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A FLOATING NEST BOX – PLATFORM for SWANS

March 20th, 2019 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SWAN FLOATING NEST Box-Platform - (Comments Off on A FLOATING NEST BOX – PLATFORM for SWANS)
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These will GREATLY improve Survival for Nesting Females.

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As Hints of Spring are ALL Around.
IT is that Time Again. NESTING for Most Birds and Swans.

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Many Native WildLife will have Young to Feed.
Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Bears, Coyotes, Coywolves, Fox, etc.

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Unfortunately this means Vulnerable Swans will become Prey.

Watching Swans through their Nesting Season is Interesting.

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Each Species of Swans have Different Timing and Nesting Behaviors.

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In Early March Mute Swans are Checking for a Nest Location.

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They Gather Piles of Materials for One to Two Weeks.
The Cob Builds a BIG Messy Nest.

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And/Or the Pen will Pull together a Soft Cavity Nest.

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The Pen will be EATING as she Prepares for Nesting.

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Egg Laying takes 8 to 15 Days on Average. (Male Guards Eggs)

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The Pen will “Sit” Full-Time 37 Days for Fertile Eggs to Hatch.

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A VERY Vulnerable Time for Female Swans.

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Concern for our Nesting Swans has Increased.

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I decided to Presume this Project Several Months Ago.

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The Pond where our Swans are, has a Sheep Pasture on One Side.

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I have been Hearing More and More about the CoyWolf Hybrids
as I Talk with other Swan Folks.
This is Occuring ALL Over PA and Many other Eastern States.

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During the Last Months of 2018, some Large Predators dug under the Pasture Fence and Attacked ALL and Kills several of the Sheep.
It was SO Sad. And a Real Eye Opener for All of Us.

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These Large Hybrid Canines are Increasing in Numbers Every Year.
There are Lots of Websites that Discuss the CoyWolves.

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Mute Swan Cob Trying to Protect his Family from a Coyote.
The location was Fall Brook in Freetown Massachusetts
Photographer (C) Dennis P Durette
http://lakevillewiieldlife.com/coyote–swan.html

Their DNA shows they are a Hybrid of the Smaller Western Coyotes,
the Remaining Grey Wolves in Canada and Domestic Dogs
that are Tied Outside.

They are not Solitary Animals like the Western Coyotes.
These Larger Canines will Travel in Packs and Hunt in the Day Time.
Their Fur Color, Pale to Dark, has Lots of Variation.
They LOOK like a German Shepherd with a Bushy Tail.

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I hardly Speak with Anyone, anymore that does not mention
hearing the Howling at Night and the Farm Pets being Attacked.

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This WILD Trumpeter Swans was not Pinioned.
But, it was NOT able to Escape being Snatched by this Clever Canine.

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If a Pond has an Island, Swans Nesting on these Isolated
Areas have a Much Better Chance of Surviving Nesting Season.

A Gate will be Needed at the Far End of the Bridge.

During the Majority of the Year, our Swans have been Faithful
at Spending their Night Hours Floating OUT in their Pond Water.

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But, Spring Nesting is Different. The Swans will do their Best
to “Sit” and Stay with their Nest & Eggs Day and Night.

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Totally Vulnerable. Our Cob “Meadow” can NOT Defend against
these Large Pack Canines. Our Swans are NOW at HIGH Risk.

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“Brooke” and “Meadow” will be 10 Years Old in 2019.
They have Nested each Spring starting in 2012.

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We have been Lucky, they have not been Injured or Scared from their Nests.

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Many of their Eggs have been Stolen over the Years.

The likely Culprits are Raccoons.

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I have made Replacement Eggs.. when Needed.

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Once the Swans can take their Tiny Cygnets out on their Water
they ALL will be Safer. At least from the Land Predators.

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SO>>>> I Decided I could not just allow them to be Killed.

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This May not Work. They May not be Willing to Use it.
We are Trying and Hoping this Floating Nest Platform will Protect them.

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My Husband and I felt we could NOT do this Project ourselves.
We hired a Professional Craftsman. I Drew the Plans and he
used his Skills to go from Paper Plans to Construction.

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On the Day the Platform was Delivered, we Put our Cob in a
Carrier to keep Everyone Safe from his Spring Hormones.

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Helpful Hands joined the Effort and the Team did a Great Job
getting the Platform into the Pond.

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My job: Stay out of the Way.
And try to get some Photos to Document this Project.

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The Man who Built the Nesting Platform did a Wonderful Job.

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For his First time, it is PERFECT. Floats at the Proper Height.
The Ramp Rests just under the Water for Easy Slide Up..

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I am SO Pleased ! !

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Now we need to get “Brooke” up on it.
She is SO Close to Laying Eggs. Within the Week.

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The Swans are Ignoring the “NEW Furniture” in their Pond.

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We are ALL Brainstorming how to get them to go UP on the Platform.
and Realize all the Nest Material they needs is THERE.

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After Loading the Platform with Nesting Materials,
we Placed a Dish Pan in the Back with WET Feed Mixture.

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I am Hoping the Waterfowl Pellet Feed will Smell Good.
When it is Wet it Smells like Fresh Dog Food.

We have used Wet Feed to “Bait” Swans with Pretty Good Success.
I am Hoping if they can not get Feed from their Normal Container
the Smell will get their Attention.

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“Brooke” is Eating LOTs to get ready for Nesting.
I am HOPING she will Smell the Wet Feed and GO Up on the Platform.

Tossing Floating Pellets into the Water by the Platform.
Flopping Lettuce on the Ramp and in the Water.
After Several Days.. NO Interest from the Swans.

The Next Idea we are doing is to Put One of my Garden Decoy Swans
on the Platform.. These are Pretty Close to Life Size..

WE Need the Swans to Climb up and Explore.. Fingers Crossed.

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This First Year will be “Try This and Try That.”

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Another Benefit of a FLOATING Nest Platform.
If there are Heavy Spring Rains, the Platform will Rise as Flood Waters Swell. Each Year Many Swan Eggs are Lost during Spring Flooding.

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If you do an Internet SEARCH for:
“Swan Floating Nest Box” or “Swan Floating Nest Platform”
There are Several Images onLine. Several Commercially Available.

If you are a DIY Person, there are Ideas.. These can be Built.

Our Structure is Mainly Pressure Treated Lumber.
I had the Exterior Covered with TimberTech AZEK Composit.
We have AZEK Material on our Deck – NO Painting.
LOVE the Stuff. Much more durable then Wood. NO Splinters.

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We added Plasitc Lattice on the Walking Surface.
This will Allow Toe Claw Grip and good Drainage.

Various Floataions would Work..

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This One has Large PVC Pipe Tubes with Heavy Duty Rubber Caps
Double Sealed to Prevent Water Leaking in.

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ALL the Hardware is Stainless Steel..
ALL Screws, Screw Eyes and Quick Link Connectors.

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We Purchased 2 – 75 Foot Reels of Stainless Chain.
Chains are better – Swans will Chew on Ropes.

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The Excess Length will allow us Freely to Move the Platform.
We will want to Clean it after Nesting.
And, we might need to Check the Eggs without someone going out in a Boat.

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The Platform needs to be Anchored/Positioned out in Deeper Water.
Try to have SOME Shade during Afternoon Hours.

REMEMBER Raccoons can Swim.
So, this is not a Solution for these Nest Raiders.

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Our Swans had Eggs Stolen while Nesting on a Gated Island.
When we checked the Eggs over the Five Weeks, there would be about ONE Big Egg missing each week.

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And they Lost MANY more Eggs while Nesting on Land.


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This is a Topic Page in Progress.. MARCH 2019
(C) Linda M.Sweger I Will Add more..Fingers Crossed.


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This was my Fortune Cookie Days before the Platform was Finished.
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