A site dedicated to the proper care and general information of mute swans
Header

Mute Swans Annual Moult

October 2nd, 2016 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Mute Swans Annual Moult - (Comments Off on Mute Swans Annual Moult)

 Once a Year Swans will Moult Replacing all
25,000 of their Feathers.
Collectively their Feathers are called Plumage.

Mute Swans Feathers

It takes an Average 4-6 Weeks
to Renew all their Worn Feathers.

Mute Swans Mount

MOULTING – English Spelling

MOLTING – American Spelling

SWAN MOULTING Feathers   During a Cygnets First Year, their Smoky Grey-Brown Feather will Slowly
be Replaced by more and more White Feather.
****SWAN MOULTING This Young Royal Mute Swan has a few Beige Bands in his Wings..
SWAN MOULTING Feathers

****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers
 Mute Swan Moult

Swans use their Beak and Head to do most of their Preening.
The Tiny Feathers on their Heads become Worn.  If there is Iron in their Pond Water, this Mineral attaches to these Feathers.  Air interacts with the Iron Particles and Rust forms.  This Rusty Cap will be Renewed to a Clean White during their Annual Moult.

Mute Swan Rust Red Head
Mute Swan Red-Head   Iron Stains.

Mute Swan Red-Head

****Mute Swan Feathers

    It is Easy to Spot their Large Primary Flight Feathers.

 Mute Swan Moult

****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
Mute Swans Moult

Their Preening Area will Look like a Pillow Exploded.

Mute Swan Preening Area

****Mute Swan Preening Area

****Mute Swan Preening Area

   Females Generally Moult in June – Males in July. 

Nature timed the Adults Moult so the Female-Dam would be Grounded with her Tiny Cygnets.  The Male-Sire remains Full-Feathered so he is still able to Flog to Protect his Family.

Mute Swan Moult

As the Female’s Primary Flight Feathers are growing in the Male will start his Moult.  This way they are not both Grounded at the same time.
****Mute Swan Moult

****Mute Swan Moult

****Mute Swan Moult

****Mute Swans Shabby Stage

****Mute Swans Shabby Stage

Female Mute Moult

****Mute Swan Shabby Stage

****Male Swans Moult

****Mute Swan Moult

As the New Feathers Emerge they are Itchy.

Mute Cygnet Moult

****Female Mute MoultMute Swans Blood Feathers

The Large Primary Flight Feathers are Blood Feathers
at this Stage.

So are many of the Larger Tail Feathers.
Mute Swans Blood Feathers

****
Female Swan Moult

Remember the Cob and the Pen will Moult
at different times.

About 4 weeks apart.

Mute Cob Moult

If a Swan has a Poor Diet, is underweight, their Moult may be delayed.  Swans typically loss a Pound of Body Weight with the loss and regrowth of their Feathers. Good Nutrition will help keep your Swans Healthy. Also, the Females need to Replace what they lost laying their Clutch of Eggs.

Mute Swan Blood Feathers

The Blood Vessel in the Feather’s Shaft will start to
Atrophy once the Feathers have Fully Grown-in.


Mute Swan Blood Feathers
Mute Swan Blood Feathers

****Mute Swan Blood Feathers

****Mute Swan Blood Feathers

A Broken Blood Feather can result in Serious Bleeding.

Mute Swan Blood Feathers

If your Swans is Full-Winged and needs to be Clipped Annually this is when you need to start watching for your Opportunity.
DO NOT Cut any Pink or Purple area of a Feather
– Only where the Feather Shaft is White.

Mute Swan Full Wing

There is a Page to explain Clipping.
Clipping Captive Swan Pets to Keep them Grounded.
Mute Swans Annual Moult
https://swanlovers.net/category/mute-swans-annual-moult/

Mute Swan Feathers

****SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****  Such Beautiful Creatures.
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING FeathersWith ALL the Beauty that Nature Shares with Us..
These Moments are the Hardest to Bare.
I NEVER want these Magic Moments to End..
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers****
SWAN MOULTING Feathers

************************************************************************SWAN MOULTING FeathersSWAN MOULTING Feathers

This Information is a Work in Progress…..
As I learn more I will add to this information..
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger                                                  June  2020
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&