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  • in reply to: too many swan #170919
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    Hi Peter

    Unfortunately, the link to Facebook that you posted is not showing up. It states to go to newsfeed but we are still unable to find the post. So, at this time we cannot answer your question. The Regal Swan

    in reply to: Swan identification tag replacements #166491
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    Hi Maura

    We’re not sure where you get the leg band replacements. You might contact the person who gave you the swans. If that is not possible, contact Bob Knox at info@canadiangoosecontrol.com or 847-875-3947. He may have some leg bands or know where to get them. The Regal Swan

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by Swan Expert.
    in reply to: Breeder #166470
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    Hi Jane

    We work mainly with Bob Knox. He is very reputable and cares deeply about his swans. Additionnaly, he works with swan owners and keepers to ensure that the swans have every chance of positively transitioning to a good home. He does ship swans overseas. His contact number is 847-875-3947. If you want to email: info@canadiangoosecontrol.com

    The Regal Swan

    in reply to: Young swan ‘stuck’ in false preening position #166111
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    Hi MJ

    I’m not sure what may be causing this position. It could be a neurological issue. In any case, we urge that the swan be captured and transported to a veterinarian. The Regal Swan

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    Hi David

    Yes, bread- whole or white as long as it is fresh is fine. Bread does not cause angel wing, heart disease, pink feather syndrome or any other negative health effects it has been wrongly associated. Most of this bad information was circulated by wildlife officials, politicians and bird food companies so that the public would stop feeding wildlife or use bird foods. When this stoppage of feeding by the U.K. public occurred, swans began starving. Her Majesty’s Swan Marker, Mr. David Barber, Swan Support, Swan Sanctuary and our organization, The Regal Swan Foundation, began an active “Feed the Bread” campaign. The public began feeding bread and the starvation was mitigated. Swans have now returned to normal weights, although the U.K. is having Avian Flu kill the swans. It is very important to feed the swans as well as other waterfowl to prevent starvation or cause stress from having to search for food during harsh winter weather which renders them susceptible to illness. During Avian Flu outbreaks, supplemental feeding helps the swans stay in their specific areas which may help the birds from picking up the disease in certain areas or transmitting it from their home territory. Year round supplemental feeding using cracked corn, poultry layer pellets and/or bread helps maintain a healthy flock. We hope this information is beneficial. Should you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. For immediate assistance, you can contact us at Bolin.S@att.net
    The Regal Swan

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Swan Expert.
    in reply to: Swan family separated #157575
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    Hi Carol

    This whole situation is a fiasco and the homeowners association obviously had no idea, probably spoke to someone from the local state wildlife office. These wildlife offices want all Mute Swans dead so they can introduce the larger Trumpeter Swans for Trophy Waterfowl hunting. Unfortunately, your homeowners association is now part of the killing program.

    No cygnet (baby swan) should be separated from their parents until they are at least 6 months of age. The cygnets cannot protect themselves from predators or receive education from their parents on how to survive and become swans.

    The Mute Swans are no more aggressive than any other wildlife protecting their young. As long as no one is approaching the nests or families, harrassing with jet skis, boats, etc., the parent’s defensiveness would have dissipated within 2-3 months. All anyone needed to do was stay away from the family. So, again, the HOA really had no basis for removing the swans unless someone complained and wanted to use this as an excuse for removal knowing the cygnets would eventually die and problem alleviated. The entire family should have been removed as a whole if they wanted them removed. In all probability, the parents were killed not relocated and residents were not told. We hope that we are wrong, but have seen this inhumane “relocation” by HOA’s too many times.

    The cygnets may eventually try to fly awa, but will most likely stay because they were not taught how to fly or go somewhere else., All will get along fine together. No, there is no need for checking for gender for fear of genetic defects. Birds are not like mammals, can interbreed with no issues.

    What actually needs to be done in this situation is to capture the 3 cygnets and relocate them now. The parents will not take them back after such a long period of seperation, so they need to be relocated somewhere that they will be cared for and protected. When breeding age is achieved, the same issue will be raised again, and these swans and their families will be seperated. It is obvious the HOA does not want the swans and the best thing to do is find a safe protective caring home for them now. The Regal Swan Foundation

    in reply to: parent swans reactions to a dead cygnet #157483
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    Hi Nancy

    Do you have predators in or near your pond such as raccoons, coyotes, fox, mink, otters, snapping turtles, alligators, etc., or domestic predators such as dogs. Any of these animals could have killed the cygnet or seriously injured it before it died. Were there any signs of trauma to the cygnet? If this was a predator in your pond, it would be a good reason for the swans to escape to the neighboring pond and not want to return to your pond. Could a human have chased or carried the swans to the other pond?

    If the swans had to walk to the neighboring pond, they may have been attacked while crossing and know it is safer to stay in the water.

    Another consideration would be that you live in a state where wildlife officials or their solicited volunteers go into lakes and ponds and kill the Mute swans. They have been doing this for decades under the permission of federal, state and local lawmakers in order to introduce the larger Trumpeter swans for Trophy waterfowl hunting (all at taxpayer expense). If this is the case, soon your swans may be eradicated.

    Did something change in your pond? Was there construction in or near your pond? Was there an algae outbreak, lowering of water, or other disturbance that could affect water quality or food resources?

    We know we are asking more questions than providing you answers, but the cause for the swans to leave must be addressed before the potential for the swans to return is considered. If something has changed or a predator is present, the swans will only return when they feel they are safe once again. The Regal Swan

    in reply to: Swan female moving twigs in the water in July #156690
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    Hi Chris

    You are very welcome. Yes, swans have such calming effects. Enjoy! The Regal Swan

    in reply to: Swan female moving twigs in the water in July #156653
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    Hi Chris

    Great question. The female swan is exhibiting normal swan behavior. Swans will tidy their environment. We have seen swans completely remove dead debris from a hedge of bushes. This cleaning not only keeps the area free from debris, but gives the swans something to occupy their time. The Regal Swan

    in reply to: Central Florida cygnet/swan sanctuary? #156032
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    Hi Andrew

    Since you have reached out to us on our email, I will be contacting you shortly. There is not enough space on this forum to address all of the issues. I look forward to speaking to you. The Regal Swan

    in reply to: Mating for life #155115
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    Hi Courtney

    The contention that swans mate for life is general knowledge that has been known throughout history. It is also known that there are some individual anomalies that have and do occur such as having 2 mates at the same time and/or abandoning a mate. There are several reasons that could explain this atypical behavior such as predators, some disturbance in the area that might have scared a mate away, too very young swans or one of the swans is not suitable (infertile) for mating. Nature works to ensure propagation of a species and is the reason that species members look to the healthiest and strongest members to mate and carry on the lineage.

    As far as mates, if the male mate dies, the female swan will usually re-pair with another male, but this is an individual attribute. If a female mate dies, the male swan will usually not re-pair, again an individual attribute. All of this also depends on how long the mates were bonded.

    If no opposite gender swans are available, young male swans raised together will bond with each other, attempt to mate and will nest. Obviously, no eggs will be produced.

    If no opposite gender swans are available, female swans raised together will bond, attempt to mate and will nest. Eggs will be produced, but will obviously be infertile. We hope this information is of benefit. The Regal Swan

    in reply to: Swan safety #154456
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    Hi Roger

    Yes, floating nesting platforms have been used for swans, but this is an individual attribute as to whether the swans will use a floating nesting platform in a wild setting if they are more comfortable or familiar with nesting on the banks or in grasses of a waterway. Since each habitat has its own unique qualities as to what may safely work (i.e., current speed, tethering requirements, etc., we would recommend you contact Wendy Hermon, Coordinator, Swan Support in Datchet. Wendy knows the various areas and the materials that may be applicable to your situation. We hope this information is of benefit. The Regal Swan

    in reply to: mating Royal mutes female neck all bloody #154023
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    Hi Bill

    We need more information to provide an adequate response:

    1. How did you separate the swans, i.e., did you remove her from the area and place her on another pond or lake?

    2. How long did you separate her?

    3. Do you have a garage, bathroom, barn or other safe area away from predators, objects that can be harmful and has ample ventilation?

    4. Are there predators in the area and is the male responsible for protecting her?

    We ask these questions, because the answers will determine what can be safely done to provide the female a rest from tthe male’s advances.

    If you have a safe area to hold a swan for a couple of days and the female swan is capable of protecting herself, then we would recommend the following:

    Capture the male swan and place him in a safe secure area free from predators or objects that can be harmful, i.e., a walk-in shower that can be barricaded, barn stall that can be closed and free from predators entering, digging or crawling over to access the swan. Provide the male with a clean bowl of food and water and hold him for 2 days. By capturing the male, his hormone levels will have a chance to cool off, the female can rest. If you remove the female, the male may claim “king of the mountain” and you may have a problem reintroducing her back into the habitat.

    If you cannot separate the swans, then the male is going to continue trying to mate until his hormone levels return to normal.This is going to place an undue stress on the female which can result in serious injury to her. We hope this information is beneficial. The Regal Swan

    in reply to: Baby swan on it’s back #154007
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    Hi Shanna

    No, this is not normal behavior unless the cygnet remained in this position for a matter of seconds prior to righting itself. When cygnets are taught to turn upside down with their necks under the water to reach sub-aquatic vegetation, they may flip over because they have not learned to properly balance themselves. However, the cygnets will right themselves immediately and assume a normal upright position in the water. If a cygnet cannot immediately upright itself, it could mean that the cygnet is too weak, suffering from an illness or neurological issue. Usually, the cygnet will not survive if it cannot assume balance. The Regal Swan

    in reply to: Juvenile Tundra Swan has lost its parents. #149592
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    Hi David

    The young swan may have been chased by his parents which usually happens once the juveniles get older, may have gotten lost from the rest of the flock during the winter migration to your location, or is using your site as a stopover until it leaves to rejoin his flock. If there are other swans in your area, it means that there is ample food resources for the swans until they leave in the spring. The Mute Swans will teach him where to find food. Since he is a juvenile, he is probably leery of people. Once he figures out the other swans are getting fed by you, he will probably get smart enough to realize he also wants more food. It just make take some time. As long as your pond/lake does not freeze over, he should be able to find food and will be fine. Thanks for caring for the swans. The Regal Swan

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