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SWAN FEEDING STATION IDEAs

October 10th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in FEEDING STATIONS for Swans - (Comments Off on SWAN FEEDING STATION IDEAs)
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There are as MANY Ways to Feed your Swans as there are Pond.
“Try This” and then “Try That”.. (Sound Familiar)

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Until you find what Works Best for Your Swans.
AND You..

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I have Organize some Information for you to be Aware of..
and Various Images of Swan Feeding “Ideas” we and others have Tried.

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Some were NOT Safe.. We were Learning..

Some Examples are from Swan Ponds we would Visit..
Example this Golf Course Pond. A Very UNSAFE Way to Feed their Swans.

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The Good, the Bad & the UnSafe.

Beautiful, Graceful, Healthy Swans are a Delight to Behold.

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Once Pinioned or Clipped to Ground Swans,
They depend on their Caretakers to Provide a Healthy Diet.
Captive Swans are Domestic Pets.

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If a Pond or Lake has Lots of Natural Plant Growth, Insects,
Tadpoles, Worms, Snails, Grubs, etc. Swan will Do Well with
a Small Amount of Supplemental Feed..

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Non-Toxic Algae Blooms and Tiny Floating DuckWeeds are a Swan Buffet..
A more Natural Diet.. “Pond Stew.”

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Observe what Water Plants are Available through the Seasons..

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Plants Growing in the Water are FULL of Natural Minerials and Vitamins.

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Not All Ponds have Adequate Plants for a Healthy Diet.

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Ponds, Lakes and Lawns Treated with Herbicides will Alter Under Water
Plant Grown.. Beautiful to View.. Barron of Food for WaterFowl.

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A Public Lake Treated with a VERY Dark Shade Plant Control Product.
THERE is NOTHING for the Swans to Eat..

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The Pond below has a Summer Growth of DuckWeed..
DuckWeed is a Great Food for Waterfowl.

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There will be Tender Plants and Water Insect Critters for Munching.

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Consider NOT ALL Plants are Edible.. Observe what the Swans are Eating.

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Large Populations of Pond Fish… Koi, Carp, Chinese Grass Carp, etc.,

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Will Consume a Large Quantity of UnderWater Plants..
As the Population of Fish Increase.. Fewer UnderWater Plant are Available.

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Feeding Swans in the Winter – Be Careful and Creative.

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Remember to Supply More Commercial Feed/Corn Mixture in Colder Months. In Pennsylvania from Halloween to Saint Patrick’s Day.

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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.

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The MAIN Goal is for the Swans to have a Healthy Diet..
and for you to be Safe when you are Feeding them.

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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.

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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.

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

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Grazing on or in the Water is more Natural for the Swans.

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These Swans are on Private Ponds.

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Years Ago, While doing an Online Search I came across these Images.
The Article was Written in Russian.. I was intrigued.

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Spending Years Visiting and Feeding Swans.. Camera in Hand.
These are Views I have not had the Ability to Capture.

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I want to THANK Victor Lyagushkin for Pursuing this Photo Project.

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From the Blog: FORANIMALLOVER
Why Swans have Long Necks…Posted by ms.tk
By Daily Mail Reporter March 7, 2012

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Swan Dive: National Geographic Photographer Victor Lyagushkin,
took these Incredible Underwater Pictures of Swans Diving for Food
at the Blue Lake in Southern Russia.

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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.”

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This Topic Page has Examples.. to Spark Ideas for your Pond.

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Swans are Grazers.. they Nibble throughout the Day.

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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.

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This is NOT Normal Eating Behavior for a Swan.
This is the way Ducks and Geese Eat.. they are Gobblers.

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If at all Possible, ONLY Feed Swans by their Pond – Lake.

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Try to find a Way to Feed your Swans so they do Not Need
to Leave the Water. They are SAFEST in the Water.

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About a Cup of Mixed Floating Cereals is a Nice Treat.

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Well Fed Swans Eat VERY Little at Night..
They Grazed from SunRise to SunSet.

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Instinctively, Swans Float Quietly out in the Deeper Water at Night..
Trying not to be Noticed. They are Prey Birds..

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They Sleep VERY Lightly at Night.. Taking Turns. (unless alone)
They may Sleep more during the Day along the Banks..

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Put Feed out in Early AM – have Available During the Day.

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Swans Normally Start Grazing around SunRise..
They do Look Forward to BreakFast… Cute..

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You will See them Nodding “Hello” and Snorting “Thank You.”

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It is Wise to take the Feed Container in at SunSet to Discourage Rodents
Raiding the Feed. Smaller Rodent may Attract Larger Predators..

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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.

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All these Rodents may be Carrying Dangerous Diseases/Parasites.
As they Raid a Feed Container, Rodents Contaminate the Feed
with Saliva, Urine and Droppings.

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There are Several Nasty Diseases carried by Raccoons.
Raccoons – Their CUTE Faces.. Mask Many Dangers..

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Raccoon are a known Rabies Vector.
They Carry other Pathogens – Baylisascaris,
Leptospirosis, Listeriosis, Tetanus, and Tularemia.

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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.

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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.

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Raccoons are a Predator for your Swans/Waterfowl.
They Steal their Eggs. Raccoons are Feeding their Young in the Spring Time.

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Many Swans have their Eggs Stolen during the Night by Raccoons.

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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.

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The Smaller Rodents may Attract the Larger Night Predators.
The Carnivores – Fox, Coyotes, Coywolves, Bobcats, Roaming Feral Cats.

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Depending on your Location maybe a Bear would be Attracted to a Feed Container.

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Feed and/or Small Rodents may Attract Skunks, Weasels, Mink.
These may Snatch the small Ducklings, Goslings and Cygnets.

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Keeping the Swans’ Feet in the Water while they Eat helps keep them Safe.

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Swans WANT Water with their Feed-Food.
Wet Feeds go down the Swan Esophagus Easily..

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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.”

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Especially, if a Swan tries to Eat Dry Feed TOO Fast.

This can be VERY Serious.. an Emergency.

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DO NOT PUT SWAN FOOD ON THE GROUND

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Dumping Swan Feed on the Ground or on Rocks is Wasteful..
The Feed is Very Difficult for Swans to Pick-up..

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Wet Feed, Corn and Vegetables can be Sucked-up Easily with Water.

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There is Always some Feed Left in the Dirt.

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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.

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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.

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Roundworms include Hookworms and Whipworms.
Hookworm Infections can cause Anemia and Affect Physical Growth.
AND Death.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DO NOT PUT FEED for Swans on the Ground.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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We Learned what caused their Deaths.. by having a Necropsy
Preformed at the PA Department of Agriculture Pathology Laboratory.

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There is Value in having a Necropy when Swans Die of Unknown Cause.
You may be able to Treat and Save their Companion or Mate..

Years ago, when a Basically Healthy Male Swan died, the Owner thought
she might have Poisoned the Cob by Putting Rat Poison out.
The Cob was Found not Sleeping – but Dead..

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There was Spilled Feed all over the Ground.. (Several Feeding Stations)
and Rats were Scurrying about Raiding the Feed Buckets.
Rat Droppings were Readily seen in the Feed.

The Cob Frequently Ate the Feed that was Laying on the Ground..

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The Rat Poison had been Carefully placed where the Swans
would not get into it.. Could he have Gotten some of the Poison ???

We Arranged for a Necropsy at the PA Department of Agriculture
Animal Pathology Laboratory, to Learn what really happened.

There was NO Sign of Ingested Rat Poison in the Cob’s Body..
Most Rat Poisons have a Blue-Green Dye that can be Seen
during the Gross Necropsy.. …The Lab Studies told the Story.

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So Sad, “Lynn” a Gentle Cob, Died from Avian Cholera.
Likely from Rat Saliva Contaminating the Feed on the Ground.

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Whole Corn Softens in Very Shallow Water..

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The Swans can Suck-Up the Feed/Corn.

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Always put in Shallow Water where they can See the Bottom.
This will Help them Avoid Snapping Turtles that Sneak Close..

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By 3-4 Months. Mute Cygnets will do OK with WET Whole Shell Corn.

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With the Smaller Black Australian.. Wait until they are Older.
Watch them Closely when offering Wet Whole Corn..

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Any Feed Put Out for Swans should be Checked Daily.
In the Summer it Spoils VERY Easily if it gets Wet.
Spoiled/Soured Feed can make a Swan VERY Sick.

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Not Sure Why…. but, the Swans Show Little Interest in Eating.

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DO NOT use Metal Containers as Feed or Water Dishes..
Use Clean Dedicated Polyvinyl Containers for Feed Safety.

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Is PVC Safe for My Bird?
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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.

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Most Farm and Feed Supply Stores will have an Assortment
of Animal Safe Containers.

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Is Plastic Safe for Birds?
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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.

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Degrading Plastics release Environmental Damaging Chemicals
– Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Dioxins.

DO NOT use a Container that had any Chemicals in it..
You can Wash them.. but, there will be Residuals in the Surface.

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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.

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You can get NEW Food Safe 5 Gallon Buckets for about $6-8.00.

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One of My New Swan Friends Shared this Idea… I LOVE This..
Their Swans are Safely Eating in the Water ! ! !

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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.

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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.

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Adjust the Height for Easy Eating for the Swans..

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Hello, Sweet Swans. It Time for Dinner !

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THANKS for SHARING – H.Thomas..

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Wood Feed Boxes.. Often Build by Creative, Caring Hands..
They Look Nice. But, Out in the Elements.. they are Not Safe.

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Feed will get Wet. These are Difficult to Clean Completely.
Molds, Fungus and Bacteria will Grow in the Wood Cracks.

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The Wooden Feeder above…Over Time became UNSAFE !!
This Did Prevented the Canada Geese from Reaching the Feed..

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Glass – Ceramic – Pottery BREAK – Small Broken Pieces might be Eaten.

AVOID METAL FEED CONTAINERs
Aluminum, Copper, Tin, Zinc, Lead, Brass, Iron will
Contaminate their Feed, Risking Heavy Metal Poisoning..

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Birds are VERY Sensitive to Heavy Metal Poisoning.
I was Surprised.. Even Stainless Steel is to be Avoided.

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The MOST Common Heavy Metal Concern is Lead Poisoning.
Old Fishing Sinkers, Lead Shot in the Water..
Flaking – Rusting Galvanized Metal Container.

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Porcelain Pans – Bowls Most Cook Ware have Metal Cores.
Cast Iron and Aluminium Pots React with Fermenting Feeds.

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*** Swans are VERY Sensitive to METAL.
Best NOT to Store their Extra Feed Mixture in a Metal Container.
UNLESS it is Lined with a HEAVY Plastic Bag..
or Kept in the Original Feed Bags.

Stored Feed will Attract Rodents..
Storing in a Sturdy Metal Container may be Necessary..
Line it So the Feed does not Touch the Metal..

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Having a Mixed Population of Waterfowl – Swans, Geese and Ducks..
you will need to have Different Feeding Containers.

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Shallow Dishes around the Pond for the Shorter Ducks and Geese..

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And a Swan Feed Container Mounted or Arranged for the Swans.

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Some Corn and Pellets BroadCast out on the Pond Surface for Grazing .
Floating the Lettuce for all the Waterfowl..

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There are ways to Discourage Wild Geese..

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Arrange the Feed Containers about 18 Inches High..
Adjust for your Shortest Swan..

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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.

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Swans are VERY Messy, Wasteful Eaters.
A Few Ducks are Good for Clean-up.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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 ! ! !

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Try to Find a Place you will be SAFE Servicing their Food in the Winter.

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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.

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Stationary Feeders Work Well for a Pond where the Water Level
is Fairly Constant.

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SWAN FEEDER – Aut-O-Dine 25
A Dry Dog Feed Container Adapted for Swans.

This is a Common Feeder Used by Folks with Swans..
These will keep all but a few Geese OUT.. if Positioned Properly.

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These LOOK like a GREAT Idea.. Well, Review this Topic Page.

Swan Feeder – Aut-O-Dine 25
https://swanlovers.net/category/swan-feeder-aut-o-dine-25/

When there are Canada Geese.

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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.

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If the Water Level goes DOWN the Swans may not be able to Reach..

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If you see the Swans Nibbling Comfortably then they are Happy..

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Over the Years I have “Heard” of several Problems with Box Type Feeders.

Tube Nests of Mud Dauber Wasps..

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Wasp Nests inside the Roof.. YOU MAY GET a PAINFUL SURPRISE !!!

A Paper Wasp Nest…

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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..

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It takes about 3 Days for Insect Eggs to Hatch..

Seems there is Always Something to Worry with.. Sigh !

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A Simple Bucket can be an Easy Feeder..
Be Aware Handles can be a Tangle Hazard.
Tie them Fast.. or Remove.. or Anchor with a Stake..

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A BIG BASKET with a Vinyl Bowl Liner..
Try Different Containers.. The Swans will Adapt…

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Depending the Container.. Some will need to be Weighted
with a Heavy Flat Stone.. or Anchored with a Stake..
Avoid “Loose” Ropes.. Tangle Hazard..

When we had our Swans at a Local Country Club we used these
Large Baskets. (Used – from the Good Will Stores)
One Lined with a Gallon Vinyl Bowl.

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Another Basket for their Vegetable Salad.

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It allowed the Cold Pond Water in and kept the Vegetable
from the Large Carp in the Pond. The Swans could Graze all Day.

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

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We Dumped any left over Veggies & Feed – Refreshed Daily.
(The Carp and Blue Gills Cleaned-up.)

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We could move the Baskets when needed..

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We used a Garden Tool – Cultivator to Move the Baskets in and out
of the Shallow Water.

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Rob keeps the Cultivator with him to grab any Trash he finds
in the Ponds.. as a Walking Stick.. Multi-Purpose Tool.

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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.

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When you have Spring or Fall Migrating Canada Geese..
You many need to Change your Regular Feeding for a Few Days.

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My Favorite Feeding Station is a Tire and Bucket..
It has more Flexibility.

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When the Bucket is Angled the Swans can Reach inside..
the Geese and Duck can Not.. Well Most can Not..

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The LARGER Canada Ganders might Help Themselves..

Place the Tire and Bucket Close to the Water’s Edge..

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The Cygnets/Swans want Water with their Food..
Dry Feed can get Stuck in their Throat..

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You will have a Cleaner Yard with the Feed Station Close to the Water..
Swans are Messy Eaters..

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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…

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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If Left out, Deer may Find the Feed Buckets.
Over Night these Buckets are a Free WildLife Buffet.

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TANGLE HAZARD WORRY

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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..

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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..

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We are Learning.. New to Swan Care.
.. Trying Different Ways to Feed Our Swans..

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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.

Swan Feeding Stations

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PVC GRAVITY FEEDERs

Swan Feeding Stations

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.

Swan Feeding Stations

I know D.R.. had been Tinkering with the Design..
He Started with the Lazy S Downward Turn at the Feeding End..

Swan Feeding Stations

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.

Swan Feeding Stations

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..

Swan Feeding Stations

All I have are the Photos to Share this Idea..
I Think the Parts are All General Plumbing PVC Items.

Swan Feeding Stations

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..

Swan Feeding Stations

When the Pond Water Level goes Down..
– the Swans may not be able to Reach.

Swan Feeding Stations

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.

Swan Feeding Stations

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ASSORTED Domestic WaterFowl are Fun Pond Pets.

Swan Feeding Stations

A FUN IDEA.. Worth a Look – DUCK Feeder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0qc930nCGA

I SMILED through the Entire Video.. What a GREAT Idea..

Swan Feeding Stations

NOW to Adapt for the Swans.. Suggestions.
Larger Diameter Pipe – Maybe a 6 or 8 Inched PVC Pipe.. & Shorter..
But, that would depend on what Puzzle Parts would Work..

Swans are MESSY Eaters.. They can WASTE 30-50% of their Feed..
If this Design Helps to Control some of the Splattered Feed..
Worth a Try.. I LOVE the Idea.. We have NOT Tried this.

Not Helpful if Canada Geese are a Problem. Well Maybe if Elevated..

Feeding Stations to Discourage Canada Geese.
Arrange Feeder 18 Inches High or Deep like a 5 Gallon Bucket..
Most Geese (and Ducks) can not Reach the Feed.. One Day’s Rations.

Swan Feeding Stations

I Found this Idea onLine.. A Bucket and PVC Pipe Combination.
Wonder if this would Work.. Hummm….

At Least One Swan Pond, just Sits the 5 Gallon Bucket Out..
The Swans can Reach their Feed..The Geese CANNOT !!!

Swan Feeding Stations

Smooth Side Bucket Sitting Up-Right make it Difficult
for Mice and Rats to Contaminate the Feed.
Rodent Saliva and their Droppings Spread DISEASE.

Swan Feeding Stations

I Suggest Either Removing the Handle.. or Securing it ! !
It May Never Happen.. but, Nosy Swans Might get Tangled in the Handle.
Swans can get their Necks and Legs in the Darnedest Places ! !

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Observe the Mute Swans’ Knobs.. Mutes are Unique.
Their Knobs will be Full and Round when they have a Healthy Weight.
Their Knobs will Shrink when they are Losing Weight.

Swan Feeding Stations

The Cobs have more Swollen Knobs from December through May..
After Nesting, the Cob’s Knob will be Full but not AS Large.

Swan Feeding Stations

The Females do the Same. Their Knob SWELLs and then Shrink after Nesting. You will get to know their Annual Cycle.

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Swan Feeding Stations

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.

Swan Feeding Stations

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..

Swan Feeding Stations

This will not Discourage Raccoons and probably not the Muskrats…
Sorry. Taking the Feed in at Night Helps with Night Raiders.

Swan Feeding Stations
Swan Feeding Stations

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FEEDING Cygnets..
Tiny Cygnets are So Cute.. AND Very Messy.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

If you have a Shallow Feed Dish with Wet “Start-N-Grow,”
(Never Chick-Starter)
it Helps to Place a Stable Object in the Middle.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

OR the Cygnets will Climb into the Food Dish to Swim.
And POOP !

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

As They Grow during the First Four Weeks.. IMPROVISE.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations
Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

Watch that ALL the Cygnets are Eating..
A Long “Pecking Order” might be a Problem with the Smaller Cygnets.
Large Cygnets may be Pushy..
Below the Polish Cygnet is NOT Eating with the Brood.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

Cygnets will Graze from the Pond as Soon as they Leave the Nest.
Float various SMALL Food Treats..

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations
Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

Swan Cygnets GROW VERY Fast.. Change their Feed Stations as Needed.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

I Liked this Basic Idea.. Handle to the Back PLEASE..
The Feed Mix inside Container CAN be in Water.. Or Veggies in Water.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

This Was Used to “BAIT” the Cygnets into a Catch Fence.. Without STRESS.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

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Some Fun Ways to Feed your Swans.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

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

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Hand Feeding the Swans

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

We had the Pleasure of Visiting a Variety of Swan Ponds.
Most were Swans we Rescued and Arranged Forever Homes for.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

Hand Feeding the Swans is Enjoyable. Some Swan will Easily Hand Feed..
Some will Come Close.. but NOT take Food from your Hands.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

Some will Come Close.. but NOT take Food from your Hands.
The Cobs above.. One would take Lettuce from us.. the Other would Not.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

When Trust is Established with Your Swans..

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations
Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

Well Socializing Cygnets make them Wonderful Pets.

Some Cygnets are Grabby…. Some are Shy…. It is Fun to Hand Feed.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations
Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations
Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations

We have NO Pond. Our Swans have Lived on Various Pond.
Welcomed and Cared for by Wonderful Folks.
Many Thanks to ALL of You.

Swan Cygnet Feeding Stations
Swan Feeding Stations

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.

Swan Feeding Stations
Swan Feeding Stations
Swan Feeding Stations

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..

Swan Feeding Stations
Swan Feeding Stations

Hand Feeding Mature Cobs will NOT be Possible When…
They are HORMONAL ! ! Watch for more Aggressive Behavior.

Swan Feeding Stations
Swan Feeding Stations

It is Best to GIVE Hormonal Cobs LOTs of Space..

Swan Feeding Stations

and Wait for their Hormones to Decrease.

Swan Feeding Stations

Swans with Cygnets will Vary in their Behavior…
Some will be Very Protective.

Others will be more Trusting. Allowing more Social Visits.

Swan Feeding Stations

Keep Yourself Safe.. at a Distance or with Some Type of Barrier..

Swan Feeding Stations

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.

Swan Feeding Stations

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.

Swan Feeding Stations

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Tender Lawn Grasses are Part of a Swan’s Summer Diet.

Swan Feeding Stations

Grasses will include many Insects.. “Crunchy Munchies.”

Swan Feeding Stations

Swans like the Tender Blades of Growing Grass..
Try to Leave Alternating Areas UnCut for an Extra Weeks..
Maybe Divide Three Areas.. Cut One.. Leave Two.. Rotate.

Swan Feeding Stations

Swans are Prone to Under Tongue-Chin Impactions..
Grazing on SHORT Cut Grass is a Common Culprit.

Under Tongue-Chin Impactions. These Make Eating more Difficult.
https://swanlovers.net/category/under-tongue-chin-impaction/

Swan Feeding Stations

Swans/Cygnets LOVE “Fresh” Cut Grass..
Dump some Clean Grass from your Mower Bag on the Water..
A Gallon or So.. Floating in Shallow Water is a Favorite Treat.

Swan Feeding Stations
Swan Feeding Stations
Swan Feeding Stations

Clover and Dandelions are Tasty Lawn Weeds.

Swan Feeding Stations

Thorny Thistle Plants are a Grazing Hazard.. OUCH !!
Try to Remove these from Grazing Areas.. They are Difficult to Control.

Swan Feeding Stations

From a Swan Friend in OHIO…. What Fun !!
“We made “Frozen Food Patties” in Muffin Tins so we could use
a Ball Thrower to get their Food out into the Lake.” J.Heidy 2019

On HOT Summer Days.. I Froze Chopped Vegetables in a
Jello Mold to Float out on their Pond..

Swan Feeding Stations

As it Melted the Veggie Treats were Scattered About for Grazing.

Swan Feeding Stations

A Pile of Lettuce Leaves with Mixed Veggies Along the Water’s Edge is
a Swan Picnic Lunch.

Swan Feeding Stations

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We Tried Many Ways to Feed our Swans over the Years..
Methods Varied with the Seasons..
Ideas Compiled by – Linda M.Sweger September 2020
IDEAs from Lots of Pond Visits and Shared by Other Swan Folks.

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REMINDERs

I WISH ALL the Swans could be 100% Safe and Healthy..
My Goal… more “Joy” and Fewer “Sorrows.”

Captive Swans are No Different then Pet Dogs, Cats, Horses, etc.
They need to EAT. They NEED Adequate, Appropriate Foods.

Out of the Bag, the Protein Percentage of U.S. Poultry Feed is TOO HIGH
for SWANs. A Swan’s Diet – Protein Level 6 – 8 % <<<< Less then 10 %.

Mixing to a Safe Nutritional Value for Swans is Our Responsibility..
Always ask for “NON-MEDICATED/UNTREATED”

Commercial Feed & Corn or Crimped Oats – Very Important.

DO NOT FEED THE SWANS ANY FEED with
“GROWER” or “FINISHER in the Name.
DO NOT FEED THE SWANS “Game Bird Feed”

The Lysine Levels are too HIGH… Greater then 1.0 %.
These Feeds are Formulated to increase the Muscle Tissue
and are for Poultry Fowl Headed to Someone’s Dinner Table.

Keep the Lysine Level at 1.00% or Less.

Most Extruded Poultry Feeds Dissolve Sitting in Water.
It is more Efficient when using these Products to place
the Mixture in a Container/Bowl.

For their Safety Keep your Swans’ Feet in the Water..

Swan Feeding Stations

Below are Several Pages of Feeder Ideas from:
SWAN Breeding and Management by Loyd Stromberg

Swan Feeding Stations

I did not want to Alter these Pages.. This Page Talks of Feeding
Turkey Breeder Feed.. The Protein Level is TOO High. NOT Safe.
These Pages were Written Many Years Ago.. We have Learned.

Swan Feeding Stations

The Ideas are Here.. BUT… Try to USE POLYVINYL Materials.
NO WOOD or METAL Materials…

Swan Feeding Stations

If you Create an Interesting Feeding Station.. and Want to Share Your Idea..
Send me Some Nice Photos and Basic Instruction.. and I will Share Here.

These are Common Mute Swan Behaviors you will See.

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..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swan Leg Foot on Back

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.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swan Leg Foot on Back

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..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swan Leg Foot on Back

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.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swan Leg Foot on Back

Watch the Swans for a While to be Sure. Just in Case there is a Problem.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swan Leg Foot on Back

The Black Australian Cob is Resting his Leg-Foot on his Back.. It is OK !

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swan Leg Foot on Back
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swan Stretching Leg Foot

Swans will S t r e t c h their Legs at Times.. This is OK.. Must Feel Good.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swan Stretching Leg Foot

OK ! ! Let’s S T R E T C H a Wing while Balancing on One Foot !

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swan Stretching Leg Wing

Flapping their Wings helps to Align all the Wing Feathers..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Flapping Wings

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.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Flitting Wings

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..

  Mute Swan Angel Wing Deformity

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:

SWAN Angel Wing Deformity
https://swanlovers.net/category/swan-angel-wing-deformity/

  Mute Swan Angel Wing Deformity

BEFORE YOU SEEK HELP… BE SURE THERE IS A TRUE INJURY.
Send a Photo to Someone Familiar with WaterFowl.

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Working with Swans Year after Year, there are Some Common Behaviors.

The Good, the BAD and the OH NO… RUN ! ! – (Just Kidding)

Now for the MORE Fun Behaviors..

The Tail Wag.. … “Are They Happy to See Me ?
No… They are Cleaning their Bottom.. After Expelling Poop !

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Wagging their Tail

When Swans are Happy to See You.. Their Upper Necks Swell.. Puff-Up.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion

And a BIG Happy Snort with their Head held High.. Is “HELLO.”

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Happy Greeting
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Happy Greeting
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion

Swans will Frequently Greet Each Other.. With Swollen Necks.
This is Expressing Happy Emotions.. It is a Joy to Watch Them.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion

It is Delightful to Watch our Swans Expressing they are Happy.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Upper Neck Swollen with Happy Emotion

Our Sister Swans were Apart for Several Months..
They were SO Happy to be Together Again..
Their Greeting was Full of Happy Squealing, Head Turning and Swollen Necks.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Affectionate Greeting
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Affectionate Greeting

In the Summer Months this is an Affectionate Greeting..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Affectionate Greeting

During the Winter Months it is more Courting Behavior as their
Reproductive Hormones are Increasing.. Soon Mating will Begin..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Affectionate Greeting

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When I was Editing these Photos… I Realized I had Snapped our Cob
Checking his Females for their Reproductive Hormones..
Were they Ready for Mating.. Over Time, I found more Examples.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating

Many Times I have Watched the Females Encourage the Cob to Mate.
They Up-End. Showing their Cloaca to the Male.. ??? Maybe Pheromones.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating

A Pheromone is a Secreted or Excreted Chemical Factor that Triggers a Social Response in Members of the Same Species. – Wikipedia

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Mating

Mating Season is about to Begin..

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Preening Together is Social Time.. Acceptance..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Preening Together
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Preening Together
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Preening Together

The Swan above is Scratching her Chin..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Preening Together
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Play Chasing

Happy Play Chasing can Happen ANY TIME !!

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Happy Snorting

Happy Snorting can be a Greeting or “Thank You” when you bring Treats.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Snorting Thank You

Mute Swans will Sing.. “Snorty-Grunting.”

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Joyful Singing
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Cob Singing for a Female
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Some Swans Sing
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Some Swans Hum

Expelling Air Through the Nares.. Helps Clear Stuck Feathers.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Blowing Bubbles

Swans will not Need a Tissue.. Just BLOW and Go…

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Blowing Bubbles
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Eating Under Water
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Eating Under Water

UP-Ending to Reach DOWN Under Water for Tasty Plant Treats.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Eating Under Water

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“Meadow” was Whistling, while Walking with Rob to Exercise his Leg..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Whistling Walking

In September-October there were Colorful Mums in our Flower Bed.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Just Plain Cute

“Meadow” liked to Sit in them.. So Cute !

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Swans have Good Memory

On Nice Winter Days, “Meadow” would go to the Same Spot, Sit and Snort.

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One Summer we were Invited to “Swan Sit” a Mature Pair of Swans
during a Family Wedding. To keep Everyone Safe – Guests and Swans.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Family Wedding

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.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Family Wedding  Dancing

The Swans were Very Well Behaved that Day..
– I Enjoyed our Time with them.

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Family Wedding
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Family Wedding

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 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Wings in Display

It is Good to Watch the Subtle Behaviors..
Similar Movements..Mean Different Things..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Wings in Display

This Mature Cob is Holding his Beautiful Wings in Display.
“Handsome Fellow” was as Perfect a Mute Swan Cob as any we Know..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Wings in Display

“Meadow” is the 2009 Male Off-Spring of
“Handsome Fellow” and “Sweet Harmony.”

Below..Our Cob “Meadow” is Happy to See Us..
He is Swimming over to Greet us.. Not in a Big Hurry.. Calm Water..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Wings in Display

This is “Mellow “Meadow.”

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Wings in Display  Busking

Below he is “Pushing Water” … Is this a Threat Warnings.. ??? Hum..

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Wings in Display  Busking

THIS is BUSKING. A Threat Behavior.. HE is “PUSHING WATER.”
BEWARE !

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Wings in Display  Busking

It is TIME to Give our Cob LOTs of Space !!!

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Aggressive Hormonal
 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Aggressive Hormonal

This is a Good Time to have Some Type of Barrier.. ANYTHING Will Do !

 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Aggressive Hormonal

It was ALWAYs Wise to have Something between Us and a Hormonal Cob..

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 Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Pushing Water

It was not often to see a Pen “Pushing Water.”
I watched “Lizzie” to see what had her in such a Hurry..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Good Parents

She was Going to Chase One of her Cygnets AWAY from an UnSafe Place.
The Curious Cygnet knew his Dam meant Business. “GET OUT of THERE” !

Common Mute Swan Behavior
 Dam with Cygnets

Many of her Cygnets have been Taken by Snapping Turtle in their Ponds.
Very Few of “Lizzie’s” Cygnets Survived. So Sad.

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We would Visit this Young Pair of Male Swans about Once a Month..
They knew us.. and our Vegetable Treats.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

Both would Come Out of the Pond for some Visit Time on the Lawn..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

They Trust Us.. But will be Checking for Danger as we Visit..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

They would BOTH Look Around Frequently to Check for Danger.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

OOPs !! There was a Strange Noise Coming from a Nearby Field.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

They Stopped Eating… And Started to Talk to Each Other..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

We Watched the Boys Talk about what to Do.. Eat or Go Back to the Pond ?

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

They Agreed to Go Back to the Safety of their Pond.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

If you Check these Images, you will See them Looking Left – Right – Repeat.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

We NEED to Teach this Safe Behavior to our Young Childrens..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

Many Swans do this Naturally.. Interesting to Watch them Communicate.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cautious Visit

WE Still DO NOT Want the Swans to Cross Roads.

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Cobs will Position themselves to Protect their Female and Families.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob Protecting Family

They Position themselves Between Visitors and their Family..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob Protecting Female

And they will Sit behind their Female and Guard her as she Eats..
A Polite Male will Allow his Female to Eat First..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob Protecting Female
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob Protecting Female
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob Protecting Female
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob Protecting Female

Our Cob is Protecting his Nesting Female.. He is DOING his Job..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob Protecting Female
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob Protecting Female

It is Common to See the Male Swimming Behind his Female.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob Protecting Family Cygnets

Swans will Swim with their Cygnets Between them.

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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..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Looking Over Shoulder
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Looking Over Shoulder

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Swans are Curious Creatures.. They will Want to See what is Happening..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Curious
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Curious

Here “Pippa” was Pacing Near “Harry” as his Feet were being Checked.
And a Small Under Tongue Impaction was Removed..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Curious

Check-up Finished… “Harry” made a Bee-Line Across the Pond..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Curious

Dear “Pippa” was VERY Happy. Her Neck REALLY Puffed-UP !!!

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Curious   Happy

This Cob would “Strut” when we Visited him… He was Never Threatening.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Strutting

The Young Cygnet is Scared.. He is Posturing-Stiff and Hissing.. “GO AWAY”

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Protective Fear

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Generally, Young Cygnets and Juvenile Swans will Welcome Immature Swans to their Pond..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Welcome

They Easily Form Juvenile Groups, Protecting the NewComers.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Welcome

They do Well Together until Around 24 Months Old..
Then Watch for Tension – Aggression. Time for ReHoming..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Non-Vocal Communication

We Witnessed the Behavior Below at Least Twice.. A Swan Neck-Hugging.
Rob had his Camera READY This Time..

These Young Swan Cygnets had been Apart for Several Months.
When ALL had been Successfully Rehabbed for Various Medical Issues,
We were Able to Bring them to Live Together on a Real Pond..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
They Remember

They were Very Happy to Be Together Again..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
They Remember Happy  Hug

“Meadow” Neck-Hugged Both Sisters as they came up to his Preening Site.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
They Remember Happy  Hug
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
They Remember Happy  Hug

“Meadow” Hugged Both Sister Swans. He Accepted Both..
They formed a Threesome.. We were Very Lucky for 8 Years.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
They Remember Happy

This is NOT a Normal Behavior for Mute Swans..
Normally a Breeding Mute Swan Pair is One Male and One Female..

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Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob

“George” was a Favorite Swan to Visit over the Years..
He was Everything a Mute Cob should be. He was “King” of his Pond.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob

“George” Patrols his Pond..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob

This Common Swan Behavior is Fun to Watch.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Splash Bath
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Splash Bath

“George” was Very Much Loved by his Family for 30 Years.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Splash Bath
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Splash Bath
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Splash Bath  Preening

Time for Preening.

I Miss “George.” Lots of Memories that make me Smile..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Splash Bath  Preening
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Walking

“George” would Swim with us as we Walked along his Pond. (or Stalking)
During the Winter and Spring it was SERIOUS Stalking.. KEEP MOVING.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Walking

“George”

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During Colder Winter Months.. Snow and Ice can be Tolerated to a Point.
When there is a COLD Wind.. the Wind Chill Can Affect them.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Winter  Snow  Ice

Healthy Swans are WELL Insulated with Dense Down Close to their Body.
They can Sit on Snow and Ice by Pulling their Feet UP under their Wings.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Winter  Snow  Ice
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Winter  Shiverling

If you SEE a Cygnet or ANY Swan SHIVERING…
They NEED to be Sheltered from the Cold.

The Swan below is TOO HOT.. he is Heat Stressed..
TIME for Shade and Cool Water .

Common Mute Swan Behavior
Heat Hot Stress
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Winter  Snow  Ice
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Winter  Snow  Ice   Walking

“Meadow” Spent many Months in Recovery at our Home.
He had a Nasty Snapping Turtle Bite at 4 Weeks of Age.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Winter  Lights

We have Traveled many Miles over the Years with “Meadow.”
And we have had Help from Many, Many Kind and Loving People.
– Now Swan Friends.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Winter  Lights
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Winter  Lettuce

Swans will Take Turns Pushing and Biting a Head of Lettuce.. A Pond Game.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Lettuce  Play
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Walking

There were Several Swans that would Walk (Maybe Stalk) as we Walk
Around the Pond Edge.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cygnet  Walking

Several Weeks Later, the Tragic Loss of her Sister..
“Victoria” was in Survival Mode.. and Afraid to Visit with Us..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Survival Mode

Lone Swans Behave much Different then with a Companion.

A Lone Swan is a Lonely Swan
https://swanlovers.net/category/a-lone-swan-is-a-lonely-swan/

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Our Cob “Meadow” is a Mature Mute Male..
His Annual Behavior Goes from “Mellow” to “Macho.” Typical Cob.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Non Aggressive

This is NOT Aggressive Behavior.. It is Trust..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Non Aggressive  Biting Boots

I have Spoken with Other Swan Folks that Mention their Cob Bites Boots..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Non Aggressive  Biting Boots
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Non Aggressive  Biting Boots
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Non Aggressive  Biting Boots
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Non Aggressive  Biting Boots
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Non Aggressive  Biting Boots
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Cob  Non Aggressive  Biting Boots

There is a LOT of Trust between my Favorite Males..

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My Early Swan Visits were at SunRises along our Local River System.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Watching  Sun Rise  Sun Set

I Noticed the Swan Watching the SunRises.. Really Watching the Sun Rise.
I Remember Wondering what she was think as another Day Alone began.

Literally, OUT of the Blue Sky One Afternoon a Mute Cob Found her !

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Watching  Sun Rise  Sun Set
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Watching  Sun Rise  Sun Set

Swans ALSO Watch the Sun Set..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Watching  Sun Rise  Sun Set

I Wish I Could Learn What they are Thinking at the End of their Day.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Watching  Sun Rise  Sun Set
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Watching  Sun Rise  Sun Set

The River Swans would Visit Until Early Twilight then Head Off to their
Safe Night Place.. We Never Learned where they Went..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Watching  Sun Rise  Sun Set

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There is a Pair of Bonded Swans I Remember – BitterSweet Memories.
“Natasha” and “Boris”
“Natasha” was Gentle and Sweet – “Boris” – A True Mute Cob.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Pair Bonded
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Pair Bonded

This Series was Taken on a Sunny Fall Day.. “Boris’s” Hormones were Low.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Pair Bonded

Watching them Share a Bowl of Salad Greens.. “Boris” was a Gentle Cob.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Pair Bonded

He Allowed “Natasha” to Eat First.. Then they Ate Side by Side.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Pair Bonded

“Boris” Adored “Natasha.” And she Adored him..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Pair Bonded

They were Muttering Quietly to Each Other.. Small Talk I Guess..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Pair Bonded

Watching the Gentle, Loving Behavior between Bonded Pairs..
They are All Different.. It is Hard to Put into Words..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Pair Bonded

They were Lovely Dinner Guests.

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A Typical Behavior of Mute Swans is the Way they Carry their Heads.
Mute Swan Normally Swim with their Orange Beaks Pointing Downward.

Common Mute Swan Behavior

I have to Smile when they are Sorta Swimming and Napping..

Common Mute Swan Behavior

Swans Generally Sleep Very Lightly..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping  Nap

Nap Time – It is Common to See Swans Sleeping during the Day.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping  Nap

It is Common for One Swan to Watch while the Other Sleeps.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping  Nap

This is Trust….. Both are Sleeping.. I Think. Shhhh….

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping  Nap

YEP ! One is Watching. Just in Case… Cute.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping  Nap

When Cygnets and Swans are Resting… their Feet and Legs do Too !!

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping  Nap

Their Feet Look like Something is Wrong.. …All Folded & Twisty..
NORMAL..!!!

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping  Nap
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping  Nap
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Curious  Alert

I Notice Several Cygnets LOOKING Up in the Air.. Humm..
Then OFF in the Distance I Saw a Blimp.. Floating Quietly. They Saw it.

Swans are VERY Alert to ANY Hawk or Airplane Over their Heads..
As Prey they Need to be Watchful…

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping   Nap
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping   Nap
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping   Nap
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping   Nap

They are Aware of the Slightest Movement..

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping   Nap
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping   Nap

If there is Water Available..at Night.. Swans WANT to be IN IT !!!

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
Instinct to Sleep on Water

At Night Swans become VERY Quiet.. Their Normal Vocals are Whispered.

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping   Nap
Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping   Nap

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Images and Observations Gathered by Linda M.Sweger September 2020
This is a Work in Progress.. I will Add as I have more to Share.

The Image Series are Examples of Similar Behaviors Observed with Various Swans. All Swans are Individuals.. All have their Own Personalities.

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” I WISH I Could Talk to them Five Minutes a Month.”

Common Mute Swan Behavior 
 Sleeping  Nap

What Bedding is Safe for Swans ???

August 16th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SAFE Swan Bedding - (Comments Off on What Bedding is Safe for Swans ???)

Straw vs Hay vs Wood Chips & Shavings.

SAFE Swan Bedding

I want to Share this General Information with you..
from Articles I have found Online when I was Researching
Safe Bedding for our Rescued Cygnets & Swans.

Hay vs Wood Shavings vs Straw..

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

It GOOD to Understand the Difference in these Materials.

It does Depend on How various Bedding Material is being Used..
Inside or Outside.

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As Shelter Bedding or Nesting Materials..

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Wet or Dry Environments.

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Straw vs. Shavings – for Coop Litter
https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/08/straw-vs-shavings-my-choice-for-coop.html

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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.

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Hay is Used as a Livestock Feed.
There are Different Field Grasses that will be Baled as Hay.

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Timothy and Alfalfa are Common as Animal Fodder (feed).

SAFE Swan Bedding

Hay is Part of the Diet for Horses, Cows, Goats, Sheep,
especially during Winter Months.

SAFE Swan Bedding

Hay is Part of a Healthy Diet for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs..

SAFE Swan Bedding

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.

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Hay will Grow Bacteria, Mildew – Molds.
Hay can become a Fungus **Spore BOMB** over Time.

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Straw is used as Bedding.
Straw is Drier, Coarse Plant Fiber.

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Straw is Harvested after Grain Crops have Died.

SAFE Swan Bedding

There is Very Little Nutritional Value.
Using Straw is Generally the most Economic Choice for Bedding.

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Wood Shavings – Chips – Plain or Cedar..
are very Small Pieces.. with LOTs of DUST..

SAFE Swan Bedding

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..

SAFE Swan Bedding

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..

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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.

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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.

SAFE Swan Bedding

If you are Hand Raising and Sheltering for Safety..
Their Shelter Bedding will need to be Changed Frequently..

SAFE Swan Bedding

Fresh Straw is the Safest.. for Bedding.
Needs Frequent Changing.. Inside or Outside.

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HAY AND STRAW – WHICH IS BEST FOR BEDDING
https://animals.mom.me/difference-between-hay-straw-bedding-7251.html

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The Main Goal is to keep the Dust at a Minimum
to Protect the Swans/Cygnets’ Lungs..

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And, Keep Mold and Mildew Spores as Low as Possible..

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from Exposure to Damp Feed, Droppings, and Bedding
Especially in Hot and Humid Weather Conditions.

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A Highly Contagious Fungi is Aspergillosis.
Aspergillosis can be Acute or Chronic in Poultry.

These Fungi Spores are Common in Old Stored Hay..

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Aspergillosis Bronchomycosis, Pneumomycosis
www.poultrydvm.com This needs to be Copied and Pasted to View.

Aspergillosis is an Opportunistic, Noncontagious Fungal Infection
caused by Inhalation of Fungi Spores of Aspergillus.
There are Three Common Species of Aspergillus.

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These Fungi may affect the Respiratory Tract and also can Infect the Skin, Bones, Eyes, Intestinal Tract, and Central Nervous System.

Aspergillosis is a Factor when Poultry are Exposed to Moldy
or Dusty Environments with Poor Ventilation.

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The Disease may be Chronic or Acute when Exposure to Spores is OverWhelming. Most Acute affected Birds will Die within a Few Days
without Emergency Veterinary care.

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The most Common Symptoms include:
Dyspnea – Gasping = Difficult Labored Breathing..

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This Black Australian Cygnet had been kept in a Shed
with OLD Moldy Hay, he developed Aspergillosis and died.

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He came to us too late to even get him to the Vets..

Repiratory Fungus Infections are Difficult to Diagnose
and Harder to Treat..

There are MORE then 100,000 Species of Fungi.
Fungi = Molds, Mildews, Yeasts, Mushrooms, and Toadstools.

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Fungi Spores are EVERYWHERE – AnyWhere there is DUST..

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The Ones that cause infections are Yeasts and Molds.
Various Fungi cause Respiratory, Skin, Bone, Gizzard,
Digestive Tract, Internal Organ Infections..

Some Fungi-Molds Secrete Lethal Toxins.
If Feed becomes Damp and Moldy.. THROW IT OUT !

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POULTRY >>>>> I Found an Article with a Summary..
Backyard Poultry Contributor • September 23, 2017
What Causes Fungal Infections In Poultry?
Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Chicken Illnesses Can Save Their Lives.
Copy and Paste to Read this Article..

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Some Mushrooms should be REMOVED.. from Areas Swans will Graze.

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I Would NOT Use Wood Chips or Shavings for Swans..
Safest to Use a Fresh Bale of Straw.. NO Hay !!
AVOID any Mildew or Mold -Wet or Rodent Damaged Materials..

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For Nesting Materials.. Neither Straw or Hay is Recommended.
Sitting Outside for 6-7 Weeks.. in Spring Rainy Weather..
these Both Mold, Mildew, stay too Damp, etc.

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Swan Nesting Material

This “May” Spoil the Swan Eggs during Incubation..

SAFE Swan Bedding
Swan Nesting Material

The Safer Nesting Materials are BIG Piles of Clean, Fungus Free
Tree-Bush Twigs and Dried Coarse Grasses.. Dense Plant Blades..
Any Materials that will Drain Well..

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This is VERY General Basic Information.. (c) Linda M.Sweger
(-; PA SwanLover Linda > > > Compiled August 2020
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ANGEL WING DEFORMITY in SWANs.

August 4th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SWAN Angel Wing Deformity - (Comments Off on ANGEL WING DEFORMITY in SWANs.)

WATCH for this While Swan Cygnets are Growing.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity
  • This is Likely a Diet-Related Health Issues – Along with Genetics..
Swan Angel Wing Deformity

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

An Article no longer available, Read:
Swans are Prone to a Condition called “Angel Wing.”
Apparently, so are Geese and Ducks. Aquatic Waterfowl..

Swan Cygnet Angel Wing Deformity

As I Read, I found a Number of other Names given to this Deformity..
“Airplane Wing,” Slipped Wing, Crooked Wing, Drooped Wing,
Dropped Wing, Carpel Deformity, Carpometacarpal Deformity,
Flip Wing, Rotating Wing, Sword Wing, and a few other Odd Names.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

Various Articles State:
Males develop the Deformity more often than Females.
It seems to Develop on the Left Wing more Often..

Duck Angel Wing Deformity

Unless BOTH Wings are Affected..

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

Flight Feathers Stick Out and Fray Easily.
Just Looks like Something is Wrong..

This Wing Deformity usually Prevents Flight.

The Condition is Generally Deadly for Young Birds/Waterfowl
in the Wild. They are Left behind by their Parents.

Unable to Fly from Danger, they are Easy Prey..

If the Wild/Feral Cygnets can not Leave when it is Time for them
to Head-off (Fledge) in the Late Winter the Parents may Kill them.

This Wing Joint (Wrist) the Twisting Develops in Young Birds..
as they are GROWING. They Grow so Rapidly..

Swan Angel Wing Deformity
Swan Angel Wing Deformity

In Swan Cygnets, the Angel Wing Typically begins when their
FIRST Primary Flight Feathers are Growing in.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

Start to Watch at 10 Weeks of Age..
It will be Noticeable by 12 – 16 Weeks.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

It is Felt the Weight of the Growing Primary Blood Feathers cause
the Distal-Primary Section (Wing Tip) to Sag Outward instead
of Lying Normally against the Body.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

This Sagging puts a Strain on the Joint’s
Developing Ligaments and Muscles.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

The Cygnet’s Fragile Bone Structure is not Strong Enough
to Support the Weight of the New Primary Flight Feather
which are Heavy with Blood. (Blood Feathers)

Swan Angel Wing Deformity
Swan Angel Wing Deformity

If the Cygnets Wings are in Normal Position by 5 – 6 Months,
there is a Good Chance this Deformity will NOT Develop.

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A Beautiful Mute Swan Cygnet Wing – Healthy – Normal !!!

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A Nice Summary of Information about Angel Wing is here..

Duck Angel Wing Deformity

PoultryDVM This Article is for DUCKs..
http://www.duckdvm.com/condition/angel-wing

Duck Angel Wing Deformity

AS You Read this Article..
REMEMBER Swans need a LOWER PROTEIN DIET..
6 – 8 Percent.. VERY DIFFERENT then a Duck’s Diet.

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“IF” Angel Wing is Corrected while the Cygnet is still Growing,
it has a Chance to be Set Right.

If Attention to the Sagging is Delayed until the Cygnets are Older,
then the Deformity will likely be Permanent.

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People Unfamiliar with this Deformity, who Observe an Affected Swan
on a Pond, Lake or Waterway.. OFTEN think this is a Broken Wing.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

Reporting this to the WRONG People can be Fatal for an Otherwise
Healthy Swan..living in a Public Captive Setting..
“Angel Wing” Waterfowl in Captive Care Generally do Ok..

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

It is Possible for a Wing Injured or Broken to have a Similar Look..
Look for any Sign of Trauma – Blood or the Whole Wing Dragging.
Ask if the Swan has been like this before or was it Normal before.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

Observe the Primary Feathers, are they Shabby, Frayed.. ???
Is the Cygnet/Swan Eating and Behaving Normally ???
Then “Angel Wing” is more Likely the Reason..

Before CALLING for HELP …. Or
Before a Visit to an Avian Veterinarian..
SEND a Photo to a Knowledgeable Person..

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For a Nicer Look and to Help the Swans be more Comfortable,
the Feathers that are Out of Place can be Clipped AFTER their
Annual Moult..

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Once the Blood has Atrophied from the Feather Shafts..

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

This Young Rescued Male Mute Swan.. had a Grade 2 – Medium Angel Wing.
The Feathers were in Sad Shape.. I Clipped them to Help his Appearance.

********* Suspicions and Theories.

Angel Wing – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_wing

Various Studies over the Years “Suggest” Angel Wing
May be the Result of a Genetic Weakness ???

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It is Common for Annual Broods from the Same Pair of Swans
to Exhibit the Deformity..

And/Or a Diet Too High in Carbohydrates(Bread) and Protein
and Too Low in Various Vitamins and Minerals.. like Calcium,
Selenium Deficiency, etc.. are Contributing Factors.

Bread and Angel Wing Deformity..
https://corvid-isle.co.uk/thoughts-bread-angel-wing-wild-birds

An Example List from One Article..
High Protein Diet, Hypovitaminosis D, Manganese Deficiency,
Vitamin E Deficiency, Genetic Factors, Excessive Growth Rate,
Restricted Exercise , Incorrect Incubation, Hatching Problems,
Trauma, Weight of Blood-Filled Growing Primary Feathers. (UGH) !!

Most Articles DO came back to the Importance of a Good
Nutrient Balanced Diet..
All Creatures Great and Small Benefit from an Appropriate Diet..

Feeding Swan Cygnets – They are Growing SO Fast..
https://swanlovers.net/category/feeding-swan-cygnets/

Most Commercial Poultry Feeds have Vitamins (esp. Vit A, E, B-Complexes)
BUT, they are High in Protein.. Too High Out of the Bag for Swans.
Mixed with Corn – helps Reduce Protein to a Safer Level..

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Lots of Green Pond Plants, DuckWeed, most Algae.. are GOOD.

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A Diet of Only Corn will lack Vitamin A, as well as other Vitamins
and Minerials Necessary for Good Heatlh..

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

We Share Lots of Vegetables with Our Swans..
ESPECIALLY, Carrots.. for Vitamin A..

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Carrots SINK – Place in Shallow Water.

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SUPPORTIVE TREATMENT: Wrapping or Taping..

If you Think about Support Taping or Wrapping a Wing Tip
Close to the Body..
It is BEST to Ask for Guidance from a Professional..

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Try Gentle – Intermittent Support NO MORE then a Week..
DO NOT PUT the Birds in/on any Large Body of Water.
Until you take the Wrap/Taping Off.. Keep them in a Safe Place..

Start with 2 Days.. then Remove Wrap to Allow the Wing
some Time to Move Freely.. Wait 4-6 Hours before ReWrapping.

Many Saggy Wing Tips will Benefit from a Few Days
with this Extra Support.

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The Elastic, Self-Adhesive Vetwrap is Great for this.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

Wrap the Tape around the Metacarpals (Hand) and the
Radius/Ulna (Primary), so that it is held in a Normal folded Position.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

Some Folks Support the Sagging Wing with a Bandana Tied around
the Body.

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I have Used Painters Tape to Hold Wound Dressing in Place.
It Sticks to Itself.. but NOT to Feathers and Skin..

DO NOT Use DUCK TAPE.. it is TOO STICKY…

Wrapping TOO Tight or TOO Long MAY Constrict Blood Vessels
which WILL Alter Feather Growth and Even Affecting Bone Growth.

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For Juvenile and Adult Swans with a Severe Angel Wing,
Surgical Pinioning of the Affected Wing may be an Appropriate
Treatment where the Wing Tip and Feathers are being Damaged.

I have Observed a Few Adult Swans with a Few Wing Feathers that became Misaligned when they were Pinioned.. These were just a Bit out of Order.

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Watch for this Wing Sagging as your Cygnets are Growing.
You Might be Able to Help..

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We Brought Little “Hannah” into our Lives when she was 10 Months Old.

Swan Angel Wing Deformity

Our Little “Hannah” came from a Farm of Very Poor Care..
She had a Very Minor Wing Tip Twist. Just “a Little Angel Wing.”

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She Matured into a Very Sweet “Maiden” Swan..

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I have Observed more “Angel Wing Deformities”
then I Worked with them.
I do know a BackYard Domestic Waterfowl Rescuer
that has Successfully Corrected Ducklings Wings,
that Start to Develop “Angel Wing Deformity.”

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I have Done Lots of Reading along the Way.
Which has Contributed Greatly to my Basic Understanding
of this Waterfowl Syndrome..

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If I had a Magic Wand !

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Beautiful Mute Swan Wings

SWANs PREEN – a Vital – Essential Task.

July 18th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in PREENing is Feather Care - (Comments Off on SWANs PREEN – a Vital – Essential Task.)
Swan Cygnet Preen

Preening is One of a Swan’s Daily Activities.

Swan Cygnet Preen

Caring for their Plumage – WaterProofing their Feathers.
This Includes keeping External Parasite Numbers Low.

Swan Cygnet Preen

And Preening Together is an Important Part of a Swan’s Social Life.
It is a Sign of Acceptance..

Swan Cygnet Preen

I have Often Wondered..
“How do Swans Stay SO White” ? ?
They are often in Water that is Less then Clear, but Muddy.

Swan Cygnet Preen

Swans are Elegantly Dressed with OverLapping Rows of
25,000 Plus Feathers..

Swan Cygnet Preen

Preening is a BIG Job.

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Swan Cygnet Preen

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Preening is a Natural Instinct..
Tiny Cygnets less then a few Hours Old.. will Preen..
Here, there and Everywhere..

Swan Cygnet Preen

Cygnets Hatched by an Incubator.. will PREEN !!

Swan Cygnet Preen

Fresh out of their Egg Shell.. Cygnets are Wet..
They Start to BREATH Air, Rest a Bit, Imprint with their Dam and Sire.
Dry and Fluff their Down..and PREEN..

Swan Cygnet Preen

In Less then 24 Hours Healthy Cygnets are Ready for Life in Water.
All Cygnets should be out on the Water within 72 Hours of Hatching.

Swan Cygnet Preen

Before they Leave the Nest.. their WaterProofing must be Satisfactory.

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If their WaterProofing is Poor.. the Tiny Cygnets will become Wet
and Chill Easily.. Soggy Cygnets are at Risk..

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Cygnets are Unable to Thermo-Regulate for about a Month..

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Good WaterProofing Improves their Survival..

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As a ShutterBug.. I LOVE to Visit a Swan Pond.
Lawn Chairs.. Buckets of Treats and Visit Supplies.

Share Treats of Veggies and Cereal.. Spend Time..

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Relax and Snap Hundreds of Digital images hoping
for One or Two Special Images. (The Ones that make Smiles.)

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Once the Swans are Content with Grazing on their Favorite
Goodies, it is Generally Time for a Quick Bath..

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A Brief Flop-Diving to get Water over all their Feather
– Beak to Webbed Feet..

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Or a Silly Joyful Splashing Bath..

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Then Swimming Off to Shallow Water or a Favorite Bank..
(Preening Site)
There is Information about the Preening Site.. below.

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Swans will Start their Daily Chore of Preening..

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Preening…..on the Left……….. Preening on the Right..

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Preening…. their Beaks Poking into Thick Layers of Feathers..

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Periodically, Reaching Back to a Flap of Feathers on the Top Side
of their Tail..

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The Flap of Feathers Flips Up to Access their
Uropygial Gland ( Preening Gland – a Grease Nipple-like Nub)

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Rubbing and Coating their Head and Beak with a Waxy Oil
that will Aid WaterProofing their Feathers..

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Uropygial Gland – the Wikipedia Article – More Technical Info.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uropygial_gland

It is Impressive without Hands all the Areas they are Able to Reach..

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Their Long Neck is Flexible to allow the Swans to Spread the
Waxy Oil from their Head and Beak to all their Body Feathers..

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Some of the Twisting and Stretching is Amusing..

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Watching Two or Three Preening Together..
You would think there is a Special Order to be Followed..
They tend to Preen in what Appears to be the a Rehearsed Order..

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When their Preening Session is about to End..
It is Time to Shake – Twist and Flap their Wing..

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This Settles all the Body and Wing Feathers into Proper Order.

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The Fast Twist Side to Side helps Fluff the Feathers OUT to
Capture Air and Layer the Feather in a Neat Order..

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Several BIG Forceful Wing Flaps helps to Layer all the
Wing Feathers into Perfect Overlapping Order.

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It is NORMAL for Swans to Preen an Average of TWO Hours a Day.
This is the MOST Important thing they do to Care for their Feathers.

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I will admit it gets Boring watching them Preen Endlessly
while we are there to Visit. I have Watched Countless Hours of Preening.

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The Useful Life Expectancy of a Feather is One Year..
For 12 Months, Feathers Serve to Protect their Swan..

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Swan Feathers are a Beautiful Costume of White,
Covering a Swan from their Cheeks to Ankles..

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Feathers Protect the Swans from Heat and Cold..
Wind, Rain, Snow, Hail.. (Small Hail will Bounce off).

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Properly WaterProofed,

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Feathers Prevent the Insulating Down from becoming Wet..

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WaterProofed Feathers Allow Swans/Waterfowl to Float
High in/on the Water.

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Water SHOULD Bead and Run off Easily..

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This makes Gliding through Water Look Effortless.

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Worn-Frayed Feathers will not WaterProof Well..

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As Time goes on, Worn Feathers will Collect Mineral from the
Water.. their Pristine White will begin to Dull to Shades of Beige.
The Large Flight Feathers start to Look Spiky..

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The Swan’s Head does the MOST Preening..Rubbing.

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The Tiny Head Feathers become WORN.. If there is Iron in the Water..

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The Dissolved Iron Attaches to these Worn Feathers..
and Creates a “Red Cap.”
The Iron Deposits are Exposed to Air.. and Rust.

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Let their Moulting Begin….

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During their Annual Moult, it is TIME to Cast OFF the Fraying Feathers,

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Worn from Daily Preening. Preening Increases.. Yep, MORE Preening..

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Some of the Loose Feathers will get Stuck in their Nares.
(Sigh) Very Happy Digital Editing allows me to Remove these..

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Occasionally the Feathers get through the Nares.. Side to Side..

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These Stuck Feathers are Annoying.. Swans will Shake their Head..

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They Blow their Nose into the Water… Blowing Bubbles of Air to Dislodge..

Once in a While you might need to Help.. if you are Able to
Get Hold of your Swans..Gently Remove.. It is a BIG Relief for them..

During the Time NEW Feathers are Emerging.. Thousands of
Tiny “Pin Feathers” are Poking through their Skin..

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There is a Closed Tip where the Feather will Grow-Out of the Quill-Shaft.
The New Feathers Erupting through their Skin Probably ITCH..

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Swans will Appear to be Biting themselves..
Spending LOTs of Time Preening..

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They will Bite-Scrape off the VERY Tip of the New Feathers..

It looks like Dandruff on the Ground.

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They are Nipping off the Ends of the New Feathers so they can GROW…
IT is Interesting to Watch Feathers Develop.

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For a Period of Time..as the New Wing and Tail Feathers Develop..
THEY ARE the BLOOD FEATHERS.

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For about Four to Six Weeks, you will see them Preening more..

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This is usually in Late June-July for the Pens – After Nesting Ends.

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July-August on Average for the Cobs..

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Another Time there is a Bit of Extra Preening is
When the Pen is Feathering her Nest..

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There is a “Brood Patch” on her Breast that she will Preen-Shedding
some Smaller Contour Feathers for Soft Material to Cradle her Big Eggs..

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“Brood Patch” Summary: By Shedding Contour Feathers from her
Breast-Abdomen into the Nest.. the Patch of Thinner Feathers Allows
her Body Heat to Transfer to the Incubating-Developing Eggs..

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FEATHERs – FEATHERs – FEATHERs

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The PREENING SITE

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Swans tend to do Most of their Pooping in the Water.
Bathing and Much Preening is also done in the Water.

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Swans Pick a Spot, maybe two, where they will Preen almost every Day.

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These Spots will become MESSY ! ! .. Lots of Feathers and Poop.

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I tried to Rake this Yuck up once a Week.. Its Unattractive – Attracts Flies.
Take a Quick Look at the Poop.. Watch for Anything Moving..
Swans can get Round Worms .. Tape Worms.. Internal Parasites.

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Consider taking a Fresh Fecal Sample to your Veterinarian’s Clinic
for an Ova & Parasite Check.. Once a Year..
DeWorming your Swans Once or Twice a Year is Beneficial.

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During the Annual Moult..this Area will Look like a Pillow Exploded..
Raking Twice a Week.. is a Good Idea..

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Humans Shed Skin and Hair in Small Amounts Every Day..

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NOT sure when.. Swans do Shed their Beak, Legs and Feet Skin.
Just like a Reptile – Lizard Skin..

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Young Cygnets Shed more then Once their First Year – I think..
And at least Once a Year after that.. ?? maybe more.. Not Sure.
I did not Watch the Timing of this.. I just Noticed it along the Way..

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This Allow for a Slow Repair of Old Injuries and Worn Scaly Skin over Time..

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Their Shedding is a left over from WAY Back when they were Lizards..
Look Closely at their Leg Skin.. Looks Reptilian..

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It is not Scales like a Snake.. but, very much like Lizard Skin.

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Genetically, Birds are more like Lizards – Reptiles then Mammals..
Evolution has Change the Way they Look and Function..
Enchanting Creatures of Air and Water..

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When Touching a Swan Try NOT to have Fresh Hand Lotion on your Hands..

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Swans will Preen this Lotion through their Feathers and Disrupt their WaterProofing.

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Spilled OIL or Chemicals that Float on their Water can Impair their WaterProofing.

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It might be Necessary to Wash (ROOM TEMP Water) with Dawn Soap
to Remove any Oily Film..

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This will REMOVE Much of their Natural WaterProofing.
It may take several Weeks for the WaterProofing to allow Water to Bead..

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Most Ponds do have a Period of Time.. when there is a Slimy-Foamy-Decaying Plant Scum that will Attach on the Swan’s Body at the Water Line..

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Be Aware.. that this is not Something Else that might have Contaminated the Water.

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When Swans are Kept OUT of the Water and Do NOT Get Wet/Bathe.
They will Preen Less and Less.. Slowly Losing their WaterProofing.

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This Happens when Put in a Barn/Shelter for the Winter.
Or Sheltered to Keep Dry after an Injury.. While Recovering..

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Needing to Keeping our Male Clean and Basically Dry..
I Sponged him Every Other Day with Water and Washed his Bottom.

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Under Preening may Result in Preening Oils not being Produced.
Which will Cause your Waterfowl/Swans to becoming Chilled
when Wet and MAY Lead to Water Aversion.

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SWANs NEED to Get Wet to Encourage Preening..
Even a Gentle Rinse with a Hose or a Wet Sponge..

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Protect any Body Area that Needs to Remain Dry..

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“Meadow’s” Foot is Wrapped with Clean Paper Towels and a Plastic Bag.
Watching him Dance and Play in the Sprinkler Water was a Happy Moment.
His Damage Foot Recovery was Long and Challenging.. SOOoo Worth it.

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“MEADOW”

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Over Preening can be a Sign of Increased Numbers of External Parasites.

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All Birds and Waterfowl have Lice..an External Parasite.
A Small Population is Normal in their Feathers..
There are as many Species of Lice as there are Species of Birds.

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Lice (Louse) are Blood Sucking External Parasites.
High Numbers of Lice will Cause Anemia. Note a Pale Tongue.
Bathing and Preening keeps the Numbers Low..

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An Increase of the Lice can Happen when Swans are Not Getting
to Bathe in Water that is Reasonably Clean.. Refreshed..
This can Occur During a Period of Drought.

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Or if they are Kept Inside a Shelter for Extended Periods without
Access to Water to Bathe in.

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If your Swan has a Pale Tongue it is Suggesting Anemia..
> > > > Check for Parasites.
An Infestation if External Lice in their Feathers is the First to Check…

Look into their Down Under their Wings..
Where there are Fewer Feathers.. Watch for Tiny Dark Scurrying Spots.
They are the Size of Cracked Pepper.. Image Below is Enlarged.

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You can Try to Catch a Lice Sample by using Sticky Tape..

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If Swans live on a Property where there are Cattle that are Not
being Treated for Cattle Lice.. these may Spread to the Swans..
or other Waterfowl..

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Most Lice are TINY Blood Sucking Parasites..
Small Numbers.. Healthy Swans.. Little Problem..
Large Numbers.. can cause Anemia.. Weakening your Swans..

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Watch for any Over Preening.. Really Digging into their Feathers..

Look at some of the Feathers on the Ground with a Magnifying Glass..
Check the Quill/Shaft for Tiny Whitish Eggs..

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One Treatment We have used – a Dilute Peppermint Oil..
Several Drops in a Pint of Fresh Water. SHAKE WELL.

Spray Under the Swan’s Wings.. and Down their Back.
Avoid their Eyes and Beak.

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They will Preen this through their Feathers.. It does not Kill the Lice..
Lice do not like the Peppermint Oil.. and Jump Off..
Repeat in 5 – 7 Days if Needed.

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I have Used these ORGANIC Flea and Tick Sprays..
CHECK the Ingredients.. Make SURE ALL ORGANIC OILS.

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FLY-X is an Organic Commercial Spray to Repel FLYs.
This Would Probably Also Work..

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Your Veterinarian will have other Remedies..
if these Simple Organic Oil Products do not Help.

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The Soggy Cygnet below.. was Rescued. Lots of TLC..
He is now an Adorable Healthy Black Australian Pet Swans.

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“Wet Feather” – Poor WaterProofing..
There are a Number of Conditions that can cause this.

A Lack of Preening Oils may Cause “Wet Feather”
Preen/Oil Gland Problems. Poor Diet.. Post Illness.. Post Surgery.
Post Severe Injury when the Body needs to Heal and ReGain Weight..

When a Swan has a Poor Diet.. or Is Not in Healthy Body Status..
After a Nasty Injury.. while their Body is Healing..

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There may be a lack of the Essential Oils and Vitamins needed to
Produce Normal Amounts of Preening Oil.

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“Wet Feather” is Characterized by “Raggedy” looking Feathers
and also an inability to Repel Water. The Swans look Unkempt..

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Feathers get Waterlogged and Stay Soggy Wet after the Swans
get Out of the Water. There is Little to No Water Beading.

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One Tiny Cygnet in this Brood had Poor WaterProofing.. Did not Survive.

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Becoming VERY Soggy Wet Swans may have Trouble Staying Afloat..
You will see them Floating Lower in the Water then Normal.

The Added Water Weight may Prevent them Climbing out of the Water..

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This Happened to “Handsome Fellow.”

Severe Weight Loss after his Wing was Shredded..
Then Hours of Surgery.. Blood Loss.. His Body was Depleted..

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After Weeks of Recovery Time, we Released him to a Pond..
I could see he was Swimming Lower and Lower in the Water..

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He could NOT get out of the Pond himself.. Fortunately, he came
to me to Help lift him out.. He was Like a Soggy MOP.

When the Swan’s WaterProofing is Poor, they Chill Easily..
They are WET all the Way to their Skin..

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It take Hours for them to Dry..

This is VERY Dangerous for them during Cold Weather.

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The Swans with Poor WaterProofing may Avoid Water..
which just makes this Problem Worse. They Preen Less and Less.

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This Young Male Swan Spent the Long Winter Months in the Barn..
Keeping a Pool of Water is Difficult and in Cold Areas it Freezes..

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His Feathers became Stiff with Dirt.. We Tried to Wash him from a
Bucket of Water.. He Struggled so much, this was Not Helpful..

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This Gentle Swan just wanted to Live in and by the Barn..

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He Spent most of his Spring, Summer and Fall In or by the Barn.

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Occasionally, he would Sit near the Pond and Watch the other Swans.
We Released and Encouraged him several Times onto his Pond..

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You would have thought we were Burning him..
He was OUT of the Water as Fast as Possible.

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All we did was Terrify him.. We did not Understand this Behavior.

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Thinking Back to that Time.. This Condition “Wet Feather”
may Explain his Aversion to the Pond and Water..

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“Forrest” was Very Sweet and Gentle..

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He had been Rescued.. Found along a Road.. Tiny and Alone.
We All wanted him to be a Healthy, Happy Pond Swan..

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He was Loved..during his Time.
But, did not have the Normal Life of a Swan.

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A Good-Quality Diet Provides the Nutrient to Produce Oil..
AND, Access to Bath Water.. will Encourage Preening.

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If “Wet Feather” – Soggy when Wet is Extreme..
You may need to Only Allow the Swans to Bathe in a Kidde Pool,
until the WaterProofing Improves..

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Let them Bathe in 4 – 6 Inches of Water to Stimulate Preening.
Getting Wet Early in the Day.. and Dry in Warm SunLight.

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Watch for Water Beading to Improve before Trying the Pond Again.

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Diet.. It is Helpful for Swans to have a Little Oil in their Diet..
Especially during the Winter Months.
Adding a Tablespoon of Salad Oil to their Daily Feed Mixture may be Helpful..

Adding Black Strap Molasses to their Feed can Add Vitamins
and Nutrients that might help. ??? We have not used this..
Small Amounts until Condition Improves.

Blackstrap Molasses is the most Concentrated Form of Molasses.
It Contains the most Vitamins and Assorted Minerals.
Some Sources say that it has many Health Benefits.

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When it is Best to Hand Raise Cygnets.. Away from their Parents.

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When Hand Raising Cygnets.. Regular Bath Time is Important.

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Young Cygnets need to be on Soft Ground – Grass to Protect their Feet..
In a Muddy/Dirt Living Area, Dirt gets into their Feathers and Down.
This will Interfere with Healthy Preening and WaterPoofing.

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There will be Increased External Parasite Infestations.. > > >Anemia.

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Swan Cygnets need to get Wet to Encourage Preening..

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Providing the Young Cygnets with Plenty of Clean Water
to Splash in and Keep their Bedding Clean and Dry.

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Our “Pond Princess” – Little “Hannah” was Likely Raised without
Access to Water.. We Bid and Won her at a LiveStock Auction.

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10 Months Old, she was Scared and SOOooo Dirty..
Swan Care was ALL so New for us at that Time..

I Rinsed her Several time that first Evening in a Large Tub in our Garage..

LOTs of Dirt Rinsed into the Clean Cold Water..
I had a VERY Wet Cygnet. Towel Dried.. Kept her Safe OverNight.

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When we Released “Hannah” to the Pond the Next Morning..

She Bolted Across the Pond and OUT onto the Golf Course Greens.
She was Terrified of Us and the Water.. We /I had Much to Learn..
ONE: That this Young Swan had Likely Never been in Water…

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Fortunately our Male, “Handsome Fellow” knew what to do.
He Guided “Hannah” to the Clean Shallow Inflow Area of the Pond.

“Handsome” kept her Safe in the Shallow Water as her WaterProofing
Gradually Improved over Two – Three Weeks..

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It was Interesting to Observe him Caring for her..
The Swans have Taught us Much over the Years..

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Happy Memories.. Just Not Enough.

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If you Need to keep a Swan Dry during Recovery after an Injury or Post-Surgery..

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Depending on the Time of Year..
The Veterinarian Instruction may be to Leave the Wound Open to the Air..

A Little Water Time is Important.. So they Preen..

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First Cover the Wound Area with a Clean Paper Towel…
then Cover with a Plastic Bag or Saran Wrap, etc..

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I like Painter’s Tape.. It Sticks to the Plastic.. NOT the Skin.
If the Paper Towel Gets Wet.. STOP -Try Again to keep Dry..

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Try to Gently Spray their Feathers Twice a Day.. So they Preen..
Spray and Clean their Cloaca Area..

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This Stimulates the Preening Gland and the Swans will PREEN.

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For Any Waterfowl.. their Beak is VERY Important.

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For Eating, Communicating/Vocalizing, Breathing and for Preening..

An Injury to the Beak that makes Preening Difficult needs to be
Watched Closely..

If the Injury Prevents Adequate Cleaning and Preening..
This will Affect the Swan’s Health..

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Snapping Turtle Injuries to Swan Beaks are TOO Common..

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If an Injury is Severe, it is Difficult to Know the Best Thing to do..
Many Vets will Advise what they know or Foresee – Prognosis…

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Some Injuries.. Will Need Veterinary Attention..
If the Beak Heals without an Infection.. Be Grateful.

Snaggy Areas along the Beak might need to be Smoothed..
Infections in the Beak Structure Tissues will be Difficult to Treat.

WATCH from Insect Maggots.. Common in Fresh Open Wounds.
Flush them Out.. Watch Until this Stops.. Check with Your Vet.

If the Beak’s Damage Prevents a Swan from Eating
or Preening.. Their Future and yours will be Very Difficult..

It may be Worth Giving Nature a Chance to Heal..
The Swan will need Extra TLC..
… and More than a Few Prayers Answered.
A Lot will Depend on the Damage and a Swan’s Will..

I can not Imagine the Pain Initially that the Swan Experience.
After the First few Days – Hope they can Stabilize..

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If they can Drink, Eat and Maintain a Reasonably Healthy Weight.
And Gradually Preen to WaterProof Adequately..

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They have a Guarded Chance.
Watch for Shivering during Cold Weather.. They may need Sheltering.

Attempts have been Made to Add a Prosthetic Material to
several Badly Damaged Swan Beaks. As time goes on this may Work
Better. To Date, few have been Successful.. Folks are Learning.

Removing Snapping Turtles will Reduce the Risk of Beak Injuries.

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TO END.. “HOW do SWANs Stay SO WHITE ???”
They PREEN..

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Information Compiled from Observing Swans over the Years.
Yes, Reading has been Informative.. Gathering Data..
And Experiences of Others.. We All Learn Together.
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There are Sweet Memories that Linger.

Polish and Royal Mute Swans

June 21st, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Mute Swans - Royal vs Polish - (Comments Off on Polish and Royal Mute Swans)
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

( Just Color Variants)

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

The MUTE SWANS may be divided by Color Variation.
The Black-Legged Swans are ROYALS and come from Great Britain.
The Beige-Legged Swans are called POLISH Swans and they are from Eurasia.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Depending on the Parents Genetics.. you can have BOTH in the same Brood.

From Late April through June, Mute Swan Cygnets are Hatching all over the Place.. and I get Questions about the Different Colors of the Cygnets.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

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

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

This Topic Page will Basically be Images – Examples..
To Read more about the Royal and/or Polish.. there are Topic Pages about them.

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Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Polish Mute Swans have Beige/Light Brown Legs and Feet,
their Beaks are more Orange then Red.

Polish Mute Cygnets are Light Cream to White with Pink/Beige Feet.
Polish Mute Cygnets/Swans will have the Pale Foot Color for life.
The Polish Males Feet are more Brown then Black.

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The Cygnets below are from a Mixed Mute Pair.. Above is their Polish Dam.

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Below is the Cygnets’ Royal Sire.

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Royal Mute Swans have very Black Feet and almost Red Beaks.

Royal Mute Cygnets are a Smoky Blue-Gray-Brown Color
their Beaks are Black and their Legs and Feet are VERY Dark to Black..

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These 5 Cygnets are 5 Days Old. We Stopped to Help Pinion them.. Success.

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MUTE Swans Mixed Cygnets Following their DAM – Very Cute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coTkuD91h9Q

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

When Polish Cygnets are Raised Out on the Water with their Parents they are the most Vulnerable to Predation.. They are EASY to See.
– The Preying of One Animal on others.

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A Red-tailed Hawk was Observed Carrying One Polish Cygnet Away.

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Within a Few Days the Other Polish Cygnet was Gone.

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Hawks and Owls are Feeding their Young at the Same Time of Year…
that Mute Swan Cygnets Hatch..
Swans are almost Helpless to Protect their Tiny Cygnets.

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Two Days after this Visit we got a Call asking us to Come and
Remove the Two Remaining Royal Cygnets…. to Save them..
They were 18 Days Old.

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There seem to be a Fair Number of Polish Swans in Central PA..

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Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

The Cygnets below were Unrelated Rescues.. One Female – One Male.

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Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

They were able to Grow Together.. We Planned for them to be a Pair.
Sadly, the Polish Female developed a Heart Infection.. and Died.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

These are Other Unrelated Polish and Royal Mute Swan Cygnets..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

I Personally like to have One of Each.. It is So Difficult to Tell many Swans
apart.. Their Knobs change Size during the Years..
Many Times Owners are not sure Which Swan is the Male or their Female.
Especially, when they are Alone.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swans

Having One Polish and One Royal.. makes this Easier.. You can SEE the Color of their Legs… just above the Water..

Then there are Same Sex Pairings.. These Swans REALLY Look Alike..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

When we would Stop to Visit the Young Royal Male NestMates above…
I could not tell them Apart.
Their Family could not Either.. Just Calling them “The Boys.”

Driving Home after a Visit.. I kept thinking… they are Like Identical Twins.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

I Started to Refer to them as “Castor” and “Pollux.” The Gemini Twins.

When there are Royal and Polish Male NestMates from the Same Brood..
it is Nice to keep them Together.
For People who want a Same Sex Male Pair.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

When I Pinioned these Rescued Cygnets..
I Sent their Removed Wing Tips for the DNA-Sex Determination.
Each Cygnet was Color Banded to Identify them..
Leg Bands were Changed as they Grew.
Make SURE Leg Bands do NOT get TIGHT !

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Around 12 Weeks (80 – 86 Days) we can Send Feathers for the DNA-Sex Determination.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

DNA Results are Back.. We can Start to Arrange for their Forever Homes.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

During the First Winter the Royal Cygnet will become more and more White.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

These Young Males were doing Well Together.. They Could have Lived together for Many Years.. Sadly, Fishing Injuries Ended this Pairing.

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Having Two Female… Do NOT Need to be NestMates.

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Both the Royal and Polish Juvenile Females are White by 14-16 Months Old.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

The Females below.. I can Tell them Apart by their Pinioned Wings.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

The Main Concern when you have Two Females a Companions..
They can not Protect themselves during Nesting. They are VULNERABLE.
You Need to Think of Ways to Improve their Safety from Predators..

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HUM-M-m-m… The More Time I got to Spend with Swans..
I did Notice there are not Just Two Color Variants.. but a Third.. a Blend.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

There is a Royal – a Polish – and a Cappuccino Colored Cygnet.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

From Reading – No Special Designation is Made for the Cappuccino Cygnets.
They are Classified as Royal – Their Plumage will be Similar to the Royals.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

Our Little “Summer” has a DARK Beak and Pale Grey Legs..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets
Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

“Meadow’s” Legs and Feet Stayed Light Grey.. Did Not Becoming Dark..

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

I think ALL Swans are Wonderful.. – Including Hormonal Cobs.

Royal vs Polish Mute Swan Cygnets

They all have Different Personalities and Bring Much Joy to those who
Love and Care for them.

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These are Swan and Cygnet Images Snapped over the Many Years we have been Enjoying Swans.
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Below are More Photo Images of Royal and Polish Cygnets. They were Fun.

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They have All Become Graceful Swans.

The Australian Black Swans

June 10th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Black Australian Swans - (Comments Off on The Australian Black Swans)
Black Australian Swans

COMMON NAME: Black Swan
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Anseriformes
FAMILY: Anatidae
SUBFAMILY: Anserini

Black Australian Swans

GENUS SPECIES: Cygnus (swan) atratus (clothed in black)
”Atratus” translates into “Dressed in Black.”

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans

My / Our Experience with the Black Australian Swans has been Limited..
We have Visited various Pair.. Enjoyed Observing them.

Black Australian Swans

And we Tried to Rehabilitate Several.. without much Success.
We did what we could to give them a Chance to Heal and Improve.

Black Australian Swans

I have not Checked Various States if there are Any Prohibitions
for having Black Australian Swans as Captive Pets.

Black Australian Swans

In Pennsylvania there are NO Restrictions to Own or Breed them..

Black Australian Swans

I am not Aware of Any States Restricting Ownership.
If there is a Concern.. Check with your States Department of Agriculture.
And, Or your State’s WildLife Services.. WaterFowl Specialists.

Black Australian Swans

I am Going to Share some Basic Information..
Not much about the Wild – Free Black Australian Swans.

Black Australian Swans

This Species of Swan has Dark-Black Plumage with White Feathers
in their Wings easily seen during Flight.

Black Australian Swans

Their Wing Span Averages One and a Half to Two Meters.
( Estimate – Five to Six Feet)

Black Australian Swans

The Cobs have a more Pronounce Ruffling of their Back to Tail Feathers..

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans

Female Black Swans tend to hold their Necks in a Slight Curve.

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And the Mature Cobs tend to have the Longest Necks among the Swan Species.

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The Elongated Neck enables the Black Swans to reach Deep into
the Water to Feed on Algae and other Aquatic Vegetation.

Black Australian Swans

Their Beak is more Red with a White Band near the Tip.

Black Australian Swans

And the Iris of their Eyes is a Bright Red.

Black Australian Swans

I Realized that I could Suspect Anemia by the Color of their Iris.
Anemia may be Caused by External or Internal Parasites.
Blood Loss after an Injury.. Chronic Infection or a Poor Diet..

Black Australian Swans

Their Legs and Webbed Feet are Dark Grey-Black.

Black Australian Swans
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Males – Cobs Average 18 – 20 Pounds
Females – Pens Average 10 – 14 Pounds

Black Australian Swans

Life Span.. from Reading.. With Good Luck and Health.
40 Years is Possible. I have No Experience with this.
10 Years seems more Realistic.

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swan Canada Geese

Migrating Canada Geese Line the Rim of this Public Lake..

Black Australian Swan Canada Geese

I have Never heard any Owner of Black Swans say they are Good for Controlling the Canada Geese that are a Problem on many Ponds.

Black Australian Swan Canada Geese
Black Australian Swans

Black Swan Vocal Sounds Musical “Tweets and Hoots”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkaCUUsSDYs

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The Black Swan is the most Social and least Territorial of all Swans.
There are Exceptions.. All Swans have their Own Personality.

Black Australian Swans

NATURAL DIET: Herbivores, Eating mainly Aquatic Vegetation
In Captivity as Pets.. the General Swan Feed Mixtures is Good.
They will Live on Ponds and Lakes with Natural Vegetation.

Black Australian Swans

In the Colder Regions.. Pennsylvania Included.. The Black Australian
Swans may need Sheltering during the Colder Nights. They are
Smaller and more Willing to be inside out of the Direct Cold.

Black Australian Swans

If your Swans, any Swans are Sheltering,
be SURE to Secure the Door or Opening at Night..
Inside a Structure they are Trapped. Vulnerable.

Black Australian Swans

Healthy Adults are OK out on Open Water during the Day…
Happier Inside on Icy Cold Nights.

Black Australian Swans

Cygnets that Hatch in the Fall will need Shelter at Night through
most Cold Winter Months.
Remember to RAISE the Heat Lamps as they Grow.

Black Australian Swans

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

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

Basic 80 to 100 Watt Light Bulbs will help to Warm the Still Air in a Building.

Black Australian Swans

Like other Swan Species..
Sexual Maturity is at 2 – 3 Years Old.

Black Australian Swans

BLACK SWANS MATING DANCE ” Joyful Bath”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oZu6PAfoG4

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The Black Swan Above are on an Island in the Middle of their Pond.

Black Swans Build their Nests on Islands or in Dense Vegetation near Water.

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Black Australian Swans Nest Twice a Year.
Both Cob and Pen will Gather Twiggy Materials for their Nest.

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Nestings occurs in February and again in September.
Once in Early Spring. And a Second Brood.. in the Fall.

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Black Australian Swans are Comfortable Nesting Inside a Shelter.

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Important to Secure any Opening at Night.. Keep Predators OUT !!

Healthy Females Lay 4 – 6 Pale Greenish Eggs for each Clutch.

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Both the Male and Female share in Incubation “Sitting” on the Eggs.

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The Black Cob spend much more time on the Nest then the Mute Swan Cobs.

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Once Incubation Begins.. Expect Cygnets in 35-36 Days.

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Remove Unfertile Eggs after 42 Days. Discard..

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Hatching an Average of 3 – 6 Cygnet each Nesting..

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Shortly after Hatching, the Cygnets can Swim and Feed themselves.
Their first Food is the same as other Cygnet Species.

Feeding Swan Cygnets
https://swanlovers.net/category/feeding-swan-cygnets/

In the Wild they would EAT LOT of Water Insects and Small invertebrates.
Feeding mostly from the Water’s Surface.

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The Cygnet above is NOT WaterProof… he is WET !!!

When Cygnets are NOT Raised on a Pond.. They need Pool Time to Encourage Preening.. to Aid and Improve their WaterProofing..

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Black Swans will Play in any Puddle of Water.
They will do OK on a Slightly Small Pond then the Larger Mutes and Trumpeter Swans.

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I have not had an Opportunity to Observe Black Australian Cygnets
Raised on the Pond with their Parents.. Only Hand Raised Cygnets.

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The Cygnets are Too Easily taken by Predators.
The Spring Brood Hatch during Chilly-Chilly March Weather.

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And the Fall Brood are not Developed enough to be Outside in our Cold Winter Months.

Black Australian Swans

They need to be Sheltered. Hard to do with the Parent.. who will do better out on the Pond in Cool Moderate Weather.

Black Australian Swans

If they were able to Live with their Parents, they will Ride on their Parent’s Back for Longer Trips around their Waterways.

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The Cygnets have Gray Down for Three to Four weeks.

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Then the Beautiful Smoky Black-White Tips Feathers Emerge.

Black Australian Swans

Their First True Feathers are Dark Smoky Brown not as Black
as the Mature Adults.

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The Male Cygnet above is about 3 Months Old. Growing Nicely.

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Black Australian Swans

The Beaks of Black Cygnets seem to go through some Color
Variations as they Mature to the Bright Red and White.

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Black Australian Swans

The Cygnets need to be Ready for Life on their Own by 14-16 Weeks..
Rehoming-Adoption at 5 to 6 Months is Workable..

Black Australian Swans

Since there are Fewer Black Swans being Raised..
It is a Challenge to Arrange Young Unrelated Pairs.

It is a Good Idea to seek others who have and
Raise Black Australian Swans.. then Network with them..

Black Australian Swans

It is Common for Pairs to be from the Same Brood..
Not a Healthy Practice. Genetic Diversity Produces Healthier Swans.

Black Australian Swans

When the Adults are Ready to Start another Nesting..
I have no Experience if Two Different Broods will be OK staying
with the Parent.

Black Australian Swans

From Reading, it is often Stated that Cygnets will Remain with
their Parents for Nine Month before they Fledge and become Independent.. Suggesting Two Broods are in the Parents’ Care at the Same Time.

Black Australian Swans

Most Folks who have Captive Pet Black Swans,
Arrange for New Homes for each Brood of Cygnets..

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It would be Reasonable to Spoil some Clutches of Eggs..
to Limit the Number of Cygnets. There are Options..

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When Black Swans are Allowed to Pair at Will..
There are Frequently Two Females and One Male.

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They seem to enjoy being a Threesome.

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How & Who will Breed.. ??
I do not have that Experience..

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It Suggests.. One Female is a Spare.?? A “Nanny.”
If something Happens to the Nesting Female,
the other Female will take over the Nest.

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?? Both Females share Caring for the Cygnets.
One being the “Nanny.”

Black Australian Swans

I can not find anything in Reading about this..
so, this might have been my Observation Experience.

Black Australian Swans

After their Breeding Season the Adults Moult and are unable to Fly
for about a Month. The Females Moult First, several Weeks later the Males start their Moult.

Black Australian Swans

I do not know if they Moult Twice a Year..
Or just after One of their Two Nestings… ??? Spring

Black Australian Swans

The Right Wing of the Right Black Swan is Pinioned.. Most White Flight Feathers are Missing.

Black Australian Swans

To Care for Captive Pet Black Swans Pinioning is Suggested.
If they are able to Fly.. they may simply Fly Away.

Black Australian Swan
Black Australian Swan

They have Little Chance of Surviving a Feral Life in Pennsylvania..

Black Australian Swans

The Black Australian Swans will Live and Build their Nests in a Colony
if their Water Environment will Support their Numbers..

Black Australian Swans
Black Australian Swans

If their Water Environment is not Flushing with Clean Water and you see
Fecal Material Floating on the Surface, this is not a Healthy Place.
Too many Waterfowl… will FOUL a Smaller Pond.

Black Australian Swans

Males do most of the Defending and Chasing off of “Enemies.”

Black Australian Swans

Territorial Disputes seem Less Severe.. Not sure how to word this..
There is more Posturing between Rival Males then “Out and Out” Battling..

Black Australian Swans

The Black Swan Cobs average Weight is 18 to 20 Pounds..
Mute Swan Cobs can be 28 to 30 Plus Pounds..

Black Australian Swans

BUT, we have Witnessed and there are Internet YouTube Video Clips..
of the Black Cobs being more Fierce and Aggressive toward the Larger Mutes.

Black Australian Swans

There is a “Pecking Order” on most Bodies of Water among the Waterfowl..
Black Australian Males like to the at the Top of Order..
They can be Surprisingly Aggressive. – The Pond Bully.

Black Australian Swans

The Black Swan NestMate Males will also become Compatible Pairs.
If you Prefer NOT to deal with Nesting Twice a Year,
Two NestMate Males Might be worth Considering.

Black Australian Swans

We / I have had Fun visiting with Black Australian Swans..

Black Australian Swans

We have tried to Rehabbed / Cared for Several.. My Experience is Limited.

Black Australian Swans

I Hope I have not Misrepresented their General Behavior.

As I Read various OnLine Articles, I can see that each Swan Owner
has their own Experiences and Observations.

Black Australian Swans

General Fact Articles about the Black Australian Swans,
seem to be largely “Cut and Paste” Information.

Black Australian Swans

The BeautyofBirds.com has a Nice Fact Article..

Black Australian Swan
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Just a Little “Cut and Paste” History BackGround..

Before European Explorers had reached Australia,
it was believed that all Swans were White.

Black Australian Swans

Dutch Mariner, Antounie Caen, was the first to be Amazed at the Sight
of Australia’s Black Swans on the Shark Bay in 1636.

Black Australian Swans

Explorer Willem de Vlamingh Captured two Black Swans from Australia’s Swan River and Brought them back to Europe to prove their Existence.

Black Australian Swans

During the Nineteenth Century, the original Western Australian Colony was called “the Swan River Settlement.”

Black Australian Swans

In 1973, the Black Swan was Officially Proclaimed as the “Bird Emblem” of the Government of Western Australia and now appears on their State Flag.

Black Australian Swans

Black Swans are still found Living Wild and Free in various Wetland Habitats in Australia and Tasmania.
There are some Black Swans Living Free in the Regions of Sweden.

Black Australian Swans

Within Australia they are Nomadic, with Erratic Migration Patterns dependent upon Climatic Conditions.
Like other Swans they need Open Water during the Colder Months.

Black Australian Swans

The Black Swans were Hunted to Extinction in New Zealand, but later Reintroduced.

Black Australian Swans

In Victoria (Australia) and Tasmania they have caused enough Crop Damage that the Government has established a short Hunting Seasons to Control their Numbers.

Black Australian Swans

In the United States, there is No Mention of Feral Black Swans.
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The Australian Black Swan have a Rare Color Variation.
It is known as Silver or Merle Swan.

Silver Merle Australian Swans

Knox Swan and Dog has a Breeding Program in place to try
and get a Pure Strain of Silver Swans.

Silver Merle Australian Swans

The Plan is to get enough Swans with the Silver Gene to match up
in Breeding Pairs to produce the Silver Swans.

Silver Merle Australian Swans

If you know anyone who has an Australian Swan with this
Rare Color Various Bob Knox would like to you to Contact him..

Silver Merle Australian Swans

The Few Images included are All from the Internet..

Knox Swan & Dog LLC (847) 304-1230
www.canadiangoosecontrol.com
75 Saddle Tree Lane, North Barrington, IL 60010

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The General Information is a Blend of my Experiences and Reading.
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I Love this Image.. I Wish I could Identify the Photographer.. Lovely.

FISHING and SWANs.. NOT a GOOD MIX

June 4th, 2020 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in FISHING is RISKY Business - (Comments Off on FISHING and SWANs.. NOT a GOOD MIX)

I Understand that Fishing is an Activity Enjoyed by Many.

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I am not going to Bash or Complain about the Sport of Fishing..
It seems to be a Popular way to Spend Time Outside.

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

FISHING: If you Allow Anyone to Fish on Your Pond..
Ask them to be EXTREMELY Careful with Fishing Line, Sinkers and Hooks..

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It is Safest for your Captive Pet Swans if NO Fishing is Allowed..

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I am Always Happy to see Ponds Designated “NO FISHING.”

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The BRIGHT Red Bobber… Someone was Fishing.. on a NO Fishing Pond.

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The Pond or Lake Your Swans Live on.. is their Home.

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What is Difficult to Accept is the Careless Disregard for the Environment by Some
– Not All – People who Fish..

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Loving the OutDoors.. Why do they Trash it.

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Mute Swans get Blamed for All Kind of Negative Impacts on
the WaterWays they Live on.. But, this is Not Swan Waste..

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THIS is People TRASH ! !

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I Want to Share with Folks interested in Having Swans what Can Happen
if Fishing Hooks, Lines and Sinkers are Left in the Water where your
Captive Pet Swans and other Water Birds Live.

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Your Domestic Ducks and Geese will Also Suffer Injuries that Mangle them.

SWAN FISHING

This Female Mallard became Entangled in a SIX-Pronged Barbed Hook.
She was First Hooked in the Webbing of her Foot.
Trying to Free Herself with her Beak, her Tongue became Impaled.
She was Lucky, Found, Helped and Released.

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Discarded Fishing Line Around the Leg of this Goose was Cutting in so Deeply, Saving the Leg was Questionable.

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WHAT YOU CAN NOT SEE ! !
An X-RAY of a Duck that Swallowed a Fishing Hook.
This would Required Risky Surgery to Remove. Outcome Unknown.

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If an Unfortunate Swan/Cygnet Swallows a Fishing Hook
OR any Bird or Waterfowl…The SOONER it is Removed the Better the chance that no Long Term Harm or Death will occur.

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One of these Young Cygnets Swallows a Length of Fishing Line..
The Owners CUT the Line at his Beak and Released him.
NO Plan to Find Out if there was a Hook or to Help him..
“He is a Wild Creature. God will take Care of him..”

My Heart SANK, when I learned they turned the Cygnet out to their Pond.

DO NOT CUT FISHING LINE SHORT – there MIGHT be a HOOK…
This will Aid finding the Hook.. Leave several Inches Visible.

VERY GENTLY – Touch the Neck all around to feel for
any Lump that might be the location of a Hook.

The Bird or Animal will BEST be helped by a Veterinarian.

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We Arranged with the County Cruelty Officer for this Cygnet to be Removed from the Farm.
He was Taken to a Veterinarian for Help.
His Weight was 40 % below what he should have Weighed.

There is NO WAY: WITHOUT an X-RAY
No way to know how Large the Hook is..
No way to know how the Hook is Oriented..
No way to know how Far Down the Hook has Gone..
NO WAY to know how many Barbs the Hook has..

Fishing Hooks will Dissolve/Rust over time..
Depending on the Size, this can take Weeks to Months..
Dissolving Metals will S-L-O-W-L-Y be Absorbed.. Heavy Metal Poisoning.

In the MEANTIME:
As the Swan/Cygnet moves about the Hook Barbs may change its
Position and Location. Swans Twist their Necks to Drink, Eat and
Preen.. It will likely cause PAIN as it Stabs into Tender Tissues.

Throat Tissues may become Swollen, Sore and Ulcerate.
High incidents of Infection.. Bacteria – Fungus.. Necrosis.

A Swallowed Fishing Hook may cause Chronic to Severe Bleeding..
Especially, if it Punctures a Carotid Artery or Jugular Vein.
Massive Bleeding, Loss of Blood to their Brain.
Obstructive Blood Clots. Many Fatal Potentials.

Plant Material, which Swans Try to Eat, may be Caught and Choke the
Cygnet/Swan. Prevent Eating – High Risk of Starving.

Hook Barbs may migrate to Trachea – cause Airway Obstruction,
Bleeding into Lungs. Painful Fatal Outcome.

Hook Barbs may migrate to Neck Vertebrae.
Damage Nerves-Impair Function. Imagine the PAIN.

By the time the Swan/Cygnet is in Distress from a FISHING HOOK,
it will be more difficult to Save them. The Longer the FISHING HOOK is in the Throat the more Treatment will likely be needed. Poor Prognosis.

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This Young Cygnet was Lucky. He was Rescued and taken for Help.
He did not have a Fishing Hook in his Esophagus.. BUT, he did have a
Wad of Balled-up Fishing Line in his Gizzard. The Line was Abrading the Lining of his Gizzard, causing Bleeding. The Fishing Line was Removed, Treated with Antibiotics, Time to Recover and Gain Weight..
Adopted to New Home.

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A FISHING Hook is Literally a TIME BOMB waiting to Kill any Bird
or Animal that Swallows one.

Use GREAT CARE when Capturing a Swan/Cygnet that may have ingested a Fishing Hook.
Do your BEST not to handle the Neck. Keep Stress as LOW as Possible.

If you SEE Fishing Line Hanging from a Swan’s Mouth…
DO NOT CUT the Line. – Leave several Inches Visible.
Find a Way to KEEP it from being SWALLOWED Further.
Your VET will have a BETTER Chance of Removing the HOOK.

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The Young Swan Cygnet Below was Rescued – Not Saved.. Died.

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Carelessly Discarded Fishing Line, Hooks and Lead Sinkers
have been Responsible for “Way Too Many” Waterfowl Deaths..

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Painful Tissue Injuries might be Treated after Days of Bleeding
when Infections have started..

What you are Seeing is a Result of FISHING.. and NOT being Responsible for Fishing Line.. and HOOKs !

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The Pain and Stress the Swans Endure May Contribute to a Poor Outcome..

At a Pond that was to be Designated “No Fishing” – Public Fishing Continued.

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The Young Swans on this Pond were Hooked and Injured Several Times.

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We Arrange for a Rescue to Occur on a Wednesday..
A Veterinarian Appointment was Made for that Evening.

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The Owner Arranged for Someone to Shoot the Juvenile Swan on Tuesday.
They were Tired of all the Expensive Veterinary Bills..

The Young Swan was a Victim Twice.. through NO Fault of his. So Sad.

They did Allow the Rescuers to Collect his Brother. We found a New Home.

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The Line was Caught on Rocks.. Luckily the Swan Pulled Free..
We Could Not get Hold of her.. The Hook Eventually Rusted Off.

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The Saga of a Rescued Swan.. Who Knows how Long she was Hooked.

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This Swan’s Leg was Not Ok.. She Struggled to Walk.. Victim of a Hook.

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SINKERs:
Lead Poisoning is a BIG Problem for Wild and Domestic Waterfowl.
Swallowed Lead will Slowly Cause Toxic Heavy Metal Poisoning.
Difficult and Time Consuming to Treat.

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Over the Years, we have Talked with Pond Families and Helped Rescue
Way TOO Many Swans and Cygnets Entangled-Snagged
by Fishing Hooks, Lines.. So Far No Sinkers or Shot Gun Lead.

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Distressed Swan Rescued after having Tongue Impaled by Discarded Fishing Hook.

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Some Hooks will Come OUT Easily..
Some Hooks Embed Deeply.. Cause Bleeding and Pain.

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These are the Painful Punctures Suffered by a Swan in the U.K.
after Swallowing Fishing Line attached to TWO Hooks.

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Fishing Line Tangles Wings, Legs, Necks..
Tissue Damage and Permanent Injuries are Common.

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Their Four Month Old Cygnet Tangled, Struggling Likely Broke her Wing.
She Died during the Night, before she could get to the Vet’s Office.

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There are many Sad Stories I could share..
“PiP” is Another One. -He was between 4 – 5 Months when Rescued.
A Caring Team of People spent Months Helping him Recover. Thanks to All.

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He was Lucky to Survive his Encounter with Fishing Line.

Any Waterfowl, Birds… and other Animals can become Tangled in Fishing Line left in their Living Environment.. Fishing Line is Strong and does not breakdown..

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He was Found with his Foot Tangled with Fishing Line.
His Struggling to Free himself caused Mutilation of his Left Foot’s Webbed Tissues.

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When Rescued, the Damaged Tissues were Surgically Removed.
All the Network of Blood Vessels between his Toe Digits were Damaged.

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It was Over a Year before he was Ready for Adoption to a New Home.

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The Primary use of Webbed Feet is for Paddling through Water.

Webbed Feet have more Surface Area to Push Water Backwards
and thus Propelling the Waterfowl Forward.

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The Large Network of Blood Vessels in the Webbing is Important
to Aid Waterfowl Regulate their Body Temperature.

This Nasty Damage will Affect his Life.. He will Need to Adapt.
His Foot will Sink into Soft Muddy, be more Easily Cut.


Entangled Waterfowl Can NOT Fly, Swim, Forage for Food or Protect Themselves from Predators.
Tightening Constriction around the Body can cause Suffocation.

If Fishing Line gets Wrapped and Tight enough it can AMPUTATE Legs, Wings,,,,etc. The Poor Helpless Tangled Animals can easily Starve if it does not get help.. While causing Gangrene as a Body Part Slowly Dies.

Another Young Swan’s Life has been Changed.. Forever.

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Once Tangled in Fishing Line, the Line Tightens to the Point it Cuts
through the Skin and into the Bone.

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Infections incur, Circulation is Cut Off Resulting in Amputation.

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A Little Local was Given to Finish the Amputation..

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This is Where the Leg was Damaged – No Hope to Repair.

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She will Not be able to Walk..
Swans are Too Large to Hop on One Leg.

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It is Hard to think about this Live Bird Suffering Endless Hours for over
2 – 3 Weeks – Alone in Pain and Scared. – I do not have Words..

Countless Birds Suffer an Agonizing Death.

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Birds/Swans often Pick-up Fishing Line to put in their Nest.
This may have a Fatal Outcome for the Cygnets.

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The Trumpeter Swan Parents Could Do Nothing to Help their Cygnet.

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WaterFowl Do NOT have TEETH..

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They Ingest their Food in Bites that can be Swallowed.
Swans are Vegetarians and Eat a Diet with Lots of Tough Fiber.

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These Foods Need to be Ground into Smaller Bits that will
Pass into their Digestive System.

Most Waterfowl Swallow Small Bits of Gravel that Act as “Teeth”
in the Gizzard, Breaking Down the Tough Plant Fibers thus Helping Digestion.

Ingested Fishing Line can cause Intestinal Blockage and Bleeding.
Balled-up Wads of Line will Churn in the Gizzard Muscle..
Pain and Bleeding..Slow Starvation..

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Not Being a Person who Goes Fishing..
I am Using Wikipedia for the Following Information..

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

A Fishing Sinker or Knoch is a Weight used in Conjunction with a
Fishing Lure or Hook to increase its Rate of Sink, Anchoring Ability,
and/or Casting Distance.

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A Lead Fishing Sinker is a Weight used to Sink a Lure or Bait to the Bottom of the Waterway.

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Sinkers are Formed into many Shapes for Diverse Fishing Applications.
Depending on the Metals.. Swallowed Sinkers will Poison Waterfowl.

Most Fishing Sinkers are made of Solid Lead.
Lead are Inexpensive to Produce and Mold into a Large Variety of Shapes for Specific Fishing Applications.

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Fishing Sinkers may be as Small as 1 Gram for Applications in Shallow Water, and even Smaller for Fly Fishing Applications, or as Large as Several Pounds or Considerably more for Deep Sea Fishing.

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There are many Environmental Concerns Surrounding the use of Lead
and other Materials in Fishing Sinkers.
Lead in Fishing Sinkers causes Lead Poisoning in WildLife.

Anglers should be Careful when using Lead Sinkers and if at all
Possible Never Leave Lead Sinkers in the Environment they are Enjoying.

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Any Lead Fishing Items Swallowed by Waterfowl will
Slowly Poison the Birds.. There are MANY Articles onLine..

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Treating and Saving a Swan Suffering from Lead Poisoning
is a Long Process.. if Successful.

When I see Fishing on a Pond or Lake where Swans are Living..
I feel myself Tense – Cringe .. Immediate Worry.. Too Many Sad Stories.

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WildLife would be Happy to See these Signs..

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We can Share the Great OutDoors.

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Fishing, Boating, Enjoying Wildlife Safely.

Did you know you can Recycle your Used Fishing Line?

The Fishing Line Recycling Unit above was Installed by an Eagle Scout
as a Community Service Project for a Large Lake Community.
GREAT IDEA.

We hope more Fishing Folks will Use this Type of Recycling.

Do a Search for: Fishing Line Recycling Program

Fishing Line will be Sent Back to be Recycled into Fish Habitats.

There are Products to Help Fisher Folks Recover Line.. and Hooks.

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I Learned that there are Effort to Provide Ways to ReClaim and Dispose of
Hooks, Lines and Fishing Stuff… Please Help Reduce the Suffering.

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It is Just a Matter of Time.

There are Common Swan Injuries

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

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

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Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

The Broken Window in this Shed is a Hazard.

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

Both of these Images are from a UNITED KINGDOM WebSite:

Below a Partial Discard Can was Lodged into this Swan’s Lower Beak
and Tongue. The Swan’s Suffering Could Easily be Avoided.
Please DISPOSE of Human Litter Responsibly.

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Common Swan Injuries
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Swans Have Very Good Eyesight. Swans Locate their Food by Sight – Less by Smell.

Common Swan Injuries

Swan’s Eyes are Located on the Sides of their Head, which Aids Spotting Predators.

Common Swan Injuries

But the Trade-off for their Wide Peripheral Vision is Limited Forward Sight,
making them Vulnerable to Flying into Power Lines.

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

We Think this Swan became Tangled in a Fence..

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

Gates can be … Well, Not Safe…

Common Swan Injuries

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

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

UnSecured Bucket Handles are a Tangle Hazard.

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

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

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

In VERY Cold Weather the Knob may Freeze-FrostBite..
It will likely leave a Pinkish Scar on the Knob.

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

Common Swan Injuries

CHECK for TANGLE HAZARDs.

Common Swan Injuries

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

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

Electrical Cables, Extension Cords.. Potential for Electric Shock.
Running the Cables and Cords through PVC Conduit will Improve Safety.

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

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

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

Young Swans have Fragile Legs.. Handle Carefully.

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

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

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

Driveways are a Dangerous Place for Swans..

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

Any Type of Motor Vehicles may be a Source of Unintended Injury..
Male Swans may Attack Golf Carts, Riding Lawn Mowers when Hormonal.

Common Swan Injuries

Best NOT to Encourage Swans to be in Areas where there are Vehicles.

The Cob below had his Legs Damaged Twice under Moving Truck Tires..

Common Swan Injuries

Busy Parking Lots – NOT SAFE…
Several Swans we know of were Injured while on Driveways.

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

DO NOT place Feed Containers on HOT Surfaces.

Remember, in the Summer many Surfaces GET HOT!!
Especially, Landscape Stones, Asphalt, Concrete Sidewalks, Lime Stones, Painted Wood, etc.

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If you Can NOT put you Hand on the Surface Comfortably it may be VERY Uncomfortable for Tender Webbed Feet.

ASPHALT get VERY HOT.. BURNS Feet.
Concrete Walks and Sandy Beaches get VERY Hot in Direct Sun..

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Many Ponds and Lake Control Bank Erosion with RipRap Rocks..
These Rocks Not Only get HOT, but the Sharp, Irregular Rocks are Difficult for Swans to Walk on. Foot and Leg Injuries Happen.

Common Swan Injuries

Adding some Small Landscape Pea Stones will Create Comfortable Places for the Swans to Access the Water..

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

These Injured Toe Claws Happened when a Young Swan was Caught in a
Doorway and was Struggling on a Concrete Surface at the Opening.

Common Swan Injuries

The Claws were Cleaned and Soak in a VERY Weak Betadine.
Triple-Antibiotic Ointment and DRY Bandages for Several Days.

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On Icy Winter Days, Very Slippery Surfaces can be Hard on a Swans Feet..

Common Swan Injuries

Standing on Ice for a Long Time the Swans may Develop FrostBite Blisters.

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It is VERY Important to Keep some Area of Open Water for them to Put their Feet in during VERY Cold Weather.

Common Swan Injuries

Keep a Watch for an Ice Collar to Form..

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Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

Swans Need to be Checked Frequently During Bitter Cold Weather..

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

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

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

A VERY COMMON SOURCE OF WATERFOWL INJURIES
SNAPPING TURTLES.

Common Swan Injuries

The Helpless Swan below did not Survive her Jaw Injury.

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

Snapping Turtle are VERY Harmful to Waterfowl .

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

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

Fishing Hooks and Line Entanglement are TOO Common.

Wild and Domestic Birds ingest Pieces of Trash, Gun Shot Pellets, Fishing Sinkers.

Fishing Hooks are very Damaging.
Discarded Fishing Line causes TERRIBLE Injuries.

Common Swan Injuries

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


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

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

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

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

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

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

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

For Whatever Reason, some Cobs Hate Lawn Care Equipment…
Mowers, Weed Whackers, Anything with a Loud Motor..
Keep a Close Watch – Male Swans MAY Attack these Noisy Cutting Machines.

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

The Following Swans were Attacked by UNLEASHED Dogs.

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries

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

Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries
Common Swan Injuries

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

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Common Swan Injuries

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

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Until I Worked on this Topic Page.. I had No Idea how Many Injured Swans
we have Known or Heard their Stories. I Continue to Remember More.

Nesting Mute Swans

HOW DO WE CATCH SWANS and CYGNETS ?

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

THERE ARE AS MANY WAYs and IDEAs as SWANs.

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

 Catching Swans

Those British Swan Lovers Make this Look EASY !!

 Catching Swans

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

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

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

 Catching Swans

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

Catching Swans

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

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

Catching a Swan

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

 Catching Swans

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

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

Catching Swans

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

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

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

 Catching Swans

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

 Catching a Swan

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

Catching Swans

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

 Catching Swans

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

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

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Finally ! We were able to MOVE “Brooke.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Catching Swans

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

 Catching Swans

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

Catching Swans

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

Catching Swans

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

Catching Swans
Catching Swans

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


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

Catching a Swan
Catching Swans

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

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

Injured or Depleted Waterfowl-Swans are very Fragile.

 Catching a Swan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Check that there are NO Tangle Hazards..

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

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

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

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

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After 5 Days getting them Familiar with the Fencing,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Catching Swan Cygnets

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

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

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

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

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The Second Example using the Temporary Fencing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swan Capture Fencing

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catching Swan Cygnet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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One Pair of Trumpeter Swans.

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Two Pair of Black Australian Swans.

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Two Pair of Mute Swans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Working with Swans will Test your Patience and Creative Thinking.

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

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MAKE a PLAN.. BE as SAFE as POSSIBLE.

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