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NEVER Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan

March 15th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Never Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan

  This Title Speaks for Itself..
Swan Cobs can be Quiet and Quick.

NEVER Turn Your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan

Hormonal Male Mute Swan

    DO NOT WEAR WHITE WHEN YOUR MALE SWAN 
       Is in “Spring HORMONE HELL.”

Hormonal Male Mute Swan

     Male Swans are Programmed by Hormones,
when they See WHITE to Drive off the “Intruder.”

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Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

ALWAYS Know Where Your Cob is ! !

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

If a Hormonal Cob Thinks you are NOT Watching…

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

He may be on you in Seconds.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Mantra: “Never Turn your Back on a Hormonal Male Swan.”

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Swan are Enchanting Birds.. The Cobs have BIG Personalities.
All Species of Swans have their Hormonal Season and Behaviors.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Mature Male Swans have TWO Personalities..
One without Hormones and ONE With !!!

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

You will Need to Learn to Work with them.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

I am not Posting this to make you Afraid of Mature Swan Cobs..
But, to Prepare you as you are Researching having Swans.
This Territorial, Aggressive Behavior is Normal.. BE Prepared.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

IF you have Small Children or Frail Seniors who Enjoy your Pond.
You many want to Consider their Safety..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

If you want to Boat, Kayak, Swim, Fish in your Pond..
You will be Sharing HIS Space.. He may NOT want to Share.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

I Love Male Swans. For Years I Learned how to Work with them.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Now at this Stage in my Life. I have to be Very Careful..
I Know I can No Longer Work with them Safely without Help.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Well Socialized and Gentle most of the Years..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

“Hormonal Male Swans” are Mentally Altered during their Reproductive Season. -“Dr. Jekyll – Mr. Hyde”

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

I will add a Note here… We have Known some Cobs that have an Aggressive Attitude Year Round.. Less so in the Summer.. But, Never Easy Going..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Territorial Behavior may Include.. You can not get Near the Pond.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

We have known Mature Cobs that Chase Cars, Trucks, People on Bikes,
Joggers, Walkers, Folks with Strollers, etc..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

LAWN MOWERS, Weed Whackers, Loud Engine Noise..
FedEx and Postal Trucks and their Delivery Workers.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

We heard Stories of a Black Australian Cob, who would weigh about 20 Pounds, that would CHASE Fire Engines.. Hated the Sirens..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

During the Winter Months Healthy Mute Cobs Increasingly
become Hormonal Preparing for Mating and Spring Nesting.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Having a Female will Stimulate his Reproductive Hormones..
You will notice his KNOB Swelling and his Beak becoming Brighter in Color.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Without a Female, a Mature Cob will be “More Testy then a Mess.”

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

From December to May, the Cob will be VERY Protective of HIS Water Environments and his Female.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

He is going into the Annual Phase I “Lovingly” call “Hormone Hell.”

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

IT IS “Hormone Hell” Season ! !

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

A Male that is Gentle and Easy Going in the Summer and Fall,
will become a Holy Terror.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Hormonal Cobs will Expand the Area of your Property that he is Claiming..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

DO Not Wear White during these Months..
Earth tones are less Agitating..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Male Swans see ANYTHING White as a Territorial Threat.. and will REACT.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

WARN ALL FAMILY and Friend, Visitors..
Avoid a Bad Encounter. GIVE him Space. He can not help this.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Recently, an Older Swan Family Member just wanted to Visit the Pond.
Nice Early Spring Day. -She Walked too Close.. The Cob came
out of the Water to Chase her Away.. She “Crossed the Line.”

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Another Family Member saw what was Happening.. and Ran to Save
his Grandmother from being Attacked.
He Pushed the Cob with his Foot to Prevent the Flogging..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Unfortunately, this Firm Push Broke One of the Cob’s Legs.
Resulting in the Need for Pinning the Leg by their Veterinarian.
Weeks in the Barn on Antibiotics. Long Months of Recovery.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Many Male Swans – Cobs.. become “Hormones with Wings.”

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

” KEEP OUT ” Mode

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

” DO NOT CROSS MY LINE ! ! “

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Most Cobs have a “LINE” that if your Cross it… YOU are his Target.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

BEST to just give him more Space – If you stay beyond it, he will be OK..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Step across the “Line” and he will become Territorial and Challenge you.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Male Swans are BLIND Hormones in the Spring..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Unless there is a Good Reason to Get Close to the Nesting Area..
Use Binoculars to Watch the Nesting Swans..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

They are Wonderful Protectors of their Nesting Female.
Sharing the Nesting Responsibilities and Patrolling.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

As Ground Nesting Birds.. the Cob MUST be FIERCE !

Most of the Time Cobs are Gentle Giants with their Cygnets.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Generally in January you will start to notice the Cob becoming “Testy.”
He will start to “Busk” – Challenge you when you get close to the Pond..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

When you Observe FAST Busking
Rocking Horse Foot Paddling – Pushing Water..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

This is Serious Threat Behavior.. Step Back.. GIVE HIM SPACE.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Keep Something with you, like a Large Broom.. or Large Trash Can..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

I Made several – Cheap Fan Rakes Padded with Bubble Wrap
Covered with a Washable Material.. DO NOT USE WHITE.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Use a Busy Colorful Pattern to be Distracting…

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Do not Swing or Hit the Cob..but, Carry as a Barrier to Protect yourself..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Keep a Repelling Tool in a low Position and Move it Slowly Side to Side.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

It keeps the Cob Distracted. You may have some Games of “Chicken.”

Just be Calm, NO Yelling.. Do NOT BE a THREAT !!

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Often when the Cob gets Tired of the “Keep Away Game,”
They will just Slip Back into the Water..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

OR the Cob May NEED to Release that Aggressive Emotion.
Let them Attack the Repelling Tool.. NOT YOU !!

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

…NEVER Turn your Back on a Hormonal Male !!!!
They are Surprisingly FAST and Quiet..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

IF your Cob is FULL-WING..
He can Fly and CAN be where you are Standing in Seconds.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

They can Launch at you.. I Know..
I have had my Share of Bruises.. as I LEARNED.
This was MY Mistake.. I DID NOT RESPECT “HIS” BOUNDARY !!

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

NOW this Aggressive Behavior has ONE BIG Advantage..
Male Swans are EASY to Catch when they are Hormonal.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

This Cob thought he was Chasing me.. This got him Away from his Pond.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Have a Net.. Help.. and the Cob will Come to you.. NET !!

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

If I Walk Toward the Pond, in Short Order, a Hormonal
Cob will Head in my Direction.. My Husband is Waiting
with the Net.. Success.. ONE Big Mad Cob is Under Control.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

It is COMMON to hear Swan Owners Complain that it is Difficult to
Mower the Grass by their Ponds.. that the Cobs Confront them.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

If you Want to Mow Your Lawn, it Help to have a Temporary Fence Area.
Put him inside.. and you are Both Safer..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Numerous Cobs have be Killed Attacking Riding Lawn Mowers..

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     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Most Mute Swans are OK with Ducks.. No Real Competition for Food..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Many Mute Swans will Chase Canada Geese..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

Many Swans are Acquired for the Purpose of Keeping Migrating and Resident Canada Geese OFF PONDS.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

During the Winter to Spring Migration Canada Geese are Looking for an Open Body of Water to Rest on as the head North..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

They will Land on Unfrozen Ponds and Lakes across the Northern States.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

The Chasing Begins.. An Established Mature Cob and some Pens,
will let the Trespassing Geese know they are NOT Welcome.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob
     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

I am Not sure about Resident Domestic Geese..
White Geese might want to keep their Distance..

Chasing Wild Geese is GOOD for a Captive Swan’s Cardiac Health.
Since Pinioned or Clipped Captive Swans can not Fly.. they need this Exercise..

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

I Love Male Swans.. GIVE Them EXTRA SPACE…
Try to Understand and Respect their Seasonal Behaviors.

     Aggressive Mute Swan Cob

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Compiled from Our Swans & Pond Visit Experiences..
PA SwanLover Linda M.Sweger May 2020
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Below is a Series of Images… Makes me Laugh.
We were Safe in a Gazebo.

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We have many Wonderful Memories of Visiting.
“George” Lived to 30 Years Old.

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