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TRANSPORTING Swans and Cygnets

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


Transporting Swans

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

Catching Swan
But, might be Very Scary – even Traumatic for the Swans.Catching SwanJust the Act of Catching the Swans or Cygnets is Stressful.Catching a Swan
Some Socialized Swans will Travel very Well…Transporting Swans
There are a Few that will be Terrified the Entire Time.Transporting Swans
They Alarm Call and Panic which can lead to Harmful STRESS
and/or Physical Injuries.

It is TRUE that Stress can kill Birds.
Remember 3 Things – Be Calm, Stay Calm, Remain Calm.
If you want to know WHY…
SEARCH for and Read about – Capture Myopathy.

FROM: http://wildlifedisease.unbc.ca/
Exertional or Capture Myopathy (disease of the muscle) is a non-infectious Disease of Muscles that is characterized by damage to Muscle Tissues brought about by Physiological Changes, usually following Extreme Exertion, Struggle and/or Stress.
This can be Fatal..

If a Swan starts to Struggle hold them just enough to Control them
and allow them to Calm Down.
Mute Swans generally Settle Down after a Quick Burst of Movement.
Trumpeter Swans tend to Struggle Longer.
We have Little Experience Traveling with other Species of Swans.

DO NOT HUG a Swan’s Ribs too Tightly.
They can not Breathe and will REALLY Struggle.

Catching a Swan
Speak Calmly and with a Soft Voice. Yelling will Scare a Swan.

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

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

PLAN AHEAD: There are many things to do to get ready.

It is GOOD to Transport Mid-to Late Morning..
The Swans need some time to See and Adjust to their New Home/Pond.Transporting Swans

Have a Large Dark Sheet or Blanket to Cover a very Rammy Swan.
We have only had two maybe three Swans.. Panic.
Rarely happens.. most Swans Travel well..

Some are a Little Restless. Some will Stand and Prance..Transporting Swans
They may Rake their Beak..Transporting Swans
A Thinner Tube Sock ( with the Elastic Area Removed) over their Head will Stop Beak Injury. Remove once the Swan Settles..

Have a Large Towel or Small Blanket available.Transporting Swans
Wrap the Swan with the Towel to control their Wings..
This helps get the Swan in the Carrier-Box without the Wings
flapping all over the place.
The Swan’s Wings can REALLY Whack you. Transporting Swans The Towel is Helpful, if you need to get into the Carrier-Box for any reason.

Have EXTRA NewsPaper to Change if Needed.
For a Long Trip, Roll Up some of the Soiled Layers of Newspaper
and Toss when you Stop along the Way.
Have some Plastic Bags for the Soiled Papers.
Swans are BIG Messy Birds.. LOTs of Poop.

It Helps to have Water & Paper Towels for Clean-Ups.
I keep a Gallon of Fresh Water in our Van..
Just in case I need it for ANY Reason..

BE VERY CAREFUL if you try to do some Clean-up..
That the Swan does not get away from YOU !!!!Transporting Swans*****************************************************


DO NOT PUT SWANs or CYGNETs LOOSE in your Vehicle.
OR in the Back of a Truck Bed Open to the Air – UnSecured.
This Distraction is NOT Safe for You or the Swans.
The Risk of Breaking their Wings, Legs and Necks.. TOO Risky.Transporting Swans    These Young Cygnet eventually Died.. from Bone Abscesses.

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

Is Your Air Conditioning and/or Heat Working. ??
BE VERY CAREFUL NOT to Over Heat the Swans.
You need to keep the Conditions inside the Carrier-Box Comfortable.

Transporting Swans Comfortable Vehicle Temp is important.
Being Dehydrated and Overheated can cause Brain Damage.

KEEP the Vehicle at a Comfortable Cool Temperature.
Inside the Carrier-BOX Can get TOO Warm. Check Swans Frequently. Swans can GET VERY HOT in a Confined Space.

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

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

One Swan moved by itself is more Frightening..
Two Swans moved together are Comforting to Both.

For a Trip an Hour or Less.. you could Skip the Water.
but, a Chunk of Wet Lettuce is a Treat.Transporting Swans
It is GOOD if you can See the Swans as you Travel..
Check Swans Once an Hour or Two. Listen for Activity.
Soft Vocal Sounds are the Swan Talking to you..
If they are ALARM Calling.. try to Comfort.. Stay Calm.

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

Transporting Swans
Have a Gallon Jug of Fresh Cold Water with You. Corn and Lettuce.
Putting Whole Corn and/or Some Broken Lettuce in the Water Tub.

Once you HEAR a Swan Drinking you will know it is Relaxed.
A Stressed Swans will NOT Eat or Drink.Transporting Swans
When you hear them Slopping in the Water.
Smile, they are Relaxed.. A Sound I Love to Hear…

Keep Noise and Radio Low – CALM and Quiet is Best.Transporting Swans
Talk to the Swans. Let them get to know your Calm Voice..

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

DRIVE like you are Transporting a Fish Aquarium FULL of Water.Transporting Swans
Do not Take Turns Quickly or STOP Suddenly.
The Swan may be Standing and this might Twist their Legs..

Choose a SAFE Transport Carrier-Container-Sturdy Box.

Please have Separate Containers for the Larger Swans/Cygnets.
Mute Cygnets 4-8 Months Old should Weight 16-20 Plus Pounds.Transporting Swan
If One gets Rammy or Panics – they are BIG and can Hurt Each Other.

A Swan’s BIG Feet have Claws that can SCRATCH…Transporting Swans
Cygnet Leg Bones are STILL Fragile, they can Bend Easily.Transporting Swans
This will not Correct itself.. Better to be Safe.

If you are Moving Mute Swans..
A Healthy Mature Mute Pen will be around 24-26 Pounds at most. Transporting Swans
A Healthy Mature Mute Cob may weigh as much as 30-Plus Pounds. Transporting Swans

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

We use Large Hard Shell Pet Transport Carriers.Transporting SwansTransporting Swans
These come apart for Easy Washing..
They come in various Sizes. A LARGE One is BEST.Transport Carrier
These can be USED for Many Things.. VERY Helpful to Have. Transporting Swans  Transporting Swans

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

OR If you do not have Large Pet Carriers.
GET a VERY LARGE Sturdy CardBoard Box..or Two.Transport Carrier This Box would be Good for a Swan/Cygnet 10-15 Pounds.

More Info will Follow.. about CardBoard Boxes.

If you are Transporting very Young Cygnets.
Smaller Carriers are OK. Medium Size Cat Pet Carriers.Transport Carrier
Only put 2-3 Young Cygnets in One Container.
They should be OK Together – Comforting Each Other.Transporting Swans
Check them Frequently. Provide some WET Chopped Lettuce..Transporting Swans
Sometimes Cygnets will Crowd into the Corners when Scared.Transporting Swans
This Crowding Behavior is Common when Cygnets are 1-6 Weeks Old.
The Crowding may result in Smaller Cygnets Suffocating.Transporting Swans
Make sure all the Cygnets are Breathing.

Lots of NewsPaper for the bottom of the Carrier allows me
to Roll-up and Discard most of the Poop.
Expect LOTs of POOP – that is Normal.Transporting Swans
Young Swans are POOP Machines…


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

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



Add a Dozen Holes for Ventilation. Transporting Swans
Air Holes NOT Larger then 2 Inches.
( Smaller Holes for Young Cygnets.)
Their Heads can come through Larger Holes.
Swans and Cygnets may Hang themselves
trying Pull their Heads back into the Box.

 Transporting Swans Line & Tape to the Bottom a Large Trash-Garbage Bag
to make a Moisture Barrier. Swans are Messy Birds.
Add Generous Thick Layers of Newspaper.
Straw is OPTIONAL. NO HAY ! !

A LARGE 3 Pound Margarine Tub fixed to One Corner.
To Provide about 3 Inches of Fresh Cold Water. Transporting Swans
Some Chopped Lettuce and maybe some Corn in the Water Tub.
Have Scratch for Young Cygnets.. and a Smaller Water Tub.

Fresh Water in an Attached Tub – Several Inches. NOT TOO Full.
Better to Occasionally Add some Water then have a WET Mess.
When you Put a Swan in the Box – Orient it to Reach the Water Tub.
Otherwise they may not be able to Turn Around…. Transporting Swans

BE SURE you have a Way to Secure the OPEN FLAPs.
You do NOT want a Swan Loose in your Vehicle. Transporting Swans
Bungees or Ropes
Take Care the Swan can not get Tangled.

SIDE STORY: One Gal picked up two BIG Cygnets in Boxes
without any way to keep the Boxes Closed.Transporting Swans
On the Drive Home the Cygnets got out into her Car several time.
Inside the BOX Can get TOO Warm.. Check Swan Frequently.
IF You Stop in Your Trip Home..
DO NOT Leave Car in the SUN !

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

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

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


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

 Transporting Swans
If there is TIME, ask about their Parents..
??? Related or Unrelated..???
Try NOT to acquire Brother – Sister Pairings.. Transporting Swans
Try to get your Breeding Pairs from Different Broods.

Ask for about 3-4 Days worth of the Feed they Normally are Eating.
This will let you know what their Diet has been.
This will be a Clue to their General Health.
A Cygnet 6-8 Months Old should be 18-20+ Pounds.

Check for the Pinioned Wing. OR the Clipped Wing. Transporting Swans
IF the Swan or Cygnet is FULL-WING.. CLIP ASAP ! ! !
Otherwise, when you get Home the Swan will Fly Away !!!!!

Clipping Captive Swan Pets          READ this Complete Page

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

If Sex-Vent Checked: It is more Reliable for Males..
… if the Boy Parts are Found.
For Females Vent Sexing is Unreliable.
If the Female is 3-4 Years Old.. they should Lay Eggs in the Spring.
Eggs = Female.. Transporting Swans

Once Home, BE SURE Your New Swans or Cygnets are EATING.
If a Swan or Cygnet is not Familiar with Bag Poultry-Waterfowl Feeds… Transporting Swans
If they have only been Fed Corn – Poultry-Waterfowl Feed is Foreign. Transporting Swans
Feral- Wild Rescues need to Learn what Commercial Bag Feed is.
Put some Feed in their Drinking Water so they Taste it.

During Cold Months, when there are NO Plants to Eat a New Swan may NOT Understanding you are providing Food. Transporting Swans
This is a Reason for a New Swan to Wander Away.
Make SURE they are Eating..

Here a Resident Swan MAY be Helpful. (Not Always)
When they Eats from a Feed Mix Container the New Swan/Cygnet will see. Transporting Swans
Swans do Learn from each other.


LARGE Wire Transport Carriers
Commonly used for Dogs.

 Transporting Swans

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

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

If BLOOD FEATHERs are Present at the
Time of Transport DO NOT use these.

The LONG Flight Feathers can get Caught, Break and Bleed.
New Tail Feathers can Bleed.. Swan DO NOT have Extra Blood.
ANY Blood Lose is a Concern.. Transporting Swans

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

*** If you ONLY have a Large Wire Type Dog Carrier.
It is BEST to Line the Sides with CardBoard.
( Make Sure the Swans can NOT Swallow any Strings or Twist Ties.)

LIne Bottom with LOTs of NewsPaper or Straw..
NO HAY ! !

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


I have found Used Pet Carriers at various Second Hand Stores.
Check Yard Sales and Auctions or some times on CraigsList.
You might find a Large Pet Carrier at a reasonable Price.

OVER TIME: We have found a Variety of Pet Carriers along the Road.  Placed out for the Weekly Trash Collection.
Some have been Like New.

ALWAYS WASH Well… Disinfect with 10% Bleach.

Consider HAVING at Least ONE LARGE Box READY at ALL Times.
It is good to have Something READY, if “God Forbid” you would
need to take a Swan to the Vets. Transporting Swans

It is a good idea for any Swans Owner to have One Box like this ready  just in case there is an Emergency and a Swan needs to be taken for Medical Attention.
An Injured or Sick Swan needs help quickly.
When a Swan is in trouble, they are in trouble.
Preparing a Transport Box takes time the Swan may not have.

If the Swan is Weak – wrap in an Old Sheet.. Transporting Swans

If a Swan was attacked by an Animal..
DO NOT Touch them with Bare Hands.
BE VERY Careful.. to protect yourself.. Protect your EYEs.
Mammal Saliva may carry Rabies.

Swans do not get Rabies.. In General Birds do not..
But, if you have a Swan, or Bird, or Pet that is attack..
be sure to protect yourself.. Hands, Arms, etc..

If you have any Pet/Swan that dies from an Animal attack..
Try NOT to touch it with your bare Hands..
Put in TWO Plastic Bags. Then YOU WASH VERY WELL..

 Transporting Swans Any Swan or Cygnet that dies for an Unknown Reason,
we send to the Department of Agriculture Pathology Lab
for a Necropsy.
A Complete Diagnositic Necropsy for PA Residents is around $40.00.
CALL PADLS for Instruction and where to Send.
Having a LARGE Box on Hand can be Useful and Save Time.

Swan, Duck and Geese are Sentinel Bird.

SHIPPING Swans by OverLand Mail or Air..
is VERY Risky..

Recently, GMA did Segments about Pets-Animals Shipped by Air.
How many Deaths Occur.. especially, in Hot Weather.

I want to WARN YOU… Summer is a TERRIBLE time of year to Ship Swans.
The Poor Animals that go by Air are put in Cargo Areas with little Temperature or Air Quality Control.. In the Winter Temperatures may be below Freezing.

IF they go by U.S. Land Mail they are NOT in Temperature Controlled Trucks. And, they are just a Box in the Back.

In Both Methods they may be Set Out in the Sun on Concrete or Asphalt between Connections.
This is WHY we will not Ship or Fly.

Shipping Mortality is HIGH during Summer Months..
Spring and Fall are the Safest Time to Ship – If you Do.

There are Private, Commercial WaterFowl Breeders across the United States. These Folks have experience with Sales and Shipping of their Birds.
Checking with them may will give you Tips to improve the Safe Arrival of Birds.

Years ago, you could Purchase Insurance to cover the Value of a Swan.  But, the Losses were too Frequent.
The Air Services changed to just $100.00 for any Animal Loss.
Now I am not sure they will Insure at All.

 Express Mail Swan
** Express Mail – Insurance is for damaged container not the Swan.

It is JUST not Safe to Fly Swans.. the Containers are so Small.
if the Transport is delayed they can be in real Trouble – Stress. Express Mail Swan
The Risk is HIGH.. The Swan can become Terrified..
No One to Comfort it !

With ALL Forms of Commercial Shipping there are Lots of Regulations to Observe.
Veterinary Health Check Certificates, some States require Vaccinations..

An Unacceptable Number of Swans and Cygnets DO NOT Arrive OK. Transporting Swans
The Boxes-Container they are Shipped in are NOT Treated with Care.
The Shipping Companies – U.S.Postal or Air, etc. do NOT take Responsibility. Express Mail Swan
An Injured or Dead Swans does NO One any Good..
Depending on the Time of Year.. Summer – Winter
The Risk is VERY High.. TOO HOT – TOO COLD.

It is NOT SAFE to Transport without Air Conditioning in HOT Weather.
The Swans need their Feet in Water to Regulate their Temperature.
When they are Stressed.. they can easily OVERHEAT..
Stress can Kill them.. BIG Problem with Birds in General.
Being Dehydrated and Overheated can cause Brain Damage.

It would be WISE to have an Agreement between the Seller
and the Buyer who will be Responsible for the Monetary Loss.

The Lives of these Precious Swans are Worth Transporting In Person. Transporting Swans
Have your Swans Moved by Private Vehicle. Drive there.
You can Check on them.. Comfort them.. Provide Food and Water.
Make sure they are Traveling OK..

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


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

Formerly they were Call “Whistling Swans.”

Tundra Swans

Witness a Spring Waterfowl Migration
in South Central Pennsylvania.

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

Click Images to Enlarge
 Migrating Tundra Swans

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

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

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

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

This is a Tundra Swan..Tundra Swan

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

Middle Creek WildLife Management Area – MCWMA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waterfowl Migration Update – PA.gov

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

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

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

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

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

TUNDRA SWANs – Cygnus columbianus
Formerly known as Whistling SwansTundra Swans

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

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

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

Search: Tundra Landscape Pictures

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

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

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

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

Cold and Starvation claim many young Tundra Cygnets.Winter Begins

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

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

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

MIGRATION OF TUNDRA SWANs     “Whistling” Swans

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

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

This is a Lovely Video Summary of Tundra Swan Migration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Middle Creek Willow Point

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

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

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

Middle Creek Willow Point

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators

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

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

Trumpeters SwansProperly Registered Pinioned Trumpeter Swans may be Privately Owned.

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

Wild Tundra Swans

There is Magic in the Air.. Swans in Flight

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

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

Wild Tundra SwansCanadian Arctic Tundra

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

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

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

Middle Creek WMA SunSet
Middle Creek WMA SunSet

Middle Creek WMA SunSet

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

SWAN FEEDER – Aut-O-Dine 25 Adapted

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

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

Swan Feeder

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

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

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

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

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder

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

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder

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

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

Swan Feeder

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


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

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

Mixed Waterfowl Pond

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

Feeding SwansFeeding Swans*******************************
Things We have learned over the Past 8-9 years…

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

Aut-O-Dine 25 Pole Mount

Swan Feeder

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

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

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

Feeding SwanKeep Feed Mixture from Freezing during Damp Winter Months.

Keep Geese and Ducks from Raiding your Swans’ Feed.

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

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

Swan FeederWorks Best Mounted 15-18 Inches above Shallow Water.
Swans will Drop Part of the Dry Feed Mixture as they Eat.
Swan FeederSwan Feeder

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

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

Swan Feeder

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

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

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

Migrating Canada GeeseSwan Canada Geese Best if they just keep Moving to their Far Off Destinations.
Putting Feed on the Ground is Difficult for Swans to Pick-up.

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

Feeding Swans in Winter

Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

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

Before Installing – Check all the Feeder’s Surfaces:

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

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

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

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

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

Swan Feeder

Swan Feeder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

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

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

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

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

YOU MAY have a Raccoon trying to get inside.

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

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

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

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

Aut-O-Dine Swan Feeder

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

Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

Bungees are Frequently Wrapped around the Entire Feeder-Lid.

Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans**********************************
If the Lid is Lost during the First 12 Months..
Coastal Pet Products has been good about Replacing the Lid..

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

You can arrange for Replacement Parts through Coastal Pet Products.

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

Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

We have receive Two Feeders that had broken Lids.

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

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

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

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

Swan Feeder

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

Swan Feeder

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

If you Find Ways to Improve the Function of this Feeder..
Please Share…                 We Learn from each other.

Aut-O-Dine Feeder for Swans

If You have any Questions.. I will be Happy to Share Ideas..
Thanks,        PA SwanLover Linda         StarBug@comcast.net
This Information is a Work in Progress…..
As I learn more I will add to this Page…
Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger                       Date December 2017


Common Swan Injuries

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

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


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Swan Broken Wing

Broken Wings are TOO Common. 

Mute Cygnet Hit by Vehicle

Being Hit by a Vehicle is ALL TOO Common. 

Swan Fishing Hook

Fishing Hooks and Line Entanglement are TOO Common. 

Swan Fishing Line

    Snapping Turtle Injuries are TOO Common. 

Swan Snapping Turtle Bite

Swan Snapping Turtle Bite
I have Started this Page.. it has Basic General Information.
I Hope to ADD Information as Time Allows.
This Information is a Work in Progress…..

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

Common Swan Problems

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

It would be Nice to Just Enjoy our Swans.

But there are Common Problems to be Aware of.

Common Swan Problems 

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Swan Problems

There a Variety of Things that Might
Affect a Swan’s Water Proofing.

WaterProof Feather


Swan Under Tongue Impaction

Under Tongue Impactions Can Result in Serious Health Problems.


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

Swan Bumble Foot Sore

Bumble Foot Sores – TOO Many Swans Develop these.


Swan Poor Diet

A Poor Diet Verses and Healthy Diet  –  Same Swan.

Swan Good Diet

Feeding Bread to Swans Can Cause Far More Harm then Good.

Swan Waterfowl Bread


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

Swan Heavy Metal Poisoning

Swan Spoiled Feed


SWANS are Safest in OPEN WATER in the Winter.

Swan Need Open Water

Frozen Out of their Pond – High Risk of Death.

Swan Need Open Water


Rogue Swan

A “Rogue Swan”

UnPinioned Swans that FLY Away from the Homes
Will Cause Disruption to the Peace on YOUR POND ! !

I have been SURPRISED How MANY Times
we have had to deal with this PROBLEM.


I have Started this Page.. it has Basic General Information.
I Hope to ADD Information as Time Allows.
This Information is a Work in Progress…..

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

Keeping Your Swans Grounded – Flightless

March 15th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Keeping Your Swans Grounded - Flightless - (Comments Off on Keeping Your Swans Grounded – Flightless)

Watching Swans in Flight is Breathtaking.

Watching Your Swans Fly Away is Heartbreaking.

Keeping Your Swans Grounded – Flightless

Keep Your Swan Grounded

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Swans Evolved to Fly – Flight is Programmed in their DNA.

Mute Swans Flying

Odds are Good they WILL Fly Away.  

Mute Swan Full Wing

Living Free Swans will be Exposed to MANY Hazards.

Mute Cygnet Hit by Vehicle

Pinioned Swan

Understanding How and When to Pinion will Minimize
the Problems of Full Wing Swans
for Current and Future Swan Owners.

Pinioned Swan

Done Properly a Pinioned Wing will Appear Fairly Normal.

Pinion Swan Cygnet

I hope to have Information Soon for you to Read.

I Strongly Recommend you have Your Veterinarian Assist you
at least the First Time.

CLIPPING Is the Second Best Way
to Keep Your Swans Flightless

Clipping Swan

This Needs to be Done Annually after Your Swan Moults.

Clipping Swan

Information to Clip Your Captive Pet Swan


   If You are NOT Comfortable Clipping..
Ask Your Veterinarian to Assist You.  
This Information will Help.

Clipping Swan

This Page will be Develop as Time Allows.

I have Posted this Page.. it is Very Basic for Now.
I Plan to ADD Information I have once Time Allows.

This Information is a Work in Progress…..
Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger                                     March  2017

NEVER Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan

March 15th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Never Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan - (Comments Off on NEVER Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan)


  This Title Speaks for Itself..
Swans can be Quiet and Quick.

NEVER Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan


Hormonal Male Mute Swan

       Is in “Spring HORMONE HELL.”

Hormonal Male Mute Swan

     Male Swans are Hormonally Programmed
when they See WHITE to Drive or the “Intruder.”

This Page will be Developed as Time Allows.

Bringing New Swan/Swans Home

March 15th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Bringing New Swan/Swans Home - (Comments Off on Bringing New Swan/Swans Home)

Bringing New Swan/Swans Home

Bringing Swan Home

Keeping a Record for Your New Swans

March 13th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Keeping a Record for Your New Swans - (Comments Off on Keeping a Record for Your New Swans)

Keeping a Record for Your New Swans

Keep Swan Records














There are Seven Species of Swans

March 13th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in There are Seven Species of Swans - (Comments Off on There are Seven Species of Swans)


                        The REGAL Swan Foundation.

                         The WorldWide Loss of Swans



Mute Swans


Trumpeter Swans Nesting


Migrating Tundra Swans


Black Australian Swans


Black Neck Swans