Hi Regal Swan, a follow up question to the Mute Swan with flight injuries. I am trying to get him assistance. One person told me he has to eat. Since he is not putting his head in the water, he is not eating. However, if I give him duck feed and cracked corn, which he has eaten in the past, should I give him that in the interim?
Please let me know/ I am trying to work as quickly as possible to get him help and do not want to do him harm by giving him that food.
Glad you were able to get some local help. He is fine being fed poultry layer pellets and cracked corn in a feeding bowl near water. He has to have water to eat or he can choke. If he eats the food and then drinks water (i.e., in a bowl nearby) without putting his head under water, that is fine. However, if he is not eating, this could be a sign of problems such as internal which lead to more serious issues. He may be eating some and you do not know it because you can’t watch him every second. However, if he is truly not getting any sustenance, he may need to be tube fed by a licensed rehabber/veterinarian to get his appetite jumpstarted and provide him with some nutrients/energy. The Regal Swan