ARTICLE: January 30, 2007 Shooting Mute Swans versus Mute Swans Shooting Blanks
The Wisconsin DNR will allow Citizens in three Southern Counties in their State to “adopt” Wild Mute Swans and Spare them from Approved Lethal Control Measures, (Destroying the Swans) provided they Pay to have them Sterilized. (Average Fee $700.00)
This Barbaric Program in Wisconsin was to Allow the Public to “Adopt” a Swan and have that Swan Sterilized.. Banded and Released.
All Neutered Mute Swans would be Banded in accordance with USGS Bird Banding Laboratory Swan Protocol by DNR Staff prior to Release.
If WildLife Agents were Culling Random Feral Mute Swans were they able to See the Small Metal Leg Bands.. ?? Did the Few that were Released have much Chance.. ??
Plus, if an “Adopted” – “Sterilized” – “Released” Mute Swan Flew to a Different County… it had NOT Protection – Leg Band or No Leg Band.
This Gruesome Attempt to “Sterilize” Mute Swans ENDED.. (Thank Goodness.)
The Referenced OnLine Articles below are Available to Read Cut and Paste into your Browser.. if you want to Read the Full Articles. The WebSites are Checked and Active November 2020
http://invasivespecies.blogspot.com/2007/01/adopt-swan.html Invasive Species Weblog Author: Jennifer Forman Orth Friday, January 26, 2007 Adopt-A-Swan
NY eyes plan to shoot, sterilize invasive mute swans along Lake Ontario, elsewhere 2014
LONG ISLAND …March 9, 2015 State now plans to reduce mute swan population, not kill them
LONG ISLAND …March 20, 2015 Letter: No reliable study of mute swans
Mute Swans in New York …December 2019 A Final Management Plan to Prevent Population Growth and Minimize Impacts of an Invasive Species
There are Other Articles OnLine. DNR – WildLife Biologists are Either Unaware of how Difficult “Sterilizing” Swans will be.. How Risky – Lethal… Or they Know and are Pushing this to Eliminate more Mute Swans.
@1 One Example of a WildLife Agency Demanding Young Female Mute Swans be Sterilized occurred when a Lake Community Home Owners Association Rescued Two Female Cygnets through a One Time Agreement with their State DNR. (Very Surprising)
The Mute Swan Cygnets were Pinioned and DNA Checked.. Both Female.
The Young Female Cygnets (Same Sex Pairing) were Release to Live on a Lovely Lake Surrounded by a Number of Homes..
The Home Owners Association taking the Responsibility for these Cygnets and their Future Care had No Previous Experience with Swans. Lots to Learn.. The Neighbors Welcomed these Young Swans.
The DNR WildLife Service Required the H.O.A. to Prevent any Future Cygnets Hatching. The H.O.A. Planned to do this Requirement they had Agreed to.
(THE BIG CONCERN) As I talked with their Primary SwanKeeper, we Discussed they had Agreed to have these Female Swans Sterilized by the Time they would be Two Years Old. !!!!!
The State’s Reason: There are enough Rogue Feral Male Swans that might Fly-in – Visit these Females during the Early Spring, Resulting in Fertile Eggs. … @2 (Note to Follow)
When I heard this, the Hair on my Neck went into Panic Mode.. I REMEMBERED the onLine Articles from Years Ago.. All the Swans that Died when they Attempted to Spay/Neuter Swans… I started to Search /Read.. and I have not found ANY GOOD Outcomes.. or Anyone Recommending this Type of Procedure..
For Three Months the DNR Waterfowl Agent INSIST that the Females, now 18-20 Months Old be Surgically Sterilized.
The H.O.A. Provided information and Contacts to Avian Veterinarians who would Attesting to the Very High Risk this would be..
The DNR Agent did not Care and Continued to Insist.. This was their Terms for this Rescue-Adoption to Private Citizens. Stating that this is the Same as Agreeing to Spay a Cat or Dog Adopted from a Rescue Group..
The H.O.A. spent many Hours making Calls, Seeking Attorney Advice.. There was NO Reasoning with the DNR Agent.. It was a Scary Fact that the DNR Could Remove the Females and Destroy them if the H.O.A. did Not Comply.
Finally, Getting in Touch with the Swan Experts at the Regal Swan Foundation in Florida. A Letter from them ENDED this Demand.. and Annual Spoiling their Eggs would be Acceptable.. This took Months of Worry for the H.O.A. who were willing to do what is Safe and Responsible.. Spoiling their Eggs..
As I Write this Account.. These Beautiful Swan Maidens are doing Fine. Adored by their Lake Community.. (Maiden Swans have not Nested Yet.)
To ME: The Safest and Most Responsible way to Prevent their Eggs Hatching is to OIL or Spray with Baking Spray.. and Spoil the Eggs.
OR Remove the Real Fertile or Unfertile Eggs and Substitute Dummy Replacement Eggs. I had Wooden Eggs Turned to use under our Female.. The Pen Below was Another “Must be Sterilized” Story.. @3 Notes Below.
The Eggs our Pen Lays are seldom Fertile and become FOUL before she is done “Sitting.”
So, we Replace the Nasty Eggs and allow her to finish her Incubation Time. Mute Swan Pens NEED to “Sit” on Non-Fertile Eggs for 42 Days to Prevent Recycling. (And Laying another Clutch of Eggs.)
@2 Here in PA, even with very few Feral Mute Swans, we have had to DEAL with at least Three Rogue Swans MESSING up a Stable Swan Pond Situation. So, I do know Male and Female Rogue Swans are a Real Possibility..
I Frequently Speak with Folks who have a Lone Feral Swan Fly into their Ponds or Lake. Some Rogues Stay for a Period of Time to the Delight of these People. They are Usually Full-Wing.. then Gone with a Cool Breeze.
The Above Feral Rogue Female Changed our Entire Swan World.
Feeding Swans in the Winter – Be Careful and Creative.
Remember to Supply More Commercial Feed/Corn Mixture in Colder Months. In Pennsylvania from Halloween to Saint Patrick’s Day.
Depending on the Winter Conditions, Swans will need more Calories when they are Subject to Winter’s Cold Temperatures. They need Daily Food for the Quick Energy Calories to keep Warm.
The MAIN Goal is for the Swans to have a Healthy Diet.. and for you to be Safe when you are Feeding them.
We Used an Extra Long Handle Pond Skimmer Net to Push the Food OUT to the Edge of the Ice Ledge. These Feral Swans were Living along the River. We Never Knew Where we would be Visiting Them. We could not Leave a Feed Container for them.
During the Winter, inside a Shelter.. You will need to have a Heated Bowl for Water or the Water may Freeze. Heated Bowls are Available onLine and at most Farm Supply Stores.
Years Ago, While doing an Online Search I came across these Images. The Article was Written in Russian.. I was intrigued.
Spending Years Visiting and Feeding Swans.. Camera in Hand. These are Views I have not had the Ability to Capture.
I want to THANK Victor Lyagushkin for Pursuing this Photo Project.
From the Blog: FORANIMALLOVER Why Swans have Long Necks…Posted by ms.tk By Daily Mail Reporter March 7, 2012
Swan Dive: National Geographic Photographer Victor Lyagushkin, took these Incredible Underwater Pictures of Swans Diving for Food at the Blue Lake in Southern Russia.
Because they can not Dive like Ducks, they need their Long Necks. Photographer, Victor Lyagushkin’s Eye-Popping Underwater Pictures of Swans Stretching for their Food Shows, “Why Swans have such Beautifully Long Necks.”
This Topic Page has Examples.. to Spark Ideas for your Pond.
Swans are Grazers.. they Nibble throughout the Day.
When Food-Feed is only available Once or Twice a Day, shared from a Tub or Bucket for Assorted Waterfowl, a Swan will Gobble in a hurry knowing there will be Nothing until the Bucket is filled Later or the Next Day.
This is NOT Normal Eating Behavior for a Swan. This is the way Ducks and Geese Eat.. they are Gobblers.
If at all Possible, ONLY Feed Swans by their Pond – Lake.
Try to find a Way to Feed your Swans so they do Not Need to Leave the Water. They are SAFEST in the Water.
About a Cup of Mixed Floating Cereals is a Nice Treat.
Well Fed Swans Eat VERY Little at Night.. They Grazed from SunRise to SunSet.
Instinctively, Swans Float Quietly out in the Deeper Water at Night.. Trying not to be Noticed. They are Prey Birds..
They Sleep VERY Lightly at Night.. Taking Turns. (unless alone) They may Sleep more during the Day along the Banks..
Put Feed out in Early AM – have Available During the Day.
Swans Normally Start Grazing around SunRise.. They do Look Forward to BreakFast… Cute..
You will See them Nodding “Hello” and Snorting “Thank You.”
It is Wise to take the Feed Container in at SunSet to Discourage Rodents Raiding the Feed. Smaller Rodent may Attract Larger Predators..
Feed and Corn will Attract Mice, Shrews, Moles, Voles, Rats, Muskrats, Mink, Squirrels, Rabbits, Woodchucks, Opossums, Skunks, Deer, Raccoons. .. I am Sure I Missed a Few.
All these Rodents may be Carrying Dangerous Diseases/Parasites. As they Raid a Feed Container, Rodents Contaminate the Feed with Saliva, Urine and Droppings.
There are Several Nasty Diseases carried by Raccoons. Raccoons – Their CUTE Faces.. Mask Many Dangers..
Raccoon are a known Rabies Vector. They Carry other Pathogens – Baylisascaris, Leptospirosis, Listeriosis, Tetanus, and Tularemia.
Baylisascaris infection is caused by a Roundworm Found in an Average of 80% of Wild Raccoons. This Roundworm can infect People as well as a Variety of other Animals, including Dogs.
Children MAY pick up Raccoon Roundworm by Playing in their own Back Yard!
The Parasites Invade the Eyes (ocular larva migrans), Body Organs (visceral larva migrans) And/or the Brain (neural larva migrans).
You do not want Raccoons “Pooping” where Children will be Playing.
Raccoons are a Predator for your Swans/Waterfowl. They Steal their Eggs. Raccoons are Feeding their Young in the Spring Time.
Many Swans have their Eggs Stolen during the Night by Raccoons.
Scuffle Scratches with your Swans may become Infected.. AND, Raccoon are Responsible for Killing MANY Swans.. They Typically take only the Head.
Needing to Remove Raccoons seems to be an Endless Problem..
Do NOT Hesitate Arranging to have Raccoons REMOVED from you Property. There are Professional Wildlife Removal Services who will be able to do this Safely.
The Smaller Rodents may Attract the Larger Night Predators. The Carnivores – Fox, Coyotes, Coywolves, Bobcats, Roaming Feral Cats.
Depending on your Location maybe a Bear would be Attracted to a Feed Container.
Feed and/or Small Rodents may Attract Skunks, Weasels, Mink. These may Snatch the small Ducklings, Goslings and Cygnets.
Keeping the Swans’ Feet in the Water while they Eat helps keep them Safe.
Swans WANT Water with their Feed-Food. Wet Feeds go down the Swan Esophagus Easily..
For Swans to Eat DRY FEED, Extrudes or Pellets without Water, there is a RISK of the Feed Absorbing a little Moisture in their Esphagus, Clumping, getting STUCK, Blocking Swallowing, and Causing a Condition called “CHOKE.”
Especially, if a Swan tries to Eat Dry Feed TOO Fast.
This can be VERY Serious.. an Emergency.
In our Back Yard Rescue/Recovery Enclosure… This Polyvinyl Toboggan Worked Well as a Feed Station.
Dumping Swan Feed on the Ground or on Rocks is Wasteful.. The Feed is Very Difficult for Swans to Pick-up..
Wet Feed, Corn and Vegetables can be Sucked-up Easily with Water.
There is Always some Feed Left in the Dirt.
Leftover Dry Feed or Corn on the Ground Encourages Rodents, Mold, Insects, Parasites, etc. Plus Swans Poop in/on the Feed.. This is a VERY Poor Practice.
Feed on the Ground will lead to More Environmental Diseases. Bacteria, Fungal, Mold, Mildew, Protozoal & Parasite Disease.
Roundworms are intestinal Parasites that can affect both you and your Pets AND SWANs.
Roundworms include Hookworms and Whipworms. Hookworm Infections can cause Anemia and Affect Physical Growth. AND Death.
Your Swans can be Infected by the Same Parasites as your Dogs.
Ascaris Roundworms can cause Intestinal Disease, leading to Blockages and Perforation of the Intestinal Wall.
A Common Parasite – Giardia is very common in Pennsylvania Pond/Lake/River Waters.
During Warm Weather Insects and All Types of Flies will lay their Eggs in any Feed Material that is Damp on the Ground. …There will be MAGGOTs in a few days.
MAGGOTs : This was a Sub-Topic that I Learned some Surprising Things.
I do not want to get into the Details.. But, there are BackYard Poultry Folks that Raise Maggots in their Vegetable Scraps. Then Feed these Protein Rich Maggots to their Chickens and other Farm Animals. This Maggot Farming is Controlling the Flies-Insect Larva they are Growing.
Free Flying Flies and Insects may Carry Disease from their Out & About Feeding Behavior. They are Attracted to POOP !!! There is Risk of Serious Diseases in the Maggots found in Spoiling Poultry Grains-Feeds. On Average, it takes 3 Days for Insect Eggs to Hatch into Maggots.
DO NOT PUT FEED for Swans on the Ground.
Mute Swans can Live a Very Long Time with Good Care. (And Luck) The Less they need to Dig in the Mud/Dirt for Nutrition, the Less Chance they will acquire Parasites, Ingest Toxic Molds, etc. You will NOT Prevent All Diseases – but you can Reduce the Risks..
The Retention Pond Above was not Tested for Blue-Green Algae. The Swans Left the Pond on their Own in the Mid- July Heat and Spent Several Weeks on the Property Stream. The Pond Water was NOT Safe for them to be in.. The Swans Knew it.
During Warm Dry Months, Stagnant Muddy Water may put Waterfowl at Risk of Fatal Clostridia Bacteria.
We Lost Two Beautiful Females to Clostrida Infection they Developed during Nesting.. When they were Not Eating and Flushing these Pathogenic Bacteria through their Intestinal Track.. It was HeartBreaking.
We Learned what caused their Deaths.. by having a Necropsy Preformed at the PA Department of Agriculture Pathology Laboratory.
DO NOT use Metal Containers as Feed or Water Dishes.. Use Clean Dedicated Polyvinyl Containers for Feed Safety.
Is PVC Safe for My Bird? MakeYourOwnBirdToys.commakeyourownbirdtoys.com
Although the Manufacture of PVC is NOT an Environmentally Friendly Process, the Stability of the final Product in its Rigid Form Renders it Non-Toxic and Safe for Birds.
Most Farm and Feed Supply Stores will have an Assortment of Animal Safe Containers.
Is Plastic Safe for Birds? MakeYourOwnBirdToys.commakeyourownbirdtoys.com Brittle Plastics should not be given to Larger Birds because when they Break Very Sharp, Cutting Edges are formed and if Swallowed Accidentally could Result in Ruptured Organs.
DO NOT use a Container that had any Chemicals in it.. You can Wash them.. but, there will be Residuals in the Surface.
A Container Originally used for FOOD.. OK.. Like Flour, Donut Mix, etc. We Found Very Nice 5 Gallon Buckets at a Donut Store for $1.00.
You can get NEW Food Safe 5 Gallon Buckets for about $6-8.00.
One of My New Swan Friends Shared this Idea… I LOVE This.. Their Swans are Safely Eating in the Water ! ! !
GREAT Idea…A 5 Gallon Vinyl Bucket.. and Kitchen Vinyl Colander.. !! This Feeding Station Bucket has the Bottom Removed. That Allows the Bucket Base to be Twist-Wiggled into the Soft Silt-Mud in their Pond’s Shallow Water. Easy to Move About as Needed. Having the Bucket Bottom Removed makes it Extra Easy to Clean.
In Many of the Pond and Lake we have Visited. The Rocks and Shale would Prevent Pushing the Bucket into a Soft Silt-Mud Substratum. It is Likely, that Partially Filling with Water, the Bucket with Intact Bottom would be Stable in Shallow Water. This is a Great Idea – With or Without the Bucket Bottom.
Having a Mixed Population of Waterfowl – Swans, Geese and Ducks.. you will need to have Different Feeding Containers.
Shallow Dishes around the Pond for the Shorter Ducks and Geese..
And a Swan Feed Container Mounted or Arranged for the Swans.
Some Corn and Pellets BroadCast out on the Pond Surface for Grazing . Floating the Lettuce for all the Waterfowl..
There are ways to Discourage Wild Geese..
Arrange the Feed Containers about 18 Inches High.. Adjust for your Shortest Swan..
This Covered Bucket Feeder was Home Crafted…. Nicely Done. The Front Opening to Access the Feed Mixture is 18 Inches above the Water. The Swans can Keep their Feet in the Water. They can Eat some of the Feed Mix they Drop.. AND, their CareTakers can Safely Service the Feeder.
Swans are VERY Messy, Wasteful Eaters. A Few Ducks are Good for Clean-up.
We have Noticed that on Snowy or Rainy Days.. the Swans Eat Much Less – if at All. Not Sure Why… ?? But, we would just put some Corn Out on Bad Weather Days.
During Winter Months, the MOST Important thing to Consider is the Safety of the People Feeding the Swans.. Working around a Pond, or Lake .. Frost, Ice, Packed Snow.. Take Extra Care..
Are you Familiar with Ice Cleats.. ??? THESE WORK. !!! Most Sporting Goods Stores Carry these.
These were the First Cleats I Found.. I have Used them for YEARS ! There are Small Spikes that Grip into Packed Snow and Ice.
There are Cleats that will Fit on Boots and Shoes. There are a Wide Variety of Brands to Choose from.
DO NOT Walk on a Solid Surfaces with these.. Like Side Walks, Asphalt or a Tile Floor … then they are Slippery ! ! !
Try to Find a Place you will be SAFE Servicing their Food in the Winter.
Winter, with Snow and Ice.. think ahead where you will be Safe. The First Year you will be getting to know the Swans and all the Variation that make Things Work for your Pond.
The Basic Idea is to have the Opening about 18 Inches High.. Watch to be sure the Shortest Swan can Reach the Feed.. This way very few of the Canada Geese can Raid the Feed..
If the Water Level goes UP Canada Geese can Help themselves.
If the Water Level goes DOWN the Swans may not be able to Reach..
If you see the Swans Nibbling Comfortably then they are Happy..
Over the Years I have “Heard” of several Problems with Box Type Feeders.
Tube Nests of Mud Dauber Wasps..
Wasp Nests inside the Roof.. YOU MAY GET a PAINFUL SURPRISE !!!
A Paper Wasp Nest…
Another One, Maggots from Flies being attracted to the Protein in the Feed..after it was Damp.. You have NO Idea what Pile of Poop these Flies may have Visited before Depositing their Eggs in the Damp Feed. YUCK !!!! Frequent Cleaning helps..
It takes about 3 Days for Insect Eggs to Hatch..
Seems there is Always Something to Worry with.. Sigh !
We Dumped any left over Veggies & Feed – Refreshed Daily. (The Carp and Blue Gills Cleaned-up.)
We could move the Baskets when needed..
We used a Garden Tool – Cultivator to Move the Baskets in and out of the Shallow Water.
Rob keeps the Cultivator with him to grab any Trash he finds in the Ponds.. as a Walking Stick.. Multi-Purpose Tool.
There were few Canada Geese Visiting that Pond. The Canada Geese can be a Worry for the Swans. The Swans may Spend MORE Time Chasing then Eating…. All the While, Geese are Snatching Bites of the Feed-Foods.
When you have Spring or Fall Migrating Canada Geese.. You many need to Change your Regular Feeding for a Few Days.
A VERY Clean Bucket that did not have Chemicals in at some Point. PolyVinyl is Safe… The Spackling Bucket in these Images.. Had been Washed Over and Over for Years…
An Internet Search.. Spackling Compound has a Very Low Toxic Concern. We were Using this Improvised Feeding Station along a Local Creek.. We were Learning.. Now we use New Food Dedicated Buckets. Metal Buckets are NOT Safe … Risk- Heavy Metal Poisoning.
You can Move this Feed Station when the Water Level Changes.. Some People do not like the Look of a Tire and Bucket.. BUT, it Works.. is Easy to Clean..
Pick a Nice Tire.. THEN Cut Drainage Holes on the Bottom Side.. to Prevent Water Pooling inside and Creating a Mosquito Breeding Puddle.
DO NOT Place Feed Near a Nest.. Keep at Least 30 Feed Away. That is why we were along a Local Creek.. Our Swans were Nesting.
One of the Ponds.. “The Feathered Friends Pond” used the “Bucket-Tire” for a few weeks. Lovely Green Lawn.. It made the expected Marks. Had this been almost in the Water less damage to the Lawn.
If Left out, Deer may Find the Feed Buckets. Over Night these Buckets are a Free WildLife Buffet.
Dry Feed is Not Easy for Swans to Eat, they Drop about 1/2. You will have Ants and Insects.. and Rodents if there is Feed on the Ground.. Mixed in the Water..they can Suck up the Dropped Feed..
Make Sure the Shortest Cygnet/Swan can Reach.. One Day’s Worth of Feed.. then Refresh Next Day.. Remove or Secure the Handle – It is Tangle Hazard. SO ARE ROPES..
We are Learning.. New to Swan Care. .. Trying Different Ways to Feed Our Swans..
We used this Flower Pot Feeder for Several Weeks.. The ROPE Could be Adjusted as the Water Level Changed.. I Started to Worry about the Swans getting Tangled in the Rope.. We Stopped using this Pot Feeder.. TOO Risky.
We have Never Assembled One of the PVC Pipe Feeders.. We had Swan Friends who had been using this PVC Gravity Feeder for a Number of Years.
I know D.R.. had been Tinkering with the Design.. He Started with the Lazy S Downward Turn at the Feeding End..
I Think he was trying to keep the Feed Mixture Dry.. But over time, Changed to the Basic Candy Cane Shape. Easier for the Swans to Reach in… Easier to Clean.
Only a Few are using these PVC Pipe Feeders. There is a LOT of Wasted Feed if Positioned Over Deeper Water.. The Feed Falls Down. Any that does not Float is Lost to the Fish. The Swans want their Feed Wet – So they Dip and Lose a Lot..
All I have are the Photos to Share this Idea.. I Think the Parts are All General Plumbing PVC Items.
This Feeder Works.. just Watch the Water Level.. Do Not Over Fill.. If the Feed Mixture gets Damp.. it can Clump or Spoil.. About 2 Days Worth of Feed at a Time.. 3 at the Most in Cool Weather. When the Pond Water Level goes UP… the Canada Geese can reach in..
When the Pond Water Level goes Down.. – the Swans may not be able to Reach.
So, it is Good to have a Way to Adjust the Height.. Ideal Average Height is 18” above the Water.. Then be sure Your Shortest Swan (Cygnet) can reach.
Containers Tall Enough will Discourage Canada Geese Raiding Feed. A 5 Gallon Bucket – Works well for Adult Swans. Use a Smaller/Shorter Container for Smaller Juveniles or Cygnets.
When you Set-up a New Feeding Container.. It May take a Few Days for the Swans to Accept New Objects in the Pond. – it may need a Few Adjustments. Try to Watch for a Few Minutes that the Swans are Able to Reach the Feed..
This will not Discourage Raccoons and probably not the Muskrats… Sorry. Taking the Feed in at Night Helps with Night Raiders.
We had the Pleasure of Visiting a Variety of Swan Ponds. Most were Swans we Rescued and Arranged Forever Homes for.
Hand Feeding the Swans is Enjoyable. Some Swan will Easily Hand Feed.. Some will Come Close.. but NOT take Food from your Hands.
Some will Come Close.. but NOT take Food from your Hands. The Cobs above.. One would take Lettuce from us.. the Other would Not.
When Trust is Established with Your Swans..
Well Socializing Cygnets make them Wonderful Pets.
Some Cygnets are Grabby…. Some are Shy…. It is Fun to Hand Feed.
We have NO Pond. Our Swans have Lived on Various Pond. Welcomed and Cared for by Wonderful Folks. Many Thanks to ALL of You.
Swans have Very Good Memories.. We might only get to Visit Once a Month. The Swans know us. Know we will have Veggies and Treats. Come to Visit.
We were Very Fortunate to have One Pair of Our Rescued Swans Live at a Private Golf Course for close to a Year. We were able to Visit and Feed them Every Day.. Sweet Memories..
Hand Feeding Mature Cobs will NOT be Possible When… They are HORMONAL ! ! Watch for more Aggressive Behavior.
It is Best to GIVE Hormonal Cobs LOTs of Space..
and Wait for their Hormones to Decrease.
Swans with Cygnets will Vary in their Behavior… Some will be Very Protective.
Others will be more Trusting. Allowing more Social Visits.
Keep Yourself Safe.. at a Distance or with Some Type of Barrier..
This was TRUST.. for the Swan Family to Come Close for Treats… We Knew this Swan Family well.. They knew we were NOT a Threat.
The Trust we Established Pay-off when it was time to Collect DNA Samples, Color ID Band them.. And Later when it was Time to ReHome- Transport. We Enjoyed our Visits with this Large Swan Family. ALL 10 of them.
September 13th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in COMMON Mute Swan Behaviors - (Comments Off on These are Common Mute Swan Behaviors you will See.)
MUTE SWANs do not Read the various Books, Websites or Articles Written about them.
I Hope this Topic Page will Help you Learn what Your Swans are Doing..
I Want to Start with these Images of a Swan with a Leg and Foot Resting on his Back. THIS is NORMAL.. He is just Relaxing.
To Enlarge Images – Right Click Image then Open in a New Tab.
I Frequently get Calls and EMails from VERY Worried People.. They are Concerned that a Swan’s Leg is Injured or Broken !!
Folks Seeing this Behavior for the First Time are Afraid their Swans or Cygnets are Injured.. If you Observe this.. This is Perfectly Normal..
This Leg-Foot Position Also Aids Regulating their Body Temperature. Foot Turned toward the Sun to Warm themselves during the Winter. This will Allow Cooling on Hot Days.. as Water Evaporates from their Foot.
Watch the Swans for a While to be Sure. Just in Case there is a Problem.
The Black Australian Cob is Resting his Leg-Foot on his Back.. It is OK !
Swans will S t r e t c h their Legs at Times.. This is OK.. Must Feel Good.
OK ! ! Let’s S T R E T C H a Wing while Balancing on One Foot !
Flapping their Wings helps to Align all the Wing Feathers..
Flitting – Some Swans Flit their Wings.. Seems Different with Individual Swans. Some do this when Drying their Wet Wings. Some do this when they are Irritated.. Annoyed by Visitors.. Some just do this.. Unknown Reason.
Be Aware of these Normal Swan Behaviors.. All Species of Swans do this. PLEASE DO NOT CALL WILDLIFE SERVICES.. to Report this BEHAVIOR. Several Swans have been Destroyed when WildLife Agents Responded..
I am Including these Images of Angel Wing Deformities.. BECAUSE… This is Another Time People Unfamiliar with Swans become VERY Concerned. Angel Wings are NOT a Broken Wing.. More Information is at:
One Summer we were Invited to “Swan Sit” a Mature Pair of Swans during a Family Wedding. To keep Everyone Safe – Guests and Swans.
There was a Lovely Instrumental Music Floating through the Air. I Caught “Gracie” Twirling-Pirouettes in the Water.. She was Encouraging “George” to Join her. Nodding her Head to him. After a Few Minutes even “George” did a Complete Twirl.
The Swans were Very Well Behaved that Day.. – I Enjoyed our Time with them.
Swans are Sight Oriented. Recognize People, Clothing, Cars, Motor Vehicles. When wearing Hats & Coats during Winter – Talk – Call Hello – “Nod” Hello.
Watching us Over their Shoulders. It is Common for Swans to Float so we are Looking at their Backs.. They do this to Watch all Around – Wide Peripheral Vision. They will Slowly Turn their Heads Side to Side..
First a Summary of Hay. Learning about HAY is a BIG Subject. Lots of Info OnLine. THE MOST Important to Know.. Is to KEEP Stored Hay Dry.
Hay is Used as a Livestock Feed. There are Different Field Grasses that will be Baled as Hay.
Timothy and Alfalfa are Common as Animal Fodder (feed).
Hay is Part of the Diet for Horses, Cows, Goats, Sheep, especially during Winter Months.
Hay is Part of a Healthy Diet for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs..
Wet or Damp Hay is Prone to Mold/Mildew. Due to the Carbohydrates/Starch in these Plant Fibers.
Hay Molds Easily when it Gets Damp.. Humidity >>> Dampness = Micro-Organisms will Grow.
Hay will Grow Bacteria, Mildew – Molds. Hay can become a Fungus **Spore BOMB** over Time.
Straw is used as Bedding. Straw is Drier, Coarse Plant Fiber.
Straw is Harvested after Grain Crops have Died.
There is Very Little Nutritional Value. Using Straw is Generally the most Economic Choice for Bedding.
Wood Shavings – Chips – Plain or Cedar.. are very Small Pieces.. with LOTs of DUST..
When we work with it, Cleaning, Sweeping, Raking or Spreading, we are there for a few Minutes. We are Standing and are Several Feet above the Shavings Dust..
The Swans, Poultry or other Pets are Sitting in and Shuffling their Feet through this Light, Dusty Material..
The Dust is Easily Inhaled and is an Increased Risk of Causing Lung Problems..
In an Emergency for a Night inside.. An Old Blanket will Do. to keep his BIG Feet off the Cold, Rough Concrete..
Maybe Outside Once Wood Shavings are Wet they are less of a Risk..
When we had Guinea Pigs, many years ago, I Remember DISLiking the Smell of the Cedar Wood Shavings. I would NOT want to Live in that Stuff. The SMELL is Irritating.
Young Swan Cygnets are Eating and Pooping Machines.
Cygnets are GROWING SO FAST ! ! Especially, the first 3 Months.. >>>>>> They are Very Messy Babies. While Inside for Safety… I Used Layers of NewsPaper.. Easy to Roll-up and Discard.. Cygnets like to Snuggle into a Pile of Towels.
If you are Hand Raising and Sheltering for Safety.. Their Shelter Bedding will need to be Changed Frequently..
Fresh Straw is the Safest.. for Bedding. Needs Frequent Changing.. Inside or Outside.