earth and Warms the Water !! Smart Swans.

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By the Spring of 2016, I knew we wanted to Seek Another System.
The Submersible Pump kept a Large Open Area.. in One Place.
Our Swans were Confined to this One Open Water Location for Months.

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In Early Summer of 2016, I Researched Bubble Aerators-Diffusers.
I Read Every Website I could Find. (Several Times.)

POND & LAKE Aeration Explained.. Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQNQ6fefhFQ

Several of the Ponds we had Visited have Bubble Diffusers.
I asked Questions about their Experiences.. Gathered Info.

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The TWO Main Problems.. THE Compressors Vibrate – Hum..
Mounting them on any House Structure or Deck was Annoying.

If the Compressor was Mounted by the House..
Then the Weighted Air Hose had to be VERY LONG..and Buried.. Not Ideal.
Over Time 3-5 Years the Hose may need to be Replaced.

Having a Sturdy Structure Close to the Pond to House or Mount the Compressor seemed Better. .. if Possible.

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Second Common Complaint, the Hose Clamps that came with the Units did not Hold.
The Air Hoses would Pop Off due to the High Air Pressure..

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As I was Checking Various Things OnLine this Week.. (March 2021)
I Found MANY DIY YouTube Videos.. of Folks Sharing their Installations.
And Some of their Handy Tips.. LOTs of Helpful Ideas and Advise.

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Air-Oxygen is Blown Through a Weighted Hose to a
Diffuser Unit Positioned on the Pond or Lake Bottom.

This is the WebPage – YouTube Video I Found Helpful.
Kasco Marine Robust Aire Instructional Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rQOBhraCHc

Everytime I Looked for a More Dependable System.
This KASCO Robust-Aire RA3 was the System I kept coming back to.
Since the Fall of 2016.. There are Many more Brands
and Styles of SubSurface Diffuser Systems.

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Air Bubble Diffusers Systems Require an Air Compressor
– Located on a Sturdy Structure. Or Housed InSide with Lots of Air Space.

Many Compressor have Cabinets Available to Protect the Units OutSide.
They have a Key/Lock to Help Prevent Tampering..

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I Liked the Idea of the Multiple Diffuser Systems.
This will Gently Circulation in Several Areas of the Pond.
We could Service Both Sides of the Island.

We Picked a THREE Diffuser Package with Compressor Cabinet.
KASCO Marine ..Robust-Aire RA3.

I did a Google Map OverView.. ( The Three White Ovals are our Swans. 🙂
Together We Planned where the Diffuser Units would be Most Effective..

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A Small Stable Pond Boat was Strongly Suggested.

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I could not Order the Equipment through KASCO. (Summer 2016)
I had to Work-Order through a Pond Service Company in Eastern PA.
They Placed the Order.. Everything was Delivered.

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In the Fall of 2016, we had the Robust-Aire RA3 System (DIY) Installed
in the Lovely Pond with an Island, where our Swans were Living.

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When I say “We”.. I was there. The Men who Love and Cared
for our Swans DID all the Hard Work.. a “DIY” Project.

I just Snapped these Images – a Record of the Project.

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The Diffuser Units and Weighted Hoses will be DOWN 4 to 8 Feet.
To Weight the Diffusers.. a BAG of Landscape Pea Gravel is Needed.

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The Only Thing I Changed were the Hose Clamps.. See Attached.
I Heard the Ones that Come with the Units are not Dependable.

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One Swan Pond had the Hoses Pop Off Repeated.. Disconnecting the Hose from a Diffuser. These had to be Located by Diving and Feeling..
( Yep, having a Simple Location Buoy will be Added ! )

I Supplied a Dozen Stronger Hoses Clamps for all Hose Attachments..
SUBSTITUE HOSE CLAMPs ..SKU 100589
#12 Stainless Steel 1/2 Inch Band – Fits 1/2″ to 1/ 1/4 Diameter Hose

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To Weight the Diffusers.. (For our Three Diffusers)
We Needed ONE Bag of Garden Landscape Pea Gravel.

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If you do a Search for: .>>> YouTube Pond Aeration..
You will FIND Lots of Folks who Share their Experiences and Ideas..
More Videos Every Year.

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Add the Sports Bottle Buoys just in case a Hose Comes OFF a Diffuser..
I Looked for Small Water Bouys. The Smaller Ones were 12 Inch Bright Red..
or 15 to 18 Inches – LONG White.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

I did not want to see Anything on the Surface of this Peaceful Country Pond..
Just the Swans and their Busy Waterfowl Community.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Bubble Diffusers are Weighted with Landscape Pea Gravel.
If you try to use the Hose to Pull a Diffuser UP ..
There is a BIG Risk it will Pull Apart…

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Trying to Locate the Diffuser in the Settled Silt-Muck COULD be a Challenge..

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Use the Rope Tied to a Bottle Buoy if you Need to Lift the Diffusers.
Over Time the Weighted Hose will Need to be Changed.. 3 to 5 Years. Maybe.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Protective Case on the Compressor has been Effective.
This System has Worked Flawlessly for 4+ Years.. 24/7 (As of March 2021)

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Everything is READY – TIME to Put the Diffusers into the POND !

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

These Gentlemen Worked Well Together.. Almost a Fun Project.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

YEAH ! ! The Diffuser C is About to be Placed.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Diffuser B is Loaded into the Boat.. 🙂

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

No Need to Cut the Ropes to the Buoys Short.
An Extra Length will be Available for any Adjustments Needed in the Future IF the Water Level Changes.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

There was Very Little Rain in the Summer of 2016 to Fill this Pond…

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Bottles should be Under Water. Just Visible to Located the Diffusers.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Keep the Sports Bottle Buoy Rope Taunt and NO Loose Ends..
Tuck the Excess Rope Ends UP inside the Bottles.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

So the Nosey Birds do not get Tangled with them. OR CHEW Them..

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

And Diffuser A is Going into the Pond.. Successful Installation !

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Thanks to the Gentlemen at this Pond.. This was a “DIY Project.”
These Men Worked Well Together. They did a Great Job.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Deeper the Diffuser the Calmer the Surface will be. B is 8 Feet Deep.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Diffuser C in about 4 Feet of Water.. More Bubbles on the Surface.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Diffuser A – Not Sure of the Depth.. Maybe 4 Feet+.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

This Winter the Falling Leaves and Twigs will NOT Prevent Circulation !

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Our Swans will have Several Areas of Open Water.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

There is a Correlation between the Air Temperature,
the Depth of the Diffusers, the Pond Circulating Water and
the Size of the Opening the Bubble Duffusing Units will Keep Open..

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The COLDER the Air Temperature the Smaller the Liquid Opening..
A LONG Sustained Cold Spell will Test the Limit.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Moving Current did not Flow to the Bridge.. That Area Froze.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The One Side of the Pond, where Two Diffusers were Place.. GREAT Space !

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Other Side of the Island had a Nice Size Open Area with One Diffuser.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

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After the Winter of 2016-2017, I was Able to Estimate the Ice Free Areas
our Swans had for their Coldest Weather Safe Space.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Pond & Lake Aeration Explained (4 seasons)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEc0BBia6gs

Our Bubble Diffuser System is:
>>>> KASCO Marine Robust-Aire Diffusers RA3 System

THERE is NO ELECTRIC CORDs in the Water.. Just Weighted Air Hose.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Our SWANs WOULD NOT be Able to Chew on ANYTHING.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

KASCO® DE-ICERS To View these Links >>> Copy and Paste to Browser.
https://www.kasco-marine.com
https://www.canadianpond.ca/de-icer.html
https://www.kascomarine.com/products/aerators/

https://www.propondandlakes.com/kascomarineaerators.aspx
Nice Websites with Many Options.. and ***Info

I Believe KASCO has a Service to Assist you with Planning a System.
KASCO is a Very Good Product.. We have NO Complaints.

Kasco Marine is located in Prescott, Wisconsin.
Contact them by Phone or Email with any Questions
or Comments about Their Products. www.kascomarine.com
Address: 800 Deere Road, Prescott, WI 54021 USA
Phone: 1 (715) 262-4488 .. mail.sales@kascomarine.com

If you need to use Extension Cords – Run through PVC Conduit.
Be SURE your Cords are Safe for OutDoor Use.

DO NOT PLACE PLUG CONNECTIONS IN THE WATER ! !

NO Loops.. Swans LOVE to Pull at Cables and Ropes.
The Swans will Pick and Chew at Rope, Cords, Electric Cables, etc.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Just Streams of Bubbles to Wash their Faces and Bellies in.

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The GI Pond does not have DuckWeed, WaterMeal, or Algae..
There are NO UnderWater Plants.. SAV – Submerged Aquatic Vegetation.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

NOT Sure Why.. Maybe it is the Colorful Swams of KOI..
The Turbidity is High.. only about 9-10 inches.. on Average.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Even after Heavy Rains that Flush the Pond, the Turbidity is High.
High Turbidity Prevents SunLight Penetrating to Allow Plant Growth..

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

We had the Pond Water Tested-Analysed.. Nothing Abnormal.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Quality was Acceptable for Swimming.. Which was a Surprise !
There are LOTs of Wild Waterfowl that Frequent this Pond.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

We were able to Visit the Swans about Once a Week.. (BIG Smile 🙂

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

A High-Low Thermometer was Mounted by the Pond.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

To Date: We are into the March of 2021.
The Diffusers have Worked without Anyone Needing to Do ANY Cleaning.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

It was Funny to Watch the Swans Wash their Faces in the Bubble Streams.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Everything Changed Again During the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2017.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Now there are Young Cygnets on this Pond.. January 2018 was Bitter Cold.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

These Young Swans did Very Well in the Open Water.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Young Cygnets have Grown into Beautiful Swans.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Our Swans… Too Long a Saga to Tell here. They were Moved to a New Pond.
They had Developed WanderLust. We did what was Best for them..

Our Wonderful World of Swans Continues to Expand.. 🙂

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THE POND GUY.. >>> A Profile of your Pond is a FREE Service..
They have the AirMax Products. >>> https://www.thepondguy.com

https://www.thepondguy.com/contact_us
TECH SUPPORT & CUSTOMER CARE: Phone: 866-POND-HELP (766-3435)

Street Address: 15425 Chets Way Street – Armada, MI 48005

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This Page is from our Experience with One Bubble Diffuser System.
It was Installed October 2016.. and has Worked Non-Stop Flawlessly Since.
Complied by SwanLover Linda M.Sweger …MARCH 2021
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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

KEEPING A WINTER WAKE in SHALLOW WATER

March 13th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Shallow Water Circulating Aerators - (Comments Off on KEEPING A WINTER WAKE in SHALLOW WATER)

Shallow Water Circulating Aerators

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

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Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Many Swans will Play in the Churning Water Current.. Silly Swans.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Do a Search for: >>> Shallow Pond Aeration System

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

There are SO Many Different Styles of Aerators..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

A BackYard Waterfowl Rescuer Purchased a KASCO Aerator for their Pond..
They seemed to be Happy with the Unit..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Their Pond is not very deep. Maybe Waist High or a bit more..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators
Shallow Pond Water Aerators

They needed to Find a Unit that the Silt would NOT Keep Clogging..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

It is like the one in this image from a Local Golf Course Pond.
IT MOVES Water. (-;

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

These are the only ones I am a little familiar with..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

No Aerator in Image Below.. Just LOVE the Fall Season Colors..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

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THE POND GUY.. thepondguy.com >> https://www.thepondguy.com
They have the AirMax Products.

Street Address: 15425 Chets Way Street – Armada, MI 48005
Mail To Address: P.O. Box 38 – Romeo, MI 48065

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

https://www.thepondguy.com/contact_us
TECH SUPPORT & CUSTOMER CARE: Phone: 866-POND-HELP (766-3435)

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

A Profile of your Pond is a FREE Service..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

The Swans below.. were in a Flowing Stream.. their Pond was FROZEN..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

These Folks will be able to Help you Design an Area in your
Pond or Lake to keep an OPEN Water Area.. – A Winter Wake.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Your Swans will be Safer and Happier in a Larger Area.. Winters are LONG.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

If you need to use Extension Cords – Run these through PVC Conduit.
Be SURE your Cords are Safe for OutDoor Use.
DO NOT PLACE PLUG CONNECTIONS IN THE WATER ! !

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

This Little Series of Cygnets Playing in the Aerator Current is JUST FUN !

Shallow Pond Water Aerators
Shallow Pond Water Aerators
Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Swan Cygnets are Silly.. They will Play Chase. Happy Little Swans.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

NO Loops.. Swans LOVE to Pull at Cables and Ropes.
The Swans will Pick and Chew at Rope, Cords, Electric Cables, etc.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Make Sure a Very Nosey Swan would NOT be Able to Get their Face
into a Propeller..?? Check there is a Grill to Prevent that.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

I hear Many Swan Folks Report their Swans Enjoy Playing in the Aerators.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Shallow Pond Aerators
Doing a Little OnLine Research for DeIcing with Aerators was Fun.
There are Many Companies.. You will LEARN Much about all the Benefits..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

The Following Series is an Example of Swans TRYING to Keep the Water
from Freezing by Moving their Legs.. I hear this Too Often.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators
Shallow Pond Water Aerators

The Shallow Water is Becoming Super Cooled.. COLD !

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Moving – Paddling their Feet is all that is Keeping the Surface from Freezing.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

The Swans went to the Feed Containers….

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

In just a Few Minutes the Water Froze Solid.. Firm Enough for the Swan to Stand on.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

After Eating a Dry Feed Mixture, this Swan wanted to Drink.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

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Information Compiled March 2021 … (c) PA SwanLover Linda M. Sweger
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We Always Enjoyed our Visiting with these Swans.
Grateful for the Friendships that Developed.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

KEEPing an Area of Shallow Water Ice Free.

March 10th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in DeICING a Shallow Water Area with Bubble Hose - (Comments Off on KEEPing an Area of Shallow Water Ice Free.)

Maybe Bubble Hose will do the Job for You.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

A Winter Water Wake for WaterFowl..
Keeping Water Moving and Mixing to Prevent Freezing.

As we Traveled about Visiting Swan Ponds, we had a Chance to Observe
what Other Swan Folks in our General Area were doing to Care for their Swans. (Good Memories)

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

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DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Year after Year… We Visited through All the Seasons.
Pastoral Summer Days Turned to Frosty Fall Mornings to Frigid Winter Nights.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

There was One Place that Kept the Shallow End of their Pond Open during the Winter with a Bubble Hose. ….It Worked Well.

The Images Range from 2009-2018.

When the Large Bird Bath Froze it was Time to Turn the Bubble Hose ON !

DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose

A Compressor Unit with Various Hoses WORKED !
The Compressor Unit is Sheltered in the Gazebo – Up Under a Table.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

The Compressor MUST have GOOD Air Flow.. Do NOT ENCLOSE !

DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose

This is a Garden Hose Connected to the Compressor.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Here there is a Length of Vinyl Tubing in Shallow Water.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose

We were Impressed at HOW WELL this Works for this Pond.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose

BUBBLE HOSE… for DeICING a Shallow Water Area..

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Do a Search for >>> Weighted Pond Bubble Hose

I was Surprised at the Number of Companies and Help that is Available.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Canadianpond.ca
Bubble Tubing®, Fine Bubble Linear Diffuser
https://canadianpond.ca/bubble-tubing-fine-bubble-linear-diffuser/

Bubble Hose Diffusers.. for Shallow Waters 2-4 Feet..
Compressor and Weighted Air Hose in the Water.
* NO Electric Cable in the Water.

I am NOT Crazy having the Compressors – They Hum..Vibrate.
But, I Decided this is Safer then having Electric Cords in the Water..

Try to keep any Compressor away from your Home.. Noisy – HUM..
The New Compressors are Quieter..

Having a Timer.. Allows for the Compressors to Run Only at Night.

If you need to use Extension Cords – Run these through PVC Conduit.

Protecting ANY Electric Cables in PVC Conduit…is Helpful..
Conduit is Cheap. Replacing Damaged Electric Cable is Expensive.

Be SURE your Cords are Safe for OutDoor Use.
DO NOT PLACE PLUG CONNECTIONS IN THE WATER ! !

Shallow Fresh Water Ponds and Lakes can Start to Freeze at 32 Degrees F.
They Do NOT have Much Lower Level Warm Water as a Deeper Body of Water.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Healthy Swans will do Well in OPEN Water..
With Plenty of Healthy Foods.

They NEED to Keep their Feet in Liquid Water to Stay Warm.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

I had to Laugh when I Found this Pair Sitting in a Puddle of Melting Snow.
Water was Draining Toward their Pond. Their Feet were in Liquid Water.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Consider how Small Ducks and Some Geese are doing..

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

If Ducks and Geese are Doing OK during the Winter in your
Water Environment.. your Healthy Swans should do Well..

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THE POND GUY.. thepondguy.com >> https://www.thepondguy.com
They have the AirMax Products.

Street Address: 15425 Chets Way Street – Armada, MI 48005
Mail To Address: P.O. Box 38 – Romeo, MI 48065

https://www.thepondguy.com/contact_us
TECH SUPPORT & CUSTOMER CARE:
Phone: 866-POND-HELP (766-3435)

These Folks will be able to Help you Design an Area in your
Pond or Lake to keep an OPEN Water Area.. – A Winter Wake.

A Profile of your Pond is a FREE Service..

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Doing a Little OnLine Research for DeIcing with Bubble Hose.. was Fun.
There are Many Companies.. You will LEARN Much about all the Benefits..

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Information Compiled March 2021 … (c) Linda M. Sweger

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We Want to Thank this Family for the Privilege of Visiting with their Swans.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose
DeIcing with Bubble Hose

While Visiting this Pond ONE Cold Winter Day, I Noticed these Piles of Dirt.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

They are the Result of Frost Heaving.. Best Example I have Found.. Cool.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

THE SWAN POND FROZE OVERNIGHT

March 3rd, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in OOPs MOTHER NATURE SURPRISED US. - (Comments Off on THE SWAN POND FROZE OVERNIGHT)

The SWANS were NOT in their Winter Wake.

SWAN POND FROZE OVERNIGHT

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SWAN POND FROZE OVERNIGHT

In Late April of 2008.. We Arranged a Private Property Sanctuary Home
for “Handsome Fellow.” We had Rescued him in July 2007.

SWAN POND FROZE OVERNIGHT

We had Care for him in Several Places during his LONG Months of Recovery.. “Handsome” had his Entire Left Wing Removed to Save his Life.

SWAN POND FROZE OVERNIGHT

Thank YOU to ALL… Who Helped us with this BIG Project..
…One Day at a Time.

SWAN POND FROZE OVERNIGHT

It was Time for a Real Po