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    Kimbelry
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    Hello Shelia, Possible to obtain registration information on your website under the “Ask a swan specialist” ‘ tab?

    We are lucky to have a Swan Family nest in our yard that is a situation we inherited by the former owners of our new home: ).

    I have a quick question as my lack of experience caring for 2 Cygnets who were left in the nest have resulted in a reunification of sorts and the other outcome was not so terrific. It seems we will be in the same scenario next season and want to be prepared so we can ensure the best for the family!

    Thank you,
    Kimberly

    #215021 Reply
    Swan Expert
    Keymaster

    Hi Kimberly

    Not sure about registration info. Website seems to be working well.

    Sometimes, parent swans will leave the younger hatched swans in nest until they are 24hrs old while they take the older swans out on the lake and return to the nest.

    If the cygnets are completely abandoned, the family does not return to the nest or neglects the cygnets, nature will take its course and the cygnets will not survive.

    The best thing to do is to fence in the nest before the next breeding season, ensuring tha the fence cannot be dug under or climbed into by a predator. Keep the front entrance opened and out of sight of the swans. Make the area large enough so parents can move and stretch and build the nest. Use bird netting around the outside perimeter of the fencing so cygnets cannot climb out of the nesting area.

    Keep the nest site opened until the female lays the last eggs and begins sitting on the nest for long lengths of time. Then, when both parents are inside, close the front side of the nest leaving a large flat “3-4” inch pan of water with cracked corn and poultry layer pellet ( cleaned and changed daily.

    This will allow the feeding of the parent swans along with the cygnets without drowning the cygnets which is why you don’t use a deep or large pan.

    This fencing will keep the family together until all cygnets are hatched. 24 hrs after the last cygnets hatch, open the fence and once again keep the front of the fence open and out of site of parents (remove front or safely tie back away from front). The parents should return to the nest for a couple of days and then will find another night nesting site. This should help with the abandonment issue.

    Now, if abandonment issues occur, it is because the family will not wait on runts to get bigger or stronger- this increases chance of predators following the entire family. The parents know somethimg is wrong with the cygnets and they are not going to survive. Taking the abandoned cygnets will cause a whole different issue. If you cannot designate 24 hrs a day for at least 4 months to feed and care for the cygnets, they will not survive. The best resolution will be to find a farm or waterfowl sanctuary with swans, ducks or geese and see if they will take the cygnets. Sometimes they can be raised along ducklings and goslings so they do not become imprinted by humans. Otherwise, nature must take its course without human intervention. We hope this information is of benefit. The Regal Swan

    #215035 Reply
    Kimberly
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    Dear Swan Expert!
    It might be there are certain registration requirements on the website none of the combinations of user name and password seem to be working. The error msg display says
    “Registration not available at this time”
    Thank you for the suggestion regarding the nesting area. Based on the nests location it will be possible to build the enclosure per your recommendation without any difficulty. We’ll follow your advice and let you know what happens next hatching season.
    Initially, We thought the cygnets that remained in the nest were late bloomers or injured. The parents did not return within 24 hours after the first swim. Although they seemed healthy with no visible marks,
    it was clear after 24 hrs there were internal problems with one. We brought it to the vet right away.
    The other was reunited and we think was also ill although it displayed no indication of having the problems the other had.
    Happy to share the other cygnets are healthy and doing well. The pen has not returned to the nest with the other cygnets. The cob still swims over for a quick visit.
    We enjoyed being part of such an amazing experience.
    Thank you,
    Kimberly

    #215040 Reply
    Swan Expert
    Keymaster

    Thanks for letting us know about website issue. Will check it out. Glad swan family is doing well. The Regal Swan

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 1 day ago by Swan Expert.
    #215053 Reply
    Kimbelry
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    Thank you!
    We are in the US, could that be a reason why?

    Here is the error msg:

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    #215087 Reply
    Swan Expert
    Keymaster

    It may have to do with our protection from spam because we don’t think we ever asked for a registration. May have been part of another spam mitigating software. In any case, spoke with our website administrator and are working to resolve issue. Thank you. The Regal Swan

    #215106 Reply
    Kimbelry
    Guest

    Understood, thank you.

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