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You are welcome to ask your questions about swan and waterfowl health and welfare issues to the research team of The Regal Swan® Foundation, a Florida based group committed to the humane treatment and veterinary medical care of swans. See more info on the Regal Swan® including Slideshow, and Award for Humane Treatment of Captive Swans. **Please visit this message board in 1 or 2 days to read the answer to your question.**

We will try to get back to you in a timely manner, especially if your question involves the urgent health and safety of a swan.   However, sometimes we are on the road or literally out in the middle of a body of water and cannot get back to you immediately.   Therefore, we have prepared a FAQ’s sheet that may help answer some of your questions.   If you need more specific information, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Regal Swan


Male swans killing others -- John -- 23 November 2014
I have a pair of white and a pair of black swans on a 1 acre pond. the male white swan attacked the black so bad it couldnt eat or go near the water. I removed the black pair then the whites hatched ...
Re: Male swans killing others -- The Regal Swan -- 23 November 2014
Hi John: We would recommend that YOU NOT add any more swans to this mix. Something is wrong with the habitat (lack of food or shelter resources), or something else that the male Mute Swan is ...

Do Swans Return to Where They Were Born? -- Brenda -- 21 November 2014
Our 2 swans were born here but for the past several years after having babies, they now go across the River where they raise the babies and return in the Fall. This year they had 7 babies on Easter ...
Re: Do Swans Return to Where They Were Born? -- The Regal Swan -- 21 November 2014
Hi Brenda Swans usually return to the same vicinity of their hatching. However, if the parents claim a certain area, then the returning juveniles will be deterred from nesting too closely. If there ...

Sleep swimming? -- G -- 14 November 2014
Do swans sleep swim? I saw a swan in the water with its head down in its wing but it was moving in a circle in a way that looked like it was paddling with one foot.
Re: Sleep swimming? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 November 2014
Hi Yes, what you describe is normal sleeping/resting behavior on the water. The swan is safe from land predators, can stay cool in the water and yet, still be alert to any problems within the ...

At what age do baby swans leave parents? -- Diana -- 11 November 2014
There are 2 swans on my pond that had 2 babies in the spring. Both babies disappeared in October and I have not seen them since. Their feathers were just starting to turn white. I am wondering what ...
Re: At what age do baby swans leave parents? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 November 2014
Hi Diana Cygnets usually begin leaving the habitat when they begin to turn their eventual adult coloring. Once the feathers and wings mature (approximately 8-10 months of age) the parents will no ...

Where to place a black swan (CT) -- Patricia -- 10 November 2014
Hi, I am not sure if I am contacting the Stanley Park in Westfield Ma. or not but I am going to ask anyway. I am down to one swan which is the Australian Black. We had a pair and a pair of mute ...
Re: Where to place a black swan (CT) -- The Regal Swan -- 10 November 2014
Hi Patricia Black Swans do not do well in cold weather. We also do not know of anyone who might want your swan in Connecticut. We did ask Bob Knox at Knox Swan and Dog in Illinois if he would give ...

Black-neck Swan not waterproof? -- Magriet -- 10 November 2014
Our Black-neck swan is all of a sudden not waterproof. It was in the water but we could see her feathers were all wet and green from algea. She was also shivering. We took her out of the water to ...
Re: Black-neck Swan not waterproof? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 November 2014
Hi Magriet: The inability to waterproof itself by a swan is a sign that something is definitely wrong. Swans can not only drown, but get chilled and develop a cold, pneumonia or other serious ...

Mute swans in Michigan: Do I need a permit? -- Theresa -- 5 November 2014
I have 7 Mute Swans. I bought them in Ohio. I live in Michigan. My question is do I have to get a Permit to own them. Is it illegal to have Mute Swans as pets in Michigan.
Re: Mute swans in Michigan: Do I need a permit? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 November 2014
Hi Theresa More than likely you need a permit. There is also the possibility that Michigan DNR will kill them as their goal is to kill all of them based upon no scientific research. Yet, their goal ...

Observation of adults and juveniles behaviours -- Jérôme -- 5 November 2014
Hello, i have to do a 4 hours observation on a family of mute swans (1 pair and their 4 juvéniles), i search wich behaviours can occurs between adults and juvéniles, and how to recognize that ...
Re: Observation of adults and juveniles behaviours -- The Regal Swan -- 5 November 2014
Hi Jerome: There isn't much difference between how adult swans behave as opposed to their cygnets. Just think of you and your parents. You both have the same behavior because you are humans, just a ...

Swan Breeders in Oklahoma -- Susan -- 3 November 2014
I noticed in a previous thread where you mentioned knowing of the existence of swan breeders iin Oklahoma. I am looking for any information on that subject. I am looking for a couple of swans to ...
Re: Swan Breeders in Oklahoma -- The Regal Swan -- 3 November 2014
Hi Susan Yes if you are located near Oklahoma, the breeder's name is Ken Howell. However, if you are located in the northeast, the closest breeder would be Bob Knox out of Illinois: (847) 875-3947. ...

Stuck Swan -- Rhiannon -- 3 November 2014
I've noticed a swan swimming around the basin where we live for three days now. It's got high walls on three sides and a ledge on the other which is quite high. (I've attached pictures). I'm worried ...
Re: Stuck Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 3 November 2014
Hi Rhianon The basin looks safe enough, but the issues are is there enough food for the bird and is there any area that it can get out to dry itself. If either of these are answered by no, then it is ...

Number of Swan a 3 acre pond can support? -- Lisa -- 2 November 2014
I will be purchasing a pair of mute swans and their 5 mo cygnet in November and would appreciate some tips on how to best prepare for them. When the parents push away their cygnet at mating season, ...
Re: Number of Swan a 3 acre pond can support? -- The Regal Swan -- 3 November 2014
Hi Lisa: Your setting is gorgeous and it could technically support up to 6 swans. However, we would not recommend this as each pair are going to have cygnets and then you are going to have a major ...
Re: Number of Swan a 3 acre pond can support? -- Lisa -- 3 November 2014
Thank you so much for the lengthy response. This is good information for me. We plan to bloodtest the cygnet at transfer so we know what sex it is. Then we will just watch to see how they get along ...

Where to place swans for the winter (VA) -- Leticia -- 1 November 2014
I joined a committee in our neighborhood HOAs. We have two Swans that were purchased to chase the geese away.. Looking for a place to care for them for the winter; I guess the place where they were ...
Re: Where to place swans for the winter (VA) -- The Regal Swan -- 1 November 2014
Hi Leticia: We are not familiar with any facility that might house the swans for the winter. Have you checked with a waterfowl/wildlife rehabilitation center, zoo, or a private farm that might have ...

How to Capture young swans on my lake -- Jack -- 30 October 2014
Last year I lost the two young swans when parents drove them over the dam and off the lake. We found remains later after critter got them. My 5 acre lake is surrounded on all sides with trees and ...
Re: How to Capture young swans on my lake -- The Regal Swan -- 30 October 2014
Hi Jack: If you can get them to feed from your hand and someone else's, you can reach down, gently grab them by their necks and wings. You will only have once chance at this, because they will get ...

swan in my backyard -- Alexandra -- 30 October 2014
Hello I found a swan in my backyard - in my pool that was half full - the swan I think could not get out, so I filled up the pool with water again; now the swan is out of the pool but has stayed in ...
Re: swan in my backyard -- The Regal Swan -- 30 October 2014
Hi Alexandra: Do you have a gate to the fence? If you can get a group of friends, stand behind the swan and walk him to the fence. Make sure that there are people on the outside of the fence that ...

Protecting Wild Swans (Texas) -- Virginia -- 29 October 2014
For decades there have been wild swans that successfully nested on Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas, but for the last 4 years all nests of the pairs have been unsuccessful in producing any babies - 4 ...
Re: Protecting Wild Swans (Texas) -- The Regal Swan -- 29 October 2014
Hi Virginia: Unfortunately, this same scenario is being played out across the world as water recreationalists ignore and sometimes intentionally disrupt wildlife and their habitats for the sake of ...

Cygnets left alone -- Karen -- 28 October 2014
Hello, I live in the west coast of Scotland. Two swans nest here from march to October every year. The tow adults have now left but the 7 cygnets seem to be wandering around aimlessly. They wander ...
Re: Cygnets left alone -- The Regal Swan -- 28 October 2014
Hi Karen The parents may have had something happen to them or left for migration without the cygnets. This would be strange, but could happen. In any case, the young birds wI'll not make it through ...

Swan not chasing geese any longer -- Lawrence -- 27 October 2014
We have 2 white swans on the lake. The male has successfully been driving out geese for about 5 years. This year, though, he seems disinterested after a large flock of geese landed on the lake a ...
Re: Swan not chasing geese any longer -- The Regal Swa -- 27 October 2014
Hi Lawrence: Even though predators could be the cause of the loss of the cygnets this year, more than likely it was the severe inconsistent spring temperatures. We have heard that many swans and ...

Swans in upstate ny on a pond -- Mat -- 26 October 2014
I live in upstate ny and have a 15 acre pond that had geese on it. Today 4 swans appeared. 2 white and 2 darker colored ones. Is this common do I need to do anything
Re: Swans in upstate ny on a pond -- The Regal Swan -- 26 October 2014
Hi Mat: You are seeing two parents and 2 juveniles (cygnets from this year) swans on the migratory path to their wintering grounds. Unless your pond is extremely warm and does not freeze and your ...

2 blk swans in pond (with fountain) who no longer swim, almost never go in water, stay on the grass -- Suzanne -- 23 October 2014
It seems so unnatural as though they have been traumatized by having the fountain put in (& lit at night by the condo board that we live in)... what can be done?
Re: 2 blk swans in pond (with fountain) who no longer swim, almost never go in water, stay on the gr -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2014
Hi Suzanne Someone needs to feed the swans and get them back in the water even if it means slightly harassing them so they seek shelter in the water. If you can toss food such as cracked corn, ...

Blackneck swan spends nights indoors and cold days outdoors -- Jim -- 23 October 2014
Have a blackneck swan that I have raised from birth in my home. BIG PET! He is 6 months old and stays in my home at night. HAS HIS OWN ROOM. We love him to death. Gets along with my 3 house dogs. He ...
Re: Blackneck swan spends nights indoors and cold days outdoors -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2014
Hi Jim Because Black-Necked Swans are from South America, they are very susceptible to cold weather. They live in warm weather habitats so keeping him during cold winters indoors is great idea. ...

Black swans attack us -- Maryanne -- 17 October 2014
We have had our two black male swans since February. They were very friendly but about September they have been attacking us when we feed them or go anywhere near our pond. Is there anything we can ...
Re: Black swans attack us -- The Regal Swan -- 19 October 2014
Hi Maryanne: Yes, you have two options: You need to stop running from the swans. Establish yourself as the alpha swan and capture the two swans each time they chase you. Yell, NO and then gently grab ...

Mute swans and fairly fledged, but still mostly grey, cygnets -- Beth -- 16 October 2014
There are a pair of mute swans that successfully hatched and fairly fledged three cygnets. However, now only two of the cygnet, still mostly grey but flying, remain with the parents. I despaired that ...
Re: Mute swans and fairly fledged, but still mostly grey, cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 16 October 2014
Hi Beth: Sometimes, the parents will oust the cygnets once they turn white in color. At that time, the cygnets become rivals and the parents no longer view them as their cygnets. This is just nature. ...

The care of pinioned swans -- Tonya -- 12 October 2014
Hello, We purchased two pinioned swans from an Amish breeder in northeast pa. Unfortunately we r not able to get very much information on their care? We have a large 1.5 acre pond but winter is ...
Re: The care of pinioned swans -- The Regal Swan -- 12 October 2014
Hi Tonya: When our first book went into backorder, the price went to a ridiculous price . That is why we authored an updated publication that provides the exact answers that swan owners and keepers ...

Attracting swans -- Sheri -- 11 October 2014
Hello...I work with an enormous retirement community in southern Ontario. We are on 45 hectares and have 13 extremely large spring fed pond (almost mini lakes). Currently we rent 2 mute swans per ...
Re: Attracting swans -- The Regal Swan -- 12 October 2014
Hi Sheri: There are several reasons that you may not be having success with your Mute Swan breeding. If the habitats cannot support more swans, i.e., lack of food resources, pollution, lack of ...

Leaving the young ones behind -- Jodi -- 11 October 2014
I have two swans that live in my bay all summer. Every year they have two to five young ones and one night in late September they go for their evening swim and only the parents come back. How do they ...
Re: Leaving the young ones behind -- The Regal Swan -- 12 October 2014
Hi Jodi: Once the cygnets reach 6-8 months of age, their feathers and wings are fully developed so they can fly. Once this occurs, the juvenile swans are also large enough to protect themselves from ...

Swan behavior, normal or worrisome? -- Jennifer -- 10 October 2014
Kayak on the river and I'm familiar with lots of different words. Today there was a swan floating alone with his head resting on his back in the middle of the river. He didn't move when I paddled ...

Can swans take over another swans eggs or young -- Sahara -- 9 October 2014
ok i know this is going to sound a little crazy but i cant figure this out. i dont know if this is normal or if swans steal other swans eggs but here goes. There have been a pair of swans Sheba and ...

Parent swans kill their own young -- Susan -- 8 October 2014
My friend just called me regarding swans she has been feeding - the parents attacked and killed their own young swan. Why would this happen?
Re: Parent swans kill their own young -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2014
Hi Susan: There could be several reasons. If the parents are new parents, they may not understand having something so little hang around them and they may react accordingly. If there is something ...

Winter -- Irina -- 8 October 2014
I have 3 swans and the winter is coming... At what temperature they should stay indoor? And also, can they stay on land all winter? The temperature here is aprox -15 Celsius...
Re: Winter -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2014
Hi Irina: If you can keep the swans indoors during severe winters, it will be better for the swans in that an indoor shelter will protect them from predators, drowning, and susceptibility to disease ...

Winter Survival -- Lynne -- 8 October 2014
I am not sure if you remember but I wrote last year after our female swan was struck by a car and killed on an elevated bridge some 60 feet above the lake. Our 3 year old male was left alone and was ...
Re: Winter Survival -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2014
Hi Lynne: If you can keep him fed and in an area of at least 20-30 feet in circumference, the predators should not be able to reach him and he should be safe. However, there are still no guarantees ...

Leg bands -- Jeanne -- 3 October 2014
What types of bands do you use on adult mute swans and do you have a place where they can be purchased.

Female mute swans -- Kelly -- 2 October 2014
Will two female mute swans live ok together?

Concerned by the smashing of swan eggs -- Kara -- 1 October 2014
Hi, a general man in my neighborhood goes around our lakes and smashes the swan eggs. I do believe they are tundra swans. I do also believe he smashes Canadian geese eggs too... I live in North ...
Re: Concerned by the smashing of swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 2 October 2014
Hi Kara There are several issues to this situation: 1. Who owns the swans? Did the development purchase the swans and are they sanctioning the smashing as a means of numbers control? 2. Are the swans ...

Dirty water -- Chrissie -- 1 October 2014
Hi, been feeding and caring for swan family since May, the dad was killed, exhausted from fighting off a rogue swan he was on the bank and the fox got him, such a brave beautiful swan we are ...
Re: Dirty water -- The Regal Swan -- 1 October 2014
Hi Chrissie We're sorry to hear about the male parent. Unfortunately, the rest of the family is going to be in jeopardy if you do not get them out of the stagnant water. They can be poisoned or ...

Vegetation and wayward swan -- Meagan -- 28 September 2014
Why does our swan fly into the neighbors field and what kind o vegetation besides clover do they eat. Its a white mute swan
Re: Vegetation and wayward swan -- The Regal Swan -- 29 September 2014
Hi Megan All swans are grazing birds. They eat both aquatic and land vegetation. Rye grass, alfalfa, corn and maybe even clover if it is the right kind will serve as a vegetative food resource for ...

Mute swan leg injury from snapping turtle -- Liz -- 27 September 2014
I have a pair of wild mute swans on my pond. They have returned for 8 years to nest and raise young. About a month ago the male was "crying" and when I looked there was a snapping turtle ...
Re: Mute swan leg injury from snapping turtle -- The Regal Swan -- 27 September 2014
Hi Liz Usually, we would suggest getting him to a veterinarian. However, since he is wild and can fly, the only way to effect a capture would be on land. Since he can only take a few steps on land, ...

Can salt change the feathers of swan babies -- skip dawson -- 27 September 2014
Hi we have 2 pure white very large swans with bright orange beaks. This spring the had 3 babies. They now are full grown and as large as the parents. How can they have one pure white with orange ...
Re: Can salt change the feathers of swan babies -- The Regal Swan -- 27 September 2014
Hi Skip You have two color variations. To swan keepers, they are known as Royal Mutes-cygnets are taupe in color with black feet or Polish Mutes (leucistic coloration) where the cygnets are white in ...

Swan's reflection in a mirrored window makes swan pluck its feathers -- Dianna -- 24 September 2014
Where I work we have a swan family, one of the adults has been obsessed with its reflection in a mirrored window. He/she is plucking its feathers from its neck and it is starting to look raw. He/she ...
Re: Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 24 September 2014
Hi Dianna Yes, you need to contact the swan's caretaker. Two things must then be done. First, the swan needs to be examined by an experienced bird/waterfowl veterinarian. The veterinarian may need to ...

Whooper Swan Problem: Severe Limp, loss of appetite, lethargic -- Hannah -- 23 September 2014
Hello, I wonder if you can help?! I have a female Whooper Swan with a severe limp, its her left leg. She has been to the vets, had x-rays, scans all sorts of things and we've been told there isn't ...
Re: Whooper Swan Problem: Severe Limp, loss of appetite, lethargic -- The Regal Swan -- 23 September 2014
Hi Hannah There could be any number of issues from lead, botulinum or other poisoning, to soft tissue injury from another swan, predator or sprain from entering or exiting the water. She may be in ...

My swan tries to kill me -- Lori -- 19 September 2014
Can you please tell me what I can do to keep my swan from attacking me everyday. Everyday I go out to feed him (he is the only swan) and the ducks and it is as if I am going in to combat planning my ...

Lost swan -- Katrina -- 18 September 2014
I have had a pair of adult mute swans kept on my pond for about a year. We feed them daily and assure for their safety. What we didn't do correctly was clip their wings. Last week they took flight. ...

Feeding kid swan by its mother -- Ramya -- 17 September 2014
hi sir, i want to know how the mother swan feeds its kids.. can i get some pictures of this.. waiting for your reply..
Re: Feeding kid swan by its mother -- The Regal Swan -- 17 September 2014
Hi Ramya Birds fall into two basic groups-precocial (hatched with feathers and basically able to leave the nest within a few days) or altricial (hatched with no feathers, unable to leave the nest for ...

3 month old cygnets were separated from their parents at 1 week -- Andrew -- 16 September 2014
I have come into possession of 2 three-month-old cygnets. Their parents have been on a large college campus pond for 10 years. They were born June 2, making them 15 weeks old today. At 1 week old, ...
Re: 3 month old cygnets were separated from their parents at 1 week -- The Regal Swan -- 16 September 2014
Hi Andrew Unfortunately, this experiment is one that may not end successfully. First, the cygnets should never have been taken from the parents because they will no longer will accept them in fact, ...

Update on Alaskan trumpeter swan family -- Shirley -- 11 September 2014
Hello, this is Shirley from Valdez, A.K. I wrote you on Sept. 2nd about a family of trumpeter swans that lost the adult male due to a car accident. I am very upset tonight, Mom was doing a wonderful ...
Re: Update on Alaskan trumpeter swan family -- The Regal Swan -- 12 September 2014
Hi Shirley Since the Trumpeters are a protected species, contact your local wildlife agency or a wildlife rehabilitation center. They may be able to capture the cygnets, hold them safely for the ...

Do swans fly? -- karen -- 9 September 2014
In a local pond in a full grown swan just appeared one day ,have seen everyday for a couple of month. The swan is always solo. How did it get there? Do swans fly? I have never seen one flying. We ...
Re: Do swans fly? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 September 2014
Hi Karen Yes swans fly. This may be a juvenile bird whose parents have told it to get lost and it is looking for its own habitat or mate. It may also be using your pond as a stopover on the migratory ...

Male mute Swan lost feathers, can't fly, can't defend territory -- Melanie -- 8 September 2014
Hello. I am lucky enough to live opposite a river where a family of mute swans live. male, female, 8 cygnets which i think are around 5-6 months old now. They are staring to turn white. A couple of ...
Re: Male mute Swan lost feathers, can't defend territory -- The Regal Swan -- 8 September 2014
Hi Melanie It will be some time for the feathers to return. In the meantime, contact Wendy Hermon at Swan Lifeline in Eton. Advise her about the situation. She may be able to relocate the new male so ...

How to stop swan from laying eggs -- Nad -- 6 September 2014
Hi I have a father-daughter pair of black swans. She keeps laying eggs and I keep removing them as I was told that it's not a good genetic combination. If I let her sit on one egg, hatch it out and ...
Re: How to stop swan from laying eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 7 September 2014
Hi Nad You have been given some misinformation. First, close bird relatives mating is not the same as mating defects or abnormalities which usually can occur in mammals. We have seen siblings mate ...

Black swan's feathers always look wet and bedraggled -- Trevor -- 6 September 2014
I have a black swan that has been with us for five years. Now he looks unhealthy. His feathers always look wet and bedraggled. can you give me any advice please Best regards Trevor
Re: Black swan -- The Regal Swan -- 7 September 2014
Hi Trevor You need to get him to a waterfow/bird veterinarian. He may have an infection, parasites or something else going on that keeps him from keeping his feathers tidy. If he cannot keep dry or ...

Mute swan won't lay eggs -- Sajila -- 4 September 2014
Dear, I live in Kerala, India. 2 months back i bought 12 mute swans, it is the cygnets of 1 pen and cub. now the almost all the swans are in same size. they are not having wild behaviour. i have made ...
Re: Mute swan won -- The Regal Swan -- 5 September 2014
Hi Sajila: First, the cygnets may not be old enough to lay eggs. Secondly, you may not have both males and females. Were they checked for gender by a licensed veterinarian experienced in waterfowl ...

Swan with fishing line and bobber stuck to his foot -- Anne -- 4 September 2014
This evening I saw a swan with fishing line and bobber stuck to his foot in the water outside a restaurant by the name of "Peter's Clam Bar". The address is 600 Long Beach Road, Island ...
Re: Swan with fishing line and bobber stuck to his foot -- The Regal Swan -- 5 September 2014
Hi Anne We have some contact info for you. Please send your email address to this post. The Web administrator will provide you with contact info for getting some help to the swan. The Regal Swan

How far will the swans go after leaving the nest? -- Cindy -- 3 September 2014
Hi, we have a family of swans down at our local waterfront. The mom/dad had six babies this yr and they were around for a couple of months for all to see. Now, it appears the family may have gone ...
Re: How far will the swans go after leaving the nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 3 September 2014
Hi Cindy: It is time for migration so hopefully, the swans will migrate south for the winter and return once again in spring. You may or may not see the cygnets in the springtime as the parents may ...

Alaskan Trumpet Swans: Will they migrate without the male swan? -- Shirley -- 2 September 2014
We have a pond close to our home where two swans have returned to for many years to nest and raise their cygnets until it's time to migrate. Last week, unfortunately the male was hit on the road and ...
Re: Alaskan Trumpet Swans: Will they migrate without the male swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 3 September 2014
Hi Shirley: We’re sorry to hear about the male parent. However, animals and birds grieve differently than humans. They will not stop eating, bathing, mating or flying because something happened to ...

Swollen throat (swollen ball on the underside of her beak) -- Michael -- 1 September 2014
Hi, i have a female trumpeter swan that has just developed over the past week a bit of a swollen ball on the underside of her beak nearest to her neck. it is the size of a large marble. Any ideas as ...
Re: Swollen throat (swollen ball on the underside of her beak) -- The Regal Swan -- 1 September 2014
Hi Michael Yes, this could be life-threatening so you need her examined by a veterinarian immediately. The marble could be an infection or something she swallowed which can prevent her from eating. ...

Swan aggression on new swan -- Marty -- 31 August 2014
Our male swan died last winter in very cold NE Ohio. Our breeder sold us a young male that we added to our pond this month. The female (well-established for at least the last 5-6 years) has been very ...
Re: Swan aggression on new swan -- The Regal Swan -- 1 September 2014
Hi Marty She is not going to hurt him, but he may suffer some stress from being constantly chased and pecked. If the two swans have been together for several weeks, the behavior should cease, ...

Caring for rescued cygnet -- Lesley -- 29 August 2014
Hi. I am writing from New Zealand. I rescued a week old cygnet from a local park a week ago. He/she had a damaged foot, was not able to follow its parents well and when it did catch up they stomped ...
Re: Caring for rescued cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 29 August 2014
Hi Lesley You seem to be doing exactly what needs to be done for the young bird. You were correct in rescuing the cygnet as it probably would not have survived. Keep him in a warm container with a ...

Swan behavior: Is swan with wings resting on the water in distress? -- Patti -- 29 August 2014
I was by a lake with three swans on it, most likely Trumpeters. One of the swans, that appeared to be mostly white with a little grey on the head and neck, had its wings spread out to either side, ...
Re: Swan behavior: Is swan with wings resting on the water in distress? -- The Regal Swan -- 29 August 2014
Hi Patti It is hard to tell from the photo without seeing the full context of how the wings are being used. Swans exhibit this behavior if they are: bathing and trying to get the wings and body wet, ...

Cygnet can't get up -- Scott -- 26 August 2014
We have a pair of 4mth old mute swans. We have had them for about 6 weeks and they have been doing really well until a few days ago. The one swan is having great difficulty getting to a standing ...
Re: Cygnet can -- The Regal Swan -- 26 August 2014
Hi Scott This could be any number of conditions from fungal, bacterial or viral infection to a nutritional deficit or poisoning. All can cause neurological problems. A leg or foot injury could also ...

Swan Divorce -- Vicki -- 23 August 2014
We have a pair of swans that have had several successful nests. This year none of the eggs hatched successfully. Yesterday, the swans separated and she will not have anything to do with the male. Is ...
Re: Swan Divorce -- The Regal Swan -- 23 August 2014
Hi Vicki This is normal behavior. They both are tired of watching the nest and the mother has lost approximately 30% of her energy resources. She needs to eat and regain energy. This is her main ...

Baby swan rests his leg on his back -- Karon -- 22 August 2014
What does it mean when a baby swan rests his leg on his back while he is remains still and travelling? There is a baby swan in our bay that has been rejected by his family. This poor swan had fishing ...
Re: Baby swan rests his leg on his back -- The Regal Swan -- 22 August 2014
Hi Karon: If he was not exhibiting the foot on the back while he was entangled with the fishing line, this is a good sign. In fact, this is actually normal behavior. Scientists believe that unlike a ...

Tracking Cygnet Growth -- Andy -- 19 August 2014
Is there a resource that would be useful in tracking the growth of cygnets from birth to full maturity? We have three 2.5 month old cygnets and I would like to track their growth (length, weight, ...
Re: Tracking Cygnet Growth -- The Regal Swan -- 19 August 2014
Hi Andy: Yes, the resource is The Regal Swan Foundation's research. Our research team followed Mute Swan cygnets from the time that they hatched until they reached the age of 6 months of age. The ...

Weak Cygnet Shunned by parents -- George -- 18 August 2014
The breeding pair on our lake had a six cygnets that are pretty big now, but recently one died and another is shunned by the family. The cygnet is able to walk up and into our backyard and seems to ...
Re: Weak Cygnet Shunned by parents -- The Regal Swan -- 18 August 2014
Hi George There is something wrong with the cygnet for the parents to shun it. If it cannot walk correctly, it can invite a predator to attack it and the young swan can lead the predator to the rest ...

Adding female swan to existing two male swans -- Duke -- 17 August 2014
We have two male mute swans on our 7 acre pond can we add a female without causing a lot of problems. Also would a house be of use for winter and nesting. Thanks
Re: Adding female swan to existing two male swans -- The Regal Swan -- 17 August 2014
Hi Duke We would recommend leaving the situation as is. To add a female is going to force a rivalry between the two males and one or both could be seriously hurt or killed. They will get along just ...

Do swans re-mate after the death of a partner? -- Kendall -- 15 August 2014
One often hears that swans "mate for life." I have seen lone swans, and I wondered if their mate had died. But what happens to a lone swan after some time of being "widowed"? Do ...

When allow cygnets on open water -- Tracie -- 12 August 2014
We purchased mute swan cygnets about 6 wks ago. They are approximately 3mths old now and seem to be doing good. It's been a daily routine of feeding, cleaning, watering, housing. We have been keeping ...
Re: When allow cygnets on open water -- Tracie -- 13 August 2014
Thank you for your help. So we need to keep the top of their pen covered in some way to protect against flying predators like the owls or hawks? I have twine strung across the top of our pen right ...
Re: When allow cygnets on open water -- The Regal Swan -- 13 August 2014
Hi Tracie The string may work against owls, herons, egrets and hawks, but will not protect the young swans from foxes, coyotes, bobcats or other predators that can dig under or crawl/climb into the ...
Re: When allow cygnets on open water -- The Regal Swan -- 12 August 2014
Hi Tracie The swans are too young to be given full reign of the habitat as they have no idea how to protect themselves. Their small size is a concern as owls and hawks could get them. The more time ...

Shelter in winter -- Sam -- 10 August 2014
We purchased two swans for our pond at the beginning of the summer. We live in Colorado. Can the swans fair the weather in the winter or do we need to build them a shelter or send them somewhere for ...
Re: Shelter in winter -- The Regal Swan -- 10 August 2014
Hi Sam: Most swans will not seek shelter indoors or use a roof-like structure with only three walls. Since your swans are fairly new to the habitat, a shelter may work, especially if your habitat ...

Lonely mute swan paired up with a Canada goose -- Irena -- 10 August 2014
A large mute swan lives in the neighborhood pond. Last spring he (I assume it's a he) tried to break up a Canada geese couple with goslings, but was thwarted by the goose male. Then our swan changed ...
Re: Lonely mute swan paired up with a Canada goose -- The Regal Swan -- 10 August 2014
Hi Irena: No, the two species will not interbreed. Some juvenile birds will pal around with other species, especially if they are being chased by their own kind to compete for nesting and food ...

Baby swan with fish hook and line around neck -- Steven -- 10 August 2014
There is a baby swan on our lake with a fish hook in its bill and the line and bobber wrapped its neck. His mom and dad are with him. How can we get help for this poor creature? Thanks for any advice.
Re: Baby swan with fish hook and line around neck -- Steven -- 11 August 2014
A few people got together and were able to isolate the baby swan and quickly worked to remove the hook from its beak and fishing line from its neck. The baby and mom and dad are back swimming ...
Re: Baby swan with fish hook and line around neck -- The Regal Swan -- 12 August 2014
Hi Steven You are very welcome. But you and the community are the real hero's that need to be thanked. Because of your care and efforts the young swan may live a very good life. At least Michigan DNR ...
Re: Baby swan with fish hook and line around neck -- The Regal Swan -- 10 August 2014
Hi Steven: You will need to get a boat and try to capture the cygnet to remove the hook and line. The cygnet may need veterinary care with antibiotics. The only problem is that if these are Mute ...

Housing for swans -- Elizabeth -- 8 August 2014
Have two swans in our neighborhood in Pennsylvania, breed every year and are very productive. The nest is built on an island in the middle of our pond, but some neighbors suggest we build a "house" ...
Re: Housing for swans -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2014
Hi Elizabeth: There are only two reasons to build a house for swans: Predators and inclement weather. If your swans have been very productive and survived the winters, we would strongly suggest NOT ...

Swan diabetes -- Jon -- 7 August 2014
I have a mute swan about four months old. He seems to have a problem with diarrhea-when I say problem, these things are the size of cow pies. Seems to be a little lethargic. It won't stop eating and ...
Re: Swan diabetes -- The Regal Swan -- 7 August 2014
Hi Jon Without examining him, the eating and pooping seems normal. If he is eating a large amount of food then the amount of poop should be comparable to intake. Cygnets eat a lot of food and poop ...

Limp wing -- Kenneth -- 5 August 2014
We have 2 cygnet mute swans born on Mother's day, now about 11 weeks old and growing well. One has a developed a limp left wing. He tries to bring it up but it flops down. Is this a normal part of ...
Re: Limp wing -- The Regal Swan -- 5 August 2014
Hi Kenneth This condition needs immediate veterinary attention by an experienced waterfowl/bird veterinarian in order to save the wing. Even if the cygnets are pinioned (rendered unable to fly) this ...

Water moccasin and trumpeter swans -- Sally -- 4 August 2014
I have two pinioned trumpeter swans living in a half acre pond in Georgia. They are big and healthy but am concerned that I have seen a large snapping turtle laying eggs this year around the yard and ...
Re: Water moccasin and trumpeter swans -- The Regal Swan -- 4 August 2014
Hi Sally: Yes, we have heard of swans being bitten by snakes. Water moccasins are nasty snakes and can cause problems in the reeds and will even hang around near and under the nest. So, more ...

Limping Swan -- Liam -- 4 August 2014
Hey Swan Specialist, A swan started to appear near my home on the bay. The swan is living in the bay- no other swans are there. How could he get to the bay? Did he lose his pack? In addition, the ...
Re: Limping Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 4 August 2014
Hi Liam: We are not sure where you are located, so we would advise that you carefully inquire if there is someone in the area that can help you with the swan. In many states, wildlife facilities and ...

Do swans breed every year -- w.crossland -- 4 August 2014
Do swans breed every year?
Re: Do swans breed every year -- The Regal Swan -- 4 August 2014
Hi: Most swans breed once a year. The Australian Black Swan is the only swan species that breeds twice a year. Now, having said this, it also depends on the habitat, individual swan and the flock. ...

Growth on foot -- Gloria -- 2 August 2014
I just purchased a pair of black Australian Swans from a local breeder. The male has some kind of growth or something on his foot. He favors it but when I handled him he doesn't show any kind of ...
Re: Growth on foot -- The Regal Swan -- 2 August 2014
Hi Gloria This may be a bumble foot lesion. If you can send a photo, it would be helpful. The Regal Swan

Sex of swans/Buying a new swan -- Ken -- 30 July 2014
i had a pair of white swans. last winter one of them died. i want to get another swan to keep the living swan company or mate. i don't know the sex of the living swan, and can't tell the sex of a new ...
Re: Sex of swans/Buying a new swan -- The Regal Swan -- 31 July 2014
Hi Ken There are no guarantees that the remaining swan will take on a new mate. Because the pair were originally male and female, a same gender mate will probably not work as the swans may seriously ...

Embassy Suites and Royal Mute Swans -- Heather -- 30 July 2014
Hello. We are thinking about staying at an Embassy Suites hotel in Austin, Texas during an upcoming vacation trip. This hotel has two Royal Mute Swans. After reading reviews of the hotel, I came ...
Re: Embassy Suites and Royal Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 31 July 2014
Hi Heather We have looked into the facilities that Embassy Suite Hotels provide for their swans and believe that they are not cruel to the swans. Ample swimming, bathing, feeding and preening areas ...
Re: Embassy Suites and Royal Mute Swans -- Heather -- 31 July 2014
Thank you so much! It makes me feel so much better knowing that this beautiful animals are safe and well cared for. Thank you for your invaluable feedback.

Female swan lethargic and moulting -- Lynn -- 29 July 2014
Hello, The female swan in our creek has been moulting for a couple of weeks now, but lately (last 2 days) she has seemed very lethargic and she is not eating. I am also noticing that she is keeping ...
Re: Female swan lethargic and moulting -- The Regal Swan -- 29 July 2014
Hi Lynn Not being able to physically examine her to ensure the swan is not injured, ill or having eaten something toxic, we will assume that this may be normal. During the molting season, one parent ...

Are water hyacinths safe for mute swans? -- Cindy -- 28 July 2014
Hi I was wondering if it was safe for my mute swans to add some water hyacinths from my ornamental pond to their larger pond. I have been unsuccessful in getting pond grasses and duck weed ...
Re: Are water hyacinths safe for mute swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 July 2014
Hi Cindy: You probably do not want to add the hyacinths to your swan's pond. Water hyacinths are an extremely invasive species and may overrun the habitat very quickly. We're not sure that the swans ...

Swan non-fertile eggs -- Marlys -- 27 July 2014
The female laid her eggs and sat on the nest forever it seemed. She finally abandoned the nest and in a few days the eggs were gone. Does she only lay eggs one time per year? Will she ever had ...
Re: Swan non-fertile eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 27 July 2014
Hi Marlys Most swans, except the Australian Black Swans produce cygnets only once a year. There could be several reasons for the eggs to go bad such as if one of the swans is infertile, swans are too ...

Fountain in lake, 2 swans no longer swim -- Suzanne -- 27 July 2014
Is it animal cruelty to put fountain in lake with 2 swans as they no longer swim?
Re: Fountain in lake, 2 swans no longer swim -- The Regal Swan -- 27 July 2014
Hi Suzanne Actually, the fountain will keep the swans and the pond healthy. By aerating the pond, harmful anaerobic bacteria that can cause the deadly toxin, botulism can be prevented. We can't ...

Mother mute swan keeps trying to take the young off -- Kas -- 26 July 2014
We have two Mute swans on our farm they had five young. They hatched the first week of May. Our problem is the mother keeps trying to take the young off. We got them for our 98 yr. old Grandmother ...
Re: Mother mute swan keeps trying to take the young off -- The Regal Swan -- 27 July 2014
Hi Kas It is normal for the parents to chase the juveniles once they are old enough to survive on their own and prior to the next nesting season. The parents know if there are limited resources and ...

Swan killing its own cygnet -- Helen -- 26 July 2014
We live beside a lagoon here in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, where there is a pair of black swans who chase their teenage babies away each year and only live on this lagoon themselves. At other water ...
Re: Swan killing its own cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 27 July 2014
Hi Helen Most swans will chase the juvenile swans from the habitat prior to the next nesting season. The parent swans do not want future competition for mating or habitat resources. Your particular ...

swans cares for ducks -- abigail -- 26 July 2014
Okay so this female swan just one has been taking care of 20 we counted the 20 ducks about a few months old but she hunts for them and feeds them and just why there is only her there we set up ...
Re: swans cares for ducks -- The Regal Swan -- 26 July 2014
Hi Abigail Some birds/animals just have a nuturing quality which is why there are stories of a female dog/cat nursing other animal's young. In this case there is even a more simple answer. A baby ...

Found swan egg in the water -- Michael -- 23 July 2014
i just found a swan egg floating in the water. how do i tell if its alive and it smells a little fishy
Re: Found swan egg in the water -- The Regal Swan -- 24 July 2014
Hi Michael: Swan parents will discard bad or non-fertile eggs in the water. The last thing the parents want is to have a rotten egg explode in the nest. So, they will roll the eggs out of the nest ...

Adult female swan with fishing lure in her heel/ankle -- Rob -- 23 July 2014
My girlfriend and I have been visiting two swans at Sylvan Lake, MI. The male is fine, but the female is having a hard time walking around because of a medium sized metal fishing lure (3 pronged ...
Re: Adult female swan with fishing lure in her heel/ankle -- The Regal Swan -- 24 July 2014
Hi Rob: The fishing hook needs to be removed and antibiotic cream placed on the wound. The barb should be clipped and then the fishing hook removed just as you would if you were to be impaled with a ...

In AZ: Not to clip the wings of mute swan cygnets -- Joel -- 22 July 2014
Is it lawful to mate swans on golf course property and then not clip the wings of the cignets. and see if they will stay around , Given they get fed every day. The reason I am asking this question is ...
Re: In AZ: Not to clip the wings of mute swan cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 23 July 2014
Hi Joel You need to check with your local/state wildlife entities to see their requirements. In some states, wildlife officials will shoot Mute Swans if they are flying. The ability to fly will help ...

How good is a swan's sense of smell? -- Nicole -- 21 July 2014
Can swans smell if another swan has been in their territory?
Re: How good is a swan's sense of smell? -- The Regal Swan -- 21 July 2014
Hi Nichole: At first, many researchers believed that birds’ olfactory sense (smell) was not as well developed as their hearing and sight, thus this would be the least sense to be used. However, many ...

Missing swans -- Debra -- 20 July 2014
We have lived on a mile long lake near the New York border in southern Connecticut for 18 years. There have always been at least one pair of mute swans living on the lake. About a month ago, I saw a ...
Re: Missing swans -- The Regal Swan -- 21 July 2014
Hi Debra: There could be any number of scenarios. If the swans began to nest and were disturbed by boaters, humans or even shooting/hunting in the area, they could have looked elsewhere to nest. We ...

Injured young swan abandoned -- Frank -- 19 July 2014
We have young swan with injured or broken leg on pond behind house. Seems health other than leg. Swims around and feeds on its own. Rest of family of parents and two other young now shun it and chase ...
Re: Injured young swan abandoned -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2014
Hi Frank: Yes, if there is something wrong with the young cygnet, it will not survive. Leg and foot injuries are detrimental to waterfowl as they cannot enter the water for feeding or escaping ...

Swan have been trying to bred for six years -- Paul -- 15 July 2014
Hi there, as you recall by my name I have sent you previous email concerning swans. I am going to purchase a pair of mute Swans. These Swan have been trying to bred for six years I was told without ...
Re: Swan have been trying to bred for six years -- The Regal Swan -- 16 July 2014
Hi Paul Certainly, one or both could be infertile. The only way to find out is to check hormone levels and an anatomical exam. However, trying to determine the cause or treat could be costly and ...

Mute 6 wk. old swan not eating, strange cough, heavy breathing? -- Sara -- 13 July 2014
Hello We have 7, 6 wk. old Mute Swans. One ate this morning but did not eat this afternoon (regualr feeding time). Every once in awhile will make a funny cough sound. Can see its sides going in and ...

Radio Interview: Killing of Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 13 July 2014
Hi Everyone: Sheila Bolin, CEO/President of the Regal Swan and Ask the Swan Specialist conducted a radio interview regarding the killing of Mute Swans across the U.S. and Canada. It is unfathomable ...

After a swan's mate dies -- John -- 9 July 2014
Hello. I have just witnessed one of the saddest things ever. A mute swan's mate was lying dead at the water's edge - I don't know how it happened but am doing what I can to find out - and it's mate, ...
Re: After a swan's mate dies -- The Regal Swan -- 9 July 2014
Hi John: We hope that this is not an incident of the NY DEC killing more swans, especially after the NY Senate and Assembly passed legislation to stop the killing. Was there any trauma on the bird ...

Trumpeter swan transporting young in flight? -- Reta -- 8 July 2014
We have a pair of trumpeter swans that brought a 3 day old cygnet from a lake 2 miles away to ours . We did not see them carrying the cygnet in flight, but that is the only way they could have gotten ...
Re: Trumpeter swan transporting young in flight? -- The Regal Swan -- 9 July 2014
Hi Reta: Are you sure that you do not have a family in your area? Swans can nest in areas that you may not be able to see and then, once the cygnet is able to swim (24 hours after hatching), the ...

Geese in our Florida pond this morning -- Billy -- 8 July 2014
Hi, We had 17 geese in our Florida pond this morning when we got up. it seems that its a family of 5 and 2 families of 6 the way the 3 groups stay together. Just curios where these geese come from ...
Re: Geese in our Florida pond this morning -- The Regal Swan -- 9 July 2014
Hi Billy: We looked up Pipers Creek Geese and there is no such species per se. However, the Brant Goose species is the one found on the website in the photo. Since we have not seen a photo of the ...

Missing swan and cygnet -- Jen -- 6 July 2014
We had a swan family and then the one parent went missing. The cygnet was under a month old, still very small. We have a small pond in our community and then a wooded area and then Below that is ...
Re: Missing swan and cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2014
Hi Jen: If the pond that the cygnet was hatched is a threat, lack of shelter, presence of predators, something disturbed or scared the parents or lack of food, yes, then the parents will try to get ...

Sick swans and cygnets -- Tracy -- 5 July 2014
I volunteer at a local park in Florida. We have a small lake with approx. 50-55 swans (mostly mute, a few whooper, a few black, one trumpeter & one black necked) We have lost a large percentage ...
Re: Sick swans and cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2014
Hi Tracy: We think that we know the park that you are referring as we had some experience with this same park and similar issues years ago. We brought this to the attention of park personnel as well ...

Lonesome Swan -- Amy -- 5 July 2014
I live in Perth, Western Australia and have noticed a lonesome black swan living in a nearby park on the banks of our Swan River. I have seen it there for some months now and even though there are ...

Insured swan beak opens only a little bit -- Sue -- 3 July 2014
We have a swan with an injured beak, she was run over by a golf cart (no - don't ask how on earth did that stupid man do that). The animal control was unable to catch her. It has been almost two ...
Re: Insured swan beak opens only a little bit -- The Regal Swan -- 3 July 2014
Hi Sue: If at all possible, she needs to be captured and taken to a veterinarian for treatment if at all possible. Can she fly? If so, this is going to be a difficult capture. If she cannot fly, the ...

Curly toe -- Syndi -- 3 July 2014
Have u heard of this? What can we do for cygnet with it..
Re: Curly toe -- The Regal Swan -- 3 July 2014
Hi Syndi: Poultry and other captive fowl may get this syndrome which causes the toes to curl under or overlap. In the case of the swan, the toe probably appears to curl under the webbing. Most ...

Male swan left female with flooded nest and eggs, came back with a younger female... -- Lisa -- 2 July 2014
Hi, I hope you might be able to answer my question, please. I live in the UK on a marina and we have been blessed with a beautiful couple of mute swans who now reside on my mooring a few feet from ...

Webbed foot of cygnet is damaged -- Teresa -- 30 June 2014
we have a mother father and small baby swan in our lake. the baby has gotten hurt by something and it's webbed foot is damaged, looks like the web is mutilated. Will this grow back and do you know of ...
Re: Webbed foot of cygnet is damaged -- The Regal Swan -- 1 July 2014
Hi Teresa If the cygnet cannot put weight on the foot it is unlikely that he will be able to survive in any setting other than a very controlled wildlife/waterfowl rehabilitation center where he can ...

Keep swans with koi? -- Ronald -- 30 June 2014
Hi There, I would really appreciate your advice on the following matter. I have a koi pond of 15m x 5 m with about 65000 liter capacity. Have about 40 koi with sizes from 15 to 45cm. I would love to ...
Re: Keep swans with koi? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 June 2014
Hi Ron: There have been several instances where people had swans and kept koi in the same pond. However, due to the size of your pond, we would suggest that you stay with the smaller species, the ...

I found a lost cygnet - how to reunite it with its family -- Claire -- 26 June 2014
Edit: this ended up turning into a novel, my apologies. I am from the UK but there doesn't seem to be many organisations here that I can contact. Short story is: Can anyone advise as I have found a ...
Re: I found a lost cygnet - how to reunite it with its family -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 26 June 2014
Hi Claire There are many possibilities as to why the young cygnet cannot keep up with the family or is being shunned. We would strongly suggest that you contact the RSPCA or Wendy Hermon at ...

Mute swans as cultivators -- Mark -- 26 June 2014
Hi I read with interest your comment about mute swans that "tidy" their habitat. We have a family of swans on the lake just off our gated community -- Swan Lake Village -- in Markham, ...
Re: Mute swans as cultivators -- The Regal Swan -- 27 June 2014
Hi Mark: Swans will tidy their surroundings. Usually it is done for two major reasons, other than cultivating, although most plant life will benefit from old/dead material being removed for new ...
Re: Mute swans as cultivators -- Mark -- 27 June 2014
Hi Thanks for this info. Indeed Juliet does pull up plant material from the bottom and lets it fall for the cygnets. And she "pumps" her feet to churn up stuff off the bottom for the ...

Mute Swan cobb pulls leaves off my peonies, crocosmia & long grasses -- Pippa -- 23 June 2014
Hello. My pair of mute swans have had their cygnets and often sun themselves on my grass in my garden. However, this week, my cobb swan has taken to stripping several of my long grasses, peonies, ...
Re: Mute Swan cobb pulls leaves off my peonies, crocosmia & long grasses -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2014
Hi Pippa Swans are grazing birds and will eat aquatic vegetation, grasses, petunias, coleus, and other salad type plants. Swans are clean birds when it comes to their habitat and if in their eyes the ...

5 out of 10 cygnets have disappeared -- Sally -- 22 June 2014
Hi I had been feeding a swan near where I live all the while she was on her nest. She had 10 signets and both parents allowed me to see the babies within approx 3". This is how I know there were ...
Re: 5 out of 10 cygnets have disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 22 June 2014
Hi Sally: Are you sure that the cygnets are not under mom’s wings? A female swan will carry her young under the wings, especially if they are smaller than the rest of the brood or can’t keep up. If ...

Mute swan stopped eating bread and seems less active -- Kell -- 21 June 2014
Hi Our male swan has stopped eating bread for the last three weeks and seems less active have not seen him eating our daily wheat feed the female is eating well, they have not bred this year, they ...
Re: Mute swan stopped eating bread and seems less active -- The Regal Swan -- 21 June 2014
Hi Kell It may be the hot weather that has slowed him. In any case we would suggest that you contact Wendy Hermon from Swan Lifeline in Eton. She may be able to offer you some ideas to the cause and ...
Re: Mute swan stopped eating bread and seems less active -- Kell -- 21 June 2014
Hi many thanks will contact wendy tomorrow best wishes Kell .
Re: Mute swan stopped eating bread and seems less active -- The Regal Swan -- 22 June 2014
You are very welcome Kell. Please let us know how he progresses. The Regal Swan

Snapping turtles eating baby swans -- Chris -- 20 June 2014
Three baby swans killed by snapping turtle. Only two babies left. They are in a public pond. What' can I do to stop the turtles?
Re: Snapping turtles eating baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2014
Hi Chris If the swan family is not in a veterinary pen that is not enclosed top to bottom to prevent predators from digging under or climbing into the pen, there is little that can be done. Once the ...

Ducks in upper NY pond/creek -- yayalt -- 20 June 2014
I feed the ducks by a creek in NY . There are mallards and some additional types. I have actually seen a Mandarin duck for years and for the past 5 years been feeding two domestic looking ducks whom ...

What to feed as a treat? -- Roni -- 20 June 2014
If I'd like to feed a treat other than their pellets corn & oats, what would you recommend ?
Re: What to feed as a treat? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2014
Hi Roni We would suggest keeping the cracked corn and poultry layer pellet and deleting the oats. Add lettuce and bread as a treat. Too much bread can change their blood chemistry and has no ...

News: New York State Senators pass bill to stop the killing of Mute Swans in NY today -- The Regal Swan -- 18 June 2014
See below
Re: News: New York State Senators pass bill to stop the killing of Mute Swans in NY today -- The Regal Swan -- 19 June 2014
Hi Lynne: Thanks for the kind words. We were honored to have helped and hope that we can render more assistance to other states that need to stop the killing . The Regal Swan
Re: News: New York State Senators pass bill to stop the killing of Mute Swans in NY today -- Lynne -- 19 June 2014
This is what a group of dedicated people can do. Now we need to do the same in NJ.

Swans killing their own cygnets? -- Lynne -- 18 June 2014
Is it true that swans will kill their young if they feel under threat ? My mother said she saw swans drowning their cygnets when a fox was on the bank
Re: Swans killing their own cygnets? -- The Regal Swan -- 18 June 2014
Hi Lynne: This is not usual behavior. A parent swan will practice "infanticide" if there is something wrong with the cygnet, i.e., sick or severely injured, not because of a threat. The parents do ...

The three cygnets have been pinioned -- Katherine -- 17 June 2014
Hi, I did get the three newborn swans to the vet yesterday, Monday, June16, 2014. I took them from Steven and Swanee and had them back within one hour and five minutes. The vet and I had arranged ...
Re: The three cygnets have been pinioned -- The Regal Swan -- 17 June 2014
Hi Kathleen: Great news that the pinioning and reunion went well. The parents will not begin chasing the cygnets from the habitat until 8-10 months of age. Once the separation and chasing occur, you ...

should we replace dead mate? -- Rebekah -- 17 June 2014
Hi, Our approximately 10 year old male mute swan died this week and we wonder if we should replace him as soon as possible with another male for our now lone female. She is about 6 years old. 1. ...
Re: should we replace dead mate? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 June 2014
Hi Becky: We would wait a little while. There are no guarantees that she will take another mate. Since you do not know what killed him, she could meet the same fate. You will also need to build a pen ...

Cygnet died at 2 weeks -- Cindy -- 15 June 2014
This morning we found one of our 4 babies just laying dead beside their pen. There was not a mark on it and it was healthy yesterday. Their pen is inside a fenced enclosure. Can swans get ...
Re: Cygnet died at 2 weeks -- The Regal Swan -- 15 June 2014
Hi Cindy: There could be any number of reasons for the death. Aspergillosis is a fungal infection that is usually a major concern for young birds. Moldy wet straw or hay can be one of the causes for ...

Swan on Braden River FL -- Wendy -- 15 June 2014
We live on Braden river and a swan showed up. Never seen one before. why would it be here?
Re: Swan on Braden River FL -- The Regal Swan -- 15 June 2014
Hi Wendy We have been hearing about a swan in this area for several weeks. Apparently, the swan has been seen in the river as well as a small pond east of I-75. We’re not sure what can be done as the ...

Mute swan still sitting since late March on (now) very brown eggs -- Suzanne -- 15 June 2014
Question from Victoria, Vancouver island. A mute swan has been nesting near my house for the past few months (since late March)... She still sits on her eggs everyday all day... The eggs are now very ...
Re: Mute swan still sitting since late March on (now) very brown eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 15 June 2014
Hi Suzanne: We are hearing about the same scenario throughout the world. Due to the severe late weather that we have been having, many birds went to nest, stopped and then began nesting again. Some ...

The new baby swans hatched out today -- Katherine -- 13 June 2014
Hi, This is Katherine again. Today, June 13, 2014 Swanee and Steven hatched two cygnets. They are lovely and seem to be in good health. I have a few questions. Should I put food and water at the nest ...
Re: The new baby swans hatched out today -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2014
Hi Katherine: Let the parents take care of the swans. They know what to do. Do not place any food near the nest as it will attract predators and pests, i.e., raccoons, turtles, ants, rats etc., that ...

Lone Swan -- Jeanette -- 13 June 2014
We just found Clyde our 16 year old black swan dead.After recovering his body from the pond and seeing the damage to his head we believe he got his head stuck in the fence protecting the bog area. He ...
Re: Lone Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2014
Hi Jeannette: This is a tough situation because she may or may not take on another mate. How old is she? If she is approximately 16 years of age or thereabout, there is nothing to say that once you ...
Re: Lone Swan -- Jeanette -- 14 June 2014
T.R.S. Last night was a full moon,pond just out the back door I was able to keep an eye on Bonnie.This morning did her normal routine came to the porch for her treat of bread. She does get a ...

Need advice about baby swan that was abandoned in the nest -- Sally -- 13 June 2014
My husband's family has a large farm with several large lakes. There are 7 or 8 adult swans with two nesting pairs. One nest was flooded this year and thankfully they have rebuilt in a different spot ...
Re: Need advice about baby swan that was abandoned in the nest -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2014
Hi Sally: There are a couple of concerns. First, what is the color of the parent’s beaks? If they are orange, then these are Mute Swans. Even though they are wild swans, many states are trying to ...

Swans -- Whit -- 12 June 2014
Hello I am doing a project on swans for school and I was wondering if you could post some cool facts about swans. Any help is appreciated. Thank you for helping!
Re: Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2014
Hi Whit: There are 7 species of swans and one subspecies of swan All Northern hemisphere swans are white in color with southern hemisphere swans having some black coloration on their wings. Northern ...

No swans this year -- Jennifer -- 11 June 2014
Hello friends and thanks for the info you provide here. My husband and I have spent the past few years walking at a local lake. Every year we've enjoyed seeing a trumpeter swan pair mate and rear up ...
Re: No swans this year -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2014
Hi Jennifer: We have been hearing this same scenario in various areas. The extreme temperatures, swans and other birds getting caught in the strong winds prior to and after the migratory time ...

SWAN FAMILY CANT ACCESS NEST -- Paul -- 11 June 2014
Hi The day before yesterday the swan family was washed down the weir and now can't access their nest. The 5 cygnets are a week old and they lost one last night. My concern is that there is nowhere ...
Re: SWAN FAMILY CANT ACCESS NEST -- Paul -- 13 June 2014
Re the above thanks all for your feedback. I am pleased to say that a resourceful neighbour of mine resolved the problem. I do not know the details yet but I have heard that she netted the signets ...
Re: SWAN FAMILY CANT ACCESS NEST -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2014
Hi Paul: Excellent news. Thank goodness for your neighbor. The Regal Swan
Re: SWAN FAMILY CANT ACCESS NEST -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2014
Hi Paul Please contact the RSPCA or Wendy Hermon at Swan Lifeline in Eton. Either one can help but you need to contact them immediately. The Regal Swan

Swan abandoning eggs -- Jean -- 9 June 2014
hi why have the swans abandoned 7 eggs in nest they have been sharing sitting on for several weeks Cygnets completely formed in egg
Re: Swan abandoning eggs -- Jean -- 10 June 2014
Thank you very much Weather has been very changeable here in scotland during time swan was sitting on eggs warm then cold plus torrential rain storms.
Re: Swan abandoning eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2014
Hi Jean: You are very welcome. Yes, this would make sense, temperature extremes and torrential rain. The eggs probably were submerged in the water and they could not survive. The Regal Swan
Re: Swan abandoning eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2014
Hi Jean: The cygnets could have suffocated in the egg if the nest got too wet, especially, if you had a torrential downpour. If you had an extreme temperature range, too cold, then hot and cold ...

Eggs rolled out of the nest, placed back; mother swan still sitting after 2 months -- Nancy -- 9 June 2014
We have a pair of swans (I think they are trumpet) at my work place. Mom swan laid her eggs somewhere around the 1st of April. One day a couple of weeks ago, I noticed one egg had rolled out of the ...
Re: Eggs rolled out of the nest, placed back; mother swan still sitting after 2 months -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2014
Hi Nancy: If an egg is infertile or not viable (cygnet dead in the egg), the parents will roll the egg out of the nest so that it does not explode in the nest and ruin everything inside the bowl of ...

BANDING & CRATING -- SHANNON -- 9 June 2014
Question #1: At what age range as a cygnet would a bird band be applied? Question #2: What approppriate crating would be used for release back into the wild. Wood crating or plastci cage crating? A ...
Re: BANDING & CRATING -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2014
Hi Shannon: The age of banding depends on the swan species. Which species are you considering banding? Are you using a leg, wing or neck band? Metal or plastic? The type of crate depends on how it is ...

Rings on cygnets -- Fred -- 8 June 2014
Who and when do they fit the rings on Cygnets.
Re: Rings on cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2014
Hi Fred: The swans at Abbotsbury and along the Thames are banded on their legs during the summer months when the parents cannot fly because of the molting of the feathers. Her Majesty's Swan Marker ...

Mating Black Swans' bills and eyes are changing colors -- Mary -- 7 June 2014
I have a mating pair and notice their bills are turning slightly orange and are no longer that bright red color, can you tell me why they changed color? In addition their eyes are white instead of ...
Re: Mating Black Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 7 June 2014
Hi Mary: Male Australian Black Swans’ eyes are usually red in color, but their eyes will turn white during mating season. If your swans’ eyes are white, then it means that they are getting ready to ...

Swans attacked by turkey-like birds -- Angela -- 7 June 2014
I witnessed an attack on a swan swimming with her signets, the turkey like bird persued her relentlessly, jumped on her back and tried to drown her. One of the boats went to her rescue and separated ...

Swan will not leave nest and there are no eggs -- Barbara -- 6 June 2014
Think there are no eggs and all other birds have their babies for about a month now. Afraid she will starve. Can we or should we do anything?

Baby swans eggs to be hatched open soon, pond may be hostile environment for cygnets -- Katherine -- 5 June 2014
Hi, I have a few questions about our upcoming swan eggs that are due to hatch about June 13, 2014. We have a large pond totally fenced with about 50 wild ducks on it as well as two swans, Swanee the ...
Re: Baby swans eggs to be hatched open soon, pond may be hostile environment for cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 5 June 2014
Hi Katherine: The best thing to do in this situation is to let nature take its course. Unfortunately, you may lose some cygnets, but it is best for the cygnets and parents to remain in the water ...

Swan family w/ 4 cygnets disappeared -- Elaine -- 4 June 2014
Swan family with 4 cygnets disappeared. The pond they live on each and every year is by houses so you cannot hunt there. These swans also go into the ocean and frequent beaches etc during the summer. ...
Re: Swan family w/ 4 cygnets disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 5 June 2014
Hi Elaine The parents may have walked the cygnets to another pond especially if your area had limited food or shelter resources or the presence of predators. They still could be in an area you can't ...

Would a swan naturally abandon her nest? -- Linda -- 4 June 2014
Hi, would a swan naturally abandon her nest? I saw her sitting on the nest for a couple of weeks with her mate nearby and then left it. I don't know if any eggs were laid. What would be the reason? ...
Re: Would a swan naturally abandon her nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 June 2014
Hi Linda Yes, swans will abandon their nests.There could be various reasons for swans to abandon their nests. However, there are several most logical: eggs were not fertile or were not viable; ...

How much time do Swan mates spend with each other daily? -- Gene -- 3 June 2014
We were discussing the monogamous relationships of swans and the subject how much time mating swans spend with each other came up. Since swans are in a natural environment, the idea is that this is ...
Re: How much time do Swan mates spend with each other daily? -- The Regal Swan -- 3 June 2014
Hi Gene: Yes, we have researched swans, specifically Mute Swans for more than 16 years. Some of our veterinarians have worked with them for more than 40 years. The question you have asked involves ...

Swans and cygnets can't enter and exist water with high man-made river walls -- Brent -- 3 June 2014
Hi there My local state government has announced that they are building a new (replacement) foreshore wall along the banks of the Swan River in Perth. I have noticed that the swans along the river ...
Re: Swans and cygnets can't enter and exist water with high man-made river walls -- The Regal Swan -- 3 June 2014
Hi Brent: Yes, you are correct in that the swans, especially the cygnets will not be able to access the water. There are several remedies that can be made to the plans so that the swans and their ...

Nest is ignored by the swans: Should we remove it? -- Teresa -- 2 June 2014
There are two swans in my community lake. The female started building the nest with another male. He was killed and she took up with another male. They continued to build the nest and mated often in ...
Re: Nest is ignored by the swans: Should we remove it? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2014
Hi Teresa: Just to ensure that nothing is occurring, wait at least one more week. If you see no more activity, then you can remove the nest and signage. We are advocating one more week because of the ...

Little dog chases swans -- Traci -- 2 June 2014
My little dog jumps in the canal and chases the swan, is he in danger? The dog will not retreat when called, and I've heard of dogs being drowned by angry swans
Re: Little dog chases swans -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2014
Hi Traci: Yes, a swan can hurt a small dog or other animal in the water, because they obviously cannot float or swim as well as the swan. However, swans are no more aggressive than any other ...

Will parents take babies back after wing clipping? -- Sherri -- 2 June 2014
We just took the 10 day old babies in to our vet to have the wings clipped. Will the parent swans take the babies back after they've been handled by people?
Re: Will parents take babies back after wing clipping? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2014
Hi Sherri: As long as you get the cygnets back to the parents in a timely manner- 2-4 hours, the parents will take them back. We have had some extreme cases where parents have taken the cygnets back ...

Adopting a US swan in Jakarta? -- HP Irawan -- 2 June 2014
I once heard that some states in the US regularly controls the number of mute swans by means of "culling", either killing them or taking their eggs so they may not hatching. Instead of ...
Re: Adopting a US swan in Jakarta? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2014
Hi HP: Yes, unfortunately, some states are culling the Mute Swans, but entities like the Regal swan Foundation, Inc., are trying to stop the killing. However, trying to adopt is almost impossible, ...

No one has seen the new born cygnets -- Elaine -- 2 June 2014
Yesterday am the cygnets were seen with the mother. Since yesterday lunchtime no one has seen the cygnets but the parents are on the river. We cannot see the nest from where we are. Would you expect ...
Re: No one has seen the new born cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2014
Hi Elaine: Keep an eye out for the family including cygnets. Mom will not leave them alone in the nest because predators can attack the young swans. More than likely, the cygnets are either close to ...

Eggs disappeared from nest, no eggshells around the nest -- Lisa -- 1 June 2014
We have a mating pair of swans that usually hatch 6-8 cygnets a year. This year a week or two before they should of hatched the eggs disappeared from the nest. There was no evidence of eggshells ...
Re: Eggs disappeared from nest, no eggshells around the nest -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2014
Hi Lisa: There are only three reasons for no eggs and no egg shells left in the nest. A predator such as a raccoon or other predators ate the eggs (all parts of them) after accessing the nest. The ...

Swans caged together -- John -- 30 May 2014
I was wondering if 2 swans were caged together, and 1 got out, could it run away or would it stay by the cage like it is doing now with the mate?
Re: Swans caged together -- The Regal Swan -- 31 May 2014
Hi John: Whether the swan will stay is an issue that has many possibilities. If the swans are new birds that you are introducing to the habitat, then both need to be kept in the cage. If either bird ...

Adult swans attacking each other -- Lori -- 29 May 2014
Hello again! Our baby swans are doing wonderful....swimming, eating etc. In our pond we have the male and female swans, their 2 babies, and a third swan that is the off spring of mom and dad. ...
Re: Adult swans attacking each other -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2014
Hi Lori: Before, the young swan may not have had any other potential mates. Now, that there are other swans on the lake, this male will eventually try to become the Alpha Male. Therefore, in normal ...

Male Swan sends all babies over a weir -- Elaine -- 28 May 2014
Hi, For the second year running, our local pair of swans have hatched 6 Cygnets ....only for the male swan to deliberately drive them all over the weir within a few days. He actually drives them over ...
Re: Male Swan sends all babies over a weir -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Elaine: We are referring your question to Wendy Hermon at Swan Lifeline in Eton, England. Wendy will be able to advise you on the feasibility and legality of moving the swan parents to a safer ...

Rye bread for swans? -- Mike -- 28 May 2014
If white bread is bad for swans, can rye bread be substituted?
Re: Rye bread for swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Mike: A little white bread is not detrimental to a swan despite what many individuals contend. Bread should be given as a treat only and not used as a nutritional supplement as it holds not ...

3 swans in our pond -- Stephanie -- 28 May 2014
I live on a 15 acre pond. Last year we had 2 mute swans, then it became 3. I am assuming the pair had one baby that survived. Now the 2 swans have left and the 3rd swan is left alone. When ever we ...
Re: 3 swans in our pond -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Stephanie: If the two swans that left the pond were the parents, then it can mean a couple of things. First, they can fly and may or may not return for the young swan. If the parents can fly and ...

Two adult swans and 8 cygnets have disappeared from a pond in Falmouth, MA -- Rita -- 28 May 2014
We have not seen the swan family for six days. The adult swans have lived in this pond for many years so it is so unusual for them to be gone.
Re: Two adult swans and 8 cygnets have disappeared from a pond in Falmouth, MA -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Rita: There could be any number of reasons for the swans to have disappeared. Are there other areas of the pond that the adults could have taken the young birds without you being able to see those ...

1 year old Mute Swan still half grey, will that change? -- Dewi -- 28 May 2014
In the park nearby our house the swan cygnets from last year all stayed in the park (is that common?) and I noticed that one of them is still half grey (top half). As a Cygnet he/she also stayed grey ...
Re: 1 year old Mute Swan still half grey, will that change? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Dewi: Most swans will leave the habitat at approximately 8-10 months of age when the parents chase them for the next mating/nesting season. Since this is a park setting, then it would seem that ...

Baby swans flying away -- Jerry -- 27 May 2014
How long does it take for baby swans to fly away after they are born?
Re: Baby swans flying away -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Jerry: Flight occurs at approximately 5-6 months of age when the flight feathers are completely formed. The Regal Swan

Swan Nesting without a Male? -- Karen -- 27 May 2014
Do swans lay eggs and nest if there is no male present?
Re: Swan Nesting without a Male? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Karen: Yes, female swans will still lay eggs (obviously non-fertile) during the nesting season and sit on the eggs and nests until they get tired of sitting and realize that nothing is going to ...

29 swans -- Caz -- 27 May 2014
Hi I've just been out walking my dog alone the river Clyde in Greenock Scotland and have seen 29 swans all swimming together and was wondering if there is any significance to this Thank Caz
Re: 29 swans -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Caz: These are probably swans returning on the migratory flight to the spring/summer nesting grounds. Swans will use stop-overs to eat and recover some of their energy to continue on their ...

Male Swan Alone -- Lynne -- 27 May 2014
Hi, If you remember me from a few months back ... our female swan was hit by a car and killed. The male was left on our frozen lake and we are unable to catch him. We managed to keep him alive during ...
Re: Male Swan Alone -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Lynne: The swan he chased was probably another male and he was declaring your pond off-limits as this I snow his pond. Let him stay alone for the time being, especially until the New Jersey mess ...
Re: Male Swan Alone -- Lynne -- 29 May 2014
Thank you.
Re: Male Swan Alone -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2014
Hi Lynne: Your are very welcome. Please let us know how he is doing. The Regal Swan

Eggs floating in water: Good or bad eggs? -- Lori -- 27 May 2014
My female swan has been sitting on her eggs for more than 45 days. All of the eggs float in water. Could they still hatch?
Re: Eggs floating in water: Good or bad eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2014
Hi Lori Put the eggs back under mom and give them some more time. Mom will know when they are bad and will either kick them out of the nest or abandon them. Your count may not be mom's count as she ...

Mother swan to raise her cygnets on her own -- Lia -- 25 May 2014
How does a mother swan raise her cygnets on her own? Many thanks in advance.

baby swans are all gone -- Michele -- 24 May 2014
So,the swan couple in my neighborhood lake (in NC) have had several babies each spring, but oddly, none of them have ever survived. They may start out with 5,6 or 7 babies, but week after week there ...
Re: baby swans are all gone -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2014
Hi Michele There could be snapping or soft shelled turtles, bass, heron, raccoon, otter, owl, hawk and many other predators that could kill the young cygnets. The geese may be nesting or taking their ...

Swans not mating -- Awwal -- 23 May 2014
Hi, i have a pair of swans but i haven't seen them mating Dont know why?
Re: Swans not mating -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2014
Hi Awwal There could be several reasons 1. The swans are too young to mate - usually takes 2 years for maturity, but some swans may take longer to mature. 2. The weather patterns this year-cold then ...

New Baby Swans: Any special care? -- Lori -- 22 May 2014
We have had 2 baby swans hatch and mom is sitting on the third. We have a large pond in an assisted living facility. There are 2 males and a female. This is only the second time an egg has hatched. ...
Re: New Baby Swans: Any special care? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 May 2014
Hi Lori: As long as the parents are with them, you don't need to do anything. The parents will teach them how to feed, bathe, preen, protect themselves from predators and how to be a swan in general. ...

Our New Poster, International Symbol of World Peace -- Regal Swan Foundation -- 22 May 2014

New Poster, International Symbol of World Peace -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 22 May 2014
We want to use the baby on the world so that we can stop the killing. Update: 2 new bills headed for New York Assembly and New York Senate to stop the killing of Mute Swans in New York for at least 2 ...

Mother swan missing -- Suzie -- 22 May 2014
Hi. We live on a very large pond with a pair of swans. I have only seen the female a few times in the past 6 weeks so I know that she has been nesting. Today I saw the male swan with six new cygnets, ...
Re: Mother swan missing -- The Regal Swan -- 22 May 2014
Hi Suzie: Usually, the female will be with the cygnets and not the male. Are you sure that this is not the female? Once the cygnets go into the water, the male will hang around at night or throughout ...

One male and two female swans, new male swan dead -- Sandra -- 22 May 2014
I live in a condo w/ lake, and last year we acquired two male swans for our lake. (we did not want babies) well last month one died. We then got another male swan and two female swans and decided ...
Re: One male and two female swans, new male swan dead -- The Regal Swan -- 22 May 2014
Hi Sandy: Unfortunately, this scenario may not get any better. Once the swans are paired, they will chase any odd man/woman out, refusing to let them eat, bathe, drink or exist anywhere in their ...

Care for wild trumpter swan? -- Tiffany -- 19 May 2014
Hello! At our drinking water plant we have a trumpeter swan who stayed after his flock left in the spring. He appears very healthy. He swims in our lagoons, walks around, eats, but does not seem to ...
Re: Care for wild trumpter swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 19 May 2014
Hi Tiffany: Feed him a 50% mixture of poultry layer pellets and cracked corn. The poultry layer pellets will provide him with much needed vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, ...
Re: Care for wild trumpeter swan? -- Tiffany -- 20 May 2014
Wow, thank you SO much for the detailed information! This is exactly what we needed. So will he find the food in the feeder himself? Or do we need to somehow show him it's there? One other question - ...
Re: Care for wild trumpeter swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2014
Hi Tiffany: Yes, swans must have water to eat to prevent choking. You need to place the food in the water and feed him in the same spot for several weeks until he gets comfortable with you and the ...
Re: Care for wild trumpeter swan? -- Tiffany -- 20 May 2014
Thank you!!
Re: Care for wild trumpeter swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2014
You are very welcome Tiffany. The Regal Swan

Cygnets return to nest at night? -- Mick -- 18 May 2014
Do cygnets return to the nest at night after they have been out on the water?
Re: Cygnets return to nest at night? -- The Regal Swan -- 18 May 2014
Hi Mick: Yes, the parents will bring the cygnets back to the nest for up to two weeks. These visits will occur during the daytime (several times for naps) and then at night. Until the cygnets can get ...

Canada goose - protuberance on belly -- Nelly -- 18 May 2014
Hi! You have kindly helped me in the past with Canada geese questions, and I am hoping you might be able to offer advise on the following issue. 'Mama Goose' lost her eggs three times this spring. I ...

Odd couple: Female swan and male goose -- Salima -- 17 May 2014
hello, I just was walking round and I saw a swan nesting on the ground with no nest. Then I realized that the male is a goose. i dont know BUT this isn't NORMAL ????? Please some one tell me if this ...
Re: Odd couple: Female swan and male goose -- Regal Swan Foundation -- 17 May 2014
Hi: From the photo, we don't think that the swan is actually nesting, only resting. The goose may have just been in the area. Also, from the swan's appearance, it may be a young swan that is somewhat ...

Older Swan: No eggs this year -- Debbie -- 17 May 2014
Our swan laid eggs for 11 years, until last year. And this year, no eggs. Would you happen to know if it may because of her age?
Re: Older Swan: No eggs this year -- The Regal Swan -- 17 May 2014
Hi Debbie: We are assuming she still has a mate. However, even if she is a lone swan, females can still produce eggs during the nesting season due to hormones, even though the eggs would obviously be ...

Keeping cygnets around -- Carol -- 17 May 2014
Hi we have a pair of swans that live in our neighborhood lake. This year they hatched 4 cygnets that have managed to survive for 3 weeks now. I understand that when they get to be about 6 months old ...
Re: Keeping cygnets around -- The Regal Swan -- 17 May 2014
Hi Carol: The cygnets will stay with their parents for approximately 8-12 months of age or until they are chased by the parents prior to the next breeding season in a year. There are several issues ...

New Poster, International Symbol of World Peace -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 16 May 2014
We want to use the baby on the world so that we can stop the killing. Update: 2 new bills headed for New York Assembly and New York Senate to stop the killing of Mute Swans in New York for at least 2 ...

Can swans live happily in odd numbers? -- Eileen -- 15 May 2014
We have 5 baby swans and as we try to find them a home we are unsure if three (regardless of sex, because we don't know it!) can live together happily. Otherwise we try to find a lone swan who needs ...
Re: Can swans live happily in odd numbers? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 May 2014
Hi Eileen: If the odd swan out is a female, she may have a better chance of sticking around. However, if the swan is a male, the other males will chase and possibly injure him to remove him from the ...

Black Swans in Michigan? -- Terri -- 14 May 2014
Two weeks ago, I saw two black swans in a field pond down the road from our farm. They had their wings out but were in the water. I haven't seen them before or since and didn't have anything to take ...
Re: Black Swans in Michigan? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 May 2014
Hi Terri: The Australian Black Swans are southern hemisphere swans, so if they are in Michigan, they are probably someone's pet that escaped and/or got blown off their course during the inclement ...

Swans abandon eggs? -- Victoria -- 14 May 2014
A report in the local paper suggested that thieves had tried twice to steal eggs from a very prominent swan's nest by the bridge in Totnes. However, a few weeks before this report, I was walking that ...
Re: Swans abandon eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 May 2014
Hi Victoria Yes swans will kick rotten or infertile eggs from the nests so that the eggs do not mess-up the nest or the smell attract predators. Usually, by rolling them out of the nest, the eggs ...

Swan attacked by a fox, now has an egg -- Laurie -- 13 May 2014
We found a swan who was the victim of a fox attack......we rescued him and has a neck injury.......was not eating or drinking but seems to be doing both fine.....went to check this morning and there ...
Re: Swan attacked by a fox, now has an egg -- The Regal Swan -- 13 May 2014
Hi Laurie Don't worry about the egg. Get her to an avian/waterfowl veterinarian quickly. She needs to be placed on antibiotics, and provided fluids, nourishment and supportive care. Even then she may ...

Petition to stop the killing of Mute Swans in New Jersey -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 11 May 2014
Hi Everyone: You will find below the link to a new petition to stop the killing of Mute Swans in New Jersey. I posted the poster along with the new petition on The Regal Swan's Facebook, Twitter and ...

Petition to stop the killing of Mute Swans in New Jersey -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 11 May 2014
Hi Everyone: You will find below the link to a new petition to stop the killing of Mute Swans in New Jersey. I posted the poster along with the new petition on The Regal Swan's Facebook, Twitter and ...

How long to leave eggs that have not been fertilised -- Kim -- 11 May 2014
Hi, we have a rescue pet swan, whom we have had since she was a ball of fluff. She had another rescue swan as a partner for years and they successfully raised signets. Unfortunately Shadow had an ...

Swan been alone in a field for two days -- Anne -- 9 May 2014
What can be done for a swan that's been alone in a field for two days
Re: Swan been alone in a field for two days -- The Regal Swan -- 9 May 2014
Hi Anne Pleased call the RSPCA or Wendy Hermon at Swan Lifeline in Eton. They will be able to check on the swan and rescue it if necessary. The Regal Swan

Old swan can't hold her head up -- Paul -- 8 May 2014
Hello, I am hoping you can help me, I have a female mute swan who is approximately 26 years old. she is like a member of our family. I bought her when she was a week old from a veterinarian there was ...
Re: Old swan can -- The Regal Swan -- 8 May 2014
Hi Paul: Any failure to hold the head erect could be the result of many issues. She could be older and the muscles have weakened, she may have an illness or toxicity, or in pain. How is her appetite? ...

Torrential rains submerged eggs on lake -- Shari -- 8 May 2014
Hi.... We did a full day rescue operation. It was so pitiful watching the swans frantically attempt to save their nest for hours on end. But the bottom line is the eggs were submerged in very cold ...
Re: Torrential rains submerged eggs on lake -- The Regal Swan -- 8 May 2014
Hi Shari: Depending on how long the eggs were in the cold water or if they were totally submerged, would determine the viability. There is the possibility that the eggs were in the water for a ...

Cygnet help: To raise or to return to the aggressive swan father? -- Tess -- 6 May 2014
Thank you for sharing your knowledge about swans.. I work on a ranch, and there are a family of swans on the pond. They recently had babies (two days ago) Yesterday the dad pushed one baby off onto ...
Re: Cygnet help: To raise or to return to the aggressive swan father? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 May 2014
Hi Tess: Unfortunately, when a swan parent kicks a cygnet out of the nest, it means that something is very wrong with the cygnet. It could be sick or have a genetic defect. So, your intervention may ...

Black swans management -- Mondalmi -- 5 May 2014
I have discovered a (I think) a mating pairs of Black Swans in our creek which is a natural free flowing not very deep creek - since recent rains these two have been floating serenely up and down ...
Re: Black swans management -- The Regal Swan -- 6 May 2014
Hi Mondalmi You can encourage them to stay by feeding them a mixture of poultry layer pellets and cracked corn, lettuce and some bread. If the swans are not use to people, you may have to drop the ...

Deformed wings, too much protein -- Suzann -- 3 May 2014
I have a 4 month old Black Swan cygnet that was born and raised in an enclosure without a real pond, but had kiddie pools. We had to supplement all food and put in greens for her. We now have a pond ...

New pond: Can we use septic tank enzymes to remove moss, without harming the swans? -- Suzann -- 3 May 2014
We recently put in a pond for our pair of Black Swans and their one sibling. We had to rescue them from a golf course where the male was too aggressive. The pond is about one month old and is growing ...

John Muir Non-profit Conservation Award -- Regal Swan Foundation -- 30 April 2014
CEO Sheila Bolin and V.P. Angi Perretti accept the prestigious international John Muir Non-profit Conservation Award on behalf of The Regal Swan Foundation, Inc. The award ceremony was held on April ...

Please sign Sen. Avella's Bill & Petition to Save NY's Mute Swans -- Regal Swan Foundation -- 30 April 2014
SIGN & SHARE: NY Senator Tony Avella has introduced S.6589, legislation which would establish a two-year moratorium on DEC’s proposal to exterminate New York's mute swans. The bill would also require ...

Looking for female Mute Swan in California -- DEE -- 29 April 2014
I am looking for a female Mute Swan as a companion for my 1 yr. old Male Mute Swan. I live on 3 acres that is private and fenced. I have looked everywhere and have asked everyone, but I can not find ...
Re: Looking for female Mute Swan in California -- The Regal Swan -- 29 April 2014
Hi Dee: Yes, California is another state that follows the misinformation provided by state and federal wildlife entities that the Mute Swan species is invasive and non-native. So, they refuse to ...

Female swan lost its mate -- Susan -- 29 April 2014
Our male mute swan was murdered by trespassing fishermen on Friday. Apparently struck in the head. He was wobbling and flailing after attack. We manages to calm him and transport him to rescue group ...
Re: Female swan lost its mate -- The Regal Swan -- 29 April 2014
Hi Susan: How tragic. The fisherman should have been brought up on criminal trespassing and animal cruelty laws. The veterinary clinic either did not know how to take care of him or did not want to ...

Swan in pond arrived today: Where did it come from? -- Angie -- 28 April 2014
I live in ohio and a swan arrived today. It is in a pond on the golf course behind our house. Where did this single swan come from? We get ducks and lots of Canadian geese, but have never had a swan. ...
Re: Swan in pond arrived today: Where did it come from? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 April 2014
Hi Angi: There could be a couple of reasons for the swan’s appearance on your pond. If the weather has been extremely severe, birds can get caught in strong winds and blown-off course from the ...

Female mute swan neck tucked -- Cindy -- 27 April 2014
Hi, we have a really nice pair of mute swans. Unfortunately, this year something got to their eggs. Ever since, the female has been very shy and almost always swims with her neck tucked down where we ...
Re: Female mute swan neck tucked -- The Regal Swan -- 28 April 2014
Hi Cindy Yes, you need to get her to an avian/waterfowl veterinarian for an exam and treatment if necessary. Her neck should be erect, if not it could mean some type of trauma due to injury, ...

Black swans and koi fish -- Rocky -- 27 April 2014
There are several videos online of black swans feeding koi. Is this a symbiotic relationship, and if so, how? Why do the swans feed the koi? Is this specific to black swans, or are there other types ...
Re: Black swans and koi fish -- The Regal Swan -- 28 April 2014
Hi Rocky For the untrained eye, it appears the swans are feeding the fish intentionally. However, it is an inadvertent feefing. Swans must have water to feed to prevent choking. The swans grab food ...

Swan not allowed to reproduce -- Willette -- 24 April 2014
Hello from Washington State! I work at Madigan Army Medical Center and we have two gorgeous swans from Canada on our manmade small lake. When one lays an egg, they are allowed to keep it for a few ...
Re: Swan not allowed to reproduce -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2014
Hi Willette: What species do you have? This researcher is basing the information on misinformation. So, here is the fact. If the swans are Mute Swans, the U.S. Wildlife Services and state wildlife ...

Egg incubation -- Phil -- 24 April 2014
Do both male and female share the incubation? If not, does the female fast for the whole time?
Re: Egg incubation -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2014
Hi Phil: Incubation is primarily conducted by the female, but this totally depends on the individual male swan and/or the species. In any case, the female will take an approximate 30 minute break ...

Baby swan has a broken leg -- Paige -- 24 April 2014
we have new babies in our lake one had broken its leg.What can we do? Will it survive?
Re: Baby swan has a broken leg -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2014
Hi Paige: The cygnet may be able to survive a broken leg depending on how severe and the location of the break. It will not survive without veterinary care. You need to take the cygnet to a licensed ...

Problem with swan: brown sores along the inside and outside edges of both feet -- Romy -- 23 April 2014
Hi there, we live on a marina (in Cambridge, England) and we have a pair of swans that visit our boat regularly. Recently the male swan has been swimming with one foot out of the water and tucked ...
Re: Problem with swan: brown sores along the inside and outside edges of both feet -- The Regal Swan -- 23 April 2014
Hi Romy & Paul There could be several issues. One, nothing is wrong as swans will hold at least one leg/foot on its back. There are so many capillaries and other blood vessels in the foot that many ...

Dimensions of a swan house/coop -- Mark -- 22 April 2014
What size should a swan house/coop be? Looking for dimensions. Thank you
Re: Dimensions of a swan house/coop -- The Regal Swan -- 22 April 2014
Hi Mark: Swans do not like to have any overhangs such as coops or other such structures. If you are thinking of maintaining them indoors for nesting or general protection at night, then they need to ...

Lonely Swan -- Kim from Oxford UK -- 22 April 2014
Hi, For the past two days a swan has been sitting alone in the middle of the field opposite us, and has not moved far. My husband, tried to approach it to see if it was injured, but it did fly to ...
Re: Lonely Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 22 April 2014
Hi Kim: It could be a juvenile or injured swan that was chased from the flock. If the bird does have eggs, then it means that there is a possibility that something happened to its mate. If a predator ...

Male and female swans stopped hanging around -- Sue -- 21 April 2014
What does it mean when the male and female swan stop hanging around together? This is different behavior in the last month or so.
Re: Male and female swans stopped hanging around -- The Regal Swan -- 21 April 2014
Hi Sue: Normally, this time of the year is mating season. However, with all of the late cold weather we have been incurring, the birds may have been interrupted in their mating and nesting behavior. ...

Swan and a Canadian goose -- Bonnie -- 20 April 2014
Recently we noticed on our pond the one of the adult swans is missing. We have also noticed that the remaining swan is now inseparable from a Canadian goose. The pair of swans used to chase off the ...
Re: Swan and a Canadian goose -- The Regal Swan -- 21 April 2014
Hi Bonnie: Depending on the swan species and the individual swan personality attributes, some swans will either chase or tolerate other species in their habitat. In some cases, although not usual, ...

Death of mate -- Victoria -- 19 April 2014
A couple of days ago our male swan was dragged off by a coyote. The female was laying on eggs, but she destroyed them. I was wondering what would happen to her now that her mate is gone. Should we ...
Re: Death of mate -- The Regal Swan -- 19 April 2014
Hi Victoria: Unfortunately, if the coyote took the male, it will try to come back and finish off the female. Unless you place the female indoors for a couple of days and nights, the coyote will be ...

How to have a baby swan stay near our house -- Glenn -- 18 April 2014
Hi we have a fresh water stream running all around our house and this morning a baby swan is enjoying a swim what do we do to keep him happy and encourage him to take up residence?

1 male loses 2 mates in 5 years -- Pam -- 17 April 2014
Can a male accidently drown a female while mating?
Re: 1 male loses 2 mates in 5 years -- The Regal Swan -- 18 April 2014
Hi Pam Yes, but this is not typical behavior. There could be a couple of other reasons for the deaths to include illness, egg impaction, poisoning, etc. We have seen swan mates actually try to kill ...

How late in the year will mute swans lay eggs? -- Richard -- 17 April 2014
How late in the year will mute swans lay eggs?
Re: How late in the year will mute swans lay eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 April 2014
Hi Richard: This is going to be an interesting question this year. Most Mute Swans lay eggs mid March/late March. This means that most cygnets hatch out around late April or early May. The problem ...

Thoughts on sterilizing swans? -- Laura -- 16 April 2014
Hello, We last spoke back in March (4 swans co existing), after countless hours...we found a wonderful home for the two swans that were being run off by the other two. We were able to gently catch ...
Re: Thoughts on sterilizing swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 April 2014
Hi Laura: Chemical sterilization has been proposed for many years, but at this time, there is still no viable way to conduct this procedure. There are only 3 options for you: 1. Trade out your male ...
Re: Thoughts on sterilizing swans? -- Laura -- 17 April 2014
Thank you for your thoughts...I have Bob Knox's number, under "favorites", he was an option for us, in regard to the pair we just relocated. We felt boxing them and mailing them at their ...
Re: Thoughts on sterilizing swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 April 2014
Hi Laura: You are very welcome. Glad it worked out. Thanks for your kind words. The Regal Swan

Egg nesting: Random eggs put in a swans nest - What will the swan do? -- Anisha -- 15 April 2014
I live on a lake and there are quite a few swans nesting right now... There were some kids that saw a crow stealing eggs out of a hole that was in the ground... The kids didn't want the crow to keep ...
Re: Egg nesting: Random eggs put in a swans nest - What will the swan do? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 April 2014
Hi Anisha: Hopefully, the swans will kick these eggs out of the nest quickly. The only species that we can think of that lay eggs around water habitats would be turtles or snakes. To have either of ...

RANDOM SWAN -- DOMENYK -- 15 April 2014
HI I RIDE TO WORK EVERYDAY AN THERE IS A LONE SWAN( AFFECTIONALY CALLED GREYHAM) AT THE SAME SPOT EARLY IN THE MORNIN AN ABOUT 5 IN THE EVENING I RIDE WITH A COUPLE OV M8S AN WE ARE A BIT CONFUSED ...
Re: RANDOM SWAN -- The Regal Swan -- 15 April 2014
Hi Domenyk: We aren't sure of the exact situation you are describing as we don't know the terrain/habitat, etc., but there could be several scenarios. If there is a lot of a vegetation in the area, ...

1 pair of swans and another female on same pond -- Dwight -- 14 April 2014
We lost our male Mute and caught the female and penned it up. Then got another pair and put them on the pond. The female got out and is now back on the pond and she had a fight with the new male. I ...
Re: 1 pair of swans and another female on same pond -- The Regal Swan -- 14 April 2014
Hi Dwight: Actually, the new pair should have been penned. Think about having someone come in and take over your house. This is where the problem is beginning. The new pair should be penned to ...

Male Black Swan very aggressive this year -- Tricia -- 13 April 2014
We have a pair of black australian swans in our spring fed pond that are fenced in wings pinioned. The male is about 3 years old and the female is about 7 years old. This spring the male tries to ...
Re: Male Black Swan very aggressive this year -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2014
Hi Tricia The male Black Swan is ready to mate this year so he is acting normally. It usually takes 2-3 years before swans mature and now your child has become an adult. Keep the species separated, ...

Things look bleak: Dozen turtles parked outside the nesting mother swan -- Erika -- 12 April 2014
I have been watching these swans for years They nest in a river not far from my home this year there are over a dozen turtles parked outside her nest Are they stalking her to eat her eggs and/or ...
Re: Things look bleak: Dozen turtles parked outside the nesting mother swan -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2014
Hi Erika: You have had so much snow and rain in your area and from the looks of all the reeds, there is probably not enough space for the turtles to sun themselves. The swans have in essence made a ...

How to clean nesting area without disturbing the swans -- Cynthia -- 11 April 2014
Hi - There is a pair of mute swans that appear to be nesting nearby, and there's trash close to the nest that I'd like to try to remove before any cygnets are born. Will it be too disruptive to try ...
Re: How to clean nesting area without disturbing the swans -- The Regal Swan -- 11 April 2014
Hi Cynthia Try to wait for the swans to take a break which should occur at the first of the nesting process. Once nesting gets really serious, the swans may not leave the area. In this case, you will ...

Will Trumpeter Stay? -- Aelise -- 10 April 2014
Hello again: We're wondering if our new Trumpeter "resident' will decide to stay, or migrate during winter, and possibly return with a mate next year to start a family? As I mentioned, it is ...
Re: Will Trumpeter Stay? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 April 2014
Hi Aelise This situation could go either way. He should have left because of migration and his parents chasing. To return, means the familiarity and liking of the habitat due to good food resources ...

Swan nesting: Male disappeared -- Jane -- 10 April 2014
I am aware of a white female swan nesting in a well known corner of cheshire. I have been to see her four times now and the first two times, her mate was around obviusly protecting her. For a few ...
Re: Swan nesting: Male disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2014
Hi Jane He may not be around the times that you are checking. Early on, the female will leave the nest to bathe and feed. Some males will sit by the nest while others will patrol large areas of the ...

Swan Feeder -- Aelise -- 9 April 2014
It appears the Trumpeter swan family, who have visited in the past 2 years, have deposited one their juveniles on our pond. It has taken up residence, and seems to be acclimating. It is also coming ...
Re: Swan Feeder -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2014
Hi Aelise The difficulty in providing the feeder is training the swan to use the feeder. It one thing to provide a platform of food and another to provide a feeder which keeps out other waterfowl, ...

Mute swan death and 2 females -- Patty -- 8 April 2014
Hi, We had 2 pair of swans one pair of mute and one pair of black. A month ago we lost the black male and just yesterday the white male we found just laying on the grass but still breathing. We took ...
Re: Mute swan death and 2 females -- The Regal Swan -- 8 April 2014
Hi Patty There are no guarantees that the old swans will re-pair. Additionally, one of the new males could seriously hurt or kill the other male swan. It would be best to leave the two females ...
Re: Mute swan death and 2 females -- Patty -- 8 April 2014
Would it be ok to bring in another pair?
Re: Mute swan death and 2 females -- The Regal Swan -- 8 April 2014
Hi Patty Swans can get pretty territorial so any new swans can result in either the new or old swans being displaced. If fights break out, some of the swans could get seriously hurt or killed. Chased ...

How to care for baby swans after the incubated eggs have hatched -- Lori -- 7 April 2014
We have 3 swans at an assisted living facility in a pond built for them. The female has laid 4 eggs and we have taken them to a lady to see if she can incubate and hatch since year after year they do ...
Re: How to care for baby swans after the incubated eggs have hatched -- The Regal Swan -- 8 April 2014
Hi Lori What are the swan genders? If they are all female, they will nest and obviously produce infertile eggs. Incubating swan eggs is rather difficult and unless you have a lot of experience with ...
Re: How to care for baby swans after the incubated eggs have hatched -- Lori -- 8 April 2014
Thank you So much for your response! The swans are 1 female and 2 males. We are building another large pond as an addition to our assisted living facilities and were going to place the new swans ...
Re: How to care for baby swans after the incubated eggs have hatched -- The Regal Swan -- 8 April 2014
Hi Lori You are very welcome. Your swans may be too old to produce viable eggs or the "parents" may be sterile. The Regal Swan

2 male mutes 1 female -- Cheryl -- 7 April 2014
I have two DNA tested male mute swans that act like a pair. My neighbor lost her male swan this winter. I was going to take my nice male over to replace her lost one. When I caught the male the other ...
Re: 2 male mutes 1 female -- The Regal Swan -- 7 April 2014
Hi Cheryl You probably need to leave well enough alone. If the males have bonded which seems to be the case, the boys will look for each other and may even grieve. There are no guarantees that either ...

John Muir Conservation Award -- Regal Swan Foundation -- 6 April 2014
We just received the official poster (below) for the John Muir Conservation Award that the Regal Swan Foundation will be picking up on April 29 from the John Muir Association, at the John Muir ...

Swans in my swimming pool -- Beth -- 6 April 2014
yesterday I arrived at my weekend house to find 2 swans in my swimming pool. One swan left in the afternoon and has not yet returned. I have two golden doodle dogs that are eager hunters and anxious ...

Discarded Eggs -- Ian -- 5 April 2014
The swan by the River Dart in Totnes close to where I live, discarded her eggs yesterday. I suppose this could have been the result of a very high tide which nearly covered the nest but the eggs ...
Re: Discarded Eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 5 April 2014
Hi Ian: A couple of scenarios come to mind. Usually, swans will discard eggs that are not fertile or rotten. The swans obviously know when something is or is not viable, otherwise they would spend an ...

Mute swan sharing a nest with a Toulouse goose -- Sheryl -- 4 April 2014
Hi- I have a mute swan, sex undetermined. I have 2 Toulouse geese. I thought male and female(actually mother and son). Out of the 3, someone started a nest with a few eggs in there. The one Toulouse ...
Re: Mute swan sharing a nest with a Toulouse goose -- The Regal Swan -- 4 April 2014
Hi Sheryl Interesting question. We’re not sure that we can be accurate in our answer, but we are going to try some deductive reasoning. First, let’s talk about swan nesting/egg laying/incubation ...

Male swan -- Sheila -- 1 April 2014
What does it mean when they are swimming around with their wings up almost like a tunnel over their back?
Re: Male swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 April 2014
Hi Sheila The male will swim with its wings back and produce a wake as he swims. This behavior is called busking and basically means the bird is in a very defensive mode protecting its family and ...

Swan Injury -- Janice -- 31 March 2014
Our older LARGE male swan's mate has died. We ordered and were delivered another female. We thought she had "flown the coop" however, she is now back and swimming on the pond. The resident ...
Re: Swan Injury -- The Regal Swan -- 31 March 2014
Hi Janice Either of these scenarios is plausible. You need to capture both swans and have an experienced waterfowl/avian veterinarian check the swans for gender. If they are older swans, probing may ...

Trumpeters or Tundras? -- Aelise -- 31 March 2014
For the second year in a row, we are visited by a family of what appear to be Trumpeter swans. I have not heard their call, so it's hard to say, but could they also be Tundra swans? They are white ...
Re: Trumpeters or Tundras? -- The Regal Swan -- 31 March 2014
Hi Aelise From the shape of the bill, they look like Trumpeters. However, from the size, they look small but this could just be the distance from you and the birds. The other issue is that we can't ...

Food for orphaned baby swans -- Jeanne -- 31 March 2014
Mom dad gone. What the best to feed them and will they know to eat. I own several pair of swans but ins raise them
Re: Food for orphaned baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 31 March 2014
Hi Jeanne Use poultry layer mash with finely cracked corn.They need the corn as an important source of Vitamin A. Add small pieces of lettuce. Place lettuce on top of water with mash and corn ...

What is the youngest a male swan can be fertile? -- Betty -- 30 March 2014
A female swan 3 years old and a male 2 years old have built a nest and have gone through the motions of mating. She now has laid 2 eggs and both are becoming aggressive. Is there a chance these eggs ...
Re: What is the youngest a male swan can be fertile? -- The Regal Swan -- 31 March 2014
Hi Betty Swans can produce viable young as early as 2 years of age. However, even though this is a possibility, the first run at egg laying and eventual hatching, may in fact be a practice run. We ...

Wet tree leaves on the swan nest -- Shaun -- 30 March 2014
Hi Folks, I am emailing you from Victoria, BC. Canada. I live on the Gorge waterfront which has been the home for a number of swan families for decades. Unfortunately, their numbers have diminished ...
Re: Wet tree leaves on the swan nest -- The Regal Swan -- 30 March 2014
Hi Shaun: There is a possibility that the swans did not like the leaves. Do you know what tree they might have originated? Some leaves and straw, such as pine, has a very caustic sap/resin that can ...

Female disappeared -- Gary -- 29 March 2014
There's been a pair of mute swans on our local lake for the past 3 years. 2 years ago their nest was trashed and eggs smashed by persons unknown. last year they successfully raised 2 cygnets from 6. ...
Re: Female disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2014
Hi Gary Predators wild and domestic including humans may have scared her or attacked her. Or she may have left temporarily from being frightened and return to the area in the near future. We are not ...
Re: Female disappeared -- Gary -- 29 March 2014
Thank you for your speedy response. I'm in Chorley Lancashire NW UK. If she was scared off how far might she go? And why didn't the male go with her? They were inseparable, I know this sound daft but ...
Re: Female disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2014
Hi Gary: If they were inseparable, this could only mean a couple of things, she was sick, attacked or picked up (rescued) by something or someone. We have seen swans separate for a couple of days. ...

Need HELP finding a reserve/rescue in GA -- Laura -- 29 March 2014
Hello, My original email to you was 3/20 "4 swans co-existing", things have been getting pretty ugly! we have had several rescue's this past week, including two this morning. One of our ...
Re: Need HELP finding a reserve/rescue in GA -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2014
Hi Laura: Please contact Bob Knox 847-875-3947 at Knox Swans and Dogs. He will help you. Sheila

Female mating swans -- Gillian -- 27 March 2014
Hello, we are in Arizona and our neighbor kindly looks after 2 female swans on our lake. They mate and recently laid 8 eggs…..we are having trouble believing they are both female. Can you offer any ...
Re: Female mating swans -- The Regal Swan -- 27 March 2014
Hi Gillian: Your swans are doing fine and acting like swans. Nature tells the swans when it is time to mate and nest, regardless if they can produce viable young. If an opposite gendered swan is not ...

Swan eggs -- Rachel -- 25 March 2014
There is a female swan nesting very near my home. She has 5-8 babies every year about the end of April. However, this year has been extremely cold and snowy. I noticed last week that she was sitting ...
Re: Swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 26 March 2014
Hi Rachael: Although there are no guarantees, swans found in the Northern Hemisphere are built for cold temperatures, even on the tundra. So, as long as the mother swan does not leave the nest/eggs ...
Re: Swan eggs -- Rachel -- 28 March 2014
Thank you so much! She stayed on the eggs all through the snow and only got up for a few seconds to shift position yesterday. It is warmer today and raining but she is still curled up with beak ...
Re: Swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2014
Hi Rachel: Glad it worked out. Please keep us abreast of hatchings. The Regal Swan

Lone cygnet -- Pamela -- 24 March 2014
I live in Fife, Scotland. Today on Townhill Loch, Dunfermline, I saw two adult swans, chasing a large cygnet (which I believe is normal). However, apart from the pair of adult swans, there are no ...
Re: Lone cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 24 March 2014
Hi Pamela: This is the time of the year that the swans mate and the cygnets from the previous year are politely (not really-butt feather pulling, chasing, nipping) told by the parents to get lost and ...

Swans mating and nesting -- Charles -- 24 March 2014
We have had 2 swans on our lake for about 6 weeks but they keep flying to a friends lake about 3 miles away and then coming back. We have started feeding them to encourage them to nest here. Today my ...
Re: Swans mating and nesting -- The Regal Swan -- 24 March 2014
Hi Charles: Yes, swans will check the area for a safe place (free from predators, wild and domestic (dogs, cats and humans), easy access and exit from the water (no steep banks), good food resources ...

Swan nesting platform building plans -- Melissa -- 24 March 2014
We have a pair of mute swans on a 15 acre pond. They have been successful from time to time in hatching, but we would like to build a safer place for them to nest and raise their young. Thank you for ...
Re: Swan nesting platform building plans -- The Regal Swan -- 24 March 2014
Hi Melissa: Thanks for the offer of a contribution for the nesting platform plans. However, our plans are printed in our book, Swans of the World Habitats and we are on back-order. So, I am sending ...
Re: Swan nesting platform building plans -- Melissa -- 25 March 2014
Thank you! We will follow your lead and call Bob. Melissa
Re: Swan nesting platform building plans -- The Regal Swan -- 26 March 2014
Hi Melissa: You are very welcome. Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Regal Swan

Swan on ice, what food to give -- Jason -- 23 March 2014
Hello, I was wondering about how swans survive in these frigid waters of north America. I live in Michigan by Port Huron and was walking my dog when I seen three swans frozen in the canal. First I ...
Re: Swan on ice, what food to give -- The Regal Swan -- 23 March 2014
Hi Jason: Usually, swans will leave an area and look for a more hospitable area for the winter. However, this winter was brutal and many species got caught in cold fronts that they could not readily ...

Swan copulation -- Mick -- 21 March 2014
when i was riding my bike the other day, i saw two swans copulating i was just stunned to see them biting one anothers necks, it looked fearsome and a lot of croaking, it looked to me as if they were ...
Re: Swan copulation -- The Regal Swan -- 21 March 2014
Hi Mick: What you observed may or may not have been mating behavior. If it was indeed mating behavior, the two swans will eventually find each other and start to build a nest. If the swan that was on ...

Swan Attacked By Goose -- Lynne -- 21 March 2014
Hi, If you remember me from a few months back ... our female swan was hit by a car and killed in January. The remaining male was stalked by foxes but we managed to keep him alive with several aerator ...
Re: Swan Attacked By Goose -- The Regal Swan -- 21 March 2014
Hi Lynne: Most swans will chase geese. However, because your male's mate was killed, he may not have the need to defend his territory at this time. He should have an increased testosterone level ...

4 swans co-existing + Feeding station that can be installed on the edge of the water -- Laura -- 20 March 2014
Hello, Our development purchased a pair of swans several years ago. After a period of time, the swans have had 3 nests, with viable eggs. Only 3 cygnets survived (hawks, snappers etc.), they are just ...
Re: 4 swans co-existing + Feeding station that can be installed on the edge of the water -- The Regal Swan -- 21 March 2014
Hi Laura: Yes, you can use a dog café. Remove the bottom of the café since this is where you would put water under the dog feeder for a dog. Secure the dog feeder on a 7 foot fence pole (5 1/2 inch ...

Lone Trumpeter Swan -- Marie -- 19 March 2014
In Sarasota FL on a large lake, with many different water birds, lives a lone Trumpeter. He's (she) has been along for long time. Will he (she) ever get a mate? Will he (she) eventually fly away to ...
Re: Lone Trumpeter Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 19 March 2014
Hi Marie We consult in various areas of Sarasota and have never seen a Trumpeter in the area. What part of the county is the lake located? Are you sure it is a Trumpeter Swan? The Trumpeter Swans ...
Re: Lone Trumpeter Swan -- Marie -- 20 March 2014
Thank you. Actually, I will need to make sure it's a Trumpeter! Will be back with you. The lake is located near the "Celery Fields" in Sarasota, an Audubon "destination", however ...
Re: Lone Trumpeter Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2014
Hi Marie: You are very welcome. We look forward to finding out the species. The Regal Swan
Re: Lone Trumpeter Swan -- Marie -- 21 March 2014
Ok, it's a Mute Swan. So would it ever have a mate.
Re: Lone Trumpeter Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 21 March 2014
Hi Marie: You would need to determine if the swan is owned by someone and if it had an original mate or if something happened to its mate. If it is a loner and found the pond, it could fly out and ...

Nesting swans on a golf course (Ireland) -- Michael -- 18 March 2014
What to do about a pair of nesting swans? The nest is beside a green and they will not let people on to the green to putt. What is the legal status with swans and the nest. Golf members not happy in ...
Re: Nesting swans on a golf course (Ireland) -- The Regal Swan -- 18 March 2014
Hi Michael Swans are protected throughout the UK especially their nests and young. There are two options: contact the local RSPCA to see what they can do or shut down the particular hole and play ...

Swans aggressive towards kayakers -- steve -- 16 March 2014
how can kayakers deter aggresive cobs .they are attacking us early this year, it seems..
Re: Swans aggressive towards kayakers -- The Regal Swan -- 16 March 2014
Hi Steve: With all of the rain that you have had this year, the swans may be competing for a safe habitat for their young with good food resources. If you can kayak from a distant shore or avoid ...

Would Mute Swans build more than one nest? -- Teresa -- 15 March 2014
Is it possible for Mute Swans to build more than one nest? Two swans have been building a nest in the lake behind our house for several weeks. Now they have disappeared. There are other small lakes ...
Re: Would Mute Swans build more than one nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 March 2014
Hi Teresa: Yes, if something scares the birds from an area or they do not like the habitat because of scarce food, shelter, etc., then they may look somewhere else. Are there predators in your area, ...
Re: Would Mute Swans build more than one nest? -- Teresa -- 16 March 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question about the mute swans. You are exactly right about the weather fluctuations. I am very disappointed not to be able to witness the entire ...
Re: Would Mute Swans build more than one nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 March 2014
Hi Teresa: You are very welcome. Don't give up hope yet. The swans may still return once the weather clears. The Regal Swan

Keeping swans -- Bob -- 15 March 2014
Our neighborhood in Georgia has a 50 acre lake and we would like to have a pair of swans. Since there is no fence or anything inclosing the lake, how do we best encourage the swans to stay?
Re: Keeping swans -- The Regal Swan -- 15 March 2014
Hi Bob: You will need to check with your state wildlife officials first. Many states are killing the Mute Swans because they want to reintroduce the larger Trumpeter Swans in the area for hunting ...

Swans and freezing weather -- John -- 13 March 2014
Last year we had a family of seven swans on cree lake Kendallville indiana.In the fall when the five babies lurned to fly they all took off.This week I think it was the 10th of march I went out in ...
Re: Swans and freezing weather -- The Rega Swan -- 13 March 2014
Hi John: The inclement weather has had a significant impact on winter migratory paths for many species of birds, blowing them in areas that they normally would not visit. In the case of the swans, ...

swans/geese in same area? -- Barb -- 13 March 2014
I have a young pair of black swans. Wondering if I could put them in the same pond area as Sebastopol geese that I have. Would they get along fine? Thanks
Re: swans/geese in same area? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 March 2014
Hi Barb: What is the temperament of your Black Swans? What is the temperament of your geese? How big is your pond/habitat? These three questions are going to determine whether the two species will ...

Swans bob their heads up and down -- Alan -- 12 March 2014
why do swans bob their heads up and down when they're swimming in the water?
Re: Swans bob their heads up and down -- The Regal Swan -- 12 March 2014
Hi Alan There are various reasons for head bobbing. It can act as a greeting between swans or swans and familiar humans. Head bobbing can be a part of the mating ritual as both swans will dip their ...

Flight patterns -- Bob -- 11 March 2014
I often see trumpeter swans in flight at dusk and dawn why is that?
Re: Flight patterns -- The Regal Swan -- 11 March 2014
Hi Bob: Currently, all birds including the Trumpeter Swans are on migratory paths, either on migratory wintering stop-overs or going back to their nesting areas. Due to ever present inclement weather ...

Aggressive swan -- Michelle -- 11 March 2014
I have had swans (pairs) for 6 years. After my cob was killed last year I got a new one. He is 4 years old and was hand raised. It is mating season and although we have had to deal with aggression ...
Re: Aggressive swan -- The Regal Swan -- 11 March 2014
Hi Michelle: Are you sure that the swan is not looking at its reflection and either trying to chase the “new” swan from the area or trying to mate with it? We have seen this behavior in swans and ...

UK Swan Management -- Aelise -- 11 March 2014
Hello: In light of the recent proposal by the NY Department Environmental Conservation's plan to lethally eradicate all of NY's wild mute swans, can you please provide some info on how the UK has ...
Re: UK Swan Management -- The Regal Swan -- 11 March 2014
Hi Aelise: At the 2014 Swan Symposium held in Maryland, in 2014, Her Majesty's Swan Warden, Dr. Christopher Perrins (Oxford University) presented a paper that specifically addressed this issue. After ...

black swan with leg problem -- Barb -- 8 March 2014
I have a female black swan who has hurt her leg. It is swollen at the joint. She is eating/drinking fine but drags the leg when she moves. I have tried putting her in the water and exercising the leg ...
Re: black swan with leg problem -- The Regal Swan -- 8 March 2014
Hi Barb: You need to get her to an experienced avian/waterfowl veterinarian as soon as possible. She needs to be examined, x-rayed and treated. She may have an underlying infection requiring an ...

Female only and male only swan group -- jane -- 8 March 2014
If there are only females, or only males in the swan group. Will they be depressed or aggressive when approached by humans near the lake? I have visited one resort. Who has said has flock of females ...
Re: Female only and male only swan group -- The Regal Swan -- 8 March 2014
Hi Jane: There should be no problem with an all female or an all male swan flock. The female swans will take a mate, nest and act as a family although no fertile eggs will be produced. Male swans ...

Flight Feathers -- Jeanne -- 6 March 2014
If a Mute swan has been pinioned can the flight feathers on the other wing be clipped to prevent all flight? I am a Swankeeper for the Rec. Ctrs. of Sun City West in Arizona. We currently have a pair ...
Re: Flight Feathers -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2014
Hi Jeanne: If the feathers are truly pinioned, the swans should not be able to fly. They may be able to get above the water, maybe 6 feet, but that should be the only height achieved. One side of the ...

Swan foot injury -- Robbie -- 6 March 2014
Looking for advice about a swan, there is a swan with a foot which is like curled up, I noticed this last year and this year the same swan has returned still with a bad foot, I don't see him go in ...
Re: Swan foot injury -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2014
Hi Robbie: As long as the swan can fly, eat, exit and enter the water, and generally, walk around, then there is probably no reason to intervene. However, if the swan's behavior changes or you still ...

Displaced Swan Egg -- Vicki -- 5 March 2014
Our swans built 2 nests. We found an egg outside of the nest and then found that the female swan is sitting on a nest at the same spot as the last two years.It appears that there is only one egg in ...
Re: Displaced Swan Egg -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2014
Hi Vicki You could try gently lifting the egg in the same position you found it and place it in the nest once she leaves the nest to take a break. However it is unlikely that it is viable as swans ...

Hundreds of swans -- Haley -- 5 March 2014
I live near a pond that is usually flocked with Canadian geese on a daily basis. I live on the Eastern Shore of MD and we have not had the greatest winter... very weird thing I saw this morning as I ...
Re: Hundreds of swans -- The Regal Swan -- 5 March 2014
Hi Haley: Do you know the color of the beaks? If they are Black with a small yellow space near their eyes, they are the Tundra swans and may be looking for water and some food on the migratory path. ...

Swan language glossary available? -- Debra -- 4 March 2014
Dear SS, I live on the tip of Bird Island in the upper lakes of Detroit. There are over 100 swans here gracing our paradise. It would be helpful to create or find a swan language glossary. Maybe we ...
Re: Swan language glossary available? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 March 2014
Hi Debra: No, we don't have a swan glossary. But, the vocalizations you are describing are pretty straightforward. 1. Hissing usually more by female swans than males, but they will both hiss to let ...

Swan walked and rolled over to our island -- Debra -- 4 March 2014
We had this male swan...according to your description [at "How to Tell a Swan Male From Female (The Regal Swan®)"]. Hungry, weak and could hardly move show up at a hole in the ice we have tirelessly ...

Wet swan eggs -- Gail -- 3 March 2014
If swan eggs get wet (tidal) early in incubation do the eggs die? The swans seem to be leaving the nest for long periods and it is approx 43 days incubation and I am worried they are not viable. Can ...
Re: Wet swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 3 March 2014
Hi Gail: If the water submerged the eggs for any significant amount of time, the cygnets/embryos were probably deprived of oxygen which would decrease their chances of survival. If the parents ...

Distance to fly from a pool -- Jean -- 3 March 2014
What distance does a swan need to fly from a pool?
Re: Distance to fly from a pool -- The Regal Swan -- 3 March 2014
Hi Jean Approximately 30-40 yards and the same amount of free space for lift i.e, no buildings trees or other obstacles. The Regal Swan

Sick trumpeter swan -- Ginger -- 2 March 2014
We had a group of 8 trumpeter swans on our lake 2/28/14. 3/1/14 2 were still here one was sick sitting on the ice the other kept trying to get the sick one up. A big winter storm was coming and ...
Sick trumpeter swan: Good news! -- Ginger -- 2 March 2014
Good news! The trumpeter swan mate came back for her!!! I don't know if she is strong enough to fly yet but they are swimming together and eating. Don't you love a good love story! Praying they will ...
Re: Sick trumpeter swan: Good news! -- The Regal Swan -- 2 March 2014
Hi Ginger: Trumpeter Swans are northern hemisphere birds, living in Alaska and Canada. So, their heavy down feathers keep them warm. If the swans are back together, the sick one got off the ice, made ...

Recipient of the 2013 John Muir Conservation Award (Nonprofit Conservation Award) -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 2 March 2014
March 1, 2014 THE 2013 JOHN MUIR CONSERVATION AWARDS: FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Martinez, CA—The John Muir Association has announced the recipients of its 36th annual John Muir ...
Re: Recipient of the 2013 John Muir Conservation Award (Nonprofit Conservation Award) -- Lynne -- 4 March 2014
Congratulations. It is well deserved.

frozen lake: can swans take off for flight on ice? -- richard & lisa -- 1 March 2014
we live on lake/pond that has frozen except for a small patch--maybe 5/6 feet diameter. geese have just flown away. can swans get a normal takeoff for flight on ice? have never seen them in this ...
Re: frozen lake: can swans take off for flight on ice? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 March 2014
Hi Richard and Lisa: If the geese can take off from the ice, so can the swans as long as they have approximately 30-40 yards of clear space. This area also has to be free from obstacles such as ...

isolated swan -- Teri -- 28 February 2014
Hi. I live on Irondequoit Bay in Rochester NY. My home is on a cove. There are alot of swans that live on the bay. Yesterday I noticed that there was one swan by my dock in very shallow water that ...
Re: isolated swan -- The Regal Swan -- 28 February 2014
Hi Teri: The swan looks to be okay. As long as there is enough water for it to bathe, preen, exit, drink and possibly eat, then it should be okay. If the entire pond should freeze, the swan could ...

what can I do? -- beth -- 27 February 2014
I have been watching a group of three swans for three hours now. Two are curled up all tucked in sleeping in this cold windy weather. One is off to the side back to the wind,feathers blowing and its ...
Re: what can I do? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 February 2014
Hi Beth: If the swans are swimming, flying and/or able to get into the water and back out, then they should be okay. If the other swan does not move, it could mean that it was stuck to the ice and ...

Mother and cygnet -- Kelly -- 25 February 2014
We live in NC and had a pair of muted swans on our 15 acre pond. The female is about 8. About 4 years ago I bought a male for her. They bonded and have a couple of hatches for about 3 years now. The ...
Re: Mother and cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 25 February 2014
Hi Kelly: You need to capture the cygnet and take it to an avian/waterfowl veterinarian that can sex the bird. If these are two females, this would be great because you would not have to worry about ...
Re: Mother and cygnet -- Kelly -- 25 February 2014
Thank you for the info. We have a board meeting this week and I will inform them of what we need to do. Thanks again. Kelly

Deceased Mute Swan -- Elizabeth -- 24 February 2014
Hello! I live in Birmingham, AL at an apartment complex which has several pounds. There have been 2 mute swans habitating the pond. My husband and I have noticed that one swan has been missing but ...
Re: Deceased Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 24 February 2014
Hi Elizabeth Yes you need to remove the carcass as soon as possible. Predators can be attracted to the area along with flies and other pests. Harmful bacteria can also be spread, so removing and ...
Re: Deceased Mute Swan -- Lynne -- 24 February 2014
Good Morning Elizabeth, I am so sorry to hear about the swan death. When our female swan was hit by a car on a highway we gathered her remains and took her to a vet. Her remains were cremated. I hope ...

Swan breeding between brothers and sisters: Genetic harm? -- Suzann -- 23 February 2014
Can brother and sister black swans breed with no genetic harm to offspring? I raised quail when my son was in 4H and the can inbreed with no problems? Suzann
Re: Swan breeding between brothers and sisters: Genetic harm? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 February 2014
Hi Suzann: Yes, the swans can inbreed with no problem. With the black swans, down the road, you may get a light coloring called Mearl or Silver. If this should happen, please let us know because we ...

In Response To: Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- Nelly -- 23 February 2014
Hello! I wanted to send a quick update on Big Bird. After she flew away she spent a couple of weeks in the steas (there were sightings of a lone mute swan) and then returned for good to the ...

Found Black Swan - Concerned about gators -- Jeanie -- 19 February 2014
A Black Swan appeared in South Louisiana recently and seems quite content in a large marsh pond with thousands of ducks. He's apparently happy eating Widgeon grass. Does that supply all his needs? ...
Re: Found Black Swan - Concerned about gators -- The Regal Swan -- 19 February 2014
Hi Jeanie: We would strongly advise you to get the swan out of that area. It will be killed by an alligator. The swan might have been displaced due to the inclement weather and lost its way. We would ...
Re: Found Black Swan - Concerned about gators -- Jeanie -- 19 February 2014
How do I go about finding the swan's home short of calling every zoo in the South? Is there an internet site that posts lost swans? Thank you for your help.
Re: Found Black Swan - Concerned about gators -- The Regal Swan -- 20 February 2014
Hi Jeanie: If the swan does not have a leg or wing tag, neck collar or a microchip, there is no way of knowing where it came from unless someone posts something in the newspaper or online. Which ...

Cold Weather/Snow Storms -- Kristen -- 17 February 2014
I drive by a pond every day that has 2 Swans & they have lived there for years. ( I've haven't noticed them there in the winter, before this winter) (I was told a couple of years ago that someone ...

Is it better to get 2 male or 2 female swans? -- Bob -- 15 February 2014
I would like to get 2 Mute Swans but don't want any babies. Is it better to have 2 females or 2 males.
Re: Is it better to get 2 male or 2 female swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 February 2014
Hi Bob: We think either gender would be fine, but there are some considerations that might better fit your needs. First, are there any predators, domestic or wild? Either gender may be killed if ...

Swans and frozen lakes -- John -- 13 February 2014
Hi..We have a growing population of I believe mute swans on the shores of Georgian Bay Ontario at Collingwood. There is about a dozen of then huddled together on the ice beside a small island next to ...
Re: Swans and frozen lakes -- The Regal Swan -- 13 February 2014
Hi John: The swans could be either Mute, Tundra or Trumpeter. If there is no water in the area, they could starve, drown if they fall into too small an area and cannot get out, become dehydrated, ...
Swans not eating -- James -- 14 February 2014
I have 2 swans in my pond and some crack corn in a feeder underneath a fir tree......they have been in the pond since May 2013....The feeder is about 12 feet from the water edge....its is cold here ...
Re: Swans not eating -- The Regal Swan -- 14 February 2014
Hi James: Are the swans going near the feeder or is the area near the feeder frozen? If the area is frozen, they may not be able to access the food. You may need to try and get the food dropped in ...
Re: Swans not eating -- James -- 16 February 2014
They are both going to the feeder some times (once every 2 or 3 days) ....the male seems to be eating and the female sits by her side and does not eat.........when it was not very cold....they would ...
Re: Swans not eating -- The Regal Swan -- 16 February 2014
Hi James: We are so sorry about your loss. If a swan stops eating, this is a sign that something is terribly wrong with the bird. She may have been unable to keep warm, dry, water repellent or had a ...

Can black swans see different colors? -- Darrel -- 10 February 2014
I am wanting to know if the black swan can see different colors such as blue, red, white etc. We have swan on our small lake and thief are people with 1meter sail boats. She seems to not like the ...
Re: Can black swans see different colors? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 February 2014
Hi Darrel: She most likely can distinguish something about the boats, whether it is color or something else, such as size, sounds or people. If someone did something to her such as swatted at her ...

Mystery mute swan illness -- David -- 10 February 2014
We have had problems with losing adult swans at one particular site, a large shallow lake, but have not been able to come up with a cause. Many of the swan deaths are from fox attacks, but only after ...
Re: Mystery mute swan illness -- The Regal Swan -- 11 February 2014
Hi David: Have you tried to have the swans necropsied? They may be eating something poisonous in the field that is causing them to waste. Lead poisoning or other heavy metals may cause the wasting. ...

Killing of Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 10 February 2014
Hi Everyone: We are posting a video (posted by Linda Edwards) and a letter that we are asking everyone to send to Facebook or other social media so that people can understand how and why the Mute ...

Winter -- Michelle -- 10 February 2014
We have a pair of swans. This winter has been bad. I was told by their previous owners I did not need to build them a shelter. The pond is frozen. They are now up by the house and in the driveway. ...

Swan Cull -- Susan -- 9 February 2014
I can't believe that there is going to be a swan cull in America. I have lived on a lake in New Jersey for 13 years and the swans our no Trouble at all. How are these people getting away with it? ...

Swollen Swan toe -- Alan -- 5 February 2014
Recently, we found a mute swan with the middle toe swollen and the webbing on both sides torn. Our vet xrayed the foot and said the bones were much larger than normal. Any ideas as to the cause? The ...
Re: Swollen Swan toe -- The Regal Swan -- 6 February 2014
Hi Alan: Torn webbing could indicated turtle or other predator attack. Is there any indication of pellets or lead shot? This would indicate a swan that has been shot. The swollen bones could mean a ...

Female Swan Sick after giving birth -- A.Balakrishnan -- 5 February 2014
Hi, I have 2 swans (Raj Hans), a male and a female. The female laid 8 eggs and sat on them for 3-4 weeks. All 8 have hatched. Now since then she started eating less and movements reduced. Firstly she ...
Re: Female Swan Sick after giving birth -- The Regal Swan -- 6 February 2014
Hi: There could be a number of possible issues, but all not good. If she has stopped eating, the swan needs to be seen by a veterinarian experienced in waterfowl. Because most female swans lose ...

Mute Swan Bubbler Question: Keeping the swan safe from the foxes -- Lynne -- 5 February 2014
Hi, If you remember me from a few weeks back ... our female swan was hit by a car last month. The male is on our frozen lake and we are unable to catch him. Last night i was awake because he was ...
Re: Mute Swan Bubbler Question: Keeping the swan safe from the foxes -- The Regal Swan -- 5 February 2014
Hi Lynne: Hopefully, he has street smarts and stays in the water at night. If he stays on the bank, that is the problem because the foxes and other predators can walk out and grab him. If you can ...
Re: Mute Swan Bubbler Question: Keeping the swan safe from the foxes -- Lynne -- 7 February 2014
Hi, We cannot catch him I tried. The space is not big enough and the position is wrong to try to herd him into shore. As soon as you go down near him he jumps onto the ice and moves away. The ice is ...

Smallest size for pond for pair of black swans? -- Suzann -- 4 February 2014
I rescued a pair of. Black Swans from a golf course in Palm Springs. The male was very aggressive and animal control gave an order to get rid of them. I took them to my kennel and have read ...
Re: Smallest size for pond for pair of black swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 February 2014
Hi Suzann: The Australian Black Swans breed twice a year, once in the spring and again in the summer. You are going to have a lot of cygnets in a very short time. You will need to contact a swan ...

Mute Swan Illness: Swan does not raise its head up, no strength in neck -- Dee -- 3 February 2014
I HAVE A MALE MUTE SWAN IN OUR LITTLE POND AND HE IS ALMOST A YEAR OLD NOW, HE DOESN'T RAISE HIS HEAD UP, HE ACTS LIKE HE HAS NOT STRENGTH IN HIS NECK. HE IS EATING AND SWIMMING IN POND OK. I DON'T ...
Re: Mute Swan Illness: Swan does not raise its head up, no strength in neck -- The Regal Swan -- 3 February 2014
Hi Dee: This could be a sign of botulism, poisoning or some other neurological problem. Get him to a waterfowl/avian veterinarian quickly as he may need chelation, but definitely supportive care. If ...

Brought a Black Swan home: How to take care of it? -- Marion -- 1 February 2014
Ok here is my story, I found this black swan in my parking lot at work, i took it back to the place i thought it came from and found out the people that had it moved and just left it... and the water ...
Re: Brought a Black Swan home: How to take care of it? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 February 2014
Hi Marion: The best scenario for this swan is to get it to a wildlife/waterfowl rehabilitation center to see if there is something wrong with it. Bread is not going to keep the swan alive as it ...

Lone Swan -- Jeanette -- 1 February 2014
We have a lone swan in our Anchorage Lake here in Louisville, KY. A neighbor told me that its mate was killed by snapping turtle. The swan just weathered a brutal arctic winter here with a near ...
Re: Lone Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 1 February 2014
Hi Jeanette: Can you tell us what color the swan is that you see. Is it black or white? We have had a comment from someone losing a black swan and this may be the mate. If the lake is completely ...

Cold Weather Question -- Josh -- 31 January 2014
Greetings, Let me start by saying I know very little about swans. I'm just a bit concerned because I drive by a cemetery near my home in Illinois all the time which contains a small enclosed pond ...
Re: Cold Weather Question -- The Regal Swan -- 1 February 2014
Hi Josh: Can you tell us exactly which cemetery. If it is the Ridgewood Cemetery near Milwaukee and Central, they have a bubbler and the pond is usually open. If the pond is not wide open, or if this ...

Lethal control of swans proposed in New York -- Aelise -- 31 January 2014
Hopefully they will find a solution which doesn't involve lethal methods. Containing swans in designated areas, and limiting reproduction seems feasible. I wonder how they manage in the UK where they ...
Re: Lethal control of swans proposed in New York -- The Regal Swan -- 31 January 2014
Hi Aelise: We are the ones that have already commented in the NY Times and other media on this travesty called scientific research. This is the most non-scientific, biased and arbitrary assault on ...

Brought black swan to our shed after lake froze -- Elizabeth -- 27 January 2014
Hi there, I live in Kentucky and our weather this winter has been the harshest yet on our black swans. We had 2 females, almost 4 years old. I lost one 3 weeks ago during the zero degree temp and ...
Re: Brought black swan to our shed after lake froze -- The Regal Swan -- 27 January 2014
Hi Elizabeth You are doing everything correctly. Just make sure that the straw/bedding is mucked daily so that no mold grows and she should be fine. Keep her indoors until the majority of the lake ...
Re: Brought black swan to our shed after lake froze -- Lynne -- 27 January 2014
Hello Elizabeth, I am so sorry for your swan. If you see my earlier post, our female mute swan was killed by a car on January 9th leaving our male alone on the frozen lake. I have been worried sick ...
Re: Brought black swan to our shed after lake froze -- Elizabeth -- 27 January 2014
Hi Lynne, Your poor swan!! I am so sorry. It is so heartbreaking to lose a swan isn't it? My swan is very used to me coming down to the lake to see her. She saw me coming and immediately walked over ...
Re: Brought black swan to our shed after lake froze -- Elizabeth -- 27 January 2014
Lynne, I just followed your other post. I wonder if my own swan was chased or left our lake... I never thought about that option until he responded to your post. Ugh. I never even thought to look ...
Re: Brought black swan to our shed after lake froze -- The Regal Swan -- 27 January 2014
Hi Elizabeth: Be careful with the small tub unless you are staying with her as if the tub is too high, she can hurt her legs and feet. If you allow her to swim in a tub, she may also go crazy and ...
Re: Brought black swan to our shed after lake froze -- Elizabeth -- 27 January 2014
Oh I am glad you said that about the tub. I won't use that then. When the lake or most of it thaws, then I will start the soak to prepare her to go back out.
Re: Brought black swan to our shed after lake froze -- The Regal Swan -- 28 January 2014
Hi Elizabeth Excellent she'll do fine. Just keep her indoors in extreme cold temperatures. The Regal Swan

Mute swan in Michigan: Fines? -- Mike -- 27 January 2014
hello, I am in the process of trying to rehabilitate a mute swan in Michigan. The DNR says it is illegal to rehabilitate mute swans. Which I don't really care what they say. I dont believe in any ...
Re: Mute swan in Michigan: Fines? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 January 2014
Hi Mike Not really sure of the fines but we are with you. Fines in most cases run $100-$500+. This is the most despicable act supported and instigated by U.S. Wildlife Services. We are working across ...

Are they ok in this North East weather -- Robyn -- 25 January 2014
I have two mutes for about 3 years, and they've weathered every winter storm, but this years been exceptionally brutal. They are sleeping in the snow right now and the snow falling is accumulating. ...
Re: Are they ok in this North East weather -- The Regal Swan -- 25 January 2014
Hi Robyn: You probably need to bring them into a shed, garage or barn (safe from predators digging under or climbing into the shelter). Predators can access the swans on snow and ice, so you need to ...

Two swans been curled up on my frozen river for more then 5 hours?? -- Loretta -- 25 January 2014
Hi, just hoping you can tell me if the two swans are stuck on the ice or just resting? They been in the same spot all day about 100 yards off shore. I love these swans I watch the mom and dad and ...
Re: Two swans been curled up on my frozen river for more then 5 hours?? -- The Regal Swan -- 25 January 2014
Hi Loretta: Can you safely get to the other side of the pond where the swans are located? If not, there is not much you can do. The swans may have a small area or water that is allowing them to eat ...

New swans in pond (in the State of Georgia) -- Darren -- 22 January 2014
We live about 1 hour south of Atlanta GA. Today 2 swans showed up in our pond, we have lived here over 10 years and geese come and go yearly but never swans. Is this normal for GA? Is there a way I ...
Re: New swans in pond (in the State of Georgia) -- The Regal Swan -- 22 January 2014
Hi Darren: What is the color of the beak? If it is orange, they are Mute Swans and if they have a black bill with a yellow area between the bill and the eye (called the lore) then they are Tundra ...

Swans in field -- Linda & Sue -- 19 January 2014
We were out walking along a canal in the West Midlands today, and saw about 20 Swan's grazing in a field were they later settled down to rest. Why do they do this when there wasa beautiful calm canal ...
Re: Swans in field -- The Regal Swan -- 19 January 2014
Hi Linda & Sue Swans like all other birds, are in their migratory (winter feeding/resting grounds) mode. This means that aquatic and other vegetation is very scarce during the winter months. This ...

Swans "ears" -- Margaret -- 17 January 2014
Where are a swans "ears " located
Re: Swans "ears" -- The Regal Swan -- 17 January 2014
Hi Margaret The ears are located slightly behind the eyes. We have included a photo with an arrow and spot depicting the general location of the ear. Feathers protect the ears from water and dirt. ...

My black swans: father steps on cygnets, do swans see in the dark? -- Allen -- 16 January 2014
My 4 year old black swan pair added 4 signets to the family. Our signets just turned 5 days old now. My questions: 1. The parents, especially the male is clumsy, he constantly steps on the signets. I ...
Re: My black swans: father steps on cygnets, do swans see in the dark? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 January 2014
Hi Allen: The swans do need some light to see. Even under the darkest conditions in their native habitat, they will rely on at least some light from the stars or moon. The dim light is good, but ...

Killing of Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 16 January 2014
Hi Everyone: We are asking that you please send this information to as many facebook, friends and other contacts that you may have. THE MUTE SWANS NEED YOUR URGENT HELP! We received this information ...

Swan stuck in Ice in NH -- Kristina -- 14 January 2014
My Brother lives in the water in NH on the seacoast= there was a swan he was feeding bread to then got stuck in the ice- he called an animal group wildlife to help it and they wrapped it up and took ...
Re: Swan stuck in Ice in NH -- The Regal Swan -- 14 January 2014
Hi Kristina: We would try to find out who the "lady" is and her intentions. Yes, many states are viewing the mute swans as non-native (there is research stating otherwise), but they will kill the ...

Swan Hit By Car -- Lynne -- 14 January 2014
I live on a lake in NJ which had been frozen for several days. Our female swan was struck by a car and killed last Thursday evening on an elevated bridge some 60 feet above the lake. She never leaves ...
What kind of aerator/de-icer to buy -- Lynne -- 15 January 2014
Can you send any info on what kind of aerator/de-icer to buy and where it can be purchased. Also, can you post a picture of a sample enclosure for a new swan...not sure how to build it and a picture ...
Re: What kind of aerator/de-icer to buy -- The Regal Swan -- 15 January 2014
Hi Lynne: You need to check with Sue Cruz at Vertex Water Features. She will be able to advise the size and type of aerator based upon the size of your pond, your habitat and other needs. We are ...
Re: Swan Hit By Car -- The Regal Swan -- 14 January 2014
Hi Lynne: We are so sorry for your loss. Yes, swans will try to leave a frozen lake. There are several reasons for this migration. First, the swan could starve without adequate food sources. Even ...
Re: Swan Hit By Car -- Lynne -- 15 January 2014
Thank you for the information.

Nasty swans -- Rachael -- 14 January 2014
Hello. I've just been for a walk at Marbury park in northwich cheshire. As I live in the local village it is a nice place to walk my dog and my nephew. As soon as we got to Marbury park today we went ...
Re: Nasty swans -- The Regal Swan -- 14 January 2014
Hi Rachael: There could be a couple of reasons for this scenario. Swans are not AGGRESSIVE, but rather DEFENSIVE. This means that they aren't just going out of their way to accost someone or ...

Black swan with broken wing -- Fiona -- 13 January 2014
Dear Sir, we had a black swan in the UK, he is broken wing about 2 days ago. We came to the vet, but they said his wing need to cut cause he had infection. So, we are very sad about that. Anything we ...
Re: Black swan with broken wing -- The Regal Swan -- 13 January 2014
Hi Please contact Wendy Hermon at Swan Lifeline in Eton. 0175385937 She will be able to help you. The Regal Swan

Cereal mix product for swan opinion -- Marco -- 12 January 2014
hello, i've found a cereal mix for waterfowl (Ark Cereal Mix http://www.arkwildlife.co.uk/Item/Wildlife_Foods~Waterbird_Foods/ACMI/Ark_Cereal_Mix.html ), it contains "Wheat, Cut Maize and Naked ...
Re: Cereal mix product for swan opinion -- The Regal Swan -- 12 January 2014
Hi Marco: We're not sure how nutritious this mixture might be for a swan. Yes, swans need vegetation, especially grasses and other aquatic vegetation to round out their diet. But, just giving them ...
Re: Cereal mix product for swan opinion -- marco -- 13 January 2014
thank you for reply yeah, i know that swan need also other kind of food than only the mix in question; but i ask to you if can be good idea feed the swan with also this mix : it contain the important ...
Re: Cereal mix product for swan opinion -- The Regal Swan -- 13 January 2014
Hi: We did a little research and found that this mixture is indeed provided to waterfowl and poultry, mainly ducks, geese and chickens. We cannot find any reference to swans, but as long as the ...
Re: Cereal mix product for swan opinion -- Marco -- 15 January 2014
thank you for your check, marco
Re: Cereal mix product for swan opinion -- The Regal Swan -- 15 January 2014
You are very welcome Marco. The Regal Swan

Swans on Ohio River -- Rosemary -- 11 January 2014
There are about a dozen swans that just landed in the ohio river in KY this week. Where would they be going or how long would they stay
Re: Swans on Ohio River -- The Regal Swan -- 11 January 2014
Hi Rosemary: Swans migrate south during the winter and stop to rest along their migratory paths. Migratory paths depend on where their spring nesting and summer habitats are located. Wintering ...

Introducing another Mute Swan -- Kim -- 9 January 2014
I live in Drums, PA. We have a female mute swan that has been in our lake since 2006. She stays at the lake and does not have a mate. The community wants to purchase a male for her. I do not think it ...
Re: Introducing another Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 10 January 2014
Hi Kim: There are no guarantees that either swan will accept each other. If they do not, one or both could be seriously hurt or even killed. You will need to build a pen (enclosed top to bottom to ...
Re: Introducing another Mute Swan -- Kim -- 10 January 2014
Thank you so much for the quick response. I am taking this to the next meeting in order to stop these few from still wanting another swan. I knew it was a bad idea, but now I have the proof I need. ...
Re: Introducing another Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 10 January 2014
Hi Kim: You are very welcome. You need to check with either your local/state fish & wildlife commission or dept. of agriculture under licenses and permits. Permits should be categorized under ...

Swan sudden death -- Jim -- 9 January 2014
We have a pair of swans on our pond in Indiana. We had the extreme tempatures this past week. One of the swans acted out of sorts and broke into a screened porch. The next day it entered a garage as ...
Re: Swan sudden death -- The Regal Swan -- 9 January 2014
Hi Jim: Without having seen the swan's demise or having a necropsy, there is no definitive way of knowing what actually occurred. Several possibilities come to mind: 1. The swan was chased by the ...

Swan stuck in ice -- Laurie -- 8 January 2014
Hi, I live on the lake and there is a swan in the middle of my bay and I think it is stuck in the frozen lake. What should I do ?
Re: Swan stuck in ice -- The Regal Swan -- 8 January 2014
Hi Laurie: How large is the lake/bay? If you cannot safely access with a boat or other safety equipment, there is probably little that can be done. If the bay has even a little bit of water, then the ...

Frigid Temps -- freezing swan -- 7 January 2014
I have a question about the temperatures with swans. we have a pond with 1 swan who lives there. the swan was brought here to keep the geese out of the pond. He does have his wings clipped so he cant ...
Re: Frigid Temps -- The Regal Swan -- 7 January 2014
Hi: The bird is placing its head back onto its wings because the down from the feathers are able to keep it warm. If the pond cannot totally freeze because of the aerator, then, the swan has a better ...

Lone swan in freezing pond... -- Chris -- 5 January 2014
There is a pond by my house (Boston) which is rather large but is almost entirely frozen over. Almost all of the ducks and geese have left given that the open water left is maybe a 30 feet across. ...
Re: Lone swan in freezing pond... -- The Regal Swan -- 5 January 2014
Hi Chris: We have been getting many emails regarding this type of situation in the past week. Most of the swans seem to have been either blown off course during the major winter storms or just not ...
Re: Lone swan in freezing pond... -- Chris -- 5 January 2014
Never mind! She/he finally moved on. She was there yesterday, and I went to check on her today, but she was gone. The ice closed in even more to about 20 feet across of free water, and I guess that ...
Re: Lone swan in freezing pond... -- The Regal Swan -- 5 January 2014
Hi Chris: Glad the swan finally took off. It was good weather and the bird was finally able to fly and not risk being blown away or unable to get enough lift to fly. Corn is very important in ...
Re: Lone swan in freezing pond... -- Chris -- 5 January 2014
Thanks. I'll add some corn to my mix. I just give them each a few handfuls a day, especially in the winter given that they have so little to eat. I also only feed it at sundown so as to not fill them ...
Re: Lone swan in freezing pond... -- The Regal Swan -- 6 January 2014
Hi Chris: You might try a local pet store like PetCo or PetSmart. There are many urbanites who now have chickens in their yards for egg laying and these stores may carry the pellets. Bass Pro Shop ...

How long for mute swan cygnets to learn to fly? -- Yasmine -- 4 January 2014
If a pair of mute swans lay their eggs in early April, in what month would the cygnets learn to fly??
Re: How long for mute swan cygnets to learn to fly? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2014
Hi Yasmine: Juvenile swans usually learn to fly somewhere between 5-8 months of age depending on the species and the individual swan. The time that it takes to grow flight feathers is the ultimate ...

Swans frozen on lake -- Carol -- 4 January 2014
We Live in Delran, New Jersey and have a lake behind our house. Two swans came 2 days ago and we have been feeding them bread. Now the lake froze and they appear to be frozen in the middle of lake. ...
Re: Swans frozen on lake -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2014
Hi Carol: Is there some way that you can break the ice so that the swans can have water access? You will need to break a hole approximately 12-15 feet in circumference and hope that the birds will ...
Re: Swans frozen on lake -- Carol -- 5 January 2014
Thank you so much for your information. We observed the swans for about one hour and noticed that they were able to walk but stayed in the same place for the night and morning. Later in the afternoon ...
Re: Swans frozen on lake -- The Regal Swan -- 5 January 2014
Hi Carol: You are very welcome. Glad this worked out. The Regal Swan

Swan pregnancy -- Mrs M -- 4 January 2014
How long is a swan pregnant for
Re: Swan pregnancy -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2014
Hi Swans copulate throughout the year. But, depending on swan species (Black swans produce two broods of cygnets a year), most swans mate during the spring to produce eggs. Copulation to produce eggs ...

Swans on iced lake -- Vincent -- 30 December 2013
I have a home on a lake in north west New Jersey this summer the parent swans had 5 offspring they have been flying since early September, the lake is almost frozen over and will be completely iced ...
Re: Swans on iced lake -- The Regal Swan -- 31 December 2013
Hi Vincent: If the swans do not leave soon, they probably will not be able to fly in the impending severe winter storm. Swans are made for cold weather, but if there is no open water, they can ...

2 Male Mute Swans Fighting Issues - How to catch a swan and replace it -- Andrea -- 29 December 2013
I have two 3 year old Male Mute Swans. I have had them a little over a year. They were raised together on the same lake (breeder) and have been on my lake for a year and a half. Christmas Eve night ...
Re: 2 Male Mute Swans Fighting Issues - How to catch a swan and replace it -- The Regal Swan -- 30 December 2013
Hi Andrea: DO NOT get another swan. There are several reasons: 1. You may need a permit to bring another swan onto your property. Many state laws have now changed regarding the possession of swans. ...

Snow geese now? -- Kathy -- 27 December 2013
Know anything about Snow Geese, the 'blue' ones? This morning I very briefly got a glimpse of two birds who flew over my head and landed on the side lawn of home near me in the Gulf of Mexico. They ...
Re: Snow geese now? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 December 2013
Hi Kathy: We just had a report of a cygnet (Mute Swan) found in the Gulf of Mexico this week. So, there are two things possibly occurring: 1. The swan and the geese that you are seeing are someone's ...

Why would swans remain on an almost frozen lake? -- Nancy -- 27 December 2013
we have a pair of swans on our lake, and they had little ones, one baby has survived. MOm or Dad, not sure which one, had a leg or foot injury, and has died on the lake, which is now partially ...
Re: Why would swans remain on an almost frozen lake? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 December 2013
Hi Nancy: There are several reasons that the one parent died: 1. It could have been attacked by a predator which accessed the birds on the ice by walking onto the ice. 2. It could have hurt its leg ...

Mute swan in Gulf of Mexico? -- Kathy -- 24 December 2013
Twice now (dec 20-24, 2013) recently I have seen what is believed to be a juvenile mute swan in the shallow wetlands of the Gulf of Mexico in the area of New Port Richey, just north of Tarpon ...
Re: Mute swan in Gulf of Mexico? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 December 2013
Hi Kathy: If you could post a couple of photos, we might be able to ascertain whether the bird is truly a swan or maybe, a baby pelican. They would be the same color. It would be extremely difficult ...
Re: Mute swan in Gulf of Mexico -- Kathy -- 25 December 2013
Mute Swan in Gulf of Mexico Here is a photo. Definitely not a pelican...I would know that beak anywhere!
Re: Mute swan in Gulf of Mexico -- The Regal Swan -- 25 December 2013
Hi Kathy: Good Eyes! Yep, it is a Mute Swan cygnet. The Regal Swan
Re: Mute swan in Gulf of Mexico -- Kathy -- 25 December 2013
I sent one photo. I can send more if necessary. It would be impossible to catch this bird...but there are plenty of fresh water sources within a mile or two...not counting hundreds of swimming pools ...
Re: Mute swan in Gulf of Mexico -- The Regal Swan -- 25 December 2013
Hi Kathy: Yes, this would be an almost impossible capture due to the fact that the cygnet can fly. It had to come from a local captive setting. If someone can get it to come to their house, feed it ...

Swans safe from predators on a pound without fencing? -- Rebekah -- 24 December 2013
Hi there, Are domesticated mute swans and pekin ducks basically safe on a pond without any fencing around it? The pond doesn't freeze and it is large - 12 feet deep, 100 feet round. Most predators ...
Re: Swans safe from predators on a pound without fencing? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 December 2013
Hi Rebekah: If the birds stay on the bank, especially at dark (sunset, sunrise or nighttime), they are very susceptible to predators as predators are nocturnal and hunt at night. Waterfowl do spend ...

Mute Swan: Where to find a mate -- McD -- 22 December 2013
We have a female Mute Swan in our cove which is part of a large lake in Tennessee. Its mate was killed several years ago by a "careless" jet skier. What might be a proper new mate for her ...

Swan Surfing -- The Regal Swan -- 22 December 2013
Hi Everyone: This is a news clip from Perth, Australia. Hope everyone enjoys and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Regal Swan

Swan in parking lot, maybe with blood on chest and wobbling, didn't move for cars/people -- Dawn -- 15 December 2013
I work in a shopping plaza with constant traffic that is by marsh and ponds. We usually have several geese that travel through, however Friday in the parking lot sitting in the middle of the through ...
Re: Swan in parking lot, maybe with blood on chest and wobbling, didn -- The Regal Swan -- 16 December 2013
Hi Dawn: Most states want to see the Mute Swans dead and will not intervene to help. If the swan was in a parking lot, had blood and wobbled, it would indicate that it had possibly been hit by a car ...
Re: Swan in parking lot, maybe with blood on chest and wobbling, didn -- Dawn -- 18 December 2013
Thank you for your reply. I will research such shelters or reference if needed for the future. Thank you so much.
Re: Swan in parking lot, maybe with blood on chest and wobbling, didn -- The Regal Swan -- 18 December 2013
Hi Dawn: You are very welcome. Thank you for caring. The Regal Swan

Signet on its own, missing tail feathers and a little lethargic -- Hayley -- 15 December 2013
hi, we have a network of rivers and tributaries near us and we found some feathers along the bank on a dog walk, on our way home we saw a young mute swan (mostly grey with a couple of white feathers) ...
Re: Signet on its own, missing tail feathers and a little lethargic -- The Regal Swan -- 15 December 2013
Hi Hayley: The young cygnet might have been dispatched from its parents because of the upcoming breeding season, or it might have been chased by a predator or lost on the migratory path. The feathers ...

Swan appeared on my deck, sat for some time, and left -- Debra -- 14 December 2013
A large swan appeared on my deck last night and sat there for some time. It was very cold and it appeared to be shivering. I don't know where it came from and I am hoping it was not sick. Can you ...
Re: Swan appeared on my deck, sat for some time, and left -- The Regal Swan -- 14 December 2013
Hi Debra: The swan may have gotten off the beaten path (migratory) and was either chased or landed near you and your deck was the safest place for it during the night. Hopefully, you do not have any ...
Re: Swan appeared on my deck, sat for some time, and left -- Debra -- 15 December 2013
Thank you so much for your reply. I feel better knowing it was not cold. It was such a beautiful sight to see and I feel very blessed that it came to my deck. Happy holidays!
Re: Swan appeared on my deck, sat for some time, and left -- The Regal Swan -- 15 December 2013
Hi Debra: You are very welcome. Hopefully, it will revisit you in the spring with warmer weather. The Regal Swan

A dozen swans with dozens of babies appeared on our lake in MA (in winter) -- Martha -- 13 December 2013
There are no less than 12 full grown swans (I think mute) on the lake in my backyard in Wakefield, Massachusetts. They appear to have dozens of babies with them. Could this be correct? The temp was ...
Re: A dozen swans with dozens of babies appeared on our lake in MA (in winter) -- The Regal Swan -- 13 December 2013
Hi Martha: The swans may have been blown in on the past extreme cold front that hit the country this past week. Sometimes, strong winds will blow the swans off course during their migratory paths. ...

Feeding of Mute Swans in Captivity in Winter -- Jana -- 10 December 2013
Hi there, I have a mute swan on the pond just outside my door - it is penned in in the wintertime in a 4 x 4 meter area with some bubbled water (to keep it from freezing) and a small patch of dry ...
Re: Feeding of Mute Swans in Captivity in Winter -- The Regal Swan -- 10 December 2013
Hi Jana Swans in captive settings should be fed supplementally daily especially during the winter months. This feeding means at will not just a one or two times dropping the food in the water. The ...

Broken wing? -- B. -- 4 December 2013
Hello, I am attaching a picture of a swan I have just found outside of my home (I live next to a river in the UK). It appears to be missing a wing, but retains some of the wing bone structure? I'm ...
Re: Broken wing? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 December 2013
Hi B. Actually, the wing is not broken. This is a condition known as "angel wing", "backwards or slipped wing". The condition may be genetic, but most researchers believe it is caused by too much ...
Re: Broken wing? -- B. -- 5 December 2013
Thanks so much for your time and the advice!
Re: Broken wing? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 December 2013
Hi B You are very welcome. Thank you for caring and taking care of the swan. The Regal Swan

Trumpeter swan attacked my car at night, then walked in a daze and fell into a ditch -- Jack -- 4 December 2013
I was driving down a road along a swamp last night at around 10:30 pm, when I came across a trumpeter swan standing in the middle of the road. Upon seeing it, I began to slow down, but as soon as I ...
Re: Trumpeter swan attacked my car at night, then walked in a daze and fell into a ditch -- The Regal Swan -- 4 December 2013
Hi Jack: Not sure exactly what this behavior means other than he was possibly wanting to stand his ground. He might have been cold and decided to get on the asphalt for warmth and did not want to ...

Arthritic swan over winter -- Alyx -- 3 December 2013
Hello! We're in the uk and have four rescue swans (two angel wing, one severe arthritis and one brain damaged) we've been told that if we're going to lose any over winter it'll be the arthritic one. ...
Re: Arthritic swan over winter -- The Regal Swan -- 3 December 2013
Hi Alyx: Usually, swans do not like to have anything over their heads, so a three walled shelter with roof will not work. This type of shelter will also allow predators to get to the swans. If the ...

Mute swans in 30 degree weather -- Juce -- 3 December 2013
Hi, just wondering about mute swans in 30 degree weather. We have a couple of cold nights coming this week & I'm wondering if they will be ok. It's the parents & 3 cygnets that are about 6 ...
Re: Mute swans in 30 degree weather -- The Regal Swan -- 3 December 2013
Hi Juce: Does your pond freeze? If so, then they may be in jeopardy. However, the parents will take them off if they can fly. The cygnets should be ready to fly so when the time comes, the parents ...

Lone mute swan on lake in extremely cold weather -- Debbie -- 2 December 2013
Please help. our only swans who have been here a long time. the female was killed in July. the male is in front of my house trying to find a spot on lake. so scared he is going to freeze to death. ...

Cornflakes are good for swan and similar aquatic bird? -- Marco -- 30 November 2013
hello i'm from italy can i get a free opinion about cornflakes (link below) as food for swan and similar aquatic bird? is ok food for swan, or it have too much protein and/or carboidrat and/or sucre? ...
Re: Cornflakes are good for swan and similar aquatic bird? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 November 2013
Hi Marco: Bread, especially white bread, is not the best food, but it is certainly better than corn flakes. Too much white bread can cause a change in the swan's blood chemistry, but bread's major ...

Mute swan survival in the northern winter -- Heather -- 28 November 2013
Is it possible for a mute swan to survive the northern winter? And, what can I feed it to survive if needed?
Re: Mute swan survival in the northern winter -- The Regal Swan -- 28 November 2013
Hi Heather: The survival of the swan depends on two things: 1. Does the pond or lake freeze? If so, the chances are slim for survival as the swan can starve, even if you supplementally feed them ...

Swelling neck -- Thara -- 28 November 2013
Female swan of 2 yrs s found to have a bulged/swelling neck since 2 days....what can be done? It is viewed that it has consumed lot of mud while grazing...is it because of this? Need a response ...
Re: Swelling neck -- The Regal Swan -- 28 November 2013
Hi Thara This sounds like an obstruction or abscess. In either case, this is not normal and not due to mud. The swan needs to be taken to a licensed veterinarian with swan/ waterfowl or avian (bird) ...

Help: One swan parent has disappeared -- Colin -- 25 November 2013
twice daily, over the past 5months, while dog walking we have seen 2 swans raise 6 cygnets........haven't seen one of the adult swans now for 6 days...do you think there is any hope for a safe return?
Re: Help: One swan parent has disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 25 November 2013
Hi Colin: Once the cygnets of an older age, the parents may separate for a couple of days, usually to the other side of the pond, but since you may live in an area with long areas going into separate ...

Trumpeter swans on ice -- Garver -- 24 November 2013
Yesterday our lake was open and a rare pair of swans were swimming and feeding, now its next morning and lake is froze over and this pair is laying on ice, they are alive as they put their heads up ...
Re: Trumpeter swans on ice -- The Regal Swan -- 24 November 2013
Hi Garver: The swans may not be able to leave the ice. This inability to leave is extremely dangerous for the swans as they may freeze, drown, starve or be attacked by a predator that can access the ...

Do male swans usually swim in front of the female? -- Ramona -- 20 November 2013
I began working at a place not long ago that has a pair of mute swans on a pond located on the property. I asked if they had been named and was told if I could figure out which was the male and which ...
Re: Do male swans usually swim in front of the female? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 November 2013
Hi Ramona: There is no 100% guaranteed way of just looking at a swan and determining the gender. You could have two males, two females or a male and female. The order of going around the pond does ...

Swan FAQ (food, inclement weather, parents abandon cygnets, swan species, etc) -- The Regal Swan -- 18 November 2013
GENERAL SWAN FAQ’s What do swans eat? Swans are grazing birds and will grasses and aquatic vegetation. They feed from the muck at the bottom of the pond or lake. In a captive setting, aquatic ...

Adult swan harassing cygnet -- Ken -- 18 November 2013
One of the two adults is harassing one of their cygnets by chasing it and pecking at it. The cygnets are just changing colour to white. The season is the start of winter. Is this natural? Why is only ...
Re: Adult swan harassing cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 18 November 2013
Hi Ken Once the cygnets begin to turn white, the parents no longer recognize them as offspring, but rather as rivals. The cygnet is probably a male and the oldest cygnet. Basically, the parents are ...

Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- Nelly -- 14 November 2013
Hi! I believe I have read on the site that you offer advise concerning other waterfawl too. I have found a Canada goose with a broken wing a few weeks ago. I don't know how old the injury is; it ...
Re: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- The Regal Swan -- 14 November 2013
Hi Nelly: Thanks for caring. We really can't tell about the extent of the injury without seeing it as the two photos show somewhat different angles of how the wing is being carried. If the ponds are ...
Re: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- Nelly -- 15 November 2013
Thanks a lot for your prompt reply. I was thinking to solicit help from the volunteers to catch the birds (with the actual catching). Getting the birds familiar with them sounds great, although I ...
Re: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- Nelly -- 15 November 2013
Update: I saw him today while he was preening on the inside of the broken wing and I saw what looked like an exposed bone, with a cut ending in the upper, inner (towards body) side of the wing. I ...
Re: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- The Regal Swan -- 15 November 2013
You can get a salmon net or similar at Sports Authority, Bass Pro Shop or Walmart possibly. You will find the nets in the fishing section. You may not be able to find this particular large size, but ...
Re: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- The Regal Swan -- 15 November 2013
Hi Nelly: It almost sounds like a complete fracture. If it is not bleeding and is able to use the wing somewhat, then this seems like he/she is able to cope with the injury. Birds have hollow bones, ...
Photo #2: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- Nelly -- 14 November 2013
Photo #1: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- Nelly -- 14 November 2013

Mute swans on lake in Michigan -- Vicki -- 14 November 2013
We have 2 cygnets on our lake in Michigan that have been abandoned by the parents. They are still brown, and we are worried that they will not be able to survive through the winter. We feed them ...
Re: Mute swans on lake in Michigan -- The Regal Swan -- 14 November 2013
Hi Vicki: How long have the cygnets been by themselves? One or two days? Longer? If longer, then the parents probably are not going to return. Several things may have occurred which caused the ...
Re: Mute swans on lake in Michigan -- Vicki -- 15 November 2013
The swans were born and raised on our property. The parents abandoned them about a month ago. The parents still swim around the lake, and keep a good distance from the cygnets. One cygnet has a ...
Re: Mute swans on lake in Michigan -- The Regal Swan -- 15 November 2013
Hi Vicki: We're not sure if it would be legal or not to capture, but these two cygnets are definitely in need of capture and veterinary care. If you can contact a NO Kill wildlife facility, they may ...

Worried about wintering Mute Swans -- Yasmin -- 12 November 2013
Dear Sir/Madame I have two beautiful Mute Swans but the winters are cold here in Ottawa. They have a roofed building to go into but do they need a heat lamp at all in the winter months? I noticed ...
Re: Worried about wintering Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 12 November 2013
Hi Yasmin: The swans should be allowed to go outside (l hour after daybreak and 1 hour prior to dusk). Then, they should be placed indoors to allow them to be warm and safe against predators. During ...

Why have swans left onebody of water and migrated about a mile away -- Joanne -- 12 November 2013
all the swans have left one body of water and migrated about a mile away to another pond. WHY?
Re: Why have swans left onebody of water and migrated about a mile away -- The Regal Swan -- 12 November 2013
Hi Joanne: There may be several reasons for this short "migration". The new pond may not freeze and/or has more aquatic vegetation and other resources during winter's inclement weather. The new pond ...

Juvenile swan rejected? -- Joe -- 11 November 2013
We have a juvenile mute that no longer associates with its parents or siblings even though they are nearby. Has it been rejected or has it rejected its family? It stays separated in odd places. It is ...
Re: Juvenile swan rejected? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 November 2013
Hi Joe & Diane: There could be a couple of issues occurring. 1. The cygnet is the oldest male and is now starting to assume his new role on the pond and has gained independence. 2. If there is ...

What would cause my swan to die -- Rob -- 8 November 2013
I found my female swan dead Sunday morning. She was laying in shallow water in a sleeping position. No signs of trama. She is supposed to be 3 years old. I have had her since March. I have a male ...
Re: What would cause my swan to die -- The Regal Swan -- 8 November 2013
Hi Rob: We are sorry for your loss. There could be any number of causes. If there is no visible signs of outward trauma, the only definitive way of knowing would be to have a necropsy conducted. She ...

Will swans abandon their eggs? -- Helena -- 8 November 2013
Near where I live is a large pond which is part of a string of wetlands which runs along the coastal plain. We have had a couple of swans build their nest very close to a walking path, with a fence ...
Re: Will swans abandon their eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 8 November 2013
Hi Helen: Yes, swans will abandon their eggs, especially if a predator (domestic or wild) disturbed the nest. More than likely, a predator chased the parents from the nest or raided the nest while ...

Swans inner breed (black and mute) -- Barb -- 6 November 2013
can black swans and mute swans inner breed and eggs be fertile?
Re: Swans inner breed (black and mute) -- The Regal Swan -- 6 November 2013
Hi Barb: Normally, different species do not interbreed. In the case of the Black and Mute Swans, we have seen a hybrid called a Blute swan. It is not pretty and there was human intervention to make ...

Lone swan in a farmer's field (it can fly) -- Denise -- 5 November 2013
I have been observing a young swan that seems to have taken up residence in a local farmers field. The field is well used by the owner with tractors and hay bailers etc. Will this swan move on?. I am ...
Re: Lone swan in a farmer -- The Regal Swan -- 5 November 2013
Hi Denise: If the swan can fly, there is limited care that can be rendered. The swan is probably resting during migration and is eating the grasses or grains to regain its strength before continuing ...

Pen left with cygnets, leaving cob alone after years together -- Jenny -- 3 November 2013
Why has the pen left with the the cygnets leaving the cob on his own? so sad, they've been together for years, up until last year when they lost there eggs in the floods, they have had 11/12 eggs, ...
Re: Pen left with cygnets, leaving cob alone after years together -- The Regal Swan -- 3 November 2013
Hi Jenny: This is normal behavior for some swan pairs. Once the mating and nesting is out of the way and the cygnets are big enough to get around, the mother is usually the one that is responsible ...

Rights to protect cygnets -- jenny -- 3 November 2013
We live in England and have a pair of Swans now living on a nearby lake. the lake is owned by the residents of the area who have formed a limited company/ conservation society to protect all the ...
Re: Rights to protect cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 3 November 2013
Hi Jenny: We would suggest that you contact Wendy Hermon at the Swan Lifeline in Eton. Wendy may be able to put you in contact with someone that can help in this situation. Otherwise, try the RSPCA ...

Swan Family diminished -- Laura -- 1 November 2013
Hello I live in England ( Oxfordshire ) on the river 'Windrush' and am fortunate enough to have become close to the wildlife here, most specifically the swans.. we had terrible flooding and loss of ...
Re: Swan Family diminished -- The Regal Swan -- 1 November 2013
Hi Laura: Once the cygnets are old enough to explore, the parents will take them further up or down the river to introduce them to their surrounding habitat. This is probably what occurred. A couple ...

Injured swan: Fish hook stuck in bill (leader with sinker attached) -- Tony -- 29 October 2013
We have a local small body of water on edge of town. This area was attractive to ducks and several swans throughout the years. Licenced fishing is permitted. Today we seen a mature swan with a fish ...
Re: Injured swan: Fish hook stuck in bill (leader with sinker attached) -- The Regal Swan -- 29 October 2013
Hi Tony Once you show the swan a net and try to capture it, the smarter the bird becomes and will try to avoid capture at all cost including flying. Will it come up to you to feed it? If so you have ...

Young swan seemed to be crying for its family -- Mackenzie -- 27 October 2013
I have been watching a family of swans grow up this summer/fall. Normally at night while walking my dogs by the pond the two parents and three babies greet us. Tonight we heard a crying quacking ...
Re: Young swan seemed to be crying for its family -- The Regal Swan -- 28 October 2013
Hi Mackenzie: It may have become separated from its parents. There are only four reasons that a cygnet will get separated: 1. It wondered off even though mother swan tells it to stick close. 2. There ...
Re: Young swan seemed to be crying for its family -- mackenzie -- 28 October 2013
Thanks. Today when I check up on it the baby was gone. So I am hoping they came back for it.
Re: Young swan seemed to be crying for its family -- The Regal Swan -- 31 October 2013
Hi Mackenzie This is promising news. You may eventually see the family return to the pond if migration is several weeks away. The Regal Swan

Wild swans to deter geese -- Erica -- 27 October 2013
I have heard that swans deter geese from nesting. We would like to get some swans to nest in a lake in our town which has become infested with canada geese. We do not want to keep them as pets! Is ...
Re: Wild swans to deter geese -- The Regal Swan -- 28 October 2013
Hi Erica: Unfortunately, New York is one of the states that is culling swans, specifically the wild Mute Swans. So, even if you attracted the birds, there is no guarantee that the state would not go ...

swan nutrition -- Joy -- 25 October 2013
Hi, can swans be fed duck pellets? and for adult swans, is there a need for a maintenance and a breeder ration? If so when should the breeder ration be fed since they are seasonal breeders.? are the ...
Re: swan nutrition -- The Regal Swan -- 25 October 2013
Hi Joy: Feed both cygnets and adult swans, cracked corn mixed with poultry (chicken) layer pellets (50%-50%) year round. The cracked corn acts as a filler as well as provides the much needed Vitamin ...

Abandoned juvenile swab -- Stephen -- 23 October 2013
Swans have nested this season for the first time in a small pond near where I live. Originally there were eight babies, but six were killed through predation. I have been looking for the two ...
Re: Abandoned juvenile swab -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2013
Hi Stephen: There are several reasons that the young bird was left behind. 1. There was something wrong with it and the parents abandoned it knowing that it could not make the long migratory flight. ...
Re: Abandoned juvenile swab -- Stephen -- 24 October 2013
Good news. The swan was gone this morning and I assume that the parents came back to retrieve him in light of the information you gave. Hope he is sitting right now in a nice new home with his ...
Re: Abandoned juvenile swab -- The Regal Swan -- 24 October 2013
Hi Steve: Yes, the swan either went in search of the parents or the parents were flying nearby and it decided that it wanted to join the flock. Great news. The Regal Swan

How can swans float while sleeping on the water? -- Diane -- 23 October 2013
How do swans sleep in lakes without falling to the bottom. we have 2 swans that sleep in front of our house and every morning they are sleeping out there and I have always wondered how they stay up ...
Re: How can swans float while sleeping on the water? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2013
Hi Diane: The swans keep water repellent by oiling their entire body with the oil from their uropygial oil gland (preen gland) located near their rump. The oil allows the swan to stay afloat even ...

Mink killed my Swan -- Janie -- 21 October 2013
Having spent many hundreds of pounds on fencing and electric wiring I have still failed and the mink killed my 9 year old female swan on protecting her mate and the ducks she fought to the bitter ...
Re: Mink killed my Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 22 October 2013
Hi Janie We are very sorry for your loss. We know how hard it is to work so hard to try and protect the swans from predators only to lose the battle. Be careful with the male as the mink will most ...

Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- Clara -- 21 October 2013
This is the second day we spotted a swan around our waterways. We're worry because this intracoastal water leads to ocean and boaters go by frequently. I called just today the Fl Wildlife Center in ...
Re: Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- Clara -- 22 October 2013
Thank you so much. I feel much better with your response.
Re: Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- The Regal Swan -- 22 October 2013
Hi Clara: You are very welcome. Realistically, any wildlife is not going to stay in an unsuitable area, but a bird that can fly is a major issue in trying to capture and remove from an unsuitable ...
Re: Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- The Regal Swan -- 21 October 2013
Hi Clara Several weeks ago we were notified of two swans in the Intercoastal in Hallandale with one finally leaving the area. So, the swan you are seeing is probably one of the two swans. We have ...
Re: Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- Clara -- 22 October 2013
Thank you so much. I've been taken a series of photos and clip videos, the night before prepared my regular camera with telephoto lenses (better and visible) of this gorgeous animal on our ...
Re: Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- Clara -- 25 October 2013
Update to Regal Swan: 5th day and he still in our waterways. Yesterday afternoon I went down to the deck--he was so close I managed some gorgeous close ups. It seems he's used to people because he ...
Re: Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- The Regal Swan -- 25 October 2013
Hi Clara: Apparently, he has a great area and is not interested in leaving. Eventually, he will figure out what bread is and then, you will never get rid of him. Glad he is doing well. The Regal Swan
Re: Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- Monika -- 22 October 2013
I just happened to see your note about the white swan in Hallandale Intra Coastal. Strange enough last Friday (October 18th) I saw a lone white swan flying around the Turnberry golf course pond in ...
Re: Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- The Regal Swan -- 22 October 2013
Hi Monika: We have had many sightings of not only one but possibly several swans in the area. If the birds can fly, they will go from one area to another looking for food. It may or may not stay ...
Re: Swan in Intracoastal waters Ft. Lauderdale Fl -- monika -- 23 October 2013
Thank you Regal Swan for your comforting reply. The swan when I saw he/she last Friday circled around several times of this (2 golf courses) with around two miles of lakes before flying through ...

How to care for a swan -- Asterios -- 20 October 2013
Hello. I live in Greece. I just acquired a pair of white swans from the Netherlands but I am not sure how I should treat them. I have temporarily put them in a 4 x 4 (meters) enclosure and try to ...
Re: How to care for a swan -- The Regal Swan -- 21 October 2013
Hi Asterios: We're not sure about the wheat or vitamin solution, so you may need to check with a local veterinarian or the breeder from whom you purchased the swans. You should feed the swans poultry ...

Need of a new swan bloodline -- The Regal Swan -- 20 October 2013
Hi Everyone: We are asking if anyone has or knows of someone who has Mearl Swans (Black swans that are very light in color-almost taupe brownish grey) that they would like to sell. We are in need of ...

Grey/brown cygnet -- Dionne -- 19 October 2013
how long does the transformation from grey to white take and at what age. we had a mother and brown baby (rest of family was killed off) Now we have 2 adult white swans. did they run off the others ...
Re: Grey/brown cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 19 October 2013
Hi Dionne: The cygnets begin to turn white approximately 6 months of age. They will be totally white approximately 8-10 months of age. So, you have basically an adult female and an older juvenile. ...

Feed in swan feeder is always wet -- Kathie -- 18 October 2013
We bought a Blitz feed box and assembled a floating system (by attaching 8" thick closed cell foam to outside bottom of box) for our swans. The system works great, keeping the feeder at about ...
Re: Feed in swan feeder is always wet -- The Regal Swan -- 19 October 2013
Hi Kathie: The floating system may be working as the water level in the lake or pond fluctuates. However, it is not addressing a very fundamental problem, the swans are actually causing the water to ...
Re: Feed in swan feeder is always wet -- Kathie -- 22 October 2013
The bottom of the feeder was at least 6 inches above the water level with the closed cell foam keeping it at that level. I don't believe the wake from the swans would reach that height. We have since ...
Re: Feed in swan feeder is always wet -- The Regal Swan -- 22 October 2013
Hi Kathie: Waterfowl, swans, ducks and even some aquatic wildlife will chew at the foam, especially if it breaks into small pieces due to sun/water rot. Therefore, foam, plastic or other materials ...

Looking for a Mate -- Donna -- 18 October 2013
We have 1 swan in our area, escaped from the pond with 2 others a short distance away. She has not returned and the owner has put up more fencing to keep the others in. How can we tell if it's a male ...
Re: Looking for a Mate -- The Regal Swan -- 19 October 2013
Hi Donna: You would need to capture the bird and find out the gender by taking her to a veterinarian. In most states, captive swans are considered non-native (which is an argument that many dispute ...

Do you have swans for sale? (Alberta, Canada) -- Sonya -- 18 October 2013
Hello: I have owned black swans before and would like to buy a young pair for my fenced pond. I am aware of permits needed.Do you sell swans? If not where would I find a breeder? I would prefer the ...
Re: Do you have swans for sale? (Alberta, Canada) -- The Regal Swan -- 19 October 2013
Hi Sonya: We normally work with Bob Knox at Knox Swan and Dog in Illinois. However, Bob told us that there would be international permitting paperwork that would be required to get the birds to you. ...

Neglected Cygnet -- Lisa -- 17 October 2013
Help! What do we do to help this baby swan? Pic attached.
Re: Neglected Cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 17 October 2013
Hi Lisa The cygnet has angel wing also known as slipped or backward wing. This condition can be genetic but usually is caused because the cygnet received a very high protein diet which caused his ...

How to attract and retain swans -- Dona -- 16 October 2013
How can I attract and retain swans. Can I buy a pair and if I do how do I keep them. New lakehouse owner in mass. We have Canadian geese a loon and grey herons
Re: How to attract and retain swans -- The Regal Swan -- 17 October 2013
Hi Dona If there are swans in your area, you might try feeding them to see if they may stay. A good habitat safe from predators and severe weather, I.e , frozen pond will help attract and keep wild ...

Mute Swan on farm pond -- Jane -- 14 October 2013
We observed a mute swan on our farm pond on Sunday and again today. Will it winter here? Do we need to feed it?
Re: Mute Swan on farm pond -- The Regal Swan -- 14 October 2013
Hi Jane: If the weather in your area turns extremely hazardous during the winter, then the swan will likely leave and migrate further south. If you feed it, it may stay, but you will need to keep it ...

My black swans -- Allen -- 14 October 2013
I have a pair of black swans 4 years old. I bought them when they were 10 months old. They have quarter of an acre grass land and a swimming pool we dedicated to them. They were eating out of my ...
Re: My black swans -- The Regal Swan -- 14 October 2013
Hi Allen: Your babies are no longer babies but adults getting ready to mate and produce their first cygnets. If this is the second or third time to produce cygnets, then the birds have now learned ...
Re: My black swans -- Allen -- 17 October 2013
Thank you for your advice. My swans did not mate yet. This will be their first time. We already have a barn about the size you are suggesting where we put them at night. The swimming pool they are ...
Re: My black swans -- The Regal Swan -- 17 October 2013
Hi Allen Swans will mate for two weeks prior to nesting. So allow the swans time outside until you see them beginning to pull at grasses to start a nest. There are a couple of issues in the barn. 1. ...
Re: My black swans -- Allen -- 22 October 2013
I have built a small water feature in the barn, my two swans like to sleep in it at night. They have been pulling at grasses for the last two years and acting like building a nest. But they seem to ...
Re: My black swans -- The Regal Swan -- 22 October 2013
Hi Allen: Excellent. Seems you have a great habitat for the swans, especially a nice safe place for them at night. The birds just may not be ready to mate at this time. Give it a little time. Once ...

Housing Swans with no water -- Idaho -- 13 October 2013
What would you suggest I have no safe open water for them in the winter months.
Re: Housing Swans with no water -- The Regal Swan -- 14 October 2013
Hi: The first suggestion we would have is to install a de-icer/bubbler if possible which would keep the water way open. If you can do this, we would suggest that you contact Sue Cruz at ...

Cynet coloration -- Sue -- 12 October 2013
There are two families of swans on the lake. Both families produced cygnets this spring. The west side family has two offspring that are both all white and quite large. The east side family has four ...
Re: Cynet coloration -- The Regal Swan -- 13 October 2013
Hi Sue: Yes, the grey cygnets will begin to turn white once they reach the age of juvenile swans. The white cygnets are a color variation known as leucism. There is nothing wrong with the cygnets, ...

Older cynet left by family -- Karleen -- 11 October 2013
A pond across from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT has a swan couple that had 6 babies last Spring. Only two survived to where their feathers are almost all white. I just noticed two days ago ...
Re: Older cynet left by family -- The Regal Swan -- 12 October 2013
Hi Kathleen: There could be any number of issues as to why the young swan did not fly with the parents. There could be something wrong with the bird and he cannot fly, either birth defect, illness or ...

Black Swans: Mother ill, father ushers her away and keeps the cygnet -- Mrs Spring -- 11 October 2013
We have had a pair of black swans for about 10 years, they have had numerous cygnets, this time only one survived and it is about 2 months old. The mother seems to have an illness, her face looks a ...
Re: Black Swans: Mother ill, father ushers her away and keeps the cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 11 October 2013
Hi Mrs Spring Please contact Wendy Hermon or another staff member at Swan Lifeline in Eton (link below). Wendy should be able to help. The Regal Swan

Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- Nelly -- 9 October 2013
Hello! Yesterday a mute swan has appeared at my workplace. She has difficulty walking, it is slightly limping, but it moves very slowly, as if it's difficult for her to push her own body weight ...
Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2013
Hi Nelly The first thing to do is capture the swan and get her to a no kill shelter so she can be examined. This might actually be a young swan that was beaten and chased from its habitat or a swan ...
Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- Nelly -- 10 October 2013
I had to send you one more. Sorry for the deluge of pixels :-))
Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- Nelly -- 10 October 2013
Hello! I have just lost the long story I wrote as an update, because I was trying to attached a picture that was too large :-((( In brief, I followed your advice, did some research and called Sunrise ...
Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2013
Hi Nelly We are glad this situation worked out so well for the swan and you. Although we can't be absolutely sure, but the swan looks like a young bird, possibly a female. The swan is definitely a ...
Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- Nelly -- 12 October 2013
Hi! As the owner of the sanctuary wrote to me this morning: there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that apparently Big Bird can fly. The bad news is that it seems, after spending ...
Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- The Regal Swan -- 13 October 2013
Hi Nelly: Actually, this is good news and fits the scenario. It was probably a young juvenile who was told by the parents, get lost because the migration and new breeding season is beginning. The ...
Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- Nelly -- 10 October 2013
Can you infer anything about her age? (I also have a movie that shows her walking, but it is way too large to attach.) Thanks so much again! Nelly
Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- Nelly -- 10 October 2013
Big Bird sleeping next to me at the pond with the tin swans.
Re: Help with elderly mute swan in Ohio -- Nelly -- 10 October 2013
I'm attaching a few pictures of Big Bird from yesterday. Here is the first one

Buying female mute swan, Atlanta area -- Peggy -- 9 October 2013
want to buy mature female mute swan in the Atlanta area
Re: Buying female mute swan, Atlanta area -- The Regal Swan -- 9 October 2013
Hi Peggy Contact Bob Knox at Knox Swans and Dog in Illinois. He is a reputable swan breeder and will help you with the necessary arrangements. The Regal Swan

Missing swan -- Abbe -- 6 October 2013
I woke this morning looking for the two majestic swans that swim in the salt water lake that leads to the intracoastal. They have been here for about three weeks. I'm so sad, I see only one this ...
Re: Missing swan -- The Regal Swan -- 6 October 2013
Hi Abbe We do not know where you are located, but there could be several things occurring. First, swans do not belong in salt water. Therefore, it could have gotten sick from the salt and possibly ...
Re: Missing swan -- The Regal Swan -- 7 October 2013
Hi Abbe The Regal Swan Foundation is located in Orlando, therefore, we are somewhat familiar with your area. Since swans are not native to Florida, the swans are probably escapees from a captive ...

Two female swans -- Nancy -- 3 October 2013
Our male swan dies 4 months ago. Our female seemed lonely. We bought another female because we had read two females will live peacefully on the pond, less aggression, and less cygnets to deal with. ...
Re: Two female swans -- The Regal Swan -- 3 October 2013
Hi Nancy Find the new swan a good home and let the original bird live alone on its lake. Same gender pairing usually works when cygnets are young and have never had a mate. There are no guarantees ...

New pond for swans: Requirements in Georgia USA? -- Debbie -- 2 October 2013
Hello. Thank you in advance for your help. I want to put a pond on my property. What is required to keep the swans at home and protected in the winter? Also, how do you recommend the proper way to ...
Re: New pond for swans: Requirements in Georgia USA? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 October 2013
Hi Debbie There are many issues that must be considered prior to developing a swan habitat. In fact too many to give your question justice. Therefore, we would like for you to consider our book Swans ...

Cygnet with broken wing -- Barbara -- 30 September 2013
In a family of swans w four cygnets one has a broken wing. Is there anything that can be done to help it? I have contacted fish and wildlife game in the area. They do not come and get the swan but ...
Re: Cygnet with broken wing -- The Regal Swan -- 30 September 2013
Hi Barbara Most Fish & Game Commissions are ruling Mute Swans as non native and nuisances. They may help you capture it as well as the rest of the family in order to kill (cull) the swans in ...

Can we shampoo the swan???? -- Thara -- 28 September 2013
hi.....the female swan of 2 yrs is not properly bathing by its own...is it harmful to wash it using a shampoo?
Re: Can we shampoo the swan???? -- The Regal Swan -- 29 September 2013
Hi Thara Do not use a shampoo. Use a washing up liquid such as DAWN fish soap or Fairy Liquid washing up soap. If you do not have these check with your local wildlife folks to see what they use to ...

Cygnet not flying -- Jenae -- 28 September 2013
Cygnet mute swan not flying yet. parents would leave for a couple of days and return. I have not seen them for a few days. I haven't seen the cygnet even trying to fly yet. should I do anything? we ...
Re: Cygnet not flying -- The Regal Swan -- 28 September 2013
Hi Jenae If the parents left without the cygnet it may mean that the cygnet cannot fly or something may be wrong with it. If the parents know something is wrong they may abandon it. If there was a ...

Swan babies chased by the adult swans -- Alika -- 25 September 2013
At a golf course I work at, there are at least ten adult swans, two pair of swans had babies. The adult swans are chasing and stomping the baby swans and they are picking at its little feathers?? The ...
Re: Swan babies chased by the adult swans -- The Regal Swan -- 25 September 2013
Hi Alika: Several things may be going occurring in this scenario. One, the parents stomping the cygnets are not the parents of the cygnets and they are trying to remove the rival family from the ...

mate died -- Sharon -- 24 September 2013
A friend had 2 Swans one died...and her his mate is very lonely what do I do?
Re: mate died -- The Regal Swan -- 24 September 2013
Hi Sharon: Do you know how old the swan was, its gender and how it died? To place another swan in the same environment if the swan died from illness or poisoning, you may have the same thing happen ...

Want to raise swans in Florida -- Bruce -- 23 September 2013
Can we raise swans on our lake in sw florida? If so where can we get them and information on how to raise them?

Black swan and our dog -- Keith -- 22 September 2013
Hi-A new black swan has arrived on our small lake. He seems to be alone. When we were walking our dogs, our 80lb border collie spaniel spotted the swan close to shore and was curious. She swam in ...
Re: Black swan and our dog -- The Regal Swan -- 22 September 2013
Hi Keith We're not sure if this could be considered normal. Most swans, regardless of species are not going to let another animal get close without reacting. Now having said this, if the Black Swan ...

help me please -- karlee -- 19 September 2013
can you get sick by putting a swan feather in your mouth? if so what are the symptoms that I might be showing? very scared that I have caught something..
Re: help me please -- The Regal Swan -- 19 September 2013
Hi Karlee: Yes, you can, but it depends on the age, condition of the feather and where you found it and if you have a suppressed immune system. So, there are many variables that control whether you ...

Female swan wondering away -- L A -- 13 September 2013
I have had a pair of mute swans for 4 years now and everything has been fine. About 3 or 4 weeks ago my female kept disappearing from our pond, after we searched for a while I found her in one of our ...
Re: Female swan wondering away -- The Regal Swan -- 13 September 2013
Hi L A: There could be several scenarios playing out. 1. It is migration time and the female is migrating (yes captive swans will walk to another site during the migration period). 2. The male is ...

Lonely trumpeter swan -- Kathie -- 13 September 2013
We line in northern Ohio and have a 4 month old, pinioned, female trumpeter swan. She is thriving but we wondered if she is or will be lonely. We would like to get a cob in the future, but cannot ...
Re: Lonely trumpeter swan -- The Regal Swan -- 13 September 2013
Hi Kathie: You might want to contact Bob Knox at Knox Swans in Illinois as he may be able to help you procure an age appropriate mate. However, you may need to have a permit for another swan, ...

Male swan with a mated pair of swans? -- Charlotte -- 11 September 2013
Is it possible to keep a single male swan on the same pond as a mated pair of swans????? (Two males and one female on the same lake)
Re: Male swan with a mated pair of swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 12 September 2013
Hi Charlotte: There is a possibility that the odd male (not paired with the female) may bond with the new male. This scenario will closely depend on the age of the two males (the younger the better), ...

Map where swans live -- Elina -- 11 September 2013
I need a map of where swans live urgent for a project
Re: Map where swans live -- The Regal Swan -- 11 September 2013
Hi Elina: We're not aware of any one map, in fact we have been trying to develop one. So, the best that we can do for you is give you the locations of origin for the various species. Whooper Swan ...

De-icers for the Swans' Winter Habitat -- The Regal Swan -- 11 September 2013
Hi Everyone: It is that time of the year when we all need to be thinking about the winter habitat for the swans. Frozen ponds and lakes can be deadly for swans as they cannot access food sources, ...

New swan -- Robert -- 11 September 2013
In our local park we have two swans and they have young, and another came in this morning: will it stay or would the two push it out?
Re: New swan -- The Regal Swan -- 11 September 2013
Hi Robert: It depends on the species and the individual swans. Outside of breeding season, swans are usually less territorial, not always, but usually. It also depends on the new swan's gender. If it ...

lost swan -- Elizabeth -- 7 September 2013
A lone swan has appeared on the pond at my golf club in rural South Carolina. The swan seems healthy, is not afraid of people or golf carts, and is not aggressive. It has an orange band on its leg, ...
Re: lost swan -- The Regal Swan -- 7 September 2013
Hi Elizabeth What color is the swan's beak? If it is black, the swan could be a protected Trumpeter or Tundra Swan. If it is orange in color, then it is a Mute Swan and may have gotten away from its ...

Swan killed in automobile accident: What to do with remaining swans? -- Jordan -- 5 September 2013
Today one of our swans was killed in an automobile accident. What actions would you suggest that we take for the remaining mate. They have been together a long time and we are worried about the one ...
Re: Swan killed in automobile accident: What to do with remaining swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 September 2013
Hi Jordan: The swan will do just fine by itself, especially if it is pinioned (rendered unable to fly and in a captive setting). Reintroducing a mate, takes approximately 2-3 weeks with the new bird ...

number of swans -- Bill -- 4 September 2013
Approximately how many swans (all colours) are there in the world? How many black swans are there in the world. Thanks.
Re: number of swans -- The Regal Swan -- 4 September 2013
Hi Bill: There are 7 species and one subspecies: Mute Swan (orange beak) England, Eurasia Whooper Swan (yellow/black beak) National Bird of Finland Trumpeter Swan (black beak) North America Tundra ...

mute swans in Iowa -- John -- 31 August 2013
Can you shoot mute swans in iowa since they are an invasive species
Re: mute swans in Iowa -- The Regal Swan -- 31 August 2013
Hi John: You will need to check with your local wildlife commission to determine if the swans can be hunted. Most states do not allow their hunting even if they are considered non-native. There are ...

Saw a swan in the Atlantic Ocean on 8/29 -- Linda -- 30 August 2013
Hello She was swimming by a waterfront restaurant with about 5 ducks. She was white with an orange beak and a black stripe near her eyes (calling her she because the ducks were following her). This ...
Re: Saw a swan in the Atlantic Ocean on 8/29 -- The Regal Swan -- 30 August 2013
Hi Linda: We have heard of swans swimming for short times in saltwater. But, they will eventually leave for freshwater since they can not survive in brackish or salt water for long periods of time. ...

Sheila Bolin Nominated 1 of the Top 39 Conservationists in the World Vying for Indianapolis Prize -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 29 August 2013
Sheila was just notified that she has been nominated one of the top 39 conservationists in the world, vying for the world's leading conservation award, the prestigious Indianapolis Prize. She is ...

Rearing Mute Swans -- Nicole -- 27 August 2013
Hi, I'm from Australia and have two pairs of mute swans over here. They both have bred in the past and successfully reared their young. When they had the cygnets I covered the entire enclosure with ...
Re: Rearing Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 28 August 2013
Hi Nicole: Unfortunately, the cygnets will need to swim to increase their leg strength. The water feature needs to have a zero entrance so that their legs and feet cannot be injured or traumatized ...

9 week old baby swans with their Father -- Dominick -- 25 August 2013
I have observed the birth of baby swans. After 6 weeks their Mother has disappeared and they are with the Father. I think that there must have been a fight because even the Father's rear feathers ...
Re: 9 week old baby swans with their Father -- The Regal Swan -- 26 August 2013
Hi Dominick: Are you absolutely sure that this is the male bird? We have seen male birds completely leave the parenting to the female and go off for some time before returning later. Usually, the ...

Swan stopped swimming -- Jane -- 20 August 2013
The swan that lives in our pond has stopped swimming for about a month. Why would she do this?
Re: Swan stopped swimming -- The Regal Swan -- 20 August 2013
Hi Jane: Has anyone observed any injury to its legs or feet? Can she walk? There may be an alligator or snapping/softshelled turtles in the pond and she may be trying to escape the predators. Is she ...

Would someone take a baby swan in Michigan? -- Dana -- 20 August 2013
We are on Pontiac Lake and we have a baby swan that has somehow became separated from family. First noticed Sunday. I was hoping that they would find each other. Now father of another family is ...
Re: Would someone take a baby swan in Michigan? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 August 2013
Hi Dana: You might try a local rehabilitation center, but Michigan wildlife officials are now culling (killing) the mute swans, including stomping the young birds to death. So, you may have to ask ...
Re: Would someone take a baby swan in Michigan? -- Bob Knox -- 20 August 2013
Please e-mail me, I would love to find the Mute cygnet a great home. My phone number is 847-304-1230. Bob Knox

Dark gray cygnet born to Mute Swans -- Sandy -- 17 August 2013
I live on a small wetland lake on the border of Auburn Hills in Michigan. Each year we have a pair of Mute swans give birth. Last year was the only year one cygnet survived. Out of seven born this ...
Re: Dark gray cygnet born to Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 17 August 2013
Hi Sandy: This sounds as if you have the leucistic coloration (white coloration) with the two cygnets and the normal coloration (taupe/dark gray) with the other swan. All will eventually turn white ...

tundra swans in Arkansas -- S Hibbs -- 16 August 2013
Came across two swans I could only identify as tundra swans. White but with tannish necks and heads. They had some number tags on their necks. We approached them and they were alert but pretty calm ...
Re: tundra swans in Arkansas -- The Regal Swan -- 17 August 2013
Hi: Are you sure that they were Tundras? Did they have a yellow lore (between eye and beak)? If not, they may very well have been Trumpeter Swans. Both wild swans and captive swans can be marked with ...

How to build a nesting house for mute swans? -- david -- 15 August 2013
We have a male and female about 8 years old. The female laid some eggs 4 years ago, the nest was flooded and the eggs got cold...did not hatch although the mother sat for about 3 months. There have ...
Re: How to build a nesting house for mute swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 August 2013
Hi David: Most swans will not enter a structure unless you physically place them in the shelter and then lock them in for the nesting season. Swans need water to bathe and preen, so this is going to ...

Swans enemies: What could have killed a swan on the water? -- Don -- 14 August 2013
What would kill an adult muted swan in deep water private pond. Something ate its head off skinned its neck to the bone and ate half its breast portion. all while in the water. we live in Indiana The ...
Re: Swans enemies: What could have killed a swan on the water? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 August 2013
Hi Don This sounds like a coyote, fox, panther or bobcat. Swans usually stay in the water at night. But, they can also go toward the bank if they want to stretch, preen or eat. Just after dusk until ...

sweet corn -- Geraldine -- 14 August 2013
Is it okay to feed swans thawed sweet corn - the kind humans eat?
Re: sweet corn -- The Regal Swan -- 14 August 2013
Hi Geraldine: We have fed cygnets small amounts of canned corn when cracked corn was not available. Even in small amounts, the canned corn caused diarrhea in the birds. The salt content is not that ...

Best substrate material to prevent bumblefoot? -- Evarest -- 12 August 2013
What's the best substrate material/s for swans so as to prevent bumblefoot?
Re: Best substrate material to prevent bumblefoot? -- The Regal Swan -- 12 August 2013
Hi Evarest: Any non-abrasive surface such as grass, straw, sand, soil, etc. would help in the prevention of bumblefoot. Avoid hard and abrasive substrates such as gravel, concrete, asphalt, etc. If ...
Re: Best substrate material to prevent bumblefoot? -- Evarest -- 18 August 2013
How about "softer" substrates like geotextile or some rubbery material like butyl? That's if somebody does know how to use these materials. I found a picture on the Internet where the pond edge ...

Cygnet with raw looking neck -- MT -- 9 August 2013
Hi, I've been staying on a small lake in Michigan where they just, a couple weeks ago, killed hundreds of mute swans. There are a few survivors, one group of which is a mother swan and her three ...
Re: Cygnet with raw looking neck -- The Regal Swan -- 10 August 2013
Hi MT: The first thing is that everyone needs to know about this inhumane practice. Please get a photo of the bird and video if possible, post on Facebook, YouTube and any other social media that you ...

Cygnet white since birth -- Charlotte -- 9 August 2013
Hi there, I live by a sound that has two swan families. One of the families has a cygnet that has been white since birth: Is this normal? I have watched swans for 12 years and this has never happened ...
Re: Cygnet white since birth -- The Regal Swan -- 10 August 2013
Hi Charlotte: Yes, this is normal and is known as the leucistic color variation. This is a genetic anomaly that does not lead to any negative health problems. In Mute Swans (all mute swans are mute ...

Want to buy a mate for our 3 mo. old swam -- DEE -- 9 August 2013
Hello, I have tried to locate a male yearling Mute Swan for a companion to our only surviving 3 month old Mute Swan. I have noticed no one is allowed to ship Mute Swans to California, so I have tried ...
Re: Want to buy a mate for our 3 mo. old swam -- The Regal Swan -- 10 August 2013
Hi Dee: You first need to determine the gender. If you get an opposite gendered mate, you may need to have a breeder's license and you will be responsible for any offspring. All offspring must be ...

When do cygnets turn white? -- Velma -- 4 August 2013
At what age do the cygnets turn white?
Re: When do cygnets turn white? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 August 2013
Hi Velma Approximately 6-8 months of age is when the feathers begin to change color. However, the young birds may not reach their full color change until 11-12 months of age. The Regal Swan

New mute swan refuses to eat -- Alice Albarn -- 3 August 2013
Hi there . An adult mute swan came to my property. I looked up food to give, but refuses to eat
Re: New mute swan refuses to eat -- The Regal Swan -- 4 August 2013
Hi Alice: If the swan is new to the area, wild or captive, it is not going to eat from you until it gets to know you. If you have a pond on your property, it will find its own aquatic vegetation and ...

Plan to Kill Mute Swans in Barry County -- M -- 3 August 2013
Is there anything we can do to stop this (see below) Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
Re: Plan to Kill Mute Swans in Barry County -- The Regal Swan -- 4 August 2013
Hi You need to start a petition through local residents, politicians, social media such as change.org, facebook, etc. Enough people signing the petition along with animal rights groups such as Save ...

Cygnet Being Rejected by Family -- Rita -- 2 August 2013
There is a family of mute swans (2 adults and 7 cygnets: 6 dark color and 1 white ) living on the shore of the Long Island Sound between Whitestone and Bayside Queens- NYC. The cygnets are between 2 ...
Re: Cygnet Being Rejected by Family -- The Regal Swan -- 2 August 2013
Hi Rita The cygnet is probably leucistic (lighter color) and the parents now think that it is a rival. This is what occurs once all cygnets turn white and are chased from the habitat to find a mate ...
Re: Cygnet Being Rejected by Family -- Rita -- 2 August 2013
I contacted via E-mail -the rehabilitator from the The Wild Bird Fund, Inc. 565 Columbus Avenue NY, NY 10024 [between 87th and 88th Streets] Their website says "The Wild Bird Fund’s mission is ...

Mute Swans Disappeared -- Carmen -- 1 August 2013
We moved to this pond area 10 months ago. We always had two swans we saw almost every day. In June they disappeared. We look for them every morning. Can't figure out what happened to them. May I also ...
Re: Mute Swans Disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 1 August 2013
Hi Carmen: More than likely they have migrated with their cygnets (young) to another area. Swans as with all birds have wintering, spring and summer migration areas. Swans will migrate from cold ...

Filtered water for swan pond? -- Evarest -- 1 August 2013
In view of the last US drought, fresh water seemed more precious. Can one use filtered-recirculated water in a swan pond? Water that has been bio and/or UV filtered and phytoremediated, as well?
Re: Filtered water for swan pond? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 August 2013
Hi Evarest: Yes, just ensure that it is not over chlorinated or treated with chemicals that fish cannot survive. It would be better if done by UV. If it is suitable for a fish (such as Koi), then it ...
Re: Filtered water for swan pond? -- Evarest -- 2 August 2013
Thank you for the information. I believe some do not chlorinate water anymore, but use an ozonator. I do not know the difference though. By the way, can one put black swans together with muscovy ...
Re: Filtered water for swan pond? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 August 2013
Hi Everest The behavior is totally an individual one. Black Swans are typically very aggressive, but again this would depend on the personality of your swans and their tendency toward aggressive or ...

Cynet with sore leg -- Lauren -- 31 July 2013
Hello, at the park I visit there is a little swan family but this morning I noticed the cygnet is only using one foot to paddle. There is no visible damage to the other foot as far as I can see, do ...
Re: Cynet with sore leg -- The Regal Swan -- 1 August 2013
Hi Lauren Yes better safe than sorry. Contact Wendy Hermon at Swan Lifeline in Eton or your local RSPCA. The Regal Swan

swan taking over large lake raft -- Susan -- 29 July 2013
There is a family of swan's (4) that seem to have taken over my swim raft on the lake where I have my home. They are beautiful and I love watching them. The problem is they leave "swan ...
Re: swan taking over large lake raft -- The Regal Swan -- 29 July 2013
Hi Susan Any disruption such as harrassment may cause the swans to leave the area permanently. So, if you want them to stay you will need to be subtle in your efforts. First, is the raft removable ...

mute swans and pilgrim geese -- Lee -- 27 July 2013
Will mute swans get along with pilgrim geese?

Cygnet away from its parents during a week -- Katharine -- 24 July 2013
Hello, We have a pair of mute swans in our pound and their only surviving cygnet is about 2 1/2 months old. We found him wrapped in fishing wire and with a hook in his neck. Took him to emergency ...
Re: Cygnet away from its parents during a week -- The Regal Swan -- 24 July 2013
Hi Kate: Be extremely careful and have a boat ready to help with any intervention that may be required. There are several things that may occur. 1. The parents take to the bird immediately, no ...

"Albino" Black Swans? -- Dee -- 23 July 2013
Greetings, I had written this question when the cygnets were born asking why they had "pink feet" I understood it to be a gene mutation. Now they are older & the swans are a white & ...
Re: "Albino" Black Swans? -- The Regal Swan® Foundation -- 23 July 2013
Hi Dee: We think that you may be describing a leucistic coloration known as the Mearl or Silver Swan. We are attaching a photo taken by Bob Knox of Knox Swans. A leucistic coloration means that there ...

a swan has just appeared out of nowhere -- Michele -- 19 July 2013
Hello - A swan has appeared out of nowhere in the neighborhood. It's just sitting on the corner (in the grass). Judging from the size, I'm guessing it's a female. My concern is the traffic. People ...
Re: a swan has just appeared out of nowhere -- The Regal Swan -- 20 July 2013
Hi Michele: If you can safely capture the swan (being careful that it does not hit you with its wings), we would strongly suggest you take it indoors into a garage (free from chemicals or other ...

Swans in lake community: Will they come home at night? -- Ply -- 19 July 2013
I live in a lake community with other residence where my back yard is part of the lake. We have wild ducks and Canadian geese roaming the community. I am interested in raising a pair of Muted Swan. ...
Re: Swans in lake community: Will they come home at night? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 July 2013
Hi Ply: Good luck in this venture. Swans are not like duck and geese and usually cannot be domesticated. However, there are some training skills that may be useful. First, check to see if you need a ...

Food and defecation -- Helen -- 19 July 2013
How much do swans eat in one day and how much do they defecate?
Re: Food and defecation -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2013
Hi Helen This question totally depends on the species of swan. For instance, a Mute Swan eats approximately 8 lbs of vegetation daily while the larger Trumpeter Swan eats approximately 20 lbs of ...

Can cygnets be moved by parents?? They dont fly yet -- Judy -- 18 July 2013
Hello I live on a lake in NJ This year we have a new pair of swan that had 4 cignets. They are now the size of a duck, but still have only down...no feathers, and cannot fly. The whole family ...
Re: Can cygnets be moved by parents?? They dont fly yet -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2013
Hi Judy If the cygnets are the size of a duck, they can keep up with the parents just fine. In this case, the parents probably did walk them to another pond especially if there are less predators, ...

How to determine gender -- Bill -- 18 July 2013
I have a cottage in Port Dover Ontario. A white swan showed up in the harbour there last fall, and has wintered over with no mate. We are wondering which gender it may be, and is there a program ...
Re: How to determine gender -- The Regal Swan -- 18 July 2013
Hi Bill The swan needs to be sexed by an avian veterinarian. This can be done through probing ( the least reliable method if the swan is too young) or through DNA Sequencing ( the most reliable ...

Single swan as a pet? -- Thara -- 15 July 2013
hi...... we had a pair of mute swans.male swan died. is it ok for the female swan (2 yrs) to survive as single status? or it should accompanied by another swan?
Re: Single swan as a pet? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 July 2013
Hi Thara If you do not know what killed the other swan and water resources are limited, i.e.., muddy, we would suggest only one swan. The Regal Swan
Re: Single swan as a pet? -- thara -- 16 July 2013
ok.thank u for the kind information.....

Injured Swan: Leg flipped backwards resting on his back -- Erin -- 15 July 2013
We have a swan that has lived in our lake for months. He visits our backyard daily and my kids have named him Sammy. Today my five year old came to tell me that something was wrong with his leg. I ...
Re: Injured Swan: Leg flipped backwards resting on his back -- The Regal Swan -- 15 July 2013
Hi Erin Are you sure he is not just resting his leg on his back? If not you need an avian veterinarian to look at him so you need to get him captured. You might try a wildlife rescue facility, a zoo ...
Re: Injured Swan: Leg flipped backwards resting on his back -- Erin -- 16 July 2013
Thanks for your response. I was able to get him out of the water today. He is not putting any weight on that leg. When he tries to walk he just flops on the ground, definitely not how he has walked ...

Muddy feather solution -- Thara -- 15 July 2013
hi..... As the swan spends most of the time in mud, its become so muddy. taking bath as usual in ponds. but the muddy color on the feathers still remaining. can we wash it using soap? can u suggest a ...
Re: Muddy feather solution -- The Regal Swan -- 15 July 2013
Hi Thara You should use a gentle detergent such as Dawn Dish Soap or Fairy Liquid Washing Up Liquid. If you use either of these two solutions, you should only use a small amount. Also, you need to ...

Feather loss in swans -- Thara -- 14 July 2013
hi...... Male swan has been losing its feathers. What remedy can u suggest?
Re: Feather loss in swans -- The Regal Swan -- 15 July 2013
Hi Thara Swans lose their feathers (moult) twice a year. If this is moulting, you will notice it only lasts from a few days to a couple of weeks. Nothing should be done. However, if feathers are only ...

5 week old swan died during the night -- Sandra -- 14 July 2013
..it was in with the baby chickens
Re: 5 week old swan died during the night -- The Regal Swan -- 14 July 2013
Hi Sandra: Was the cygnet and the baby chickens in an incubator? What happened to the parents? Usually, this young of a swan cannot make it without the parents because they teach it how to be a swan, ...
Re: 5 week old swan died during the night -- Ciara -- 14 July 2013
This is my grandma who posted this. I am Her granddaughter. I bought her from a friend. There were two but they found the other sibling just dead in the pond. They didn't know Wht happend but just ...
Re: 5 week old swan died during the night -- The Regal Swan -- 15 July 2013
Hi Ciara There is no way to determine what happened unless you have a necropsy conducted. Also, baby swans should not be taken from their parents until 6-8 months of age. There is a greater ...

Was swan drowning the other? or mating with it? -- jillian -- 10 July 2013
Hi Today at the river I saw one swan chase another...and caught up with it, then, holding the other captive, held it down by the neck and I was sure it was drowning the captive one. OR was it a ...
Re: Was swan drowning the other? or mating with it? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 July 2013
Hi Jillian It could have been a couple of behaviors. One explanation could have been mating. If the birds are young and this was there first attempt, they may have been clumsily attempting to mate ...

Two swans in one body of water -- J. Ballou -- 5 July 2013
Can more than two swans live in one body of water? I heard a rumor that only two swans will inhabit one body of water because they are territorial. The only exception is when they have their young. ...
Re: Two swans in one body of water -- The Regal Swan -- 6 July 2013
Hi: No, many swans can inhabit one body of water. If you consider two primary examples, The Thames River in England as well as the Abbotsbury Swannery in Abbotsbury Swannery. There are thousands of ...

How to get swans to leave our swim area? -- Andrea -- 30 June 2013
Hello. We own a park and marina in Texas. We've had a family of swans begin coming to our park several times a day. There are 2 adults and 4 younger ones. Still gray, but getting fairly large now. ...
Re: How to get swans to leave our swim area? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 July 2013
Hi Andrea: The first consideration is to find out the species of swan that is visiting your area as some swans are protected by state and/or federal laws and may not be harassed. Additionally, do you ...

Cygnet hissed at by its mother -- Hayley -- 25 June 2013
Hi ya I was hoping you could help as I know nothing about swans and their natural behaviour and I appreciate I may be worrying over nothing but I am very concerned about a cygnet ????? My partner is ...
Re: Cygnet hissed at by its mother -- The Regal Swan -- 25 June 2013
Hi Hayley: Unfortunately, the cygnet is not going to survive. The parents may try to kill it as they know something is wrong. We have seen this time and time again. The parents know when something is ...
Call for help for a cygnet, Ladywood Lake in Mirfield West Yorkshire UK -- Hayley -- 26 June 2013
Please see photo: The smallest signet can be seen here and I can't rest knowing what is happening. I have just left ladywood lake in mirfield West Yorkshire and I hope someone can go and help the ...

Injured swan (tear/hole in foot) -- Julie -- 25 June 2013
Hello and thanks in advance!! What a great forum to find - just what I was hoping for today!! My husband took in a mute swan about one year ago. It had been someone's pet but was being majorly abused ...
Re: Injured swan (tear/hole in foot) -- The Regal Swan -- 25 June 2013
Hi Julie: Sounds like he might have torn his webbing on the foot and it is sore. This could have been from a turtle or he might have stepped on something that penetrated and then tore his webbing. ...
Re: Injured swan (tear/hole in foot) -- Julie -- 26 June 2013
Thanks SO much for your help. Greatly appreciate it!!! I will update you for sure. He was out of the water for a little while last night and this morning so I'm really hoping he is doing better. ...

Swan Attacks -- Tyler -- 24 June 2013
On the property where we live, there have been swans living in a pond and on the creek that runs through it for something like sixty years. However, the couple who lives here with their baby swans ...
Re: Swan Attacks -- The Regal Swan -- 24 June 2013
Hi Tyler: No, there is no swan repellent. Obviously, the swans allow humans other than males. This would seem to indicate that a male did something bad to the swan, such as kicking, chasing or just ...

Swan death -- Bonnie -- 23 June 2013
Our swans just hatched 4 eggs a few weeks ago. Recently the mother died. What will happen to the father and babies?
Re: Swan death -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2013
Hi Bonnie The male will do just fine on his own. The major issue is whether the male will care for the young and not act aggressively toward the cygnets or abandon them. If aggression or abandonment ...
Re: Swan death -- Bonnie -- 23 June 2013
The vet said the mother Sean's death was neurological (whatever that means). The father has been taking care of them.
Re: Swan death -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2013
Hi Bonnie: Good news that the dad is watching over them. However, if the mother died of neurological problems, it could mean botulism, aspergilliosis (fungal infection) or even encephalitis, swelling ...

How are humans dependent on a swans habitat -- amelia -- 22 June 2013
how are humans dependent on a swans habitat?
Re: How are humans dependent on a swans habitat -- The Regal Swan -- 22 June 2013
Hi Amelia: All organisms are dependent upon each other and their habitats, so swans are just a fraction of the number of living organisms that inhabit a wetland, pond, lake or other body of water. ...

cygnets -- Aaron -- 21 June 2013
My kids went to a farm and bought me two baby swans for fathers day as I always wanted. Well they told them to feed them lettuce and cracked corn. In the middle of the night one died we found bite ...
Re: cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 21 June 2013
Hi Aaron: How old were the baby swans? If they were less than 8 months of age, they usually will not survive in any habitat as they will be prey for predators. Even if they are adults, if predators ...
Re: cygnets -- Aaron -- 22 June 2013
They are about six to eight weeks I have them in an enclosure. I'm am wondering about the feed. Is lettuce and cracked corn ok for them they don't seem to eat the cracked corn but love lettuce. I ...
Re: cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 22 June 2013
Hi Aaron They need lettuce, cracked corn and poultry layer mash/crumbles. As they get older, you can give them poultry layer pellets which will not be so fine. The poultry food will provide them with ...
Re: cygnets -- Aaron -- 23 June 2013
Thank u so much for your advice.
Re: cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2013
Hi Aaron You are very welcome. If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Regal Swan

muted swan cygnet -- Petra -- 21 June 2013
One year ago we bought a place in Coats, NC with two large ponds, being inhibit with a muted swan couple. We were told that every year their offspring disappear very early on and none of them ever ...
Re: muted swan cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 21 June 2013
Hi Petra: If you have had the cygnet for more than a few hours, the parents will not accept the young bird back into the habitat. In fact, they may try to kill it. Cygnets and other young waterfowl ...

swan eggs -- John -- 18 June 2013
Hi my name is John, my swan has been sitting on her eggs for awhile, do not know exact, we started with 6 and we are now done to 4 eggs, they last two days I have noticed that she has not been ...
Re: swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 19 June 2013
Hi John: If there are veins, it means that they are fertile. The swans know what they are doing. If they abandon the eggs, they know that there is something wrong and they will not survive. However, ...

White cygnet albino? -- Diane -- 18 June 2013
The same swan couple that live on our canal have never had a white cygnet before. Now this spring one of their five is pure white. All the others are the customary grey. Is it an albino?
Re: White cygnet albino? -- The Regal Swan -- 18 June 2013
Hi Diane: No, this particular coloration is known as leucistic. All Mute swans are Mutes. However, there are two colors coined by swan keepers. The Royal Mute is the normal coloration in which the ...

Baby swan -- Kelly -- 17 June 2013
I can buy a week old swan ,will it live being this young?
Re: Baby swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 June 2013
Hi Kelly: Most reputable breeders will not provide a cygnet at one week of age. The reason is that it will take a lot of labor on your part to care for this young of a bird, meaning 24-7 round the ...

Dead swan -- Kelly -- 17 June 2013
My female got killed last week she was sitting on 8 eggs . I thought it was a coyote After reading some of your post now I think a mink, I have shoot one in the winter an did see one by where they ...
Re: Dead swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 June 2013
Hi Kelly: It is very difficult to determine which predator killed the swan. The only way for sure is to have witnessed the attack. Usually, coyote or even something like a bobcat will go for the ...

Swan vs Heron -- Vanda -- 16 June 2013
Today, one of the Herons in our area was lying dead on the water close to where the swans & their 4 week old cygnets were. They would not come over to be fed & were huddled together. The male ...

Lone swan -- Amber -- 15 June 2013
We live on large lake in central Alberta, Canada. There has been a lone swan on the lake for the last 24 hours. Shouldn't it be up north by now? What is going on? Thank you!
Re: Lone swan -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2013
Hi Amber: The swan may be a young swan that was dispatched from its habitat by its parents. Once a cygnet reaches a certain age, as with most birds and animals, the parents tell the young that it is ...

Swan babies on their own -- Chloe -- 15 June 2013
We have swan baby's at the end of our garden where theres a lake ,we feed them every day and we think there about 6 weeks old .we are worried today because the parents had left them on there own they ...
Re: Swan babies on their own -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2013
Hi Chloe: If the cygnets are very young and there has been a lot of rain, the parents may temporarily leave them on the banks to allow them to preen and dry. The cygnets do not have water repellent ...

Black Swans males and females, mating -- Paul -- 13 June 2013
Hi there I purchase three black swans 18 month ago, spose to be 1 male & 2 female, they are two & half years old, first question how do you tell the between a male & a female, second ...
Re: Black Swans males and females, mating -- The Regal Swan -- 14 June 2013
Hi Paul: One of the two females will be chosen as the mate for the male and the second female will be the odd swan out. This means that the two mates may show aggression to the point that the odd ...

Mute swans fighting over territory -- Linda -- 12 June 2013
We have had a pair of mute swans at our dock for years - in the course of 20 years, three different pairs. This spring a new pair came and have managed to dislodge our swan pair from their ...
Re: Mute swans fighting over territory -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2013
Hi Linda: Yes, it is possible that they may injure him or kill him. However, nature usually subscribes to the larger or stronger animal. The swan that is being beaten along with its family, will ...

Sex of cygnet -- Doris -- 11 June 2013
How do you tell the sex of the cygnets?
Re: Sex of cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2013
Hi Doris: Since the cygnets do not have mature sexual organs, probing is not a reliable means to determine gender. The most reliable test is to submit a feather to a reputable veterinary DNA ...

Baby Swans Dying -- Cindy -- 7 June 2013
Hi there- We live on a large pond in West Bloomfield Michigan and the pair of swans that return every year had three babies- about 3 weeks ago. Now there is only one left. Any ideas why they are ...
Re: Baby Swans Dying -- The Regal Swan -- 7 June 2013
Hi Cindy: There could be any number of reasons for the cygnets' deaths. Even though you may not see predators, many exist including snapping and soft-shelled turtles, egrets, herons, owls, hawks, ...

East Coast - Rainy weather -- Paul -- 7 June 2013
Hi- I live in Stratford, Conn on the Housatonic River near Long Island Sound. My girlfriend and I have been watching 2 swans over the past few months and now there are 7 new family members! I am ...
Re: East Coast - Rainy weather -- The Regal Swan -- 7 June 2013
Hi Paul: The parents will try to shelter the young birds as much as possible. A parking lot is not the best area, so if you can shelter them from cars or harass them enough to leave that area (as ...

Male mute cygnets -- Diane -- 6 June 2013
Father mute getting older. Female died 5 days after 5 cygnets were born. Father keeping watch over young. But, if we were to keep one or two male cygnets, will they get along with father as they get ...
Re: Male mute cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 7 June 2013
Hi Diane: The swans will get along with Dad up until about 6-8 months of age, then, he may start to chase them from the area because of the new mating season. However, since he does not have a mate, ...

BUMPS ON CYGNET'S FEET -- Patty -- 6 June 2013
A 3 week old mute swan that is blind and we're planning on relocating to a sanctuary now has small white bumps on it's feet. These are visible from both top and bottom and have a slim red ring around ...
Re: BUMPS ON CYGNET -- The Regal Swan -- 6 June 2013
Hi Patty. Yes, we are aware of this case as we were contacted about the cygnet and its feet. We have seen this condition in other swans, usually in cygnets. This is usually a bacterial infection most ...

Cygnet separated from parents and siblings -- Shelley -- 2 June 2013
First, this is an incredible board with wonderful information! Thank you. We have a pair of mute swans who nest every year. This year, we have 4 cygnets. At some point this morning, I noticed that 3 ...
Re: Cygnet separated from parents and siblings -- The Regal Swan -- 3 June 2013
Hi Shelley If the parents abandon it again or show any aggression you might consider taking it to a waterfowl/wildlife rehab center. Also know that if the parents know something is wrong with the ...
Re: Cygnet separated from parents and siblings -- Shelley -- 4 June 2013
Thanks so much for your reply. Sadly, our little cygnet died sometime Sunday night - we were able to retrieve him and bury him on Monday. Sunday was a very cold night here in Michigan. For future ...
Re: Cygnet separated from parents and siblings -- The Regal Swan -- 4 June 2013
Hi Shelly: You are very welcome. It is normal behavior for a swan parent to abandon and even attempt or actually kill a cygnet if something is wrong with the young bird. Wildlife is not kind to ...

Black swan cull in Tauranga Harbour -- Phil & Barbara -- 31 May 2013
Hi, Once again the gun totters in the Bay of Plenty are ready to go and kill large numbers of black swans in Tauranga harbour here in New Zealand Q- They say the swans destroy sea grass? Could it mot ...
Re: Black swan cull in Tauranga Harbour -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2013
Hi Phil & Barbara: Yes, this is a world-wide problem when purist biologist and others think they know why something is disappearing, but really have no clue or do not wish to address the real cause ...

how to catch cygnets for pinioning -- Pam -- 31 May 2013
what is the best way to catch the cygnets for pinioning? need to get them away from the parent birds who are very aggressive.
Re: how to catch cygnets for pinioning -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2013
Hi Pam: Capturing cygnets is a very tenuous situation due to the danger of being struck with wings or bitten by the parents for the capturers as well as dangerous for the cygnets because they can ...

Will Swans return? -- Cindy -- 31 May 2013
Hi, I'm in Hamilton Ontario and we have one particular spot where a pair of mute swans mate every year. The whole community watches the building of the nest/eggs ect...This year tragedy struck when ...
Re: Will Swans return? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2013
Hi Cindy: As stupid and irresponsible some pet owners can be, the cygnets may or may not have been killed by the dog. There are no guarantees that the swans will or will not return. The dog may just ...
Re: Will Swans return? -- Cindy -- 3 June 2013
Hi again, thanks for the respone. Yes, it was a dog attack--there were many witnesses who talk about it down at the pier. Hard to believe that dog owners don't have enough sense to leash their dog in ...
Re: Will Swans return? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 June 2013
Hi Cindy You are very welcome. Let us know if they return. The Regal Swan

Swan pulling out many feathers -- Donna -- 29 May 2013
Neighbor had 3 swans and 1 flew in to our canal and hasn't left. 3 months now. We've all been feeding her. Now she is pulling out feathers and seems to be picking on herself profusely. Is she sick ...
Re: Swan pulling out many feathers -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2013
Hi Donna: We need you to describe the feather pulling. Are you physically seeing her preen herself or is she actually pulling the feathers. Is there a large amount of feathers on the ground? Is there ...
Re: Swan pulling out many feathers -- Donna -- 30 May 2013
Thanks for the reply. I can't see the mute swan well once she gets out of the water but I'll put the binoculars on her and check it out a little more. The yard she is in feeds her corn and I will ...
Re: Swan pulling out many feathers -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2013
Hi Donna: She should do just fine. However, just like any other animal that is being fed and watched by humans, if you see something that looks different from her normal behavior, immediately have ...

Lone swan - how to find new mate -- Gretchen -- 28 May 2013
Hi, I have an office building with a lake upon which the previous owners installed two swans (appear to be mute). They are about 7 years old. The female just passed away and we are left with a lone ...
Re: Lone swan - how to find new mate -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2013
Hi Gretchen: Most swans will mate for life, but not always. Also, once the female dies, the male may live its life alone. A female losing its mate on the other hand, may take a new mate. This is ...
Re: Lone swan - how to find new mate -- Gretchen -- 29 May 2013
Thank you so much for your highly informative post. Taking all this into consideration. I don't want to pinion a bird. My personal feelings, but I'm more about letting birds find their way here ...
Re: Lone swan - how to find new mate -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2013
Hi Gretchen: The swan will suffer no ill effects for not having a mate. However, if it refuses the new swan, then yes, you will need to find a new home for it. There are no guarantees that he will ...

Death of female Mother swan -- Diane -- 27 May 2013
Pair of Mute swans. Old female died (12 yrs) and now new female (2 yrs) mated with old male swan. 5 baby swans hatched, & 5 days later found female dead on nest. Swans kept in pen so no case of ...
Re: Death of female Mother swan -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2013
Hi Diane: There could be any number of reasons for her death to include, egg impaction (meaning she did not completely remove any or all eggs inside), illness from sitting so long on the nest (she ...

Black swans: Production of eggs -- Antonio -- 27 May 2013
Hi. I have a couple of black swans. They have been courting for a while and recently I saw them mating. The question is: How long does it take for the egg to be produced inside and be ready to be ...
Re: Black swans: Production of eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 27 May 2013
Hi Antonio: We are assuming that they are old enough to produce eggs and not just practicing. Swan pairs need to be at least 2-3 years of age before producing fertile eggs. Swans will mate for up to ...

neglected cygnet -- Patty -- 25 May 2013
What should I do abut a week old cygnet (Polish mute) who is being neglected by it's father and mother and picked on by it's sibling? I've been called at least 4 times in the last few days to come ...
Re: neglected cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 26 May 2013
Hi Patty: Unfortunately, nature may have already takens its course. If the parents have abandoned the cygnet, there is a good possibility and probability that something is wrong with the young bird. ...
Re: neglected cygnet -- Patty -- 26 May 2013
Thanks so much for your response to my previous question. After "retrieving" it several times when left behind and rescuing it from Memorial weekend boat traffic on our lake, it is now being kept for ...

Mute swan egg care -- Amber -- 25 May 2013
Long story short, our swan family was removed and the eggs they had in our back yard were left. It was around 99 degrees that day and they were still warm when I picked them up. I brought them inside ...
Re: Mute swan egg care -- The Regal Swan -- 26 May 2013
Hi Amber: You might check with a waterfowl or rehabilitation center, but we would be very doubtful that anyone would want the eggs. Also, it is extremely difficult to incubate with the correct ...

Lonely swan -- Lona -- 23 May 2013
I've noticed for over a month now the swan in my backyard had been alone. I've only lived there for a little over a year and this didn't happen last year. I'm worried something happened to its mate ...
Re: Lonely swan -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2013
Hi Iona We really cant tell with this lack of information. You might ask some locals who have lived in the area for a longtime if the swans are wild or captive. If the swan is captive, it will go ...

Pinion or not to pinion? -- Ron -- 23 May 2013
I have a pair of mutes, one new cignet, about one week old now, do i pinion or just let it be a swan and fly about, will it leave the pond and return from time to time or will it just stay and share ...
Re: Pinion or not to pinion? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2013
Hi Ron Most states require captive swans to be pinioned which should be done by a veterinarian with bird and/or waterfowl experience. These procedure must be conducted between 1-3 weeks of age. So, ...

cygnet predators -- Betty -- 22 May 2013
Hello again, I live in a gated community with restrictions. We have 9 lakes in the subdivision and 12 swans paired on different lakes. One of our swans hatched 3 healthy cygnets and each night after ...

Length of time between hatching eggs -- Patty -- 21 May 2013
Two cygnets have hatched from a mute swan nest and there are 3 remaining eggs. How long before we should see the remaining eggs hatch?
Re: Length of time between hatching eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 21 May 2013
Hi Patty Usually the eggs hatch within a day or two. The Regal. Swan

Protect my baby swans.. -- How to protect my baby swans from fox and minks? -- 20 May 2013
Last year I had 5 baby new swans. They all died. We found a snapper at the bottom of the pond and caught 22 raccoons. Now here we are, with 5 eggs. I have set up two title traps 3 raccoons( 3 caught ...
Re: Protect my baby swans.. -- The Regal Swan -- 21 May 2013
Hi There are three ways to protect the cygnets although there are no guarantees. Foxes and minks, especially minks are voracious diggers. One possible solution would be to place the swans in a chain ...

Single young swan alone -- Barbara -- 19 May 2013
Good morning. I live on cedar creek near barnegat bay and have many swans visiting. There is a young swan that's alone swimming around and the pair that are around chase it away. Is this territorial ...
Re: Single young swan alone -- The Regal Swan -- 19 May 2013
Hi Barbara: Yes, this is normal behavior. The older pair are probably the parents and they are telling junior that it is time to find another pond. As long as the young swan has not been pinioned ...

Male swan left female for another -- Julia -- 16 May 2013
I live on a small lake where there has been two resident black swans (male & female pair) for at least six months. They are quite territorial as usually chase away any other visiting swans. I ...
Re: Male swan left female for another -- The Regal Swan -- 16 May 2013
Hi Julia: If the swans were there for only 6 months and they have not successfully bred, then a divorce can occur. It is a human conception that all swan mate for life. In fact, this attribute is ...

Incubation -- Julie -- 15 May 2013
Hi, I have been watching two Mute Swans nesting and I know for a fact that she started sitting on the eggs when she only had two. Do you go by when she first starts laying on the eggs or after the ...
Re: Incubation -- The Regal Swan -- 16 May 2013
Hi Julie: Incubation usually is counted by the swan after the last egg is laid. The Regal Swan

orphaned baby swans -- Holly -- 15 May 2013
There are five baby swan at the lake I walk. I have been watching and there is no adult with them,at any time. What would be the best approach to capture them to take to a wildlife rehab.
Re: orphaned baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 15 May 2013
Hi Holly: How big are the cygnets? Are they smaller than a duck? If so, then they may be in danger of predation. If they are larger than a duck, i.e., half the size of the parents, then, they may ...

4 Eggs vanished of Swan couple sitting beside empty nest -- Friedrich -- 15 May 2013
In Hydepark close to the Princess Diana Memorial fountain and 2 meters from the walking way a pair of swans had 4 eggs, since today or yesterday the eggs are gone, the nest is empty no traces of egg ...
Re: 4 Eggs vanished of Swan couple sitting beside empty nest -- The Regal Swan -- 15 May 2013
Hi Friedrich: A predator could have gotten the eggs such as a human, fox, dog, cat, bird, etc. There is also the possibility that the swans knew something was wrong with the eggs and rolled them from ...

How much of a run do swans need to take flight? -- Dianne -- 14 May 2013
A swan has landed on a small pond where I work. People are saying that it has to be rescued as the pond isn't large enough for the swan to get it's running start to take flight. Can you tell me if ...
Re: How much of a run do swans need to take flight? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 May 2013
Hi Dianne Are there any reasons that the swan would be unsafe in this pond such as predators that the swan could not escape, no food, shelter or other requirements that would necessitate the swan ...

Mute Swan sick -- Terri -- 10 May 2013
There is a mute swan who appears sick. The swan was sitting on the sidewalk allowing people to pass by within 3 feet with no aggressive response. The mate was swimming a good distance away. Three ...
Re: Mute Swan sick -- The Regal Swan -- 11 May 2013
Hi Terri: The swan may have had a little tiff with the other swan and was chased from the pond. If it is drinking water and going back into the pond, it should be okay. Just keep monitoring it. If it ...
Re: Mute Swan sick -- Terri -- 11 May 2013
Thank you. I have been down to the lake this morning and both swans were sitting on the bank preening themselves and then resting in the morning sun. I will keep checking on them.
Re: Mute Swan sick -- The Regal Swan -- 11 May 2013
Hi Terri: You are welcome. This is great news. Hopefully, all will be well with the swans. The Regal Swan

Egg questions -- Eve -- 10 May 2013
About a year ago two mute swans were donated to us (work). We were told that they were two females and then rumors started that they were two males. Last week we watched one of the swans lay an egg. ...
Re: Egg questions -- The Regal Swan -- 10 May 2013
Hi Eve: If the swans are two females, they will lay eggs and nest. Obviously, the eggs will be infertile. Leave the eggs and let nature take its course. The swans will abandon the eggs if they are ...

Dirty Swan (stopped preening) -- Lynn -- 9 May 2013
What causes a swan to stop preening? We haven't seen the female in several weeks and the male is just filthy, although he used to be meticulous in his grooming. Not sure if the female is nesting or ...
Re: Dirty Swan (stopped preening) -- The Regal Swan -- 10 May 2013
Hi Lynn: Any bird that seems to be unkempt when it usually has clean straightened feathers is either suffering from stress or some type of possible infection such as a bacterial, fungal, parasitic, ...

missing female swan (may 2013) -- eliza -- 8 May 2013
Hello For months I've been watching two swans in the pond where I work. Weeks ago female started to sit in the nest. She was there everyday, everytime I passed the pond. Clearly, she was sitting on ...
Re: missing female swan (may 2013) -- The Regal Swan -- 9 May 2013
Hi Eliza: There are no guarantees that the two swans were male and female. Do you know for sure if they were sexed? Can the birds fly? The swan that came back may have been the swan that was actually ...

Television Award/Regal Swan: “Born to Explore” with Richard Wiese™ Wins Bronze in the 34th Annual Telly Awards -- The Regal Swan -- 8 May 2013
Hi Everyone: We are thrilled to know that Richard Wiese and the Born to Explore segment featuring The Regal Swan Foundation has been recognized as a Bronze Telly Award Recipient. The following is the ...

Sounds from swans during the night -- Rebecca -- 7 May 2013
In the middle of the night i heard a loud noise like the trumpeter but not quite it; there are a pair of swans nesting very close to our house and they have got eggs. any idea what the noise might of ...
Re: Sounds from swans during the night -- The Regal Swan -- 7 May 2013
Hi Rebecca We are not sure. It could be any of the above or none at all. Mute swans normally do not have trumpet like sounds but more muted. Do you have any Trumpeter Swans near you? Since we believe ...

Have the swans left the nests ? -- d eccles -- 5 May 2013
swans have laid 6 eggs in a nest on an island in my pond, the swans have been away for at least 1-2 days the eggs were not covered up in the nest. Have they left the nest?
Re: Have the swans left the nests ? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 May 2013
Hi David Usually, if the swans leave eggs for any extended time, the eggs will not survive. However, there is a chance the swans may return. If they have not returned within 2-3 days, the situation ...

Stomping feet -- Bob -- 4 May 2013
Hi there, I noticed a swan stomping its feet on the bottom of my lake for multiple hours today. I was wondering why it was doing that. He/she was alone. Thank you! Bob
Re: Stomping feet -- The Regal Swan -- 4 May 2013
Hi Bob Swans use their feet and beaks to pull up aquatic vegetation and other food from the muck at the bottom of the pond or lake. Agitating the water by stomping can also produce food such as fish ...

Mating Pair of Mutes Needs New Home -- Jim R -- 3 May 2013
Our neighborhood near Atlanta Georgia has a pair of mating swans which need a new home. We have three lakes and they are fighting with the swans on the other lakes. These swans are very territorial ...

Can father mute swan keep the cygnets warm at night after mother swan died? -- Amelia -- 3 May 2013
I was wondering if you can tell me. When the female of a pair of mute swans dies, will the male let the cygnets incubate under his wings at night? - he is there with the babies, but I wasnt sure if ...
Re: Can father mute swan keep the cygnets warm at night after mother swan died? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 May 2013
Hi Amelia: This attribute depends on the individual male and species of swan. Black-Necked males will allow the cygnets to ride on their back. Most other male swan species usually do not like the ...

Male swan hates the female -- Graham -- 30 April 2013
Here in Northern New Zealand I have had one cob and one pen mute (white ) swan from birth, the cob for six years and the pen for four. Neither can fly. From the day the pen was introduced to the ...
Re: Male swan hates the female -- The Regal Swan -- 1 May 2013
Hi Graham Are you absolutely sure you have a male and female? Many times swans will be sexed at a very young age through the process known as probing. This is the least reliable method as the ...

Discoloration around bill -- Richard -- 30 April 2013
What would cause purple colored spots around a mute swans bill?
Re: Discoloration around bill -- The Regal Swan -- 30 April 2013
Hi Richard The spots could be scrapes, bruises, or infections (bacterial or fungal). Even if this condition is a scrape, infections can occur and spread so we would recommend that you have a ...

Coat of Arms Project -- Kasey -- 28 April 2013
Hello there, I have a school project to make a Coat of Arms. It says that the swan represents regal and splendid. Why is this? Please help! It is due tomorrow!
Re: Coat of Arms Project -- The Regal Swan -- 28 April 2013
Hi Casey The swan is depicted as regal and splendid due to its long association with royalty. It is said that Queen Beatrice of Cyprus gifted a pair of swans to King Richard the Lion Heart during the ...

Do swans wet their food before eating it? -- Teddy -- 27 April 2013
I read an article on Facebook, claiming that a swan has some fish friends, and that the swan feeds them. It's the swan really feeding the fish, or it's the swan just trying to wet its food to make it ...
Re: Do swans wet their food before eating it? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 April 2013
Hi Teddy The swans must have water to eat or they would choke. As they drop the food, turtles, fish, ducks and other wildlife will scour for the scraps. So , in essence, the swans may be feeding the ...

Swans in Indiana: Were they migrating? -- Joan -- 26 April 2013
I live in Indianapolis, Indiana and last night saw my first pair of swans visit a retention pond behind our home. Is it unusual to find them in this area? Were they migrating? It looked like they had ...
Re: Swans in Indiana: Were they migrating? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 April 2013
Hi Joan. They could very well be migrating or a new juvenile pair looking for a new habitat to call their own. If they have black bills they could be Trumpeter or Tundra swans. Tundra swans have a ...

Mother swan missing, what to do with eggs? -- karen -- 25 April 2013
a swan has laid eggs, but we haven't seen the mother now for three days, are the babies deceased, what should we do
Re: Mother swan missing, what to do with eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2013
Hi Karen. Swans know when there is something wrong with the eggs or the habitat itself. If there is a predator in the area, she may have been scared and left or possibly killed. She will protect ...

pinioning ?? -- Randy -- 24 April 2013
when veterians pinion a swan, where do they make the cut? Do they cut threw the joint or what? There seems to be no good answer. And can a swan regrow the cut wing part? WE HAVE A 6 YEAR OLD MALE AND ...
Re: pinioning ?? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2013
Hi Randy: It is rather hard to describe exactly how and where they amputate the flight feathers without having an anatomical drawing to show you, but bone and cartilege is removed. This is why the ...

Trumpeter swan pair incompatibility? -- Bill -- 23 April 2013
I have a four year old pair of trumpeter swans. Last year the male began to show aggression towards the female in the spring. This year this began to happen again but now the female refuses to go ...
Re: Trumpeter swan pair incompatibility? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2013
Hi Bill: There may be several things occurring. First, are you absolutely sure that you have a female and male swan? Same gendered swans often can divorce as they get older. Even if a pair is ...

Buried newborn cygnets -- Donna -- 23 April 2013
I just read a short story by Colum McCann called Cathal's Lake in a collection called Fishing the Sloe Black River. It is about a man digging a newborn cygnet out of the mud at the edge of a lake in ...
Re: Buried newborn cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 23 April 2013
Hi Donna: We suppose that it is possible that a cygnet gets buried in the mud during a winter storm, but the chances of saving it would be unbelievably remote unless someone was standing nearby and ...

Why is a female swan called a pen -- Paige -- 23 April 2013
Hi! We were learning in our 4th grade class that a female swan is called a pen but we could not find any explanation of why. Can you help us? Thanks!
Re: Why is a female swan called a pen -- The Regal Swan -- 23 April 2013
Hi Paige: Good question. The male swan is called a cob due to the knob on his beak. This comes from the old German term "Knopf" meaning knob. The female is called the pen because of the way she holds ...

Muscovy ducks -- Earlene -- 22 April 2013
I have 3 Muscovy ducks that were given to me several years ago. Two green and white and one all white. I have a male and female mute swans. They absolutely hate those 3 ducks. They don't bother any ...
Re: Muscovy ducks -- The Regal Swan -- 23 April 2013
Hi Earlene: This is the time of the year that swans mate. So, they are becoming very defensive of their habitat (a normal attribute). They will chase you and everything else away from their habitat, ...
Re: Muscovy ducks -- Earlene -- 24 April 2013
Thanks for your insight. It's just the 3 Muscovy's. Don't bother any of the other ducks even though I do have other white ducks. The swans have a feeding bowl n their territory so to speak. There r 5 ...
Re: Muscovy ducks -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2013
Hi Earlene: Yes, Gus will be able to adjust by himself and you obviously will not have to deal with cygnets. However, Gus will still (due to nature) will act defensively during nesting and mating ...
Re: Muscovy ducks -- Earlene -- 24 April 2013
Thanks for the info. They are both rescues and I've had them for quite a few years. I can deal with them being a little grumpy once a year. Know they will settle down after season is over. You might ...
Re: Muscovy ducks -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2013
Hi Earlene. He might be correct as it might just be a visual issue. Good luck. The Regal Swan

Female swan of mated pair dies -- Renee -- 20 April 2013
Hello, I live at an apartment complex where we have a pair of mated swans. I've been here 4 years and they have been together all this time. I heard that the female was on it's nest, probably on eggs ...
Re: Female swan of mated pair dies -- The Regal Swan -- 21 April 2013
Hi Renee: It is very important to find out what killed the female. Placing another swan in this environment could just place another victim on the pond. There is no guarantee that whatever killed the ...

male swan attacks us -- Gina -- 17 April 2013
Hi we have a pair a swans and the male goes to attack us, what can we do to stop him. Thank you.
Re: male swan attacks us -- The Regal Swan -- 17 April 2013
Hi Gina: Unfortunately, this is going to happen at this time of the year. Swans, especially males, become very defensive during the mating and nesting season. There are a couple of things you can do. ...

Swans came to my pond... and left -- Georgin -- 17 April 2013
I live on a golf course and have a pond directly behind my house. During the last part of winter, I saw for the 1st time 3 swans on the pond (I have lived here for 5 years). They were truly beautiful ...
Re: Swans came to my pond... and left -- The Regal Swan -- 17 April 2013
Hi Georgin: It is hard to say, but this sounds like they may have been on a stopover from their migration. Birds will use the stopovers to eat and regain energy before traveling to their spring ...

(Message Deleted by Poster) -- jackie -- 15 April 2013
Re: lone female swan nesting -- The Regal Swan -- 15 April 2013
Hi Jackie: Was the swan killed by the dog or was it taken to a rehab center to be returned later? Usually, the male does help protect the overall family, but the female can get along just fine ...

Black Mute Swan? Do Mute Swans mate with other types of swans? -- Brad -- 14 April 2013
Hi, we bought a house recently that has a roughly 1/2 acre pond with a small island and which came with a female mute swan. We learned from the former owner that she was previously mated with a male ...

solitary swan -- Linda -- 13 April 2013
Hi I live in ct. I pass by a large lake on my way home every day. I have been watching a beautiful white swan on the lake. While beautiful it makes me very sad because he or she is always alone. I ...
Re: solitary swan -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2013
Hi Linda: This may be a juvenile swan that has been chased from the parents and is looking for new habitat or has gotten off the migratory path and is trying to get its energy level back before ...

addling -- connie -- 12 April 2013
I asked you earlier this year about addling the swan eggs. My question today is concerning the eggs that we did not addle. The swans had 5 eggs, three were not boiled. However, every few days an egg ...
Re: addling -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2013
Hi Connie: Two things could be occurring. One, is there a chance any predators or pests can access the eggs, i.e., rats, ants, turtles, raccoons? If something can reach into the nest or carry the ...

Kickstarter Fundraiser -- The Regal Swan -- 11 April 2013
Hi Everyone: We are trying to raise funding for the Regal Swan Foundation on KickStarter to produce a documentary about the pink feather syndrome in swans. This documentary will allow veterinarians, ...

male swan left the female -- germana -- 10 April 2013
Two UK resident swans live in a large pond in a large pond beside my home. They have been there together for years. However this year something strange is happening. They built a nest and have never ...
Re: male swan left the female -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2013
Hi Germana: The swans may have built another nest in another area of the pond. If something scared the birds, predators, people or just not a good area, they will rebuild. This would explain why you ...

How many swans? -- Ciaran -- 10 April 2013
Hi there me and my friends got into a debate of how many swans would be needed to pull an inflatable raft with one person in it. There are two main arguments we have been feuding over 1) Is that it ...
Re: How many swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2013
Hi Ciaran: Yes, this would have to be a hypothetical question because in your country and many others, it would be extremely illegal to try such a feat. If the swans should get hurt or hurt someone, ...

Swans disappeared -- Naomi -- 10 April 2013
I have a pair of swans that have migrated to my lake annually for several years. They came back a couple of weeks ago, but last week I noticed only one swan swimming around. Now that one seems to ...
Re: Swans disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2013
Hi Naomi: The swans may be sitting on a nest. The one swan may be foraging for food if it is the female, as she may be taking a break and then going back onto the nest. If it is the male, he will ...
Re: Swans disappeared -- Naomi -- 10 April 2013
Thank you so very much. I haven't seen any remains, so I'll keep faith that they are alive and well. But I do miss seeing them every morning. Hopefully they re-emerge next month with a bunch of ...
Re: Swans disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2013
You are very welcome Naomi. We will also hope for the best. The Regal Swan

How to become a swan caretaker? -- QN -- 9 April 2013
Hi! I have a question. Is there a such thing as becoming a swan caretaker? I want to take care of swans for a living/as a career. & how do I become that?
Re: How to become a swan caretaker? -- The Regal Swan -- 9 April 2013
Hi QN: We're not sure that there is a such a thing as a swan caretaker that can be gleaned as a career. Most swan keepers are private owners of swans or swan habitats. Individuals who have a ...
Re: How to become a swan caretaker? -- QN -- 10 April 2013
Thank you very much! I will look into it! I'm excited now & anyway have a beautiful day!~ ;-)
Re: How to become a swan caretaker? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2013
Hi QN: You are very welcome. Good luck! The Regal Swan

Black Swans/pink feet -- Dee -- 8 April 2013
We have Black Swans on our lake. We have 2 cygnets that were born with pink feet , the other 4 cygnets have black feet as usual. Do you know what would cause the pink feet? Thank You!!!!!
Re: Black Swans/pink feet -- The Regal Swan -- 8 April 2013
Hi Dee: This sound similar to the leucistic (genetic abnomaly) coloration in mute swans. It is nothing to worry about as long as the swans are acting the same as their siblings. If not, then there ...

Lame Swan? -- aelise -- 7 April 2013
My male swan seems a bit off in one leg, as though he is reluctant to put full weight on it and can't fully support himself on that side. There's a more than a usual "dip" in his gait when ...
Re: Lame Swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 8 April 2013
Hi Aelise: Sounds like he might have sprained his leg or has some arthritis. You need to get him to a veterinarian to see that nothing is embedded in the foot or leg, that he has nothing wrapped ...

breeding pairs of swans -- aggie -- 5 April 2013
would a pair of swans breed more than once in a season
Re: breeding pairs of swans -- The Regal Swan -- 5 April 2013
Hi Aggie: Usually, most swan species only breed once a season, Mute, Tundra, Trumpeter, Coscoroba, Whooper, Black-Necked and Bewick (Eurasian sub-species of the North American Tundra) swans only ...

Born to Explore Television -- The Regal Swan -- 5 April 2013
Hi Everyone: As you know, we are to appear on the ABC television show, Born to Explore with Richard Wiese tomorrow, Saturday April 6th. Richard and Born to Explore was just named the Good ...

color of swan feet -- Randy -- 4 April 2013
Is there any correlation between the shade of female swan feet and male mute swan. Our resident pen has tan feet and legs, vs black feet for the cob.
Re: color of swan feet -- The Regal Swan -- 5 April 2013
Hi Randy: Actually, this is just a genetic coloration. All mute swans are taxonomically labeled as Mute Swans (Cygnus olor). However, centuries ago, someone tried to produce an albino colored swan. ...

What to feed my Swan babies -- Debasish -- 3 April 2013
Hello I am Debasish from India. I have got 4 Indian swans. Recently they had 5 babies. I have no idea what to feed them and how to care for them. Can you please help me with some ideas about their ...
Re: What to feed my Swan babies -- The Regal Swan -- 4 April 2013
Hi Debasish: The swan parents will take care of them. Just make sure that the parents stay with the cygnets to protect them from predators. All the swans need to be fed a mixture of cracked corn and ...

Regal Swan Television -- The Regal Swan -- 3 April 2013
Hi Everyone: If you would like to see a preview of the Born to Explore show featuring The Regal Swan Foundation, this Saturday, April 6, then go to: www.youtube.com/user/richardwieseexplores Please ...

male or female swan -- Debbie -- 3 April 2013
We have a swan that is in our lake behind our house. It has a broken or malformed wing and can't fly. We have always put out fresh water for it every day and when we are in the yard playing it will ...

Swans nest -- John -- 3 April 2013
Hi there, my name is John and my swans are starting to make their nest in the same place as last year, last year she had 5 eggs and none of them made it, i think the racoon got them, so I am looking ...

Regal Swan on Television -- The Regal Swan -- 1 April 2013
Hi Everyone: This weekend, April 6th, Born to Explore with Richard Wiese on ABC, will once again show a segment from The Regal Swan's trip to England. The episode is titled Wild Life. Enjoy! The ...

Feral swans in Canada: What to do if they have eggs? -- Keith -- 1 April 2013
I had two Mute swans arrive on my pond in October 2012. They were quite big but lacked the large knob on their bills so I presume they were juveniles looking for a new home. I checked your excellent ...
Re: Feral swans in Canada: What to do if they have eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 April 2013
Hi Keith: 1. If the swans are of the same gender, this is really a good thing for you as they will not be able to produce cygnets and you will not have to worry about cygnets. If they are wild swans, ...

Nesting Swans in Frampton-on-Severn. UK -- Bryan -- 1 April 2013
We have a pair of mute swans which nest every year on the village pond. In the past, they have laid a clutch of between 5 and 8 eggs and hatched them successfully, with one or the other adults ...
Re: Nesting Swans in Frampton-on-Severn. UK -- The Regal Swan -- 1 April 2013
Hi Bryan: If they are returning to the nest, then there must still be viable eggs. The birds will continue mating until she completes the egg laying process. After the last egg has been layed, then ...

I detest the fighting -- Marck -- 30 March 2013
I must tell you I have found so many answers on your msg board, thank you very much! I suspect my "issues" are not unique and hope to get confirmation (based on previous posts). There is a ...
Re: I detest the fighting -- The Regal Swan -- 31 March 2013
Hi Marck: The best solution would be to return them to their original owner and make him place barriers (fencing or other items) to keep them in their original pond so that they do not "migrate" to ...

Swan behaviour -- Steve -- 30 March 2013
Good morning, We had up until Wednesday evening 2 mute swans, a male and a female The female has gone missing from Thursday morning, we are really hoping it's because she is sitting on a nest. ...
Re: Swan behaviour -- The Regal Swan -- 30 March 2013
Hi Steve: We're not sure exactly what is occurring. Vocalizations can mean that the swans are looking for each other, they are stressed, warnings and then again, they can mean that cygnets have ...

White mute swans' legal rights in Texas -- Betty -- 29 March 2013
There are 12 white mute swans in our subdivision and 9 lakes. Four pair have built nests this spring. Because some of the males are aggressive which is normal, I put out Danger signs and run an ...
Re: White mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 30 March 2013
Hi Betty: Thank you for trying to protect these beautiful birds. Texas wildlife laws consider swans a non-game species, which means there can be no hunting of the birds. Mute swans in Texas (like ...

swans living in uk -- tony -- 29 March 2013
can anyone tell me when swan first started living in the uk?
Re: swans living in uk -- The Regal Swan -- 30 March 2013
Hi Tony: The answer is for centuries, even possibly the beginning of time. Most cultures have a reference to a swan as being part of the beginning of man, the earth or part of their mythology: Hopi & ...

Banding / Taging Cygnets -- Jeanne -- 28 March 2013
Cygnets in our community are due to hatch in the next few weeks. We pinion the cygnets between 3 to 5 days old and will be sending the wing tips for DNA sexing. At the time of pinioning we would like ...
Re: Banding / Taging Cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 28 March 2013
Hi Jeanne: We would suggest a wing tag as a temporary solution. Leg banding can constrict a growing leg and the cygnet can also become ensnared on something from the band being too big. Neck bands ...

A serious disease in swan -- moni -- 26 March 2013
Earlier, before some days one of our domestic swan got a disease and died even after getting medication. Now, again to my notice another swan got the same problem just before some hours.He is having ...
Re: A serious disease in swan -- The Regal Swan -- 26 March 2013
Hi Moni The symptoms you describe is that of Botulism poisoning also known as "limberneck" as the swan cannot hold its neck in an erect position. The toxins affect the neuromuscular system which will ...
Re: A serious disease in swan -- moni -- 27 March 2013
Thanks so much for your help.. Will make every possible steps to take care .
Re: A serious disease in swan -- The Regal Swan -- 27 March 2013
You are very welcome. The Regal Swan

Eggs checking -- moni -- 26 March 2013
How to check their eggs are ok or has been spoiled ? As female swan is sitting since 1 month.. looking forward to your advice.
Re: Eggs checking -- The Regal Swan -- 26 March 2013
Hi Moni: Give the swan a little more time. Incubation usually lasts 35-45 days. The incubation does not start until the last egg has been hatched, so your timeline may not be the same as the swan's. ...
Re: Eggs checking -- moni -- 27 March 2013
Does eggs can spoil with the touch of their mothers wet body ?
Re: Eggs checking -- The Regal Swan -- 27 March 2013
Hi Moni: The mother's wet body actually adds humidity to the heat of her sitting on the eggs. Swans as well as many other eggs of birds and reptiles require not only heat, but the proper humidity so ...
Re: Eggs checking -- moni -- 28 March 2013
What is the reason behind.. when female swan sits for about 2 months and still no result. Eggs get spoiled. It happened 2-3 times. What to do in such situation and uptil what period of time have to ...
Re: Eggs checking -- The Regal Swan -- 28 March 2013
Hi Moni: There are only three reasons that eggs do not hatch. One is that there is an environmental cause such as too much heat, too much cold, drought or flooding. Any of these weather factors could ...

How to survive a swan attack -- Marianne -- 26 March 2013
We have a pair of mute swans and last year the male attacked me. Wow..I was badly bruised for a long time...This was past breeding season and now I am afraid to go near our pond...When he sees me ...
Re: How to survive a swan attack -- The Regal Swan -- 26 March 2013
Hi Marianne: Yes, a swan's wing can cause bruises and even fractures. The problem is that you have lost control of the pond as the BIGGER SWAN and you now must retake back your pond. There are ...

How to Deter Aggressive male Swan -- Steven -- 24 March 2013
We have a mating pair of mute swans. We purchased them six years ago from the Swan Man. Each year the male expands his territory and gets more aggressive. Even thought we have a decent sized pond and ...
Re: How to Deter Aggressive male Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 March 2013
Hi Steven No there is no spray or other deterrent. The best procedure is to enclose the pen and confine both swans. Just ensure that the whole pen area is enclosed so predators cannot climb into the ...

Aggressive swan -- Heidi -- 23 March 2013
We adopted a swan (Henry) a little less than a year ago. He is now approximately 3 years old, he has full run of our pond which takes up approximately 1 acre (on about 3.5 acres of ground) and he is ...
Re: Aggressive swan -- The Regal Swan -- 23 March 2013
Hi Heidi: He is not frustrated because he cannot fly. This is swan mating/nesting season. He is now of age to mate and his hormones are overwhelming. He will settle down once the hormones level. ...

Swans vs Muscovy ducks -- Earlene -- 23 March 2013
Hey! It's Earlene in Mississippi again! Hope everything has been going well for you. I still have my two rescued swans. They r doing very well. Mean as hornets right now since they r mating. I take ...
Re: Swans vs Muscovy ducks -- The Regal Swan -- 23 March 2013
Hi Earlene: We believe a couple of things are occurring. First, these ducks came after the swans had established a territory, so this may be the reason that the swan picks on these three instead of ...

Aggressive male mute towards all other waterfowl -- I N -- 22 March 2013
Will destroying the nest, before eggs laid, decrease or stop the aggression?
Re: Aggressive male mute towards all other waterfowl -- The Regal Swan -- 23 March 2013
Hi I N: Destroying is never a good answer answer as it will solve nothing. At this time of the year, Mute Swans are mating, nesting and awaiting the arrival of new cygnets. This means that their ...

Nesting Female Swan's Behavior -- Chasity -- 21 March 2013
We have a couple of Mute Swans and are expecting this could be their first mating year. My concern is, the past seven days or so, the female swan is maintaining her distance (which is increasing) ...
Re: Nesting Female Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 21 March 2013
Hi Chasity. This sounds like you have swans of the same gender, probably both males. They may now be fighting and the dominant one is chasing the other swan out of the pond. Does anyone know if the ...

Swan family: Who is who? -- Rachael -- 20 March 2013
Hello, Could you please tell me how the swans in a swan family can tell who is who?
Re: Swan family: Who is who? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2013
Hi Rachael: Birds do not have a great sense of smell in relation to other senses. Therefore, we would doubt that they recognize the young by smell. More than likely, it is through sight and sound. ...

How do I know if our swans eggs are fertile? -- Cynthia -- 16 March 2013
We adopted two swans that the previous owners thought to be brothers Now we are seeing eggs. How do we know if both are females or if the eggs are fertile?

Lonesome swan -- Kat -- 15 March 2013
Where i work a single mute swan has moved close to the back lawns away from a lake which is close by. We think its a male, hes big ( is there another way to tell other than size? ) he is banging on ...
Re: Lonesome swan -- The Regal Swan -- 15 March 2013
Hi Kat: This definitely sounds like the classic odd man/woman out looking for a mate. Seeing the reflection of itself in the window makes the bird think that there is either a competing gendered swan ...

Protecting Cygnets -- Ron -- 15 March 2013
My Mute swans had their first Cygnets last year (Two), one died just outside the nest for some reason and the other one vanished after 2-3 days, I am reasonably sure it was taken by a Hawk or Owl ...
Re: Protecting Cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 15 March 2013
Hi Ron: The best solution would be to keep them in the nesting area until they are at least 12 weeks of age (3 months). This way, they are about the size of a large duck and this size will usually ...

Swans Sitting on the Field rather than the Lake -- Iloveswans -- 12 March 2013
There is an issue surrounding swans that has been baffling my friends and I for quite some time. And I am hoping you can help. When we go past an agricultural field there are up to 30 swans sitting ...
Re: Swans Sitting on the Field rather than the Lake -- The Regal Swan -- 13 March 2013
Hi: The swans sitting and feeding in the field may mean that this area is on the wintering migration path and the field is a feeding stopover. The swans are eating vegetation to supplement aquatic ...

Swans to get rid of Canadian geese -- drcs -- 12 March 2013
Can anyone tell me which type of swan is best for getting rid of Canadian geese?
Re: Swans to get rid of Canadian geese -- The Regal Swan -- 12 March 2013
Hi Contact Bob Knox at Knox Swans and Dogs. Bob uses swans to chase geese from various properties such as golf courses, etc. The Regal Swan

Single Swan -- Marilyn -- 10 March 2013
Two swans appeared, as they normally do, at the end of February. They were together in a small salt water lake across the street. However, I now only see one and s/he is milling around the cove ...
Re: Single Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 10 March 2013
Hi Marilyn: Our major concern is that the swans are in a salt water lake. Most swans, unless they are the South American Black-Necked Swans, cannot eliminate salt and will not usually be able to ...

Single Mute Swan -- Mary -- 7 March 2013
Hello, There's a single mute swan in the parking lot of the condo I reside. We live in a pennisula surround by water, the airport is a mile from the condo, the beach front is approximately 5 mins ...
Re: Single Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 7 March 2013
Hi Mary: The swan could have become disoriented while on the migratory path, abandoned by the parents and is a young juvenile trying to figure out its location, is hurt or sick. We would strongly ...

Swans bonding? -- gail -- 7 March 2013
I would like to have swans on our large remote and rural farm.We have 4 Pyrenees who are bird guarding trained.There are 2 ponds at present,more coming on our 50 acre farm.I would love to rescue ...
Re: Swans bonding? -- The Regal Swan -- 7 March 2013
Hi Gail: There are actually other issues regarding rescue swans. Does your state or local government require any permit or license to possess swans? Are you qualified to provide care prescribed by a ...

A lone swan -- Amber -- 5 March 2013
5 days ago I saw a swan at a pond near my house by it's self. This pond has never had swans, just canadian geese and ducks, sometimes an egret. It lets me get really close to take pictures but it ...
Re: A lone swan -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2013
Hi Amber: This swan obviously has been fed by humans or it would not let you get that close. It is probably a juvenile swan that was dispatched from its habitat by parents getting ready to mate and ...

questions about mute swans -- shari -- 2 March 2013
Hi (and thank you for having this wonderful and informative site!)-- We have a large lake on our property with a small island in the center. We had a pair of mute swans for about 10 years. They ...
Re: questions about mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 3 March 2013
Hi Shari: If the unusual behavior occurred after the obtainment of the chickens, then this certainly could be tied to the behavior. The chickens may have attracted predators such as coyotes and foxes ...

lone swan -- barbara santarelli -- 2 March 2013
We live in Purdys New York and enjoy the hundreds of swans that live in the waters off the titicus reservoir and muscoot. We noticed a single swan on the opposite side of route 684 in a small remote, ...
Re: lone swan -- The Regal Swan -- 3 March 2013
Hi Barbara: Is there any unfrozen open water in the immediate area of the swan? Have you checked the area today? The swan may just be resting as it has become fatigued from trying to get itself off ...

kind of swan -- Sue -- 27 February 2013
we have 8 swans on our small lake. I noticed that two of the swans have black down the back of their neck only. Otherwise they are completely white. The beaks are black. What kind of swan is this?
Re: kind of swan -- The Regal Swan -- 27 February 2013
Hi Sue. We are not sure from the description. Can you get us a photo? Thanks. The Regal Swan

humane mute swan deterrent -- Melanie -- 26 February 2013
There is a pair of mute swans in the neighborhood terrorizing everything and everybody. The residents will kill these birds if they don't stay in their own yard. Is there a humane way to deter them ...
Re: humane mute swan deterrent -- The Regal Swan -- 26 February 2013
Hi Melanie: Do you know if the swans are captive (owned by someone)? What species? If they are owned, shooting someone's animal could bring criminal charges. It is also the responsibility of the ...
Re: humane mute swan deterrent -- Melanie -- 26 February 2013
I am seeking a humane solution because I do not want to see these beautiful creatures killed. I certainly would never hurt them but the other people around here will. These are mute swans that live ...

Mute Swan Eye Issue -- Elaine -- 21 February 2013
HI, I have been following a family of mute swans since spring 2012. The 5 cygnets have left the nest as of last fall. We have had severe Blizzards, winds, snow & rain lately here on Cape Ann ...
Re: Mute Swan Eye Issue -- The Regal Swan -- 21 February 2013
Hi Elaine: Without seeing the swan's eye, we can only go by your description that it is pus. In this case, it may or may not be conjunctivitis which is similar to pink eye in humans. It is a ...

Wild swans terrorising pond -- mel -- 21 February 2013
Hi, We own a nature reserve which is home to various wild and ornamental ducks, geese and swans. Recently we are being terrorised by a pair of wild swans. The male in particular is very aggresive to ...
Re: Wild swans terrorising pond -- The Regal Swan -- 21 February 2013
Hi Mel: We would be guessing that this a pair of young juveniles (recently paired) chased from an area by adult swans and they are trying to make a habitat of their own. Your preserve probably looks ...

captive swans on man-made lake -- teri Deimel -- 20 February 2013
I have moved into a condo complex that has a small man-made lake surrounded by rough cement. No rushes, tubers etc. As far as I can tell, the swans have been being fed bread and dog food. Bottom of ...
Re: captive swans on man-made lake -- The Regal Swan -- 20 February 2013
Hi Teri: The scenario you describe may not be the greatest for the swans. First, any cement substrate can cause bumblefoot ( a serious foot condition) or leg and foot injuries. Dog food is the wrong ...

tundra swan -- kris -- 19 February 2013
why would we see a pair of tundra swans sitting on a frozen lake in mid cetral Feb?
Re: tundra swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 February 2013
Hi Kris: If the swans became trapped and did not have enough open water to take-off, they would have been left on the frozen lake. The weather problems across the nation have been rather ...

beak colour -- swan lover from ontario -- 18 February 2013
Why do some swans have an orange beak and some have a black beak?
Re: beak colour -- The Regal Swan -- 20 February 2013
Hi Swan Lover: Beak color signifies age and species of swan. If the beaks are orange, then these are the Mute Swans. Black beaks are the coloration for Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. If the swan has a ...

Average length of a flight feather -- Blake -- 13 February 2013
What is the average length of an adult swans lead flight feather and where can I find a nice image of one? Thanks so much
Re: Average length of a flight feather -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 14 February 2013
Hi Blake: We provided you a couple of photos of a Mute Swan's wings and close-up views of the Flight Feathers. On this particular swan, adult Male Mute Swan, the length of the longest flight feather ...

Why do swan ducklings travel on mom's back -- Vanessa -- 11 February 2013
I've never seen other birds do that. The baby swans were travelling on the mom swan's back as she was floating in the water. Are small swans sensitive to cold?
Re: Why do swan ducklings travel on mom -- The Regal Swan -- 11 February 2013
Hi Vanessa. Many waterfowl such as ducks and swans carry their young for protection against predators and as an easy way of babysitting while the parents feed. Usually, swans are seen with the babies ...

swan not eating -- Harley -- 10 February 2013
Have 3 yr old female swan who appears not to be eating. Was previouly a hearty eater First noticed 4 weeks ago when brought up from pond for winter. Took to vet,blood test did not reveal anything ...
Re: swan not eating -- The Regal Swan -- 10 February 2013
Hi Harley. We would suggest that you get the swan to an avian veterinarian or a vet with waterfowl experience. Not eating is a major sign that she is declining healthwise. She needs to be placed on ...

Mute Swan and nest -- Richard -- 9 February 2013
Will a male mute swan build a nest?
Re: Mute Swan and nest -- The Regal Swan -- 9 February 2013
Hi Richard. Yes, male swans are the primary builders of the nest with the females assisting in arranging the nest. If you have two male swans or two female swans, then both will share in the building ...

Pine needles in the mouth of the swan - and - holes in foot -- Swan Lover -- 9 February 2013
Hello, After losing her mate a female mute swan crossed the road from very small pond to our big lake. We started to feed her (cracked corn and chicken pellets feed). Our lake has some long-leaf ...
Re: Pine needles in the mouth of the swan - and - holes in foot -- The Regal Swan -- 9 February 2013
Hi Swan Lover: Get her to the vet and/or zoo immediately. They have to remove the pine needle as this can cause a large mass to grow in the back of the mouth and she will not be able to eat or ...

Questions about captive mute swans -- connie -- 7 February 2013
I live in a retirement community in AZ with about 35 swans on assorted ponds through out are seven golf courses. Our governing board has not allowed eggs to hatch the last three years by gathering ...
Re: Questions about captive mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 9 February 2013
Hi Connie: Your situation is not an unusual one. Golf courses, hotels, resort, public facilities and even private facilities set out with a pair of mating swans and before they know it they are ...
Re: Questions about captive mute swans -- connie -- 10 February 2013
Our swans are mute swans. We do feed them as you recomend, and we do have a great vet that helps the swan volunteer team. The swans seem to occasionaly wander especially this time of year, even if ...
Re: Questions about captive mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 10 February 2013
Hi Connie: Whether a swan will pair with another is totally dependent upon age (the younger the better), gender (males may or may not pair but females will usually pair), and species of swan. If a ...

Area for swans -- Randy -- 5 February 2013
Thank you for taking my question What is the ratio for lake area and swan population of same or different breeds of swans? Is it better to have the same breed or different breeds in the same area?
Re: Area for swans -- The Regal Swan -- 5 February 2013
Hi Randy: An 8 acre lake could possibly host 100 swans, however, realistically, this would be too many swans in such a crowded area, especially since they will need nesting and preening areas. In the ...
Re: Area for swans -- Randy -- 6 February 2013
so does this mean I could keep say 2-4 pair on a 1 and1/2 acer lake and 5 acre of fenced land with feeders? how about ducks added?
Re: Area for swans -- The Regal Swan -- 6 February 2013
Hi Randy: With a 1 1/2 acre lake, you will only be able to place l pair of swans with some ducks. If the swans and ducks are introduced at the same time and you supplementally feed all of them, there ...

How long before signets are born? -- Jane -- 4 February 2013
Hi When swans mate how long is it before signets are born? many thanks
Re: How long before signets are born? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 February 2013
Hi Jane. The time for hatching is dependent upon incubation. This means the time that the last egg is laid and then 35-40 days after that is when the cygnets begin to hatch. The first eggs laid will ...

2 male swans on a lake? -- Brett -- 1 February 2013
Can you have 2 male mute swans on a 6 acre lake instead of male and female?
Re: 2 male swans on a lake? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 February 2013
Hi Brett: It totally depends on the age of the swans. If they are younger swans, they will get along fine as they may even pair up (which is exactly what happens when an opposite gender mate is not ...
Re: 2 male swans on a lake? -- Brett -- 1 February 2013
I will be buying them in the spring. They will be about a year old. Is that young enough? Also, any suggestions for automatic feeders? I appreciate your help!!! Thanks Brett

Black swans sleeping at night -- Allen -- 31 January 2013
I build a 4 feet by 8 feet barn for my two black swans. They learned to go in at night. However, after I close their door they walk in dark and run into their water container. I installed a small ...
Re: Black swans sleeping at night -- The Regal Swan -- 1 February 2013
Hi Allen: A small nightlight is not bad. Just don't use something that requires an electrical cord or a very hot heat lamp which may catch fire. If you can use something like a battery operated LED ...
Re: Black swans sleeping at night -- Allen -- 2 February 2013
Thank you for the advice about the light. Their barn has enough ventilation. It has a couple of sliding windows that we leave open at night when it gets hot. We originally built their barn such that ...

Signet taken by waterfowl -- John -- 28 January 2013
I was just watching water birds being feed at our overcrowded lake about one acre in size. A male and female Swan were being fed bread when a water fowl struck and took their only Signet and then ran ...
Re: Signet taken by waterfowl -- The Regal Swan -- 28 January 2013
Hi John. Yes this is normal behavior. All species, especially their young are part of the food chain. If a swan parent is not observant, any predator such as turtle, egret, heron, owl, hawk, ...

Swans' Diet - Frozen Lake -- Rosemary -- 27 January 2013
There are two swans on the lake behind our house. Since the lake is entirely frozen, what are they eating to survive? Is there anything I can take to feed them?
Re: Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 28 January 2013
Hi Rosemary: Is there any way that you can break some ice to provide them with water? The swans need to have about 20-30 feet in diameter of open water. They need water to feed and drink. If you add ...

Swans frozen alive -- Mel -- 27 January 2013
I went to visit a bridge where approximately 20 mute swans are wintering in Massachusetts. As I was watching I realized that 3 of them were frozen in the pond. One looked like it was putting its head ...

What to do with the cygnets -- Gary -- 27 January 2013
Our golf course bought a pair of breeding swans.they had 5 cygnets of which 4 survived. one of the members gas said that we will need to relocate the cygnets or the parents will chase them away. our ...
Re: What to do with the cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 27 January 2013
Hi Gary: You will not need to do anything until the cygnets are approximately 8-10 months of age. This is when the cygnets will take on their adult coloration and the parents will begin to chase them ...

Sick Swan? Does not eat, and beak tucked under his wing -- Judy -- 26 January 2013
Hi: There is a 10 month old swan on our lake that seems to be sick. He will not eat and is spending most of his time with his beak tucked under his wing…just floats in the water. He has been like ...
Re: Sick Swan? Does not eat, and beak tucked under his wing -- The Regal Swan -- 26 January 2013
Hi Judy: Are you sure that the swan is not eating at night or at other times that you may not be observing? If the temperature is cold, the swans (especially young ones) tend to stay in the water as ...

dead swan -- Deb -- 25 January 2013
hi... i have just seen a dead swan by the side of the road... i was wondering if it should be reported to someone.. it seems so sad to just see such a wonderful bird just lay there :-(
Re: dead swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 January 2013
Hi Deb: We are not sure about your country's law regarding dead swans. However, knowing that is a protected bird in your country, you might want to contact your local RSPCA or police and notify them ...

Mute Swan has a limp (outside toe looks paralyzed. and the webbing is torn up) -- Aimee -- 25 January 2013
I have a pair of mute swans. One has had a limp for almost a month. Wondering what could be the cause. I noticed the other day. Her outside toe looks paralyzed. and the webbing is tore up looking. ...
Re: Mute Swan has a limp (outside toe looks paralyzed. and the webbing is torn up) -- The Regal Swan -- 25 January 2013
Hi Aimee: Without seeing the actual injury, it does sound like a similar injury that we have seen from swans bitten by turtles. The swan needs to be looked at a by a veterinarian as the webbing needs ...

How the legs of swans can stay warm in cold water -- Nancy -- 24 January 2013
I live in Ontario where it is very cold in the winter. Swans stay on Lake Ontario in areas that do not freeze over and remain throughout the winter months. I am wondering how their legs keep warm ...
Re: How the legs of swans can stay warm in cold water -- The Regal Swan -- 25 January 2013
Hi Nancy: Good question. Think of being in cold temperatures and deciding to go for a swim. Once you are in the water, the water is actually warmer than the outside temperature, especially in deeper ...

swan pairing -- Steve -- 24 January 2013
I had three swans that got along fine for about a year. Then suddenly the largest one ran one of the others away to a nearby lake. I assume the remaining pair are male and female. The lone swan seems ...
Re: swan pairing -- The Regal Swan -- 24 January 2013
Hi Steve: There is no way to determine the gender of a swan without probing or conducting DNA Sequencing. A licensed veterinarian will be able to help you with this. It is important that you make ...

How to catch black australian swans -- carol -- 23 January 2013
I have a pair of Black Australian Swans for years. Occasionaly when I need to catch the hen & it is very difficult. (Male comes at me & is easy to catch)! Is there a hooked staff for this ...
Re: How to catch black australian swans -- The Regal Swan -- 23 January 2013
Hi Carol: You do not want to use the swan hook. If you are not experienced in the use of the hook, the swan can be severely injured. There have been cases in which an experienced swan keeper used the ...

Swans and extreme cold/snow -- Lynn -- 21 January 2013
I live on the Rancocas Creek in New Jersey. It is a large tidal creek. There is a pair of swans that have been living here for over a year now. The temperatures are dropping to the 20's and colder at ...
Re: Swans and extreme cold/snow -- The Regal Swan -- 22 January 2013
Hi Lynn: Since this is a tidal creek, it usually means that there is water circulation which means that the creek will probably not freeze. This will allow the swans to stay in the water and be ...
Re: Swans and extreme cold/snow -- Lynn -- 24 January 2013
Thanks for your reply and the good information. But the creek does and is freezing. The marshy area where they go for the night is already totally frozen and the banks on both sides are covered with ...
Re: Swans and extreme cold/snow -- The Regal Swan -- 24 January 2013
Hi Lynn: Thanks for the kind words. Is there any way that you can get them to an area on the creek that is less frozen? If not, are the swans friendly enough that you might be able to catch them and ...
Re: Swans and extreme cold/snow -- Lynn -- 26 January 2013
Unfortunately capture is out of the question. With the ice on the banks there really is no way to get close enough. Also no barns or out buildings here. I got cracked corn and poultry pellets and ...
Re: Swans and extreme cold/snow -- The Regal Swan -- 26 January 2013
Thanks Lynn. If the swans have been in the area for some time, they should know about predators and hopefully, they will be okay until the freeze is over. Once spring arrives, the swans may look for ...

swan noise -- dave -- 21 January 2013
What makes the noise when swans take off?
Re: swan noise -- The Regal Swan -- 21 January 2013
Hi Dave: The noise comes from the massive swan's wings which move up and down rapidly and displace air to gain lift. The whomp whomp sound you hear is the wings moving against the air. Tundra Swans ...

A New & Beautiful Visitor -- Cindy -- 20 January 2013
We have a home backing up to a 68 acre lake in Atlanta, Georgia. For the first time in 25 years a beautiful swan appeared on the lake. She/he responded to our whistles and swam within 4 feet of us as ...
Re: A New & Beautiful Visitor -- The Regal Swan -- 21 January 2013
Hi Cindy: What is the color of the swan's beak? If it is orange, then it it is a mute swan. There is no species of swan named The Regal Swan. This is the name of our organization. If the swan's bill ...

lonely swan -- Lynn -- 19 January 2013
Every week I run at the Massapequa Preserve on Long Island. The swans, ducks, geese are plentiful and so beautiful. There is one swan that stays far away from the others and is in the same area every ...
Re: lonely swan -- The Regal Swan -- 19 January 2013
Hi Lynn Yes we know about this particular swan as we have a consultant, Ron McEwen who oversees the swans in this area. The swan is believed to be a juvenile male that sustained some feather damage ...

Black swans with different bands -- porter -- 18 January 2013
Ihave two black swans, one has white band across beak and one has black band. is there an explanation for this.
Re: Black swans with different bands -- The Regal Swan -- 19 January 2013
Hi Porter: Do you know the age of the swans? Usually, the beak is the last part of the body to change color as a swan matures. The swan with the black ban may be a young swan in which its beak band ...

Black Swan Puget Sound -- Drew -- 16 January 2013
Hello, I was down by the water in the Puget Sound of Washington State yesterday, and got some good pictures of what I'm positive is a Black Swan. I was just wondering if this was a rarity since I've ...
Re: Black Swan Puget Sound -- The Regal Swan -- 17 January 2013
Hi Drew: No, this is not a usual event. The Black Swans are from Australia and being a southern hemisphere swan, it is very unlikely that it migrated to your area. It probably is an escapee from ...

Who lives with Mute swans? -- Jane -- 15 January 2013
Hi, I'm doing a project with swans and I would like to know what other animals live with Mute Swans?
Re: Who lives with Mute swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 January 2013
Hi Jane: The animals that live in and around the habitats that Mute Swans reside depend on the temperate zone. For instance, if the Mute Swans live in Florida, they can live in a habitat that has ...

Swan house i built -- Jim -- 10 January 2013
I was wondering if you could help me with my dilemma. Last week me and my friend made a house for our swans, it's 5 ft high, 8 ft long, 4 ft wide. It's right on the shore line of our four acre lake. ...
Re: Swan house i built -- The Regal Swan -- 10 January 2013
Hi Jim: Unfortunately, the swans will not use this facility on their own. There are a couple of issues with the swan house. Swans do not usually enter a structure on their own or like anything over ...

Swans/disputes/territorial -- Davie -- 7 January 2013
I work near a small lake that has had two swans living on it for at least seven years. The other day a third swan appeared(intruder). It immediatley started bullying and harassing one of the resident ...
Re: Swans/disputes/territorial -- The Regal Swan -- 7 January 2013
Hi Davie Swans usually stay together but this is totally dependent upon the species of swan as well as the individual swan. If the original pair was younger than the intruder or extremely older than ...

Black swans and ducks -- Darren -- 4 January 2013
Was down the bay the other day and saw some black swans and ducks out on the water. Thought this to be very unusual as only ever saw them on fresh water lakes and rivers before
Re: Black swans and ducks -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2013
Hi Darren: As long as the water is freshwater, then the Black Swans and ducks will be right at home. Since Black Swans are indigenous to Australia, these swans may be on the migratory path and have ...

Cob wanders property, pen stays in water and found dead.. -- AJ -- 3 January 2013
Hello, we have a fenced property of about 8 acres. A small-medium sized pond roughly 120ft x 75ft. We have four donkeys on the property (2 of which are miniature) which are good guard animals. Just ...
Re: Cob wanders property, pen stays in water and found dead.. -- The Regal Swan -- 3 January 2013
Hi AJ..We are sorry for your loss. The first thing we would suggest is to get the carcass on ice and submit immediately to a veterinary medical clinic or animal diagnostic laboratory. They can run ...

Mute swam on freezing lake -- Dayna -- 2 January 2013
We have a mute swan on our lake. This lake freezes over in the winter. This swan has made no attempt to fly ever thoughtout the summer. I live in North West Indiana. He has managed to keep a very ...
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- Bill Kane -- 3 January 2013
Dayna, we may live on the same lake in Northwest Indiana, I have been feeding him some wet bread and lettuce, wasnt sure if I placed a bowl of water next to him or her if it would assist in digesting ...
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- Dayna Murphy -- 3 January 2013
Hi Bill, I replied to the regal swans em. Bill call me so we can get together and save this animal. 988-3868. Thanks for reaching out on this site.
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- The Regal Swan -- 3 January 2013
Hi Bill This would be great news if it is the same swan and he can be captured to protect him through the winter. Tha Regal Swan
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- Dayna -- 3 January 2013
Thank You Regal Swan for all your work/posts. We may save this swan yet. I will keep you posted. Your work is appreciated by the people you communicate with esp all the swans you help. Thanks again.
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2013
Hi Dayna: You are very welcome. Please let us know how this progresses. The Regal Swan
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- Dayna -- 4 January 2013
The swan was returned to his property. He is safe for now. Thanks, for all of your help/advice.
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2013
Hi Dayna: Great News and Good Job! The Regal Swan
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- Dayna Murphy -- 3 January 2013
Yes, We do live on the same lake. The swan came over to my shoreline and drank melted snow. He did not eat much, if any. Bill contact me at 988-3868. Also, I found a rehabber that will help capture ...
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- The Regal Swan -- 2 January 2013
Hi Dayna: There are several ways, depending on how friendly the swan is around you or other people. If the swan will come up to you for food, then you can drop food at your feet. As soon as the swan ...
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- Dayna -- 2 January 2013
I at am not sure if my last reply was sent or not. The lake is now frozen over and the swan cannot mix water with his food. What should I feed a swan that does not have lake water to mix his food ...
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- Dayna -- 2 January 2013
Thanks for your quick response. Unfortunately, the lake is now frozen over. When I first saw him today he was trapped in the thin ice. Somehow he got above the ice . He is now on top of the lake. ...
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- The Regal Swan -- 3 January 2013
Hi Dayna: Yes, we feel your pain. The Fish & Game departments are useless when it comes to mute swans as most derive their funding from the United States Fish & Wildlife Department which directs what ...
Re: Mute swam on freezing lake -- Sue Cruz -- 3 January 2013
Hi Danya ~ I would recomend installing a small aeration system into the lake to keep the ice open for the swan. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Swan Book - Swans of the World Habitat: Setting the Standard for Swan Conservation -- The Regal Swan -- 1 January 2013
Hi Everyone: Happy New Year. Just a reminder, that if you are planning or have a swan habitat, there are precautions needed for your swans during the winter months and special needs for the upcoming ...

swan with tears -- Trisha -- 31 December 2012
I took the kids to the world wildlife zoo here in Arizona and there were swans everywhere. However we saw one who had tears then was rubbing them all over its feathers, then flinging them on us lol. ...
Re: swan with tears -- The Regal Swan -- 1 January 2013
Hi Trisha: Swans produce tears to cleanse their eyes just like humans. However, sometimes the tears are due to stress (overheated) or from water that has not repelled from the beak area. The swans ...

Swan unable to eat -- Kimberley -- 29 December 2012
Dear Sirs, I have had mute swans for 12 years. They were cygnets when I received them. Both were male swans from the same hatching. They lived on a 5,000 gal. koi pond with koi fish and access to a ...
Re: Swan unable to eat -- The Regal Swan -- 29 December 2012
Hi Kimberly: The worst thing to do would be to offer him something else that might get caught in his throat if there is already something present. We would strongly suggest that you capture him and ...

Swan with neck problems -- Jim -- 28 December 2012
I am looking at purchasing a pair of Australian Black Swans (app 1 yr old). The pen is reported to have some neck issues where she keeps her head low and to one side more than she holds it up. He ...
Re: Swan with neck problems -- The Regal Swan -- 29 December 2012
Hi Jim: Something is definitely wrong with a swan that cannot hold its head up. A reputable breeder would not even offer the bird for sale not knowing the cause. There could be many causes which ...

Mutant swan on our lake -- Barbara -- 23 December 2012
This is the second year in a row that our lake has had the honor of hosting a single mutant swan. I believe it is a male. While last year was quite mild (we live outside of Cleveland, Ohio), this ...
Re: Mutant swan on our lake -- The Regal Swan -- 23 December 2012
Hi Barbara: If you or someone has a boat and can safely access the lake, we would suggest going out to see if you can affect a rescue. If you can capture him, then you would need to keep him in a ...

feeding lettuce -- Judy -- 17 December 2012
A number of your replies have advised to feed lettuce as a treat. With winter approaching in Canada, there will be little natural food available. I have 3 swans about 8 months old. How much lettuce ...
Re: feeding lettuce -- The Regal Swan -- 18 December 2012
Hi Judy: As long as you are feeding them the poultry layer pellet and cracked corn mix, you only need to provide them a head of lettuce once or twice a day. This should be ample in that they are ...

Contacting Mr. Bob Knox -- Allen Aksu -- 14 December 2012
How can I get in touch with Mr. Bob Knox? Or is he going to answer me on these pages. Thanks, Allen

More questions: barn at night, cleaning, picking up cygnets -- Allen -- 12 December 2012
Thank you for the detailed information you have given me about my swans building their nest. I have a couple of additional questions. Their barn is only 8ft by 8ft. We guide them into their barn at ...
Re: More questions: barn at night, cleaning, picking up cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 12 December 2012
Hi Allen: We are going to defer to Bob Knox on this one as he has more experience regarding cygnets in indoor facilities. Most of our consultations involve swans in pens that are entirely enclosed ...

ohio white swan -- ron -- 12 December 2012
we have a 1 acre retention pond in our developement and a single white swan has been in there for a couple of months. i think the pond will freeze in the winter and i am concerned. the swan is white ...
Re: ohio white swan -- The Regal Swan -- 12 December 2012
Hi Ron: The Mute Swan you describe sounds as if it may be someone's captive swan. It is banded which means that it is either identified as belonging to someone or the bird was banded by a wildlife ...

Swans in winter in michigan -- JoAnn -- 12 December 2012
Where do white swans live in winter in michigan ?
Re: Swans in winter in michigan -- The Regal Swan -- 12 December 2012
Hi JoAnn: More than likely, the wild swans migrate to warmer weather. The birds do not traditionally stay in an area which may freeze and limited food or shelter resources exist during the winter. ...

Where can my black swans build their nest -- Allen -- 10 December 2012
I have a pair of black swans. They are 2 years old. They live in our half an acre backyard covered with grass. They swim in our 20 ft by 40 ft swimming pool that we dedicated to them. They seem to be ...
Re: Where can my black swans build their nest -- The Regal Swan -- 10 December 2012
Hi Allen: Unless you can completely fence in the entire pool area (top to bottom), the only safe place will be the barn. However, this is going to pose several problems during nesting time. One, you ...
Re: Where can my black swans build their nest -- Bob Knox -- 11 December 2012
I would allow the Black swans to nest in their barn. Make certain to shut them in at night before the predators get to them, or their eggs. Allow them access to the pond every day, so their eggs are ...

Swan no wing feathers in winter -- Katherina -- 8 December 2012
There is a Trumpeter swan in a pond near my house that has a wing with no feathers. I read that they moult in the summer, but it is winter now here in minnesota. I'm wondering if is this common. Will ...
Re: Swan no wing feathers in winter -- The Regal Swan -- 8 December 2012
Hi Katherina: Yes, the swans do moult, but this sounds not only a little late, but even a bit more strange as the moult usually does not leave the wings completely devoid of feathers. Are the ...

do swan migrate during winter? -- Ida -- 5 December 2012
hi, i live in scotland near edinburgh. there is a single lone swan living near our office area (very pretty and with lots of ponds) for 2 months now. it is always by itself. now the water in the pond ...
Re: do swan migrate during winter? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 December 2012
Hi Ida The swan may be coming to you for food. If the pond freezes she may succumb to drowning, starvation, illness or predation. Since swans are extremely protected in your country, we would suggest ...

Sheltering Mute Swans for Winter -- Lisa -- 4 December 2012
Hi, My husband and I have a male & female pair of Mute Swans (Vinny & Gretchen) as pets on a 1/2 acre pond on our property near Denver, CO. We just bought the house a year ago in April, and ...
Re: Sheltering Mute Swans for Winter -- The Regal Swan -- 4 December 2012
Hi Lisa: Swans will use an indoor shelter as long as it is big enough for them to walk around, has protection from predators (meaning completely enclosed such as a barn or garage, straw or other soft ...

Vet bills for swans -- Ashley -- 2 December 2012
Hi I am doing Doing a project and I was wondering How much vet bills are for a Swan. Thank you
Re: Vet bills for swans -- The Regal Swan -- 2 December 2012
Hi Ashley. This is difficult to answer since it totally depends on what is wrong with the swan and the veterinarian. Our veterinarians who are the foremost swan veterinarians in the U.S. charge ...

Swan Migration -- Julie -- 2 December 2012
We live on a small lake in Michigan. This summer we had one swan family as residents....two parents and one cygnet. Now that the weather is getting cold, the parents seem to be gone and the young ...
Re: Swan Migration -- The Regal Swan -- 2 December 2012
Hi Julie: This seems to be a recurring issue this winter from around the U.S. We have received several posts regarding one or two cygnets being left behind this year. The parents may or may not ...

Do swans pant when they fly? -- Shauna -- 30 November 2012
We hear a panting-like noise when swans fly overhead and can't figure out whether it's just the sound of their wings flapping or whether they're panting too. What do you think?
Re: Do swans pant when they fly? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 November 2012
Hi Shauna: The swans are probably not panting. In fact, the sound you are hearing is the flapping of their wings. We are not sure if you are hearing Mute Swans, Bewicks or Whoopers. In the U.S., the ...

Relocating, Shelter -- Barry -- 30 November 2012
I recently acquired two pairs of white swans and have them in a large pen down at the waters edge. I am wondering how long before turning them loose as to insure their attachment to this lake? What ...
Re: Relocating, Shelter -- The Regal Swan -- 30 November 2012
Hi Barry: The pen needs to be 1/2 in water and 1/2 on land so that the birds can bathe and preen. There should be a feeder or feeder system inside the pen so that they know how you are going to feed ...

One swan now gone -- Debra -- 29 November 2012
Hi, I live in the USA, in Conecticut, and have loved watching two swans on a large dammed lake in Mansfield Hollow Park. It's cold now and the lake is starting to form ice. We noticed that one swan ...
Re: One swan now gone -- The Regal Swan -- 30 November 2012
Hi Debra: Are you in Hartford? We have been contacted about two swans on a lake that you describe. We have heard that one of the swans may have something wrong with its wing. If they are wild swans ...
Re: One swan now gone -- Debra -- 30 November 2012
Hello Regal Swan, thank you so much for your reply. Hartford is about 1 hour from where I live. There is only one swan left now that I can see. That is why I wonder if it can survive on its own ...
Re: One swan now gone -- The Regal Swan -- 30 November 2012
Hi Debra Wish we could be there. One day we may get enough money to fund some rescues but until then we hopefully help by consulting. The swans we heard about were located in East Hartford. We heard ...

Like Swans they never rest -- robin -- 29 November 2012
In the Dhammapada there is a verse that says "Those who awaken Never rest in one place. Like swans, they rise And leave the lake." Is this true about swans? ...and why?
Re: Like Swans they never rest -- The Regal Swan -- 29 November 2012
Hi Robin: This may certainly be true of wild swans as they may fly from pond to pond, especially during the migratory season to find appropriate food and nesting resources. However, once food and ...

Mute Swans: Behavior of cygnets and swan parents -- Laura -- 28 November 2012
On the lake I live on this last spring I first saw a swan family 2 adults and 3 cygnets. Within a month the family went to 1 adult and 2 cygnets they have been faithful visitors daily. Just saw all 3 ...
Re: Mute Swans: Behavior of cygnets and swan parents -- The Regal Swan -- 28 November 2012
Hi Laura. Yes this is normal behavior. Once the cygnets reach 8-10 months of age, the parents chase them from the habitat to begin alliances with other swans their age. This usually takes place after ...

Swan has adopted us -- Petra -- 28 November 2012
Hi from Spurn Point, England. We have a lonely swan that appeared 3 days ago in our vegetable garden and has taken up residence outside the back door. It doesn't appear injured and is eating some ...
Re: Swan has adopted us -- The Regal Swan -- 28 November 2012
Hi Petra. It sounds as if it may have been injured. You need to call RSPCA or Swan Lifeline Rescue Facility (Eton) to have the swan examined by a veterinarian. This will greatly increase its chance ...

Swan migration over Kansas -- myron -- 27 November 2012
HI I live in Wichita Ks. an we have some swans pass through here about this time every winter and I am wondering where they go when they leave here? Myron
Re: Swan migration over Kansas -- The Regal Swan -- 27 November 2012
Hi Myron: This would be a tough question, without knowing the species and what flock (i.e., parental routes they took with their parents). Because Kansas has many migratory wetlands and stopovers, ...

New Book! Swans of the World Habitats: Setting the Standard for Swan Conservation -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 23 November 2012
Hi Everyone: It is with great pleasure that we announce our new book: Swans of the World Habitats: Setting the Standard for Swan Conservation, The Regal Swan Foundation, Inc., Orlando, Florida, 2012. ...

Chances of cygnet rejection? -- John -- 23 November 2012
G'day from Sydney At the local park, a pair of black swans had 3 cygnets, but at week 10 one of them was injured and taken away (seamlessly) from their parents to be treated. After 2 weeks away (12 ...
Re: Chances of cygnet rejection? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 November 2012
Hi John: The success of the cygnet being reintroduced after this extended time away from its parents is doubtful. The best way to reintroduce and try to find a better outcome, is to place the cygnet ...
Re: Chances of cygnet rejection? -- John -- 23 November 2012
Thanks Regal Swan. Also heard that black swans usually adopt other swans' cygnets. Does this increase the chances of being accepted back?
Re: Chances of cygnet rejection? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 November 2012
Hi John. No, most swans, regardless of species will kill a cygnet if it is not their own which is part of their territorialistic nature. This acceptance by non family members would be extremely rare. ...
Re: Chances of cygnet rejection? -- John -- 26 November 2012
So if it is not because of olfactory sense, how black swans differentiate each other, by sight?
Re: Chances of cygnet rejection? -- The Regal Swan -- 26 November 2012
Hi John: Great question. Birds have a terrible sense of smell and must resort to eyesight. Birds can count so they know the number of eggs and young. If one fails to turn up then they consider it ...

Black swans eating problems -- Stephen -- 23 November 2012
Hello from France, My two back swans have stopped eating the mix I have been giving them for years. There has never been a problem with this before. They also have access to a lawn, wooded area, so ...
Re: Black swans eating problems -- The Regal Swan -- 23 November 2012
Hi Stephen: Is your weather pattern different this year, i.e, early heat, cold and then another heat wave, or vice versa? Black swans produce cygnets twice a year and if the weather has changed, they ...

How Many White Swans in Australia? -- Suzie -- 19 November 2012
Hi, I was just wondering if you happen to know how many white swans are left in Australia? I have been told they are very rare Thanks
Re: How Many White Swans in Australia? -- The Regal Swan -- 19 November 2012
Hi Suzie. We are not sure. Since the Black Swan is the native species, we would surmise that the white swans are feral flock members that escaped from their captive settings and started a new flock. ...

Relocated lonely swan dies soon after move -- Sue -- 19 November 2012
Hallo. Here in Nelson we had the most beautiful male Mute swan. He had an almost constant companion , a small white duck. Aragorn became aggressive and finally attacked a white bate fisher woman whom ...
Re: Relocated lonely swan dies soon after move -- The Regal Swan -- 19 November 2012
Hi Sue An abrupt change in habitat was probably the cause. If there was no visible trauma, then you can rule out predation as this can be a major threat in a new setting. Was the swan being fed by ...

Broken leg -- AJ -- 16 November 2012
The female swan in the pond near us has broken her leg. Can this be repaired?
Re: Broken leg -- The Regal Swan -- 17 November 2012
Hi A.J. Usually,broken legs in waterfowl are difficult cases. However, depending on the severity, location of the break, age and condition of the affected swan and the expertise of the avian ...

New born Cygnet -- Navenka -- 13 November 2012
Hi there, We have a pair of mute swans that have successfully bred 2nd year now. Last year our pen had 4 and this year laid 6 eggs. 5 hatched over a 2 day period with the 6th egg just lying there. My ...
Re: New born Cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 13 November 2012
Hi Navenka. Niether parent will accept it and will try to kill it. Also being the runt they will abandon it if it cannot keep up which will also make it an easy target for a predator. You will need ...

New Swan Parent. -- Keith -- 12 November 2012
I recently acquired 3 baby Mute swans about 6 months old and was wondering if you could answer some of my questions. They and their parents were raised on 50% Duck Grower and 50% Scratch (oats barely ...

Swan take off -- Jen -- 12 November 2012
Do swans need water to take off?
Re: Swan take off -- The Regal Swan -- 12 November 2012
Hi Jen: Swans do not necessarily need water to take off. If there is an open field or waterway, the swan can take-off and land on both water and land. However, a number of injuries occur when the ...

Pinioned Swan -- Marian -- 12 November 2012
We have had a pair of mute swans for over ten years. We were told they were both pinioned. They have hatched a clutch of cygnets every year which have been relocated. This fall the male was seen ...
Re: Pinioned Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 12 November 2012
Hi Marian: Yes, it is possible to have the swan circumvent the pinioning or wing clipping by learning how to shift its body weight and fly. However, more than likely, the pinioning was not done ...

sex of swans -- sharon -- 11 November 2012
how do you tell the sex of a swan, i have 2 on the river 100 yards from where i live
Re: sex of swans -- The Regal Swan -- 11 November 2012
Hi Sharon: As crazy as this may seem, this is a rather complicated question. First, what species of swan do you see? If they are Mute Swans, this may be a little easier, but not 100% reliable. If ...

Lone Swan on Frozen Lake -- Diane -- 10 November 2012
Our 18 acre man-made lake in the city is now frozen and we have a lone swan sitting on the ice. Is this normal? Or should we be concerned?
Re: Lone Swan on Frozen Lake -- The Regal Swan -- 10 November 2012
Hi Diane: You should be extremely concerned as the swan can drown if it gets caught in the ice, starve from lack of food, become ill from dehydration without water, become ill from freezing ...

black australian swan -- ann -- 10 November 2012
Hi, I have a young black Australian swan and wanted to know how cold is too cold for her? Also what should we feed her? Do they need dewarming like chickens do?

lonely swan -- Lynne -- 9 November 2012
Is it normal for a swan to be on its own. There is a lone swan in the field behind our house and Iam worried about it, what can I do.
Re: lonely swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 November 2012
Hi Lynne A swan away from water especially in a field probably is not a good situation for the bird. Predators, starvation and other problems can occur. Since swans are protected in your area we ...

Sick Mute Swan -- Astrid -- 9 November 2012
Hi, our large female swan seems sick. She usually swims in our pond but does not want to get into the water. She is also eating badly and seems very weak. Please advise what we can do to save her.
Re: Sick Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 November 2012
Hi Astrid The first indicator of something being wrong is not eating. You need to get her to an avian preferably waterfowl veterinarian immediately. A full blood chemistry panel needs to be conducted ...

Huffington Post article: Born to Explore: The Royal Swans Of England (with photos) -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 9 November 2012
Hi Everyone: The Huffington Post ran an article (link below) about The Regal Swan Foundation and Richard Wiese regarding our trip to England and the filming of the Born To Explore episode "The Royal ...

Swans, Winter Weather Protection and Pond Aeration/De-icing -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 7 November 2012
Winter weather is just around the corner. We are frequently asked what to do with captive swans that cannot migrate from the cold and wind. We recommend that a small shed or garage be used, but in ...

Whooper Swans -- Lawrence -- 7 November 2012
Do Whooper Swan adults operate a creche for their cygnets? I saw an adult closely following 5 youngsters today at Martin Mere UK WWT reserve.
Re: Whooper Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 7 November 2012
Hi Lawrence: For those readers who may not be familiar with the term, "creche", it is the zoological term for raising young by adults which are not their parents or providing a nursery (day care) ...

2 matched female swans - can I buy 2 more? -- Elena -- 5 November 2012
Hello, I currently have 2 matched female swans that live in a large pond. I would like to add 2 more but was wondering if they will be accepted by the original swans? If so, how would you recommend ...
Re: 2 matched female swans - can I buy 2 more? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 November 2012
Hi Elena: The individual personalities of the swans and their age will be major factors in whether they will accept the new pair of swans. If the existing swans are rather young, 1-2 years of age, ...

Female Swans Community Living -- Bryanna -- 5 November 2012
A friend of mine needs to rehome his 2 female swans that are full sisters and have been together since birth. Another friend of mine has agreed to take them, but has a single female swan of about the ...
Re: Female Swans Community Living -- The Regal Swan -- 5 November 2012
Hi Bryanna: Territorialism and acceptance of new swans introduced to a swan habitat totally depends upon age and individual swan attributes. Females can be just as territorial as males when it comes ...

swan may be injured -- Lisa -- 4 November 2012
I have 2 swans in a pond behind my house. They both use to come to my yard everyday, all day long. Now the larger one won't leave the water, is he/she injured?
Re: swan may be injured -- The Regal Swan -- 5 November 2012
Hi Lisa There could be any number of reasons but a sudden change in normal behavior or routine may not be good. The swan may be injued or ill. Is it staying in the same area? This could mean an ...

Swans had babies... now what??? -- Scott -- 4 November 2012
Hello- I have two mutes swans on my 1-acre pond (Wisconsin). They laid 9 eggs this year... 5 turned into Cygnets.... and now only one is left. He is pretty much full-grown and it starting to turn ...
Re: Swans had babies... now what??? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 November 2012
Hi Scott Usually not always but most of the time, the parents will chase them from the nesting area which could mean 20 feet to 20 acres. The young swan can be accepted or in the worst case be beaten ...

Single white swan -- Joy from Michigan -- 2 November 2012
We had a pair of white swans on our lake which had 5 babies this summer. The 7 of them hung together the whole season. For the past couple weeks there has only been one lonely swan. The rest must ...
Re: Single white swan -- The Regal Swan -- 3 November 2012
Hi Joy: This would indicate that something is possibly wrong with the young swan, i.e, it is too small, feathers not completely grown or it may be ill as to why it did not fly away with the rest of ...

Hatching 2 lots of young? -- Ruth -- 31 October 2012
Hello I live in Victoria Australia We seem to be having a really lush spring and have many nesting pairs of swans Is it possible that they could raise two lots of young in any season?
Re: Hatching 2 lots of young? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 November 2012
Hi Ruth Presumably, you have Black Swans which are native to Australia. This species of swans produce two broods of young a year. So, this is normal behavior and not necessarily reflected upon ...

Swan reproduction -- suzy -- 30 October 2012
Until what age is the swan capable of reproduction? Does the swan reproduce sexually or asexually?
Re: Swan reproduction -- The Regal Swan -- 31 October 2012
Hi Suzy: Swans need a male and a female swan to produce offspring which means they produce sexually. Swans can begin producing offspring as early as 2 years of age and continue into their 20's if ...

speed of a swan -- suzy -- 30 October 2012
How fast can a swan swim and walk (or run)?
Re: speed of a swan -- The Regal Swan -- 31 October 2012
Hi Suzy: We're not sure if this has ever been measured due to the fact that it all depends on why a swan is swimming, walking or running and the fact that usually, if they are not captive (pinioned ...

New Swan Owner Question Re: Winter -- Andrea -- 30 October 2012
I have put a deposit down on a pair of 3 year old Male Mute Swans that were bred in North Florida. I live in N.W. Georgia and they will live on my pond that is approximately 1 1/2 acres. My question ...
Re: New Swan Owner Question Re: Winter -- The Regal Swan -- 30 October 2012
Hi Andrea: Thank you for being a responsible swan caretaker. This will be the most important labor of love you have probably ever undertaken, and the most rewarding! First, you need to get an ...

Press Release: Bolin Receives Prestigious Roy L. Lauter Distinguished Service Award -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 29 October 2012
October 29, 2012 For Immediate Release Contact: Shirley Bolin Tel.: (407) 931-6838 Email: Bolin.S@att.net Bolin Receives Prestigious Roy L. Lauter Distinguished Service Award Sheila A. Bolin, CEO and ...

swans bury their heads in their bodies -- Katie -- 28 October 2012
why do swans bury their heads in their bodies?
Re: swans bury their heads in their bodies -- The Regal Swan -- 29 October 2012
Hi Katie: Great question. There are several reasons that swans bury their heads in their bodies. One is to sleep while feeling safe floating on the water. If they are cold, their warm feathers keep ...

Swan doesn't let the other into the lake -- Veronica -- 27 October 2012
I have two black swans. One male and one female. They have been happy in our lake for three years. Clipped wings as well. Recently one swan is stopping the other going into the lake. There are no ...
Re: Swan doesn -- The Regal Swan -- 28 October 2012
Hi Veronica: Are you absolutely sure that these are opposite gendered swans? Are there any new swans in the area? For this behavior to occur, something must have happened for these two swans to act ...

male swan -- Paula D -- 27 October 2012
The resident swan (20 years+) of our community has just returned after going missing for over 6 months. He no longer makes sounds and is missing a large part of his webbed foot. Does this bird need ...
Re: male swan -- The Regal Swan -- 27 October 2012
Hi Paula Is his mate still around?How can you be sure this is the same bird? Both of these questions could possibly answer why he is not making sounds. Not being mating season could be another ...

mating -- Paula -- 25 October 2012
Hello, We have had a male and female swan on our mill pond for about 7 years. In April, the male died but the female went on to produce and raise 7 cygnets. All but one of the cygnets has now left. ...
Re: mating -- The Regal Swan -- 25 October 2012
Hi Paula: The female may not have anything to do with this as much as nature has the control. Yes, this is how new flocks start when a mate has died or left and no one else is left to carry on. If ...

Cygnet not eating well -- S.Speers -- 24 October 2012
I have 3 black swan cignets received as gifts. Two are thriving but the third is not developing as well and is very thin. I have them contained in a large area with a 10x10 enclosure for security at ...
Re: Cygnet not eating well -- The Regal Swan -- 24 October 2012
Hi The young swan may not be receiving adequate nutrition. All cygnets need to be fed poultry layer pellets snd cracked corn in a 1/2 to 1/2 ratio along with lettuce. The rice and other foods that ...

trumpeter swan calls -- suzy -- 23 October 2012
What calls does a trumpeter swan have?
Re: trumpeter swan calls -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 24 October 2012
A Trumpeter Swan is called a Trumpeter due to its blaring (and we do mean blaring!!!) trumpet like calls. Especially, early morning, this species of swan is very vocal. Unlike the Mute Swans which ...

Male mute swan missing -- tracey -- 23 October 2012
hello im from wales in the uk and we rescued a family of swans off the main road and put them in the field behind our house which has a large pond, theyve been living here for months now and come up ...
Re: Male mute swan missing -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2012
Hi Tracey: If the mother and cygnets are now flying away from your pond, they may be visiting their old pond or trying to find a more suitable habitat for the winter. If this is the case, the male ...

Lone swan cygnet -- Mara -- 23 October 2012
Hello, I live in Alaska and a friend of mine recently told me about a lone swan cygnet that has been on his lake for the last 4 days. It is feeding but all alone. It seems that the other Alaskan ...
Re: Lone swan cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2012
Hi Mara: How old is the cygnet? If the swan cannot fly due to young age or something wrong with it so that it cannot migrate, it will not survive the winter. The best thing for the young bird is an ...
Re: Lone swan cygnet -- Mara -- 25 October 2012
I really appreciate your input. This site is a wonderful resource and you're doing a world of good. I'll let you know what happens -- many thanks! Best, Mara
Re: Lone swan cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 28 October 2012
Thank you for your kind words Mara. Thanks for keeping us abreast. Hopefully, the little guy/girl will make it just fine. Regal Swan

Mute Swans Flight -- Amy -- 22 October 2012
Aproximately how much distance does it take for a swan to become airborne from it's initial attempt at flight?
Re: Mute Swans Flight -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2012
Hi Amy: Great question. It normally takes a Mute Swan approximately 100 feet for take-off. However, there are many determining factors that must be considered such as the swan species, size and ...

Two New Sponsors to Help Conserve Swans: Bob Knox Swans and Vertex Water Features -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 22 October 2012
TWO NEW SPONSORS TO HELP CONSERVE SWANS Hi Everyone: Winter is fast approaching and one of the major topics that we constantly see at this time of the year is how to protect captive swans in cold ...

beak -- Brian -- 21 October 2012
Hello there, I make it a habit to visit these swans that we have nearby our town. I have gotten to know them fairly well over the past five years. I noticed one of the swan's beak has been damaged. ...
Re: beak -- Regal Swan -- 21 October 2012
Hi Brian: Actually, you are making perfect sense and are describing a natural occurrence to the bill and coloring around the eye. The beak scratches may appear as red or other discriminating marks ...

Swans overhead? -- Catherine -- 19 October 2012
HI i HAVE SEEN BIRDS EVERY MORNING THIS WEEK FLYING OVERHEAD IN THE SHAPE OF A V ,WHITE WITH LONG NECKS AND WONDERING WOULD THEY BE SWANS. iTS ALWAYS AROUND 9 AM ( DERRY N.IRELAND) THANKS CATHERINE
Re: Swans overhead? -- Regal Swan -- 21 October 2012
Hi Catherine: They probably are swans on the migratory path. They probably will be Mute, Bewick and/or Whooper Swans making their way from Eurasia. Many will winter throughout the U.K., but ...

Oct 20, 2012: “Born To Explore” with Richard Wiese on ABC Television To Feature The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 13 October 2012
“Born To Explore” with Richard Wiese on ABC Television To Feature The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc., on October 20th World-renowned explorer Richard Wiese will feature The Regal Swan® Foundation, ...

swan family near my office -- Susan -- 10 October 2012
Hi We have a pair of swans living on the lake near where I work in Newport South Wales UK and they have had a beautiful family of six babies this year. The babies are now nearly as big as their ...
Re: swan family near my office -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2012
Hi Susan: Cygnets are usually dispatched from the territory by the parents when they are approximately 8-10 months of age or prior to the next breeding. Usually, in the case of inclement winters, ...

How much weight can swan carry ? -- Petja -- 10 October 2012
Hello Well there it is on subject pretty much. Im from Finland and there is a story in a newpaper that a cat jumped on swans back and then swan took off and the cat flew sometime over the lake and ...
Re: How much weight can swan carry ? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2012
Hi Petja: Okay, we have never had any situation like this observed or described to us, so we are working on theory alone! A swan depending on size, and we are assuming that you are speaking of a ...

baby swans die -- Amy -- 10 October 2012
Hi there, we have swans in our estate and they had babies,now the babies r gettin very big and well fed but unfortually one was found dead there yesterday, is there anything we can do to find out ...
Re: baby swans die -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2012
Hi Amy: If you have a local veterinarian or veterinary laboratory, you can have a necropsy (autopsy for animals) conducted. If this is not possible, you may want to look at the carcass and see if ...

Swan upkeep directions??? HELP -- Nick -- 9 October 2012
Just bought 2 swans and the guy delivered a wounded one that just died, its leg was cut for some reason. We just got them in Oct so how long do you keep them before you let them go alone? Do I need ...
Re: Swan upkeep directions??? HELP -- The Regal Swan -- 9 October 2012
Hi Nick: Did you get the swans from a reputable breeder? Are you in a state that requires veterinary checks on the swans prior to sale? If so, the person who sold or delivered the swans is ...

Cignet with bad leg -- christine -- 8 October 2012
I got 4 black swan cignets when they were 2 days old. After about a week old, I was wondering if they had trouble walking, but they soon were walking fine (IF they were even having trouble). However ...
Re: Cignet with bad leg -- The Regal Swan -- 8 October 2012
Hi Christine: Absolutely, yes, swans can have major leg or feet problems especially young swans. If the cygnets are placed on any slippery, wet or unstable surface such as newspapers, plastic or ...
Re: Cignet with bad leg -- christine -- 8 October 2012
The two vets that examined him/her are not sure what is wrong. I declined x-rays, they were not sure because of it's age (4 weeks) that it would show anything. They were thinking it was up in the ...
Re: Cignet with bad leg -- The Regal Swan -- 9 October 2012
Hi Christine. The vets are correct in that there are no guarantees with surgery. If the muscle has frozen you can do a gentle massage several times a day along with gentle range of motion exercises. ...
Re: Cignet with bad leg -- christine -- 9 October 2012
Thank you so very very much! I am going to try all the above!
Re: Cignet with bad leg -- The Regal Swan -- 9 October 2012
You are very welcome. If you need further assistance, contact the administrator of this website for my phone number. The Regal Swan

A goose with the swans -- Cheryl -- 6 October 2012
Hello, There are five swans on the Wye river in Hereford near to our house and they seem to be living in a group....with one lone goose. They are sticking together, with the goose up close to one or ...
Re: A goose with the swans -- The Regal Swan -- 6 October 2012
Hi Cheryl: We would certainly not qualify this as normal or abnormal behavior. You have 5 swans, which means that there is an odd male or female left out of a mating pair. The goose may have grown up ...

5 month old cygnets and parents -- Randy -- 4 October 2012
We have 2 adult cobs and one adult pen with five 5 month old cygnets. The cgynets have one end of our pond and the adults use the other end, once in a while there paths cross and the cygnets are ...
Re: 5 month old cygnets and parents -- The Regal Swan -- 4 October 2012
Hi Randy it is getting close to another mating season and the adults are beginning to let the cygnets know that the time to leave the area, find a mate and start their own family is drawing near. ...

swan parents abandon young in september -- shannon -- 3 October 2012
I live with wetlands behind me-- we have a new swan family move in after 4 years of no swans. what bothered me is this couple flew off leaving the young adult swan--the other swan family's always ...
Re: swan parents abandon young in september -- The Regal Swan -- 4 October 2012
Hi Shannon: If he has something wrong and cannot fly, the parents will leave him as they migrate. You need to see if you can feed him and get close enough to capture. Michigan is a state where they ...
Re: swan parents abandon young in september -- Shannon -- 8 October 2012
I wrote to you asking about the abandoned juvenile swan-- I am happy to report that after a week the parents came back and they all flew away together after a couple of days---is this a common ...
Re: swan parents abandon young in september -- The Regal Swan -- 8 October 2012
Hi Shannon: We're not sure that this is common or uncommon. If the parents were scared by a predator, they may have tried to lure the predator away from the cygnet and return once they felt that the ...

Do swans prefer shallow parts or deeper parts? -- shannon -- 2 October 2012
hi i would just like to know if swans like to live in shallow parts or deeper parts thank you very much
Re: Do swans prefer shallow parts or deeper parts? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 October 2012
Hi Shannon: We would suggest that they prefer shallow habitats more than deeper due to the accessiblity of food sources in the muck. If the water is too deep, they cannot get to the aquatic ...

Dominance fight between families... -- John -- 1 October 2012
Hi, Our (large - 84 acre) pond has had a swan couple raise cygnets with increasing success rate (0, 3, hopefully 5) each of the last 3 years. Today the couple and 5 cygnets were challenged by a ...
Re: Dominance fight between families... -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 1 October 2012
Hi John. Yes reverse dominance does occur especially when young swans start their own families. These fights may go back and forth but unless there is a chance that adult swans or cygnets are going ...

Swans & Lakes -- Susan -- 30 September 2012
Why do some lakes not have swans?
Re: Swans & Lakes -- The Regal Swan -- 30 September 2012
Hi Susan: There could be many reasons for swans not inhabiting certain lakes. Pollution, lack of food or nesting resources, presence of predators, ponds or lakes off the beaten path and not familiar ...

Predator poop? -- Sherrie -- 29 September 2012
We have a pair of mute swans on our lake. I noticed there is alot of scat near the area they like to hang out the most. Does swan poop look like dog poop? I am worried there might be predators in the ...
Re: Predator poop? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 September 2012
Hi Sherrie: Yes, this is swan poop. Texas does have a lot of predators, i.e., bobcat, puma, fox, raccoons, alligators, coyote, etc. If you should see hair in the scat or berries and hair, this would ...

Majestic Swan Wine: Awaken Your Tastebuds and SAVE A SWAN! -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 29 September 2012
Hi Everyone: As some of you know, we began a new swan related venture several months ago. Shirley, one of our photographers, had the idea of developing a company or product which could generate money ...

pair of swans over winter -- susan -- 27 September 2012
I found a pair of muted swans on Craigs List for $100 and dontated them to our local Camp Timblane in behalf of our Girlscout troop. They now have 6 acres of lake to live and swim and with winter ...
Re: pair of swans over winter -- The Regal Swan -- 27 September 2012
Hi Susan: Does your pond freeze during the winter? If so, you will need to get a de-icer/aerator for the pond (non-winch type as this can injure a swan). If there are predators in the area, (i.e., ...

can one male mate two females? -- mnj sultan -- 26 September 2012
can a single male can mate with two females as i have two females and one male
Re: can one male mate two females? -- The Regal Swan -- 26 September 2012
Hi: It is possible that the swan could mate with both females, but highly unusual. The most probable scenario will be that he will pick one as his mate and the other female will be the odd bird out. ...

Adding another pair of mutes to our lakes? -- Rob -- 24 September 2012
We have a pair of mute swans, 7 years old. They live on two 5 acre lakes on our property. During the winter months we keep a 50 yard piece of open water for them to stay and where I can feed them. I ...
Re: Adding another pair of mutes to our lakes? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 September 2012
Hi Rob: Are the present mute swans male and female? Are the new mute swans male and female? You may have a better chance of this working out if each pair have mixed genders. In any case, you will ...

When a Whooper female dies will male accept another mate? -- carolyn -- 21 September 2012
I bought a pair of three year old mated Whooper swans. The female was killed a few months ago by a stray dog. this happened riight after egg laying season. At first my male was very aggressive and ...
Have a pair agrasive mute swans -- Paul -- 22 September 2012
I have a large fence dam twelf month ago I purchase three black swans 2 felmale & a male then six month later I purchase a pair of white mute swans. Black & white swans had no problem with ...
Re: Have a pair agrasive mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 22 September 2012
Hi Paul: Yes, you have a problem, especially during mating/breeding season which is going to be three times in your case. Black swans mate and produce cygnets twice a year and the mute swans mate and ...
Re: When a Whooper female dies will male accept another mate? -- The Regal Swan -- 22 September 2012
Hi Carolyn: The answer lies with the individual swan and species. Whooper swans have a 6% divorce rate, higher than most swan species and they are the most aggressive of the European swan species. ...

Aggressive male behaviour -- Rebecca -- 17 September 2012
Hi, we have a 4 year old male mute swan. He is not pinioned, but we trim his wing feathers annually to try to curb his aggression. He can fly away anytime he chooses when his wings are fully grown. ...
Re: Aggressive male behaviour -- The Regal Swan -- 18 September 2012
Hi Rebecca: We need additional information about your swan. Is the behavior seasonal? If it is, this is normal as the hormone levels for mating will increase territorialism. When did the behavior ...
Re: Aggressive male behaviour -- Rebecca -- 19 September 2012
Thankyou for your response. Firstly his aggressive behaviour is definately worse at breeding time, his hormones are right up there now, so yes that is part of the problem but he is just quite a ...
Re: Aggressive male behaviour -- The Regal Swan -- 20 September 2012
Hi Rebecca: You are welcome. The time out is only going to work if the time out is done immediately and quickly once any attacking behavior is demonstrated by the swan. You will also need to do this ...
Re: Aggressive male behaviour -- Rebecca -- 20 September 2012
Thanks, will keep you posted, today he is meek and quiet, we may have given him something to think about the other day when he attacked us and we caught him and held him for a couple of minutes. ...
Re: Aggressive male behaviour -- The Regal Swan -- 22 September 2012
Hi Becky: You are very welcome. That is great news that you were able to catch him and hold him. You may not need a pen, just the object that you are able to catch and hold may be enough to make Mr. ...

NY swan winter migration -- Jane -- 14 September 2012
where do white swans that live on a pond in northern ny go for the winter?
Re: NY swan winter migration -- The Regal Swan -- 15 September 2012
Hi Jane: Great question! Swans and migratory birds try to migrate south, however, migratory stop-overs (wetland feeding and resting areas until they get to their designated sites) or their final ...

Young swan with broken beak -- Kelly -- 10 September 2012
There is a young swan that seems to have been chased away by its parents. It has been hanging around our yard (we live by a small lake) and has a badly broken upper beak. It's tongue is exposed. We ...
Re: Young swan with broken beak -- The Regal Swan -- 10 September 2012
Hi Kelly: This is an emergency! You need to get the young bird to a waterfowl or wildlife rescue facility with a knowledgeable avian veterinarian. The young swan will die from not being able to eat ...

How a baby swan arrived here? -- Jo -- 5 September 2012
Hi my name is Jo from Crescent Head New South Wales. on fathers day our friend next door sang out to come & get this duck but once i got there it was a baby swan it swims eats most green leaf veg ...
Re: How a baby swan arrived here? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 September 2012
Hi Jo: Seems like he has found a great home. However, you might want to let a swan rehabilitation center know that he is in your area. They may be able to rescue him and raise it with other swans. ...

Mute Swan Tumor -- Jeff -- 3 September 2012
We have a pair of wild Mute Swans that arrived at our pond three years ago and have stayed through the Ohio winters and raised three sets of offspring. The male has developed what looks like a tumor ...
Re: Mute Swan Tumor -- The Regal Swan -- 3 September 2012
Hi Jeff: Without seeing the tumor, we're not sure exactly what might be occurring. Even then, the only way to know if the tumor is benign or malignant is to get the swan to an avian veterinarian and ...

swans life span and feeding them bread -- Drema -- 2 September 2012
How long do Swans normally live? Does feeding them bread hurt them?
Re: swans life span and feeding them bread -- The Regal Swan -- 2 September 2012
Hi Drema: A well-cared for swan can live up to 30 years. This means, full prompt veterinary medical care and a habitat that is safe from predators, pollution, etc. The oldest swan under our ...

vaccines -- aelise parkes -- 31 August 2012
What vaccines are recommended for captive swans in the northeast area? The avian vet at Cornell University's exotic animal clinic said no botulism necessary...how about West Nile or avian flu? The ...
Re: vaccines -- The Regal Swan -- 31 August 2012
Hi Aelise: If you have captive swans, which means presumably, they are placed on a private lake or pond, you need the swans to be vaccinated against Botulism. Botulism occurs after a heavy rain or ...
Re: vaccines -- aelise parkes -- 1 September 2012
Thanks for your response. I'm also curious about wormers. Which ones do you recommend and where to purchase online? I assume you can give it to them as a feed through or in their water. I wouldn't ...
Re: vaccines -- The Regal Swan -- 1 September 2012
Hi Aelise: Our vets use Ivermectin, however, you need to be cautious with any medication and speak with an avian veterinarian before administering. Ivermectin dosage as well as many other drugs are ...

questions on swan maintainence -- Diane -- 26 August 2012
Thanks for your reply to my question regarding a swan that can't fly. The swan will come when I whistle for him and will eat as I feed him with me there. He will also follow me. Do swans need water ...
Re: questions on swan maintainence -- The Regal Swan -- 26 August 2012
Hi Diane: Congratulations, you have an imprinted swan who now thinks it is a person and you are its mate! At least he has someone to trust. Swans need water to eat and bathe, although they can go 2-3 ...

Swan Mate -- Angela -- 26 August 2012
There is a swan that lives on a large lake in Oklahoma. He travels around the lake. He is an older swan who is somewhat aggressive. He had a female mate, but someone killed it. Since then he has been ...
Re: Swan Mate -- The Regal Swan -- 26 August 2012
Hi Angela: There are no guarantees that he will re-mate. Usually, depending upon species and the individual swan, most males will not re-mate once they have lost their female mates. Females, on the ...

Swans and death -- Daniel -- 25 August 2012
I would like to know where do swans die normally? Do they go somewhere in particular? Do they drown? Or go to back to land?
Re: Swans and death -- Tom -- 7 October 2012
Hi, I saw a Mute Swan die today in a big reservoir here in East Providence, RI, at Turner Reservoir. He acted as if it was being choked by something underwater. He was not being attacked by any ...
Re: Swans and death -- The Regal Swan -- 8 October 2012
Hi Tom. We would never be glad that a swan or any wildlife dies. Swans are beautiful and elegant creatures and swan conservation efforts should always be of utmost concern. The bird was drowning and ...
Re: Swans and death -- The Regal Swan -- 25 August 2012
Hi Daniel: Swans, like other living beings, die wherever and whenever the time comes. Many may succumb to the cold and long distances during the migratory path. If a swan is in a weakened state due ...

why does injured swan stay on pond and now plucking feathers. -- Donna -- 25 August 2012
We have a swan that was coaxed into our pond after my husband saw her in a corn field with and injured bloody wing. Now she is plucking her feathers because we see her swimming without problems of ...
Re: why does injured swan stay on pond and now plucking feathers. -- The Regal Swan -- 25 August 2012
Hi Donna: She is probably molting (losing feathers for the winter) but they may not grow back in time for flying if she is even able to fly. There is a breeder and swan care taker in Illinois, named ...

Clipped wings -- Diane -- 25 August 2012
We live on a pond in Smithfield, RI. In the larger pond there are many swans. Two mated a few years ago and the male offspring now lives in the smaller pond. The flock of swans will not allow him ...
Re: Clipped wings -- The Regal Swan -- 25 August 2012
Hi Diane: Keep feeding him and letting him get used to you as well as facilitating the trust factor. Try to feed him further up the bank, starting slow by dropping food just off the bank and then add ...

swan mating with siblings? -- Dr. Jay -- 14 August 2012
will swans mate with their siblings? I have 4 healthy 5 month old swans. If I paired a brother and sister would they mate when mature?
Re: swan mating with siblings? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 August 2012
Hi Dr. Jay: Absolutely, but you need to insure that they are male and female. This age is still too young to get a reliable sexing using probing due to the imature sex organs. The best method is to ...

mute swan with clipped wings -- Mary Anne -- 14 August 2012
We live on the Rock River in northern Illinois and have noticed a mute swan with clipped wings hanging out around an island in the river. It has been there for several weeks. Should we try to get it ...
Re: mute swan with clipped wings -- The Regal Swan -- 14 August 2012
Hi Mary Anne: We would call Bob Knox at Knox Swans in Illinois. If it had to be rescued, Bob would know the area. If the swan cannot fly (migrate), , it would have a hard time in the winter. Tha ...

The Regal Swan® Foundation Inc., to Present Her Majesty’s Swan Marker’s North American Tour -- The Regal Swan® Foundation Inc., -- 13 August 2012
The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc., will present Her Majesty’s Swan Marker’s North American Tour, beginning September 8, in Lakeland, Florida. Lakeland and Stratford, Ontario are the only two North ...

Solitary Abandoned Cygnet -- Annie -- 12 August 2012
In late May of this year, everyone in our Michigan neighborhood was delighted to see the resident pair of Mute swans swimming around our lake with five beautiful tiny cygnets. Unfortunately, the baby ...
Re: Solitary Abandoned Cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 12 August 2012
Hi Annie: This situation does not seem normal. If the cygnet had to swim instead of fly to the parents, there may be a problem with either the flight feathers being abnormal or missing. If the cygnet ...

Different species -- Larry -- 12 August 2012
Is it normal to see a pair of swans of different species together as a pair? We have a Mute and a Whooper. Will they breed? What will cygnets look like? We thought we were buying a matched pair but ...
Re: Different species -- The Regal Swan -- 12 August 2012
Hi Larry: It is not abnormal, but if these two were not raised together at a very young age, there could be major problems later. I have asked the website administrator to give you our phone so that ...

male swan lost all his feathers on his wings in August -- lex -- 11 August 2012
We had a male swan with his mate around our lagoon and bay every year. The last 2 years after having 7 offspring, he is very aggressive attacking kayaks jet skis and boats. He puffs up his body and ...
Re: male swan lost all his feathers on his wings in August -- The Regal Swan -- 11 August 2012
Hi Lex: Yes, this is the normal winter molt. He is losing his old summer feathers so that new feathers which will be warmer and thicker can emerge for the winter. This molt usually occurs in one mate ...

Is there a leader of the pack? -- Becki -- 11 August 2012
We live on a river with as many as 50 mute swans. It appears that there is a leader that controls the pack. The swans will be out in the middle of the river and every evening at sundown a swan with ...
Re: Is there a leader of the pack? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 August 2012
Hi Becki: Yes, this is normal behavior. In the animal world, there are alpha males which control the flock or herd. In this case, this alpha male may be so territorial and such a terror that the ...

Non Aggressive Swan -- Aelise -- 11 August 2012
I have a male swan, and a duck, who have been together since they were babies. The male swan is an "adolescent", about a year and a half in age. We have Canadian geese around the property, and the ...
Re: Non Aggressive Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 11 August 2012
Hi Aelise: Aggression is solely going to be based upon the individual swan's demeanor, its upbringing (i.e., was it raised with other waterfowl, which it was, etc.). The swan could become territorial ...
Re: Non Aggressive Swan -- aelise -- 11 August 2012
Thanks for your reply. He came with DNA paperwork, so I'm pretty sure of his sex. You're correct, there's a lot to consider if you have a breeding pair. I don't need a permit in my state, as I am not ...
Re: Non Aggressive Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 11 August 2012
Hi Aliese: Yes, some swans do chase geese and/or other waterfowl while others live in peace. This is totally an individualistic attribute for each swan. The Regal Swan

where to buy male mute swan in Ohio -- Theresa -- 9 August 2012
Recently lost our female swan ...would like to replace her with a male swan to keep our 7yr. male swan company. Where do we find another one ...?
Re: where to buy male mute swan in Ohio -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2012
Hi Theresa: There are no guarantees that your male will accept a new mate. Most male swans will live the rest of their lives alone and will be just fine after losing a mate. Should you introduce a ...

lost swan -- papasmurf -- 8 August 2012
There is a swan outside ony neighbors lawn. What do we do? We fed it bread, tried to get into a kennel and a car. We called animal control but they said we had tp get it in the house.
Re: lost swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2012
Hi: There are a couple of things that can be done. First, is the swan able to fly? Is there a pond nearby? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then you need to intervene. If either ...

Swans -- Judy -- 8 August 2012
We have a pair of wild swan on our lake. They have 5 large cygnets. 4 are white with beaks changing to yellow with the black out line like the parents. However, one is still very dark and has a dark ...
Re: Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 8 August 2012
Hi Judy: Juvenile swans will eventually turn the color of the parents, full color around 12 months of age. The one swan will turn the same color as the rest of the family shortly. Juvenile swans will ...

Swans on Lake Michigan coast ("ocean" swans?) -- Sissy -- 8 August 2012
We are vacationing in Bridgman, MI--the southwest area of Michigan with many beaches directly on Lake Michigan. These beaches are very similar to the ocean (other than it is freshwater rather than ...
Re: Swans on Lake Michigan coast ("ocean" swans?) -- The Regal Swan -- 8 August 2012
Hi Sissy: If the lake is freshwater, then the swans can do just fine. The three types of white swans in Michigan would be the Trumpeter Swans, Tundra Swans and Mute Swans. Did you notice the color of ...
Re: Swans on Lake Michigan coast ("ocean" swans?) -- Sissy -- 9 August 2012
They had back beaks & I believe they were Trumpeter swans. They didn't have any yellow coloration & they were very large. Very pretty--very regal looking. They were the largest swans I've ...
Re: Swans on Lake Michigan coast ("ocean" swans?) -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2012
Hi Sissy: As long as a body of water is freshwater, then swans can and will be found in that body of water. They probably can fly, but may just have been enjoying the wave action and the coolness of ...

Female disappears along with 6 cygnets -- Jo -- 5 August 2012
Hi, A female and her 6 cygnets have vanished from their marina home in Holy Loch, Argyll in the last couple of weeks. Surely they can't have all been killed? Do you think they may have relocated? ...
Re: Female disappears along with 6 cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 5 August 2012
Hi Jo: The female could have taken the cygnets to another area to search for food or protect the cygnets from a predator. Usually the male will stay with or at least in close proximity to the family. ...

Mute Swans -- Betty -- 3 August 2012
Where I work we have two mute swans. Today one of them has been "not right" He has stayed pretty much in the same place today and has not been in the water but just for a few minutes. He is ...
Re: Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 3 August 2012
Hi Betty: Get him to a veterinarian that is experienced in waterfowl or at least birds quickly. He is either suffering from heat stress or posdible poisoning. Find out exactly what Orkin sprayed and ...

wing problem? -- Jackie -- 30 July 2012
There are a pair of mute swans and their 4 cygnets that live on the small lake we are on. The female's wings have recently become short. Could this be an indication of a problem? Lots of people ...
Re: wing problem? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 July 2012
Hi Jackie: The condition you are describing is molting. Birds shed their feathers before winter and summer to allow new feathers to grow. No, feeding bread does not affect the bird's molting of ...

Rescued swan -- Marlin -- 29 July 2012
We rescued a young swan from a lake nearby from an older swan that kept attacking it. The young swan is dripping mucus from its beak. We were wondering why the swan is doing that and what might be ...
Re: Rescued swan -- The Regal Swan -- 29 July 2012
Hi Marlin. From what you are describing , you are probably seeing what we have also seen in swans and that is a very thick stringy and foamy looking saliva. It is probably due to the swan getting ...

Rescued Swan cannot stand w/o falling, -- Brie -- 28 July 2012
My parents found a swan down by their boat dock that was nearly drowning. It was almost like it was waterlogged and couldn't stay upright and was being battered by waves against the shoreline. My ...
Re: Rescued Swan cannot stand w/o falling, -- The Regal Swan -- 28 July 2012
Hi Brie: You need to get the cygnet to an avian veterinarian immediatley, and even then, this case does not seem promising. What you are describing is neurological based. The question is what caused ...
Re: Rescued Swan cannot stand w/o falling, -- Brie -- 29 July 2012
That's what I was afraid of, that it was neurological. Thank you for your prompt reply. I'll relay this to my parents - I know they will be sad to hear this and have to see her put down, but I know ...
Re: Rescued Swan cannot stand w/o falling, -- The Regal Swan -- 29 July 2012
Hi Brie. Yes it is sad but no one wants to see something suffer. We believe that this is an irreversible condition and the young swan may be under even greater stress not realizing that humans are ...

What is the most amount of Cygnets that a Swan has had? -- Michael -- 27 July 2012
I was wondering what the record is for the most amount of Cygnets that a swan has had that have survived? Near where I live, there are 9 babies and have been on the water for at least the past 2 ...
Re: What is the most amount of Cygnets that a Swan has had? -- Linda -- 4 August 2012
We have a pair of swans on the lake outside our lodge that have had 10 signets this year but the 2 they had last year will NOT leave the lake no matter how many times the parents try to chase them ...
Re: What is the most amount of Cygnets that a Swan has had? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 July 2012
Hi Michael: We have seen in research 13 cygnets. The Regal Swan

Cydnet with no parents. -- Jordan -- 26 July 2012
I live near a large area with a few ponds. Unfortunately, a few weeks back, a dog attacked a swan and it had to be put down. There is now just one cygnet remaining with no Arenas. It's probably ...
Re: Cydnet with no parents. -- The Regal Swan -- 26 July 2012
Hi Jordan: The young cygnet needs to have a parent at this time as a guardian. You need to get a rescue center involved and get the young cygnet to a protected area, raise it for a couple more months ...

YOUNG SWANS -- Terry -- 25 July 2012
We will be receiving two female sister swans soon who will be 5 months old. We have a two acre lake that is completely fenced in, in an urban area, so there are no predators. Let's assume they are in ...
Re: YOUNG SWANS -- The Regal Swan -- 25 July 2012
Hi Terry: Yes, you need a fenced in veterinary pen (top and bottom covered, just in the event a lone predator such as domesticated dog, cat or human may try to access them. If the cygnets are ...

Mute swans breaking a person's leg with their wing? -- Yvonne -- 23 July 2012
Would it be possible for an adult mute swan to break a person's leg with their wing?
Re: Mute swans breaking a person -- The Regal Swan -- 23 July 2012
Hi Yvonne: Yes it is possible that a swan's wing could break a person's leg, arm or even ribs. If hit in the face, the wing could break a nose. We have been hit many times by even larger swans than ...

swans on drying pond -- Rosanne -- 22 July 2012
Thank you so much for this board! We have a pond behind our house and have had a pair of nesting swans every year for several years. They nested this year had and lost two signets due to weather. ...
Re: swans on drying pond -- The Regal Swan -- 22 July 2012
Hi Rosanne: Yes, the swans are in danger if the pond dries to the point of no water. Additionally, if there is no aerator (fountain) on the pond and the conditions get worse (dry) or there is a heavy ...

mute swan cygnets in the water all winter without parents present -- jannis -- 17 July 2012
The cygnets I got were hatched April 15, 2012. We live in Pa. just below the NY border. Some places are telling us to not allow the cygnets to be on the water overnight especially in the cold months? ...
Re: mute swan cygnets in the water all winter without parents present -- The Regal Swan -- 17 July 2012
Hi Jannis: If the cygnets are only 3 months of age, they are not ready to go out onto the pond by themselves. They need to be kept in a protected water pen (enclosed top to bottom) to prevent ...
Re: mute swan cygnets in the water all winter without parents present -- Jannis -- 10 August 2012
If my mute swans are not pinioned or their flight feathers clipped what are the odd s that they will stay here? They know that I am their food and protector and I have domestic ducks that will share ...
Re: mute swan cygnets in the water all winter without parents present -- The Regal Swan -- 10 August 2012
Hi Jannis: This is a good question because there are many variables to this question. How cold is your winter? Does your pond completely freeze during the winter months? Do you have an aerator that ...
Re: mute swan cygnets in the water all winter without parents present -- Jannis -- 12 August 2012
I'm not sure if the parents were pinioned, but I believe that they are/were not wild swans. They have never been shown how to fly since they have been in captivity as far as I know since they were ...
Re: mute swan cygnets in the water all winter without parents present -- The Regal Swan -- 12 August 2012
Hi Jannis: You are welcome. Hopefully, the parents have not abandoned them, but if they did fly away and left the cygnets, you may need to provide them with some shelter (barn, garage, etc.,) to ...

When to release the baby swan -- Sheila Hicks -- 14 July 2012
I have a male cygnet. He is about 3 months old. I have several ducks that live on our lake that our house is on. When they see me out in the yard they all come running. Each day when I take the swan ...
Re: When to release the baby swan -- The Regal Swan -- 14 July 2012
koHi Sheila: You need to keep the cygnet in the pen for about 2 more months. We are assuming that this is a Mute Swan. If it is a Black Swan or other smaller species, you may have to wait an ...

Black Cygnet with White Parents -- Joe -- 13 July 2012
Hello, We have a black cygnet with white parents on our lake this year. This is not just a fuzz ball that's a little darker. It is actually a dark gray and seems to be getting darker as it gets ...
Re: Black Cygnet with White Parents -- The Regal Swan -- 13 July 2012
Hi Joe: Do you have a photo of the cygnet that you can send us? We have seen some really dark cygnets, but around 5-6 months of age, their feathers under their wings will start to turn white and then ...

Wild Swan propagation -- Al -- 12 July 2012
I am interested in finding out if we can promote wild swans to take up residence on our small (5-8 acre) pond. The homes on the pond including myself pay for a pair of swans with clipped wings that ...
Re: Wild Swan propagation -- The Regal Swan -- 12 July 2012
Hi Al: There are no guarantees that if you remove the captive (clipped) swans that wild swans will stay. If there is no substantial food or other habitat resources other than that which is supplied ...

2 swans died one day after arrival -- Daniel -- 10 July 2012
hello, where i work we have a big lake that is fenced in and get alot of ducks,geese,swans released down there, we had 2 swans about 4 weeks ago and they were feed friday morning and on saturday were ...
Re: 2 swans died one day after arrival -- The Regal Swan -- 10 July 2012
Hi Daniel: We could not even begin to ascertain what might have gone wrong as there could be many causes. Someone that might be able to help is Wendy Hermon at the Swan Lifeline Rescue Facility in ...

How can you tell the sex of mute swans -- sandy holliman -- 9 July 2012
how can you tell the sex of swans. we have a pair male & female . they had ababy about three years ago we have not been able to survive any since. the are so mean to the 3 year old i wonder why ...
Re: How can you tell the sex of mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 10 July 2012
Hi Sandy: You will need to have an experienced avian (bird or waterfowl) veterinarian sex the swan by using a procedure known as probing. If the cygnet is not old enough to have the genitalia ...

Separation: one cygnet away from the others -- Lyn -- 8 July 2012
Our new pair of local swans have successfully nested having failed to hatch their eggs last year. They hatched eight and now have five at present. Three days ago one cygnet separated from the group ...
Re: Separation: one cygnet away from the others -- The Regal Swan -- 8 July 2012
Hi Lyn: If the cygnet is only 8 weeks of age, it probably will die from predation and/or illness if it cannot remain dry (for instance under its mother's wings). A soaking wet cygnet can drown or ...

Cygnets on lake: 3 white and 1 brown... -- Sandy -- 6 July 2012
We have, on our lake, a pair of white swans with 4 babies, 3 of them are white and 1 is a brownish color- How can this be?
Re: Cygnets on lake: 3 white and 1 brown... -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2012
Hi Sandy: Mute swans are known as Mute Swans. There really is no Royal or Polish name, however, this designation was given to the two color variations by swan keepers. Royal Mutes have taupe colored ...

Male swan killing cygnets -- Jacqui -- 1 July 2012
Hi, I was wondering if you could answer this question for me. My partner fishes on a local reservoir and their are two adult swans who live there. This will be the fourth year we have seen these ...
Re: Male swan killing cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 2 July 2012
Hi Jacqui: If there is something wrong with the cygnet, i.e., sick or injured, the male parent will try to end its sufferering and prevent any predators from getting to the cygnet or following it ...

Shirley Bolin of the Regal Swan® Foundation, carrying the Olympic Torch, Sunday morning July 1, 2012 -- Admin -- 1 July 2012
Photo is by Andy Adler, Birmingham, England.
2nd new photo re: Shirley Bolin of the Regal Swan® Foundation, carrying the Olympic Torch, Sunday morning July 1, 2012 -- Admin -- 5 July 2012
From left to right: Cathy Duncan, Wendy Hermon, Swan Lifeline and Shirley Bolin, in Eton, England.
1st new photo re: Shirley Bolin of the Regal Swan® Foundation, carrying the Olympic Torch, Sunday morning July 1, 2012 -- Admin -- 5 July 2012
From left to right: Mr. David Barber, Swan Marker to Her Majesty, Shirley Bolin and Wendy Hermon, Rescue Coordinator, Swan Lifeline, in Eton, England

What happens after babies are hatched -- Lauren -- 29 June 2012
Our swans had been sitting on eggs for about 42 days when last night one hatched. The femal is still sitting on the nest (on a floating barge we build for her in our pond so she is protected from ...
Re: What happens after babies are hatched -- The Regal Swan -- 29 June 2012
Hi Lauren: Usually, the mother swan will sit on the nest with cygnets until the last one hatches. However, this totally depends on the timing of the last cygnet. If for instance, a swan has laid four ...

Two of the Regal Swan Staff Members Will be Carrying the Olympic Torch on July 1 and 2 respectively -- The Regal Swan® Foundation -- 28 June 2012
Hi Everyone: It is with great pleasure that I inform you that two of our Regal Swan staff members will be carrying the torch for the Olympics in England this weekend. Shirley Bolin, one of our ...

Female swan making nest -- Susan -- 26 June 2012
Thank you for your reply. I just checked on our swan and she laid a large egg! Now I'm very concerned that raccoons will try to get the egg (or eggs, if she lays more) & our swan could be hurt or ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- The Regal Swan -- 27 June 2012
Hi Susan: Well, here is one of those stranger things have happened moments! Are you sure there are no male swans in the area? This may not be her only egg. You need to check the nest again tomorrow ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 28 June 2012
latest update: I noticed a tiny crack in shell this morning; it had apparently "rolled" off the nest onto hard surface. When I checked again a little later there was only thin white ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- The Regal Swan -- 28 June 2012
Hi Susan: We would think that if she is leaving the nest and not paying much attention, especially since the egg has now broken, this nesting episode should be over. Let us know. The Regal Swan
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 29 June 2012
update: Swany laid a new egg this morning and is very busy "expanding" her nest! Since laying the new egg she's spending all her time on or near the nest again. I'll keep you posted.
Re: Female swan making nest -- The Regal Swan -- 29 June 2012
Hi Susan: You certainly have an interesting case and we would like to hear about any future developments. The Regal Swan
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 2 July 2012
update: Swany laid another egg yesterday (7/1); she continues to expand her nest and is taking very good care of both eggs .
Re: Female swan making nest -- The Regal Swan -- 3 July 2012
Hi Susan: It seems like you have one special lady swan. Apparently, as she aged, she began catch up on her hormones and the need to lay eggs. Please let us know how long she stays on the nest. Even ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 4 July 2012
I emailed a few pics from my cell phone, incl 2 taken before this unusual nesting. Prior to nesting Swany spent a considerable amount of her time on verandas that wrap around house and lake - ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- The Regal Swan -- 4 July 2012
Hi Susan: Imagine our surprise when we found out that Swany is a Whooper Swan. This is the most social and noisiest bird from Euro-Asia. How old is she? If she is just now turning 3 years of age, ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 5 July 2012
In my first messages I noted that Swany is about 15 or 16 years old. Several years ago I learned she is a whooper swan by looking at swan photos on the internet (Swany's excellent avian/wildlife ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- The Regal Swan -- 5 July 2012
Hi Susan: Yes, we do recall you mentioning her age, just wanted to be sure. If there are other swans in the area, how close are they? Could she hear them or could they meet. We know this may sound ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 6 July 2012
(follow up to my last post re discovery of neighboring swans) I'm pretty sure the swans on neighboring property are immature Bewicks. I've been researching different swan species and evaluating ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- The Regal Swan -- 6 July 2012
Hi Susan: We looked at the photos, and the best that we can see, these are mute swans. The mottled brown/gray swans are indeed juvenile swans. Usually, swans do not interbreed between species. Not to ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 7 July 2012
Thank you for the reply and advice. On further observation of the neighboring swans, it occurred to me that they might well be juvenile mute swans . (A former property owner had a pair of breeding ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 5 July 2012
I just discovered that a pair of swans live on a nearby property, along with a variety of ducks and geese. I couldn't tell what kind of swans they are. They don't look like mute swans or trumpeters ...
Picture of Swany sitting on her nest 7/2/12 (2 eggs) -- Susan -- 4 July 2012
Nest has expanded in size since this pic.
Picture of Swany's nest 7/2/12: during her brief swim in the lake -- Susan -- 4 July 2012
Picture of Swany: "patrolling" the veranda, prior to laying eggs -- Susan -- 4 July 2012
Picture of Swany - prior to laying eggs -- Susan -- 4 July 2012
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 1 July 2012
Swany continues to enlarge the nest (it's now quite expansive) and is taking excellent care of her egg. Everyone here (family & friends) are extremely impressed by Swany's maternal behavior - ...
Re: Female swan making nest -- susan -- 27 June 2012
Swany has not laid anymore eggs and hopefully it will stay that way. She sits on the nest periodically, but is spending much time off the nest as well in the pond (self-contained on our property; no ...

female whooper swan making nest -- Susan -- 26 June 2012
One of our family members is a female whooper swan about 16+ years old. She moved onto our property & lake when we built our home (in S. Florida equestrian community) in the late 1990's. She ...
Re: female whooper swan making nest -- The Regal Swan -- 26 June 2012
Hi Susan: Even though she may have not been engaged in nest building prior to this year, she still has the natural ingrained behavior to nest. She may even be bored and just pulling at the nest which ...

Do female Swans get depressed or sad when their fertilized eggs do not hatch? -- Mackenzie -- 26 June 2012
I attend Iowa State University and we have a pond on campus that is home to two mute swans named Sir Lancelot and Elaine. They are a tradition at Iowa State and a symbol to the university and many of ...
Re: Do female Swans get depressed or sad when their fertilized eggs do not hatch? -- The Regal Swan -- 26 June 2012
Hi Makenzie: Swans or other animals probably do not grieve in the same manner as humans. Birds and animals are ingrained to build nests or dens, lay eggs or produce and raise young. Although the ...

number of cygnets -- Cheryl -- 26 June 2012
Hi, I have noticed that the swans at my golf course have hatched few cygnets this year. One pair have only had 1 and the other s 3 yet other years it has been 3 -5. Do you think it is the cold wet ...
Re: number of cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 26 June 2012
Hi Cheryl: It could be any number of reasons. If there is a disruption in normal temperatures, food or other natural resources, lack of or too much water, can affect the number of hatchings. If too ...

injured cygnet: Bottom beak is missing -- Debbie -- 25 June 2012
I have a big pond in my yard and the swans had babies. There are 2 left and the other day I noticed one of the babies bottom beak is missing. He has his upper part and his tongue. I feed these ...
Re: injured cygnet: Bottom beak is missing -- The Regal Swan -- 25 June 2012
Hi Debbie: In most instances, this cygnet is doomed. It will not be able to eat properly. If you can capture the cygnet and take it to a wildlife or waterfowl rehabilitation center, they may be able ...

Why did the Mute Swans kill their baby? -- Sue -- 25 June 2012
Two mute Swans had 6 babies and they seemed like a happy family. Suddenly one day the 2 adults started honking madly at each other and it looked like they were having a spat. The male swan swam off a ...
Re: Why did the Mute Swans kill their baby? -- The Regal Swan -- 25 June 2012
Hi Sue: Infanticide in swans has been observed by our research team many times. We have even stepped in and rescued some of the cygnets to ascertain why the parents may have turned on the cygnet. In ...

Signets missing -- Lisa -- 25 June 2012
Hi, about 4 weeks ago 5 signets hatched, the day after 1 was missing, then 2 or 3 days after another 1 went missing leaving the 3 for 2 weeks these are nested on the canal in warth, Radcliffe. Then ...
Re: Signets missing -- The Regal Swan -- 25 June 2012
Hi Lisa: A mink could have killed the young cygnets as well as owls, hawks, snapping or soft-shelled turtles (if you have them), fox or any other type of predator. If the cygnet was on the mother's ...

male swan attacks female swan -- Elaine -- 19 June 2012
HI, Very concerned about male swan shunning female swan! He attacks her and I think she is in molting stage so she cannot get away! Looks like he is going to drown her. These 2 have been together for ...
Re: male swan attacks female swan -- Elaine -- 20 June 2012
Today all swans were together in the pond. Male + Female not close but he was allowing mate in pond + near cygnets. At lunch he was resting on shore and female with all cygnets!
Re: male swan attacks female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2012
Hi Elaine: We're not sure about this behavior because males will usually not attack their mates. When you mention that he looks like he might be trying to drown her, leads us to believe that he may ...
Re: male swan attacks female swan -- Elaine -- 22 June 2012
Hi, I have noticed this behavior again by the male. These swans and ducks have been fed by people for years. However I believe they have been being fed by more and more people. Once they see a person ...
Re: male swan attacks female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2012
Hi Elaine: Yes, it could be food aggression in that he wants all of the food for himself. Or, another viable explanation may be that something bad happened and he is trying to protect her from ...

swans and babies -- Colleen -- 19 June 2012
How soon do you typically remove the swan babies from the parents? I have two white swans and 7 babies at the pond where I work. We usually remove the babies and send them to good homes in August or ...
Re: swans and babies -- The Regal Swan -- 19 June 2012
Hi Colleen: We would strongly suggest that you keep the cygnets until they are 5-6 months of age, unless the male becomes so overly aggressive that injury or death is imminent. Picking or nipping is ...

Sean in back yard -- Lisa -- 17 June 2012
Hi I live On the lake and came home tonight and there is a swan laying In my backyard that hasn't moved except his head since about 720 tonight . My neighbor said two other swans were fighting with ...
Re: Sean in back yard -- The Regal Swan -- 18 June 2012
Hi Lisa No this is not normal. It may be too scared to go back in the lake or too tired. More than likely it sustained internal damage maybe even neurological.We would try to get it to an avian ...

cygnet leg injury -- Sandra -- 17 June 2012
Hi, we have a mute swan cygnet hatched this year looks like she has lost a leg by a turtle or something. It just stays to the water and seemd otherwise healthy. Is there anything we can do? Can it ...
Re: cygnet leg injury -- The Regal Swan -- 17 June 2012
Hi Sandra: If the cygnet cannot get out of the water to dry itself or keep warm it is doomed. Waterfowl, specifically swans cannot survive without being able to exit or enter the water especially in ...

swans not eating -- barbara -- 15 June 2012
i have purchased 2 5 month old black swans 3 weeks ago-there were 3 but one died of respiratory illness at 2weeks after purchase. the other 2 are not eating despite trying different food-lettuce, ...
Re: swans not eating -- The Regal Swan -- 15 June 2012
Hi Barb: There is a possibility that if one died from a respiratory infection that they may all be infected. If a swan stops eating or pooping, it is not a good sign. We would get them both to a ...

Baby swan -- Patty -- 13 June 2012
Hello, The pond next to my house has a pair of swan's and 6 babies, about 8 weeks old now, size of grown ducks. One of the babies has an injured leg. I have seen it, the entire leg and webbing is ...
Re: Baby swan -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2012
Hi Patty: Even if the cygnet lives a few more months, it is going to have a hard time surviving in the wild. If waterfowl, especially swans cannot enter or exit the water to bathe, preen, feed, ...
Re: Baby swan -- Patty -- 14 June 2012
I agree with your conclusion, the outcome isn't good. I wonder if the leg is permenently disabled, or could be mended with medical aid. It is creamy in color, and lay flat along his (her) side. I ...
Re: Baby swan - update -- Patty -- 20 June 2012
An update; been in observation of the baby swan, never having an opportunity to capture. Today I observed the baby moving his/her leg, stretching it backward and downward. The leg moves onto the ...
Re: Baby swan - update -- The Regal Swan -- 21 June 2012
Hi Patty. It is a good sign that he is able to move the leg. However, it would even be better if he was able to put weight down and walk. We would still suggest capture if possible and transport to ...

Male up and left! -- Annalee -- 11 June 2012
We noticed that the male mute swan has left the female and two cygnets three days ago. Is this natural or will he return eventually? Lately we have noticed that the male has been rather agressive ...
Re: Male up and left! -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2012
Hi Annalee: This is totally an individual swan trait. He may be busy chasing the geese and thinks that this is his major role to keep them away from his family. In the meantime, he is leaving the ...

Male swan killed all 7 cynets. -- Lynda -- 11 June 2012
On our golf course we have a pair of swans. Two years ago the male swan drowned all 7 cygnets ( R.S.P.C.A. confirmed this.) Our greenkeeper had checked on them all at 7am and by 8am when he went ...
Re: Male swan killed all 7 cynets. -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2012
Hi Lynda: Some parents, no matter the species, do not make good parents. He just may not be able to deal with kids and they are a nuisance and unfortunately, this is how he takes care of them. Now, ...

Swan geese -- Cynthia -- 11 June 2012
I have a white swan goose and I thought it was a female but has not laid 1 egg yet, is it possible for females to not lay eggs or is she a he, I thought it was a female because the knob on her head ...
Re: Swan geese -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2012
Hi Cynthia: You may have a male, two males or two females which would keep eggs from being laid. On another note, we have never seen a swan goose, white in color. Snow Geese are white in color, but ...

Mourning swan is starving: Should we feed him? -- Ann -- 10 June 2012
Hello, I have read with great interest some of the questions and answers on your web site. A friend of mine has a little house near a village on the banks of the Seine river. The river is relatively ...
Re: Mourning swan is starving: Should we feed him? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 June 2012
Hi Ann: Animals and birds do not mourn at the detriment of their health or that of their family. He may be looking for her for a couple of days, but not to the extent of starving. He may be hungry ...

Cignets being killed by father Swan -- Sandra -- 10 June 2012
I went out to lunch were they have a large lake. A pair of swans were there plus one cignet. I was told the story that early that day a cignet has been resued from the wier and placed back with the ...
Re: Cignets being killed by father Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 10 June 2012
Hi Sandra: There are several possibilities. The first possibility is that there was something wrong with the cygnet initially and the parents abandoned it. The second possibility is that this cygnet ...

Captive swans -- Melinda -- 9 June 2012
There are 2 royal swans kept in a small pond in the lobby of the embassy suites arboretum hotel in Austin Texas. I am very concerned at the small size of the habitat, they do not get sun and the ...
Re: Captive swans -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2012
Hi Melinda: We are not sure about the size of the habitat as we have never been to the hotel. With this said, if the swans are properly cared (i.e., supplementally fed, provided ample water to swim, ...
Re: Captive swans -- Melinda -- 9 June 2012
Thank you. I feel much better about it. I do believe they are being well cared for.
Re: Captive swans -- The Regal Swan -- 10 June 2012
You are very welcome Melinda. Thank you for caring. The Regal Swan

nesting -- Debbie -- 7 June 2012
I live on a lake in Mass. I have a pair of swans that have been here for approx 5 yrs, therefore, I am pretty familiar with their nesting ritual. In my estimation,the female has been on her nest for ...
Re: nesting -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2012
Hi Debbie: It is not necessarily the case that the cygnets should have hatched already. The weather patterns this year has created some early and late nesting. She may still be sitting on the nest. ...

mute swan pulling out feathers -- pam -- 6 June 2012
why does a mute swan pull out their feathers? Is this normal? Also, what is the normal time spent in water vs on land?
Re: mute swan pulling out feathers -- The Regal Swan -- 7 June 2012
Hi Pam: If the swan is bathing or moulting (losing its feathers summer and springtime), the swans will pull out the old feathers to allow the new feathers to emerge. Swans like all birds, will zip ...

White swans fighting to the death -- Michael -- 6 June 2012
dodeath do white swans fight to the death? I witnessed two males fighting today. They wrapped necks around the other, beat each other with their wings. In the end, one of them looked like it was ...
Re: White swans fighting to the death -- The Regal Swan -- 6 June 2012
Hi Michael: Yes, they can kill each other, but what you described sounds more like one of them defending its territory and family. If the beating is so severe that the wings hit the swan in the wrong ...
Re: White swans fighting to the death -- Nicky S -- 12 June 2012
I've seen the fight first hand and oh my its VERY SCARY! My husband broke them up by clubbing the big one in the head and then he and she came at him! The other one and family got away, finally. They ...
Re: White swans fighting to the death -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2012
Hi Nicky: The sight of two male swans fighting is unsettling. However, this is nature and eventually, they will settle it among themselves. Yes, sometimes deaths can occur due to an errant wing ...

mute swans with a hook in his leg -- rose -- 6 June 2012
Can a mute swan survive with a hook in his upper part of his leg?
Re: mute swans with a hook in his leg -- The Regal Swan -- 6 June 2012
Hi Rose: There are two problems with leaving the hook in his leg. First, if it snags on something, it will either tear tissue further or ensnare the swan on something where it possibly can drown, ...

swan families -- Angie -- 4 June 2012
Hi, I have lived on a lake for 20 years. I have seen many, many swans and there babies grow up. This year however, I have noticed the female swan and her babies swimming by themselves and the male ...
Re: swan families -- The Regal Swan -- 5 June 2012
Hi Angie: As swans get older, the more they may become bored by nesting and continually needing to watch over cygnets. Male swans will leave most of the tending of the young to the females and will ...

Nest of 6 cygnets dying -- Ian -- 3 June 2012
A pair of adult Mute swans nested on our local river. From what I have read, if they are here for the first time, they must probably be first-time parents of about 4-5 years old. Initially the clutch ...
Re: Nest of 6 cygnets dying -- The Regal Swan -- 3 June 2012
Hi Ian: Baby swans as well as other baby birds, do not have the necessary feathers to keep them warm and dry. If they became drenched, they were probably not only soaked to the bone, but were cold as ...

cygnet outcast -- B -- 31 May 2012
this is our parents 3rd batch, now we have a 2 1/2 month old cygnet that they are banishing from the pond.He is one of 7 cygnets, he is large, looks healthy, will run into the pond to eat when i feed ...
Re: cygnet outcast -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2012
Hi: The parents may know something is wrong with the cygnet. If the cygnet has an illness, the parents do not want it to infect the rest of the family. If the cygnet is weak or injured and cannot ...

Introducing new swans -- Patricia -- 31 May 2012
Hi, I just received a pair of mute yearling swans today and now my husband wants me to get another pair. I am worried that they won't get along. I can get the new ones next week. Do you think they ...
Re: Introducing new swans -- The Regal Swan -- 31 May 2012
Hi Patricia: First, we need to know the gender of the present swans. Secondly, exactly how old are the yearlings? Thirdly, what species of swans do you have? Each of these questions is going to ...

Rage of a father swan... -- Shelley -- 29 May 2012
My husband has been feeding a pair of swans and their young for several weeks. There are no competitors for food as they are variously fed well by many neighbors on the canals. This morning while ...
Re: Rage of a father swan... -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2012
Hi Shelley: Even though this seem senseless to humans, there is always a reason in nature. Species do not regularly kill their young without a good reason, otherwise, the species would die out. There ...

swans killing their young -- stef -- 27 May 2012
My parents have a pair of swans that nest in the lake behind their condo every year. They recently noticed two of the three cygnets were gone and then this afternoon, saw the parents pecking and ...
Re: swans killing their young -- Daniel -- 7 October 2012
I live above a lake which has a pair of resident swans and on Saturday morning October 6th 2012 a pair of swans with two cygnets not yet able to fly strayed on to the lake from somewhere. The ...
Re: swans killing their young -- The Regal Swan -- 7 October 2012
Hi Daniel. Yes this the way that wildlife handles encroachment in their territory. Unfortunately the young suffer and humans try to think in human terms that this should not occur. However in nature ...
Re: swans killing their young -- The Regal Swan -- 27 May 2012
Hi Stef: Unfortunately, this is nature. The parents know that something is wrong with the cygnet. In fact, all three may have been ill or attacked by a predator and severely injured. Instead of ...

Thank you -- Laurie -- 25 May 2012
Dear Regal Swan, I want to thank you for all your advice. I am hoping and praying that our "Charlie" will return as we have found no evidence of a struggle, i.e. feathers. He has been with us for ...
Re: Thank you -- The Regal Swan -- 25 May 2012
Hi Laurie: You are very welcome. We are hoping the best for you and Charlie. The Regal Swan

my swan is missing -- Laurie -- 24 May 2012
Originally, I thought the female was missing, but now I know it is the male. He has been on this pond for years and he always stayed close to the female and cygnets. I have search the pond and ...
Re: my swan is missing -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2012
Hi Laurie: Many things could have caused the swan to go missing. Predation (domestic or wild animal, human), illness, or he found someone new. Yes, this can happen, but it totally dependent upon the ...

death of the pen -- Laurie -- 23 May 2012
will the male swan care for the cignets if the female is killed?
Re: death of the pen -- The Regal Swan -- 23 May 2012
Hi Laurie: This totally depends on the individual swan. Most male swan parents will protect the cygnets and their mate, but males are not going to carry the young around on his back for them to rest. ...

Sex of cynets -- Sharon -- 21 May 2012
Can you tell by the color of the cygnet what sex it is. i have heard that white ones are one sex and gray another sex. we have one white and 3 grays in our group from the nesting pair on the lake.
Re: Sex of cynets -- The Regal Swan -- 23 May 2012
Hi Sharon: No, swan color does not designate gender. What you are describing is called leucism (a different coloration) of the mute swan. Centuries ago, someone wanted to create a "white swan" in ...

Mute Swan pants, sweats and is drooling -- Betty Goodson -- 21 May 2012
Hi, I work at the cancer center at Florida hospital in Ormond Beach Fl. We have 2 male mute swans. One is fine ,but the othe one pants, sweats and is drooling . Is he sick or just not use to hot ...
Re: Mute Swan pants, sweats and is drooling -- The Regal Swan -- 21 May 2012
Hi Betty. He may be stressed for some reason whether it is heat or something else. Does the panting or drooling occur at a specific time such as in the heat of the day or early morning etc. If he ...

infertile eggs in nest -- Judy Dieter -- 19 May 2012
Our female swan is sitting on 7 eggs. We do not have a male. How long will she sit on these infertile eggs? Should we take them from the nest or will she keep laying more? Thanks for your advice!
Re: infertile eggs in nest -- The Regal Swan -- 19 May 2012
Hi Judy: Fertile or not, nature programs her to lay so many eggs. If you take them from her, she may double clutch, meaning she will lay more eggs. This is not good for her as most females swans lose ...

Death of male swan/cygnets -- charline -- 19 May 2012
Our male swan was killed last night and I noticed this morning 3 cygnets w/the mom. She keeps raising her neck up & down as if calling her partner. What can I do to keep her & cygnets ...
Re: Death of male swan/cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 19 May 2012
Hi Charline: We are sorry for your loss. Regardless of cygnets or not, you need to round up the female and the cygnets at night. How was he killed? Predator? If so, the predator will continue to ...

Touching a mute swan cygnet -- Shaina -- 16 May 2012
Hi, my neighbor told me that if you touch a mute swans cygnet(s) they will kill it. Is this true?
Re: Touching a mute swan cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 16 May 2012
Hi Shaina: No, this is an old wives tale that mother's passed from generation to generation regarding the touching of young so that their children would leave wildlife alone. Birds do not have the ...

Swan on nest -- cindy -- 16 May 2012
Hi, On my property is a nesting swan. She actually floated to my land during a rain and wind storm the day before easter in April... and has stayed on the property with the eggs she floated on my ...
Re: Swan on nest -- The Regal Swan -- 16 May 2012
Hi Cindy: Nature will not allow a species to unnecessarily sit and watch a nest if there is no change for viable young. This effort takes too much time, costs the parents, especially females a lot of ...

Signets attacked by Canada geese -- Larry -- 14 May 2012
We were out walking with our grandchildren, when we saw aCanada goose attack signets in their nest !! Both the Pen &Cob defended their offspring very strongly & I wanted to help but my ...
Re: Signets attacked by Canada geese -- The Regal Swan -- 14 May 2012
Hi Larry: Spring has sprung and it seems that everyone is vying for territory due to having offspring and nests of their own. If the swans are in an area that was controlled by a goose prior to ...

1 month cygnet cannot walk/stand -- sonia mesry -- 13 May 2012
hi there ! once again i turn to you guys...Dr GArdner and Dr Brown..HELP ! we have a cygnet that was totally fine earlier today and then early this evening he could not stand/walk! We caught the ...
Re: 1 month cygnet cannot walk/stand -- The Regal Swan -- 14 May 2012
Hi Sonia: Sorry we just now got this email. Unfortunately, many things could be wrong with the cygnet and he needs to get to a vet as soon as possible. If he sprained his leg, he is going to need ...

Do female Swans get 'depressed' if their unfertilized eggs don't hatch? -- Mackenzie Nading -- 12 May 2012
I am a student at Iowa Stat University and we have a lake on campus that has been the home of a pair of two female mute swans for almost 9 years. It is a little known fact that both are female, ...
Re: Do female Swans get 'depressed' if their unfertilized eggs don't hatch? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 May 2012
Hi Mackenzie: We would never say that an animal could not get depressed, but nature does not allow animals to go into a despondent or grieving stage like humans that could significantly interrupt ...

female swan -- Aucker -- 10 May 2012
My pair of mute swans are just now 3 years old. They made several attempts at building a nest and I saw then in a mating act once. The male became somewhat aggressive and them within a week lost ...
Re: female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 12 May 2012
Hi: There are two possibilities. One, the swans are still young and have absolutely no idea how to mate and are just practicing. Some swan experts believe that a swan becomes an adult at 3 years of ...
Re: female swan -- Aucker -- 14 May 2012
Thanks for your help. Sadly she died the other day. I tried to read about swan health problems, but just did not have any luck finding the answers. She just did not give me enough warning that there ...
Re: female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 15 May 2012
Hi. We are so sorry for your loss. Did you have a necropsy done? This is extremely important to insure that the other swan or a new swan dies not die from the same result. Otherwise you could be ...

swan eye infection -- marie -- 9 May 2012
I've recently noticed that one of his eyes are clogged and closed, there was no injury but sticky discharge, whats the treatment, is human eye disinfectant drops useful? thanks
Re: swan eye infection -- The Regal Swan -- 9 May 2012
Hi Marie: What you are describing seems to be conjunctivitis ( an inflammation/infection of the area around the eyelid, commonly called pink eye in humans). This can be an extremely contagious ...

siblings breeding -- Linda Mauk -- 8 May 2012
Can a brother and sister mute swan successfully breed and raise young.
Re: siblings breeding -- The Regal Swan -- 8 May 2012
Hi Linda: Yes, most swan siblings can and do successfully breed and raise young with no problems such as genetic defects or any other problems. The Regal Swan

swan got off eggs -- Cheryl -- 7 May 2012
Hello, We live on a river and our swans had 4 babies last year. This year she has been on her nest for exactly 1 month, but today she got off and left. Do you think they were not fertile? and or we ...
Re: swan got off eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 8 May 2012
Hi Cheryl: It could be many or the combination of many things. If you had a high tide and the eggs were submerged for any length of time, the developing cygnets could have drowned. The eggs could ...

injured pen update -- Teresa -- 7 May 2012
A quick update on my poor Emma (I thought she was injured by the cob, Mr. Knightley I had a vet look at her today and thankfully, she wasn't injured from the cob, but she is sick with something, has ...
Re: injured pen update -- The Regal Swan -- 7 May 2012
Hi Teresa: Usually, juvenile swans will peck at each other, little love pecks. So, we would not be too concerned about the pecking, just make sure that each gets the same amount of food. You can do ...

injured female swan -- Teresa -- 6 May 2012
My husband and I bought a pair of yearling Trumpeter swans in March-my whole family loves them. They're on a large man made pond that's completely fenced in. The male will always bite her though, ...

Mother swan w/ hurt leg. -- Jeannette -- 3 May 2012
Hi, I hope I'm not asking something already answered in here, but I've briefly looked thru and don't see the exact question. We have a pair of swans near a small school that two of my children go ...
Re: Mother swan w/ hurt leg. -- The Regal Swan -- 3 May 2012
Hi Jeannette: It may be that she has sat so long on the nest that she has slightly sprained or strained the leg. As long as it does not look broken and she is still able to get up and down from the ...
Re: Mother swan w/ hurt leg. -- Jeannette -- 3 May 2012
Thank you SO much for your quick reply. I am thinking that it is something worse than a sprain from sitting too long, but can't be certain. I KNOW that she IS able to get up to the water and drink ...

I asked a question yesterday about swans swimming in cercles -- Mike Uwins -- 2 May 2012
We have only two swans on our pond a male & female she has abandoned her eggs we dont know why and now she keeps spinning round in circles. They are both still there and are feeding.
Re: I asked a question yesterday about swans swimming in cercles -- The Regal Swan -- 3 May 2012
Hi Mike: You might want to capture the female and get her to a licensed veterinarian with waterfowl/swan experience. She may have an impacted egg that she is trying to expel. This condition can be ...

Mutant Swans in Michigan -- Rebecca Orndorff -- 2 May 2012
I am appalled at the news of the DNR considering killing of thousands of swans in Michigan. Why is this happening to these beautiful birds? Is there anything to be done to prevent this slaughter??
Re: Mutant Swans in Michigan -- The Regal Swan -- 3 May 2012
Hi Rebecca: The theory is that the Mute Swan is not a native to North America and therefore should be eliminated because it supposedly eats the aquatic vegetation necessary for the Native Trumpeter ...

Swan keeps swimming round circles -- Mike Uwins -- 2 May 2012
Swan keeps swimming round in circles.
Re: Swan keeps swimming round circles -- The Regal Swan -- 2 May 2012
Hi Mike: You are probably seeing two males trying to establish territory. They will go around in circles until one gets the better advantage and then a fight will usually ensue. Sometimes, it looks ...

is it normal for swans to kill geese babies? -- Lizzi -- 26 April 2012
We just watched a swan torment the geese on our lake for a few months, and we saw him kill one of the geese babies. Is this normal?
Re: is it normal for swans to kill geese babies? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 April 2012
Hi Lizzi: Whether this is normal behavior totally depends on the swan species and more importantly the individual swan. Yes, swans can be extremely territorial and protective of their habitat, nests ...

can swans become friendly with humans. -- Jim burns -- 24 April 2012
I have a mail and female in a pond were I live. At the moment the female is in here nest all the time as i am sure she is sitting on eggs. I feed them most days and when the mail sees me he will come ...
Re: can swans become friendly with humans. -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2012
Hi Jim: Most definitely. They know you by sight and by sound and will become extremely friendly to anyone who offers them a tasty treat. However, we would strongly discourage hand feeding for several ...

swans wings -- fred walter -- 22 April 2012
about 30 years ago we would go to a park in hagerstown md. they had a few swans there on a lake, these swans would swim around the lake and their wings would go up and sometimes they would be in a ...
Re: swans wings -- The Regal Swan -- 23 April 2012
Hi Fred: All swan species will exhibit the guard position of the wings especially if the swan is a male and if the swan believes that it is being threatened. As far as the heart shape, this is the ...

The Regal Swan England Trip 2012 (youtube video) -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 20 April 2012
The Regal Swan Foundation's recent England trip. The team rescued swans along the Thames with Swan Lifeline Rescue; built breeding nests at Abbotsbury Swannery; and filmed an episode for "Born to ...

Video of our Trip to England, March 2012 -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 17 April 2012
Video was shot in Abbotsbury, England, the only managed colony of Mute Swans in the world. More than 900+ wild swans live in Abbotsbury. Other footage shot near Windsor Castle in Windsor England. ...

Photos of our Trip to England, March 2012: Outside Windsor Castle -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 17 April 2012
Regal Swan members, Dr. Fanchon Funk, Angi Perretti, Anete Asare (Latvia) and Sheila Bolin outside Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. Photo taken by Shirley A. Bolin, Regal Swan Foundation, copyright ...

Photos of our Trip to England, March 2012: Swans at Abbotsbury Swannery -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 17 April 2012
Swans at Abbotsbury Swannery, Abbotsbury, England Photo taken by Shirley A. Bolin, Regal Swan Foundation, copyright 2012

Photos of our Trip to England, March 2012: Wendy Hermon, Swan Lifeline, Eton -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 17 April 2012
RSF members with Wendy Hermon, Swan Lifeline, Eton, England with injured swan in a veterinary swan sling, developed by Regal Swan VP of Product Development, Angi Perretti. Photo taken by Shirley A. ...

Photos of our Trip to England, March 2012: Swanherd, David Wheeler -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 17 April 2012
Swanherd, David Wheeler rescuing injured swan at Abbotsbury Swannery, the only conserved managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world. Swannery records date back 600 years. Photo taken by ...

Photos of our Trip to England, March 2012: Sheila with Injured Swan -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 17 April 2012
Regal Swan CEO/President, Sheila Bolin with rescued injured swan along the Thames River, Windsor, England. Photo taken by Shirley A. Bolin, Regal Swan Foundation, copyright 2012

cost of a swan -- bren -- 15 April 2012
how much do swans cost?
Re: cost of a swan -- The Regal Swan -- 16 April 2012
Hi Bren: This is a difficult question to answer due to several variables. One, the area that a person lives and is procuring the swans will determine the accessibility of swans, transportation costs ...

White Foam Around Eye of Mute Swan -- Justin -- 12 April 2012
I was called in to check a mute swan that's made its residence on a private beach on Long Island, NY. I noticed that the left eye had a white foam at the front edge of the eye. Is this just a ...
Re: White Foam Around Eye of Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 12 April 2012
Hi Justin: We have seen foam on the eye and nose, but not quite like this. If the swan is stumbling and walking slowly, it may be indicative of something very wrong with this swan and the foam might ...

Swan egg in water -- Scott Price -- 11 April 2012
i saw a swan drop its egg in the water and it wasnt able to get it out. can the eggs hatch underwater and surrive?
Re: Swan egg in water -- The Regal Swan -- 11 April 2012
Hi Scott: Did she roll it around the nest and it accidently fell out of the nest? Or did she intentionally move it to the edge of the nest and push it over? If there is something wrong with the egg, ...

Swan eggs -- John Lynch -- 6 April 2012
Swan nest in front of my water front property. Egges in the nest for 2 weeks. High tide flooded nest and the eggs endended up in the water for a day. i put the eggs back in the nest and the swan is ...
Re: Swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2012
Hi John: We are assuming that when you mean that the eggs were upended in the water for a day, that the entire egg was not submerged, just the bottom of the nest. If they were completely submerged, ...

Mutes and Australian Blacks, Will they mix -- Dianna Skaggs -- 6 April 2012
We have a pair of Australian Black Swans which are aprox. 2 1/2 -3 years of age. We have had them for 2 years. We also have what I believe to be male and female mutes that are 2 yrs of age which were ...
Re: Mutes and Australian Blacks, Will they mix -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2012
Hi Dianna: More than likely you have two male mutes. During mating season, this type of behavior occurs and they are seen as rivals. If you had no other swans (especially females) on the pond, they ...

Female swan dies - male needs new mate -- Kim Nuzzo -- 6 April 2012
The pair of swans in my neighborhood were attacked by 2 coyotes 3 nights ago and sadly the female died from her injuries. She was nesting in my neighbors yard. The male was on the nest during the ...
Re: Female swan dies - male needs new mate -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2012
Hi Kim: Depending on the species and the individual swans, most male swans will not remate after losing their mate. Female swans, on the other hand will usually remate. He may look lost for a day or ...

Cygnet Black Swan -- Laura -- 5 April 2012
I have a baby swan because someone else got it as a pet, and could not care for it. He (she) is doing well..Feeding a low protein meal and romaine lettuce. I have a stuffed animal in his cage, and ...
Re: Cygnet Black Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 5 April 2012
Hi Laura: Swans will imprint on people if not raised with other swans. Imprinting means that it will begin to think it is a human instead of a swan and will become overly friendly with people, ...

looking for a male mute swan -- debbie bohlken -- 5 April 2012
someone left a female mute swan on a pond by my house. I am trying to find her a mate -- I hate seeing her just swimming around all loney. Can you help?
Re: looking for a male mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 5 April 2012
Hi Debbie: First, Do you know why the swan was placed at your pond or could it have been a wild swan and just flown into the area? Is it still someone's bird? Second, are you absolutely sure that the ...

incubating swan eggs -- jill conder -- 4 April 2012
Hi, I have an abandoned egg that I have put in our incubator. I just wondered if you have any experience of incubating swan eggs. Any advice/tips greatfully received. We incubate chicken and duck ...
Re: incubating swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 4 April 2012
Hi Jill: We would strongly suggest that you not try to incubate the abandoned egg. First, unless you know exactly when the mother swan abandoned the egg, you do not know if it is fertile or even ...

Swan Population Control with wooden eggs -- Marc Balzac -- 3 April 2012
Concerned with population control while caring for five captive nesting swan pairs, I used the The Humane Society of the United States Wild Neighbors Program CANADA GOOSE EGG ADDLING PROTOCOL (see ...
Re: Swan Population Control with wooden eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 3 April 2012
Hi Marc: Great Information. Thanks. The Regal Swan

Removing eggs -- Ed Ackell -- 29 March 2012
I have a mated pair of mute swans that has had clutches in the past. This year I don't want a clutch to raise. When and how is the best way to remove the eggs with minimal impact to the pair?
Re: Removing eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2012
Hi Ed: There is really no good way to do this. If you do it too soon, the female may double clutch (lay another set of eggs) which may be harmful to her health. If you do it too late, you would be ...

do swans have lice? -- jack long -- 27 March 2012
do swans have lice or can they ??
Re: do swans have lice? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 March 2012
Hi Jack: Yes, swans can get lice. It was shown in the seventies, (you can google the research) researchers found that the lice could cause heartworms in the swans. We were recently in England and saw ...

swan eggs -- Bruce -- 22 March 2012
Do you know any one that will sell me fertile swan eggs. I would like to hatch them in my incubator. I have property with year round fresh water. my ducks and geese love the place but swans would be ...
Re: swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 22 March 2012
Hi Bruce: We're not sure who might be able to help you with this request. You may need to check with a waterfowl breeder. Also, you may need to check with your local wildlife agency to ensure that ...

What food to feed a mute swan -- Lavonne -- 21 March 2012
Hi, I have a mute swan at my Lake House. William likes crackers, but I need to know what else I can feed him. He stays in the water and I feed him from the dock. Please provide me a list of foods to ...
Re: What food to feed a mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 22 March 2012
Hi Lavonne: Feed him a mixture of cracked corn and poultry layer pellets as well as lettuce. Crackers or bread is okay as a treat, but not as a nutritional supplement. Salt is not too great for swans ...

Male Swan Death- Female Isolated. -- NGarcia -- 20 March 2012
Two weeks ago we discovered our male swan killed outside of the pond near their fenced enclosure- we assume that a coyote somehow got into our property. The female had laid one egg by that point. The ...
Re: Male Swan Death- Female Isolated. -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2012
Hi: We would suggest that you not attempt to do anything to introduce another swan at this time. As much as you think this bird is traumatized, usually death to a swan mate produces a day or so of ...

Culling of Mute Swans on White Lake Michigan -- Ele Goudreau -- 19 March 2012
My name is not important, my voice to speak for those that cannot is. I am currently fighting a battle that I do not want to lose. Here in Michigan, there is a quest to shoot and kill adult Mute ...
Re: Culling of Mute Swans on White Lake Michigan -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 19 March 2012
Hi Ele: The statement about Trumpeter Swans being just as charismatic as the Mute Swans is basicially speaking in circles. If a mute swan tears up vegetation, so will a Trumpeter Swan as all swan ...

size of pond needed for mute swans -- Yz -- 17 March 2012
What is the size of the pond needed for two mute swans. Thanks.
Re: size of pond needed for mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 18 March 2012
Hi: The minimum requirement for two mute swans would be at least 1/8- 1/4 of an acre. The birds need to be able to swim, feed, preen, graze, walk and exercise in general. The pond should be at least ...

winter shelter -- Tess -- 16 March 2012
Hi! My husband and I just purchased a pair of yearling Trumpeter swans and absolutely love them! We have them on a fenced pond, about 300 by 100 feet, and wanted to know what kind of winter shelter ...
Re: winter shelter -- The Regal Swan -- 17 March 2012
Hi Tess: We do not know your temperate zone, so we are not sure exactly what types of plants will grow in your area. You do not want to use any type of plants that are obviously poisonous or attract ...

mute swans eggs viable/infertile -- Becky -- 16 March 2012
Hi, we have a pair of mute swans and this is their third nest of eggs.The first two nests never hatched and a "swan lady" told me that their eggs may not be viable due to the way they were ...
Re: mute swans eggs viable/infertile -- Becky -- 18 March 2012
Thank you so much for the very helpful info. I will gladly take your advice and leave the eggs alone. Since it didn't occur to me that it may seem like they could be 2 females I didn't mention that ...
Re: mute swans eggs viable/infertile -- The Regal Swan -- 19 March 2012
Hi Becky: With the information that you did see a male genital organ during probing, would negate the idea that you have two females. If he has not mated with the new female, there is a possibility ...
Re: mute swans eggs viable/infertile -- The Regal Swan -- 17 March 2012
Hi Becky: We're not sure about the statement regarding poor nutrition and reproductive health. Although this might be a possibility, there are other possibilities which may be more probable. First, ...

We would like to adopt swans (Oklahoma) -- Tommy -- 16 March 2012
We live on a small private lake in Oklahoma and are looking to adopt a pair of swans or buy at a reasonable price if anyone has any that are looking to relocate...we have had a lone swan stopping for ...
Re: We would like to adopt swans (Oklahoma) -- The Regal Swan -- 16 March 2012
Hi Tommy: Thanks for your nice comment about this website.We owe the success of this forum to (www.stanley-park-swans.com) and readers like you. As far as the swans, there was a breeder in Oklahoma ...

community swan -- Waverly -- 13 March 2012
After an attack on the young swan by the father, we penned it in a dog kennel by the lake on the east side of lake until it could be relocated at an animal refuge in Locust Grove. In the mean time ...
Re: community swan -- The Regal Swan -- 14 March 2012
Waverly: Yes, this swan may be trying to pair up with the swan in the kennel. Maybe, they should be released together so that they can bond and will pair. There is also the possibility that the swans ...
Re: community swan -- Waverly -- 15 March 2012
Thank you so much for your help. We will release the young swan with what we hope to be her new mate. We have one concern. The young female is the offspring of a union between the male's sister & ...
Re: community swan -- The Regal Swan -- 15 March 2012
Hi Waverly: This is not a concern. Many bird flocks started by mating with siblings, etc. If this case involved matings between mammal siblings, then there would be an immediate concern. So, no ...

A white swan landed on my pond -- LaRue King -- 9 March 2012
A white swan landed at my small pond/lake early this week in Marietta, GA. It is still hanging around the lake as of today, Friday. I'm not sure if it is male or female? How to tell? Also, would like ...
Re: A white swan landed on my pond -- The Regal Swan -- 14 March 2012
Hi LaRue: This may be a juvenile that was banished from his parents and has moved into your area for safety and general relocation to keep from being beaten by other territorial swans during the ...

community mute swans -- Waverly -- 9 March 2012
Our community had two mating pair of mute swans. The female of one pair died on the east side of the lake. The mating pair on the west side of the lake had a cygnet last spring. The mating pair has ...
Re: community mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 14 March 2012
Hi Waverly: If the juvenile is a male, it will probably not pair up with the older male swan. A lot of defensive behavior is occurring at this time of the year due to mating and nesting season. It ...

Lone Mute Swan in Oklahoma -- Tammy Farris -- 4 March 2012
Hello, My name is Tammy Farris. I live in Piedmont, OK and our back yard goes into a lake here. About three days ago, we noticed a large white bird; and found that it is a Male Mute Swan. It flew in ...
Re: Lone Mute Swan in Oklahoma -- The Regal Swan -- 5 March 2012
Hi Tammy: Mute swans can be found in virtually every state due to owners who do not pinion (render the bird unable to fly as required by state law) their captive swans. We also know of a couple of ...

juvenile evicted -- denise laput -- 4 March 2012
Hi, I wrote to you in the fall about the death of the juvenile mutes either by human killing or sickness,which after much research I believe was done by an airgun and a big pellet. The question now ...
Re: juvenile evicted -- The Regal Swan -- 4 March 2012
Hi Denise: See if he will stay in the pond (as long as it is free from predators both wild and domestic, i.e., cats and humans). You can do this by making it extremely comfortable for him by ...
Re: juvenile evicted -- denise laput -- 6 March 2012
Well today was day 3 of Junior's new home. On Sunday my neighbor emailed me a few hours later and said that 2 geese came into the pond. I just kind of groaned,but he watched them and they were ...
Re: juvenile evicted -- The Regal Swan -- 14 March 2012
Hi Denise: Great news. Hopefully, Junior finds a nice safe habitat in his new pond. The Regal Swan

female not laying eggs -- Cathy Lounsbury -- 1 March 2012
I have a 6 year old female who has never laid an egg. Is this normal for a female swan. Or, do I need to re check for the sex
Re: female not laying eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 2 March 2012
Hi Cathy: No this is not something that is normal. We are assuming that you also have a male swan and that they are a mating pair. You might want to check both swans for gender as you may have either ...

The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. , Featured On "Born To Explore with Richard Wiese" on ABC-TV -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 26 February 2012
February 27, 2012 For Immediate Release Contact: Shirley Bolin Tel.: (407) 931-6838 Email: Bolin.S@att.net The Regal Swan® Foundation Inc., Featured On “Born To Explore with Richard Wiese” on ABC-TV ...

9 month old cygnets -- Heidi -- 25 February 2012
I have been following a family of swans since before the cygnets were born, there are two Polish Mute cygnets and two normal colored cygnets. I wrote when they were very young, well today is there 9 ...
Re: 9 month old cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 26 February 2012
Hi Heidi: We are assuming that these are wild swans. If they are captive swans and pinioned, then it will be up to the owner to remove the juveniles before the parents banish them from the pond. In ...
Re: 9 month old cygnets -- Heidi -- 26 February 2012
Yes these are all wild swans that live along the river here in Connecticut. I went to visit the family today and both the male juveniles were gone, only the two Polish Mute females remained with the ...
Re: 9 month old cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 27 February 2012
Hi Heidi: Yes, the parents will banish the juveniles from the area, especially new males as they are seen as rivals by the male bird. Although the females may be tolerated, once they get older, then ...

Want to purchase swan pair -- Donna Boden -- 25 February 2012
We have a 3 acre spring fed lake in Southwest Ky. I would like to have a pair of swans but don't want babies. Would 2 males be our best choice? Do you know any breeders in our area.
Re: Want to purchase swan pair -- The Regal Swan -- 26 February 2012
Hi Donna: Some say it is better to have males vs females, but it is a personal choice as well as the personality of the individual swans. Our suggested breeder is Bob Knox, from Knox Swans in ...

need two female mute swans -- Phyllis Fuller -- 23 February 2012
We have two male (father and son) mute swans and are looking for two females. The mother has been dead for several years and we would love to see the couples again. Their fenced pond is on a farm in ...
Re: need two female mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 25 February 2012
Hi Phyllis: There are a couple of considerations before you decide to get the two females. First, many states are now requiring permits to possess mute swans as they are seen as a non-native species. ...

Should I leave or remove infertile eggs? -- Rose -- 17 February 2012
I have a female Australian black swan that is laying eggs and I know they are not fertile. Should I leave them with her or should I remove them. I cannot find much information online so I thought I ...
Re: Should I leave or remove infertile eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 February 2012
Hi Rose: How do you know they are infertile? No male, past experience, etc.? You should not try to remove them right away. When the female is fairly sure that the eggs will not hatch, she will leave ...

coyote predation unchecked by Fish and Wildlife -- Linda Mayberry -- 16 February 2012
How can swans which are pinioned be 100% saved from coyote predation? We only have four living swans left.
Re: coyote predation unchecked by Fish and Wildlife -- The Regal Swan -- 17 February 2012
Hi Linda: First, is the predation occurring at night or daytime? Second, how big is your habitat? Third, all swans, pinioned or non-pinioned (flying) swans are susceptible to any predator. Captive ...

bad mother or too cold? -- Max -- 13 February 2012
Hi! I have a couple in my pond, she is 8 years old and he is 4 years old (the former guy died 2 years ago). In spring time they mate regularly and they make a big nest laying from 4 to 8 eggs. The ...
Re: bad mother or too cold? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 February 2012
Hi Max: Regardless of the species of swans, most swans migrate out of cold weather. Southern Hemisphere swans such as Black Swans would have a very difficult time with trying to survive in extremely ...
Re: bad mother or too cold? -- Max -- 15 February 2012
thankyou very much for your answer. yes, they are captive swans, so the only way to see some cygnets in the future is to wait for a nice and regular spring without any intermittent temperature. But ...
Re: bad mother or too cold? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 February 2012
Hi Max: You are welcome. Sometimes, intermittent temperatures may not affect the swans, but it depends on the swans and the severity of the weather. Nest construction might be helpful by providing ...

Mute Swans - female pair? -- C.T. -- 7 February 2012
We have a pair of male mute swans living in a 2 acre lake, surrounded by public gardens. I am having trouble with aggressive behavior from the two males not conducive to the peaceful garden ...
Re: Mute Swans - female pair? -- Paul -- 26 February 2012
I've benn looking for a pair of swans for my farm pond and would definatly be interested in your two male swans if you are looking for a new home for them. Thanks Paul
Re: Mute Swans - female pair? -- The Regal Swan -- 7 February 2012
Hi C.T. First, we need to know what type of aggressive behavior you are describing. Is it actually aggressive or defensive in nature? Aggressive behavior is one in which the swan chases or attacks ...
Re: Mute Swans - female pair? -- C.T. -- 17 February 2012
Thank you for your reply. Our male mute swans are demonstrating territorial and defensive behaviors; not only in the breeding season but throughout the year. However, we have been offered from a ...
Re: Mute Swans - female pair? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 February 2012
Hi: We would be very skeptical of anyone stating that a swan won't fly because it has not learned to fly. If it has wings, it can fly. The problem would be that if they were raised at the park's pond ...

Floating Swan Platform -- Laurie -- 6 February 2012
We have just had a pair of swans land on our lake . What can I provide them with to entice them to nest there safely. I was thinking about a floating platform and putting some straw and reeds on it? ...
Re: Floating Swan Platform -- The Regal Swan -- 6 February 2012
Hi Laurie: There are a couple of considerations before a nesting platform is used. First, are the birds protected in your area? If so, intervening in their natural behavior may be a problem. ...

Swan Eggs -- Susan -- 4 February 2012
Hello, I decorate eggs and someone told me that there are some swan eggs in a shop near here. I had seen the eggs when I was in the shop, which is an antique/pawn shop but thought they were some type ...
Re: Swan Eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 6 February 2012
Hi Susan: We seriously doubt that these are authentic eggs if there is no hole to remove the fluid or other matter. If you shake the egg, you should feel fluid moving in the egg. If it is solid, it ...

Vestigial claws -- Amber -- 3 February 2012
I was recently told that male swans have vestigial claws on their wings. I am not having any luck finding information about this. Is it true that some swans have claws on their wings and they can use ...
Re: Vestigial claws -- The Regal Swan -- 4 February 2012
Hi Amber: Great question. Our veterinarians and researchers have worked with swans for more than 40 years. Through daily handling and necropsies, we have never seen a vestigial claw on the wing of ...

Feeding/raising an abandoned black swan cygnet -- Vicki Robertson -- 29 January 2012
Hi...hope you can help with what we should feed a very young black swan cygnet...we think only a few weeks old. It is late summer in NZ. He is still covered in down with vestigial wings (not that I ...
Re: Feeding/raising an abandoned black swan cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 29 January 2012
Hi Vicki: You want to feed the cygnet a mixture of poultry layer pellets and cracked corn. The cracked corn may need to be crushed a little more so that it is small enough for the cygnet to eat. ...
Re: Feeding/raising an abandoned black swan cygnet -- Vicki Robertson -- 30 January 2012
Wow, thanks, great information so hopefully we will be able to keep him/her alive! I had begun feeding him/her tiny pieces of lettuce in the gold fish pond this morning and she is gobbling them up at ...
Re: Feeding/raising an abandoned black swan cygnet -- Vicki Tobertson -- 21 February 2012
Hi Well the cygnet is doing superbly. He is growing at a great rate and doing everything we think he shoud be!. How old are cygnets before they start getting feathers? We see no signs of this yet and ...
Re: Feeding/raising an abandoned black swan cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 23 February 2012
Hi Vicki: Great news! We are glad to know he is doing well under your fine care. Yes, the cygnets peep around their parents to let them know that they are okay and their location. The feathers should ...
Re: Feeding/raising an abandoned black swan cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 30 January 2012
Hi Vicki: Great photo. Let us know how things progress. The Regal Swan

How can I protect myself from swans -- Joan -- 25 January 2012
My landlord has a mated pair of mute swans that were at least civil when I moved onto the large property in October. They allowed me and my Westie to walk around their pond, and around the 8 acres. ...
Re: How can I protect myself from swans -- The Regal Swan -- 26 January 2012
Hi Joan: Great question. There may be several things going on here. First, did the former tenant feed the swans in your front yard? If so, he may be expecting a hand-out and you are not providing it, ...

New swans roaming, how to capture -- Dan -- 11 January 2012
We got a mated pair of mute swans about 10 days ago for our neighborhood pond. The pond is a few acres in size, has an island in the middle ideal for nesting and is 75% fenced. The swans looked ...
Re: New swans roaming, how to capture -- The Regal Swan -- 11 January 2012
Hi Dan: Your situation is a perfect example of why swans need to be penned for at least two weeks when being introduced to a new pond or lake. The birds have absolutely no familiarity with their new ...

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Swan with foot problem/Family Abandoned -- Lynette -- 31 December 2011
Hello. We have watched a family of mute swans grow up all Summer. Now the family has kicked one of the kids out of the family. We're still trying to decide if it's male or female. It has something ...
Re: Swan with foot problem/Family Abandoned -- The Regal Swan -- 31 December 2011
Hi Lynette: Our advice would be go to capture the young swan and get it to a licensed wildlife/waterfowl rehabilitation center. If the parents have banished the cygnet, then it means that they know ...
Re: Swan with foot problem/Family Abandoned -- Lynette -- 31 December 2011
Thank you so much for the quick response. We did indeed decide to try and capture our young swan. The plans are in place for tomorrow and we have a wonderful rehab ready, that took our other swan the ...

Swan behavior -- Bill Dallner -- 25 December 2011
We live on a small lake ( Lake Rosalind ) in south western Ontario Canada & for the first time ever we had a pair of Mute swans nest here & lay six eggs of which five hatched. We lost three very ...
Re: Swan behavior -- The Regal Swan -- 25 December 2011
Hi Bill: First, the smaller one may not be a female. It may be a male and the male parent swan is seeing a rival and wants the younger bird removed from the habitat. This same behavior will probably ...

male swan kill attempt on mate -- Joanne Grondahl -- 24 December 2011
Last nite, our male swan tried to drown his mate, very aggresive and persistent. We were successful in separating the two, and have placed the femalte in another pond until we can figure out what's ...
Re: male swan kill attempt on mate -- The Regal Swan -- 25 December 2011
Hi Joanne: There may be several thing occurring. First, are you absolutely sure it is his mate and not one of the siblings. Male parents can become very aggressive toward their young, especially time ...

wild mute swan -- Gene -- 11 December 2011
We have a Mute Swan that came to our pond this summer and has decided to stay. My question is, The pond has frozen over now what can we do to help it? Food? Shelter? Warmth? Or will it just take care ...
Re: wild mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 11 December 2011
Hi Gene: Is it a wild swan? If so, then it may be able to fly away on its own. If it is a swan that has been dependent upon people, i.e., they have fed it throughout the year, and it has basically, ...
Re: wild mute swan -- Gene -- 12 December 2011
Thanks so much for your comments. Yes it can fly, it just stays here. When on land we cannot get with in 50 ft of it but when in water can get closer maybe 20'. Tried taking out food but could not ...
Re: wild mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 13 December 2011
Hi Gene: If the pond is not completely frozen, you will need a couple of boats or kayaks (BEING CAREFUL not to fall in the water) to herd the swan into an area that you can possibly corner it and ...
Re: wild mute swan -- Gene -- 13 December 2011
This is going to be fun! OK I'll try to send some photos soon. The weather is warming a little (in the 50s) the next couple of days. So hopefully the pond will unfreeze. I just remembered a pond not ...
Re: wild mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 14 December 2011
Hi Gene: Good luck, we look forward to hearing how this progresses. Also, on another note, the fountain is a great idea because it circulates the water and keeps the pond from icing. The Regal Swan
Re: wild mute swan -- Gene -- 2 January 2012
Up date on our Mute: Went out and bought Food, Fountain and 250' of wire. installed this week-end. So $650 later it better stick around. How can I determine its sex? I would like to get it a mate if ...
Re: wild mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 January 2012
Hi Gene: The only way to absolutely check a swan for gender is to conduct DNA Sequencing on a feather or blood sample which has to be sent to a license veterinary laboratory. If the bird is more than ...
Re: wild mute swan -- Gene -- 3 January 2012
Sounds good. would not do anything until spring anyway. Another question, we have been feeding it Mazuri waterfowl food. It seems to like it and eats a full bowl (like a cool whip bowl) every night ...
Re: wild mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2012
Hi Gene: You can feed him a mixture of cracked corn and poultry layer pellets which will be cheaper for you in the long run and you can dump it in the area that you are placing the bowl. However, ...
Re: wild mute swan -- Gene -- 4 January 2012
Thanks for the input. We'll see what we can do. He has been staying by the leantoo today and by the fountain swimming. he usually eats some food then goes gets a drink from the pond. I'm increasing ...
Re: wild mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 5 January 2012
Hi Gene: Great news. At least he knows to get a drink, so extra food will help him. The Regal Swan
Re: wild mute swan -- Gene -- 5 January 2012
Looking preety good today. But its 45 degrees outside. Here's a pic. I'll keep ya informed.Thanks for all your help. Gene
Re: wild mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 5 January 2012
Hi Gene: You are welcome. Yes, the swan looks good. It knows to use the leantoo as a wind shelter without entering it. So, at least it is getting some shelter from the wind. And, 45 degrees will ...

permanently injured mute swan needing a home -- Pat Licata -- 7 December 2011
Hello, I rescued an injured mute swan and took her to a vet. Upon examination, she has an old leg or hip injury with accompanying nerve damage. She is completely unable to use one leg. I live on a ...
Re: permanently injured mute swan needing a home -- The Regal Swan -- 7 December 2011
Hi Pat: Glad we and Bob Knox could help. The swan will have a good home. Sheila
Re: permanently injured mute swan needing a home -- Pat Licata -- 8 December 2011
Hi Sheila, I cannot thank you enough for all of your help, support, and information over the past three years. I must say that I am encouraged that my second mute rescue is going to have a happier ...
Re: permanently injured mute swan needing a home -- The Regal Swan -- 8 December 2011
Hi Pat: You are very welcome. We're glad we could be assistance. The Regal Swan

swan feeder -- pat lake -- 5 December 2011
Recently changed feeding into a large dog food upright feeder with the swinging door in front, can the swan smell the food and eat, we use to feed it in a open rectangle tray but due to the village ...
Re: swan feeder -- The Regal Swan -- 5 December 2011
Hi Pat: No, the swans need to be taught how to use the feeder. You need to get the swans to come over to the feeder. As soon as you have their attention, open the feeder door, and scoop some food ...

swans mating -- Grandma barb -- 3 December 2011
We have two swans on our pond that were out there doing the mating dance this morning and did the whole thing. is this normal in new England in Dec?
Re: swans mating -- The Regal Swan -- 3 December 2011
Hi Barb: If the swans are juveniles, they may be practicing. If the swans are older swans, they may be starting the mating rituals as the weather is confusing a lot of wildlife at this time. The ...

Swan babies -- Joanne -- 30 November 2011
We have a flock of swans the parents and 6 babies they were born in the Spring 2011. We recently saw that they forced one of the babies out of the flock. The baby comes to shore and if the flock is ...
Re: Swan babies -- The Regal Swan -- 1 December 2011
Hi Joanne: The best thing that can be done for the young bird is to get him out of the area and turn him over to a wildlife rehabilitation center or try to find it another home. If you cannot, do any ...

swan cold tolerance -- Tom -- 29 November 2011
We have a black swan on our 3-acre pond near Atlanta (someone dumped him here -- he is aggressive) and we want to make sure he is safe and sound for the winter. There are a lot - an acre - of ...
Re: swan cold tolerance -- The Regal Swan -- 29 November 2011
Hi Tom: The black swan is typically a southern hemisphere (Australia) swan, therefore, he is not going to be extremely tolerant of excessive cold. We would suggest you bring him in if the temperature ...

Abandoned Mute Cygnet -- Rhea Malinofsky -- 21 November 2011
An injured mute cygnet born this past spring on a local lake is unable to fly and was, therefore, abandoned by its parents and siblings recently when they flew away. The lake that it is on has not ...
Re: Abandoned Mute Cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 22 November 2011
Hi Rhea: The juvenile appears to be approximately 6-7 months of age. It should be able to fair on its own as long as there are no predators in the area. Being this old, the parents were going to send ...

Trumpeter cob needed -- Bob Knox -- 20 November 2011
I am looking for a Trumpeter cob, 2-4 years old. I am also looking for the Mearle or Silver color variation of the Australian Black swan. Any sex and any number you may have. Thank you, Bob Knox ...

Swan shelter -- Shelley -- 14 November 2011
Hi We just bought a home. It has a fenced in big pond in the front of our house. We also have 5 white geese that came with it also. We've been told they can stay outside during winter as long as we ...
Re: Swan shelter -- The Regal Swan -- 15 November 2011
Hi Shelley: If the former owners had them outside under the same conditions, we would agree that this would be sufficient. The major point is to keep the waterfall pump running so that the pond does ...

Capture for medical reasons, list of innocultions, want to trade swans to engender genetic diversity -- Linda Mayberry -- 11 November 2011
I recently had to capture a 6 month old cygnet which had swallowed several feet of fishing line. Finally used a bedsheet to block her from the water (she was on land) and another person moved in and ...
Re: Capture for medical reasons, list of innocultions, want to trade swans to engender genetic diver -- The Regal Swan -- 13 November 2011
Hi Linda: First, you did exactly what needed to be done. Corner the cygnet and then try to capture. Sheets, blankets or towels will not injure the swan as long as it does not get caught in the ...

mute swans death -- denise -- 14 October 2011
wondering what would cause hemorage bleeding behind the beak and the chest cavity wall.Live near a pond with a pair of mutes as residents.Last year 3 of them died out on the pond at the age of about ...
Re: mute swans death -- The Regal Swan -- 15 October 2011
Hi Denise: A couple of things come to mind. First, if the cause was some kind of parasite, bacteria, fungal infection, etc., it would readily be seen at the time of necropsy, although tissue tests ...
Re: mute swans death -- denise laput -- 15 October 2011
Thank you so much for your info.The state wildlife specialist that looked at the swan insisted that it was blunt force trama. I asked about the parasites and he said for this area they would have to ...
Re: mute swans death -- The Regal Swan -- 16 October 2011
Hi Denise: You are very welcome. Please let us know what you find. The Regal Swan

Swan feeder height -- Steve Keto -- 12 October 2011
Hello , We have a pair of mature captive mute swans on campus. We are replacing the winter feeder on the dock and I am curious is there a proper height above water level that the feeder should be ...
Re: Swan feeder height -- The Regal Swan -- 12 October 2011
Hi Steve: The bottom of the feeder should be between 4-6 inches off the water. You don't want the food to get wet as the swans swim toward the feeder and cause a wake. You also do not want the feeder ...

Female Cygnet -- Tina -- 3 October 2011
Hi, It's getting cold here on Long Island , South Shore N.Y, I live by the great south bay, I have a swan Family and the Male cynet has his flight wings, but the female cygnet doesnt. It seems to me ...
Re: Female Cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 3 October 2011
Hi Tina: Yes, they will probably leave her. Nature is cruel, but if it means one death vs the family, the one will certainly be left to die. It is just about time for them to fly and if she does not ...

Looking for Female Mute -- Jim Regan -- 25 September 2011
Our female died in the spring, we are looking for a replacement mate for our male. He is wandering to nearby lakes looking for companionship.
Re: Looking for Female Mute -- The Regal Swan -- 26 September 2011
Hi Jim: There are many considerations before procuring another swan. First, are you absolutely sure that the remaining swan is a male? Have you had the swan sexed? If not, this can create major ...
Re: Looking for Female Mute -- Jim -- 2 October 2011
Our male is wandering to other ponds, he is well fed, so the only reason I can think of is companionship. He is about 4 years old. I'm certain about the sex. We live in Georgia, there are no ...
Re: Looking for Female Mute -- The Regal Swan -- 3 October 2011
Hi Jim: Great that all bases are covered. We would suggest that once again you procure the swans from Bob Knox at Knox Swans. The only other breeder that we work with and may be closer is Sylvan ...

pen being abused re: -- Rob -- 21 September 2011
Thanks for the reply. Definitely a pen, she has laid unfertilized eggs in the spring. Also, it is the paired cob who is doing the chasing. I have found a new good home for my pen. My swans winter ...

pen being abused -- Rob -- 20 September 2011
Firstly, love reading your forum. I have three mutes, one pair and a pen. They all live harmoniously in the past (except nesting time). This summer the cob is not letting the pen on the lake and ...
Re: pen being abused -- The Regal Swan -- 21 September 2011
Hi Rob: Thanks for being a frequent visitor to the site. As for the pen, are you absolutely 100% sure that the extra swan is a pen? Absolutely sure means DNA Sequencing or having an avian ...
Re: pen being abused -- Rob -- 24 September 2011
Now that I have decided to move my pen to another home (10 kms) How is the best way to transport her?
Re: pen being abused -- The Regal Swan -- 24 September 2011
Hi Rob: Glad you could find her a new home. The best way is to find a large box and place a towel on the bottom of the box. DO NOT allow her to sit or stand on any slick surface as this can damage ...

help baby swans -- Tiffany Isherwood -- 15 September 2011
i have australian black swans. The parents were killed by dogs, but i was able to get three signets... how do i care for them!
Re: help baby swans -- Tiffany -- 16 September 2011
Thanks so much for your quick response. The first cygnet hatched three days ago. The last cygnet to hatch was yesterday. They all seem to be doing very well. All of them are eating and alert.
Re: help baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 16 September 2011
Hi Tiffany: Okay, the first thing to do is to keep them on a surface with good tread. Anything slick will tear up their legs resulting in usual death as it will be extremely hard to repair a broken ...
Re: help baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 15 September 2011
Hi Tiffany: How old are the cygnets because this is going to be a major concern about letting them bathe, how often, and the need for warmth and dryness. The three major needs at this time are ...

DNA testing -- Caroline Christie -- 23 August 2011
Where can I get a DNA testing kit and leg bands? We think that there may be some babies here in the spring. (I would also want to band the adult swans.)
Re: DNA testing -- The Regal Swan -- 24 August 2011
Hi Caroline: You must submit either a feather or blood sample to a certified laboratory. There are no personal DNA kits for birds. Secondly, think about using micro-chips instead of leg bands. They ...

cygnets -- amy arbuckle -- 21 August 2011
I have successfully raised 2 cygnets since May 26, 2011. They have imprinted on each other. They know me, but I wouldn't say they have imprinted on me. The birds are healthy and have their feathers ...
Re: cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 22 August 2011
Hi Amy: Since you raised the young birds and not the mother swan, they have no idea about predators and will need to be protected at all costs. So, they will need to come in at night to be protected ...
Re: cygnets -- amy arbuckle -- 22 August 2011
so, there is no behavior conditioning that I can do to get them to spend time on the pond? This is different than ducks. After 3 days the baby ducks I raised quit returning to the barn. I thought ...
Re: cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 23 August 2011
Hi Amy: Yes, swans are a little different as they can really imprint on people and territories. You might try the island, but we're not sure how far out into the pond you can secure the island. You ...

Swan Feeders -- William -- 18 August 2011
Could you please advise where I can purchase a couple swan feeders like the one’s shown in the web site for Orange lake?
Re: Swan Feeders -- The Regal Swan -- 19 August 2011
Hi William: At one time they were called Blitz feeders now they are called Dog Cafe's. In any case, Tractor Supply has them. You will need to discard the bottom of the cafe as the tray serves as a ...

Black swan needs mate -- Tom Kowalski -- 11 August 2011
An Australian black swan appeared on our small lake in March and is not leaving. We cannot find the owner. She has a band on the left leg, is that a female? She has started following me and doing ...
Re: Black swan needs mate -- The Regal Swan -- 12 August 2011
Hi Tom: The band from Texas is intriguing. Is there any type of number on the band? Usually, bands are placed on exotic species (which non-native swans are considered)to identify their breeder and/or ...

Trumpeter Swans living with Geese -- Ed -- 11 August 2011
Recently we adopted three, 5 week old trumpeter swan cygnets born to a mated pair of captive parents. We have a three acre fenced aviary, one acre pond, with a nesting island. Also living in the ...
Re: Trumpeter Swans living with Geese -- The Regal Swan -- 11 August 2011
Hi Ed: Great question. How an animal is raised is going to greatly influence how the animal will react later. Now, having said that, you still may have a problem with one or two of the swans if they ...

Looking for someone to adopt my pair of mute swans born in spring 2011 -- Gregory Vassalotti -- 7 August 2011
I bought a male and female mute swans 7 weeks ago outside of West Chester Pa. My intentions were that the swans would rid my pond of the geese. I kept them in a cage until the end of July when I ...
Re: Looking for someone to adopt my pair of mute swans born in spring 2011 -- The Regal Swan -- 7 August 2011
Hi Gregory: Contact Bob at Knox Swans. His number is 847-875-3947. The Regal Swan.

Injured swan -- Lysko -- 7 August 2011
We have 4 swans on our lake. 2 larger swans and 2 small swans. One of the small swans has an injured leg. It looks like it either got caught in a trap and she pulled it out or was bitten by maybe a ...
Re: Injured swan -- The Regal Swan -- 7 August 2011
Hi Lysko: You need to get the small swan to an avian veterinarian immediately. Whether the injury was caused by a trap, predator or something else, the infection can kill the swan. The swan's leg ...

Merle swans, etc. -- Evarest -- 27 July 2011
Hi :-) I've been reading about merle or silver swans that are mutations of the black swan. Where can we possibly buy a DNA-compatible pair that's been domesticated and pinioned? What's the ballpark? ...
Re: Merle swans, etc. -- The Regal Swan -- 27 July 2011
Hi Evarest: Good luck in trying to find a black swan pair with the DNA Mearl color disposition. It is a hit and miss proposition. Individuals that have these pairs usually will not sell them. If they ...
Re: Merle swans, etc. -- Evarest -- 6 November 2011
Regal Swan, I've seen Black Swans thrive in small ponds - with a pump - in a collection or two, one in a zoo, which only means for display and not for breeding. If I keep a same-sex pair for display ...
Re: Merle swans, etc. -- The Regal Swan -- 6 November 2011
Hi Evarest: Swans need a lot of room to swim. As long as the pond is deep and wide and can provide ample exercise, then the swans should be fine. The kiddie pool will need to be sunk into the ground ...
Re: Merle swans, etc. -- Evarest -- 8 November 2011
Yes Regal Swsan, the 288 square feet (27.01 square metre) kiddie pool is in-ground and has zero-entrance. We'll look into the fill and drain, as well as, the trickle and the small aerator. Since ...
Re: Merle swans, etc. -- The Regal Swan -- 8 November 2011
Yes rye grass will do well as an overseed only. From now until spring it will thrive which is why it needs to be sown now. Once spring arrives regular grass St. Augustine bermuda etc. will suffice. ...
Re: Merle swans, etc. -- Evarest -- 9 November 2011
Regal Swan, I Google-d and Rye Grass (if this is the same one) originally came from South Asia and could indeed survive in tropical conditions. Thank you very much!

Black & White Swans -- Jackie -- 12 July 2011
Can Black and white swans be put together. We have a four yr old white male and we have found a 3yr old black female. They will be the only swans in the lake.
Re: Black & White Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 13 July 2011
Hi Jackie: They should do just fine. The only problem may be during mating season as the male may attempt to mate with the female. The probability of them actually mating or producing a clutch being ...

cygnets with amputated foot -- Donna -- 12 July 2011
Can a cygnet live with an amputated foot? A family of swans (two adults three "kids") live in a waterway where I live in Nassau County Long Island New York. One of the cygnets has an amputated foot. ...
Re: cygnets with amputated foot -- The Regal Swan -- 13 July 2011
Hi Donna: Most waterfowl will not survive with this type of injury. It sounds like a snapping turtle may have gotten the foot. If you intervene, the possibility for survival in a captive setting is ...

sick swan -- charles smth -- 10 July 2011
i have looks like a baby sick swan it at like its drunk shacks it head like something is in its through is there anything i can give him to help it
Re: sick swan -- The Regal Swan -- 10 July 2011
Hi Charles: It sounds like some sort of parasite which can affect the ears and eventually the brain. You need to get him immediately to an avian (bird) veterinarian and have him examined. There are ...

Swan Containment -- Tom Kern -- 7 July 2011
It looks like we here at Valle Vista are going to take a serious look at building a treated lumber wall to contain our Swans from exiting our pond in certain areas. As mentioned in our last inquiry, ...
Re: Swan Containment -- The Regal Swan -- 8 July 2011
Hi Tom: No problem about the questions. The retaining wall would need to be approximately 3 1/2 feet high. This will prevent the birds from trying to fly up the wall. Even though swans in captive ...

More about Swan Containment in Pond -- Tom Kern -- 30 June 2011
In our previous inquiry, we asked about an under water fencing system, which you suggested would be "unsafe". What if we built a rail road tie wall around that part of the pond area where we don't ...
Re: More about Swan Containment in Pond -- The Regal Swan -- 2 July 2011
Hi Tom: We think we are all envisioning the same thing, but we want to make sure. We think you are describing what we have seen on golf courses, there are pilings that build a wall around the pond ...

Swan containment in pond -- Tom Kern -- 27 June 2011
We (Valle Vista Golf Club and Conference Center) have a pair of (I assume) Mute Swans. We do a lot of weddings (298 ceremonies last year) and there is a pond behind our clubhouse (see attached ...
Re: Swan containment in pond -- The Regal Swan -- 27 June 2011
Hi Tom: Great photo. Looks beautiful. First, you have a lot of rocks, which is not a great substrate as the swans can suffer from Bumblefoot. What you might want to do is to choose the area that you ...

Swan in road refusing to budge. -- Susan Silvis -- 23 June 2011
A swan sitting on the paved edge of a narrow busy road refused to move. It was seen in a neighbors yard and took at least a half hour for it to go 30 ft. When we tried to get it to move it just ...
Re: Swan in road refusing to budge. -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2011
Hi Susan: There are several possible reasons for this behavior. 1. Yes, if there was something in the chemicals that caused the water to taste or smell differently, possibly. However, there are ...

Orphaned Mute Swan cygnets -- DJ -- 18 June 2011
We have four Mute Swan cygnets - approximately 3 months of age - which have been orphaned. Actually, it appears someone "put down" the adults because the male attacked a small child which got too ...
Re: Orphaned Mute Swan cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 19 June 2011
Hi DJ: Yes, we are aware of this atrocity and hope that whomever the idiot that killed the adults will be found and prosecuted under criminal animal cruelty laws. However, knowing most cruelty laws, ...

eggs -- Malinda -- 16 June 2011
is it true that the swans will sit on the nest forever If the eggs don't hatch?
Re: eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 17 June 2011
Hi Malinda: A swan will not sit on the eggs forever. Once the parents know that the eggs are not viable, they will abandon the nest and will continue about their business. If they are young swans, ...

swans and lawn treatments -- Dianna Skaggs -- 12 June 2011
We have a pond with 1 pair of Mute Swans and 1 pair of Australian Blacks. We have a lawn company treat our grass. We have stayed away from the pond but have a lot of weeds and would like to have them ...
Re: swans and lawn treatments -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2011
Hi Dianna: Great question. You probably need to keep the swans off the grass for at least 48 hours. If you can bring them in or keep them from accessing the grass for that long, it should be safe. If ...

unhatched swan eggs -- Erik Marghella -- 2 June 2011
Hello We have a swan nest on our dock for the second year. There were 6 eggs and 1 hatched but did not survive(we think the male may have killed it). Then we noticed another egg opened and there was ...
Re: unhatched swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 3 June 2011
Hi Erik: Yes, egg addling (shaking of the eggs to prevent production of cygnets) is practiced around the world to control the population of many species of birds. Is it cruel, probably not at cruel ...

Swan eggs not hatching -- Erik Marghella -- 1 June 2011
Hello: I e-mailed you on May 15 to discuss a nest on my dock that initially had 6 eggs starting around the second week of april and one egg hatched about three weeks ago and it seemed like the male ...

When do they lay eggs. -- BETSY -- 25 May 2011
I work where they have a pond with Mute swans, they usually lay eggs, they have not this year. We can tell because one of them is always on the nest. They built a nest, but so far no eggs, is it too ...
Re: When do they lay eggs. -- The Regal Swan -- 25 May 2011
Hi Betsy: You may have several issues occurring. First, are you sure these are the same swans from last year? It is possible that they may be two male swans (yes the males build the nest), but ...

feeding swans -- katie -- 24 May 2011
Hi, The babies hatched and now they are hanging around the dock. Today i feed the mother and Father swan and while i was feeding them they would hiss at me as if i wasn't fast enough. They seemed ...
Re: feeding swans -- The Regal Swan -- 25 May 2011
Hi Katie: How long have you been feeding the swans? Trust must be developed not immediate. Just because you threw food out does not mean that the swans really know or trust you. This is going to take ...

swans attack baby geese -- Paul Langan -- 21 May 2011
Do swans attack/kill baby canadian geese, goslings?
Re: swans attack baby geese -- The Regal Swan -- 22 May 2011
Hi Paul: Yes, swan parents can and will kill other baby waterfowl if they get into their territory. So, will geese. They will kill ducks and cygnets. This is nature as most bird and animal parents ...

cygnet removal/ wings pinnioneed -- corey phalen -- 20 May 2011
our mute swans on a commercial site just gave birth to cygnets last week. how long before the cygnets can fly and when should the have there wings fixed?
Re: cygnet removal/ wings pinnioneed -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2011
Hi Corey: It is imperative that the cygnets be captured and pinioned between 1-2 weeks of age. The older the cygnets the harder the procedure is on them and a general anesthesia (meaning general ...

egg shell -- Rob Goodale -- 17 May 2011
In the past, my pen has had eggs that didn't hatch but when I discarded them from the nest, there were full grown cygnets inside. Is there a way to help open the eggs if this happens again?
Re: egg shell -- The Regal Swan -- 17 May 2011
Hi Rob: For whatever reason, nature knows that something is wrong or that the pen cannot successfully raise all of the cygnets and so some eggs may be fertile, but do not survive. Usually, dead ...
Re: egg shell -- Rob -- 28 May 2011
Unfortunately, the nest was raided and all eggs are gone but the pen is safe and sound. Can mute swan siblings mate successfully?
Re: egg shell -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2011
Hi Rob: Absolutely. Unlike mammals, bird siblings can and will mate without the genetic anomalies (i.e., birth defects). If there is a birth defect it is either going to show immediately, decades ...

Mute and Black swans living on the same pond -- Betty J Hammett-Schroeder -- 16 May 2011
I have a pair of Mute Swans and a trio of Black swans due to death of one male. I would like to have them all on the same pond which is just shy of one half acre. I had them spend the winter in the ...
Re: Mute and Black swans living on the same pond -- The Regal Swan -- 17 May 2011
Hi Betty: First and foremost, do any of the pairs have cygnets? If you place any swans with cygnets onto a lake with other swans, there is a possibility of a fight taking place. This is the same ...

Off coloured eggs -- Rob Goodale -- 16 May 2011
I have two pens and one cob Mute swans. This year, both the pens are nesting and sitting on six eggs each. The one nest has 4 brownish coloured eggs opposed to their blueish hue of normal eggs. Any ...
Re: Off coloured eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 17 May 2011
Hi Rob: Normally, a cob will stay with one pen for life (usually) and this is why everyone looks to the swan as a symbol of fidelity. However, this fidelity is dependant upon the individual bird, the ...

Swans nesting on our dock -- Erik Marghella -- 15 May 2011
Hello What a great website. Very informative. We have for the second year a family of swans nesting on our dock in long beach ny. Last year 6 eggs were laid. One rolled into the water, 5 eggs ...
Re: Swans nesting on our dock -- The Regal Swan -- 15 May 2011
Hi Erik: Regarding last year's cygnet, yes, we have seen parents not willing to help something weak as this totally goes against the theory of "survival of the fittest". If young wildlife ...

can swans attack me and my child? -- Katie -- 13 May 2011
Hi, I recently bought a home on a lake in Michigan. Our home is the last house on the lake next to a shallow bay. Today my 2 year old and small dogs were siting on our dock and the swan we see ...
Re: can swans attack me and my child? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 May 2011
Hi Katie: Yes, swans can attack and hurt you if you are struck by their wings, especially young children and pets. You were doing nothing except being in its area. This is nesting season and swans ...

swan babies -- Lisa Nogay -- 12 May 2011
I have two questions for you: Every spring are Royal Mute swans have babies. For the past two years something has gotten to the babies. One day they are there and the next they are gone. We have seen ...
Re: swan babies -- The Regal Swan -- 12 May 2011
Hi Lisa: Yes, there are many predators that will eat the young. They could also be drowning or wandering off and not able to get back to the nest. If there is something physically wrong with the ...

confusing behavior... -- Pat Licata -- 9 May 2011
Hi, I have a pair of mute swans that seem to very gently mate every day in the cove in front of my dock. I recognize that it appears as though the female's neck is being pushed under water, but ...
Re: confusing behavior... -- The Regal Swan -- 10 May 2011
Hi Pat: You may have seen a pair of swans trying to mate, especially if they are a younger pair mating for the first time. The "victim" may not have been a victim, just a female that did not know ...

agressive mute swan -- Dirk Beker -- 9 May 2011
When I kayak, there is a huge mute swan who will chase and fly right at you. It is a tidal river off the Connecticut river where I go. Rather than being attacked by this swan, I end up turning ...
Re: agressive mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 May 2011
Hi Dirk: This is the time for nesting and the swan is probably protecting a clutch. So, no matter what you do, the swan is going to keep you from going into that area with his cygnets (baby swans). ...

mute swans -- Julie -- 27 April 2011
Hi, How can you tell the difference between male and female mute swans? How long does it take for eggs to start hatching?
Re: mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 27 April 2011
Hi Julie: There is no concrete way to tell the difference in genders just by looking, although many individuals state that the male is larger and has a larger knob on his bill. However, these points ...

How to keep swans? -- Mary Wisti -- 25 April 2011
A couple of mute swans just landed in our 1.5 acre pond about 1 month ago. They seem to jump from our pond to the one next door. we would like to persuade them to stick around, but really dont know ...
Re: How to keep swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2011
Hi Mary: You are on the right track. Although we cannot surmise if the swans may have been on the migratory path and got sidetracked or new parents looking for a suitable home, providing a safe, ...

swan's nesting in heat -- marie -- 24 April 2011
Thank you for your reply. Can the females become ill or dehydarted from the heat (it is going to be 98 degrees this week)? None of the five have abandoned their eggs.
Re: swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2011
Hi Marie: Yes, swans can become dehydrated, but nature knows best and the females will come off of the eggs to take a rest and cool off. You may not see them leave the nest, but they will during late ...

need female mute swan for male -- Nancy Jahnel -- 22 April 2011
we are interested in donation or purchasing (reasonable cost) a female mute swan. We are in northeast indiana but would travel a bit to pick up one. as a non profit garden we do not have a lot of ...
Re: need female mute swan for male -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2011
Hi Nancy: The only contact that we have in your area is Bob at Knox Swans. (Google Knox Swans for contact info). The Regal Swan
Re: need female mute swan for male -- Michelle -- 23 June 2011
Another source to purchase a swan in northern Indiana is Groen's Wildlife Services. I bought my female swan from them last summer. I've included contact information Josh Groen: 219.678.2816 ...
Re: need female mute swan for male -- marie -- 23 April 2011
Nancy, I read your post about the female mute swan. We are in AZ, so I don't know if that is too far for you. If you are interested I could get you contact info, they might be willing to work ...

preventing cygnets -- marie -- 23 April 2011
I live in a retirement community that has many swans on our golf course lakes. The people in charge of this program say there is no market for swans and do not want any cygnets, so they are hard ...
Re: preventing cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2011
Hi Marie: This is not the most humane way of taking care of cygnets. The best is placing the swans of the same gender on the ponds. However, if they can get back to the other ponds, they will try to ...

swan in frozen pond -- Baker -- 21 April 2011
We purchased a farm in PA, and the stream fed pond has a pair of swans (purchased by the previous owners). Can you tell me about swan care through the winter? This past winter, the walked on the ice ...
Re: swan in frozen pond -- The Regal Swan -- 22 April 2011
Hi Baker: Yes, you should do all of the above. Breaking the ice would be a good solution if the pond is very small as the swans will still wander and can either get trapped on the ice farther on the ...

Mute Swan eggs -- Lori -- 20 April 2011
I took a picture of a Mute Swan sitting on her nest and to my surprise when I zoomed in she was surrounded by sun turtles, are they trying to get to her eggs or are they just sunning themselves?
Re: Mute Swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 21 April 2011
Hi Lori: The turtles could be present for both reasons. The high/dry nest out of the water provides the turtles with a nice sunning shot within range of moving back into the water quickly in the ...

swans -- gerard lewsley -- 19 April 2011
can swans eat popcorn with no salt
Re: swans -- The Regal Swan -- 20 April 2011
Hi Gerard: Even though the popcorn has no salt, it is not a natural food source for swans and therefore, should either be limited or not provided. Cracked corn (mixed with poultry layer pellets) is ...

Mute Swan -- Lori -- 17 April 2011
Does the Mute Swan pull out her feathers to line the nest?
Re: Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 April 2011
Hi Lori: We would not exactly call it pulling of the feathers, rather either the molt (where the feathers fall out prior to winter or prior to summer). Or, as the swan preens, feathers come out, ...

How many swans to have? -- Robin -- 13 April 2011
I have one pair of swans on my 4 acre lake, I am wondering if I was to get another pair or two if they would get along or if it not a wise move.
Re: How many swans to have? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 April 2011
Hi Robin: A 4 acre pond could hold several pairs of swans. However, this is not the issue. If your swans have been on the pond for some time, it is their pond and they are not going to be kind to any ...

widowed male mute swan? -- M.L. Bream -- 12 April 2011
Dear Regal Swan experts, I have a bunch of questions about a pair of wild mute swans that live near my house (on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Toronto, Canada) that I have been watching for ...
Re: widowed male mute swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2011
Hi: The swans may be a lot older than 10 years. The female bird could have been killed by a predator, ill or just died from old age. Usually, swans can live up to 30 years with good care. However, in ...
Re: widowed male mute swan? -- M.L. Bream -- 13 April 2011
Thanks so much for the information. Most appreciated. I'll let you know if Tycho finds a new mate or not. M.L. Bream
Re: widowed male mute swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 April 2011
Hi: You are very welcome. We look forward to any updates. The Regal Swan

eggs -- Amanda -- 8 April 2011
Also , what is the correct tempature to incubate a swan egg? We are going to try that this year because last year none Hatch, so we took 6 to incubate. Thanks.
Re: eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 9 April 2011
Hi Amanda: Swan eggs are extremely difficult to incubate and you probably will have little success unless you have a professional type incubator with adjustable humidity, rotation, heat, etc. ...

When & How To Pinion Swan Wings -- Jason -- 8 April 2011
I have swan eggs (mute) and geese eggs currently in the hatching process in an incubator. A lot of experience raising poultry & non-flying geese. Have an excellent farm environment with pasture and ...
Re: When & How To Pinion Swan Wings -- The Regal Swan -- 9 April 2011
Hi Jason: The cygnets are required by law to have their wings pinioned. Usually, it is only one wing so that the bird is off-balance and cannot fly. You will need to have an experienced avian or ...

Purchasing Swan Eggs -- Natalie -- 8 April 2011
Hi, We would like to incubate two swan eggs in an electric incubator. We have been successful with duck eggs. Wher can we purchase fertilized swan eggs? Thank you
Re: Purchasing Swan Eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 9 April 2011
Hi Natalie: Unless you have a professional sized incubator with really good humidity controls, turning capacity, etc., the swan egg is extremely difficult to incubate. Most individuals who have tried ...

SWAN EGGS DESTROYED -- KOKO -- 7 April 2011
BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE RAIN, MY SWANS HAVE HAD TROUBLE BUILDING THEIR NEST ON THE WATERS EDGE. THEY BUILT IT ON LAND NEAR THE WATER AND MY EGGS ARE DISSAPPEARING AS FAST AS THEY ARE BEING LAID. CAN I ...
Re: SWAN EGGS DESTROYED -- The Regal Swan -- 7 April 2011
Hi Koko: The problem is probably a predatorial one. Raccoons, opossums, snakes, rats, turtles, and ants will eat eggs. Raccoons and turtles are notorious for raiding bird's nests for eggs. Incubation ...

Swans confusion -- Amanda -- 5 April 2011
Hello, We are very confused about our swans. We purchased a pair about 4 years ago. We never had eggs or they never built a nest or anything and we were told they were a year old when we got them. ...
Re: Swans confusion -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2011
Hi Amanda: The largest number of mute swan eggs on record is 13 and we have had a pair that had 10 eggs, 9 of which hatched. So, swans can produce 1-13 eggs. Swans of the same gender will mate and go ...
Re: Swans confusion -- Amanda -- 8 April 2011
Does the female swans normally produce the same amount of eggs every year? And does the male sit with her sometimes? Because as I said we have two swans but not realyy knowing the sex. One is larger ...
Re: Swans confusion -- The Regal Swan -- 9 April 2011
Hi Amanda: Yes, it seems that each swan as a built in number of eggs produced on a yearly basis throughout her lifetime. This is why if you remove eggs, they can count and may try to double clutch to ...

egg hatching -- kim -- 2 April 2011
how long for swan eggs to hatch?
Re: egg hatching -- The Regal Swan -- 3 April 2011
Hi Kim: Approximately 30-40 days from the last egg being laid. This time is also dependant upon the species of swan and when the mother officially starts the incubation process. The Regal Swan

Swan cannot walk-UPDATE after x-rays -- Douglas Marks -- 25 March 2011
13 yr. old black pet swan cannot walk. (See original post March 1, 2011 below). She has been kept indoors at night with her mate-who is always close by and very protective-and carried to and from a ...
Re: Swan cannot walk-UPDATE after x-rays -- The Regal Swan -- 26 March 2011
Hi Douglas: Actually, if she is not leaning to one side and is moving the leg in the water, that is a really good sign. She may need several more weeks of recuperative/rehabilitative care to stay off ...

How to sell swans -- Florida -- 23 March 2011
We are a private community in D B, Florida. We have a few pairs of Mute Swans, which belong to our community. Recently we noticed that there are 4 nesting sites with 4 eggs in each nest. Granted, ...
Re: How to sell swans -- The Regal Swan -- 25 March 2011
Hi: You need to check with the Florida Fish & Game Commission as swan possession/selling laws have changed. Usually, you should not separate the cygnets from the parents until they are 6-8 months of ...

Nesting -- L A Guinther -- 23 March 2011
Could you tell me is it the male , female or both that take part in the building of the nest.My birds are starting to build a nest and the one that is suppose to be the male seems to be doing all the ...
Re: Nesting -- The Regal Swan -- 25 March 2011
Hi: Yes, the male swan is responsible for building the nest. He will pull at leaves, grasses and other materials, stack the nesting material and will sit in the middle of the vegetation to form the ...

Feather Chewing -- Douglas Marks -- 18 March 2011
Elder black male is chewing his feathers in a small area on one wing after wetting the area with his beak…a new feather seems to be growing out underneath...Is he making room for his new feathers or ...
Re: Feather Chewing -- The Regal Swan -- 19 March 2011
Hi Douglas: There is a possibility of several things occurring: 1. He has an ingrown feather, i.e. either a new feather is trying to come out or an old feather is trying to come out. He may be trying ...

attacking swans -- Caroline -- 16 March 2011
How do you keep a mute swan from attacking you? The male attacks all year round.
Re: attacking swans -- The Regal Swan -- 17 March 2011
Hi Caroline: If he is attacking you are the swan keeper/owner, then you need to let him know that this is unacceptable behavior. There are several humane ways to incorporate this training. 1. When ...

mute swan becoming aggressive to people and golf carts -- Nancy Jahnel -- 15 March 2011
We have a mute swan living on our lake at the Gardens. We feed him year round and keep part of the lake open for him to swim using a fountain. We live in zone4-5 near Lake Michigan and lake will ...
Re: mute swan becoming aggressive to people and golf carts -- The Regal Swan -- 15 March 2011
Hi Nancy: Yes, the swan is in the March mating season and is exhibiting pre-nesting behavior. The reason that he is chasing the one person toward the pond is that he has imprinted on her and now ...

Plants -- Shelly Andersn -- 6 March 2011
Hi I am wondering today if you know of any flowers and plants that the swans will not eat. I have mine pretty close to the house and they are stripping my yard of all the nice plants and flowers I ...
Re: Plants -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2011
Hi Shelly: We're not sure exactly what they understand not to eat. You have to be extemely careful about plant life around the habitat because if they do not know not to eat the plants, they can die ...

How to protect them when starting -- Aquatic Plants -- 4 March 2011
I purchased some Aquatic plants and the Swans ate them as fast as I could put them in the water, what is the secret to starting some plant food for my swans, I feel that once it could get established ...
Re: How to protect them when starting -- The Regal Swan -- 4 March 2011
Hi Ron: Plant the vegetation and then use a chain link fence or other type of fencing in which the swans or their cygnets cannot get their heads and necks through the fence. Plant enough vegetation ...

Swans -- Gina Martin -- 2 March 2011
Recently I lost one of my swans. I do not know if it was the male or female. I was told by the person I bought them off of to pull two feathers off of the live swan and send it in for testing. First, ...
Re: Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 2 March 2011
Hi Gina: There are a couple of ways to determine the gender. The first is pulling feathers and submitting them to a lab for DNA Sequencing. This is probably the most reliable however, may be the most ...

13 yr. old black pet swan cannot walk -- Douglas Marks -- 1 March 2011
She started limping a week ago so we brought her to a Vet two days after she couldn’t walk or stand. She can move her left leg, but seems weak overall and isn’t able to straighten the leg and lock ...
Re: 13 yr. old black pet swan cannot walk -- The Regal Swan -- 1 March 2011
Hi Douglas: Not really sure what is going on here. X-rays may help pinpoint the problem. Besides, dislocations and breaks, there may be a soft-tissue injury such as a strain or sprain. If she is ...

divorce in progress? -- Pat Licata -- 28 February 2011
Hello, I would like to know if I may be witnessing a divorce in progress...A young male, approx 2 years old, comes to my dock each morning for breakfast. Within an hour, a female (Bella) arrives, and ...
Re: divorce in progress? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 February 2011
Hi Pat: You are humanizing, but in reality it is a great way of explaining certain things. However, in this case, it probably is not a divorce in the making, rather this young male may actually be an ...
Re: divorce in progress? -- Pat Licata -- 28 February 2011
Thanks for such a quick response. While I don't know if the young male (Spencer) is an offspring of Bella and her mate, I do know that Spencer is almost 2, as he arrived at my dock on a 550 acre lake ...
Re: divorce in progress? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 February 2011
Hi Pat: There is always the possibility that Spencer is a removed brother of Bella or a sibling of her mate (which may be one of the two birds that arrived with him to your lake). Swans tend to go ...
Re: divorce in progress? -- Pat Licata -- 28 February 2011
I neglected to mention that I am writing about mute swans, in case that makes a difference... Thanks!

What type of swans should we buy? (Ohio) -- Louisa -- 25 February 2011
HELLO-- MY NAME IS LOUISA VUKSANOVICH, WE LIVE IN CANTON, OHIO. WE ARE CURRENTLY BUILDING OUR SECOND BANQUET FACILITY. MY HUSBAND, AN ENGINEER, HAS BUILT A GAZEBO WITH A LARGE POND FOR A COUPLE OF ...
Re: What type of swans should we buy? (Ohio) -- The Regal Swan -- 26 February 2011
Hi Louiska: We can better answer all of your questions if we have some photos of your habitat. This will provide us with a better understanding of your needs. Please send us 4-5 shots (150 dpi 4x6) ...

Fighting swans -- TERRY ELMORE -- 17 February 2011
I have a pair of white mute swans that I have had for three years. They are not the original pair, the male of the original pair died three years ago so I had him replaced. They are both around five ...
Re: Fighting swans -- The Regal Swan -- 17 February 2011
Hi Terry: Usually, a male swan will not fight with a female swan, but it is possible if he wants to be left alone on his pond/lake. Male swans will usually go on their own and may not be interested ...

A swans love for its mate -- Rick Mynatt -- 16 February 2011
Hi, recently I was talking to a friend who told me that a swans love for its mate can be so strong that some swans when their mate dies will fly up, then plummet to the ground and hit like a stone ...
Re: A swans love for its mate -- The Regal Swan -- 16 February 2011
Hi Rick: This is probably either an isolated incident or most likely an old wive's tale. We have found that male swans will go about their lives with or without a new mate, while a female will find a ...

The Regal Swan® and Gatorland® Join Destron Fearing to Pioneer use of Microchips for Animal Health -- The Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. -- 9 February 2011
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Swan Wing -- Shelly Anderson -- 19 January 2011
Hello again My female Mute swan seems to be picking an area at the top of her wing, not where it is pinioned the other edge closest to her head, She often has it slightly bloody from messing w it so ...
Re: Swan Wing -- The Regal Swan -- 20 January 2011
Hi Sally: The swan may be picking at the end of a feather shaft that has not come out. The blood may even be from a blood feather. You probably need to get her to a veterinarian who can look at the ...

The Regal Swan Foundation -- the regal swan -- 8 January 2011
Hi Everyone: I am providing you with an update on our status with the Pepsi Refresh grant. We have dropped significantly in standing the last few days. We are in need of votes to get us back into the ...

Need Your Help Urgent! Please vote for us as www.refresheverything.com -- The Regal Swan -- 3 January 2011
Hi Everyone: We now need your help this month. The Regal Swan Foundation is vying for a $50,000 grant by the Pepsi Refresh Everything campaign project. We need all of you to vote for us at ...

reporting a dead Mute Swan -- Mrs. Claire Will -- 3 January 2011
Sadly, I need to report a dead swan on the A144 roadside outside Bungay in Suffolk by Clay's Printing. I am not sure what happened but it looks like it was hit by a car. Who do I report this too?
Re: reporting a dead Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 3 January 2011
Hi Claire: You can report the dead swan to the Highway Patrol, Fish & Wildlife Commission, or your local Animal Control agency. As long as the swan is not in the middle of the road, we are not sure ...

winter in the barn -- shelly -- 17 December 2010
Hi another season another question...I live near St Louis and have been battling freezing temps and cannot keep my pond open this year. We have 2 1700 gallon submersible pumps going and still they ...
Re: winter in the barn -- The Regal Swan -- 18 December 2010
Hi Shelly: The swans will be fine for a week without going back onto the pond. You will need to water them down to help them keep their feathers water repellent. Also, DO NOT use high protein chick ...

Help indentifying a black & white speckled swan -- John Murphy -- 17 December 2010
A black & white speckled swan appeared yesterday on my pond. The color of the beak is somewhat redish/orange. The neck is a little longer than the two mute swans I have. My male swan keeps chasing ...
Re: Help indentifying a black & white speckled swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 December 2010
Hi John: This is a juvenile mute swan. The young swan's feathers have not turned completely white and it probably got off the beaten migratory path and landed on your pond Your swans (being ...
Re: Help indentifying a black & white speckled swan -- John -- 19 December 2010
Thanks for answering my question. I did not think that it was a mute swan because of the beak being a redish/orange color.
Re: Help indentifying a black & white speckled swan -- The Regal Swan -- 19 December 2010
Hi John: Yes, the beak was the tale tell color. If it had been black, yellow or red, it would have been another species. The coloring on the body is just a really unique moult color for this ...

Winter food -- Freada -- 13 December 2010
Hello again, I was wondering if you could tell me if in winter, the swans cut down and don't eat as much as they do in the warmer months. I have noticed that mine are not eating as much as they did ...
Re: Winter food -- The Regal Swan -- 14 December 2010
Hi Freada: Swans might lose some of their foraging behavior because it expends energy which is used to keep them warm. Additionally, the food source during the winter months is different from the ...

swan abuse -- TT -- 11 December 2010
I have recently observed a property which had swans penned in an open area without any form of shelter. The problem lies in the fact that the ground hee is snow covered and it is well under freezing. ...
Re: swan abuse -- The Regal Swan -- 11 December 2010
Hi: Swans can tolerate very low temperatures due to the thickness of their feathers and down. If the lake is not totally frozen and the swans can still feed, then they may be getting adequate food. ...

winter weather -- Annie -- 9 December 2010
There is one swan down the road in a pond and has been there several years as it cannot fly...It is 5 degrees tonight! Does the swan tolerate such cold temperatures? The pond is frozen and nobody ...
Re: winter weather -- The Regal Swan -- 11 December 2010
Hi Ann: If it does not fly, then yes, it probably is someone's swans and you might try asking around to find the owner. Yes, swans can survive cold temperatures which is why their feathers and down ...

Winter Question -- Robyn Colajezzi -- 28 November 2010
Greetings! I had written you a while back about Conrad, the swan we adopted but didn't know a whole heck of a lot. Good news....Conrad turned out to be female, so we call her Lady Conrad now. We ...
Re: Winter Question -- The Regal Swan -- 28 November 2010
Hi Robyn: Great news that Lady Conrad is now doing well and has a new mate. The freezing pond has several major concerns: 1. Predators can easily access the swans even in the middle of the pond if ...

Swan Aggression -- Ron Baldwin -- 11 November 2010
I have a swan that I had to give away because of a coyote problem that I have. The coyote numbers are growing on my acreage and they are eating my ducks and swans, so I decided it would be better to ...
Re: Swan Aggression -- The Regal Swan -- 11 November 2010
Hi Ron: You will need to remove her from this environment immediately because she is either going to be seriously hurt, killed or prevented from eating and drinking which will eventually kill her ...
Re: Swan Aggression -- Ron Baldwin -- 11 November 2010
I live in Kansas City, I will go get the Swan in the morning and return her to my pond. I can leave the fountain and lights on all night to insure her safety until I can find another home for her. ...
Re: Swan Aggression -- Ron Baldwin -- 11 November 2010
I live in Kansas City, I will go get the Swan in the morning and return her to my pond. I can leave the fountain and lights on all night to insure her safety until I can find another home for her. ...

My mute swan is not aggressive anymore... -- Cheryl -- 10 November 2010
We live on a river (brackish). Two years ago a pair of swans decided to make it their home during the winter (with other water fowl going through). The male would be REALLY aggressive toward the ...
Re: My mute swan is not aggressive anymore... -- The Regal Swan -- 11 November 2010
Hi Cheryl: You say that they nested. Did they ever have eggs? If not, you may have two males with the second male now becoming more dominant/aggressive. If eggs were laid and never hatched, they may ...
Re: My mute swan is not aggressive anymore... -- Cheryl -- 12 November 2010
Thank you so much for your quick reply. Yes, they had 5 eggs, but I still think a coyote got them. I still think it is a male and female (I will enclose pictures for you to see, I just took today), ...

Swan kills in Cocoa, Florida -- Summer Devlin -- 10 November 2010
Please help advise me. I have lived in this house in west Cocoa for about 13 years. I have had ducks, geese, and swans for about the last 11 years. Every year, usually from January to June, something ...
Re: Swan kills in Cocoa, Florida -- The Regal Swan -- 10 November 2010
Hi Summer: Your three four top predators are: Coyote, bobcat, fox or panther. We would believe that the coyote or bobcat would be your major predators, especially if panthers are not known to run in ...

Chasing Swans -- Freada Shirley -- 8 November 2010
Thanks so much for the insight. I did understand exactly what you were trying to convey to me. I still have not captured the other rescue from the sewer lagoon, but I am still trying to before it ...
Re: Chasing Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 9 November 2010
Hi Freada: There are only 2 ways to catch him. First, feed him and get him to come up close enough to grab him by the neck and wings (gently of course as you do not want to hurt him or get hurt). ...
Re: Chasing Swans -- Freada -- 9 November 2010
Thanks again for the info. I have been feeding him and he will come somewhat close to me but I have failed to catch him the two times I have attempted. I will continue to try. It's only me so my ...
Re: Chasing Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 10 November 2010
Hi Earlene: Great. We look forward to hearing the outcome of this situation. The Regal Swan

swans chasing -- Freada Shirley -- 5 November 2010
Hello, I am an avid reader of all the posts. I have two rescue swans, male and female. They came to me at different times but have taken with each other and get along well. My pond is a little over ...
Re: swans chasing -- The Regal Swan -- 6 November 2010
Hi: There are probably a couple of things going on here. First, this new swan is seen as an intruder because he/she was not hatched at this particular pond. Even if it had been, it is time for the ...

Changing foot color -- L A Guinther -- 4 November 2010
I bought a pair af mute swans this summer that are supposed to be about 4 years old. The owner said that the one with the black feet was a female and the one with the white feet was a male. About 3-4 ...
Re: Changing foot color -- The Regal Swan -- 5 November 2010
Hi: Foot color is not indicative of male or female, although if the swan keeper notices the difference in color, then he/she can obviously distinguish the genders by this particular characteristic. ...

sexing a young mute swan -- Pat Radcliffe -- 2 November 2010
I have a 1 1/2 year old mute swan and don't know if it is a male or female.Can you tell the sex of one at that age? If so is it done by vent checking? Thanks, will be checking for an answer. Pat ...
Re: sexing a young mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 3 November 2010
Hi Pat: Usually, the male will have a larger knob on its bill and will usually be larger in size. Obviously, during mating season, the gender will become readily apparent, but until the swan is at ...

swan killed -- Sue -- 1 November 2010
We were shocked to see when we came home today that soemthing killed one of beautiful mute swans. Surprisingly it was not hurt, but its head was gone. What could have done this. We so sad as this ...
Re: swan killed -- Sue -- 2 November 2010
Some more info after I had the courage to go across the lake and look at her. Something has ate her head off and ate only the guts out through both ends of her but there is no other damage to her ...
Re: swan killed -- The Regal Swan -- 2 November 2010
Hi Sue: It is imperative that you get the other swan and any pet ducks off of the lake especially at night. The predator will return. From the description, it is either a bobcat or a mountain lion. ...
Re: swan killed -- Sue -- 3 November 2010
Thank you for your help and information. We will work on it. Did I mention that this all happened i nthe middle of the afternoon. Thanks again. s.
Re: swan killed -- The Regal Swan -- 2 November 2010
Hi Sue: This could be due to any number of causes. The two most prevalent issues that come to mind are normal predation or human interaction. If it is normal predation, we have seen coyotes, bobcats, ...

Gray dot in center of eyes -- Marc Balzac -- 28 October 2010
This 20+ year old black male swan has a gray area in the center of each eye that has slowly grown larger over the last six to eight months. I have not noticed anything like this with our other swans. ...
Re: Gray dot in center of eyes -- The Regal Swan -- 29 October 2010
Hi Marc: We would get the swan to a veterinarian to check for cataracts or some other defect that could eventually take its eye sight. It is very difficult to make any kind of diagnosis from the ...

beak color -- PATRICIA TROUT -- 27 October 2010
Have you ever heard of a 7 month swan's beak turning from orange to grayish/white? What would cause this? Thank you. P. Trout from Waterloo, NY
Re: beak color -- The Regal Swan -- 29 October 2010
Hi Patricia: Normally, the color of the beak in a mute swan does not attain its rich color until approximately 10-11 months of age. Usually, the juvenile swans will have varying ranges of light to ...

Winter feeding -- Jody -- 8 October 2010
We have always fed our mutes clean cracked corn thruout the year. is there a combination of feed that would be better to give them to prepare their coats and bodies for the winter season. we had an ...
Re: Winter feeding -- The Regal Swan -- 8 October 2010
Hi Jody: The cracked corn is a great filler as it will add weight and make the birds feel full. However, they should also be supplementally fed poultry layer pellets mixed with the cracked corn. The ...

mute swans and plants -- Beth -- 7 October 2010
I am the park manager of a park in Dunedin, Florida. We have two mute swans that the park has had for 15 years. They live in a pond with an island in the pond for them to roam around. I have to plant ...
Re: mute swans and plants -- The Regal Swan -- 8 October 2010
Hi Beth: We need a little more information to help you with the types of plants. Our horticulturist has asked for the following information: How big is the island? Is it primarily wet or dry? What ...

Int'l Union for Conservation of Nature Features Regal Swan® CEO Sheila Bolin as “Scientist of The Month” -- Admin -- 6 October 2010
For Immediate Release The Regal Swan® contact: Shirley Bolin Tel.: (407) 931-6838 Email: Bolin.S@att.net www.theregalswan.com The International Union for Conservation of Nature, (IUCN) Features Regal ...

Worming Swans -- Shelly Anderson -- 4 October 2010
Hi again I have another question....can I use the pelleted wormer made for horses for swans? If so how much can they have or if not what should I use? I see other questions about worming and have ...
Re: Worming Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 6 October 2010
Hi Sherry: You need to check with your veterinarian on the best de-worming/parasitic control medication for the swans. We have used several but the usage depends on the type of parasite you are ...

SWAN FEEDER -- jODY -- 3 October 2010
I WOULD LIKE SOME INPUT ON WHAT WE CAN USE ON OUR SWAN FEEDER POLE THAT EXTENDS INTO OUR LAKE. WE HAVE SOLVED THE RACOON INVASION BY TAPING THE TOP, BUT NOW, I BELIEVE A MUSKRAT IS ENTERING THRU THE ...
Re: SWAN FEEDER -- The Regal Swan -- 4 October 2010
Hi Jody: Without seeing your feeder, we are somewhat at a loss of how to stop the foraging muskrat. If you are using a Blitz dog feeder, the top can be closed by using a piano hinge as we use these ...

Feeding Mute Swans -- Shelly -- 1 October 2010
Hi Again I am wondering today how much Swans need to eat? I fill their Blitz Feeder as full as I can possibly get it and that is what I have been doing. I am wanting to go to daily feeding so there ...
Re: Feeding Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 1 October 2010
Hi Shelly: Swans are grazers and will browse throughout the day and night. A Blitz feeder filled with food is more than ample for two swans for at least a week. However, any other supplemental ...

mute swans to purchase -- ann gioffre -- 30 September 2010
Hi was wondering if anyone might know of a female mute swan i could purchase. we lost our female our male is about 4 years old and we would like for him to have a friend. Thanks Ann 614-395-4438
Re: mute swans to purchase -- The Regal Swan -- 30 September 2010
Hi Ann: Check with Bob at Knox Swans in Illinois. You can google Knox Swans to find his contact info. The Regal Swan

"Hermit" mute swan won't socialize with other swans: What to do? -- Linda -- 27 September 2010
Hello, I am writing to You from Central Pennsylvania, USA I am looking for advise to help with a young males Mute Swan's puzzling behavior. In the Spring of 2009 a Woman, we now know, was driving ...
Re: "Hermit" mute swan won -- Regal Swan Foundation -- 28 September 2010
Hi Linda: You have a very imprinted mute juvenile swan who now thinks he is a person instead of a swan. He may never get over this as swans raised by people with little interaction with swan parents ...

Swan safety -- Ron Baldwin -- 13 September 2010
I lost a swan last night to cyotes, i think the only way to provide a safe place for them at night is to build an island in the middle of my pond. i want to build a floating island, any ideas of how ...
Re: Swan safety -- The Regal Swan -- 13 September 2010
Hi Ron: We had this same occurrence at one of our facilities which we consult. There is no 100% way of protecting the swans, even a floating island except penning the birds at night in a pen that is ...

nesting site? -- Pat Licata -- 12 September 2010
Hello, Thanks so much for the additional information. I placed food on the platform this morning, and both swans came right over to eat from it, although the female didn't climb onto it as usual. I ...
Re: nesting site? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 September 2010
Hi Pat: Yes, you need to make sure that you are breaking the ice close to your home/yard. During the winter months, the swans can get trapped in or on top of the ice. Either case, they can die from ...

nesting site? -- Pat Licata -- 11 September 2010
Per your instruction, I purchased hay and placed some on the dock and a very small amount onto the platform the female has been using as her resting spot. The male and female have both ignored the ...
Re: nesting site? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 September 2010
Hi Pat: You have introduced them to the concept of hay. First, they are pulling at the hay and playing with it, so they won't be afraid of it during nesting season. They are young birds and don't ...

adminstering wormer to a swan -- Cat Hill -- 8 September 2010
We made it home totally safely with the adult male mute swan. He traveled well, in a large wire dog kennel in the floor of my 2 horse trailer. Now that we're home, before I turn him out on the pond, ...
Re: adminstering wormer to a swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 September 2010
Hi Cat: What deworming medicine are you giving the swan? We use an inoculation for parasites, so not sure if you are using an oral or an inoculation medication. Some medications are extremely ...
Re: adminstering wormer to a swan -- Cat Hill -- 9 September 2010
Thank you! I administered fenbendazole 15 mg/kg as instructed and it was administered orally as a one time dose. There was no evidence of worm infestation but with no really good place to keep him ...
Re: adminstering wormer to a swan -- The Regal Swan -- 10 September 2010
Hi Cat: What great news. As far as the Mink vaccine for botulism DO NOT USE. There has been a lot of negative effects even death to birds with this vaccine. We use a cattle vaccine which is much ...

nesting site? -- Pat Licata -- 7 September 2010
Thanks so much for such a quick reply! I can arrange the platform and attached "island" so that is not close to the dock. My lake is home to geese and ducks, as well as the swans. Which of these may ...
Re: nesting site? -- The Regal Swan -- 8 September 2010
Hi Pat: Introduce the hay right now as the swans are using so they get used to this normal material introduction. If you wait until spring, you may actually scare them and they may not get back on ...

nesting site? -- Pat Licata -- 6 September 2010
Hi, I live on a 550 acre lake. In early March, three juvenile mute swans appeared at my dock. Approx. one month ago, one disappeared, and the two remaining swans seem to be a pair. I have a vinyl ...
Re: nesting site? -- The Regal Swan -- 7 September 2010
Hi Pat: As long as you are fine with the arrangement, it should not be a problem. The only other consideration would be the possibility of a predator being able to climb onto the island via the dock. ...

Capturing a swan to move him... -- Cat Hill -- 6 September 2010
The people whom I've bought the single male swan have not capture him for me to pick up yet. They are not sure how they will do this as the first attempt, using a net while he was on the bank of the ...
Re: Capturing a swan to move him... -- Cat Hill -- 7 September 2010
Thank you so much. I got the call today that they were able to capture him. The man's wife got a bloody nose and he ended up all muddy but they were able to pressure him in the right direction and ...
Re: Capturing a swan to move him... -- The Regal Swan -- 8 September 2010
Hi Cat: Two important considerations. First, make sure that you use towels, something soft with give on the bottom of the animal carrier. If he slides around, he will damage his legs which can result ...
Re: Capturing a swan to move him... -- The Regal Swan -- 7 September 2010
Hi Cat: The kayak idea is much better. Do not try to capture him from the kayak or you will be paddling all day long. The best thing is to ease him up on the bank into an area with a pen or some type ...

Mute Swan lost his mate -- Cat Hill -- 2 September 2010
I just bought a young adult, male mute swan. I've been reading everything I can find about the care and confident we have an excellent place for him. We have 40 acres, 3 ponds, predators are not an ...
Re: Mute Swan lost his mate -- Cat Hill -- 6 September 2010
Thank you, I'll give them a call after Labor Day. I would prefer an adult female who has lost her mate too but may consider a younger female although it concerns me that the male might be aggressive ...
Re: Mute Swan lost his mate -- The Regal Swan -- 7 September 2010
Hi Cat: First, a male swan after losing its mate may not re-mate. He may become aggressive toward the female because it is up to the individual swan and swan species if they will take a new mate. ...
Re: Mute Swan lost his mate -- Cat Hill -- 7 September 2010
I appreciate the information more than you know. I just want him to be happy. If he's happy enough alone, I will be fine with that. I have found a 4 yr old and a 6 yr old single female and thought ...
Re: Mute Swan lost his mate -- The Regal Swan -- 3 September 2010
Hi Cat: Try Bob at Knox Swans in Illinois. The Regal Swan

cygnet injured -- jennifer martin -- 28 August 2010
I have a cygnet swan on my lake it only has one leg will it be able to fly and land or when the lake freezes will it die
Re: cygnet injured -- The Regal Swan -- 28 August 2010
Hi Jennifer: Waterfowl with one leg, especially swans cannot survive on one leg unless human intevention is immediate. The bird will not be able to land, get up or down on banks to sun itself, etc. ...

Mute swans killing their own young. -- Denise Klein -- 27 August 2010
I live on an inland lake in Michigan, and have enjoyed watching many swan families evolve from the same cob and pen couple. This year the pair had five cygnets that were reduced to three fairly ...
Re: Mute swans killing their own young. -- The Regal Swan -- 28 August 2010
Hi Denise: Many years ago (approximately 11 years)when we first began researching swans, we saw this behavior in a family of swans. The male chased one of the cygnets and tried to kill it. ...

mute swans -- Tom -- 19 August 2010
Does anyone know of a mute swan breeder near Philadelphia or a pair of mute swans in need of a good home?
Re: mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 20 August 2010
Hi Tom: We're not sure of anyone in Philadelphia, but we do know Bob at Knox Swans in Indiana. He might be able to help you as he will take good care of the swans. The Regal Swan

Black Swans and Canadian Geese -- Edward Palmeri -- 14 August 2010
I am on the board of directors in a community in South carolina which has 8 large ponds with fountains in each. We have been literaly overrun with Canadian Geese. So much so the two white Swans that ...
Re: Black Swans and Canadian Geese -- The Regal Swan -- 14 August 2010
Hi Edward: First, you may need a permit to bring swans into your state. There are no guarantees that swans will or will not chase the geese. It totally depends on the species and the individual ...
Re: Black Swans and Canadian Geese -- Caroline Christie -- 2 September 2010
We had over 100 Cananda geese, and bought swans in hopes of getting rid of the geese. It didn't work all that well. (It helped some - we had 24 this year, but they had been coming here for years to ...
Re: Black Swans and Canadian Geese -- The Regal Swan -- 3 September 2010
Hi Caroline: Thanks for the info and glad it works for you. The Regal Swan

"land" swans -- sherry tyndall -- 7 August 2010
I bought a pair of Mute cygnets that were only 2 weeks old and raised them first in my garage then in a kennel half in and half out of the water. They are now about 4 months old and I've taken the ...
Re: "land" swans -- sherry tyndall -- 15 August 2010
Thank you for responding to my "land" swans question. I also have a few other questions. We have a 2 acre pond which we stocked last year with 9 Carp to keep the vegetation down. However, I now ...
Re: "land" swans -- The Regal Swan -- 16 August 2010
Hi Sherry: 1. 9 Carp should not be a problem unless they are extremely huge which may be scaring the swans. A large mouth bass and even carp may eat cygnets (baby swans), ducklings and goslings even ...
Re: "land" swans -- The Regal Swan -- 7 August 2010
Hi Sherry: Unfortunately, this behavior is considered imprinting. The cygnets have imprinted upon you because you raised them from such a young age and now they think you are swan mom and they are ...

What to do with cygnet? -- Rick & Mary Jayne -- 3 August 2010
My husband & myself rescued a baby swan on 7/4/10. The parents along with two other two cyegets where attemping to cross a very busy channel and the one was not strong enought to make it do to a ...
Re: What to do with cygnet? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 August 2010
Hi Mary & Rick: Great news that you saved the young cygnet. Has it been pinioned (rendered surgically unable to fly?). If so, then it will need to stay in a captive setting. If not, it still may need ...
Re: What to do with cygnet? -- Mary & Rick -- 10 August 2010
Can cygnet live on land with other ducks,geese. No pond near farm.
Re: What to do with cygnet? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 August 2010
Hi Mary & Rick: If the young swan has imprinted on you, meaning you raised it and it now follows you around, etc., you probably will never be able to give it to another home unless it is extremely ...

Looking for a male swan -- virginia lawson -- 29 July 2010
Hello, My husband and I camp at Rippling Waters Church of God Campground which is a nonprofit organization. We camp a few feet from Swam Lake and we enjoy feeding our two female swans. They actually ...
Re: Looking for a male swan -- The Regal Swan -- 31 July 2010
Hi Bill & Paulette: Unfortunately, the situation you describe is going to cause more problems if you get a male swan. First, the two female swans have apparently paired as they are laying non-fertile ...

Injured young swan rejected by family -- Geri -- 27 July 2010
A family of swans live in our lake....male, female, and five young swans that were born this spring. One of the young swans was most likely bit in the head by a snapping turtle while feeding. The ...
Re: Injured young swan rejected by family -- The Regal Swan -- 27 July 2010
Hi Geri: If something is wrong with one member of the family, birds and animals will sacrifice the injured or sick member rather than have a predator reach out and kill all of the other members. The ...

seeking fertile eggs..... -- Sakina Bush -- 27 July 2010
We live on a small lake with a lone female Mute Swan. (Her mate died and I heard after that she rejected a visiting male) In the Spring she sits on her non-fertile eggs for months! Some residents are ...
Re: seeking fertile eggs..... -- The Regal Swan -- 27 July 2010
Hi Sakina: She probably would not incubate eggs that are not her own. Birds have a set number of eggs that they produce each time they lay eggs and they can count. There may be some type of odor, ...

Mute Swan -- Barbara -- 26 July 2010
There is a family of swans - mother, father and 3 babies on the pond by me. What I believe is the mother as she is smaller in size has a bad foot. It looks like something chewed off the first 2 ...
Re: Mute Swan - injured foot -- The Regal Swan -- 26 July 2010
Hi Barbara: The foot was probably amputated by a predator such as a snapping or soft-shelled turtle. She may limp, but as long as she is able to get up and down banks, then she can survive. Can she ...

injured left leg -- Mary -- 21 July 2010
Our male cygnet has something the matter with his left leg. It appears to be somewhat swollen and he has a hard time walking on it. He can stand and take may a step or two. I have pulled him from the ...
Re: injured left leg -- The Regal Swan -- 21 July 2010
Hi Mary: You need to get him to an avian veterinarian to look at the leg. This injury could be anything from a severe sprain, a muscle or tendon tear or a foreign material in the bottom of the foot. ...

wing deformity -- Kerri -- 19 July 2010
I live on a canal to an inland lake in southeastern michigan and have been very concerned about a young swan that was alienated by its family a few weeks ago. I was able to get a better look at it ...
Re: wing deformity -- The Regal Swan -- 20 July 2010
Hi Kerri: Yes, try to capture him or ask a wildlife rehabilitation specialist to help capture him. He is not going to be able to survive in the wild if he has a deformity. A predator will eventually ...

Injured Swan -- Milka Vazquez -- 19 July 2010
The swan at our community lake was somehow injured around his mouth and cheek area. It looks as a cut extending from the mouth out through his cheek. I can tell that it is inflamed. He comes up to ...
Re: Injured Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2010
Hi Milka: You need to capture him immediately and get him to a veterinarian. The grits or cream of wheat would be the wrong thing to feed him as it may cause him to bloat. The swan will die if he ...
Re: Injured Swan -- Milka -- 19 July 2010
Thank you so much. I will not feed him grits. I have talked to the neighbors and one of them told me they knew a swan specialist. They are going to try to capture him tomorrow, as he/she is now ...
Re: Injured Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 July 2010
You are very welcome Milka. Where are you located? We would like to know the person in your area in the event someone else has a problem with a swan and we can refer them to your swan specialist. ...

Swan Behavior after Mate Passes -- Marilyn Goldfischer -- 18 July 2010
My 18 yr old female mute swan passed a few weeks ago. We purchased a new female for her husband, we were told she is 4 1/2. They kept their distance for a few hours then started swimming together. ...
Re: Swan Behavior after Mate Passes -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2010
Hi Marilyn: Usually, not always, but usually, if a female mate dies, the male will not re-mate. He will be just as happy to go along without another mate. Usually, not always, but usually, if a male ...
Re: Swan Behavior after Mate Passes -- Swan Student -- 25 October 2011
To The Regal Swan, I am having a similar issue to Marilyn's: I have an older male, and a new female swan has been introduced to the pond on my property by charitable donation. They seem somewhat ...
Re: Swan Behavior after Mate Passes -- The Regal Swan -- 25 October 2011
Hi Swan Student: Since the new swan was introduced by no effort on its own, it is the ethical responsibility for a swan owner to take precautions to help introduce the new swan to its new habitat and ...

feeding swan by hand? -- Susan -- 17 July 2010
I have lived a on small lake in WI for the last 15 yrs. We have a pair of beautiful Mute swans we call "Swanie" (the male) and "Dolly" (the female). The male is getting pretty brave around me, and ...
Re: feeding swan by hand? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 July 2010
Hi Susan: Several great questions you pose!! First, if you are the only humans around the lake and take care of the swans, there is nothing wrong with you hand-feeding them bread or lettuce. However, ...

do grey cygnets turn white in time? -- Carla Allen -- 15 July 2010
Re: do grey cygnets turn white in time? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 July 2010
Hi Carla: Yes, the cygnets will begin to turn white around 6 months of age. You will notice that the underside of the wings will begin to turn first and then the cygnets will become a mottled ...

ages of swans -- Jackie Follmer -- 10 July 2010
Our park several years ago bought two male swans and now they have to be separated so one is now in our sister park. We are trying to get two females for our males. One seller told us we could ...
Re: ages of swans -- The Regal Swan -- 11 July 2010
Hi Jackie: DO NOT get any female under the age of at least 1 1/2 or 2 years of age. The male will hurt her seriously trying to mate and may even accidently kill the young bird. Try to get the same ...

Mute swans: Menage a trois? -- Lene -- 9 July 2010
I was given 2 baby mute swans that I have raised and they are about 6 mos old. I took them to my avian vet and they are girls. I was given an 2 yr old adult male mute swan two weeks ago that was a ...
Re: Mute swans: Menage a trois? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 July 2010
Hi Lene: You probably need to find a home for the male. Two reasons for this suggestion: 1. The male is too old for the young females which will take about 1 year to 1 1/2 year to be ready for ...

How big of a threat are Coyotes to Adult black swans -- Paul Hoskins -- 8 July 2010
I recently purchased a pair of black swans, approximately 6-8 months in age, for my pond. I know there are coyotes in the area and have partially fenced in the area around the pond where they spend ...
Re: How big of a threat are Coyotes to Adult black swans -- The Regal Swan -- 9 July 2010
Hi Paul: A big threat!!!! They can and will kill a swan. Just like a bobcat, fox, etc., they will go for the head or neck and the bird will be defenseless if grabbed in the wrong way. The birds may ...

swan gazebo -- Louisa valentine -- 8 July 2010
HELLO-- MY NAME IS LOUISA. I LIVE IN CANTON OHIO. I HAVE A 22, OOO SQUARE FOOT BANQUET FACILITY. MY HUSBAND RECENTLY PURCHASED ANOTHER ACRE BEHIND OUR BUILDING TO BUILD ANOTHER BUILDING. TO THE SIDE ...
Re: swan gazebo -- The Regal Swan -- 8 July 2010
Hi Louisa: First, you need to check with your local wildlife officials to see if you need a permit to have swans. Many states require permits for swan possession. Secondly, if you do need a permit ...

Killing of our male swan on Omena Lake, MI -- Queenie -- 7 July 2010
I live on Omena Lake in Sturgis, Mi. I would just like to report the killing one of our males swans. We currently have two families of mute swans. Unforunately someone on the lake decided to kill the ...
Re: Killing of our male swan on Omena Lake, MI -- Jennifer -- 22 January 2011
Michigan DNR has been shooting swans all over the state. Their plan is to reduce the numbers drastically. Unless the lake is your private property none of your swans are safe from being culled. There ...
Re: Killing of our male swan on Omena Lake, MI -- The Regal Swan -- 22 January 2011
Hi Jennifer: Unfortunately, this is the way that many states are reacting toward a lot of "non-indigenous" species. The promotion of indigenous species at the expense of an introduced species is not ...
Re: Killing of our male swan on Omena Lake, MI -- The Regal Swan -- 8 July 2010
Hi: First, are you sure that his death was due to a person? Was there any physical evidence, i.e., gunshot, arrow, poisoning, etc.? Did anyone witness the attack? Secondly, was the mute swan wild or ...

cygnets -- Barrie Bates -- 6 July 2010
Hi, thanks for taking my question! We have 8 cygnets hatched the last week of April. A couple of days ago I noticed that one of them had been run off away from the others and is on his own. I am ...
Re: cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2010
Hi Barrie: There is a possibility that something is wrong with him which is why the parents have run him away from the rest of the brood. Wildlife parents are not going to risk all for one baby. Is ...
Re: cygnets -- Barrie Bates -- 7 July 2010
Thank you for your response to my question. The cygnet is approximately the same size as the rest of them. They are 10 weeks old (last week of April) so they do not fly yet, and are not pinioned. ...
Re: cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2010
Hi Barrie: Your efforts probably saved his life as the parents if they are chasing from the area, would try to kill him. Better to have him killed than go to a predator and the swans will protect ...

Swan attack and kill a goose -- Debbi Randolph -- 3 July 2010
Hi. I live in New Jersey. While sunbathing today on the bay I watched a swan attack and kill a grown goose. Everyone was shocked. The Swan was a male. He had a mate and six big babies that we later ...
Re: Swan attack and kill a goose -- The Regal Swan -- 4 July 2010
Hi Debbi: This does occur in nature because both swans and geese are extremely territorial when cygnets or goslings are around. Geese are notorious for taking on swans and vice versa. Unfortunately, ...

New female -- Michelle -- 2 July 2010
We lost our beautiful 6 year old female swan to a coyote this spring. We would like to get our 6 year old male a new mate. I was told by one seller that it is okay to get a younger female for him. ...
Re: New female -- The Regal Swan -- 2 July 2010
Hi Michelle: First, is the male swan safe from another coyote attack? You may get another swan only to have one or both swans attacked again. Predators remember where they were successful in getting ...
Re: New female -- Michelle -- 21 July 2010
Earlier this month, we were able to get a new female in northern Indiana. She is 3 years old. We kept Sophie penned until this past weekend. When we released her, she and our male bonded right away. ...
Re: New female -- The Regal Swan -- 21 July 2010
Hi Michelle: You are very welcome. Glad to know that everything worked out. The Regal Swan

Intro to swans -- Mary Wisti -- 30 June 2010
I am totally a newbie to swans, but I am so very interested in them. I have a 1.5 acre pond, about 7 feet deep. We have 2 geese that come and go every year but we have yet to see any swans. A pond ...
Re: Intro to swans -- The Regal Swan -- 30 June 2010
Hi Mary: You will first need to contact your Fish & Wildlife Commission to see if you can possess the swans. Many states are now requiring permits to possess swans. You will then need to decide ...

Baby Swans In Ohio -- Diane -- 29 June 2010
We have 7 baby white mute swans this year. Do you have any suggestions for our area (Northeastern Ohio) as to a contact for adopting out the swans. Obviously I can't keep them, and want to make sure ...
Re: Baby Swans In Ohio -- Karen -- 8 July 2010
We have a pond and are in northeast Ohio, if we can be of any help. We don't know much, but are willing to learn and have a large, rural, secluded pond.
Re: Baby Swans In Ohio -- The Regal Swan -- 8 July 2010
Hi Karen: Thanks for the offer. Hopefully, the folks with the cygnets will contact you. The Regal Swan
Re: Baby Swans In Ohio -- The Regal Swan -- 29 June 2010
Hi Diane: We're not sure the age of the cygnets at this time, but if they are fairly young and can come into contact with a predator, i.e., bobcat, snapping turtle, egret, hawk, etc., the chances ...

black neck swans -- jim -- 27 June 2010
can rabbit pellets be substituded for lettuce for black necks in the winter,,where i am in canada its cold in the winter and lettuce doesnt keep well as it freezes.I also feed wheat,barley and corn
Re: black neck swans -- The Regal Swan -- 27 June 2010
Hi Jim: We would Not recommend rabbit pellets because of the high protein level which can cause "angel" wing in the swans. This is the same for wheat and barley. Use poultry layer pellets mixed with ...
Re: black neck swans -- jim -- 28 June 2010
How can rabbit pellets ,wheat and barley be higher in protein when barley is 9% and wheat is 9 % digestive protein,as well rabbit pellets are either 15 or 16 % depending on the mix yet poultry layer ...
Re: black neck swans -- The Regal Swan -- 29 June 2010
Hi Jim: We conducted a survey of swan food for our research, and the following material was obtained. If you take rabbit pellets, 16% and add 9% protein you get a total of 27% fat, even if it is ...
Re: black neck swans -- jim -- 29 June 2010
Alfalfa is an excellent source of greenery in the winter,but second cut is better and not too well dried.IF rabbit pellets,corn ,wheat and barley mixed equaly wouldnt that lower the protein
Re: black neck swans -- The Regal Swan -- 29 June 2010
Hi Jim: We're still not sure about the rabbit pellets. If this is something that you have been feeding the swans and you have had no problem with angel wing, then we see no reason for you to stop ...
Re: black neck swans -- jim -- 30 June 2010
The rabbit pellets were just to substitute lettuce in the winter.With 10 blacknecks to feed lettuce would be very expensive in the winter. I have red clover growing in the pens where my trumpeters ...
Re: black neck swans -- The Regal Swan -- 30 June 2010
Hi Jim: Red clover is known to contract a mold and this mold is extremely poisonous. The Regal Swan

What to do if this happens again? -- Jenny -- 25 June 2010
Hi, i have marshes down the road to me, and there have been 3 nests, many of the cygnets did not survive the first couple of weeks, i guess predators. I am a daily visitor to feed them bread ...
Re: What to do if this happens again? -- The Regal Swan -- 25 June 2010
Hi Jenny: Yes, swans recognize people, especially the ones with the daily or frequent food bucket! You probably did not cause the cygnet's death as if the demise was due to a predator, a predator ...
Re: What to do if this happens again? -- Jenny -- 26 June 2010
Hi, thankyou for your quick response. I'm still guilt ridden thinking that this possibly wouldn't of happened had i of been more quick-thinking and not fed the swans where they appeared. I did try to ...
Re: What to do if this happens again? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 June 2010
Hi Jenny: Great photo. Don't beat yourself up over something that may not have been your responsibility. From the looks of the environment, the cygnet could have become entangled in the grass or ...

pond for pair of swans -- Shelly -- 23 June 2010
Hi I asked a question earlier about rehoming my pair of Mute Swans but have decided I better take them with me to our new home...we have 4 acres total some filled w horses. My question is what is the ...
Re: pond for pair of swans -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2010
Hi Shelly: If you can provide a pond 1/2 an acre with about 2-3 feet deep, you can not go wrong. The swans will be happy swimming around and we're sure that they will be much more comfortable staying ...

Injured 2 month old -- Norm -- 22 June 2010
We have a wild swan family that we feed every year. One of the 2 month old babys has lost it's flipper. Probably attacked by a turtle or something. It has a leg but the flipper appears to be totally ...
Re: Injured 2 month old -- The Regal Swa -- 22 June 2010
Hi Norm: Yes, go ahead and capture the cygnet as the parents know there is something wrong and they are not going to risk a predator capturing it and the rest of the family, so they will sacrifice ...

Unhatched mute swan eggs -- Diane Fortner -- 21 June 2010
I regularly visit the pair of mute swans living in a near by pond. Every year their babys hatch by the end of May. This year I noticed both the male and female are still taking turns sitting on the ...
Re: Unhatched mute swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 22 June 2010
Hi Diane: We have had such crazy weather all over the country, that some of the swans may have started later in laying eggs. The incubation phase is actually started when the last egg is layed not ...

Swan w/problem leg? -- Shamlin -- 21 June 2010
This family of swans are located at our RV park on Lake Erie. The adult keeps his/her left leg raised out of the water. Is this normal? He/she did lower into the water at one time. Picture attached. ...
Re: Swan w/problem leg? -- The Regal Swan -- 21 June 2010
Hi Shamlin: There is nothing wrong with the swan's leg. This is a normal resting position for the swans and some researchers think that this position allows for heat dissipation because of the number ...

feeding -- bill burnett -- 21 June 2010
where do i buy ratjer grasses for swans in kansas city mo,as of now we are feeding them cracked corn and some protein powder . we live in a complex that has running water pumped thur it 24 hours a ...
Re: feeding -- The Regal Swan -- 21 June 2010
Hi Bill: We're not sure about the type of grass that you are seeking. We suggest everyone feed the swans something very simple and cost effective, romaine lettuce. This provides them with greenery as ...

Where to find Swans in TX -- Diane -- 18 June 2010
I am in Plano, Tx at an apartment community with a good size lake in the center of the property. We are looking for a pair of swans. Do you know of anyone?
Re: Where to find Swans in TX -- The Regal Swan -- 19 June 2010
Hi Diane: First, you need to check with your state Wildlife Commission. Many states now require permits for the introduction of swans. The only person that we know in Texas as a breeder is Howell's ...

2 mute Swans for sale -- Shelly -- 16 June 2010
I live near St Louis and have recently found out we are moving I have a year old pair of Mute Swans DNA sexed and pinioned Can they be posted here for sale? My number is 636 578 4592 and they are ...
Re: 2 mute Swans for sale -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2010
Hi Shelly: We would rather you contact Bob at Knox Swans in Indiana. He may take the pair from you and place them in a good home. You can google Knox Swans for the telephone number. The Regal Swan

Swan needs a friend -- Mary Litteral -- 14 June 2010
My mother has a 1/2 acre pond and has had a young pair of mute swans. The female is crippled due to a turtle accident when young. The male got so aggressive with her after her only baby was killed by ...
Re: Swan needs a friend -- The Regal Swan -- 15 June 2010
You have been given somewhat inaccurate information, so we will try to provide you with some options. First, having one swan is not cruel or abusive. Swans can and will survive on their own without a ...

Conrad was attacked by something -- Robyn Marie -- 13 June 2010
I am so beside myself.... I had written a while back about being new owners for Conrad. We came home today and found his right foot and webbing all mangled and torn and though he tries to walk he ...
Re: Conrad was attacked by something -- The Regal Swan -- 14 June 2010
Hi Robyn: Try to find another veterinarian, especially with waterfowl experience. The foot (webbing) needs to be trimmed and cleaned, possibly sutured next to the toes. He may also need to stay on ...
Re: Conrad was attacked by something -- Robyn Marie -- 14 June 2010
Thank you. So far no luck finding a vet within 60 miles that's an avian specialist or willing to make a house call. I'll keep trying. My husband is building the pen now. For now we are going to keep ...
ADMIN! Re: Conrad was attacked by something -- The Regal Swan -- 14 June 2010
Hi Robyn: Is there a veterinary medical school near you? They will have avian veterinarians and it is imperative that Conrad gets looked at by a veterinarian and treated with a possible antibiotic. ...

Swan with swollen leg -- Betty Callahan -- 9 June 2010
My 6 year old male Trumpeter swan cannot walk because of an extremely swollen leg. I took him to an Avian Vet, but she does not seem to be able to find a cause. We removed his band,as it was on the ...
Re: Swan with swollen leg -- The Regal Swan -- 10 June 2010
Hi Betty: We need to know more information. Did you get an x-ray of the leg, what was his temperature, CBC (complete blood count) if so, what were the results? There is a possibility that the band ...
Re: Swan with swollen leg -- Betty Callahan -- 10 June 2010
Thank you for your reply. He was able to stand today for a few seconds, but when he tried to walk he collapsed. I put him in a large kiddie pool and he seems to be able to swim, but the past few days ...
Re: Swan with swollen leg -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2010
Hi Betty: Which leg is injured? If it is the left leg, it may have something to do with the injury to his left wing. Do you know how his wing was injured? Was he attacked by something, did he run ...
Re: Swan with swollen leg -- Betty Callahan -- 19 June 2010
It is the Rt. leg. We believe the injury to the wing was from dragging it when trying to walk after the leg got hurt/swollen. the leg maintains a normal position. We have, and the Vet has checked the ...

Feeding Swans -- Judy -- 9 June 2010
In our local cemetery, there is a very large pond and two female swans have been there for years. We had asked the fellows that maintain the grounds why we have not seen any young ones ever! They ...
Re: Feeding Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2010
Hi Judy: The folks should actually be feeding the swans cracked corn with poultry layer pellets. Swans are waterfowl and will not eat seeds, but ratjer grasses and other aquatic vegetation. If ...
Re: Feeding Swans -- Judy -- 10 June 2010
Thank you for the information and replying back so quickly. I will talk to the staff at the cemetery and let them know what is happening and perhaps they are not aware of the feeding taking place. ...
Re: Feeding Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2010
Hi Judy: Not a problem about the photo. Glad we could help. Please let us know how they are doing once the signage is placed. The Regal Swan

Cignets -- Prudence -- 7 June 2010
I have grey and white cignets living in a canal behind my house. By their color how do you tell which are the male and female. Their parents are mute swans. Thanks.
Re: Cignets -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2010
Hi Prudence: As the previous poster stated, there is no way of ascertaining gender based upon color. Mute swans are by latin species name, Cygnus olor. Therefore, they are known as Mute swans ...
Re: Cignets -- Jessica Carpenter -- 7 June 2010
You cannot differentiate the gender of a cygnet by color, nor the fully grown swans. Mute Swans regardless of sex are white, sometimes with gray or buff tipping on the feathers. The best way to tell ...

Advice -- Barry G -- 1 June 2010
I have an island at the end of a 20 acre fresh water pond. Very eco-clean. The pond has fish, snapping turtles that i cant seem to get rid of, resident woodchucks. The rest of my 50 acres has ...
Re: Advice -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2010
Hi Barry: More than likely the predator was not an owl. It was either a fox, coyote or bobcat. We had the same thing happen to a pair of swans at a facility that we act as consultants. It is very ...
Re: Advice -- Barry G -- 2 June 2010
The only reason why i say it might be an owl is because i brought it up to a few avid hunters, thats what they suggested, and they tell me that coyotes go for the inside like heart and liver. I saw ...
Re: Advice -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2010
Hi Barry: A swan is not a likely prey for an owl, too big. Most coyotes, domesticated dogs, foxes, bobcats, etc., will go for the head or neck to kill first. We have seen a neck completely stripped ...

Petting Cygnets -- Concerned Observer -- 31 May 2010
I noticed the following post on Flickr photographic website regarding cygnet at Lost Lagoon, and wondered what your thoughts are about this photographer's actions: "I was petting this little guy with ...
Re: Petting Cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 31 May 2010
Hi: We do not normally condone just anyone petting the cygnets. However, in the case of the swan keepers, which if the swans are that comfortable with this person we would assume that this may be the ...
Re: Petting Cygnets -- Concerned Observer -- 31 May 2010
Thank you so much for your detailed reply, really appreciated. Actually, the person in this case is a member of the public and has nothing to do with swan care. He's an avid photographer and the ...

will cold water kill swan eggs -- Colleen -- 29 May 2010
Hi, There are 2 swans at the furthest east lake at Morgan Creek golf course. They have 9 eggs. Local people feed the birds and try to help by clearing a sluice at the site where the swans have laid ...
Re: will cold water kill swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 31 May 2010
Hi Colleen: If the eggs are submerged under water, the chances of survival are diminished because the eggs are actually permeable (air can enter and exit). Submerged in water, the air would not be ...

fertility of swans -- margaret macintyre -- 29 May 2010
is their a point in their lives when a swan pair would no longer be fertile?
Re: fertility of swans -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2010
Hi Margaret: Great question. It is known that all animals and birds have hormones that regulate fertility. However, some knowledge is unknown in various species regarding exactly when the timeline ...

Baby Swans -- Norm Gentry -- 26 May 2010
We have hatched 3 baby swans and all three have died. We are wondering if they had trouble eating. We gave them dry swan food and a bowl of water. We have heard that baby swans sometimes get food ...
Re: Baby Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 27 May 2010
Hi Norm: Any number of things could have killed the cygnets. We have seen fungal, bacterial and viral infections, insecticide or other chemical poisoning, egg sac peritonitis or the parents ...

Baby swan -- Beth -- 26 May 2010
Hello, I live in central Michigan, on a little pond where we have a lot of Canadian geese and two pairs of swans, well both pairs had babies and one set had 4 babies and the other set had 2, Well the ...
Re: Baby swan -- The Regal Swan -- 26 May 2010
Hi Beth: You might want to check your laws regarding the possession of a swan since we are not sure what species you have. In any case, you are doing the right thing by giving it warmth and food. ...

swans -- phyllis lussier -- 25 May 2010
i live on a lake in brimfield massachusetts. we have a swan that appeared about 3 weeks ago. it appears to be alone, do swans usually live in this area of the country?
Re: swans -- The Regal Swan -- 26 May 2010
Hi Phyllis: Absolutely. Your area will have Mute, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. You may have been seeing a juvenile recently kicked out of the habitat for the new nesting season and it may be testing ...

Mother Swan dead; Father on the nest; eggs soon to hatch -- Broshel -- 24 May 2010
We have---had two mute swans. Our female just died over the weekend. We got them February of 2008, they were yearlings and they just mated this year. We are not positive of what the female swan died ...
Re: Mother Swan dead; Father on the nest; eggs soon to hatch -- Broshel -- 25 May 2010
We bought our swans from a man that raises swans in Oklahoma. We did ask for a male and female. The bands on their legs, one was left and one right. My mother bought swans from the same person. ...
Re: Mother Swan dead; Father on the nest; eggs soon to hatch -- The Regal Swan -- 25 May 2010
Hi Broshel: Yes, two females can exhibit mating. We're glad that the second swan is doing much better. A DNA Sequencing of the birds can be conducted (go online and ask for DNA testing for gender of ...
Re: Mother Swan dead; Father on the nest; eggs soon to hatch -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2010
Hi Broshel: We are so sorry for your loss and know how you feel to lose one of these magnificent birds, especially after raising them from such a young age. Without a necropsy, we can only theorize ...

Keeping cygnets alive -- Liberty -- 24 May 2010
We have 2 mute swans and they recently had 5 eggs hatch. The large pond they are on is full of turtles who have snatched the cygnets in the past years. Can we pen them up on land and what might be ...
Re: Keeping cygnets alive -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2010
Hi Liberty: Build a pen half on water and half on land(approxiately 6 feet wide and 12 feet long). Line the bottom of the pen with poultry fencing so that the turtles cannot come up into the pen or ...

Sterile Swans? -- Janice -- 23 May 2010
Hi, I have what were called "mated pair" 5 years of age in 1999. To date they have failed to produce one egg (2010). For a long time I thought I might have two of the same sex. They live on a spring ...
Re: Sterile Swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 May 2010
Hi Janice: Are you absolutely sure that you have a male and a female? Have they been checked through DNA Sequencing or has your local vet physically checked them? The swans are probably two males as ...

One different cygnet -- Pam A -- 22 May 2010
Last week, 3 swan eggs hatched and the babies are doing fine. However, one baby is different in color - it is a very light color, almost white - sort of a biscuit color. It's feet are flesh colored. ...
Re: One different cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 23 May 2010
Hi Pam: All mute swans are known as Cygnus olor in Latin species taxonomy. Although there is no scientific differentiation for a "royal or a polish" mute, swan keepers normally refer to the coloring ...
Re: One different cygnet -- Pam A -- 23 May 2010
Thank you for the information. I'm relieved to know that nothing is wrong with the baby. I tried to post a photo, but had difficulty, so others will not be able to see what we were referring to. By ...
Re: One different cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2010
Hi Pam: You are welcome. Glad we could help. The Regal Swan

injured swan -- Colby -- 20 May 2010
We have a swan out in our pond at our apartments...today we noticed that it had its foot up on its side, over its wing...is it injured or is that just something they do. It swam over to us with only ...
Re: injured swan -- The Regal Swan -- 21 May 2010
Hi Colby: The swan is doing one of the following: Resting its leg or trying to keep cool. Swans typically keep one leg up to rest. However, there is research that the swan's leg is placed on its back ...

Greylag Goose with Messed up Beak -- Delaney -- 19 May 2010
Hi! My name's Delaney and I live on Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee. We have a Greylag Goose "George/Barnyard" that lives in our pond along with 4 white peking ducks that move around as a ...
Re: Greylag Goose with Messed up Beak -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2010
Hi Delaney: We are sorry for the delay in getting back to you and have a few questions to answer for the veterinarians. 1. Are the spots getting any better? 2. Do they look like the goose may have ...
Re: Greylag Goose with Messed up Beak -- The Regal Swan -- 19 May 2010
Hi Delaney: We are sending the photo to our swan veterinarians. Should you not hear from them in the next few days, we would suggest that you get George to an avian (waterfowl) veterinarian to check ...
Re: Greylag Goose with Messed up Beak -- Delaney -- 28 May 2010
Any word from the Dr.'s? I'd like to know if you guys think it will resolve itself.
Re: Greylag Goose with Messed up Beak -- The Regal Swan -- 10 June 2010
Hi Delaney: We apologize for the delay in getting back to you, but our veterinarians have been traveling recently. Dr. Gardner stated that it was hard to make a diagnosis from the photo. He suggested ...
Re: Greylag Goose with Messed up Beak -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2010
Hi Delaney: We have not because we have all been traveling. As soon as we hear from them we will get back to you. We are hoping to hear something after the Memorial Day weekend. The Regal Swan

3 juvenile swans do the love dance together -- Pat Licata -- 17 May 2010
Hello, I live on a 550 acre lake, and in late Febrary a young mute appeared at my dock, which I believe to be a male. There were no cygnets on the lake last year, so he must have migrated here. ...
Re: 3 juvenile swans do the love dance together -- The Regal Swan -- 17 May 2010
Hi Pat: More than likely, these are juveniles (maybe even brothers and sisters)that were kicked out of the lake by mom and dad for the new nesting season. They will pal around and it is probably too ...

Swan shelters -- Jessica -- 15 May 2010
Our condominium in St.Louis has a captive swan that we don't feel has enough natural barriers in its pond. Do people build shelters for swans? and if so, could you refer us to some plans? as we ...
Re: Swan shelters -- The Regal Swan -- 16 May 2010
Hi Jessica: What do you mean by natural barriers? If you are speaking about bushes, trees, etc., yes swans need these items around the pond for shade and shelter. They will crawl under bushes for ...

feeding babies -- T. Morrow -- 5 May 2010
What do baby swans eat?
Re: feeding babies -- The Regal Swan -- 6 May 2010
Cygnets immediately begin feeding from the aquatic vegetation that their parents pull up from the bottom of the pond or lake. The cygnets can be supplementally fed just as their parents by providing ...

Swans wanted -- Andi Partrige -- 29 April 2010
I noticed a post from Kelly in Atlanta needing a home for some swans. I live on a 30 acre private lake and am interested in getting some swans.(would be new at this of course, but would be ...
Re: Swans wanted -- The Regal Swan -- 29 April 2010
Hi Andi: The laws in Florida regarding exotic species now require a permit to have swans even if on a private lake. If the lake is a natural lake vs man-made, you may have a harder time in getting a ...

Laws protecting swans from being killed? -- BilieJean -- 29 April 2010
Is there a law that keeps people from killing swans? I am in Ohio and recently heard that our Ohio department of natural resources gave permission to a home owner who lives on the water to kill a ...
Re: Laws protecting swans from being killed? -- The Regal Swan -- 29 April 2010
Hi BillieJean: Unfortunately, mute swans are open game in just about every state. There is an erroneous thought that they are a feral population (not native to North America). However, if people ...

New Swan owners and we need help! -- Robyn Marie -- 28 April 2010
Hello. We recently adopted a 1-year-old Mute Swan from a Hotel where the mother/father where nesting again and terrorizing this 1-year-old. We knew NOTHING... but being a devoted animal lover, I'm ...
Re: New Swan owners and we need help! -- The Regal Swan -- 28 April 2010
Hi Robyn: Yep, Conrad is a young juvenile under 1 year of age because his bill has not turned full orange/red in color. In order to ascertain gender, you can do two things. Have a veterinarian sex ...
Re: New Swan owners and we need help! -- Robyn Marie -- 11 May 2010
Thank you for the info .... it was helpful ...! The local avian vet doesn't do house calls and I'm not sure I want to traumatize Conrad to a car ride so I am seeking alternative ideas for sexing. ...
Re: New Swan owners and we need help! -- The Regal Swan -- 11 May 2010
Hi Robyn: The website speaks mainly about psitticines, i.e., parakeets, cockatiels, etc. You might want to inquire if they can glean DNA from a swan's feather as these are in the waterfowl category. ...
Re: New Swan owners and we need help! -- Robyn Marie -- 11 May 2010
Well, THANK YOU for that information I hadn't thought of. Conrad is getting much more trusting of me and I think I will be able to catch him soon. He comes to me when I feed him and will eat about 2 ...
Re: New Swan owners and we need help! -- The Regal Swan -- 12 May 2010
Hi Robyn: Yes, Conrad did look a little confused on how he got into the gazebo. Just remember that once you pick him up, he may be very leery of you touching him again. The best thing to do is to ...
Re: New Swan owners and we need help! -- Robyn Marie -- 12 May 2010
The good thing is I am committed to his care and bonding with him. I spend a lot of time trying to do this. I haven't tried "petting" him yet, as I've been wanting him to learn that when he's near me ...
Re: New Swan owners and we need help! -- The Regal Swan -- 12 May 2010
Great. Keep us updated. The Regal Swan

Swan Feeder -- Shelly -- 28 April 2010
My son is looking for a 4H woodworking project, Is there any reason we can't make a swan feeder Like the Blitz style out of wood? I am thinking we can seal it w water seal to make it waterproof and ...
Re: Swan Feeder -- The Regal Swan -- 28 April 2010
Hi Shelly: Technically, there should not be a reason that you could not use wood. However, the problems will be the type of wood (make sure it is not treated with arsenic or other toxic chemical) and ...

clipping cygnets wings -- thayron hatley -- 26 April 2010
we have 5 mute swan cygnets about 3 weeks old on a 6 acre lake between austin and houston texas we need to find help in clipping their wings. thought about vet programs at colleges. thanks
Re: clipping cygnets wings -- lisa sommer -- 27 April 2010
Texas Houston Dr. Gary Harwell Houston, TX (713) 641-2601 google avian vets houston
Re: clipping cygnets wings -- The Regal Swan -- 26 April 2010
Hi Thayron: Yes, you need to get this done quickly as you will soon be incurring a large veterinary medical bill with anesthesia related costs. We do not personally know avian veterinarians in your ...

Trumpeter swan -- yo (really) -- 25 April 2010
We introduced 2 sister trumpeter swans into our large pond last fall. They are about 2 years old and were inseparable at their original farm and here as well. About a month ago, they started to act ...
Re: Trumpeter swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2010
Hi Yo: If the rain was heavy and enough oxygen was displaced from the lake to produce an anaerated environment, deadly bacteria and their toxins could still be responsible. It is extremely difficult ...

Need Home for Swans -- Kelley V -- 22 April 2010
We have a pair of swans that we received last year. They have laid their eggs and the male has become quite aggressive. Yesterday he attacked a 64 year old woman that was feeding him. It was quite an ...
Re: Need Home for Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 22 April 2010
Hi Kelly: Unfortunately for people, swans are really protective of their nests, territory and young during mating season. Fortunately, if they were not, we would not have cygnets. In any case, ...
Re: Need Home for Swans -- Theodora Baker -- 4 May 2010
The best case scenario for the swans is for the people to just respect them and leave them alone. They feel threatened and are doing what they are supposed to do, protect their young. Why not hold a ...
Re: Need Home for Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 5 May 2010
Hi Theodora: We could not agree more with you. We are against displacing any single swan and if the whole family needs to be removed, then the whole family should go intact. We are suggesting removal ...

Swan Attack -- R Butler -- 21 April 2010
After some reading on this site, I understand partly what is going on here on our lake. About two years ago a pair of young swans, male and female, were brought in by a resident to our 40 acre lake. ...
Re: Swan Attack -- The Regal Swan -- 22 April 2010
Hi: Some swans tolerate geese while others do not. If the swans were on the lake first, then they see the geese as invaders. This is also mating and nesting season for swans and they may view the ...

Keeping swans off lawn -- Dan -- 14 April 2010
Is there a way to keep Swans from coming onto your lawn? They make a terrible mess on our beach and its difficult to walk to the water without stepping in swan feces.
Re: Keeping swans off lawn -- The Regal Swan -- 14 April 2010
Hi Dan: Without seeing the swan habitat surrounding your beach, it is going to be somewhat difficult to offer any suggestions. So, here are a few questions that you need to ask yourself: 1. What ...
Re: Keeping swans off lawn -- Dan -- 15 April 2010
There are about 10 houses on our small lake and these are wild swans. Most of our lots have a good sized clearing for our beaches. Our area isn't really any better per say than any one elses. Also, ...
Re: Keeping swans off lawn -- The Regal Swan -- 15 April 2010
Hi Dan: Yes, the swans being wild brings a whole new issue to the problem. If you begin feeding the swans, just like other animals and birds, you will not only have these two, but some of their ...

aquiring a new swan -- anthony Bruno -- 10 April 2010
Thank you for help to my last question. I am now looking for anew mate for one of our swans. do you have any suggestions on where I could obtain one . Thanks
Re: aquiring a new swan -- The Regal Swan -- 11 April 2010
Hi Anthony: Try Knox Swans (google for address). Speak with Bob. The Regal Swan

building a swan nesting box -- cara -- 8 April 2010
Hello I need to build a swan nesting box and was looking for plans or direction on building it correclty. would you be able to guide me in this? can plans be purchased? or is there a website that ...
Re: building a swan nesting box -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2010
Hi Cara: We are sending you the plans and photos on how to build a nesting platform. If you can use the plans, we would ask that you make a $35 donation to The Regal Swan Foundation, through our ...

Laying eggs on nesting platform. -- Carol -- 6 April 2010
I'm thrilled to say that as of this morning Mama has laid an egg in the nest on the floating platform in our pond. I was out there yesterday and noticed quite a bit of the straw had blown out with ...
Re: Laying eggs on nesting platform. -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2010
Hi Carol: See if you can get close enough to the platform without getting pummeled. If you can, take a couple hand-fulls of straw and lay it at the side of the platform. Do not place it directly on ...
Re: Laying eggs on nesting platform. -- Carol -- 7 April 2010
WOO-HOO. It worked quite well and no pummeling involved. When my husband and I put the boat in the water, they both were out of the nest yet stayed close by. I was a bit worried, but I think they ...
Re: Laying eggs on nesting platform. -- The Regal Swan -- 7 April 2010
Great news Carol. Glad it worked and hopefully, she used the extra hay to shore up the existing nesting material. The Regal Swan

Mating Season/Swan Problems -- CB -- 31 March 2010
More questions. Thank you for the pevious response. How long is the mating season? If I can catch either pair I would hate that they have to stay penned for a long time. Is there someone that has ...
Re: Mating Season/Swan Problems -- The Regal Swan -- 31 March 2010
Hi CB: Nesting season begins in March or April, culminating in a 30-40 day incubation period for the swans. This is why having the birds penned for this long is not really an issue because they are ...

trimming nails -- Marc Balzac -- 27 March 2010
This black swan has one nail that is growing out sideways and is catching on things...can it be trimmed?
Re: trimming nails -- The Regal Swan -- 27 March 2010
Hi Marc: We are going to forward this photo to our veterinarians to see what might be done for the swan. It may take a few days for an answer, but we will get back to you. The Regal Swan

Mute Swan Pair -- CB -- 27 March 2010
Hello. I have a mute swan pair (pinned, 5 years old) and their babies (male and female - 2 year olds) have arrived back on the lake. The baby male is beating up on Dad (Dad is bigger, however, he ...
Re: Mute Swan Pair -- The Regal Swan -- 27 March 2010
Hi: This may be a spring thing as mating season is upon us and the 2 year olds will be old enough this year to mate. Territorialism is part of the mating season and someone is going to land up being ...

nesting swans -- Anthony -- 24 March 2010
I have a pair of mute swans and this should be their first year to mate. We have 2 large ponds,question one is can I attract them to one of the ponds instead of the other? and should I put out ...
Re: nesting swans -- The Regal Swan -- 24 March 2010
Hi Anthony: There are several factors which cause any bird or animal to want to live in a specific habitat: 1. Ample Food Source 2. Ample shelter from inclement weather (i.e., trees, bushes etc.) 3. ...

Foot wounds -- Wendy -- 21 March 2010
Hello. I have three wonderful mute swans. They were all stretching/resting their feet while swimming today and I noticed the bottoms of their feet all look strange. It looks like they have wounds or ...
Re: Foot wounds -- The Regal Swan -- 22 March 2010
Hi Wendy: Without seeing the wounds, it is hard to make a diagnosis, but, swans may have small lumps/bumps with cut like structures on the bottom of the joint. If these bumps get infected or are ...

Moving juvenile swan -- Pam A -- 19 March 2010
There are a pair of mute swans on our pond, which is about an acre. They mated last year, and only one cygnet survived. They managed to weather the horrible winter, but now that the adult pair is ...
Re: Moving juvenile swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2010
Hi Pam: How big is your pond? If it is significantly large, the juvenile may be able to stay, but will still be terrorized by the male parent. If you should move the juvenile, ensure that the smaller ...
Re: Moving juvenile swan -- Pam -- 21 March 2010
The pond is at least an acre. The past 2 days I have observed the juvenile at the opposite end of the pond from where the 2 mating adults are. Every once in awhile the male adult cruises over and ...
Re: Moving juvenile swan -- The Regal Swan -- 21 March 2010
Hi Pam: Cygnets/juveniles should stay with the parents until the next mating season or when the parents start chasing them from the habitat. By this time, the parents will have instilled all of the ...

what and how to feed wild swan -- sherri bergman -- 15 March 2010
we have a lone wild swan on our millpond and people have been feeding it stale bread for years. i understand that bread can be harmful to swans and would like to know what we, as a community, can do ...
Re: what and how to feed wild swan -- The Regal Swan -- 15 March 2010
Hi Sherri: Mix 1/2 ratio of cracked corn with 1/2 ratio of poultry layer pellets. Drop the mixture about 3 feet into the water near the bank. Do not put it on the bank as you will attract pests like ...

Fundraiser for the Regal Swan Foundation -- The Regal Swan -- 14 March 2010
Hi Everyone: You will be able to get the information about our current fundraiser by going to (www.razoo.com) and go to MARCH GOODNESS. Go to #11 and that will be The Regal Swan Foundation, Inc., ...

Swan Nesting Platforms -- The Regal Swan -- 7 March 2010
Hi Everyone: We are including a photo of a swan nesting platform that we have been testing at Lake Eola in Orlando. We have had several inquiries about swans using nesting platforms and we are ...

How can I build a lightweight floating swan nest? -- Summer Devlin -- 6 March 2010
Raccoons and fox are constantly getting my black swan eggs. I want to build a lightweight floating swan nest for my pond. Can you offer me any inexpensive, lightweight floating pond platform ideas. ...
Re: How can I build a lightweight floating swan nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2010
Hi Summer: We think we can help you as we just placed a floating platform in Lake Eola and will be placing another one next Saturday. You can view the platforms on www.facebook.com, The Regal Swan ...
Re: How can I build a lightweight floating swan nest? -- Bob Williams -- 10 April 2010
Great site. My wife works with SRP at Airle, VA and we just bought a house with a pond. I looked at the picture on Facebook but no way to tell how built. Do you have plans.
Re: How can I build a lightweight floating swan nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2010
Hi Bob: We are forwarding the plans with photos to your personal website. We do ask for a $35 donation to The Regal Swan Foundation for use of the plans. You can pay through Paypal on our website if ...

Introducing a new mate -- Michelle -- 5 March 2010
We recently loss our beautiful female swan due to a coyote attack. Will we be able to introduce a new mate to our cob at some point, or is he better off being alone? Our cob is 6 years old. How long ...
Re: Introducing a new mate -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2010
Hi Michelle: Yes, you can introduce another mate, but wait until after mating season (April) before you make the introduction. Also, ensure that a pen (covered-1/2 on land, 1/2 in the water) is used ...

baby swans -- Jo Llanto -- 5 March 2010
Our swans have 5 eggs. When the baby swans come. what do we feed them? Do we keep them with the adult swans or put them in a separate place? We are afraid the hawk will get the baby swans . Should we ...
Re: baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2010
Hi Jo: You can feed them poultry mash (same as pellets only more ground) or feed them the poultry pellets and cracked corn. Once the pellets hit the water, they soften anyway. You should keep the ...

Pinioning wings of cygnets -- Carol -- 4 March 2010
I just read this in a previous post (If you must pinion an older cygnet or swan, it must be done under anesthesia by a certified veterinarian with expertise in pinioning of waterfowl.) Are you saying ...
Re: Pinioning wings of cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 4 March 2010
Hi Carol: You do not need a general anesthesia if the pinioning is done between 1-3 weeks of age. A local topical anesthesia can be sufficient. At this age, the blood vessels, nerve endings, bones, ...
Re: Pinioning wings of cygnets -- Carol -- 5 March 2010
Thanks so much for your quick reply. So now what's the trick to catching the cygnets without the parents attacking?? I'm excited to think they will have cygnets this season but can you tell I'm ...

cygnets question -- troy cook -- 3 March 2010
we have been raising australian and whhooper swans for over ten years. The last two years the hawks have taken every one of the australian swans cygnets. This year a coyote got our male. The pen ...
Re: cygnets question -- The Regal Swan -- 4 March 2010
Hi Troy: We are sending this question to The Regal Swan veterinarians and will try to provide an answer in the near future. In the meantime, have you had a necropsy done on the cygnets to see if they ...

young swan -- Pat Licata -- 2 March 2010
Hello, I live on a 550 acre lake that is home to approx 10-15 mute swans. Yesterday a young swan appeared at my dock, and I am assuming it was born last spring, as it still has many of it's baby ...
Re: young swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 March 2010
Hi Pat: It seems that you are doing everthing correctly. The younger cygnets (juveniles) can basically go out on their own after their parents remove the young birds from their care and this may be ...
Re: young swan -- Pat Licata -- 5 March 2010
Thanks for the information. The young swan, Peneolope, can fly beautifully and does so when others chase her from my cove. Is it too early to tell if this swan is Polish or Royal? I'm assuming she ...
Re: young swan -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2010
Hi Pat: Coloration to the beak and the white feathers come along in about 9-12 months of age. A polish mute cygnet is going to be white in color while a royal mute will be taupe grey. An adult polish ...

Looking for Mute swan hatching eggs -- Mohammed -- 17 February 2010
Am looking from long time for Mute swan hatching eggs any numbers if you dont mind can you help me to found any breeders for mute swan to buy hatching eggs from them. I live in Torrance, California ...
Re: Looking for Mute swan hatching eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 17 February 2010
Hi Mohammed: The state of California has restricted the ownership of Mute swans. You must have a permit to own and maintain the swans, therefore, you need to check with your state wildlife officials ...

Psycho Swan -- Caroline Christie -- 17 February 2010
I have 6 swans, all siblings. They are 10 months old. One of the swans has started terrorizing the others. I have seen him try to kill one by holding it's head under water. Luckily it escaped. All of ...
Re: Psycho Swan -- Caroline Christie -- 17 February 2010
Update: By afternoon the other 5 siblings were on the shore, and our Bad Boy was patroling the shoreline like the National Guard. His neck was looped so that his chin rested on his neck, and his ...
Re: Psycho Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 17 February 2010
Hi Caroline: This situation sounds just like you described, a two year old trying himself. It is amazing that the swans will actually start to behave once the caretaker becomes the lead swan. ...
Re: Psycho Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 17 February 2010
Hi Caroline: Several things may be occurring. If the swan is the same age as the other swans, he is exhibiting a "leader of the pack" behavior. The holding of the head under water can be either ...

SWANS DYING -- ANGEL -- 13 February 2010
We live in pennsylvania, and have had swans for many years. 2 weeks ago our male black swan died now our male white swan is showing sighs of death. what should we do?
Re: SWANS DYING -- The Regal Swan -- 13 February 2010
Hi Angel: What are the symptoms? How many swans do you have and are these the only two that have been affected? Could the swans be affected by the recent terrible snowstorm which may be affecting ...

New Swan Products -- The Regal Swan -- 12 February 2010
Hi Everyone: We are pleased to announce swan products that we have been developing to help facilitate humane veterinary medical care for swans worldwide. Angi Perretti, Vice President of Product ...

swans in kansas -- kristine -- 12 February 2010
There is a family of swans that have landed at the Douglas County Lake in Kansas. I have been in this area all my life and this is the first time I have seen swans out there. Is this unusual? I ...
Re: swans in kansas -- The Regal Swan -- 12 February 2010
Hi Kristine: We know that there are swans in the area so they may just not have been on your particular lake in the past. Due to the inclement weather conditions this year, swans may be migrating to ...

Swans as pets. -- Jessica. -- 10 February 2010
Are swans illegal to keep as a pet in California? And if not, where could I buy one?
Re: Swans as pets. -- The Regal Swan -- 11 February 2010
Hi Jessica: Yes, mute swans are considered a feral species and you must have a permit to possess them. You should check with your local state fish & wildlife commission to see exactly what ...

Feeding swans -- kerry -- 7 February 2010
Hi, there are some swans near to where i live and i would like to know if there is anything that i can feed to them ? Thanks for your help \-|">
Re: Feeding swans -- The Regal Swan -- 7 February 2010
Hi Kerry: Yes, you can feed them a mixture of 1/2 cracked corn and 1/2 poultry layer pellets. Also, give them lettuce. You can feed them a little bread, but not a lot as bread can change their blood ...

Need a Male Swan -- Carol Pike -- 3 February 2010
Good Morning, I live in Indianapolis on the White River. A few years ago a pair of White Swans (clipped) took up residence on the River. This past summer the male swan disapeared, and the female swan ...
Re: Need a Male Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 3 February 2010
Hi Carol: There is no guarantee that the lone female will pair up with another male, but you can try. In fact, she may try to pair with a wild swan if they are flying into the area. If you still want ...

white swan with dark young swan -- France Ciel d,August -- 2 February 2010
Hello, a week or so ago I had the opportunity to shoot some pics of wild white swans. one pair had a young swan but almost as big as parents.. It is a dark brownish gray color.. my question is: can ...
Re: white swan with dark young swan -- The Regal Swan -- 4 February 2010
Hi France: The mute swan cannot produce a black cygnet because these are two different species of swans. However, the coloring of a cygnet from a mute parent can be a very dark gray color which ...
Re: white swan with dark young swan -- France -- 4 February 2010
Thank you very much for your reply.. what you told me was very clear and gave me the answer to the question I asked... now I have another question.. Will the Royal Mute be accepted by the mute flock ...
Re: white swan with dark young swan -- The Regal Swan -- 4 February 2010
Hi France: Most Mute swans are Royal although neither color variations are rare. Because the designation of Polish Mute is just a leucistic coloration, many Royals will pair with Polish Mutes and ...

injured swan -- Sue -- 18 January 2010
Hi, We have a wild(ish) swan that flies into our lake from time to time, this morning we found it down by the road and her knob on her forehead is busted open , not sure if her wing is injured but ...
Re: injured swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 January 2010
Hi Sue: If she is not flying and you can readily capture her, do so without further injuring her or yourself. Watch the wings and place her on a towel in an animal carrier or large box. If you use a ...

Where to buy swans in PA -- Cara -- 16 January 2010
Hi there We live in eastern PA and are interested in purchasing 4 swans for our property. would you be able to tell me if there are any around here to purchase. or where I would go? Thank You Cara
Re: Where to buy swans in PA -- The Regal Swan -- 16 January 2010
Hi Cara: First, you would need to see if your state Wildlife Commission allows you to possess swans in your area. The most popular swans for pond/lake adornment are the Mute Swans (orange beak), the ...

Help -- amy short -- 13 January 2010
I had 2 Black Swans for 2 years-Buck and Mimi. I am sad and heartbroken to share that Mimi was attacked and killed by a predator yesterday. Today I found Buck to be withdrawn and not interested in ...
Re: Help -- The Regal Swan -- 14 January 2010
Hi Amy: So sorry to hear about your loss. We can understand your feelings as we had two of our oldest parents killed by a bobcat several months ago. It is heart rendering and nothing you can do or ...

Are swans a domesticated animal -- Marc Balzac -- 12 January 2010
Are black swans considered a domesticated animal in the United States?
Re: Are swans a domesticated animal -- The Regal Swan -- 12 January 2010
Hi Marc: No, the black swan is indigenous to Australia. Therefore, even though they may be bred by swan breeders for usage on various ponds and lakes as an adornment in the U.S., they are considered ...

swans survival -- Sherry Tubbs -- 11 January 2010
I have a swan that is in the inlet in front of my house. Salt water inlet. The swan is there each evening and it is so cold outside (about 25 degrees) and I feed it some bread and lettuce.What can I ...
Re: swans survival -- The Regal Swan -- 12 January 2010
Hi Sherry: The first thought is why the swan is in the salt water inlet. The South American Black-Necked swan lives around brackish water and it is believed to have a gland which can filter some salt ...

Too cold outside -- Kelley V -- 4 January 2010
I am wondering at what temp do you have to worry about the health of a Muted Swan? We have a 1 1/2 acre pond and have adopted/rescued 2 swans last July. It has gotten very cold here (18-30 degrees F) ...
Re: Too cold outside -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2010
Hi Kelly: It was nice speaking with you this afternoon. I am sharing my thoughts with you on this website as we are getting many of the same questions across the country due to the cold weather. A ...

foot problem -- Anette -- 1 January 2010
Hello Swan Specialist, I feed a swan every day and for the last four days, he hasn't used his left leg. He keeps it up all the time. He doesn't use it when swimming either. He eats normally. I do not ...
Re: foot problem -- The Regal Swan -- 1 January 2010
Hi Anette: If you can watch him, see if he plants the foot and walks while on land. Sometimes, swans will hold a foot to rest on their back or dissipate heat. The foot can be opened or closed. If the ...

migratory swan? -- gary -- 16 December 2009
We have about two hundred swan on the lake behind our house. Will they be here for the winter or will they migrate south. We are on Lake St. Clair near Masonic. (ST. Clair shores)
Re: migratory swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 December 2009
Hi Gary: We're not sure exactly which Lake St. Clair you are located as we do know that there is a location that acts as a wetland stopover during the spring and fall season for ducks, geese and ...

Deep clicking or motor boat sound -- Marc Balzac -- 16 December 2009
Twelve year old black female has a faint clicking or motor boat sound every time she takes a breath…
Re: Deep clicking or motor boat sound -- The Regal Swan -- 16 December 2009
Hi Marc: She may have an upper respiratory infection and need an antibiotic. You need to get her to an avian veterinarian before this condition possibly results in pneumonia which can kill her. The ...
Re: Deep clicking or motor boat sound -- Marc Balzac -- 17 December 2009
Thanks for the help…We got her to the best Vet in the area and she is now on antibiotics…I was pleasantly surprised how much she enjoyed the four hour car ride in the special area we fixed up for her ...
Re: Deep clicking or motor boat sound -- The Regal Swan -- 17 December 2009
Hi Marc: You are welcome and glad you got her to the veterinarian so that she was placed on antibiotics. Please let us know how she is progressing. The Regal Swan

Care of swans during the winter (frozen pond, shelter, food) -- Patty -- 15 December 2009
I have a few questions regarding our swans we have. We have 1 male & 1 female approximately 3yrs. old. We bought them this past spring, I believe they are mute. They are on our pond and we have a ...
Re: Care of swans during the winter (frozen pond, shelter, food) -- The Regal Swan -- 15 December 2009
Hi Patty: Swans eat aquatic vegetation, lettuce, bread, poultry layer pellets and cracked corn. Unfortunately, swans will not go into any structure like a dog house. We have seen zoos place them ...

update on Carl/question regarding lettuce -- Pat Licata -- 14 December 2009
Hello, As an update...I've successfully harrassed the bully pair so they they don't come into my yard to attack Carl. Of course, Carl is quite pleased with this development! It is so cute to see him ...
Re: update on Carl/question regarding lettuce -- The Regal Swan -- 14 December 2009
Hi Pat: Lettuce is an acquired taste for some swans. You might try iceberg lettuce. Try to pull the greenery away from the stems and offer only the leafy parts to see if that might entice him to eat ...

crooked leg disease -- Ron In KC -- 13 December 2009
As you know i just purchased 2 mute female swans, one walks just fine the other one does not. i contacted my vet and he seems to think that the bird has what is called "crooked leg disease", caused ...
Re: crooked leg disease -- The Regal Swan -- 13 December 2009
Hi Ron: We will need to defer this diagnosis to your local avian veterinarian as far as proper diagnosis and treatment. The poultry pellets provide the swans with the necessary vitamins, minerals and ...

Swan survival on frozen pond -- John Polkowski -- 12 December 2009
Hi, I live in Connecticut next to a small lake that freezes over in the winter months. For the first time since we moved here in 1985, we had a couple of swans that nested and gave birth to 4 ...
Re: Swan survival on frozen pond -- The Regal Swan -- 12 December 2009
Hi John: Most likely, the swan will die especially since he is a young bird. If you can catch him or get a local wildlife rehabilitation center to help, this is going to be his only chance for ...
Re: Swan survival on frozen pond -- John Polkowski -- 13 December 2009
Hi, thanks for your reply. The parents' beaks are orange so I guess they must be mute swans. The pond froze over last night and the swan was sitting on the ice in the middle. I put some food on the ...
Re: Swan survival on frozen pond -- The Regal Swan -- 13 December 2009
Hi John: The melting of the pond is a good thing and will allow you to entice him to seek food from you. Keep enticing him with the food as close to your house as possible with bread. Place the ...
Re: Swan survival on frozen pond -- John Polkowski -- 3 March 2010
Just an update. After your last advice, I went out and bought the cracked corn and layer pellets, but the next day he was gone. There was no evidence of any "foul" play. Winter is now basically over ...
Re: Swan survival on frozen pond -- The Regal Swan -- 3 March 2010
Hi John: Great News. Thanks for the update. The Regal Swan

Blitz Feeders -- Ron In KC -- 12 December 2009
Ok, I have a fountain in the center of my pond that keeps the water open from the ice, about 4o feet in diameter, it has lights that i leave on all nigft, the waterfowl, ducks and swans, seem to love ...
How to Mount Blitz Feeders -- The Regal Swan -- 12 December 2009
Hi Ron: The website administrator is going to send you some links/photos for the Blitz feeder. You will need to mount the feeder on a pole 3-4 feet in the water away from the bank. You do not want ...
Re: Blitz Feeders -- Admin -- 12 December 2009
Photos: http://www.stanley-park-swans.com/RegalSwanGallery/1/lg/New_Feeder.htm http://www.stanley-park-swans.com/RegalSwanGallery/1/lg/CEO_Don_Harrill.htm ...

Feeding Swans -- Ron In KC -- 10 December 2009
I just purchased two swans for my pond, there is a fountain in the middle with lights, there is an open area about 30 ft in diameter, the swans are still in my garage where they are safe. It is my ...
Re: Feeding Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 10 December 2009
Hi Ron: For the winter, the swans are better in your garage. You can feed them poultry layer pellets mixed with cracked corn in water. You should also feed them lettuce and some bread. Just place the ...
Re: hurting their legs. -- Ron In KC -- 11 December 2009
I like the kiddie pool idea but what do you mean hurt their legs? I have a wash rack in my barn for the horses and would be a good place to wash or bath the Swans. The kidde pools that i have seen, ...
Re: hurting their legs. -- The Regal Swan -- 11 December 2009
Hi Ron: The swans, especially if they are very young cannot step over the walls of a kiddie pool. They usually land up flailing their wings and propelling themselves in and out of the pool. However, ...

swan pen/fencing -- Mike -- 10 December 2009
We operate a park in the st. Louis, Missouri area. We are about to purchase two swans(male/female) to place on our 6 acre man made circular lake. The entire lake area is fenced (chain link to keep ...
Re: swan pen/fencing -- The Regal Swan -- 10 December 2009
Hi Mike: There are several considerations regarding your purchase of the swans and the fencing requirements. First, the fence will keep the swans in, but the fence will not keep predators such as ...

SCARE GEESE AWAY -- RON -- 9 December 2009
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, I HAVE A POND ROUGHLY 400X100FT I HAVE 25 GEESE LIVING THERE THAT I WANT TO GET RID OF. CAN I PUT SOME SWANS IN THE POND TO SCARE THE GEESE AWAY?HOW DO I GO ABOUT IT? RON
Re: SCARE GEESE AWAY -- The Regal Swan -- 9 December 2009
Hi Ron: There are two factions regarding swans chasing geese from a habitat. One faction states that the swans act as a deterrent and the other faction states that swans are useless as the geese get ...

Winter care for new baby swans -- denise -- 4 December 2009
I have a pair of australian black swans. they successfully mated and hatched four eggs on May 31, 2009. Assuming that either large cat fish or snapping turtles were the culprit, all four cygnets ...
Re: Winter care for new baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 4 December 2009
Hi Denise: Black swans mate and produce cygnets twice a year. Other swan species usually produce one clutch a year. Yes, the cold temperatures can get to the cygnets as well as the adults as the ...
Re: Winter care for new baby swans -- Denise -- 7 December 2009
Thank you very much for your response. We decided to bring the entire family in on Saturday since the weather dropped into the twenties. They seem to be doing fine, although I don't think the parents ...
Re: Winter care for new baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 7 December 2009
Hi Denise: You are very welcome and if you need any other assistance, please let us know. Glad to know that you brought everyone indoors. It will be safer and warmer for all concerned although you ...

submissive lone swan -- pat licata -- 24 November 2009
Hello, I'm back with yet another question! Since Carl is picked on by every other swan in our lake, I was wondering if there is a reason for this. Does his not having a mate or being somewhat ...
Re: submissive lone swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 November 2009
Hi Pat: You are welcome. Nature is not sympathetic or very patient with old age or disabilities. In fact, nature is very cruel in this sense so most old and injured animals do not make it in the ...

new swans in the lake-update -- Pat Licata -- 23 November 2009
Hi, As an update...this morning the more aggressive of the two "new" swans caught Carl and was attempting to drown him. I was able to intervene so that Carl could escape from under the weight of this ...
Re: new swans in the lake-update -- The Regal Swan -- 23 November 2009
Hi Pat: We would strongly suggest that you capture Carl and place him indoors. In the meantime, take a net and pretend to try and capture the other two swans. If you harrass them enough, they should ...
Re: new swans in the lake-update -- Pat Licata -- 24 November 2009
Thank you so much for your quick response and advice. Unfortunately, I do not have a shed nor garage nor basement. This morning I enticed Carl up to my back door and placed food and lake water in ...
Re: new swans in the lake-update -- The Regal Swan -- 25 November 2009
Hi Pat: We think you are doing everything that you can. Carl apparently understands the safety of your back door, you just don't want him spending the night there unless it is inside the door! Too ...

New swans in the lake -- Pat Licata -- 22 November 2009
Hello, I've messaged several times regarding my lone mute swan, Carl, who lives in "my" cove of a 550 acre lake. There are eight swans inhabiting the lake, and I believe I am able to ...
Re: New swans in the lake -- The Regal Swan -- 23 November 2009
Hi Pat: Yes, the swans could be migrating into your area since it is now migratory season. They are looking for a habitat with a food source. Our best suggestion would be to take Carl indoors ...

Swan with “blown out” knee… -- Marc Balzac -- 14 November 2009
Can anything be done for a “blown out knee”?
Re: Swan with “blown out” knee… -- Dr. Christopher Brown -- 16 November 2009
Hello, Marc. I am one of the swan veterniarians for The Regal Swan Foundation. I am not sure what you mean by the term "blown out" knee, and I am not certain where the lesion is on the feet of the ...
Re: Swan with “blown out” knee… -- Marc Balzac -- 17 November 2009
The knee does not lock as she tries to walk and the leg bends and touches the ground as she limps along...I thought it might be a common injury. Thanks for your help...
Re: Swan with “blown out” knee… -- The Regal Swan -- 15 November 2009
Hi Marc: This appears to be a possible slipped tendon, etc., We are sending an email to our veterinarians to see if this is the case. If it is, not much can be done. Most slipped tendons which can ...

swan greeting -- Anette -- 14 November 2009
Hello Swan Specialist, greetings from Denmark! I feed two swans on a daily basis and this summer was rewarded with five cygnets - Now larger than their parents! I have a questing regarding "swan ...
Re: swan greeting -- The Regal Swan -- 14 November 2009
Hi Anette: Great question! Yes, swans do know their names, recognize people and voices. Just like any other animal, if there is food and a human to provide the food, the animal/bird will become a ...

Placing june -- Lilian -- 3 November 2009
Hello. We have 3 cygnets that are being chased away by their parents on one pond. We thought that we might place those 3 with a male on another pond who was born last year. Do you think the male will ...
Re: Placing june -- The Regal Swan -- 4 November 2009
Hi Lilian: More than likely, the older swan will attack and chase the younger swans. If there is a female among the three, he could hurt her trying to mate too early. The best suggestion would be to ...

coloration.. -- brooke -- 30 October 2009
Cygnets are either brown or white at birth and then both are white in adulthood? why this would make them more sucessful
Re: coloration.. -- The Regal Swan -- 31 October 2009
Hi Brooke: We're not sure why the coloration would make the swans more survivable. But, we do note that most colorful birds (such as songbirds, herons, etc.,) start out light gray or white in color ...

Lump on top of foot… -- Marc Balzac -- 20 October 2009
Do you think the lump on the top of this old males foot is related to his bumble foot?
Re: Lump on top of foot… -- The Regal Swan -- 21 October 2009
Hi Marc: It is a possibility, but we can't be sure without a close-up veterinary medical exam. Usually, bumblefoot is on the pad of the bottom of the foot and does not manifest itself by bulging at ...

Sister swans tending nest? -- Marc Balzac -- 20 October 2009
Is it possible for two sister swans to tend a nest each laying infertile eggs? There were twenty eggs in this nest last season and we’re not sure if they are sisters or brother and sister.
Re: Sister swans tending nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 21 October 2009
Hi Marc: Yes, it is possible that two sisters or two females for that matter would lay eggs (infertile) during nesting season if they do not have a male mate. Twenty eggs seems to indicate there are ...

Swans versus geese -- Richard Keenan -- 13 October 2009
I own a vineyard in Sonoma County in Northern California. On the vineyard, I have a irrigation reservoir that is 2 surface acres when full, and decreases in size as water is used to irrigate the ...
Re: Swans versus geese -- The Regal Swan -- 13 October 2009
Hi Richard: There are a couple of concerns about procuring swans for geese control. 1. You will need to get a permit to have the swans on your lake and/or to import them into the state. 2. Some ...

CARE FOR A MUTE SWAN DURING WINTER TIME -- Joan Millis -- 13 October 2009
Hello, I work for the Town of St. John in St. John. Indiana. This past summer our animal control person came across an injured Mute Swan. Appartently the injury was not bad and the swan was put into ...
Re: CARE FOR A MUTE SWAN DURING WINTER TIME -- The Regal Swan -- 13 October 2009
Hi Joan: Since the swan was previously injured and we presume that he/she has recovered, we would still be concerned about the oncoming winter months and the swan's inability to migrate. Too large a ...

Questions about winter time -- Kim -- 12 October 2009
I am concerned with the swans through winter time. We live near Sacramento Calif. and I am unsure if the swans need some type of warmth through the winter and shelter. We did put a island in the ...
Re: Questions about winter time -- The Regal Swan -- 13 October 2009
Hi Kim: Yes, you are correct in that some swans have no idea about an island and may never use the floating object. Swans have a lot of feathers (nature provided this protection for them with lots of ...

Swan with "growth" -- Debbie -- 10 October 2009
Hi I live in New Mexico on a man made pond. We have a permanent resident swan. The swan has developed a large brown "growth" on his side near his tail feathers. It is not his leg. Any suggestions of ...
Re: Swan with "growth" -- Debbie -- 10 October 2009
I am not sure that I can capture it and I have nothing to put it in. It hisses quite aggressively if you get too close. I will forward the vet recommendation to the community and see if this is ...
Re: Swan with "growth" -- The Regal Swan -- 11 October 2009
Hi Debbie: Yes, this seems like a good plan. The photo and the fact that the bird hisses aggressively would seem to suggest that this is a female swan. Good luck and let us know how this situation is ...
Re: Swan with "growth" -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2009
Hi Debbie: We can't tell much from the photo. The growth could be a malignant tumor, a non-malignant growth, a wound infection (with an object, such as fish hook, etc., impacted and encapsulated) or ...

ages -- Steve -- 10 October 2009
Could you tell me the approximate ages of the ones in the picture. I believe there were two clutches. 3 from 1 and 3 from another. I have seen them break into groups, the larger ones in one group and ...
Re: ages -- The Regal Swan -- 10 October 2009
Hi Steve: There is no absolute way of looking at a photo and determining age abecause you need to actually know when the birds were hatched for a definite answer. However, we can make a few ...

Mute Swan beak infection -- Sandra Fassett -- 6 October 2009
Hi Folks, One of our Mute Swans born this year has some kind of infection in the beak that has eroded away part of the upper beak. Please help us understand what causes that and how we can help cure ...
Re: Mute Swan beak infection -- The Regal Swan -- 6 October 2009
Hi Sandra: We would need to see a photo of this problem before we can offer an opinion. If you could get a photo and resubmit your question, we may be able to assist. Thank you. The Regal Swan

Floating Islands For Nesting -- Jeanne Moore -- 2 October 2009
On March 28, 2009 a picture was posted of swans on a floating island. As a Swan volunteer in a golf course community, I would appreciate any information as to the size islands used, how they were ...
Re: Floating Islands For Nesting -- The Regal Swan -- 3 October 2009
Hi Jeanne: We know that some folks have had success with these islands not necessarily from the Walmart brand. Typically, the various facilities that we are working with have had little to no success ...
Re: Floating Islands For Nesting -- Admin -- 2 October 2009
Hello, 1- In case this info is helpful, I pasted below the specs of these "islandscapes" from the WalMart web site including size (the link appears below Walmart's picture of an islandscape ...

Can you identify the sex or variety of mute swan from these pictures? -- David -- 1 October 2009
We were reading through your website about mute swans. We have three swans at our office. It looks to us that one is definitely a male mute swan. The other we think are either females or a different ...
Re: Can you identify the sex or variety of mute swan from these pictures? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 October 2009
Hi David: In order to be 100% sure, you would need to conduct DNA Sequencing or wait until the birds mate and lay their first eggs. The two birds that the Male is chasing are either juvenile swans or ...
Re: Can you identify the sex or variety of mute swan from these pictures? -- David -- 2 October 2009
We don't think they are juveniles, just because they have been around here for over a year. Does the color of the bill have anything to do with what sex they are? The male will interact with one of ...
Re: Can you identify the sex or variety of mute swan from these pictures? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 October 2009
Hi David: Yes, juvenile swans are around 1-2 years of age. It might be that one of the juveniles is a female and the other is a male. Juveniles will also not have the pronounced knob as an adult will ...

Mute Swan Surving NE winters -- Kimberly Bensch -- 24 September 2009
We have a 'resident' mute swan at our mill. He lost his mate earlier this year so we have taken it upon ourselves to befriend him And friends he is with us - he will eat from our hands and enjoys ...
Re: Mute Swan Surving NE winters -- The Regal Swan -- 25 September 2009
Hi Kimberly: If he is tame enough to eat from your hands, then you might try getting him to come up to your house or barn. If you do not have a barn but you have a garage, see if he might come into ...

Abandoned eggs in nest - A poem -- Jane Herschlag -- 23 September 2009
Dear Swan Specialist, Thanks for all the wonderful and fascinating information. So swan parents can be as lousy as human parents. I will enclose a poem of mine which reinforces this idea. SO THIS IS ...

Lonesome male Mute Swan -- Shannon Carter -- 22 September 2009
We recently were given a male swan from a private pond on a plantation. Where can we find a female swan? He is about 2-4 years old and needs a companion. Also, what type of feeder to you recommend?
Re: Lonesome male Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 23 September 2009
Hi Shannon: Individual swans do not necessarily need a mate. Humans want to ensure that animals and birds are not lonesome, but this is good only in theory. There are no guarantees that the male will ...

abandoned eggs in nest -- Jane Herschlag -- 21 September 2009
What could be the reason for the mute swan parents abandoning their six large eggs? Thanks, Jane
Re: abandoned eggs in nest -- The Regal Swan -- 22 September 2009
Hi Jane: There could be any number of reasons: 1. Predator in the area has visited the nest and has scared the parents. 2. All eggs are infertile. How old are the birds? If they are only 2-3 years of ...

Swimming pool to swan pond -- Marc Balzac -- 21 September 2009
I know someone that has a mute swan that seems to prefer his swimming pool to his large pond. I’m sure the chlorine can’t be good for him. What is the best way to convert his in ground swimming pool ...
Re: Swimming pool to swan pond -- The Regal Swan -- 22 September 2009
Hi Marc: We're not sure about the best way to convert the pool to a swan only pond. You would need a way to provide aeration to the pool, clean water without chemicals and we're not sure about the ...

widowed swan response -- Nini -- 17 September 2009
Thanks so much for your response to my dilemma. I didn't give enough information the first time. Lucille is about 6-7 years old and I have had her since she was a juvenile, same with Steve. About two ...
Re: widowed swan response -- The Regal Swan -- 18 September 2009
Hi Nini: The neurological disease could be Botulism. Did your pond have a drawdown due to drought then an increase in rain? If so, this might be the reason. The bird scavenging in the muck got into ...

widowed swan -- Nini -- 17 September 2009
I have a female mute swan whose mate just died and I need some advice. She is located in a large pond self-contained in my backyard. I realize swans mate for life and am concerned for her emotional ...
Re: widowed swan -- The Regal Swan -- 17 September 2009
Hi Nini: There are several factors to consider in this situation: 1. Just because a female or male loses its mate, does not necessarily mean that the swan will remate if introduced to another swan. ...

.50 Cent Campaign. Please Help! -- The Regal Swan -- 15 September 2009
Hi Folks: You may have noticed the ChipIn Widget on the top of The Swans of Stanley Park Home Page ( http://www.stanley-park-swans.com ). We are beginning a .50 cent campaign to help us help swans ...

Supplemental feeding -- Marc Balzac -- 11 September 2009
Per your book you recommend a 1:1 mixture of cracked corn and laying pellets for supplemental feeding. You said that the cracked corn is a “filler” and the nutrition is in the lay pellets. Are you ...
Re: Supplemental feeding -- The Regal Swan -- 11 September 2009
Hi Marc: Great photo and great idea for the feeder so that you do not have to go out in the water to add food. This is a wonderful idea for private owners, however, in a public setting we would ...

Swan master in Calif -- Mike Gustafson -- 8 September 2009
This is a continuation of my previous requests for help finding a swan master/keep in northern Calif. I spoke to Jack Long as you suggested and while he has a list of names that could help he was ...
Re: Swan master in Calif -- The Regal Swan -- 8 September 2009
Hi MIke: Unfortunately, there is no one else that we know in California. We will try to see if anyone has some contacts, but you might even try to use Twitter or Facebook to generate some leads. Good ...

Sick cygnet: head wobbles, falls over on her back, leans on one side, flips onto her back -- Nikki -- 5 September 2009
I have been raising a mute swan for the last couple of months. This week her head began to wobble and she is falling over on her back. She is eating well I just don't understand what has happened and ...
Re: Sick cygnet: head wobbles, falls over on her back, leans on one side, flips onto her back -- The Regal Swan -- 5 September 2009
Hi Nikki: Unfortunately, we can't diagnose this problem without seeing the cygnet. But, it seems that there is an underlying neurological problem. The cygnet needs to be seen by an avian veterinarian ...

Swan food: 50/50 cracked corn + turkey feed? -- Daryl -- 4 September 2009
Good Morning, I purchased a pair of Mute Swans and would like to know if it is ok to feed them a 50/50 mix of cracked corn and Game Feed NatureWise Turkey Crumble Medicated by Nutruna.
Re: Swan food: 50/50 cracked corn + turkey feed? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 September 2009
Hi Daryl: The cracked corn should be mixed with Poultry Layer Pellets. The turkey crumbles/game feed may be too high in protein. High protein content in the diet of swans can increase the possibility ...

Swan questions -- Stacie -- 3 September 2009
The lake behind my house has 7 white swans. 5 of them have vanished after 2 had babies. Do they typically flee like that? 4 cygnets were born, but only 2 have survived to adolescence. 1 of them is ...
Re: Swan questions -- The Regal Swan -- 3 September 2009
Hi Stacie: The swans may have left the area if their young were killed by predators. If there is an unsafe environment, the swans will leave. However, it may also be due to territorialism. Once eggs ...

two dead swans in two weeks -- andrew -- 1 September 2009
Hi I had two swans die unexplained in to weeks, one black, one white, there were visible marks of attack. what could the possibilities that could have killed them.
Re: two dead swans in two weeks -- The Regal Swan -- 2 September 2009
Hi Andrew: The possibilities could be endless. If there was trauma, it could be a domestic dog, fox, raccoon, coyote, bobcat, softshell turtle, or human. Without seeing the trauma or knowing the ...
Re: two dead swans in two weeks -- andrew -- 3 September 2009
I saw one of them die it was right on the shore by itself and it was flopping around and kept dropping its head in the water and couldn't hardly move it happened in the middle of the day
Re: two dead swans in two weeks -- The Regal Swan -- 3 September 2009
Hi Andrew: This is the classic sign of botulism. In times of hot weather, too much rain after a drought, harmful bacteria are stirred from the bottom of the muck in which the swans eat. They ingest ...
Re: two dead swans in two weeks -- andrew -- 3 September 2009
oh and i meant that there were no visible signs of attack

Dad swan has not returned for 3 days -- carol -- 31 August 2009
a male and female mute swans recently had babies; they are 2 half mo old. last week the male left the pond and family, but returned the next day. now its been 3 days and the male has not returned is ...
Re: Dad swan has not returned for 3 days -- The Regal Swan -- 31 August 2009
Hi Carol: We're not sure we can classify this as normal or abnormal behavior as each swan is an individual and has individual attributes. Some males may stay around to watch the mother and cygnets, ...

Father swan attacking 4 month old -- Mary Jane -- 30 August 2009
In our boat basin a single cygnet was born to a couple in May. The male is now cornering the 4 month old in a section of the basin and attacking him - quite violently. Is this normal fledging or will ...
Re: Father swan attacking 4 month old -- The Regal Swan -- 31 August 2009
Hi Mary Jane: This is not normal behavior for a cygnet this young to be attacked by the male unless there is something wrong with the cygnet. Placing the cygnet in another pond with other swans will ...
Re: Father swan attacking 4 month old -- Mary Jane -- 31 August 2009
The Toronto Wildlife Centre agrees that the bird is in peril and they want to rescue it. They plan to come to the basin tomorrow. Thank you for your guidance. MJ
Re: Father swan attacking 4 month old -- The Regal Swan -- 31 August 2009
Hi Mary Jane: Great news. Thanks for sharing. Please keep us updated. The Regal Swan

Male Lost 2nd Mate and Now Really Dislikes New Female -- Shelly -- 26 August 2009
Hi I had 2 swans both about 6 years old that I got from 2 different people that the other had lost it's mate. They paired right up and had 2 seasons of successful cygnets! Juliet the female died ...
Re: Male Lost 2nd Mate and Now Really Dislikes New Female -- The Regal Swan -- 29 August 2009
Hi Shelly: Likely, the male will not accept this female. This may be that she is too young as 1.5 years of age is usually not old enough to successfully mate. In fact, he could hurt her especially if ...

Mute swan walks to the street -- patricia buckley -- 25 August 2009
since april of this year a mute swan has taken residence in a salt water tidal marsh in the rear of my home.we have always feed him in the water.,just recently he has started to leave the waterway ...
Re: Mute swan walks to the street -- The Regal Swan -- 25 August 2009
Hi Patricia: This behavior does need to stop immediately to prevent him from getting run over. He is probably looking for a freshwater pond and Mute swans do not do well in saltwater. They cannot ...

Black and white swans mating: Color of the cygnets? -- Jenny -- 24 August 2009
Hi, Just curious really but maybe you can tell me when a black swan mates with a white swan what colour are the cygnets? A friend of mine thinks they are always white as the black swan has white ...
Re: Black and white swans mating: Color of the cygnets? -- The Regal Swan -- 25 August 2009
Hi Jenny: Rarely, does this type of mating occur and even rarer is the ability to produce viable offspring. However, we have seen this pairing intentionally conducted in a captive setting to ...

Why Mute Swans put a leg on their back? -- Gail -- 23 August 2009
When boating with friends on a huge river last week we saw mute swans. When faster boats made waves, I noticed some of the swans had a leg on their back. I said to my friends "They are resting ...
Re: Why Mute Swans put a leg on their back? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 August 2009
Hi Gail: Swans rest in this position. Some research also indicates that in time of hot weather, this may be a way that the bird dissipates heat from its system. The swan holds his web footing out ...

Fate of cygnet next year -- Pamela Allison -- 22 August 2009
There is a pair of swans in a pond in our community. The pond is about the size of a football field. This spring, the pair mated and only 2 eggs hatched, with one of the babies dying after 2 weeks. ...
Re: Fate of cygnet next year -- The Regal Swan -- 24 August 2009
Hi Pamela: Yes, the adults (parents) will actually begin to chase and try to get the cygnet removed from the pond prior to nesting season. Usually, this behavior occurs sometime after the 6-7th month ...

Swan Master? -- Mike G -- 18 August 2009
As you may remember, I posted a few questions about a year ago regarding fighting a swan ban in California by the F&G. We have been fighting but, as one would expect, to no avail. I have now applied ...
Re: Swan Master? -- The Regal Swan -- 18 August 2009
Hi Mike: Yes, the Fish & Game Commissions around the country are trying to keep the mute swan populations under control. Some of this control is needed because unscrupulous owners let the swans out ...

Do swans smile? -- Marc Balzac -- 13 August 2009
Our swans will spend up to two hours at a time cooling down in the shower in our 110 degree Palm Springs heat...Is it my imagination or is he smiling?
Re: Do swans smile? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 August 2009
Hi Marc: We're not sure that they have the complete facial muscles that humans have in emoting feelings. However, they certainly do have a different look in their eyes when they are feeding, bathing, ...

swan attack -- Cathy -- 13 August 2009
I live in a complex with a big lake, and every summer they put 2 swans in there, I guess because of their beauty and to keep the geese at a minimum. This year, one of the swans is a male and when you ...
Re: swan attack -- The Regal Swan -- 15 August 2009
Hi Cathy: All swans have individual personalities. Unfortunately, when swans act aggressively, they add to the myth that they are an overly aggressive bird. There are several possibilities that may ...

lost swans -- sarah Fotheringham -- 12 August 2009
I live by a river and have watched a pair of swans bring up two babies. However this morning I only saw one cygnet and the mother. I could not see the other cygnet. Tonight I only found the cygnet ...
Re: lost swans -- The Regal Swan -- 12 August 2009
Hi Sarah: Usually, if the parents want the cygnets to leave, all cygnets will hang out together, but the parents will still be in the area in case something happens. If the first cygnet was lost to a ...

Are swans afraid of thunder? Swan pond turned green -- Maria -- 10 August 2009
Are swans afraid of thunder and lightening? Also the pond up the road now has turned all green....is this alright for the one swan that has been there for years?
Re: Are swans afraid of thunder? Swan pond turned green -- The Regal Swan -- 10 August 2009
H Maria: We're not sure that the swans are afraid of lightning and thunder as they are on ponds and lakes throughout their lives in fair as well as inclement weather. This fact would seem to support ...

Added four, 2 month old's to two existing swans- Problem?? -- Kim -- 9 August 2009
I have a question, we have added 4 2 month old swans to our pomnd which already has two 7 month old's living. The two older ones are pecking at the babies necks and body. Does that mean that they are ...
Re: Added four, 2 month old -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2009
Hi Kim: We are constantly getting this question. 2 month old baby swans CANNOT PROTECT themselves. The birds are too young and too small and are easy targets for predators as well as larger and older ...

Sick Swan: Can't stand, skinny, white lice, pink wings and tail -- Martin Quinn -- 9 August 2009
Hi, Maybe you can help, I have a female swan on our lake she made a nest two months ago but we did not see any eges and now she has abandoned it but she is not in good condition she is very skinny ...
Re: Sick Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2009
Hi Martin: We would get her to an avian veterinarian or swan rescue facility immediately. It sounds as if she lost at least 30% of her body weight sitting on the nest. This is normal, but she may ...

Is this bumblefoot? -- Marc Balzac -- 9 August 2009
Is this bumblefoot? Not sure how long this 20 year old black swan has had this foot injury as our man-made lake has a concrete curb that can make it difficult for our swans to exit. I have recently ...
Re: Is this bumblefoot? -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2009
Hi Marc: Yes, this is bumblefoot. There isn't a whole lot you can do for this condition except let it heal on itself. However, if it is an open wound, oozing and bleeding, you need to get him out of ...

Possible cyanobacterial contamination -- Fiona -- 6 August 2009
We had a record-breaking heatwave (just ended) and drought and now have what looks like a rapidly-spreading bloom of blue-green algae (water is deep turquoise and soupy) in the lagoon. I am very ...
Re: Possible cyanobacterial contamination -- The Regal Swan -- 8 August 2009
Hi Fional: I spoke with one of our swan veterinarians and he confirmed that this bacteria can pose a toxicity to wildlife, domestic animals and livestock. Whether this extends to avian populations, ...

How to befriend our new swans -- Caroine Christie -- 6 August 2009
We just got six 3 month old mute swans. They are happily swimming in our private lake, but I cannot get close to them to feed them. They ignore food on the grass beside the lake, and when I throw ...
Re: How to befriend our new swans -- The Regal Swan -- 6 August 2009
Hi Caroline: Are the cygnets from swans that were already on your pond or did you buy 6 cygnets? This is going to make a big difference regarding their acceptance of you. Three month old cygnets left ...
How to befriend our new swans -- Caroine Christie -- 7 August 2009
I think we solved the problem. The previous owner (we purchased the swans)fed them from a pan, so we put out two pans of feed at one end of the lake, where they seem to like to hang out. Then my ...
Re: How to befriend our new swans -- The Regal Swan -- 8 August 2009
Hi Caroline: Great news. Thanks for the update. Please let us know how the young birds progress. The Regal Swan

Where to buy swans in Wisconsin? -- Gary -- 3 August 2009
We are in Wisconsin. Where can we buy swans? Hatchlings would be fine.
Re: Where to buy swans in Wisconsin? -- The Regal Swan -- 3 August 2009
Hi Gary: We're not sure exactly where you can purchase swans in Wisconsin. The closest site we know is Knox Swans in Indiana. However, you should check with your state Fish & Game Commission as you ...

How to put new adult Mute Swans together -- Jim -- 31 July 2009
We have one adult Mute Swan on a 3 acre lake and have another adult we just got but have them seperate. We do not know the sex of either. How or what is the best way to try to get them to get along ...
Re: How to put new adult Mute Swans together -- The Regal Swan -- 1 August 2009
Hi Jim: The first thing you must do is get the swans sexed. If they are both females or males, there may be a fight in which one or both are injured or killed. If your older swan is a female, she may ...

Death of female mute swan - what will happen to the cygnets? -- Terry -- 23 July 2009
This morning the beautiful female mute swan living on our lake was found dead. We suspect she fell victim to one of the large snapping turtles that share the lake. She leaves behind her mate and ...
Re: Death of female mute swan - what will happen to the cygnets? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 July 2009
Hi Terry: Was there any visible trauma to the swan, i.e., neck or foot, leg, body injury? It is not likely a snapping turtle is going to kill a swan intentionally, but could snap at a leg or other ...
Re: Death of female mute swan - what will happen to the cygnets? -- Terry -- 24 July 2009
Thank you for your answer. Unfortunately, there was visible injury--she appeared to be decapitated. I don't know if this was because she was lingering too long with her neck under water, or if the ...
Re: Death of female mute swan - what will happen to the cygnets? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 July 2009
Hi Terry: Thanks for the update. Yes, it could have been a large snapping turtle, but in all probability, it was a larger predator such as coyote, fox, human, domestic dog, etc. Let us know how the ...

Minimum age of cygnet placed in a pound with male swan -- lisa sommer -- 22 July 2009
What is the recommended minimum age to place a cygnet in a pond with an unrelated male mute. Thanks
Re: Minimum age of cygnet placed in a pound with male swan -- The Regal Swan -- 22 July 2009
Hi Lisa: The answer would be NEVER. The male mute will kill the cygnet. Unless the male is a very young bird (under 1 year of age), you could not safely introduce the female until she is at least 1 ...

Lonely swan appeared on our pond: Temperament, gender, will it stay, will another join? -- Julie -- 20 July 2009
Over the weekend a swan just appeared on our small pond alone. I thought they mated for life. Is there any way to determine the gender of it? What temperment can we expect from it, as our son has a ...
Re: Lonely swan appeared on our pond: Temperament, gender, will it stay, will another join? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 July 2009
Hi Julie: The first question is can the bird fly? If it can fly, then this would be a viable answer of how it got to your pond. However, if it is pinioned or clipped and cannot fly, then someone ...
Re: Lonely swan appeared on our pond: Temperament, gender, will it stay, will another join? -- Julie -- 21 July 2009
Thank you so much for your quick response. The swan has a (orange beak) so I am guessing it is a mute swan. Any information you can give regarding it will be wonderful. I assume it can fly as no one ...
Re: Lonely swan appeared on our pond: Temperament, gender, will it stay, will another join? -- The Regal Swan -- 21 July 2009
Hi Julie: You are welcome. If the swan has an orange beak, then it is a Mute Swan. See if you can make the swan fly. If it flies and leaves the area, then no harm no foul. However, if the swan cannot ...

swan without mate -- kiley -- 19 July 2009
Hi, I was wondering how long a swan will survive without a mate. Our town swan, 'Sam', recently lost his mate, 'Betty'. How long will he survive without another mate?
Re: swan without mate -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2009
Hi Kiley: How old is the swan? How did his mate die? Most male swans will go through life single once their mate dies. If you choose to get him another mate, consider his age, if there is a ...

Where to buy swans in/near Michigan (to get rid of geese) -- Susan -- 17 July 2009
We are thinking about buying swans for our lakes and would like to know where to get them, we are in Howell Michigan and have 2 ponds and one small lake, so we would also like to know how many we ...
Re: Where to buy swans in/near Michigan (to get rid of geese) -- The Regal Swan -- 17 July 2009
Hi Susan: Before purchasing and importing the swans, you will need to check with your state Fish & Game Commission. Many states now require permits to have swans not native to the states. Also, ...

two males on a pond?? -- lisa sommer -- 16 July 2009
I have a question regarding two males on a 2 acre pond. We recently lost our female mute (natural causes) and have located another male within driving distance. My current male is very laid ...
Re: two males on a pond?? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 July 2009
Hi Lisa: This would not be a very good idea. The first male swan now knows this pond as his territory. Introducing another male will cause him to act aggressively. One or both birds may be seriously ...

Injured Mute Swan Cygnet (by a jet ski) -- Gracie C -- 14 July 2009
I live on a large recreational lake in North Webster, Indiana. Mute swans are not protected and may be killed in any way that makes a person feel superior!! Last evening at dusk a jet ski sought out ...
Re: Injured Mute Swan Cygnet (by a jet ski) -- The Regal Swan -- 14 July 2009
Hi Gracie: You need to immediately capture the cygnet and get it to a wildlife sanctuary or rehabilitation center. Without help, it will die and possibly, may still die from its injuries. It is not ...
Re: Injured Mute Swan Cygnet (by a jet ski) -- Gracie C -- 16 July 2009
Thank You!! I immediately got a big cage and captured the cygnet with a fishing net and got it into the cage. I gave it water and some green stuff I saw it eating out in the lake. Believe it or not ...
Re: Injured Mute Swan Cygnet (by a jet ski) -- The Regal Swan -- 16 July 2009
Hi Gracie: We could not agree more with you. Animal cruelty is on the rise, whether swans or other species and we do not have a judicial system that will stand up to the abusers and throw away the ...

Color of cygnet = sex of cygnet? Age of pinioning -- Catherine Wiles -- 13 July 2009
Does the coloration of mute swan cygnets indicate the sex? We have some white and some grey ones and I wondered which was which. Also, I understand that cygnets need to be pinioned at between 1-3 ...
Re: Color of cygnet = sex of cygnet? Age of pinioning -- The Regal Swan -- 13 July 2009
Hi Catherine: White mute cygnets are a leucistic coloring commonly called Polish Mutes by Swan Keepers. Taupe/grey colored mute cygnets are the normal coloring and known as Royal Mutes by Swan ...

Looking for a mate for a Whooper swan -- Lee McDonald -- 12 July 2009
A friend had a pair of swans on her pond, but one of the swans has died. It was a Whooper swan. We feel sorry for the remaining swan and are wondering if we should try to buy it a friend. Will it ...
Re: Looking for a mate for a Whooper swan -- The Regal Swan -- 13 July 2009
Hi Lee: Do you know how old the remaining swan is and how the other swan died? The worst case scenario would be that you go get another swan only to have the remaining swan die from old age or both ...

White Cygnets -- Holly -- 11 July 2009
I am based in the Uk and we have several pairs of wild mute swans on the river at the end of our farm. This year I have noticed one pair have two white cygnets- as white as their parents- with pink ...
Re: White Cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 11 July 2009
Hi Holly: You are describing a leucistic (not alibino) coloring of the swans known as the Polish Mute swans which is very common. Royal Mute swans have taupe grey colored cygnets which have black ...

A what age can mute swans cygnets be removed from their parents? -- Catherine Wiles -- 8 July 2009
We have a pair of mute swans on our private lake which produced 8 babies at the end of April. Someone removed two of them last week and gave them to an individual to put on his own lake. We are all ...
Re: A what age can mute swans cygnets be removed from their parents? -- The Regal Swan -- 8 July 2009
Hi Catherine: Usually, the parents begin to chase the young birds between 5 .5 -7 months of age, although we have seen cygnets removed as early as 5 months and as late as 10 months. At 3 months, the ...

How to build a swan living space, safe from predators? -- Kathy -- 7 July 2009
We are in the process of aquiry 2 swans for our large pond. I would like to build them a safe place away from any predators, etc. What do I need and what type "house" should we build for ...
Re: How to build a swan living space, safe from predators? -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2009
Hi Kathy: Swans do not normally live in houses or any other such type enclosures. Usually swans reside on open water and banks surrounding the habitat. By sleeping on the open water, swans can ...

Swan behavior around jet skis -- Julie Hudson -- 6 July 2009
I live on a small lake in Michigan. We like to keep it quiet but we have a few people that run the jet skis. We have a swan family and every time the jet skiers drive their noisy machines the male ...
Re: Swan behavior around jet skis -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2009
Hi Julie: The swan does not like the noise and nuisance of the jet ski. Probably, at one time, someone decided to get too close and antagonize the swans with the jet ski. Eventually, something or ...

Cygnets are white and brown -- tamara -- 5 July 2009
We have a pond close by and noticed the cygnets this year are white and kind of brown. Why would that be?
Re: Cygnets are white and brown -- The Regal Swan -- 5 July 2009
Hi Tamara: We are assuming that you are referring to Mute Swan cygnets. First, the taxonomical species name is Mute Swan. However, swan keepers term cygnets that are taupe (brown) in color with dark ...

what happened to babies -- Barb -- 4 July 2009
What happened to the baby swan I did not see it the other day
Re: what happened to babies -- Fiona -- 5 July 2009
Dear Barb, I'm so sorry to have to report that all 3 cygnets have been lost. As you may have read from previous posting, the first baby hatched (Mama Swan's ivory cygnet) was injured when crossing ...

MUTE SWAN cygnets limping, can't walk -- JIM EFFTING -- 4 July 2009
I was looking to purchase some Cygnets and was informed that they are having difficulty walking or standing now. They seem to swim fine. Is this a diet issue with growth and developement? What can be ...
Re: MUTE SWAN cygnets limping, can -- The Regal Swan -- 4 July 2009
Hi Jim: There could be several explanations: 1. Dietary- Too much protein in the diet causing them to grow too quickly which will also promote the condition called "angel wing" or reverse ...

deformed cygnets -- Carole -- 2 July 2009
My husband and I were on vacation in NH and along the coast we saw a swan pair and two cygnets. However, we were shocked at the deformaties of the babies. What is wrong with them? Growing out of ...
Re: deformed cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 3 July 2009
Hi Carole: Do not be alarmed, there was probably nothing wrong with the cygnets. Swans (adults and cygnets) place one leg on their back in a resting position throughout the day as they are on the ...

Androgynous Swan: What is it? Can it lay eggs? Why would a male swan chose the androgynous swan over a female? -- Raymond Clark -- 1 July 2009
Hi, I live in the small town of St Marys in Ontario. This year we have 3 swans. Two have paired off, the third a female is alone. The 'pair' of swans consists of a male and what town parks officials ...
Re: Androgynous Swan: What is it? Can it lay eggs? Why would a male swan chose the androgynous swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 July 2009
Hi Raymond: We have no idea why anyone would call the swan "androgynous" because this term generally pertains to a living being (plant or animal) which has both male and female genitalia or other ...

Swan won't go back in the water after an oil spill -- Howard kroplick -- 30 June 2009
There is a swan who lives at the village lake in Roslyn, NY. About a month ago, there was an oil spill from a restaurant. The swan (about 40 pounds!) appears to have oil on its feathers. The swan ...
Swan needs to be taken to wildlife facility and bathed in Dawn Dish Soap -- The Regal Swan -- 1 July 2009
Hi Howard: You need to contact a wildlife/waterfowl rescue facility immediately and have the swan removed from the area and its feathers bathed in Dawn Dish Soap. If the swan has petroleum or food ...

How many Black Swans can live on a 1.5 acre lake? -- Ben Neal -- 29 June 2009
I live on a 1.5 acre lake that has a lot of waterfowl and we currently have 2 pair of black swans on it, both pair are male and female. 1 pair this year had 4 babies(3 now, 1 died) and the other pair ...
Re: How many Black Swans can live on a 1.5 acre lake? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 June 2009
Hi Ben: The pond could support a number of swans, but realistically, black swans are the most aggressive of the swan species, so problems will arise if you keep more than 2 pair of swans on this ...

Problem beak -- Marc Balzac -- 28 June 2009
Any idea on what is causing this beak problem? Poor guy lost his mate of 10 years to a coyote a few months ago and now this...
Re: Problem beak -- The Regal Swan -- 28 June 2009
Hi Marc: We are sending the photo to our veterinarians. Will get back to you. The Regal Swan
Re: Problem beak -- Dr. Christopher Brown -- 28 June 2009
The beak lesion resembles what a traumatic injury or puncture wound looks like. If the lesion grows larger or spreads to other areas of the beak or face, then I would be more suspicious of an ...
Additional questions: Will beak heal, is it a tumor? -- Marc Balzac -- 30 June 2009
Will the beak heal, and is the bump on the left side of his head look like a tumor?
Re: Additional questions: Will beak heal, is it a tumor? -- Dr. Christopher Brown -- 2 July 2009
I'm not sure I know the answers to your questions. It looks like the beak is in the process of healing, but I did not realize before how extensive and numerous the lesions are. The swelling on the ...
Re: Additional questions: Will beak heal, is it a tumor? -- Marc Balzac -- 13 July 2009
We are lucky...his beak healed up nicely...thanks for the help.
Re: Additional questions: Will beak heal, is it a tumor? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 July 2009
Hi Marc: Great news. Thanks for the update. The Regal Swan
Re: Additional questions: Will beak heal, is it a tumor? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 June 2009
Hi Marc: Thank you for the additional photos. We are forwarding them to Dr. Brown and Dr. Gardner and will await their replies. The Regal Swan

Feed watermelon to swans? How often to clip wings? -- Kim -- 25 June 2009
Can you give the swans fruit? (watermelon) I see that apple seeds are not good for them on a previous message. And how often do you have to clip their wings? We were given two black swans, which were ...
Re: Feed watermelon to swans? How often to clip wings? -- The Regal Swan -- 26 June 2009
Hi Kim: No, do not feed fruit of any kind to the swans. Swans are waterfowl and eat mainly grains, grasses and possibly fish or other aquatic larvae. You need to clip the feathers approximately every ...

Cygnet with abnomalities to head, neck and bill; cygnet remains small and does not eat much -- Fiona -- 25 June 2009
A Mute Swan cygnet hatched June 11 has several abnormalities that appear to be worsening with the passage of time. We haven’t seen anything like this before, and wonder if you have any idea what the ...
Re: Cygnet with abnomalities to head, neck and bill; cygnet remains small and does not eat much -- The Regal Swan -- 5 July 2009
Hi Fiona: Dr. Gardner looked at the photos as well as Dr. Brown. He is in agreement that this is congenital. The beak almost looks like it is twisted and does not sit under the top beak, which would ...
Re: Cygnet with abnomalities to head, neck and bill; cygnet remains small and does not eat much -- Fiona -- 8 July 2009
Thank you so very much for your time and trouble, and for providing an answer to something that was such a puzzle, as we'd not seen anything like it before. Your help was truly appreciated!
Re: Cygnet with abnomalities to head, neck and bill; cygnet remains small and does not eat much -- The Regal Swan -- 26 June 2009
Hi Fiona: We are going to send this to our veterinarians for a question and will get back to you as soon as we hear from them. It is quite possible that this may be a parasitic or genetic issue. The ...
Re: Cygnet with abnomalities to head, neck and bill; cygnet remains small and does not eat much -- Fiona -- 26 June 2009
Thank you very much for your reply. We appreciate your time and trouble - it's such a puzzle, as we've never seen anything like it.
Re: Cygnet with abnomalities to head, neck and bill; cygnet remains small and does not eat much -- danielle -- 26 June 2009
Hello, I am a frequent visitor of Lost Lagoon and I noticed that this cygnet has not been present lately. Today I saw who I assume are Tristan and Isolde (on the north side of the lagoon, just past ...
News about Papa/Mama's cygnet, and Tristan/Isolde's cygnet (on the pictures) -- Fiona -- 26 June 2009
Hello Danielle, I am so sorry to have to report that Mama Swan's cygnet was apparently injured when Mama took her across the road opposite the nest to graze and her leg was hurt late Sunday evening. ...

What kills the babies -- Bernice Taplitz -- 24 June 2009
We have same Papa & Mama swan in our small salt water lagoon for many years. I was thrilled when the showed up a couple of weeks ago with 6 beautiful babies. I took a number of great digital ...
Re: What kills the babies -- The Regal Swan -- 24 June 2009
Hi Bernice: Unfortunately, nature is not very kind to young species of any kind. It is truly survival of the fittest or we would be overrun with too many animals on the earth. Many species have a ...
Re: What kills the babies -- John -- 22 August 2009
we know large turtles will pull the young cygnets under on our Lake, but we have disagreement about whether the parents ever kill their young and only let the strongest survive?
Re: What kills the babies -- The Regal Swan -- 22 August 2009
Hi John: Good question. The reason that the swans may kill their young is not necessarily the survival of the fittest, but more to either put them out of their misery, keep predators from being ...

The parents appeared without cygnets this year: Why? -- J Green -- 20 June 2009
I have a cottage on a lake in Michigan. Last summer I had Mama and Daddy Swan with five cygnets (one of which was crippled and later disappeared). They first appeared in early July and visited us all ...
Re: The parents appeared without cygnets this year: Why? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2009
Hi: If the cygnets are not in the immediate vicinity of the parents, then it usually means that the cygnets either did not survive long after hatching or the eggs never hatched. Sometimes, swans will ...

Swans on our pond: 3 unhatched eggs 2 weeks after first cygnet -- sheila dyer -- 19 June 2009
our village has a pair of swans one cygnet hatched 2 weeks ago but there are still 3 unhatched eggs is this normal?
Re: Swans on our pond: 3 unhatched eggs 2 weeks after first cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2009
HI Sheila: The mother swan will keep the young cygnet returning to the nest 2-3 weeks after hatching regardless if there are eggs in the nest. The mother knows best and will probably not try to hatch ...

Cygnet Attacked by Parents after Rehabilitation at Wildlife Center (Fishing Line) -- Jorie -- 19 June 2009
A couple of weeks ago, we rescued a cygnet that was caught in fishing line. It was tightly wrapped around its leg. Our local wildlife center rehabilitated it, and we released it back to its family ...
Cygnet Update: Cygnet was found alive and was sent to a sanctuary -- Jorie -- 22 June 2009
Cygnet Update! Our cygnet was found a couple of days later on a neighbor's porch! It was a miracle! We rescued him and released him to a waterfowl sanctuary in Tiverton Rhode Island yesterday, where ...
Re: Cygnet Update: Cygnet was found alive and was sent to a sanctuary -- The Regal Swan -- 22 June 2009
Hi Jorie: Thanks for the update. Glad you could intervene and this story has a good ending. The Regal Swan
Re: Cygnet Attacked by Parents after Rehabilitation at Wildlife Center (Fishing Line) -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2009
Hi Jorie: If the cygnet was not returned to the parents in a timely fashion, within a few hours of separation (which would not be possible if it had to be rehabilitated), then the parents do not ...

mute swans~why they stomp feet -- Tammy VB -- 18 June 2009
Hi, we have a pair of mute swans that visit our yard daily and on occasion we see the female do a little dance type move, she stomps her feet and stretches her neck real tall and shakes her head back ...
Re: mute swans~why they stomp feet -- The Regal Swan -- 19 June 2009
Hi Tammy: It sounds like the swan is stretching as she gets out of the water, but she may also be exhibiting a form of greeting as she comes up for food. The Regal Swan

What month do mute swan eggs hatch -- Leslie Ballard -- 17 June 2009
Hi, Do swan's eggs typically hatch during a certain month (i.e., is it late in the season now?) We have a pair of mute swans on our lake that have a nest opposite our home. We've seen the female on ...
Re: What month do mute swan eggs hatch -- The Regal Swan -- 17 June 2009
Hi Leslie: Typically, between March and June is the nesting period. The eggs will incubate for approximately 30-45 days from the time that the last egg was layed. If someone placed oil on the eggs, ...

How many swans can live together? -- Kaslx -- 16 June 2009
How many swans can live together? We have a pair that had 7 cygnets...can they all grow up and stay together.
Re: How many swans can live together? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2009
Hi: This question has to be determined by the acreage of your pond and habitat. If you have less than 8 acres (and this is stretching it), your swans are going to become a nightmare. During nesting ...

What's the best way of making an island for the swans in the middle of a pond? -- Kim Wirtz -- 15 June 2009
We have a large pond. What would be the best way to make an island in the middle of the pond for them to nest and keep away from predators?
Islandscapes for swans (sold at Walmart) -- Jennifer -- 23 June 2009
We use islandscapes, just google it and you'll find they are sold everywhere including walmart. Link to walmart site http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=1006047 They can put planted ...
Re: Islandscapes for swans (sold at Walmart) -- The Regal Swan -- 24 June 2009
Hi Jennifer: Great idea, just have a few questions. We have folks in Florida and the Southeast that would need something like this, but due to hurricanes and severe winds, the possibility of flipping ...
Nesting boxes. Dangers of bringing dirt to build an island (toxins) -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2009
Hi Kim: If your pond is already filled with water, this is not going to be an easy task as you will need to bring in a large amount of landfill (dirt) to build up the island. However, if you bring in ...
Photo of the pond. Styrofoam as nesting island? Shade on the nesting island? Shelter in winter? Protection against coyotes? -- Kim -- 16 June 2009
This is our pond. I heard from the person I received the Swans from that they like to be in the middle of the pond for nesting. I am scared that they will be bothered by Coyotes. I want them to be ...
Re: Photo of the pond. Styrofoam as nesting island? Shade on the nesting island? Shelter in winter? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 June 2009
Hi Kim: Nice photo. Styrofoam may not be stable, i.e., it can flip and wind may cause the nesting contents to be blown from the area. Additionally, the swans may peck and try to eat the styrofoam ...

Mr. Swan sees his reflection in windows and bumpers, and pecks, pecks, pecks... and he crosses our busy street -- Terra -- 15 June 2009
Hi there. I live in Waterford, Michigan on a huge pond that is wetlands. We have an abundance of wildlife in our backyard including a set of swans who have been coming back every spring in the four ...
Re: Mr. Swan sees his reflection in windows and bumpers, and pecks, pecks, pecks... and he crosses o -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2009
Hi Terra: It is mating and nesting season. All birds are seeing their reflections in windows, bumpers, hubcaps, car mirrors, etc. If they have not mated, they are trying to woo the reflection because ...

We need a female black swan for lone male -- elizabeth Denike -- 13 June 2009
Hi, We had a male and female that layed 3 nests in one year. Mama broke her wing and after surjery, she died. Now we have only 1 male swan, and need to give him a mate. Can you help me find a female ...
Re: We need a female black swan for lone male -- The Regal Swan -- 14 June 2009
Hi Elizabeth: The closest swan breeder near you would be Howell's Exotic Waterfowl in Texas, or you can have one shipped from California at Jack Long's Waterfowl, or Knox Swans in Indiana. Hope this ...

Father swan tries to drown its own cygnet -- Brian -- 13 June 2009
This week I was watching a mom and dad swan and their 2 cygnets in the canal next to my folks home in Indian River Michigan. They have been there ever since the cygnets were born. My mom siad there ...
Re: Father swan tries to drown its own cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 14 June 2009
Hi Brian: Unfortunately, swan parents will try to kill their own young if they know the cygnets are in distress or something is wrong with them. The male may have tried to get the cygnet out of the ...
Re: Father swan tries to drown its own cygnet -- Linda Miller -- 15 June 2009
Unfortunately, I too just witnessed this past weekend a pair of swans parents who drowned one on their cygnets. There were 6 cygnets and all were swimming and feeding with the parents when out of the ...
Re: Father swan tries to drown its own cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 15 June 2009
Hi Linda: This is nature. It is better to kill something that may have something wrong with it than let it suffer. In addition, if the cygnet is ill or injured, predators will get it and possibly ...

Male or female swan? -- jamie bradley -- 13 June 2009
I have a swan and i don't know if it is a male or female. It is kinda short and his 1 leg is bowed, and he or she does not fly. can u tell me if it is a male or female
Re: Male or female swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 June 2009
Hi Jamie: Unfortunately, there is no real way of determining the gender of a swan unless a veterinarian physically exams the cloaca, conducts DNA Sequencing or you wait until nesting season to ...

Where'd The Eggs Go?? The nest is now empty with no trace of egg shells -- CD -- 12 June 2009
Where I work we have a huge pond that is home to fish, turtles, plenty of geese, and a swan pair. The pen has been nesting for weeks now and we just noticed that the nest is empty. Originally there ...
Re: Where -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2009
Hi: Predators could have gotten the eggs, i.e., raccoons, turtles, ect. More than likely, a human took the eggs either to start their own swan collection or thinking that removing them, they would ...

Meet Your Swan Specialist as she Talks to a Swan!! (video) -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2009
Every time I am down at Lake Eola, I talk to the swans and in particular the Whooper Swans. I call Whoop Whoop and they answer back. Well, I think it is mating season and this guy immediately came ...

Stranded swan? Mother and cygnet gone to area separated from the pound -- Nancy -- 11 June 2009
In a local pond there is a male and female swan with their young cygnet. The cygnet seemed to have gone over a small waterfall and the female joined him there in the shallow area. The area is ...
Re: Stranded swan? Mother and cygnet gone to area separated from the pound -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2009
Hi Nancy: Since the mother stayed and the cygnet found its way back to her, we would suggest that you not try to get them back to the pond. Mother knows best and she may know that the cygnet may go ...

Why the name "mute swans"? -- john lawler -- 11 June 2009
why are mute swans called mute swans
Re: Why the name "mute swans"? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2009
Hi John: Great question. Actually the name "Mute" is a misnomer. The swans are not mute (i.e., deaf and cannot vocalize). However, in comparison with all other species, the Mute Swans are the least ...

caring for mute swan on illinois river -- Lucy -- 10 June 2009
We are not positive the swan cannot fly, but over the past 2 months, we have never seen him fly and neither have any of the neighbors who are also keeping an eye out for him. When we first saw him, ...
Re: caring for mute swan on illinois river -- The Regal Swan -- 10 June 2009
Hi Lucy: With the additional information you provided, we would surmise one of the following: 1. The swan got onto the wrong migratory path with a bunch of geese and since some geese remain, he/she ...

Can bread yeast kill cygnets? -- claire franklin -- 9 June 2009
We have the perfect pond, safe to stand and feed the ducks, swans and fish. This year the swan has raised 8 cygnets, as soon as they left the nest a sign went up saying we must not feed the swans as ...
Re: Can bread yeast kill cygnets? -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2009
Hi Claire: Either someone is extremely un-informed or is trying to scare people to not feed the birds bread, thus providing healthier food such as lettuce and a mixture of cracked corn and poultry ...

Winter care for a mute swan when river freezes over during many months. What type of shelter? -- Lucy -- 9 June 2009
Thank you for your help. What do we do if he is still there this winter? The Illinois River often freezes over for a good portion of the season. If they don't like a box with a lid, what other kind ...
Re: Winter care for a mute swan when river freezes over during many months. What type of shelter? -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2009
Hi Lucy: He will try to stay in the middle of the lake because of depthness of water and therefore, more heat. This is the wrong place because he can become trapped if the river freezes. You will ...

Swan likely unable to fly: How can we make him comfortable? -- Lucy -- 8 June 2009
We have a single mute swan, apparently a male as he apperas to be about 40 lbs, swimming in the river by our house. He willingly comes up to me when I call, and takes food from my hand, altho he will ...
Re: Swan likely unable to fly: How can we make him comfortable? -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2009
Hi Lucy: If he can't fly from the area, he needs some supplemental food. Most swans will not go into a box, especially if it has a top to it. Provide him with lettuce, some bread and a mixture of ...

Someone destroyed the swans and cygnets' nest - Can we help save the cygnets? -- lfl -- 7 June 2009
HI - the swans on our pond just had cygnets. The neighbor who had he nest on his property destroyed the nest. Is there any reason he would do this for the well being of the swans? Is there anything ...
Re: Someone destroyed the swans and cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 7 June 2009
Hi: Not sure why someone would do this except maybe he thought that once the cygnets hatched, the swans do not need the nest. If the neighbor was tired of the nest, in some area that he needed to ...

Swan incubation period: Swan sitting on eggs for over a month -- Dana Flynn -- 5 June 2009
Hi - there is a white swan that has built a nest and has been sitting on her eggs for awhile. There are 4 eggs. Alot of swans on the lake have already had their babies. The male swan is never seen. I ...
Re: Swan incubation period: Swan sitting on eggs for over a month -- The Regal Swan -- 6 June 2009
Hi Dana: Yes, there is a possibility that the eggs may not hatch, but the mother swan will know if this is going to happen and will eventually leave the eggs. Incubation, depending on swan species, ...

Black Swans have made another nest and cygnet from first nest is left on his own -- Richard -- 5 June 2009
Hi Guys I am in the northern area of NC, I wrote you guys back in Feb. 5 a few times when my swans were nesting and it was 5 degrees a couple of weeks. Good news is I did end up with one Cygnet out ...
Re: Black Swans have made another nest and cygnet from first nest is left on his own -- The Regal Swan -- 5 June 2009
Hi Richard: Unfortunately, this whole scenario seems to be the norm this year instead of the exception. We are hearing about this behavior throughout the world. It may be that the winters were colder ...

Swan behavior: Two families of swans fighting over territory in a lake -- Cheryl Ferriero -- 4 June 2009
Will a swan family go to where a mating pair of swans has their nest and break it's unhatched eggs? The two males of each group have been fighting over territory in our lake. Last Thursday the male ...
Re: Swan behavior: Two families of swans fighting over territory in a lake -- The Regal Swan -- 5 June 2009
Hi Cheryl Yes, as disturbing as it is, nature is not the most forgiving. Swans will fight for territory, up until the death of the males and sometimes cygnets and females, but that is the way it is. ...

My son's swans: How to recognize whoopers from trumpeters and where to buy in Ohio -- Ralph P -- 3 June 2009
My son bought two pair of swans and I had a question. he bought a pair of whoopers and a pair of trumpeters. He can not remember which is which. The next question is which ever is the ones with the ...
Re: My son -- The Regal Swan -- 4 June 2009
Hi Ralph: If the bills are black, they are Trumpeters and if the bills are black and yellow, then the swans are Whoopers. There are two swan breeders that we think may be able to help you: Knox Swans ...

I want to buy a swan - Various questions about keeping swans -- Billy -- 2 June 2009
I am thinking about buying a swan or two from my neighbor who breeds swans. I have many questions. I am 13 years old. -What do swans eat? -How much does it cost to keep swans? -Do swans make good ...
Re: I want to buy a swan - Various questions about keeping swans -- The Regal Swan -- 3 June 2009
Hi Billy: We are numbering your questions so that we can provide you with specific answers: 1. Swans eat aquatic vegetation, grasses, cracked corn and layer pellets, bread, lettuce, and may eat some ...
Re: I want to buy a swan - Various questions about keeping swans -- Billy -- 4 June 2009
Thanks for all the information! I plan on getting a swan from my neighbor. Although I don't know the breed. All I know is they are big, white, and have orange on their beak. Big black feet. Some ...
Re: I want to buy a swan - Various questions about keeping swans -- The Regal Swan -- 4 June 2009
Hi Billy: The swan species you are describing is the Mute Swan. In some states, you must have a permit from your state Fish & Game Commission to possess these swans because they are listed as a ...

Unexplained death of a 2 week old baby swan: Heron? Ornamental corn? Parent? -- Pam A -- 2 June 2009
Two baby swans hatched at the pond near our house on 5/20. This morning (6/2), both babies were still swimming and eating with the parents. At lunch, I noticed only one baby. I found the other one ...
Re: Unexplained death of a 2 week old baby swan: Heron? Ornamental corn? Parent? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2009
Hi Sandy: Without a necropsy (an autopsy for animals), we could only theorize how the young cygnet died. There are several possibilities: 1. The parent killed the bird by accidently stepping on it or ...
Re: Unexplained death of a 2 week old baby swan: Heron? Ornamental corn? Parent? -- Pam A -- 3 June 2009
We did have two nights of very cold temps, and heavy rains and a thunderstorm the night before the cygnet died. That seems like a very strong possibility. I also had noticed that the adults wouldn't ...
Re: Unexplained death of a 2 week old baby swan: Heron? Ornamental corn? Parent? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 June 2009
Hi Pam: Thanks for the update. If there was a severe thunderstorm in which the cygnet was completely drenched and could not get dry or warm in the low temperatures, it is likely that it possibly ...

Male swan killing the newborn cygnets (seen on web cam) -- sandy -- 2 June 2009
I have been watching a swan nest at htp://www.ustream.tv/channel/swans-nesting . This morning the egs hatched and the male started killing the babies. Why? He killed at least one and was attacking ...
Re: Male swan killing the newborn cygnets (seen on web cam) -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2009
Hi Sandy: Unfortunately, nature is very cruel, especially if an animal knows something is wrong with its young and they will not survive. Another possibility is that the male swan is a new parent and ...

How long will female sit on infertile eggs (concerns for her health). How to protect cygnets from snapping turtles -- Sandra -- 1 June 2009
Hello, can you please let me know about snapping turtles we have pet swans we live in Ontario on a large pond , the male swan is about 24 years old the female is alot younger 12 or so they have built ...
Re: How long will female sit on infertile eggs (concerns for her health). How to protect cygnets fro -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2009
Hi Sandra: Incubation usually lasts between 30-45 days from the date of the last egg being laid. Female swans will usually not sit on eggs that are infertile or have little chance of hatching. So, ...

Cob started whacking me when feeding the family! -- S Silverstein -- 29 May 2009
I've been feeding a pair of swans at the local park for over a year without incident, and they appreciated it during winter and have been very friendly. Recently the pair had six cygnets who are ...
Re: Cob started whacking me when feeding the family! -- The Regal Swan -- 30 May 2009
Hi: Actually, he thinks that you are the kidnapper of his cygnets and does not really care what you did to save them, you touched them. This is unacceptable behavior by any parent and he is trying to ...

Double Clutch: Will the parents drive the 7-week-old cygnet away when new eggs hatch? -- Jeanne Moore -- 29 May 2009
We have a pair of swans that hatched 3 eggs on April 9, 2009. The cygnets were pinioned, 2 were sold and the remaining cygnet left with his parents. In the past week the parents have laid 4 eggs and ...
Re: Double Clutch: Will the parents drive the 7-week-old cygnet away when new eggs hatch? -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2009
Hi Jeanne: We have seen this activity in several swan pairs, more in black swans vs mute swans, but it can happen in various species. Out of curiosity, what species of swans do you have? If the ...
Re: Double Clutch: Will the parents drive the 7-week-old cygnet away when new eggs hatch? -- Jeanne Moore -- 30 May 2009
The swans that have laid another clutch of eggs are Mute Swans. They had three cygnets hatch in April, two of the cygnets were removed five days later. We kept one cygnet so that the parents would ...
Re: Double Clutch: Will the parents drive the 7-week-old cygnet away when new eggs hatch? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 May 2009
Hi Jeanne: Thanks for the update. As long as the female is still sitting on the nest, she believes that the eggs are viable and she is the most important one in this equation. If she walks away, then ...
Injured cygnet taken to the vet for 5 days: Will its parents take it back? -- Jeanne Moore -- 9 June 2009
It's been over 10 days and the parents are still tolerating the cygnet on the lake. We are watching them closely and will move the cygnet to a secure area on a different lake if necessary. In the ...
Re: Injured cygnet taken to the vet for 5 days: Will its parents take it back? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 June 2009
Hi Jeanne: You might try to reintroduce the cygnet, but it probably is not going to work and you need to be ready to recapture and save from its parents. If the cygnet is too weak or the parents just ...
Why the injured cygnet was accepted by the parents after an absence of 6 days -- Jeanne Moore -- 15 June 2009
Update of 2 week old injured cygnet... Our vet advised us to tube feed the cygnet three or four times daily for three to five days or until he was able to eat on it's own. We tube fed the cygnet ...
Re: Why the injured cygnet was accepted by the parents after an absence of 6 days -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2009
Hi Jeanne: Good news. The poop theory was a good thought, but it is a wive's tale (actually mother's who don't want their kids to pick up birds) about birds smelling human scents. Birds don't have ...

"Sneaky" Male Swan engages in relationships with other female swans -- Elaine Angwin -- 29 May 2009
Dear SWAN SPECIALIST, Someone told me that a male swan is NOT AS FAITHFUL to his lifetime female partner as he appears to be. He is, actually, very sneaky in engaging in relationships with other ...
Re: "Sneaky" Male Swan engages in relationships with other female swans -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2009
Hi Elaine: This statement is not necessarily true. Most swans mate for life. This fidelity depends on several factors: individual swan, swan species and success of having cygnets and raising them to ...

Both swan parents kill cygnet -- Carla -- 28 May 2009
Today I came home and watched a monther swan push one of her babies out of the pond behind my house. I went over to see if it was okay and it was. By the time I got back to my house, both swan ...
Re: Both swan parents kill cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2009
Hi Carla: Nature is unfortunately cruel sometimes and survival of the fittest rules. Swan parents will kill a cygnet if they know something is wrong with the cygnet. There are several reasons for ...

Swan poop on my lawn - How to keep the swans away? -- Charlene Davis -- 28 May 2009
We have 9 swans on our lake and they like to lay in our yard. They make such a mess in the yard pooping. Is there anything I can put on the grass to keep them out of the yard. My lawn men don't want ...
Re: Swan poop on my lawn - How to keep the swans away? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2009
Hi Charlene: At one time, we used to collect and compost the swan manure under the name L'essence of Swan. We stopped marketing the product because of lack of interest from the consumer standpoint ...

How to tell a Swan is pregnant, will lay eggs? -- Carol -- 28 May 2009
Hi, I have a pair of mute swans who are 4 years old. I'm thinking it's way too late in the season for the female to lay eggs, but they've recently made a beautiful nest. The female sits on the nest ...
Re: How to tell a Swan is pregnant, will lay eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2009
Hi Carol: There is no way to just look at a swan and determine if it is pregnant. We are still within the window of nesting season for the mute swans so the swan could still lay eggs. On another ...
Re: How to tell a Swan is pregnant, will lay eggs? -- Carol -- 28 May 2009
Well the swans were purchased a year ago from a man who sells them specifically to keep the geese away. A builder in a subdivision purchased them and asked that I take care of them. They've recently ...
Re: How to tell a Swan is pregnant, will lay eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2009
Hi Carol: Thanks for the photo. But, we still would not be able to predict pregnancy even with a photo. As for sexing, some swans weigh more and have larger features than other swans regardless of ...

Swan attack on a baby duck -- Carol -- 27 May 2009
Hello, I saw a male swan attack and kill a baby duck today, it surprised me as there was no threat to the baby swans at all. Please could you offer some explanation for this behaviour. Thankyou Carol
Re: Swan attack on a baby duck -- The Regal Swan -- 27 May 2009
Hi Carol: Unfortunately, this is something that is seen frequently in not only swans, but all forms of wildlife. Swans will attack babies that are not their own. Nature ensures that a particular ...

How long for a swan egg to hatch? -- Christopher -- 27 May 2009
I was just wondering if you know how long it takes a swan egg to hatch? Thanks, Christopher
Re: How long for a swan egg to hatch? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 May 2009
Hi Christopher: Usually, this depends on species, but incubation is 30-45 days from the day that the last egg was laid. The Regal Swan

Maximum number of cygnets. Father swan hates jet skis -- Bob -- 27 May 2009
I have a pair of mute swans that have produced 9 cygnets, how many can they have? I live on a large lake and the male spends a good amount of time chasing geese from the area. He is particularly ...
Re: Maximum number of cygnets. Father swan hates jet skis -- The Regal Swan -- 27 May 2009
Hi Bob: The largest known brood was 13 cygnets in England. Usually, they produce 1-10. The Regal Swan

Do swans lay eggs more than once a year? -- Becky Bohland -- 25 May 2009
The swans near us just had a family of 6 babies. Now I see one swan on the nest again while the other is with the young on another nest. Do they lay eggs more then once a year?
Re: Do swans lay eggs more than once a year? -- The Regal Swan -- 26 May 2009
Hi Becky: We're not sure what might be occurring. If the swans are mute swans, the female only lay eggs once a year. There is a possibility that the female is taking care of the cygnets while the ...

Color of swan babies: 3 gray and 3 white, same family -- Becky Bohland -- 24 May 2009
We have a family of swans near by and they had 6 babies. Three are gray and three are white. Why is there a difference in color?
Re: Color of swan babies: 3 gray and 3 white, same family -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2009
Hi Becky: Great Question. Before we give the answer, we need to give you a little history. Years ago (centuries), someone in Eastern Europe (Poland, Lithuania area) decided to see if they could breed ...

Swan breeder or rescue in northeast US? -- Karinne -- 23 May 2009
I suspect that swan breeders are not "certified" but is there a standard of quality by which they are assessed or is this mostly word of mouth? I have only found Granite State Farm in Northwood, NH ...
Re: Swan breeder or rescue in northeast US? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 May 2009
Hi Karinne: We're not sure that there is any certification, but some breeders belong to waterfowl or birding associations. You might try to contact a waterfowl breeding association in your area. Yes, ...
Re: Swan breeder or rescue in northeast US? -- lisa sommer -- 26 May 2009
Recent newspaper articles here in the state have declared that Maryland has destroyed 4000 swans in the last several months. We estimate there are approx 500 left on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. ...
Re: Swan breeder or rescue in northeast US? -- The Regal Swan -- 26 May 2009
Hi Lisa: Yes, it is a sad issue. The courts had gotten involved years ago with injunctions filed, but as in many cases, state fish & wildlife commissions have been given the authority to take care of ...

How to sex cygnets, removing cygnets from the parents, one cygnet close to Dad and 2 close to Mum -- sonia mesry -- 21 May 2009
HELLO ONCE AGAIN....HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU AND YOUR SWANS IN FLA. I HAVE 3 1 MONTH OLD POLISH MUTE CYGNETS. HOW CAN I SEX THEM? DNA(BLOOD) OR FEATHERS? ALSO...I KNOW ALOT OF TIME YOU GUYS HAVE ...
Re: How to sex cygnets, removing cygnets from the parents, one cygnet close to Dad and 2 close to Mu -- The Regal Swan -- 21 May 2009
Hi Sonia: Is there a specific reason that you need to know the gender at this particular moment? If not, we would suggest that you wait until at least 6 months of age. You can take them to the ...

Where to buy swan ducklings in Ontario, Canada -- frank -- 21 May 2009
Hi Sir/Madam, I would like to know where can I buy a swan duckling in canada ontario? I love swan very much and I live right on the lake. So, I have a lot of space for them to run even fly. Thank ...
Re: Where to buy swan ducklings in Ontario, Canada -- The Regal Swan -- 21 May 2009
Hi Frank: We are not sure where you might purchase swan cygnets in Canada or if it is even legal. You may need a possession permit from your local government as well as a providence or federal permit ...

Signet color + reintroducing cygnets to parents after pinioning -- Benjamin -- 20 May 2009
We have just hatched 4 mute signets, the mother is english and the father is polish. 3 signets are gray and 1 is brown, we have not seen their feet. Does this mean anything? Also we plan to have the ...
Re: Signet color + reintroducing cygnets to parents after pinioning -- The Regal Swan -- 21 May 2009
Hi Benjamin: If they are a darker color, they are all probably royal mutes as opposed to polish mute cygnets which are white in color. This genetic coloring does not pose a danger to any of the swans ...

How to incubate mute swan eggs -- Kathy -- 20 May 2009
The eggs do not fit in our trays, can we lay them on their side & just rotate them daily?
Re: How to incubate mute swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2009
Hi Kathy: The probability that you will successfully incubate the eggs to hatching are extremely slim. In all probability, you will get very rotten eggs which will explode and cause a major mess and ...

Swan Eggs: Need for fertilization -- Tamara Huseman -- 20 May 2009
Will a female swan lay eggs even if she does not have a mate? Does the male swan have to ferterlize the female swan to have fertil eggs?
Re: Swan Eggs: Need for fertilization -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2009
Hi Tamara: Sometimes female swans will lay eggs without a male swan. However, a male swan must fertilize the eggs prior to cygnets being produced. The Regal Swan

When to remove un-hatched eggs -- Benjamin -- 20 May 2009
Our nest has 6 eggs, 4 eggs hatched yesterday. How long should we wait to see if the other 2 eggs hatch before removing them from the nest? The 2 eggs left were not the first to be layed.
Re: When to remove un-hatched eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2009
Hi Benjamin: The eggs should remain in the nest until at least 1 week after the other eggs have hatched. The mother swan will either abandon the eggs or pitch them from the nest if they are duds. The ...

How to feed rescued cygnet, how long to keep him? -- Charley Soukup -- 20 May 2009
While fisning an inland lake my son saw a flock of blackbirds swooping down and pecking at a very small cygnet - some patches of down already plucked from his head - so of course into the kayak with ...
Re: How to feed rescued cygnet, how long to keep him? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2009
Hi Charley: Thank you for rescuing the little fellow. The good news is that it sounds you are taking great care of him, i.e., letting him swim in the daytime and bringing him in at night. If you did ...

Swans, eggs and foxes. Protect swans = Feed foxes? -- Beverley Bowes -- 19 May 2009
I live on a golf course and the swans have just hatched 6 eggs they are ok at the moment but how can we protect them from the foxes should we feed the foxes to keep their hunger at bay
Re: Swans, eggs and foxes. Protect swans = Feed foxes? -- The Regal Swan -- 19 May 2009
Hi Beverly: Feeding the foxes will only draw them to the area and increase the chances that they will get the eggs. Because we are not familiar with your laws regarding the protection of the mute ...

Will a swan who has lost its mate look for a new one? -- Cathy Thompson -- 18 May 2009
There used to be a pair of white swans on a pond at the local golf course, but the female was killed by a fox. There were eggs in the nest and the male swan has been seen still alive. Will he care ...
Re: Will a swan who has lost its mate look for a new one? -- The Regal Swan -- 18 May 2009
Hi Cathy: Incubation of the eggs is usually the female swan's task. Depending on the individual swan and species of swan, males may assist with the incubation but, only while the female is away from ...