Helpful Things to Have Caring for Swans
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I am going to List Like-Items Together.
# 1. NETs ALL Sizes of Nets.. Some for Adult Swans and Some for Cygnets.
# 2. TRANSPORT CARRIERs .. Various Sizes are VERY Helpful to Have.
# 3 TRANSPORT BOXES.. These are Helpful if you Do Not have Carriers.
# 4 TRANSPORT BAGS.. These are Good for Emergency Transport.
# 5. BODY SLEEVES are a BIG HELP to Control POWERFUL WINGs.
# 6. SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs.. It is a Good Idea to have these Ready.
# 7. SWAN BARRIERs & REPELLING Tools..
> > > Fewer Bruises Working with Hormonal Cobs.
# 8. HELPFUL THINGs for WINTER..
# 9. KIDDE POOLs for Rescued Cygnets and Swans
#10. FENCING – Temporary
VARIOUS MISCELLANEOUS THINGs that are HELPFUL.
> > > > SWAN First Aid Kits
# 1. NETs &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
I Do NOT Know How Anyone can Work with Swans WITHOUT having Nets !
****** Nets are Helpful as a Barrier as well as when you Want to Catch a Swan.
****** Having a VERY Large Net is Basic.. Choose the Nylon Netting.
With Each Passing Year, just like Cars, the Fishing Nets Change..
The Nets I have on this Topic Page are Over 10 Years Old..
Some Close to 20 Years Old. These Models are Not Available anymore.
I LOVED the FraBill Net Below.. The Tear Drop Shape was Perfect.
I Purchased Dozens of these Over the Time we were Actively Working with Swans.
I would Give many of the Folks Adopting Swans for the First Time a Net.
IN 2022, This Net ( Great Value ) has been Discontinued.. BOO !
BUT, this is a GOOD Example of what Type of Net Works Well.
The Major Sporting Goods Stores have ALL Types and Brands.
Watch for Sales..
AND When you Store your Nets.. Handle DOWN-Net UP.
> > > > Or Hang them UP Off the Floor..
If there are any Mice-Rodents in your Storage Area
> > > > they may CHEW the Netting.
****** When you Net a Swan… GET the Hoop Down as Far as Possible.
IF Possible Put your Foot on the Handle/Hoop.. Keep it DOWN on the Ground.
Swans are Great at Backing Out Under a Net.. Get Hold of their Neck ASAP.
And they GET Toe Claws, Beak and Feathers Caught in the Large Net Gauge.
Take your Time Untangling..
****** As Soon As Possible Get HOLD of their Neck.. Then you will have Control.
Try to Hold from Behind their Neck.. This will Allow them to Breathe Freely.
If you Hold the Swan from Behind.. You can Position your Legs to Help Control.
One Hand on their Chest.. Be Still for a Little to let the Swans Calm Down.
Most Mute Swans Calm Down Surprisingly Quick. Basically Submit.
Trumpeters – NO.. Expect a Struggle.
****** There are Times when Having Longer Arms is a BIG Help.. Lighter Nets Work.
Hold your Nets Out to Help Guide a Swan to their Pond or a Location to Corral them.
****** We Traveled with Our Nets. I Sleeved them with Large Plastic Bags.
This Kept them from Getting Catch on Things in our Van.
And I could Put Any Wet Nets Back in the Bags until I Got Home.
We Washed All Nets between Ponds.. Allowed them to Dry Well.
> > I DID NOT Want to Carry Any Problems from One Pond to Another.
****** POOL Leaf Skimmers have VERY LONG HANDLEs
> > > > and Small Pocket-like Nets.
THESE are GREAT for Scooping UP Tiny Cygnets that are Out on the Water.
****** There are LOTs of Sizes and Styles.
We Purchased our First Travel-Aire Carrier in 2007.. It has Held-up Well.
> > > Always Check that the Gate Latch is Well Seated..
> > > NO Loose Swans Please !
****** These Carriers Come Apart to Make Washing Easy.
Many of the Newer Carriers have Coated Wire Gates.. LESS-RUST.
****** I have Washed our Carrier Too Many Times to Count.
Cygnets and Swans are MESSY Birds.. ( Lots of Good Memories. )
****** The New Swan can Meet the Resident Swan while in the Carrier..
Watch for Aggression, Stalking, Biting. Have another Plan Just in Case.
Not All Introductions are Immediate Acceptance. Be Ready to Keep a New Swan Safe.
They may need to be Placed in a Secure Shelter for Several Days & Nights.
****** Then there are Times when it is Helpful to Put the Cob in a Safe Place..
> > > > An Aggressive – Protective Cob is Easy to Catch.
Have a Net Ready.. They Come to You. Always Put him in the Shade.
****** Many Folks have the Typical Wire Dog Carriers.
Use Ones Large Enough for a Golden Retriever.
# 3 TRANSPORT BOXES &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
There are Many Times that Swans are Relayed from One Person to Another.
Using a Large CardBoard Box is a Good Alternative to the Carriers.
Prepare the Box for the Comfort of the Swans..
Once the Swans are at their New Home.. Toss the Messy Box Away..
LARGE MUTE COBs and Trumpeter Swans May NEED EXTRA Large Boxes.
****** These Boxes Work Well for most Female Mute Swans
> > > > and Cygnets 4-10 Months Old.
Some Older Male Cygnets can be BIG.. Needing LARGER Boxes..
ONLY ONE Large Swan PER BOX.
****** Transport Boxes are Nice to Use and then Discard.. Swans are Messy Birds.
# 4 TRANSPORT BAGS.. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
****** These are Good for Emergency Transport.
****** The Images Above are from the United Kingdom..
They have these Swan Bags. We need to Improvise..
A Large Duffel Bag.. Sturdy Laundry Bag.. Extra Large Gym Bag.
Catching a Swan and Using a Transport Bag.. This is a Helpful Video..
****** OR Use the Idea and MAKE Your Own Transport Sacks..
# 5. BODY SLEEVES &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
I have a Tip to Share with You..
When we take our Swans to the Vets..
I put them into a Body Sleeve to Keep their Wings in Check..
Our Vets ALWAYs Smiles when they See our Swans in them..
Makes taking XRays Easy.. and Basic Exam Time Calm.
****** These Cloth Material Tubes are a BIG HELP to Control POWERFUL WINGs.
These Body Sleeves make our Veterinarian Visits Calmer-Safer for EveryOne !
****** It is Important to Watch for Signs of OverHeating..
> > > > Open Mouth Panting.
****** I USE Stretchy Knit Materials..
So it Stretches Side to Side – To Allow the Swans to BREATHE.
****** Yep, We are Off to the Vets to have a Little Foot Checked
> > > > before Adoption to New Home.
****** The Body Sleeves made it Easier to Change Wound Dressings.
> > > > Especially when Treating their BIG Feet.
I have Found !!! a TEE Shirt will Work.. Stitch Sleeves Shut.
Play with Different Sizes until you find a Good Fit.
You want it to Cover, Contain the Wings.. NOT TOO Tight.
WASH when Soiled and Keep for Next Time.
****** Large Bath-Beach Towels are a Big Help Controlling Wings
> > > > when Carrying a Swan.
# 6. SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
The Topic Page Below has Lots of Information about Replacement Eggs.
SWAN REPLACEMENT EGGs
# 7. SWAN BARRIERs & REPELLING Tools &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
Fewer Bruises Working with Your Hormonal Cobs.
There are Several Months During Mating and Nesting Season.. THESE HELP.
****** My First Attempt was an Eye Opener.. It Failed and I Learned.
The Handle was Screwed into the Padded Window Washer.. It Worked – Sorta..
It Kept the Cob from Whacking me.. He Flogged the “White” Feed Bag Cover.
The Padded End Came OFF ! And the “White” Bag Cover became his Victim.
> > > > I was Safe.. It was a Learning Experience !
****** Angry Swans Try to Stomp the Air out of the Lungs
> > > > of a Weaker Swan.
****** Mature Hormonal Swan Cobs are Strong and Focused on Protecting..
Their Wings have a Powerful WHACK.. These Padded Rakes HELP !
Never HIT your Swans. Their Bones are more Fragile then Mammals.
Use these Padded Tools to Keep the Cobs Away.. or for them to Attack..
Let the Swan WHACK the Padded Repelling Tool.. HOLD on Tight.
****** We Learned HOW to Work Around our Hormonal Cobs..
****** “Never Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Swan Cob. ”
****** It is Also Helpful to have SOMETHING to Use as a Barrier..
> > > > MY Supply Cart Worked.
****** Using an Umbrella as a Shield.. Worked with the Turkey..
BUT NOT for a Hormonal Cob. They will “Whack” an Umbrella into Submission..
****** Knowing the Temperature by the Water..
> > > > We know when to Turn the DeIcers ON!
****** Walking on Ice Crusty Snow and Icy Areas around the Water..is Risky.
Ice Cleats that Attach to Boots and Shoes are Available at Sporting Goods Stores.
THESE Work.. Tiny Spike Grip into the Ice.
DO NOT Walk on Solid Smooth Surfaces with these.. then they are Slippery.
****** TREKKING POLES are GREAT YEAR Round !
****** Heated Water Dishes are Helpful when Caring for a Sheltered Swan.
****** I Found this Bucket DeIcer.. It Kept our Kidde Pools from Freezing.
****** These Heated Kitty Pads – Put INSIDE a THICK TRASH BAG..
> > > > are Safer then Using Heat Lamps.. These Heat to 100-101 Degrees..
Put a Little Straw on Top for the Swans to Sit on.
They Normally Regulated their Temperature through their Webbed Feet.
****** A Garden Cultivator is a Sturdy Walking Stick..
> > > > and Helps to Grab Things/Trash in the Water.
# 9. KIDDE POOLs for Rescued Cygnets and Swans &&&&&&&&&&&&
****** SWANs WANT to be IN WATER ! It Encourages Preening.
****** We Modified Several Kidde Pools for Injured Swans..
****** We Borrowed this STEP-2 Splash Pool… It was Great for the Larger Swans.
****** The Swans could Stretch and Splash.. It was Fun to Watch their Happy Bathes.
****** A Vinyl Dish Pan Works as a Floating Vegetable Feeder.
****** These Sister Swans.. “Brooke” and “Spring” became our Adopted Swans.
****** The Girls Learned to Get Out and Drop Down on the Step-Up Bags.
****** I Found this Ducks Foot Bath Tub… Too Cute.
****** We had Several Vinyl Snow Saucers.
> > > > Any Puddle of Water Works for Tiny Cygnets.
****** In a Kitty Litter Pan they can GET Wet to Encourage Preening.
****** These Deep Storage Tubs are Useful when Moving a Brood of Tiny Cygnets.
****** I Know a Lady that had One Precious Cygnet Hatch..
She Gathered the Cygnet to Pinion it. Put the Cygnet in a CardBoard Box.
After the Cygnet was Pinioned.. her Plan was to Put the Cygnet in a Shed
to Rest for a few Hours. Sat the Box Down.. Turned to Open the Shed Door.
In that Brief Moment the Cygnet JUMPED Out of the Box.
> > > > It Crawled under the Shed.
The Distressed Woman was Never Able to Find the Cygnet. GONE..
When we are Working with Tiny Cygnets OutSide,
> > > > we Put them in the Cat Size Carriers.
****** And then there is the Under Bed Sweater Storage Container.
> > > > This Got a Lot of Use.
****** I did not Want our Cygnet to be Bumping or Scrapping his Damaged Foot
when Getting IN and OUT of the Regular Kidde Pool..
> > > > This Low Container was Perfect.
****** Often “Meadow” would Sit and Soak with his Bandaged Foot over the Side.
****** The Sprinklers Added a Little Fun..
****** We Enjoyed the Sprinklers as much as the Swans.
****** This was Fun Play on HOT Summer Days.
****** When you NEED to Get Swans OFF the Water..
> > > > Two to Three Kayaks Work the Best.
Row Boats, Canoes and Paddle Boats are TOO Clumsy.
> > > > Motored Boats ADD Injury Risks.
****** Slowly Work the Swans to the Shore where there are People Waiting with Nets.
****** It Can Take a Team to Safely Round-up Swans.
****** “Meadow” was the First to Live with us for Months..
> > > > Many more Swans Followed.
50 Foot Rolls of this Wooden Snow Fencing are Available
> > > > at many Tractor Supply Stores.
This is 4 Foot High.. Held up Well to the Weather for 4 Years.
> > > > Then Showed Signs of Wear.
We Paid an Average of $40.00 for Each Roll.. Garden Stakes 4 to 5 Feet Apart..
One Warning.. Wear Old Clothing while Putting this Fencing Up..
> > > > When New, the Rust Colored Stain COMEs OFF !
****** Another Fencing we Used.. Rolls of Green Vinyl Garden Mesh Fencing.
This was Easy to Set-Up for Temporary Projects. Like Bait and Catch Times.
Several Sizes are Available from 3 to 4 Foot High.. Rolls come in 25 Foot Lengths.
****** This North State Fencing System is Great if you want to Avoid Stakes..
It Comes in 6 Panel Packages.. Can be Adapted and Moved Easily..
Stands Alone on most Level Surfaces. A Little Support is Needed on Slopes.
The Sturdy Panels can be Folded and Stored when not Needed.
With Several Years of Outside Exposure to the Sun.. these DO become Brittle.
****** These Dog Play Pens will Work when you Need to Bait-Catch your Swans.
Or you Need a Temporary Barrier to Introduce a New Swan..
Or a Place for Cygnets that are about be Adopted.. Lots of Uses..
****** This is a Dog Kennel Yard Pen.. There are a Growing Selection of these OnLine.
This Needed to be Lined with a Smaller Gauge Material to Keep Small Cygnets Inside.
Free Standing.. it can be Moved to Different Areas of the Lawn as Needed.
****** Do a Search for “Dog Play Pens for Large Dogs.”
> > > > There are Many Types Available.
SWAN – MISCELLANEOUS &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
****** THE First Miscellaneous Item.. A Swan First Aid Kit.
****** I Keep Supplies in a Plastic Sewing Storage Box..
Various Things that Might be Needed in a Hurry.
> > > > Rubber Gloves, Assorted Bags, Scissors, Pliers, CLEAN Napkins,
> > > > Tape, Corn Starch, Antibiotic Cream..Etc.
And an Extra Pair of Glasses.. Tape Measure, Paper, Pens…Etc.
****** Various Sizes – Multi-Color Cable Ties are the Easiest Way
> > > > to ID Band the Swans.
****** When the Cygnets are Growing it is Good to know if they are Gaining Weight.
I Found it was Easier to Put the Wiggly Cygnets in a Plastic Bag for a Quick Weigh-in.
****** The PET STEPs are Generally for Dogs Accessing a Vehicle.
But they are Workable for Pond Ramps for Swans and Cygnets Walk In and Out.
This will Reduce Erosion from the Swans Toe Claws Gripping into the Banks.
****** Medium Size Cable Ties are VERY Useful.. Carabiners Clips Also Helpful.
****** There are a Growing Number of WebSites with Swan Crossing Signs.
****** The Blue Buckets from Dollar Tree are Perfect to Carry Supplies.
Plastic Bags to Gather Trash, a Hand Towel, Pack of Tissues, Pliers, etc.
One of these Buckets is a Clean Place to Put my Camera and Extra Batteries..
There is a LOTs of Poop on the Ground where we Visit Swans – Waterfowl.
Some from WalMart > > > > Kidde Pools.
Sales at Sporting Goods Stores > > > Assorted Nets.
Ollie’s… Never Know what you might Find there..
Ollie’s is where I found the Poly Vinyl Snow Saucers and Toboggan.
Garden/Nurseries Stores.. have Smaller Pond Nets..
> > > > Good for Small Cygnets.
Some Items from Second Hand Stores..
> > > > I Found Several of our Carriers there.
OH, and Dollar Tree..
> > > > Great for Poly Vinyl Dish Pans, Bowls, Scoops, etc.
Working with Swans has been a Challenge and a Joy !
Organized December 2021 (c) Linda M.Sweger
****** Just for a Lighter Moment. (-; “The Pond Putter.”
An Old Golf Club to Whack Poop into the Pond.
” That ALL Folks.”