Ask the Swan Specialist

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


Baby Swan with injured leg -- Leigh -- 25 August 2016
Hello Swan Specialist, There is a friendly baby swan on my canal that has a swollen knee. This swan is having trouble keeping up with its 5 brothers/sisters and 2 parents. Is there any thing I can do ...

Swans leave water to my house 200ft away at night -- Michele -- 24 August 2016
Hi.....I feed swans twice per day - waterfowl food. There are four of them....white mute swans -- very friendly. They have been coming up at dusk turning dark out of the water to my house 200 ft away ...

Swans hiding in tall grass in pond -- Judy -- 21 August 2016
i live on a pond in Canton MA with two side coves. We have had a pair of swan here for 3 years. One set of swans basically live on my side cove. They had baby and all died. There was 2 pairs and two ...
Re: Swans hiding in tall grass in pond -- The Regal Swan -- 23 August 2016
Hi Judy: Your two swans are hiding from the swans that they were fighting. The dominating swans basically have told your swans that they own the pond. So, for the time being, your swans are hiding ...

Lonely swan -- Shauna -- 19 August 2016
I live in Enfield in the UK there was a pair of swans that had babies but the babies went of but for the last couple of days the male swasn hasn't come back and the female looks so lost without him ...
Re: Lonely swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 August 2016
Hi Shauna: The lone swan could actually be one of the cygnets that did not leave with the parents. In any case, please contact Wendy Hermon, Swan Support, Datchet UK. She and her rescue team might be ...

Lone swan -- Chris -- 17 August 2016
How can we help one swan who seems to have lost its mate?
Re: Lone swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 August 2016
Hi Chris: More than likely, the lone swan is a lone swan for the following reasons: 1. If this swan is a juvenile from this year, the parents have kicked it out of the habitat to begin preparing for ...

Swan and geese flying together? -- Kecia -- 14 August 2016
Have u ever seen a swan fly with a goose?
Re: Swan and geese flying together? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 August 2016
Hi Kecia: Yes, we have seen swans fly with geese. Usually, both species fly at different levels such as during migration, etc. However, if they are in the same area and disturbed, then they will all ...

Black Swan Rescue -- Kathi -- 13 August 2016
Hi! I live on a ten acre farm with a one acre pond in Bucks County PA . I am being offered three black swans that were rescued from a hording situation. I have no other water fowl on the pond except ...
Re: Black Swan Rescue -- The Regal Swan -- 14 August 2016
Hi Kathi: Thank you for caring about the swans and the rescuers that rescued them. There are several issues with Australian Black Swans that can pose some difficulty. First, you will need to protect ...

Swan family killed - does surviving pen need help? -- Anne -- 11 August 2016
Hello, we live in Yorkshire in the UK. Not far from us there are are big ponds, frequented by anglers and dog walkers, with lots of aquatic birds living and nesting in the area. We have been ...
Re: Swan family killed - does surviving pen need help? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 August 2016
Hi Anne If the mate was killed and she is just sitting there without trying to feed, swim and act normally for fear of something happening, then this is not a good situation for the swan. It also ...
Swan family killed - does surviving pen need help? -- Anne -- 13 August 2016
Thank you SO much for your quick reply - and we were most impressed that you could direct us to a source of help here in the UK! We contacted Wendy and she was incredibly helpful and reassuring in ...
Re: Swan family killed - does surviving pen need help? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 August 2016
Hi Anne You are very welcome. Glad to know that Wendy can help. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Regal Swan

Swans in hotel lobby: Is it a good environment? -- Kimi -- 9 August 2016
Hi, What is a healthy environment for a pair of swans? I was in Dallas, TX staying at the Embassy Suites and they had a pair of swans in a small pool (~15' in diameter). This seems monotonous and I'm ...
Re: Swans in hotel lobby: Is it a good environment? -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2016
Hi Kimi: Yes, we are aware of these swans as we were asked to look into the situation several years ago. Is the habitat safe and adequate, are the swans cared for daily and provided veterinary care? ...

The Twelve Days of Christmas: Bubbles and Swans a-Swimming -- Wanda -- 6 August 2016
Im' doing a 12 days of Christmas gifts, and for the swans swimming they said to give a bottle of bubbles. What do bubbles have in common with swans? I can't find anything on the internet that answers ...

Breeding swans in Malaysia -- Justin -- 5 August 2016
I have never seen a white/black swans in Malaysia and I'd like to start breeding them here. I'm not sure how to reach my goal in bringing these beautiful creatures in this part of the world. Do i ...
Re: Breeding swans in Malaysia -- The Regal Swan -- 6 August 2016
Hi Justin: More than likely, there are several reasons that you do not see swans in Malaysia. 1. The weather or the habitat is not suitable for certain species. 2. There is no interest in keeping ...

Returning surviving cygnet to parents after a deadly attack -- Elaine -- 4 August 2016
Hi there, Hope you are able to provide some advice. Melbourne, Australia - canal linking wetland systems with few landing spots along the canal. The canal is used by swan families to travel between ...

Blisters on foot -- Ardeanne -- 2 August 2016
I have a 23 yr old blackneck swan. My prior experience has been that aged swans (mutes & blacknecks) develop weakness in left leg. In past I have treated with prednisone. This blackneck has been ...
Re: Blisters on foot -- The Regal Swan -- 2 August 2016
Hi Ardeanne We have not seen a problem in the left leg in older swans and we have seen them as old as 26 years of age. The blisters could be the result of many things such as being burned while ...

Young swan still gray -- Jo -- 31 July 2016
I live on a small canal off the St. Clair River in Michigan. We have a few swans(mute) here and every year like to watch the babies swim with the parents. This year there were 3 babies now only 2. I ...
Re: Young swan still gray -- The Regal Swan -- 31 July 2016
Hi Jo: There a couple of reasons that one cygnet might be gray and one white. The runt (youngest smallest cygnet) has not yet turned white, but will in the very near future. Second, there is a color ...

Cygnet alone with no mother -- John -- 30 July 2016
I live down on the bay side on the jersey shore and recently a baby swan has been hanging around where I live in the lagoon. I have been seeing it in the lagoon outside my house everyday for about ...
Re: Cygnet alone with no mother -- The Regal Swan -- 31 July 2016
Hi John: How big is the cygnet? Is it still brown or turning more white? If it is turning white, then it is more than 8 months of age and the parents have probably chased it from the nest. However, ...

3 month old cygnet under mother -- KathY -- 29 July 2016
The cygnet is not a baby... it's about 3 months. The family had 7 cygnets and then 6...I went to the lake in Middletown, CT earlier this week and noticed the young cygnet trying to flap it's wings ...
Re: 3 month old cygnet under mother -- The Regal Swan -- 30 July 2016
Hi Kathy: Cygnets are still babies until at least 6 months of age. The cygnet you are describing may have been the runt and is still developing, even though it may look big and be 3 months of age. If ...

Late baby swan, survival -- Sandra -- 26 July 2016
I live in Michigan, USA and in the lake by my house there are 2 couples of mute swans. One couple has 3 cygnets, 3/4 of the size of parents by this time, all very healthy. The other couple has 2 ...
Re: Late baby swan, survival -- The Regal Swan -- 26 July 2016
Hi Sandra As long as predators or the Michigan DNR does not kill them, they should grow very quickly and go about their way. Michigan DNR like other state and federal wildlife authorities ...

Lone swan -- Mary -- 25 July 2016
We have a single white trumpeter swan that comes back every year to our small 30 acre lake without a mate. Why does he or she not find a mate? She or he is very content. Thank you for four expertise.
Re: Lone swan -- The Regal Swan -- 26 July 2016
Hi Mary This could behavior could be the result of several issues. 1. This is a young bird, under three years of age and has not yet reached mating age. Typically, finding a mate can occur between ...

8 week old girl trumpeter with splinted leg; foot is reddish purple -- Jeanne -- 19 July 2016
I have a baby girl (8 weeks) trumpeter who has a tendon in her leg which requires surgery to repair. In the meantime, we have her leg splinted to hold it straight behind her. She's not crying and ...
Re: 8 week old girl trumpeter with splinted leg; foot is reddish purple -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2016
Hi Jeanne It could be bruised and/or too tight. You might loosen slightly to ensure you are not cutting off circulation as this could cost her leg. You need to get her to the veterinarian as soon as ...
Re: 8 week old girl trumpeter with splinted leg; foot is reddish purple -- Jeanne -- 19 July 2016
I took her to the vet yesterday for Xrays. (Nothings broken, hooray!) Do you know of a specialist in the Central Arkansas area? My (exotic pet) vet says she has a friend in Tennessee who works for a ...
Re: 8 week old girl trumpeter with splinted leg; foot is reddish purple -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2016
Hi Jeanne No, we don't know anyone in your area. You might try a veterinary school/college that may have an exotic/waterfowl specialist. Univ. Tennessee at Knoxville comes to mind. Tendon surgery is ...

Separated mated swans -- Karen -- 18 July 2016
Hi i live on a boat in northamptonshire UK. A pair of swans mated and had 3 cygnets, the cob was injured and took away by the rspca. Mum has been rearing the young on her own successfully. The cob ...
Re: Separated mated swans -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2016
Hi Karen She is protecting the cygnets, but also displaying her displeasure with his disappearance and leaving her alone with the child care duties. She will eventually get over this and will accept ...

Alone white swan in ocean bay -- Pat -- 17 July 2016
for nearly a week a single white swan has been swimming alone in the ocean bay in cape cod. when a flock of geese swim by she or he tries to join in. I can't tell if she is lost or something happened ...
Re: Alone white swan in ocean bay -- The Regal Swan -- 17 July 2016
Hi Pat: This sounds like a young juvenile who has been dispatched from its habitat by the parents due to the nesting season. If this is the case, it will eventually move on because if the bay is ...

Mute Swan Cygnet still here -- Henry Smith -- 15 July 2016
Hello again, I wrote to you on the 31st of March about a Mute Swan Cygnet being aggressive to it's mother. Well the Cygnet is still here, we have a new brood of four cygnets and the last year's ...

Mystery swan behavior -- Steve -- 13 July 2016
Hi I am from Middlesbrough United Kingdom and a pair of swans in the local lake have all us locals baffled. If you can picture a park with a large lake and a metal fence all the way around it and a ...
Re: Mystery swan behavior -- The Regal Swan -- 14 July 2016
Hi Steve: There are several possibilities with this scenario. 1. These may be juvenile swans and are in their first year of nesting. Possibly, they have absolutely no idea what they are doing, but ...

Missing mate -- Debbie -- 12 July 2016
I live on a pond in Mass. Since 1999 I have had a pair of swans that have made it their habitat. I have grown extremely fond of them and as a result we have bonded. They come when I call them and ...
Re: Missing mate -- The Regal Swan -- 12 July 2016
Hi Debbie: There is always the chance that he was out flying and will come back. However, there are some other possibilities here. 1. Are you absolutely sure that the swan you are seeing is the ...

Two cygnets on our swimming pool -- Andy -- 9 July 2016
Hi, we found 2 cygnets on our swimming pool this afternoon. No sign of the parents. They came from a pond about 100 yards away. We returned them to the pond but still no sign of the parents. They ...
Re: Two cygnets on our swimming pool -- The Regal Swan -- 9 July 2016
Hi Andy Please try to capture the cygnets and hold them. It is very important that you contact the RSPCA or Wendy Hermon, Swan Support- Datchet, 44 7572 4509 67 Immediately. Without the parents, the ...

Swans in brackish water -- Gerry -- 7 July 2016
I've lived on a lagoon of brackish water by Barnegat Bay in Loveladies, N.J. for 48 years and never saw a swan among the many shore birds in this area. Today, for the first time, a pair of swans swan ...
Re: Swans in brackish water -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2016
Hi Gerry More than likely, the swans were flying through your area and we're trying to cool off. Once they rested and cooled, they went on their way. You are correct in that most swans need ...

Do ducks have ears? -- Dragon -- 5 July 2016
Do ducks have ears?
Re: Do ducks have ears? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 July 2016
Hi Dragon: Yes, ducks, geese, swans and all birds for that matter have ears. The ears are not seen and are buried beneath the feathers in an area behind the eyes. In the case of waterfowl, the ...

Swan needed (Philadelphia) -- Tom -- 4 July 2016
Could you help me find a female swan in need of a home within 100 miles of Philadelphia? One of our swans was killed by a fox and her sister is now alone. We are not interested in a male swan as the ...
Re: Swan needed (Philadelphia) -- Jeanmarie -- 13 July 2016
I have a female cygnet that is recovering from being bitten by a snapping turtle. The cygnet's wound was sutured by my vet and then had to be confined for about 2 weeks to make sure the opening ...
Re: Swan needed (Philadelphia) -- The Regal Swan -- 4 July 2016
Hi Tom: Unfortunately, we do not know of a swan breeder near Philadelphia. However, one that we consistently recommend is Bob Knox of Knox Swan and Dogs in Illinois. His stock is healthy and ...

Would a parent swan kill their daughter's cygnets? -- Sarah -- 4 July 2016
Hi I'm from Northampton UK, and wrote before, when I described a situation where there is a pair of swans on our local small lake, and their daughter (Sally!) from 4 or 5 years ago, who has ...
Re: Would a parent swan kill their daughter -- The Regal Swan -- 4 July 2016
Hi Sarah: It is possible, but not likely that the male parent killed the daughter's offspring. The major reason you may not be seeing the cygnets is that they are being hidden in an area away from ...
Re: Would a parent swan kill their daughter -- Sarah -- 9 July 2016
Thanks very much. Oddly, yesterday we thought we might have seen some other cygnets, but having gone right round the lake (it's very small) we could only see the parent ones. They would be quite ...
Re: Would a parent swan kill their daughter -- The Regal Swan -- 9 July 2016
Hi Sarah: Thanks for the update. Hopefully, if the cygnets did survive, you will see them in the coming weeks. The Regal swan

Will swans chase away other water birds? -- Jacqui -- 3 July 2016
We currently have geese and ducks on our pond and are keen to introduce a pair of breeding swans. Would black swans be the best choice? I've heard all swans will chase away any other water birds in ...
Re: Will swans chase away other water birds? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 July 2016
Hi Jacqui: The Australian Black Swans are much more defensive than the other species of swans. No matter which species, they may all chase your geese and ducks during the mating season. This is an ...

Cygnets disappear -- June -- 2 July 2016
Hi for the past two years swans on Fradley Junction near Lichfield have produced last year 6 then this year 7 cygnets. After a few weeks they have sadly disappeared. Many think it is a pike but ...
Re: Cygnets disappear -- The Regal Swan -- 2 July 2016
Hi June The list could include many species such as fox, mink, pike and other large month fish, hawks, owls, egrets, herons and turtles. Disease and injury along with other territorial waterfowl ...

Hypothetical swan as a pond protector against Blue Heron? -- Justin -- 27 June 2016
Hello, So my family has a pretty large pond on our property. Not only is it great for keeping koi and goldfish, it attracts a ton of wildlife. Deer, frogs, diving beetles, dragon flies, swallows, ...
Re: Hypothetical swan as a pond protector against Blue Heron? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 June 2016
Hi Justin: No, the swans would not scare the Great Blue Heron from the pond. If you were to get a pair of swans and they produced cygnets (baby swans), the Great Blue Heron would also predate the ...

Swan following my baby girl -- Maryanne -- 23 June 2016
Hi this is purely just for my own curiosity. I was at a beach on luss in scotland and sat my baby daughter on the sand to take a picture a large swan appeared in the water from nowhere and swam ...
Re: Swan following my baby girl -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2016
Hi Maryanne: This sounds like a young juvenile swan or a very tame swan that is used to people and was probably looking for food. If it was someone's pet, it may have gotten lost and as looking for ...

2 females with one male? -- Sherry -- 23 June 2016
Hi, I have a pinioned female mute swan and a female (I think) mute swan from a rescue who's wings are not clipped. This one flew away 3 months ago so I now am raising a male (I think) pinioned cygnet ...
Re: 2 females with one male? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2016
Hi Sherry: If they are all females, then there should not be a problem. If there is a male and two females, there will be a female left out during mating season, and they may chase her, but usually, ...

Swan on our loch -- Val -- 22 June 2016
We have two swans on our local loch. Our garden leads down to the water's edge and tonight one of the swans came up onto the grass embankment and has been sitting there for 3/4 hours. It seems ...
Re: Swan on our loch -- The Regal Swan -- 22 June 2016
Hi Val: If it is leaving the water and reluctant to get back in, it means that it is being chased by something, either a predator or an older swan(s). If it is a juvenile, then the parents are ...

Can mute swans and trumpeter swans mate? -- Trisha -- 20 June 2016
There is a little lake next to my house that two swans are at. The male is a trumpeter swan and the female is a mute swan. She has been sitting on 5 eggs for over 6 weeks. Can those different types ...
Re: Can mute swans and trumpeter swans mate? -- The Regal Swan -- 21 June 2016
Hi Trisha Great question. Are you sure that the one swan is a Trumpeter and that it is a male? The reasons that we ask these two questions are: 1. Usually, two species of wildlife do not ( because in ...
Re: Can mute swans and trumpeter swans mate? -- Trisha -- 21 June 2016
Yes, I am sure the male is a Trumpeter, and I've always been told he is a male, but I have no idea how to tell that for sure. He has been around the same place for 5 years. The girl was brought in ...
Re: Can mute swans and trumpeter swans mate? -- The Regal Swan -- 21 June 2016
Hi Trisha Thanks for the update. The female swan knows from heartbeats and movement in the egg. If the egg goes bad, she will roll it out of the nest. Again, she knows what she is doing and will ...

Should we remove 2 month old egg? -- Sheree -- 20 June 2016
We are trying to decide if we should remove the only egg laid by our 2 year old mute swan or let nature take its course. The egg was first noticed around April 10 2016. She is diligent and only ...
Re: Should we remove 2 month old egg? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2016
Hi Sheree: Swan counting is different than human counting. As long as the mother is continuing to care for the eggs, you need to let nature take its course. She will not continue to sitting on any ...

3 Year Old Male Trumpeter Has Become Attached to Baby Pekins? -- Shalimar -- 19 June 2016
We have a very large pond with farm ducks, wild ducks and a beautiful pair of 3 year old Trumpeters (Romeo & Dutchess) we've had for two years. We added a protected nesting area, and there is ...
Re: 3 Year Old Male Trumpeter Has Become Attached to Baby Pekins? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2016
Hi Shalimar: The fact that the swans built a nest and did not lay eggs could mean several things. First, most swans are no sexually mature until 2-3 years of age, so you may have 2 juveniles that ...

Ability of young cygnets to walk quite a distance? -- Hadassah -- 16 June 2016
There is a small lake/large pond that I walk around daily [just a half mile around], there have been a Trumpeter swan pair that have showed up to feed on a regular basis, one or both fly in and then ...
Re: Ability of young cygnets to walk quite a distance? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2016
Hi Hadassah: Swans are extremely resourceful when it comes to moving from one area to another looking for a better habitat especially when safety and food resources are required. Swans, especially ...

Our swans of 11 years: Disappeared -- Janice -- 16 June 2016
Hi. I'm very worried as our pair of swans have been in our local pond for 11 years. They have had babies every year but last year they all died. This year they had four babies 2 weeks ago but the ...
Re: Our swans of 11 years: Disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2016
Hi Janice: If something or someone (predators) scared the family, they will seek a safer habitat for the swans. They may have taken a stream or other waterway to another area for not only protection ...
Re: Our swans of 11 years: Disappeared -- Lexi -- 16 June 2016
The oddest thing happened to us Janice. We've had a swan couple here for years! They had two babies, and were so happy here in our part of the river. A couple of days ago our swan family have been ...
Re: Our swans of 11 years: Disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2016
Hi Lexi: Here is the info we sent to Janice: If something or someone (predators) scared the family, they will seek a safer habitat for the swans. They may have taken a stream or other waterway to ...

Cygnets have disappeared -- Jackie -- 15 June 2016
I live on a small lake, and each year we have 2 swans who live here. They recently had 3 cygnets, which I saw once, and then they have all disappeared. The adult swans have been swimming around the ...
Re: Cygnets have disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 15 June 2016
Hi Jackie: If the cygnets are very small, 1 week of age or less, then the mother can hide them among the reeds, carry them under her wings out of sight, or hide them in the nest. Usually, after 1-2 ...

Would black swan migrate? -- Steph -- 13 June 2016
I live in PA and I want to get a black swan as a pet but I'm wondering if it would need to migrate for the winter or what would not need done?
Re: Would black swan migrate? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2016
Hi Steph No, the swan will not migrate as you will have to have him pinioned (permanently rendered unable to fly) or clipped every 4 months so that he cannot fly. An Australian Black Swan is deemed ...

Swan capture -- Lynne -- 13 June 2016
Hi, I live in a retirement community, and we have a pair of swans (male & female) residing in the community pond. The male is very aggressive during nesting season, and we would like to move him ...
Re: Swan capture -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2016
Hi Lynne This would not be an ideal solution as he will try to get back to his family and habitat which could get him seriously injured or killed by a predator or traffic. The mother swan will also ...

Release -- Mel -- 12 June 2016
If you buy a bred swan can it be released into the wild at a local pond ?
Re: Release -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2016
Hi Mel No, the swan does not know about predators, how to protect itself from predators or how to find food. If bred in captivity, a swan needs to be found a safe, secure and adequate captive setting ...

Swam fight or mating? -- Annie -- 12 June 2016
There were two swans one male and one female that we're getting very aggressive today, they were biting at each others wings, aggressively pecking at necks and pulling on each other's feather so much ...
Re: Swam fight or mating? -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2016
Hi Annie This could have been fighting by two males either fighting over a female or one male protecting it's mate and habitat. Sometimes, fighting males will get on top of another to show dominance ...

Swan nest got flooded, new eggs appearing -- Karen -- 12 June 2016
Hello. You helped me last year with a nesting issue. This year, one nest washed away before the eggs were laid. They built another. For some reason she moved the eggs off the nest to a lower level, ...
Re: Swan nest got flooded, new eggs appearing -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2016
Hi Karen More than likely, she worked to raise the nesting bowl underneath to keep the eggs safe. She could have laid a total of six eggs and lost only 3. Swans can double clutch, (add more eggs), ...
Re: Swan nest got flooded, new eggs appearing -- Karen -- 13 June 2016
Thank you! Actually, I watch so closely the process, I know she had 4 eggs for several weeks. all 4 ended up submerged in water briefly. 1 was lost for sure and discarded. I think you are right, as I ...
Re: Swan nest got flooded, new eggs appearing -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2016
Hi Karen You are very welcome. Good news. Please let us know if the eggs hatch. The Regal Swan
Re: Swan nest got flooded, new eggs appearing -- Karen -- 17 June 2016
Hello. SADLY, after watching this nest, throwing reeds during high tides to help them hang on...the cygnets did not hatch. They stayed to the bitter end, and the babies just were not healthy enough ...
Re: Swan nest got flooded, new eggs appearing -- The Regal Swan -- 17 June 2016
Hi Karen We're so sorry to hear this. Hopefully, the swans learn from this and seek higher ground next year. Thanks for letting us know. The Regal Swan
Re: Swan nest got flooded, new eggs appearing -- Karen -- 18 June 2016
Hello, she is back on the nest!!!! yesterday I saw her about 80 yards away from the nest eating. I assumed she abandoned. I could not believe my eyes today! Is that unusual for her to be that far ...
Re: Swan nest got flooded, new eggs appearing -- The Regal Swan -- 18 June 2016
Hi Karen Yes, she apparently knows more than us about the condition of the eggs. Typically, if there were no chance of viability, she would abandon them. By continuing to sit and care for the eggs, ...

Three swans flying - teaching flight? -- Kay -- 11 June 2016
Hi, I just watched three swans flying together; but they weren't really heading anywhere, just made some large swooping S's back and forth over the distance, didn't seem to land, then headed back ...
Re: Three swans flying - teaching flight? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2016
Hi Kay Yes, this would be a training flight with either one parent and two juveniles or two parents and one juvenile. Had there been more juveniles, obviously there would have been more swans testing ...

Cygnet can't walk or stand -- Wells -- 10 June 2016
I was called to rescue cygnet that was abandoned by family. Little guy couldn't keep up and would repeatedly fall and can't get up. Seems otherwise healthy but has very limited use of legs. No ...
Re: Cygnet can't walk or stand -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2016
Hi Wells There are several possibilities: 1. Could have sustained a soft tissue injury trying to keep up, so you might try some light rehab in the water with you stand you by. Do 2-3 times a day for ...

Missing swans and cygnets -- Kerry -- 11 June 2016
On our lake we had pair of swans who raised 2 cygnets last year and then this year had 5 cygnets. All doing well but they have all gone missing. We cannot see any foul play as I would have thought ...
Re: Missing swans and cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2016
Hi Kerry There is a possibility that a predator may have taken them, are under mom's wing, or she has them resting somewhere. To be sure, you will need to look for them for a couple more days. You ...

The disappearance of swan signets in MA -- Rachel -- 9 June 2016
Hello, I have been following a pair of mute swans for many months that live on a nearby pond. Eight eggs, then 7 babies. One died right away and 6 have developed well, are swimming and eating at 6 ...
Re: The disappearance of swan signets in MA -- The Regal Swan -- 10 June 2016
Hi Rachel Are you sure the mom does not have them on her back or keeping them under or nearby the reeds? This is normal behavior for swans to hide their young from predators especially at a young age ...

Mute Swan Hunting in NJ -- Maya -- 8 June 2016
Hello! Do you know if it is illegal to hunt mute swans in New Jersey?
Re: Mute Swan Hunting in NJ -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2016
Hi Maya It is illegal to hunt them, but the NJ DNR regularly kills them under the guise of an invasive species and for health monitoring. Both of these practices is to receive federal funding to ...

Why is the male swan taken away from the female -- Dora -- 8 June 2016
My residential area has a pond and a pair of swans are leased and placed in the pond every spring. Last year shortly after the cygnets were born, the male swan was taken away for a while and returned ...
Re: Why is the male swan taken away from the female -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2016
Hi Dora During mating/nesting season, swans have an increase in sex hormones. This is especially true of the males. In your case, the male may be taken off the pond until the testosterone levels ...

Cygnet Deaths -- Jen -- 8 June 2016
I recently moved to a lake. A pair of swans had 4 cygnets we enjoyed watching. Then there were 3. Soon after one of the 3 was injured and stayed on the shore. Of course it soon disappeared. The next ...
Re: Cygnet Deaths -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2016
Hi Jen This is nesting/mating season so the level of sex hormones is high and will take a couple of weeks to return to normal. In the meantime, this increased testosterone level will cause over ...

Why did swans leave my pond? -- Ziggy -- 8 June 2016
Hi - I have a very large pond in France and we have ducks - for many years there were swans in the pond but for the last 5 years we have not seen them - any idea why they would not return? And how ...
Re: Why did swans leave my pond? -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2016
Hi Ziggy There are many reasons that the swans did not return: Loss of food resources Better resources on another nearby pond, especially if people are feeding them Lost on the migratory path or ...

Runt gosling -- Stacey -- 8 June 2016
We have a Canadian geese family with 3 normal growing goslings and one runt who appears to be staying very small. He is still yellow and his siblings are now getting their tail pin feathers and adult ...
Re: Runt gosling -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2016
Hi Stacey: As long as the runt is eating, there is nothing anatomically wrong or he is not ill, is keeping up with the parents and the parents are still looking after it, then he has a great chance ...

Cygnet not with parents -- Amy -- 8 June 2016
Hello, I have become quite enamored with the 2 mute swans that swim in the bay in front of my house in New England and watched them next. They had one cygnet around the 3rd week of April this year ...
Re: Cygnet not with parents -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2016
Hi Amy: Usually, swan parents will not leave their cygnets alone until they are much older. Could the cygnet have been on the mother's back under her wings so you could not see it? Carrying the ...
RE: cygnet not with parents -- Amy -- 20 June 2016
Hello the Regal Swan! Thank you so much for answering my question. Turns out, the family was back together the next day and I panicked for nothing. They are outside swimming as I type and the cygnet ...
Re: RE: cygnet not with parents -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2016
Hi Amy: You are very welcome. This is great news and we're glad that the family has reunited. The Regal Swan

Swan walking right down the center of the road.... -- Chuck -- 7 June 2016
I live in rural central Texas and as I was driving home yesterday there was a beautiful swan walking down the middle of my country road. I stopped and got out to see if he/she was wounded. I couldn't ...
Re: Swan walking right down the center of the road.... -- The Regal Swan -- 7 June 2016
Hi Chuck: There are several reasons for this behavior. The swan may have gotten tired of flying and landed in the nearby area or was walking to look for another pond. If it had been raining, ...

Destroyed and abandoned nest -- Susan -- 6 June 2016
My 22 yr old son and myself have been watching a swan nest with the Swan incubating 4 eggs. We went yesterday and the swans had gone and the nest seemed to have been destroyed. The nest was in a reed ...
Re: Destroyed and abandoned nest -- The Regal Swan -- 6 June 2016
Hi Susan: This sounds as if a predator (human or wild) attacked the nest and destroyed it. If this was the case, the parents would have escaped with their lives and left the area. They will not come ...

One swan parent killed -- Inge -- 6 June 2016
On the 4th of June 2016, in The Hague, The Netherlands, the mother swan was killed by a car on a parking lot nearby a field hockey club. The father swan and three little baby swans were standing by ...
Re: One swan parent killed -- The Regal Swan -- 6 June 2016
Hi Inge: We are sorry for your loss. Although the male and the cygnets may have experienced a small period of grief, nature does not allow them to grieve for any extended period of time such as found ...

Mute swan female with black swan eyes -- Paul -- 6 June 2016
Hi I have seen a female mute swan with red eyes like a black swan. Can you explain this
Re: Mute swan female with black swan eyes -- The Regal Swan -- 6 June 2016
Hi Paul: We have not seen this and would love to see some photos if you could get them. Normally, when you see such red eyes in the Mute Swans, it is an eye infection such as conjunctivitis. Again, ...

Swans brought their cygnets through 2 fields and fencing -- Sue and Mario -- 4 June 2016
Hi we have a swan couple that have had cygnets on a lake in one field, but have moved them to our lake, which is over two fields and fencing away. We want to know how they brought the young with ...
Re: Swans brought their cygnets through 2 fields and fencing -- The Regal Swan -- 4 June 2016
Hi Sue and Mario: More than likely, the cygnets were walked until they tired. Then, the female swan could have transported them along a small stream that you may not know about. The mother swan can ...

The Missing Swan -- John -- 2 June 2016
A pair of swans have nested on the Canal opposite for 5 years. Recently it looks as though the mother Swan who was spending most of its time on the nest has left, leaving the nest and male. Swan ...
Re: The Missing Swan -- John -- 4 June 2016
I will keep my eye on the nest. The two swans shared an area with two distinct rest areas. The area where the female was incubating eggs on the higher and the male slightly lower where it still ...
Re: The Missing Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 4 June 2016
Hi John: You are very welcome. Yes, please let us know how this situation progresses. The Regal Swan
Re: The Missing Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2016
Hi John: Are you absolutely sure that it is the male on the nest? Typically, male swans (unless an individual or species attribute) do not incubate the eggs. So, if the swan is returning back to the ...

Mute swan feeding behavior -- Makai -- 1 June 2016
I recently have been observing a mute swan for a report in my biology class and noticed a unusual behavior. After this swan takes a bite of grass from the shore it dips it's beak into the pond and ...
Re: Mute swan feeding behavior -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2016
Hi Makai Swans must have water to eat, otherwise they would choke. So, once the food (grass) is in the water, the swan feeds and drinks at the same time to facilitate ease in swallowing. The Regal ...

Baby swan weaning -- Barry -- 1 June 2016
How long before we can remove a newly hatched baby swan from its mother, and move it to another pond? With other swans!
Re: Baby swan weaning -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2016
Hi Barry A cygnet (baby swan) needs to be with its mother for at least 6-8 months. This is the time needed for the mother to teach it how to be a swan, recognize, avoid and escape predators, search ...

Mute swans and their cygnets moved to adjacent pond -- Ally -- 30 May 2016
Hello, A pair of mute swans have nested on one of the several ponds on our local golf course. The 5 cygnets were viewed for the first time 3 days ago, but the whole family have moved to an adjacent ...
Re: Mute swans and their cygnets moved to adjacent pond -- The Regal Swan -- 30 May 2016
Hi Ally: The parent swans will move the cygnets away from the nest to prevent predators from finding them. The parents may also know that there is better protection in the new pond, less predators ...

Male widower swan won't accept a new female -- Dawn -- 30 May 2016
Hello. Two years ago we had a pair of swans on our lake. The female died and the male is alone. He appears to be thriving. About a month ago, we had at least 13 swans on our lake at one time. We ...
Re: Male widower swan won -- The Regal Swan -- 30 May 2016
Hi Dawn: More than likely, the three swans were two parents and a juvenile female which the parents dropped off to find a mate and a new habitat. Your male swan may or may not accept her as a mate as ...

Eggs left unattended for over 3 days -- YJ -- 29 May 2016
Hi, I've been watching our local canal swans, she's laid her eggs and I saw 3 eggs, mum and dad have been active but they haven't been seen for 4 days now, 2 of the eggs are still there (don't know ...
Re: Eggs left unattended for over 3 days -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2016
Hi YJ If the eggs were not fertile or non-viable the parents would have abandoned the nest and other eggs. If the third egg hatched, then the parents would have taken the young swan out of the nest ...

Swan fight to the death ! -- Maxie -- 28 May 2016
I have an issue regarding two male swans fighting in my 4 acre lake. I started with two white mute swans and two black ones. They were all raised together from just a few months old to now ...
Re: Swan fight to the death ! -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2016
Hi Maxie: Unfortunately, the male black swan may have gotten familiar with the female black swan, but was not introduced properly to the other swans on the pond. It was also introduced at the wrong ...

Lone swan on the sea -- Linda -- 29 May 2016
Yesterday we gathered as a family to scatter the ashes of our parents, we done this in a favourite spot of our childhood where our parents used to take us, Reculver beach, the tide was coming in ...
Re: Lone swan on the sea -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2016
Hi Linda: We are sorry for your loss and the beauty of a swan in such a situation only makes it more special. Yes, swans will go out to sea if they are on the migratory path and may stop to rest from ...

New nest after eggs hatch & cygnets & parent swans -- Nancy -- 28 May 2016
Swans on our lake have left their nest and relocated with their young newly hatched cygnets. Is it typical that new families with their offspring build a new nest or relocate still on same small lake ...
Re: New nest after eggs hatch & cygnets & parent swans -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2016
Hi Nancy: Once the cygnets are approximately 1-2 weeks of age, the mother will get them out of the nest and as far away as possible in the same lake so that predators do not find the cygnets. This ...

How to relocate swan and her babies -- Richard -- 27 May 2016
How do I relocate a mama Swan and her babies? They are in the lake close to boats and need to be relocated away from the boats. Thank you, Richard
Re: How to relocate swan and her babies -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2016
Hi Richard: Unfortunately, you cannot relocate them without you receiving a fine and the birds killed. The Ohio DNR is perpetuating the same misrepresentations about the Mute Swans as other state and ...

3 week old cygnets have one leg on their back -- Betty -- 25 May 2016
Juliet hatch 3 cygnets three weeks ago. I noticed all three when in the water have one leg on their backs. I've seen adult swans rest their leg on their back but never cygnets 3 weeks old. The ...
Re: 3 week old cygnets have one leg on their back -- The Regal Swan -- 25 May 2016
Hi Betty This is normal behavior. Some researchers believe that not only is this a resting position, but also a means to dissipate heat. Swan feet have many blood vessels which can displace heat and ...

Swan "adoption": 7 additional cygnets, in addition to the inital 7 -- Holly -- 23 May 2016
We have a swan pair that has nested on our lagoon for the last 3 years. Ordinarily the pair stayed near the nest area with the offspring throughout the year. This year the swan gave birth to 7 ...
Re: Swan "adoption": 7 additional cygnets, in addition to the inital 7 -- The Regal Swan -- 23 May 2016
Hi Holly: This is an interesting question as geese will commonly accept orphaned goslings, but swans usually will chase and may accidently kill another swan's cygnets should they get into the ...
Re: Swan "adoption": 7 additional cygnets, in addition to the inital 7 -- Holly -- 24 May 2016
The pair have had two previous births so I am not sure if they would be considered a "young" couple. Also, I can't see that they may be from the same couple but a different nest because all ...
Re: Swan "adoption": 7 additional cygnets, in addition to the inital 7 -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2016
Hi Holly: This is certainly a perplexing case. The only other possibility is that the first seven hatched out first and the parents took them out onto the pond and kept the younger seven in the nest ...
Re: Swan "adoption": 7 additional cygnets, in addition to the inital 7 -- Holly -- 25 May 2016
Yes it is perplexing!! Hopefully we will be able to see where they are going and if there is another nest somewhere. We were actually able to watch when the babies were first hatched and their next ...
Re: Swan "adoption": 7 additional cygnets, in addition to the inital 7 -- The Regal Swan -- 25 May 2016
Hi Holly Yes, please keep us posted. The Regal Swan

Geese & Swans -- Patricia -- 22 May 2016
What threat do geese pose to swans? The male swan continually chases all geese off of our small lake. They are permitted along the shoreline, but not in the lake. The Swan does have a mate and ...
Re: Geese & Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 22 May 2016
Hi Patricia: This is normal behavior, especially during mating and nesting season. This normal behavior is continually misrepresented by the Michigan DNR taxpayers so that the Mute Swans seem to be ...

Swan Fertility -- Rebecca -- 21 May 2016
My swans were nesting at the same place they have for the last few years, but a couple of weeks ago, Mama wasn't there anymore. Daddy Swan continued to stop by each day to get his ration of shelled ...
Re: Swan Fertility -- The Regal Swan -- 22 May 2016
Hi Rebecca: There are several reasons for this behavior. Yes, the swans can lose fertility as they age. But, there are also other possible causes: 1. The mother has a nest and is taking a break. Swan ...

Very cute picture: Cygnet climbing on its mother's back -- Sarah -- 21 May 2016
Hi, Just a quick hello from the UK. I very much enjoy reading your website and you answered a question for me a while ago. I'm attaching a picture my husband took of the newly hatched cygnets on our ...
Re: Very cute picture: Cygnet climbing on its mother -- The Regal Swan -- 22 May 2016
Hi Sarah: Thanks for the photo and the kind words. Swans, some geese and ducks carry their young on their back. This allows the young birds to rest, sleep, stay with the mother, kept warm and dry and ...

Abandoned Cygnet -- Rick -- 20 May 2016
Well...another question if you don't mind.... It looks like our swan family that lost 2 to the dog earlier today, has now abandoned another one....they were all together for several hours after the ...
Re: Abandoned Cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2016
Hi Rick Yes, seems you all are having a rough time, but this happens when predators, domestic or wild attack other species, especially birds. The abandoned cygnet may be injured or too little (the ...

Hook and line in swan's mouth -- Lucille -- 20 May 2016
The male with the bad neck is doing better. Neck is better, but what we noticed is that he snagged a hook with line in his mouth. He's eating, but rather lethargic. We feel that by trying to free ...
Re: Hook and line in swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2016
Hi Lucille: The reason that the swan is not eating and lethargic is that it is starving from being able to eat without pain. The line and hook may be preventing him from swallowing or eating. You ...

Cygnets killed. Do swan parents mourn? -- Rick -- 20 May 2016
Two of the 8 cygnets of a swan family on our lake was killed by a neighbor dog. Unfortunately my kids saw it happened and got very upset. I tried to reassure them that the swans, once they realized ...
Re: Cygnets killed. Do swan parents mourn? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2016
Hi Rick: Nature does not provide time for prolonged mourning by animals and birds, otherwise the entire family and flock is susceptible to disease, predators, and other catastrophes from the stress. ...

Mother swan abandoned 2 remaining eggs after the others hatched -- Morissa -- 20 May 2016
Hello, I have 2 swans that have mated and have laid 4 eggs, the female has nested and 2 of the eggs have hatched, now that the 2 babies have hatched the mother doesn't want to anything to do with the ...
Re: Mother swan abandoned 2 remaining eggs after the others hatched -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2016
Hi Morissa: How long has the mother swan been away from the eggs? If there is any significant time, (more than 2 hours), then you can safely assume that she is not going to take care of eggs that ...

Introducing 4 month swan to a single swan adult, partner died -- mivhaelramberg -- 19 May 2016
We have a 4 month old black swan we want to introduce to an adult black swan. The adult swan partner died 2 months ago. Our swan is very lonely. They are both female. We have isolated baby swan for ...
Re: Introducing 4 month swan to a single swan adult, partner died -- The Regal Swan -- 19 May 2016
Hi You need a slow introduction to ensure that the cygnet will not be chased, nipped or otherwise stressed from not being allowed in the habitat by the older swan. The older swan may not readily ...

Swan tail -- Samuel -- 19 May 2016
Do swans have tails?
Re: Swan tail -- The Regal Swan -- 19 May 2016
Hi Samuel: Great question! Yes, swans have tails. Some researchers believe that swans wag their tails when they feel stressed or threatened. However, we have observed tail wagging when swans greet ...

Male swan has injured his neck -- Lucille -- 18 May 2016
Male swan has injured his neck, blunt trama of some sort. He cannot raise his neck and has disappeared. The female is raising 4 cygnets, they are 2 weeks old. Do these types of injuries heal? I ...
Re: Male swan has injured his neck -- The Regal Swan -- 18 May 2016
Hi Lucille The type of injury determines if it will heal. There are other issues that can cause neurological problems which prevent control of the neck muscles such as ingestion of bacteriological ...

Swan not being able to nest -- Nancy -- 17 May 2016
We have 2 swans on our pond. They nested last year and had 5 babies. This year people living on the pond (stating they love watching them) have destroyed the first nest and barricaded the best area ...
Re: Swan not being able to nest -- The Regal Swan -- 17 May 2016
Hi Nancy If the swan needs to lay eggs, she will drop them regardless of a nest. The swans will also go somewhere else to nest if their nesting area is displaced. The worst possible scenario would be ...

Mute swan without a mate: Is it better to remove the eggs? -- Ellen -- 16 May 2016
This particular swan is at least a ten year resident of a local pond. She has created a nest and has laid 8 eggs which have not been fertilized, as she has no mate. Wondering whether she will abandon ...
Re: Mute swan without a mate: Is it better to remove the eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 May 2016
Hi Ellen: This is absolutely normal behavior for a swan. During mating/nesting season, regardless of the presence of a mate, the sex hormones increase. Male swans will build nests and obviously, no ...
Re: Mute swan without a mate: Is it better to remove the eggs? -- Den -- 17 May 2016
Hi Guys, who says this swan is without mate and these eggs are infertile? From what I see there are two couples and 2 nests. Also, several locals, one of them claimed to have a degree in nature ...

Eggs missing or still in the nest, covered by nesting material? -- Bob -- 13 May 2016
The swans in our local park laid 9 eggs; a few days later they were all gone. The swans still continue to sit on the nest. My question is are the eggs still in the nest, is it usual for the swans to ...
Re: Eggs missing or still in the nest, covered by nesting material? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 May 2016
Hi Bob: If the park staff or a predator removed the eggs, this would cause the swans to know that something is amiss and then they will either abandon the nest entirely or try to replenish the nest ...

Swan and Goose "friends"? -- Merri -- 13 May 2016
We live on a small lake, lots of geese use it as a stop over each year. We do have 2 pairs that come back every year to have babies. This March a beautiful lone Swan appeared, we don't think he had a ...
Re: Swan and Goose "friends"? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 May 2016
Hi Merri: More than likely, what you are seeing is a juvenile swan and a juvenile goose that were told by the parents, leave their nesting area and find a mate and new habitat for yourselves. Since ...

Cygnet foaming at the bill -- James -- 13 May 2016
I have Cygnet mute swan that is all of a sudden foaming at the bill. Why would this be happening? Help plz
Re: Cygnet foaming at the bill -- The Regal Swan -- 13 May 2016
Hi James Usually blowing bubbles from the mouth which appears as foam is a possible indicator of heat stress. We have seen this situation in the heat of Florida while capturing swans. Usually, this ...
Re: Cygnet foaming at the bill -- James -- 13 May 2016
Hello the cygnet is about 1 month old. it was rescued because the parents were trying to kill it. i was told she was injured as a result of the father stomping on her so i have 2 of them that were ...
Re: Cygnet foaming at the bill -- The Regal Swan -- 13 May 2016
Hi James Does seem like some type of stress, but keep monitoring. Also, swimming on side may indicate a neurological problem. The lungs have little air pockets so birds do not do well if they lay on ...

Two swans flew off, leaving a third one alone -- Jessica -- 11 May 2016
We recently had 2 swans new to our pond. . They stayed two weeks, left for 2 days and returned with another swan. All 3 stayed for 2 weeks and then 2 flew off 3 days ago leaving one alone. I have ...
Re: Two swans flew off, leaving a third one alone -- The Regal Swan -- 11 May 2016
Hi Jessica: This situation is occurring worldwide at this time of the year. Nesting and mating season is upon us and the swans as well as other birds have returned from their migratory paths to begin ...

Year old swans won't leave pond -- Jill -- 11 May 2016
We have a pond behind us that has a pair of trumpeter swans that have their wings clipped. The neighbors feed the parent swans and the pond is fenced in. They mate every and have babies. They have ...
Re: Year old swans won -- The Regal Swan -- 11 May 2016
Hi Jill: Because the parents can't fly, they have not been able to show the young where to go and offer alternate habitats. Eventually, the cygnets will leave or they will be constantly harassed ...

Well being of a female mute swan who has been sitting on the nest for a month -- John -- 10 May 2016
The male of a pair of mute swans was killed and the eggs addled. The female has been sitting on them for a month now. What are the chances of the female surviving? Will she continue to sit on the ...
Re: Well being of a female mute swan who has been sitting on the nest for a month -- The Regal Swan -- 11 May 2016
Hi John: How was the male killed and why were the eggs addled? If you live in a state in which Mute Swans are demonized falsely, we already know the answer to these two questions. State and federal ...

Swans caged in tiny enclosure -- Dan -- 10 May 2016
Hi! In the pond where I work, they import a swan pair every year. However, this year one of them disappeared, supposedly it got sick. After about a week, another (same one?) showed up, but they now ...
Re: Swans caged in tiny enclosure -- The Regal Swan -- 10 May 2016
Hi Dan: This sounds like an introduction pen. When introducing new swans, they must be penned for approximately 1 1/2-2 weeks to get them accustomed to their new habitat, the other swans, the feeding ...
Re: Swans caged in tiny enclosure -- Dan -- 11 May 2016
Thanks for the reply. Yes, that's what I figured it out to be as well after some more research. Unfortunately, their pen was nothing close to what you described. That was the real problem I had with ...
Re: Swans caged in tiny enclosure -- The Regal Swan -- 11 May 2016
Hi Dan: Glad we could help and that the swans are out on the pond. Thanks for caring for them and providing us with the update. The Regal Swan

Dead Baby Swan in Nest -- Lisa -- 10 May 2016
We had a pair of swans nesting, they had 4 eggs that hatched (not sure how many were in the nest) this past weekend... from what i can see the adult swans and 3 of the babies are swimming around with ...
Re: Dead Baby Swan in Nest -- The Regal Swan -- 10 May 2016
Hi Lisa Mother nature usually takes care of this by either the mother kicking the carcass out of the nest or a predator takes the carcass. If you are absolutely sure it is dead, remove the carcass ...
Re: Dead Baby Swan in Nest -- Lisa -- 11 May 2016
Thank you for the information... that is what we did except my husband used a fishing net to get the dead baby out of the nest so we wouldn't leave our smells on or around the nest or disturb it as ...
Re: Dead Baby Swan in Nest -- The Regal Swan -- 11 May 2016
Hi Lisa: Thank you and your husband for removing the carcass as its presence would have only invited predators and pests to the otherwise safe nesting area. On another note, if you had removed the ...

Lone male mute swan -- Xiwen -- 8 May 2016
Hi, The female swan abandoned the nest and disappear from their territory. I do not what exactly happened, but I guess she was threatened by brutal behaviour of stupid persons when she was ...
Re: Lone male mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 May 2016
Hi Xiwen: What you may be observing is actually the female sitting intermittently on the eggs and then searching for the male. Depending on the species and individual attributes of the swan, usually, ...

Female mute swan left the nest and eggs -- Xiwen -- 8 May 2016
There was a mute swan couple living in the canal in my neighbourhood. Last year, all their cygnets could not survive because they ate grass and could not digest. This year, the mute swan couple ...

Destroyed nest -- Mary -- 7 May 2016
Cygnets a few days old. This morning water levels rising and nest looks soaked and almost submerged. I saw the female push her cygnet out of the nest and they were swimming. Male well off in the ...
Re: Destroyed nest -- The Regal Swan -- 7 May 2016
Hi Mary: The cygnets will be just fine. The mother swan takes them out of the nest 24 hours after hatching to eat, bathe and preen. She usually will keep the cygnets in the nest for approximately 1-2 ...

Number of eggs -- Carolyn -- 6 May 2016
If there are just a few eggs compared to 7 or 8, would you think the female was younger or more mature?
Re: Number of eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 7 May 2016
Hi Carolyn: There is no way to ascertain age of a swan by the number of eggs laid or any other way unless you have the actual date of hatching of that bird. Female birds are programmed with the ...

Food for new baby swans -- Luanne -- 5 May 2016
Our Mute swans just hatched 5 babies! The couple lives on an island on a 6 acre lake in a northeast Texas estate. What should I feed the mother (or the babies) to help them grow? Thanks!!
Re: Food for new baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 5 May 2016
Hi Luanda Place 1/2 mixture of cracked corn and 1\2 poultry layer pellets in the water near the island or in a shallow pan near the island so that the cygnets do not climb into the pan and hurt their ...

Male mute swan disappeared from the nest/lake -- cushinglj -- 5 May 2016
we have a pair of mute swans on our lake in nh. The female laid her eggs 4 weeks ago. The male has not been seen on the lake in 4 days. It is our understanding that they mate for life. The female is ...
Re: Male mute swan disappeared from the nest/lake -- The Regal Swan -- 5 May 2016
Hi Unfortunately, there are many reasons a swan could leave and most are not good. A predator could have chased him or attacked him. He could have been ill and met his demise. He could have gotten in ...

Nesting mute swan has bump on belly -- Larry -- 4 May 2016
Our mute swan laid a number of eggs in late march/early april. Has been sitting on them but when she is up she doesn't look healthy and doesn't eat. She had a large bump in her belly. Any thoughts? ...
Re: Nesting mute swan has bump on belly -- The Regal Swan -- 4 May 2016
Hi Larry Have any of the eggs hatched yet? She may have an abrasion from sitting too long. Once the cygnets are hatched, you need to collect the cygnets, place them in a separate container ( ...

Pinioned mute swan cygnets...what to do with them? -- John -- 2 May 2016
I live in North Carolina where it is illegal to keep "non-pinioned" mute swans. I have 4 new cygnets and would like to let them grow to "adulthood" before giving them away. How ...
Re: Pinioned mute swan cygnets...what to do with them? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 May 2016
Hi John: You must still pinion the cygnets and this procedure must be conducted by a licensed experiences avian/waterfowl veterinarian who must conduct the procedure at 1-3 weeks of age. At this age, ...

One of a pair of our swans was killed, with cygnets -- Elizabeth -- 2 May 2016
Good Morning, One of a pair of swans we have on our lake was killed last night, leaving the other (we believe the male) and five cygnets. Can you help? Will the male be able to care for the babies? ...
Re: One of a pair of our swans was killed, with cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 2 May 2016
Hi Elizabeth: Usually, the cygnets are old enough to feed themselves after 24 hours of hatching. The only reason that the parents are around is for protection. So, yes, the male will protect the ...

Nesting swan killed. What to do with the eggs? -- Chris -- 2 May 2016
Hi, We have a pair of swans nesting at the edge of our lake. Last night we found mom dead with a broken neck on the shore and 3 eggs in the nest, one broken. What could have killed her? Will the eggs ...
Re: Nesting swan killed. What to do with the eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 2 May 2016
Hi Chris: There are several possibilities as to what happened to the mom. A predator would be a likely candidate, but the neck would have been eaten such as the case of a coyote, fox, etc. Another ...

Abandoned swan egg on our patio -- Judy -- 2 May 2016
Swan laid egg on our patio and not sitting on it. Her partner has not been seen for 4 days now.
Re: Abandoned swan egg on our patio -- The Regal Swan -- 2 May 2016
Hi Judy: There is a possibility that both swans are very young swans and have no idea what they are doing and the egg is infertile. Sometimes, birds will drop eggs because they need to and not ...

Treatment for cygnet's broken leg -- Himakshi -- 1 May 2016
hello, I have a 1 and half month old baby swan. It fell down from bed and has broken its leg. How do i cure its leg, what will be its treatment?
Re: Treatment for cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 2 May 2016
Hi Himakshi You need to get the cygnet to a licensed veterinarian immediately. Any delay and the leg may not be able to be repaired. In waterfowl, this is an extremely detrimental injury. Left ...

Advice on when to stop waiting... -- Dan -- 1 May 2016
And I guess, what to do next. We're in Virginia and have been documenting a nest for the past 2 months. Is there any time point when we should intervene and what could we do? Nest has 7 eggs, nest ...
Re: Advice on when to stop waiting... -- The Regal Swan -- 1 May 2016
Hi Dan: Keep waiting. Incubation is usually between 35-40 days and incubation begins when the last egg is laid, not the first. The mother swan knows exactly what she is doing and as long as she is ...
Re: Advice on when to stop waiting... -- Dan -- 1 May 2016
Thanks for the reply. I was counting 35 from the first egg and the suspense is killing me. If anyone wants to follow along, the day is coming soon and we have a motion cam setup right next to the ...

Where have they gone? -- Maria -- 29 April 2016
Hi, 2 years ago mum and dad had 3 babies, 2 of which visit most mornings whilst I feed my horse. They are very tame and purr at me and stand next to me while I tend to the horses. Since wed 20th ...
Re: Where have they gone? -- The Regal Swan -- 29 April 2016
Hi Maria This is mating season and the parents have chased the juveniles swans from the area to find their own mates and habitat. At 2 years of age, the juveniles may very well be sitting on their ...

Is floating fish food good for swans? -- Donna -- 28 April 2016
Would you know if it is OK to feed our lake swans floating fish food? Our feed store in Orlando Florida said that this food is perfectly OK for our Swans. He said that it is a little less then 30% ...
Re: Is floating fish food good for swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 April 2016
Hi Donna No, fish food is not an adequate food source for the swans. Swans are not dabbling birds as much as they are grazers and divers. Therefore, the food should be submerged in the water. Use a ...

Can a male swan be fertile at 10 months of age? -- Jamie -- 27 April 2016
Hello, We had our first cygnets born June 5th, 2015 to a pair of swans we have had for 6 yrs.. Unfortunately we lost the male swan of the pair in February of this year. The mother swan has selected ...
Re: Can a male swan be fertile at 10 months of age? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 April 2016
Hi Jamie: Most research states that swans do not mate and produce eggs until they are approximately 3 years of age. However, we have witnessed on many occasions one-2 year old swans mating, nesting ...

Nesting -- Sarah -- 27 April 2016
Hi from the UK - excellent website! There are one pair of swans on a man-made lake near us. They drive their cygnets away each year, but one female (?) stayed behind one year, possibly the runt. They ...
Re: Nesting -- The Regal Swan -- 27 April 2016
Hi Sarah: Thanks for the kind words about the website. We are glad we can be of assistance. It is possible that the male could have two mates as this has been seen in the U.K. However, more than ...
Re: Nesting -- Sarah -- 1 May 2016
Thank you very much for your interesting reply. We'll keep an eye on the situation! We think it might be that the daughter is nesting as the other two swans are larger than her and appear to be ...
Re: Nesting -- The Regal Swan -- 1 May 2016
Hi Sarah: Thanks for your kind words. Glad we could be of assistance. Thanks for sharing our site. The Regal Swan

Strange swan behaviour: swans attacking smaller swan -- Job -- 26 April 2016
Can you advise re some swans odd behaviour towards 1 swan at our public lake? They keep chasing & being aggressive to this swan. They are much bigger than it. I've noticed they're focusing on ...
Re: Strange swan behaviour: swans attacking smaller swan -- The Regal Swan -- 26 April 2016
Hi Job: This is probably parent swans telling junior he needs to leave the nesting area to find a mate and habitat for his own. If this is not their offspring, then it is another swan, probably ...
Re: Strange swan behaviour: swans attacking smaller swan -- Job -- 27 April 2016
Thanks for that! Strange - I haven't seen it with other swans, in other locations!

Swan egg question: Mother rolled 2 eggs out -- Linda -- 25 April 2016
I have a pair of black neck swans that have laid 5 eggs. It is getting close to about 40 days since she started incubating She already rolled one egg out that was bad and now she has just rolled one ...
Re: Swan egg question: Mother rolled 2 eggs out -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2016
Hi Linda: Mother swan knows best. If she has rolled the eggs out, then they are bad. Bad eggs will rot in the nest and that is a messy explosion she cannot afford. Her attention is totally on the ...

How long do cygnets need to stay with mother, and when to clip wings -- Cindy -- 25 April 2016
We have two white swans in our pound. They have just had all 7 eggs to hatch. How long do they need to stay with the mother? When do we need to have the wings clipped on the babies?
Re: How long do cygnets need to stay with mother, and when to clip wings -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2016
Hi Cindy: The cygnets (baby swans) need to stay with their mom for at least 6 months. A licensed veterinarian (preferably waterfowl/avian veterinarian---Univ. of Knoxville has this specialty in their ...

Swan Injured -- Lynne -- 25 April 2016
Hi, We live in NJ on a small lake and the one male swan we care for showed up acting strangely on Friday. He is listing in the water to the left and not using his right leg at all. It is up under his ...
Re: Swan Injured -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2016
Hi Lynne Are you sure he does not have fishing line entangled around the leg or if he might have been shot? In New Jersey, the NJDNR is trying to kill as many Mute Swans as possible under the guise ...
Re: Swan Injured -- Lynne -- 26 April 2016
Good Morning, Thank you for the response. My first thought is that he might have been shot but I do not see any wound or blood. I also did not seen any fishing line wrapped around the leg. I called ...

Blindness -- Norece -- 24 April 2016
We have a pair of 5 month old black swans. The female's left eye didn't develop properly. She is totally blind in that eye. I was wondering if this would be a hereditary problem for any offspring. ...
Re: Blindness -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2016
Hi Norece: This could have been a genetic, nutrition or injury problem while the cygnet was in the egg or shortly after hatching. Have you had her eye looked at by a veterinarian to ensure that it is ...

Trumpeter swan bonded with pair of Canadian Geese? -- Kerri -- 24 April 2016
We live next to a land conservancy with a huge pond in Northeast Ohio and always enjoy watching the wildlife there. Over the past week we have been delighted with daily sightings of a lone Trumpeter ...
Re: Trumpeter swan bonded with pair of Canadian Geese? -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2016
Hi Kerri: This is pretty normal behavior especially since the swan and the geese are probably young offspring from this past year that the parent's have chased from the nesting habitat to find a ...

Baby swan care -- Sara -- 24 April 2016
Hi I have 2 fertilized swan eggs for 21 days already. The babies are alive and moving inside the shell when I candle them. They were found in a park where our family goes fishing but the parents ...
Re: Baby swan care -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2016
Hi Sara: Once they hatch, they are going to imprint on you as their mother. The best thing to do is get these eggs to a wildlife rehabilitation center or a facility such as a petting farm where they ...
Feed formula question -- Sara -- 25 April 2016
Thank you for your reply to my perious post the information was very helpful I started doing some research on homemade poultry feed here's the formula 500g wheat 500g barley 500g lentils 500g cracked ...
Re: Feed formula question -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2016
Hi Sara: Forget these home preparations as they either offer not enough nutritional resources for the swans or they produce too much protein which can cause a condition in the young swans' wings ...

Re: Mom Killed - 6 Eggs Left -- Gary -- 20 April 2016
Thank you for your quick advice. The 6 eggs are now gone. The male is doing fine. From Last Years six, We Gave Two To A Nearby City Park. One Of The Two Has Stopped Eating And Today Is At The Vet's. ...
Re: Mom Killed - 6 Eggs Left -- The Regal Swan -- 20 April 2016
Hi Gary: Have the vet check for lead poisoning or other poisoning such as insecticides, fertilizers. etc. When a swan or any other bird stops eating and pooping, this is an immediate warning sign ...

Pair of trumpeter swans chase 6 horses around the pasture, freaking out the horses -- Richard -- 19 April 2016
i have a pair of 4 year old trumpets. they are chasing me when i walk away, but swim around me when i am in the boat. the real problem is they are chasing my horses. i put 6 horses in the field by ...
Re: Pair of trumpeter swans chase 6 horses around the pasture, freaking out the horses -- The Regal Swan -- 20 April 2016
Hi Richard: This is normal behavior at this time of the year for all swans that have become of age for mating/nesting. Your young swans are experiencing a rise in testosterone levels and they do not ...

Swan males appear to be "breeding" -- Karen -- 19 April 2016
I have two year old male swans that were biologically tested and identified at Oklahoma State University. They have created a nest and appear to be "breeding". My question is: What do male ...
Re: Swan males appear to be "breeding" -- The Regal Swan -- 19 April 2016
Hi Karen: In the swan world, the males build the nests. Male swans will mate with a male or female swan (as long as the males are very young and introduced together as a young pair. If males are ...

Swan wandered away -- Carolyn -- 19 April 2016
We, too, last summer had one of two swans wander away. We found it 1 1/2 days later nearly 2 miles away. Since it was tired, hungry, and thirsty, we along with others were able to easly caputure the ...

Mail order bride: Male visits the new female but does not allow her on his pond -- Jen -- 19 April 2016
We had an old mirror on our porch we were getting rid of and our only male swan kept going up to the mirror and pecking at it and stayed there for what appeared to be a long time since there was poop ...
Re: Mail order bride: Male visits the new female but does not allow her on his pond -- The Regal Swan -- 19 April 2016
Hi Jen: Looking in a mirror and seeing another bird may cause the bird to think there is a competing male or a companion female. In any case, this does not necessarily mean that the swan is lonely. ...

Male swan leaves female, walks 1/2 mile away -- Cindy -- 18 April 2016
i have a pair of one year old mute swans on a 1 acre pond. Their wings are pinned. The male keeps leaving. He walked about 1/2 mile away today. A few weeks ago he went the other direction about a 1/4 ...
Re: Male swan leaves female, walks 1/2 mile away -- The Regal Swan -- 19 April 2016
Hi Cindy: Are you absolutely sure you have a male and a female? If they have not been DNA sequenced, and whomever you received them from just probed, what you think you have may not be reality. ...

Tundra swan -- T Lamb -- 18 April 2016
We have a tundra swan that has stayed until today 4/16. left for about an hour and came back. she has a friend resident swan here. If she left could she find her way to Alaska ???
Re: Tundra swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 April 2016
Hi T: If the swan is not a captive bred swan and learned the migratory path from the parents, it will find its way to and from the migratory path. Just because it is a Tundra Swan does not mean that ...

Mom Killed - 6 Eggs Left -- Gary -- 18 April 2016
Hello I Live In Weldon Spring, MO. Last year we had A mated Pair That Produced 6 cygnets. 3 Were White and 3 Were Gray. Of The Six Three Were Killed By Mom And Dad Because Of Them Getting Sick. The ...
Re: Mom Killed - 6 Eggs Left -- The Regal Swan -- 18 April 2016
Hi Gary: The male will not grieve for a long period of time. Nature does not allow this. He may grieve for a day or two, but then he will go about his life. As far as the eggs, it does not sound as ...

Swan stands on one leg -- Alane -- 17 April 2016
Our 18 yr. old swan was found with a possible broken leg. He stands on one leg and doesn't seems to be in pain. Don't know what to do. Have him safely pinned up. Help!
Re: Swan stands on one leg -- The Regal Swan -- 18 April 2016
Hi Alane: Have you had an avian veterinarian exam him? The University Tennessee at Knoxville has a veterinary college, so you might check with them to find an avian/waterfowl vet in your area. ...
Re: Swan stands on one leg -- Alane -- 19 April 2016
Thank you for your response. I have contacted the school. They think surgery maybe if broken, but we agree with age not possible. We penned him up for several days, but decided on Saturday to put him ...
Re: Swan stands on one leg -- The Regal Swan -- 19 April 2016
Hi Alane: The idea of a shallow area is good, but there are several issues that need to be addressed. 1. Does the shallow end ever dry out during periods of drought? 2. Does the shallow end have a ...

Would the mute swan cob leave the dam -- Liebrecht -- 17 April 2016
I have a 4 year old mute swan pair on a 3/4 acre dam. Only the Pen has been pinioned. The Cob yesterday took off but luckly only made a circle and came back. Do i have to cut his fleight feathers ...
Re: Would the mute swan cob leave the dam -- The Regal Swan -- 18 April 2016
Hi Liebrecht: Yes, you need to trim his feathers every 3 months so that he cannot fly. Even though he has a mate and should return, he could get lost, find a predator, run into something or become ...

Swans after birth of babies: Female and cygnets are not there, male still nearby -- Karen -- 17 April 2016
I have been observing a swan nest. 2 weeks ago I was there and they were still sitting on the eggs. I went by yesterday and the nest was empty except for a few crows muddling around. The adult male ...
Re: Swans after birth of babies: Female and cygnets are not there, male still nearby -- The Regal Swan -- 18 April 2016
Hi Karen: Approximately a week after hatching, the mother will move the cygnets away from the nest. However, the mother and cygnets should still be in the immediate area (less than a mile) unless she ...

Cob absent from the nest for a few days -- Mr G -- 16 April 2016
Hello, the nesting pair on our local pond, that have breed successfully before, have laid a clutch and the Penn has been sitting for several days, however the Cob has been absent for a few days and ...
Re: Cob absent from the nest for a few days -- The Regal Swan -- 16 April 2016
Hi Mr. G: This is not normal behavior as the male will stay with the pen and the nest to protect them. However, should something have occurred to the male, this would be the reason for his not ...

Swan arrived on our lake over a week ago -- Brian -- 15 April 2016
We have a swan that arrived on our lake a little over a week ago. We have seen it hanging around with some of the geese there. Our lake is a approx 7 acres, shallow, very calm water and full of Lilly ...
Re: Swan arrived on our lake over a week ago -- The Regal Swan -- 16 April 2016
Hi Brian: The swan you describe may be a Trumpeter, but more than likely, it is a juvenile Mute Swan which has not gotten its adult coloration (i.e., full white feathers and reddish/orange bill). In ...
Re: Swan arrived on our lake over a week ago -- Brian -- 17 April 2016
Hey thanks for the reply. He/she has been here almost 2 weeks now, and is about 1.5 times the size of a goose. He is very active on the lake, have yet to see him on the land. So how does it find a ...
Re: Swan arrived on our lake over a week ago -- The Regal Swan -- 18 April 2016
Hi Brian: If there are no other swan families in the area, it may be impossible that the swan finds a mate. However, if there are some in the area, he/she will find them as this occurs throughout the ...

Male mute swan left mate -- Brenda -- 14 April 2016
We have a huge pond behind our house and for the last 2 months have had a male and female white (mute) swan. She has had her nest built for quite some time and we have witnessed them mating but for ...
Re: Male mute swan left mate -- The Regal Swan -- 16 April 2016
Hi Brenda: This is not normal behavior. Hopefully, he was not scared off by a predator or worse, attacked by a predator. If this is not the case, then there is a possibility that the male will ...

One of two swans died -- Jody -- 14 April 2016
We had mother/daughter swans. Daughter just died. Our association doesn't know what to do with remaining swan. Is she ok alone? Do we bring another swan in? We have a friend with 2 swans, he thinks a ...
Re: One of two swans died -- The Regal Swan -- 14 April 2016
Hi Jody: She will do just fine on her own. Swans may or may not take another mate/swan pal if the first one dies. She certainly will not be accepted by the male/female pair at your friends as they ...

Formerly abusive cygnet now watches the Pen -- Henry -- 13 April 2016
Hello again, I wrote to you on the 31st March regarding an abusive Cygnet. He is still here but has settled down and the Cob and Pen have built up the nest and she is started laying now. Cygnet is ...
Re: Formerly abusive cygnet now watches the Pen -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2016
Hi Henry: That is certainly a very young cygnet. This might be the reason that it was acting out because it wasn't old enough to leave, but the parents wanted it to leave so they could start nesting. ...

Swan behavior: Swans lay close to the road/on the road -- Sharon -- 13 April 2016
There are two swans that come back every year to a nearby large pond. The pond has land on three sides and the fourth side borders a well traveled road with a speed limit of 50 mph. When they are not ...
Re: Swan behavior: Swans lay close to the road/on the road -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2016
Hi Sharon: There are several possibilities as to why the swans are standing near or on the road. Has it been raining or extremely cold? The road may look like a small stream to the swans if the ...

Swan eggs are gone from nest. -- Bonnie -- 12 April 2016
This is the first time that our Mute Swans have mated and there were 4 eggs. During the egg laying process we had temperatures well below our normal. Around the time of the 4th egg being laid, the ...
Re: Swan eggs are gone from nest. -- The Regal Swan -- 12 April 2016
Hi Bonnie: Thank you for your kind words. We are glad that the website is of benefit to you. There could be several explanations for the loss of the eggs. The swans do not necessarily need to feel ...
Re: Swan eggs are gone from nest -- Bonnie -- 12 April 2016
Thank you for the quick reply. The area where they built the nest is actually a large liner pond that we built when we had Koi. We no longer have koi but there are a few goldfish in this pond. It's ...
Re: Swan eggs are gone from nest -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2016
Hi Bonnie: You are very welcome. We just call these sounds vocalizations because they are a combination of many sounds such as bleeps, snorts, etc. Then, of course the hissing is a sound all by ...

Solo swan is chasing the new swan -- Jan -- 8 April 2016
We had 2 swans that always swam together and another that tagged along. Then the next year there were only 2 so we figured the 3rd one was their baby and found a mate...wishful thinking I suppose. ...
Re: Solo swan is chasing the new swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 April 2016
Hi Jan: The old swan is a male and does not want a new swan (male) coming in and taking over its habitat. So, this is normal behavior and the new swan is probably a young male that was recently ...

Mute swan family order -- Lisa -- 7 April 2016
The male died four days ago. There is his mate and two female and one male offspring. They are 4 years old now. None are able to fly off our small lake because they are hemmed in by tall buildings ...
Re: Mute swan family order -- The Regal Swan -- 9 April 2016
Hi Lisa: Are you absolutely sure that you have 3 females and a male? Usually, females will not chase a male, and normally a male will not be too defensive towards any female. He may nip and chase, ...

Swan nesting: the eggs keep being pushed out of the nest -- Georgia -- 6 April 2016
We have a pair of swans, 3 yrs old, on a small lake within a golf course. Our yard backs up to the water. They have built their nest in our flower bed near the water and near the house. On ...
Re: Swan nesting: the eggs keep being pushed out of the nest -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2016
Hi Georgia: There are a couple of possibilities in this situation. 1. A predator is carrying the eggs from the nest. However, if you have not seen any disturbance in the eggs (cracked, etc.) this ...
Re: Swan nesting: the eggs keep being pushed out of the nest -- Georgia -- 7 April 2016
Thank you for your reply. The male swan built the nest, and is doing most of the setting and guarding the nest.
Re: Swan nesting: the eggs keep being pushed out of the nest -- The Regal Swan -- 7 April 2016
Hi Georgia: You're very welcome. The info is good to know. Nature causes a light switch to go on and eventually, wildlife get the picture of how things are done. Hopefully, they will be successful ...

Lone swan remains after the others left -- Valerie -- 6 April 2016
The swans have been in the 100 Mile House March for the last 3 weeks, they left either last night or early this morning, but they left one lone swan. My question is will it be alright on its own? It ...
Re: Lone swan remains after the others left -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2016
Hi Valerie: The swan may have something wrong with it so that it cannot fly or is extremely tired from the long migration. If it can, it will rest and then gets its strength to move on. As long as ...
Re: Lone swan remains after the others left -- Valerie -- 8 April 2016
Thank you for your reply, the swan came with other swans and is looking way better today (was not even putting its bum up when eating but is now) also the lone swan is on a water reserve (Ducks ...
Re: Lone swan remains after the others left -- The Regal Swan -- 9 April 2016
Hi Valerie: You are very welcome. If the swan still has some grey, then he is under a year old. So, he may have arrived with his parents or the other swans and was too tired to travel on. Hopefully, ...

Swans in field without water, eating grass -- Rachel -- 5 April 2016
Hi. I live in north east Scotland. There has been a large flock of swans in a local field for the last couple of weeks. Around 35 were counted today, including some that are clearly last years ...
Re: Swans in field without water, eating grass -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2016
Hi Rachel: Swans, geese and some other waterfowl are grazing animals. The birds will eat grasses as well as left-over grains or other such crops that farmers have picked over. During the winter ...

Replacing my swan with male or female? -- Michael -- 5 April 2016
Hi.. Thank you so much for your reply on replacing my swan. I understand your answer completely. If we did try to replace him for his mate, would a female be a better choice or easier to buddy up if ...
Re: Replacing my swan with male or female? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 April 2016
Hi Michael: You are very welcome and thank you for the kind words. We love being able to provide this service to swan keepers, veterinarians and other interested parties. However, this website could ...

Do swans leave and return at different times? -- Pam -- 5 April 2016
February through Mid March we had a couple. They finally left together mid March. One came back a week later. This morning two weeks after the first one returned, several swans did a fly by. When ...
Re: Do swans leave and return at different times? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 April 2016
Hi Pam: Usually, family members stay together. However, if a mate should get separated and take off with a group, it knows through its migratory memory where its breeding/nesting ground/habitat is ...

Weight and dimentions of mute swan eggs -- Ruchelle -- 4 April 2016
Can you tell me how much a mute swan egg should weigh and/or its dimensions? I have ducks and swans and am not sure which is laying. Thanks
Re: Weight and dimentions of mute swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 4 April 2016
Hi Ruchelle: Swan eggs are approximately 10.2 cm (4 inches) in length, 7.6 cm (3 inches) in diameter and weigh approximately 9 ounces. The eggs are white with a greenish gray tint. As swan eggs age, ...

Swan nesting in blizzard, covered in snow -- Lori -- 2 April 2016
the pair of swans on our neighborhood lake are new at nesting. The mom swan just laid eggs a few days ago. We are now having snow storm and high winds. Will the mom stay on the nest? She is getting ...
Re: Swan nesting in blizzard, covered in snow -- The Regal Swan -- 3 April 2016
Hi Lori: Swans are build for tough cold weather. Many species nest on the tundra so if this is a day storm (winds dissipate somewhat even though temperatures may be cold), the swan will use her down ...

Widowed swan befriended by a goose? -- Anne -- 2 April 2016
I have noticed over the past months, a swan that had lost its mate. I had watched this pair for about 2 years and also, when they had raised their kids. They seemed like very, good parents. Recently, ...
Re: Widowed swan befriended by a goose? -- The Regal Swan -- 3 April 2016
Hi Anne: Swans may or may not re-pair after losing their mate, especially if they were paired for a great length of time. However, their hormone levels will still rise during the mating/nesting ...

Bring new swan for old swan? -- Michael -- 2 April 2016
Hi, I have had a pair of swans for about 15 years the male recently pasted away. I want to replace him with another swan to keep the girl company. Is this a good idea and if so where would I be able ...
Re: Bring new swan for old swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 3 April 2016
Hi Michael There are no guarantees that the female will take another male after losing her mate. Even if she does, there are several issues to take into account: 1. You will probably never find ...

Lonely Canadian goose -- Catrin -- 1 April 2016
Hi, we have a Canadian goose in the field by our house. He has two angel wings and his family have flown away. There is a pond and plenty of grass and he seems happy enough. A local farm attraction ...
Re: Lonely Canadian goose -- The Regal Swan -- 1 April 2016
Hi Catrin: If the goose had normal wings and was able to fly from predators, we would suggest to leave him in his pond. However, because he cannot fly to escape predators, he is susceptible to ...

Mute swans and white geese? -- Ken -- 1 April 2016
I have a pair of mute swans was wondering if I introduced some white geese into their pond would they all get along. Also they had layed eggs 5 and 4 years ago but have not layed since; is there ...
Re: Mute swans and white geese? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 April 2016
Hi Ken: Introducing geese may not be a good idea as they may or may not get along. If you are trying to get the swans to produce eggs, any disturbance/alteration to the habitat may disrupt this plan. ...

Mute Swan Cygnet being aggressive -- Henry -- 31 March 2016
Only one Cygnet survived last years brood, normally the parents would be chasing it off by now, I noticed it has been aggressive to its mother the Pen over the last few days. There have been no sign ...
Re: Mute Swan Cygnet being aggressive -- The Regal Swan -- 31 March 2016
Hi Henry: Give it a few weeks, if not days, and the parents will intervene and chase junior out of the habitat so they can start another brood. The "aggressiveness" may not actually be such, but ...
Re: Mute Swan Cygnet being aggressive -- Henry -- 1 April 2016
Thanks, the swans only arrived here in April 2014, was wondering what was going on. Cheers.
Re: Mute Swan Cygnet being aggressive -- The Regal Swan -- 1 April 2016
Hi Henry You are very welcome. Let us know if you have future questions or concerns. The Regal Swan

Swans feeding fish? -- Kay -- 30 March 2016
I see pictures on Facebook and other social media that depicts swans feed in fish. Is this true, or are they just taking in water to wash down the grain they are eating. Is the grain falling into the ...
Re: Swans feeding fish? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 March 2016
Hi Kay: The swan is actually dipping the food in the water which must occur so that the swan does not choke on the food. Swans and many other waterfowl must have water to eat for this reason. So, by ...

Swan cannot breath properly -- Gigi -- 29 March 2016
Hello, I've been watching over a couple of swans in a pond close to my house for about 4 summers. Recently, I've noticed the male does not close his beak and it seems that he has has difficulty ...
Re: Swan cannot breath properly -- The Regal Swan -- 30 March 2016
Hi Gigi: There may be several reasons for this behavior. The swan may be hot or stressed. Under these situations, the swan may actually look as they are panting. If the swan has food or other ...

Why cygnets come back although their daddy keeps chasing them away -- Sammye -- 29 March 2016
Do you know why cygnets would keep coming back to their place, Story Lake Resort, Hudson, IN when the daddy keeps chasing them away? Just find it curious because they keep coming back when the daddy ...
Re: Why cygnets come back although their daddy keeps chasing them away -- The Regal Swan -- 30 March 2016
Hi Sammye: This is behavior that occurs naturally and will eventually rectify itself with the cygnets leaving the area or at least the immediate area of the parent swans' nesting habitat. Once the ...

Swan not moving -- J -- 29 March 2016
There is a swan near a neighborhood pond that has not moved more than a few feet in 3 days. I thought it might be nesting or injured so approached with food and water. It does not appear to be ...
Re: Swan not moving -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2016
Hi J: You might want to discretely contact a wildlife rehabilitation facility to see if they might come out and check the swan out for any injury, entanglement or illness. We say discretely, because ...

Nest washed away -- Cath -- 29 March 2016
Will swans rebuild nest if it is washed away in flooded river? And will they lay more eggs if the eggs are lost?
Re: Nest washed away -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2016
Hi Cath: It depends on how far along the nesting was occurring before the nest/eggs were washed away. If it occurred immediately after the laying of the eggs, then there is a chance that the swan may ...

Following a human around, not aggressive -- Sherri -- 29 March 2016
I do not know anything about the psyche of a swan, but Ralph's behavior is very strange this year after his winter in captivity. He kind of has a "thing" about Richard. He waits at our back ...
Re: Following a human around, not aggressive -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2016
Hi Sherri: First, we need to know if something happened to his mate Gladys? If so, this would explain why he is hanging around your house. If your husband has been acting kindly to the swan, feeding ...

Mute swan now stays back, won't come for feeding -- Steve -- 27 March 2016
Hi, I'm hoping you can set my mind at ease. I've been feeding two swans at my local small pond for a number of years now, there is only two as its a small pond. The older one would come out of the ...
Re: Mute swan now stays back, won -- The Regal Swan -- 28 March 2016
Hi Steve: This is mating/nesting season. Hormone levels as well as wariness of protecting nests and young can alter normal daily behavior. More than likely, the swan has one of these issues occurring ...

Mute swan not laying eggs -- Paul -- 25 March 2016
I have had a pair of mute swans for 4 years.After the first year she laid 7 eggs but would not sit on them. She laid the eggs on an island in my pond. Since then no eggs. Why?
Re: Mute swan not laying eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 28 March 2016
Hi Paul: There is a possibility that your pair of swans are both females which would mean they would go about the usual nesting/egg laying process, but obviously the eggs are not fertile. If you ...

Female swan missing after sitting on nest for a week -- Beth -- 24 March 2016
Hi, I am totally in a panic. I have 2 swans Giselle and Goose. They mated built a nest, and she has been sitting on her 6 eggs for about a week-10 days. She is quite tame and will leave the nest for ...
Re: Female swan missing after sitting on nest for a week -- The Regal Swan -- 24 March 2016
Hi Beth This is certainly not normal behavior. It sounds as if she was scared by something, possibly a predator. Can she fly? If she is pinioned, unable to fly, she may have fled, but may have been ...
Re: Female swan missing after sitting on nest for a week -- Beth -- 31 March 2016
hi it is Beth again. You were sadly correct. My beautiful Giselle was found by neighbors. She was eaten by coyotes. I know this because Sully the male sat the nest after her disappearance. The night ...
Re: Female swan missing after sitting on nest for a week -- The Regal Swan -- 1 April 2016
Hi Beth We are so sorry for your loss. DO NOT try to incubate these eggs. Unless you know what you are doing, (in many cases even professional swan breeders are not successful), bringing the eggs to ...

Control of swan reproduction rate -- Shall remain nameless -- 23 March 2016
I volunteer at a local park with a small lake, which, in my opinion is overpopulated with mute swans. Each year they reproduce with a similar result of about less than 10% survival rate. I am ...
Re: Control of swan reproduction rate -- The Regal Swan -- 23 March 2016
Hi: The only methods to stop reproduction is to separate the sexes, (which is not going to work in an area such as public park/body of water) or remove/addle the eggs. When removing the eggs or ...

Swan does not sit on her eggs -- Teresa -- 22 March 2016
Swan does not sit on her eggs
Re: Swan does not sit on her eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 22 March 2016
Hi Teresa: There may be several reasons for the swan not sitting on the eggs. If she has not completely finished laying eggs, she will intermittently sit and leave the nest. This is why when humans ...

Male Swan Missing -- Nicholas -- 22 March 2016
A couple of days ago the male and female were together, the next thing the female was by herself outside my flat for 3 hours (something she hasnt done since i moved in 3 months ago) the male never ...
Re: Male Swan Missing -- The Regal Swan -- 22 March 2016
Hi Nicholas: There are several reasons you may not be seeing the male swan. Sometimes, not always, but sometimes, male swans will take a break from the immediate area while the female is nesting. Are ...

Canadian Goose with Deformed Foot -- Karen -- 20 March 2016
We have a summer home on the lake. For the past 3 years I've noticed a Canadian Goose whose webbed foot is missing or severely deformed on one leg. Sometimes the leg seems to bother him when he's ...
Re: Canadian Goose with Deformed Foot -- The Regal Swan -- 21 March 2016
Hi Karen: The goose probably has some type of arthritic condition if it has sustained an injury to the foot/leg from years ago. As long as the goose can enter and exit the water, fly, feed, bathe and ...

Looking to purchase a trumpeter swan -- Freemat -- 19 March 2016
I am looking to purchase a male adult trumpeter swan. Do you know of anyone I can contact in order to locate a male?
Re: Looking to purchase a trumpeter swan -- The Regal Swan -- 19 March 2016
Hi Freemat: Are you looking to replace a mate? If so, is the remaining swan a male or female? If it is a male, it usually will not accept another mate and it will definitely NOT accept another male. ...

Looking for female mate for male mute swan -- Ron -- 18 March 2016
Dear Expert, Our next door neighbor had a pair of mute swans and the female died last winter due to illness. The male is alone now and my wife would like to find him a mate. How does one go about ...
Re: Looking for female mate for male mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 March 2016
Hi Ron: This is going to be an arduous endeavor and one that may require you to have a breeder's license. Many states, New Hampshire included are falsely labeling Mute Swans as an invasive species ...

Can a swan live without water -- Nicole -- 17 March 2016
can a swan live without water and if so how long? I need this answer for a project that due this Tuesday plz respond quickly appreciate it
Re: Can a swan live without water -- The Regal Swan -- 18 March 2016
Hi Nichols Swans must have water for eating (swans can choke if they do not have water while eating), drinking (or swans can become dehydrated ), bathing and preening (to keep their feathers ...

Lonely swan -- Faith -- 17 March 2016
I visit my parents in SC frequently and years ago a pair of swans appeared......brought in by the retirement "village" they live in presumably. They had a cygnet many years ago of which ...
Re: Lonely swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 March 2016
Hi Faith: If the swan is healthy, there is nothing wrong with him/her being left alone. In fact, most swans if they have lost a mate or never had a mate may not accept another swan in the habitat. ...

Mating on land or in water? -- Diane -- 17 March 2016
Do swans mate on land or in water?
Re: Mating on land or in water? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 March 2016
Hi Diana Mating can occur in the water and on land. Mating usually occurs mostly in water. However, this depends on the opportunity, presence of water and individual attributes. We have seen mating ...

Swan aggression -- Alaina -- 17 March 2016
There are 2 female swans in a small pond at our development entrance. One swan is pecking at the other one to the point of feathers being gone. What does this mean?
Re: Swan aggression -- The Regal Swan -- 17 March 2016
Hi Alaina: This is the time for mating/nesting. Female swans will mate and produce eggs (non-fertile obviously) and sit on a nest. The swans' hormone levels are high and out of control. Once the ...

What swans do -- Tyree -- 15 March 2016
What can a swan do when they are active?
Re: What swans do -- The Regal Swan -- 15 March 2016
Hi Tyree: Good question! Thanks for writing. When swans are not sleeping, they are constantly moving, eating, bathing and preening (cleaning and straightening their feathers). Swans also swim or ...

How to Sex Black Aussie Cygnets -- Bobby -- 14 March 2016
Is there an easy way to sex black Australian cygnets? Thanks in advance
Re: How to Sex Black Aussie Cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 14 March 2016
Hi Bobby: There is no guarantee of sexing the cygnets unless it is through DNA sequencing. You will need to contact a licensed avian/bird veterinarian that can take a feather sample with DNA material ...

Swan tapping on door at night -- Holly -- 14 March 2016
We have a swan that keeps tapping and scratching on our window/door all night long. How do I get it to stop?
Re: Swan tapping on door at night -- The Regal Swan -- 14 March 2016
Hi Holly: It is mating/nesting season. Swans and other birds/animals are having increased hormone levels. They are looking for mates. The swan is seeing his/her reflection in the window and think ...
Re: Swan tapping on door at night -- Ginger -- 17 March 2016
Dear Swan Specialist, I read your response to Holly and I have a question, please. Is Swan mating season universal? We are in Texas and suffering from the same invasion of a swan walking up from the ...
Re: Swan tapping on door at night -- The Regal Swan -- 17 March 2016
Hi Ginger: If the swan has white feathers, then yes, the swans only mate/nest once a year and this is the time throughout North America. So, your Texas swan is feeling the increase in hormones due to ...

Will 2 male swans build a nest? -- Lisa -- 13 March 2016
We have (what we were told by the actual owners) 2 male swans that they purchased. They have been clipped, but walk across a very busy road to leave their normal pond to come to ours in the fall. ...
Re: Will 2 male swans build a nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 March 2016
Hi Lisa: Yes, male swans will mate and nest without producing eggs. Two female swans will mate and nest, producing non-fertile swans. The near drowning behavior is the larger male trying to mate with ...

How deep is too deep for swans to feed? -- Adam -- 13 March 2016
Hello, My question is about water depth and swans feeding on the bottom. What depth of water would you say is deep enough to be sure that swans cannot feed from the lake bed? Reason for my question ...
Re: How deep is too deep for swans to feed? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 March 2016
Hi Adam: A swan can feed for approximately 6-7 feet in depth. So, if you fish in an area deeper than this, it should be adequate. However, this also depends on the height of the aquatic vegetation in ...

Swan ready to die -- mo. -- 13 March 2016
Do swans go into isolation when it is time for them to die?
Re: Swan ready to die -- The Regal Swan -- 13 March 2016
Hi Yes, sometimes they will go off by themselves to die. But, there are other causes for this behavior other than something wrong with the swan. It is now the beginning of nesting season. The parent ...

Can swan cygnets get rheumatism? -- Teresa -- 12 March 2016
We have 5 swans suddenly turn up on our village pond they came one day and have decided to stay. But unfortunatley one has gone off its legs and could hardly walk I was told the rspca had been called ...
Re: Can swan cygnets get rheumatism? -- The Regal Swan -- 12 March 2016
Hi Teresa We know for a fact, through x-rays and necropsies, that swans can get arthritis due to injury and/or old age. If the swan could not use his legs and walk, enter or exit water, it was going ...

Young mute swan attacked by adult swans -- Jeannine -- 9 March 2016
Recently there has been a swan, I want to say roughly 6 months of age, due to pale beak and dark feathers still present. Today two other swans approached the swan. Both were adult. The bigger of the ...
Re: Young mute swan attacked by adult swans -- The Regal Swan -- 10 March 2016
Hi Jeannine: The situation you describe is that of two adult (parent) swans telling the juvenile swan that it is now time to move on and find his own habitat and mate. This is playing out across the ...

1 cygnet stays behind with parent swans, why -- Jacqueline -- 9 March 2016
The swans in my local pond had 8 cygnets. They grew up till they had some dark feathers left and all flew away except 1, why is this?
Re: 1 cygnet stays behind with parent swans, why -- The Regal Swan -- 9 March 2016
Hi Jacqueline The last swan may have been the runt of the brood. Developmentally, it may not be ready to fly. There is also a possibility that there might be something wrong with him so that he ...

Third swan -- Annie -- 8 March 2016
Hi, Just a couple questions. First one pertains to a trio of swans, one which doesn't seem to be fully grown yet. It's almost spring, so I was wondering why it has come back with its parents, and why ...
Re: Third swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 March 2016
Hi Annie: More than likely, the cygnet (baby swan) may not be old enough to fly or it is just about ready to fly, but not yet. The parents will keep the young bird around until the time that he/she ...

Putting swans on my pond -- Monica -- 7 March 2016
Hello..I love swans and would like to put on my pond...it is full of fish, (and unfortunately someone put koi in there too!!) blue heron, ducks, and Canada geese are always here) Do I need anything ...
Re: Putting swans on my pond -- The Regal Swan -- 8 March 2016
Hi Monica: You do need to check with your state wildlife officials as most states want to kill the Mute Swans. If you get a permit, the birds must be pinioned (partial amputation of the portion of ...

Visiting Swans -- Jozi -- 6 March 2016
We live on a lake that is home to a few hundred Mallards, geese and other types of ducks. Every weekend, two to three swans come to the lake. But it seems only on the weekend. Is that a coincidence ...
Re: Visiting Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 7 March 2016
Hi Jovi This is the beginning of the new nesting season. The birds may be traveling from pond to pond to search for nesting or food resources. They may also be fleeing from other swans in the area ...

Swan sitting alone by itself -- Addyson -- 6 March 2016
so there is this swan that left the lake I live on and is now sitting all by itself on the lawn by the road and hasn't moved for 3 days now occasionally it will move. The theory going around is it is ...
Re: Swan sitting alone by itself -- The Regal Swan -- 7 March 2016
Hi Addison There are a couple of reasons for this behavior. One is that the swan is a juvenile from this year and is being chased from the area by its parents prior to the new nesting season. This is ...

Can the sex of swans be guessed from pictures? -- CB -- 6 March 2016
Hi I raised a pair of Royal Mute Swans from Cygnet stage. They built a nest and she had 2 eggs. During the night a predator killed 1 of the swans about 4 years ago. I now have a swan and presume it's ...
Re: Can the sex of swans be guessed from pictures? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2016
Hi CB: There is no way to determine the gender of a swan from a photo. First, we have seen males swans with small sized knobs as female swans with large knobs. So, even though the larger size knob ...
Re: Can the sex of swans be guessed from pictures? -- CB -- 6 March 2016
Can you tell from this picture if the 2 swans that displays their face are females or males. The middle swan has a bigger bulb and it's very aggressive and territorial. It acts like a male. Those 2 ...

Will Black and White Swans Become Mates? -- Patty -- 6 March 2016
We have a small lake with 1 black swan and 1 white swan. They usually don't even swim together. Today they are. Will a white and black swan become mates? I live in central Florida.
Re: Will Black and White Swans Become Mates? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 March 2016
Hi Patty: Usually, in nature the two species will not mate. However, we have seen owners of Mute Swans and Australian Black Swans intentionally breed the swans. It is not good. The swan is a hybrid ...

swans fly? -- xacia -- 4 March 2016
can swans fly ?
Re: swans fly? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 March 2016
Hi Xacia: All swans/birds can fly once their wings develop unless: 1. The birds have a genetic problem which causes a problem with the development of the wing structure. Sometimes a condition called ...

Swan Attacked By Goose -- Lynne -- 4 March 2016
Hi, Our lone pinioned male swan has been repeatedly attacked by at least two geese pairs that fly and trying to drown him by landing on his back. He is so frightened and will not come to eat. He has ...
Re: Swan Attacked By Goose -- The Regal Swan -- 4 March 2016
Hi Lynne: Normally, swans will chase the geese, not vice versa, but there is always the exception. Are the geese wild or captive? This behavior may be due to the nesting season. If the geese are ...
Re: Swan Attacked By Goose -- Lynne -- 7 March 2016
Good Morning, The female was hit by a car 2 years ago and this male was purchased by a group of residents to be a mate for the original female so I am sure he is a male. The geese are wild Canadian ...
Re: Swan Attacked By Goose -- The Regal Swan -- 7 March 2016
Hi Lynne An air horn may work, but there are two issues. 1. Don't scare the swan or he may have an issue with the horn, although he will get used to it. 2. Just like the swan, if you use it too much, ...
Re: Swan Attacked By Goose -- Lynne -- 7 March 2016
Thank you so much for the feedback.
Re: Swan Attacked By Goose -- The Regal Swan -- 8 March 2016
Hi Lynne: You are very welcome. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance and let us know how this situation progresses. The Regal Swan

Lonely white swan -- Sharon -- 4 March 2016
Hello I live in a village in Leicestershire. A while back we had a new housing development built not far from where I live, there is now a piece of land that is dipped with a fence round, I suppose ...
Re: Lonely white swan -- The Regal Swan -- 4 March 2016
Hi Sharon The swan should be fine. However, if there is concern, please call the RSPCA or Wendy Hermon at Swan Support in Datchet. Someone will come out and check the swan to see if the swan is sick ...

3 Swans a Swimming -- Tracie -- 2 March 2016
We had 4 swans and although we thought they were pinioned when babies, they were not so their feathers grow in every season; we are forced to clip them. This is only the 2nd year we had them. Back in ...
Re: 3 Swans a Swimming -- The Regal Swan -- 4 March 2016
Hi Tracie: 1. The swan may or may not return. There are several reasons for this uncertainty: the swan was too young and got lost and can't find its way back, unfortunately something may have ...

Swans nest and sprinklers -- Patricia -- 2 March 2016
The sprinkler system at my condo is causing to spray the nesting swan. Is this harmful?
Re: Swans nest and sprinklers -- The Regal Swan -- 2 March 2016
Hi Patricia: Usually, this is not a problem as long as it is not a direct continuous (hard) spray directly onto the nest. In other words, the sprinkler continuously move along its path of spray. In ...

Mute swan beak color -- D -- 1 March 2016
Hi, I have a mute swan that has returned to my pond in the past week or so. His (or her) orange on its beak is gone. It's a dull white or tan color now. Is he ok? My guess is that he is only 9 months ...
Re: Mute swan beak color -- The Regal Swan -- 1 March 2016
Hi D: There is nothing wrong with the swan. The swan is a juvenile and is not quite 1 year old. His/her bill will not start to turn orange until about 8-10 months of age and will not become totally ...

M/M pair -- Larry -- 29 February 2016
I had a pair of mutes. For no reason I know the female died. She was about 9 months old and he is about a 1 1/2 years. Man only has year old males left......will they be ok together? I'm not ...
Re: M/M pair -- The Regal Swan -- 1 March 2016
Hi Larry: Usually male swans will NOT re-pair with any other swan after the loss of their mate. Certainly, not with a new male introduced into his habitat. The best thing to do would be to leave him ...

Our Swan has flow away -- Barbara -- 28 February 2016
We had a resident swan on our lake for 2 and a half years. On Monday he (we think it was a he?) flew away. Will he return with his mate? He was so friendly and we could feed him by hand, He always ...
Re: Our Swan has flow away -- The Regal Swan -- 28 February 2016
Hi Barbara: Springtime and mating season is now occurring. Swans are looking for potential mates and nesting areas. If your swan can find a mate and is within the area, he/she may return. If your ...

Pair of Swans flew off -- Brian -- 26 February 2016
For 3 months we have had a pair of Swans on our 2 beautifull park lakes. They seemed to have everything they needed. The whole village were so happy as they were our first Swans. Last moday they just ...
Re: Pair of Swans flew off -- The Regal Swan -- 27 February 2016
Hi Brian: More than likely, the swans were just in your area on the annual migration. The swans used your lakes as winter stop-overs to feed and rest. Now, springtime is approaching which means that ...

Swan aggression -- Judy -- 23 February 2016
Hi, our neighborhood consists of about 100 homes, and we have three lakes with walking paths alongside them. About 1 1/2 years ago a group of homeowners purchased 2 male mute swans who are now 2 ...
Re: Swan aggression -- The Regal Swan -- 23 February 2016
Hi Judy: What you have is two male swans who are now becoming of age to mate and the testosterone levels are spiking. We do not call this aggressiveness, but rather defensive as they are protecting ...

Swan in fields with injured wing -- margii -- 22 February 2016
Hi I live in Delaware and there is a lone swan walking in the fields beside my house. There are no other swans around and there are only drainage ditches In the fields. We think it has an injured ...
Re: Swan in fields with injured wing -- Tracie -- 2 March 2016
Just wondering if the swan is still in the field. We live in West Chester PA and had a large female swan fly away in September. It was pinioned as a baby but it didn't take so it can fly but not very ...
Re: Swan in fields with injured wing -- The Regal Swan -- 22 February 2016
Hi Margii: There may be something wrong with the swan and if it has a wing problem and cannot fly, you are correct in that the bird could be easy prey for a predator. You need to check your state's ...

Black Swans in NY? -- Sylvie -- 19 February 2016
Are there black swans in New York?
Re: Black Swans in NY? -- The Regal Swan -- 19 February 2016
Hi Sylvie: Yes, there are Australian Black Swans in NY, both in captive settings and feral (wild) settings. Many of the Australian Black Swans may have been released intentionally or accidently if ...

Swans nesting in February (?) -- K & A -- 18 February 2016
Hello, We live in the Netherlands where the swan population is quite strong. We have a pair in the neighbourhood - we like to watch them in the mornings on the canal when they pass by our apartment's ...
Re: Swans nesting in February (?) -- The Regal Swan -- 18 February 2016
Hi K & A If the weather is starting to warm, the swans know this and are beginning to prepare for the mating season by building a nest. Also, if the temperatures are extremely cold during the ...

Fighting 3 year old male Mute Swans -- Ira -- 16 February 2016
I have 2 three year old males on my 1 acre pond here in Pennsylvania. They have been together since June of 2013. Lately they have been involved in knockdown, drag out fights. They have been friends ...
Re: Fighting 3 year old male Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 18 February 2016
Hi Ira: This defensiveness is because of their testosterone levels. They are now of the age to mate and are exercising their ownership/territorial space of the habitat. Usually, this behavior will ...

Mute Swans in permanent residence in a field -- Peter -- 15 February 2016
Hi there, How unusual is it to see the same group of mute swans apparently living in the same large field - not adjacent to a lake or watercourse ? I think the've been there for about a year.
Re: Mute Swans in permanent residence in a field -- The Regal Swan -- 15 February 2016
Hi Peter: It would be a little peculiar for the swans to stay in a field and not fly or walk to an area with a pond or other suitable wetland. Apparently, there is plenty of food source if the swans ...

Need help re: swan club leg -- Patricia -- 15 February 2016
good morning we have pet swans at my work and 1 of them was born there and was born with a deformaty to his leg, what my boss calls a club foot. the swan in now about 15 yrs old and having a very ...
Re: Need help re: swan club leg -- The Regal Swan -- 15 February 2016
Hi Patricia: Unfortunately, if this is a Mute Swan, he may be killed by wildlife officials if you seek help. It totally depends on your wildlife laws regarding Mute Swans. Many states misrepresent ...

Male swan infertile? -- Gwen -- 14 February 2016
Female swans lay eggs, but none are fertile. Does that mean the male is infertile or won't fertilize eggs?
Re: Male swan infertile? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 February 2016
Hi Gwen: There could be several reasons that the eggs are not fertile: 1. The swans are not old enough to fertilize the eggs. This is especially true of swans 1-2 years of age. Some swans at 2 years ...

White swan appeared in our front yard -- Lisa -- 14 February 2016
Found a swan in the front yard..very snowy, but it walked about 20 feet and settled down. The pond is 3 houses over. What's it doing here? I don't know if it's looking for food and water. Pond is ...
Re: White swan appeared in our front yard -- The Regal Swan -- 14 February 2016
Hi Lisa: The swan needs to be captured and placed in a rehabilitation center for the winter or until the weather warms and the pond thaws. This means you will need to contact a wildlife/waterfowl ...

Black swan sitting on the grass -- Christine -- 13 February 2016
Hi I have a black swan sitting on 6 eggs on a island, the dad has gotten to the other end of the lake and is sitting on the grass and won't move even though I get close to it, which is very unusual. ...
Re: Black swan sitting on the grass -- The Regal Swan -- 13 February 2016
Hi Christine Did something scare him, or is he sick or injured? You need to capture him and exam him to make sure nothing is wrong. If you are unsure, get him to a licensed avian/waterfowl ...

Name of the white swan -- Brittany -- 11 February 2016
What is the actual name of the white swan?
Re: Name of the white swan -- The Regal Swan -- 11 February 2016
Hi Brittany: All northern hemisphere swans are white in color with southern hemisphere swans having some black coloration on their wings. There are 7 species and one subspecies of swan. So, the ...

Young swan moves very little on the canal -- Roger -- 11 February 2016
My property is bordered by two canals which lead to the River Stour (Suffolk). So swans are frequent visitors. My worry is, there is a young, isolated swan who never moves more than a few metres ...
Re: Young swan moves very little on the canal -- The Regal Swan -- 11 February 2016
Hi Roger: The swan could have been chased from the habitat by its parents due to the upcoming breeding season. He/she may be lost and not know where else to go. There could also be something wrong ...

Aggressive mute swan -- Sheryl -- 9 February 2016
Hi- I live on a 3 acre property with a pond. I have domestic ducks and geese. About 10 years ago a baby swan arrived out of nowhere (probably from the local golf course). At the time I had older ...
Re: Aggressive mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 9 February 2016
Hi Sheryl: Out of curiosity, what color is the swan's bill? In any case, what you have is an older swan that is acting like a swan, but has carried it a little too far. During nesting season, hormone ...

Would like to adopt mute swans in Tx -- Linda -- 2 February 2016
Dear Swan Specialist, I live in Texas. I am sitting here trying to find me 2 Swans. I am reading how some of the lakes are frozen: this is so sad. I would love to adopt 2 Mute swans if possible. I ...
Re: Would like to adopt mute swans in Tx -- The Regal Swan -- 3 February 2016
Hi Linda: There are several considerations prior to obtaining swans. Below is a brief synopsis: 1. Do you need a permit to possess the swans from your state wildlife officials? 2. If you get birds of ...
Re: Would like to adopt mute swans in Tx -- Linda -- 4 February 2016
Swan Specialist, Thank You, for this info. Linda Byrd
Re: Would like to adopt mute swans in Tx -- The Regal Swan -- 4 February 2016
You are very welcome Linda. The Regal Swan

Black Swan -- Christine -- 3 February 2016
Hi we have a black swan sitting at the moment, I am a bit concerned is it too early? She is on a small island; do I need to feed her with corn every day?
Re: Black Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 3 February 2016
Hi Christine You probably need to feed her, but in doing so not attract any predators to her. The best person to speak with is Wendt Hermon at Swan Support in Eton. Wendy will know about your climate ...

Trumpeter Swan limping -- Karen -- 1 February 2016
Hello, Here in Michigan we have a family of trumpeter swans and one 7 month old cygnet has been limping for about 6 days, she/he has flown the past 2 mornings but on land has a limp. What might I do ...
Re: Trumpeter Swan limping -- Karen Page -- 13 March 2016
Hello, Thank you! Our injured cygnet is much better, still has a slight limp though. I was able to get up close and did not see an open wound, like there was when I first emailed you for help. We ...
Re: Trumpeter Swan limping -- The Regal Swan -- 13 March 2016
Hi Karen You are very welcome. Glad to know there wasn't anything seriously wrong with the swan. Thanks for the update. The Regal Swan
Re: Trumpeter Swan limping -- The Regal Swan -- 2 February 2016
Hi Karen More than likely, this is a soft tissue injury such as a twist, sprain or strain. As long as it can fly and land, there isn't much you can do. If you try to capture the swan, it is going to ...

Lone swan -- Mandy -- 31 January 2016
On a pond near us there is a lone swan it's been there sometime the only other birds are a few ducks but no other swans anywhere to be seen. Why is this?
Re: Lone swan -- The Regal Swan -- 31 January 2016
Hi Mandy There could be several reasons for just one swan in a pond. The swan could be a swan that has lost its mate. The swan could be a young swan that was chased from the nesting area by his ...

Swan Protection -- John -- 30 January 2016
I work on a golf course in the Phoenix area. We are interested in getting a pair of swans as a focal point for our water features as well as a deterrent for wintering American Wigeons that can be ...
Re: Swan Protection -- The Regal Swan -- 30 January 2016
Hi John: Unless you can keep the birds indoors at night, we would strongly suggest that you not get any swans. The coyotes and bobcats will access the birds if they do not stay in the pond overnight. ...

Swan keeps hanging around the body of a deceased Trumpeter swan -- Diana -- 30 January 2016
There is a deceased Trumpeter swan in the field by my home which looks like it hit a power line. There is a lone swan that keeps hanging around the body. Should I move the body so it will move on ...
Re: Swan keeps hanging around the body of a deceased Trumpeter swan -- The Regal Swan -- 30 January 2016
Hi Diana: The Trumpeter Swans are protected so you might want to alert your state wildlife officials to the deceased Trumpeter Swan. You might also look on the bird to see if there is any contact ...

Winter care for mute swans -- Karen -- 20 January 2016
We have 2 mute swans that are living in our 5 acre man made lake. They originally showed up in Spring 2015, left for the summer and returned Sept 2015. They are still here and we have had very cold ...
Re: Winter care for mute swans -- The Regal Swan -- 21 January 2016
Hi Karen: If these are wild swans and can fly, they will not use a man-made shelter. Had they been captive, they could have been trained to come in at night. The only thing that you can do to help ...

Feeding swans -- Marge -- 20 January 2016
I live in northern Wisconsin on the Clam River. We have a number of swans swimming in the river (it does not freeze in the winter). I would like to know if I can feed them something and just how I ...
Re: Feeding swans -- The Regal Swan -- 20 January 2016
Hi Marge: The major issue is the species of swan and if your state wildlife agency allows feeding of wildlife. If they are Mute Swans, then you may not be able to help them as Wisconsin and other ...

A broken wing. Any hope to fly again? -- Anna -- 19 January 2016
If both radius and ulna are broken (the skin, however, is intact), is there any hope for a swan to fly again if the broken wing has been bandaged correctly and the bandage stays in place (the flight ...
Re: A broken wing. Any hope to fly again? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 January 2016
Hi Anna: First, have you had an x-ray taken. The first thing to determine is if the break is clean or fragmented. If fragmented, there is not much you can do except possibly amputate the wing near ...
Re: A broken wing. Any hope to fly again? -- Anna -- 20 January 2016
Thank you for all of this useful information! This is a very strange story, to be honest. I work in a park. Every year we have ducks and a few swans in our ponds (we don't have swans every single ...
Re: A broken wing. Any hope to fly again? -- The Regal Swan -- 21 January 2016
Hi Anna: Everything you have done has been perfect. You got the swan to a bird vet, domestic or wild, it is still a bird and domestic birds can sustain broken bones. So, having a bird vet is one good ...

How Do Swans Feed Their Young? -- Brinabella -- 19 January 2016
Hello! I am wondering how swans feed their young. Can you tell me?
Re: How Do Swans Feed Their Young? -- The Regal Swan -- 19 January 2016
Hi Brinabella: Birds that hatch from the egg with very little feathers, eyes closed and must rely on the mother bird for feeding and care until they are a few days or even weeks old are called ...

How to encourage a swan to stay on our lake? -- David -- 17 January 2016
A large white swan just showed up this weekend on our small lake in the southeast corner of the Texas Panhandle. Is it likely that it migrated to there? What can we do to benefit the swan, and/or ...
Re: How to encourage a swan to stay on our lake? -- The Regal Swan -- 18 January 2016
Hi David: More than likely it was on the migration path and got sidetracked. It will probably get something to eat, rest and then continue on its path. You probably do not want to keep the bird ...

Swan in cold weather, snow, canal partly frozen -- Lesley -- 17 January 2016
I visit a pair of swans every day and feed them, I have done this for two years now. And today it was cold, snow and with the canal partly frozen over, the cob was shivering his wing they were ...
Re: Swan in cold weather, snow, canal partly frozen -- The Regal Swan -- 17 January 2016
Hi Lesley: What you are describing is called the "Triumphant Sign". This usually occurs after mating or after chasing an intruder from the habitat. Swans will also shake their wings for stretching ...

Tundra Swan -- Nancy -- 16 January 2016
I work at a state park in N. VA as a park interpreter/naturalist. I am currently researching the Tundra Swans as they do reside in our bay and nearby marshes during our winter months. I have not been ...
Re: Tundra Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 17 January 2016
Hi Nancy: Your question is rather involved and would be too long to cover in this post. Therefore, we are going to try and answer this in a concise manner and point you into a direction that you can ...

Why do mute swans have black markings around their eyes? -- Yasin -- 14 January 2016
Why do mute swans have black markings around their eyes? The only suggested answer that I can find relates to the absorption of light, however other swans do not have these markings. As well as this, ...
Re: Why do mute swans have black markings around their eyes? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 January 2016
Hi Yasin: This is an interesting question as this is just may be the particular attribute that Mute Swans have as the coloring around the knob surrounds the eyes and ends near the bill. There are ...

Black swan in trouble, unexperienced owner -- Cristina -- 14 January 2016
Hi, My partner bought me 2 one year old black swans for Xmas. We live in Scotland, UK. 6 days ago we found one swan dead, and we now identified that one as being the male. They both lived on a pond ...
Re: Black swan in trouble, unexperienced owner -- The Regal Swan -- 14 January 2016
Hi Christina: Australian Black Swans are southern hemisphere species and cannot tolerate very cold weather. She needs to be brought in for the winter. Yes, you need to switch her to a mixture of ...

Feeding at night -- Roman -- 14 January 2016
id like to know whether it is ok to feed swan, goose and ducks at night? many thanks
Re: Feeding at night -- The Regal Swan -- 14 January 2016
Hi Roman: The feeding system (feeder) must be mounted in the water away from the bank or frozen waterways. If a bowl or food is left on the ground near the bank or so that the swans are attracted to ...

Injured Black Cygnet -- Bill -- 12 January 2016
I have black swans at my business, and now have 4 cignets a little over 2 months old. One got a line (fishing ) wrapped around its leg to the extent it almost lost it. I caught it and removed the ...
Re: Injured Black Cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 12 January 2016
Hi Bill Try to keep the cygnet in a zero entry water feature so that it can butt scoot into and out of the water. This will cause the cygnet to push off with its legs. Water therapy is good. Try to ...

Care for wild swans in extended cold weather -- Bill -- 11 January 2016
I work at a golf course in the St Louis Missouri area. At the beginning of this past summer a pair of white swans (I believe Regal swans) took residence on a pond on the golf course. With the mild ...
Re: Care for wild swans in extended cold weather -- The Regal Swan -- 11 January 2016
Hi Bill: The swans will usually fend for themselves, but if they are young swans and don't know how to migrate or can't find another area, they may stay in your pond. There are several things you ...

Winter Feeding -- Jo Ellen -- 11 January 2016
Please describe the process you use when feeding your swans during the winter. Do you use a feeder? What feed do you use? Will the swans walk across the ice to feed from a bowl? How much open water ...
Re: Winter Feeding -- The Regal Swan -- 11 January 2016
Hi Jo Ellen: The swans need approximately 20-30 feet of open water so that they can easily enter and exit the water onto the ice. Anything less, may cause the birds to drown by not being able to ...

Sick cygnet -- Alexa -- 11 January 2016
Hello, I just purchased an Australian black Cygnet from a poultry show yesterday. I didn't notice yesterday but i believe it's sick. It has runny eyes primarily. I can barely feel through all the ...
Re: Sick cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 11 January 2016
Hi Alexander Did the person you brought it from provide you with any veterinary papers? How old was the cygnet as they should not be taken from the parents until 5-6 months of age. Again, were there ...

Weird behavior -- Matija -- 10 January 2016
Hi, So we live near a pond where a family of swans lives. First there were 8 baby swans (little grey ones) but after few weeks 3 of the little ones disappeared. Now about year and a few months later ...
Re: Weird behavior -- The Regal Swan -- 10 January 2016
Hi Matija: This is perfectly normal behavior. The swans are getting older and are of the age that the parents are trying to get them to leave the habitat. The more chasing and harassment, the greater ...

Is it okay to have only one pet swan rather than two? -- Ken -- 10 January 2016
I know it is recommended to get two, is it bad to only get one?
Re: Is it okay to have only one pet swan rather than two? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 January 2016
Hi Ken: As long as you get a very young swan (l year old) that has not bonded with another swan, it is okay to only have one swan. However, it would be better if you could keep the lone swan with ...

Aggressive Black Swan -- Jackie -- 8 January 2016
Hi hope you can help on a couple of things:- Our male swan is very aggressive. What can we do anything to calm him down. We recently lost our female swan which we had for 7 years – we have purchased ...
Re: Aggressive Black Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 8 January 2016
Hi Jackie Male swans may or may not repair with another female after losing their mate. Usually, they do not. Australian Black Swans produce cygnets twice a year. Since you are not in Australia, his ...

Swans in icy ponds and icy waters -- Kathy -- 7 January 2016
There are many Massachusetts towns whose ponds and bodies of water freeze during the winter months. I see many stories of the rescue and failed rescue efforts to save swans frozen in the ice. ...
Re: Swans in icy ponds and icy waters -- The Regal Swan -- 8 January 2016
Hi Kathy The towns and communities are dictated to by the US Federal Wildlife Services and state wildlife departments. There is a collaborative effort among these agencies along with National Audubon ...
Re: Swans in icy ponds and icy waters -- Kathy -- 10 January 2016
I am new to this. I just don't know why ANY of God's creatures would be a target for elimination, especially since we have the MSPCA and other anti-animal cruelty organizations. Why is the Mute Swan ...
Re: Swans in icy ponds and icy waters -- The Regal Swan -- 11 January 2016
Hi Kathy Mute Swans are being targeted by federal and state wildlife officials and their hunting stakeholders Ducks Unlimited, National Audubon Society and Cornell University. Yes, you read ...

Swans on Ice: Can they take off? -- Nancy -- 7 January 2016
Can Swans take off from a large pond with limited water ? The pond is frozen except for a small space that they are floating upon. Thank you for your expertise.
Re: Swans on Ice: Can they take off? -- The Regal Swan -- 8 January 2016
Hi Nancy Swans need approximately 100 yards of free clearance for take-off. So, yes they can use the ice as a runway and a landing strip. The major issue is if they have enough room to exit the small ...

Size of male swan knob -- Marjorie -- 7 January 2016
Hi! Does the size of the Knob on the beak of the male Swan denote Age or Authority in any way? Thank you
Re: Size of male swan knob -- The Regal Swan -- 7 January 2016
Hi Marjorie The size of the knob usually denotes if the swan is a male or a female. Now, having said this, we have seen females with larger knobs than the males. Again, usually, but not always, the ...

Mute swans in rain forest? -- Jayme -- 4 January 2016
Do you think I can breed succesfully mute swans in rain forest Brazil? Here temperatures never drop below 23 centigrades at night and during the day the temperature can reach 34 centigrades, all year ...
Re: Mute swans in rain forest? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2016
Hi Jayme You would need to speak with a swan breeder in Brazil. The Mutes might survive and reproduce, in your climate, but the Mute Swans are a more cold temperate bird. They can get heat stressed. ...

Light On The Swan at Night when Lake is Frozen Over -- Lynne -- 4 January 2016
Hi, We live on a lake in NJ and have aeration systems in place to try to keep it open for our lone swan. It has been difficult over the last 2 years due to the severe arctic weather and foxes try to ...
Re: Light On The Swan at Night when Lake is Frozen Over -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2016
Hi Lynne We have many lakes with a light on at night. It does not hurt the swan and will allow it to see predators. Yes, they can also see him, but as long as the pond does not completely freeze so ...
Re: Light On The Swan at Night when Lake is Frozen Over -- Lynne -- 4 January 2016
Thank you for the information.
Re: Light On The Swan at Night when Lake is Frozen Over -- The Regal Swan -- 4 January 2016
Hi Lynne: You are very welcome. Please feel free to contact us at anytime. The Regal Swan

Sick black swan wont eat her feed, can't walk, has goopy eyes -- Susie -- 3 January 2016
Our black swan is our sweet baby, and is now sick. She won't eat her feed, only fruits, and can't walk. She is inside for the winter, and always does well (she is about 8-9 years old). She also has ...
Re: Sick black swan wont eat her feed, can -- The Regal Swan -- 3 January 2016
Hi Susie You need to get her to a veterinarian quickly. Once a bird stops eating, they go down hill very quickly. She probably doesn't not feel great with the infected eyes which may not only itch, ...

Lone Mute Swan -- Nena -- 1 January 2016
I seen a swan by itself and asked about it. My friend said it had a mate, but got hit by a car. So now the swan is all by itself and seems sad. So i decided to visit every now and then and bring it ...
Re: Lone Mute Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 January 2016
Hi Nena: California and many other states want the Mute Swans eradicated from North America. Meaning, they have prohibited their flying in the wild by killing the birds, having rehabilitation centers ...

Wonderig what's wrong with a swan: Skinny neck and discoloured beak -- Shelby -- 1 January 2016
Hi I was at the Kearns point of the swan river and there were these three swans and one of them had a skinnier neck and discoloured beak it was not so red and it was more white and wasn't so close to ...
Re: Wonderig what -- The Regal Swan -- 1 January 2016
Hi Shelby Without seeing the swan, this is going to be a difficult determination. There could be several reasons for the beak discoloration and thin neck. The swan could be a cygnet (baby) or ...

Proposed -- Derek -- 25 December 2015
I was just curious. 17 years ago, I proposed to the women of my life. We were at an area that was beautiful during the summer in the midwest. There were many other people around. We were just on the ...
Re: Proposed -- The Regal Swan -- 26 December 2015
Hi Derek: Probably no meaning in this encounter other than you and your fiancée were possible food suppliers. If the opposite side of the pond had many other people and wildlife, you two were in an ...

Arranged swan marriage -- Kenny -- 25 December 2015
Hi I'm living in NW Ireland on an estuary with a recently bereaved single swan, only one within maybe 6 miles; on another inlet about 9 miles away there is another single swan .. My questions are: • ...
Re: Arranged swan marriage -- The Regal Swan -- 27 December 2015
Hi Kenny: Since the swans are protected, the only legal entities that could capture and relocate the swans are the RSPCA or a swan/wildlife rehabilitation facility. If there is nothing wrong with the ...

Young swans flapping their wings, forming a circle -- Annie -- 24 December 2015
A couple weeks ago, we were watching a group of swans that we were certain was that of the regular family, but with two members missing. Not that long after, a group of 5 came flying in and landed ...
Re: Young swans flapping their wings, forming a circle -- The Regal Swan -- 25 December 2015
Hi Annie Yes, sometimes the younger birds and their potential new mates and even family members from several years will try to return. Sometimes not always, but sometimes the returnees will be ...
Re: Young swans flapping their wings, forming a circle -- Annie -- 25 December 2015
Going from the last picture I caught of the behaviour, it seems like two of the kids were fighting. I have seen the cleaning behaviour a few times, so I can tell that wasn't it since the wings were ...
Re: Young swans flapping their wings, forming a circle -- The Regal Swan -- 26 December 2015
H Annie: Yes, from the view of this photo, it looks like the swan closest to the swan with the outstretched wings is chasing. The swan with the outstretched wings looks like it is trying to get away ...

Swan territory -- Elisita -- 21 December 2015
How do male swans protect their territory?
Re: Swan territory -- The Regal Swan -- 21 December 2015
Hi Elisita Both male and female swans may bite, but mainly flap their massive wings to strike at a predator or protect their young. Female swans tend to hiss as a warning more than the males. The ...

Additional Mate? -- Rachelle -- 18 December 2015
Hello, I saw swans on the river the other day - 3 adults travelling down river with three cygnets - I'm curious to know if swans have "alternative" family arrangements or an additional ...
Re: Additional Mate? -- The Regal Swan -- 18 December 2015
Hi Rachel More than likely, you are seeing an extended family. Not always, but sometimes older cygnets returning to the area will be allowed to join up with the new cygnets once they have reached a ...

Mute swan breeding -- Paul -- 16 December 2015
I purchased a pair 3 years ago. The first year the swams were 2 years old and she laid 7 eggs and would not sit on them. The last 2 years she did not lay any eggs. I am located in central ...
Re: Mute swan breeding -- The Regal Swan -- 16 December 2015
Hi Paul: There could be several reasons for the abandonment of the eggs. 1. The swan is too young and has no earthly idea how to care for the eggs. If this is the case, then next year should be ...

Why would sibling juveniles suddenly seperate -- Victoria -- 15 December 2015
We had two 8 month old mute swans that were Siblings that we've raised since they were 7 weeks old. We have a 4 acre pond that they have seemed pretty happy on. Last weekend they disappeared. We ...
Re: Why would sibling juveniles suddenly seperate -- The Regal Swan -- 22 December 2015
Hi Victoria At 8 months of age, the juveniles are ready to find a new home and start to pair with another swan. There is a possibility he will return to the family, especially if food is scarce. They ...

Male Swan Now Afraid -- Lynne -- 15 December 2015
Hi, We had 2 captive swans on our lake in NJ. The female was killed by a car about 2 years ago. The male has remained and did well without her. He swims around with the geese and ducks. It has been a ...
Re: Male Swan Now Afraid -- The Regal Swan -- 15 December 2015
Hi Lynne: More than likely it is the water mover that has him scared. You need to turn the device on for at lease twice a day for approximately 30-45 minutes so that he can get used to it and see ...

Swan with angel wing -- Priscilla -- 14 December 2015
I live in Mass. I have a swan with angel wing. He is alone, the rest of them left. I am so afraid of him being alone this winter. He made it through the last two but it is so sad to see him alone. ...
Re: Swan with angel wing -- The Regal Swan -- 14 December 2015
Hi Priscilla: Is he tame enough for you to catch him? He should be relatively easy to capture since he can't fly. He may not like you for a couple of weeks, but at least you can help him. If you can ...

Species of swan in North America -- Mauri -- 6 December 2015
What species of a swan is most often found in North American ponds or lakes and what are the characteristics
Re: Species of swan in North America -- The Regal Swan -- 7 December 2015
Hi Mauri: The most prevalent swans seen in ponds are the Mute Swans (orange beak) or the Australian Black Swans (black feathers with red bills). However, most wildlife officials (state and federal) ...

Swan nesting station -- Tom -- 4 December 2015
Good afternoon: I work for a retirement HOA here in the Phoenix, AZ area. In one of our small lakes we have a pair of swans that were donated to the HOA. They have had two hatches and have lost all ...
Re: Swan nesting station -- The Regal Swan -- 4 December 2015
Hi Tom The swans will probably not use such a man made structure. The best thing you can do for them is to add a few more bushes. They will use that much more, not only for shelter, shade, but also ...

Black swan cygnets missing -- Gina -- 3 December 2015
Hi, I'd like to ask @ what age can black swan cygnet's fly away from the pond they were born in? We had a pair of black swans breed in our public pond in early August this year; no one has seen them ...
Re: Black swan cygnets missing -- The Regal Swan -- 3 December 2015
Hi Gina Usually, the cygnets can begin flying around 6+ months of age, so if they are flying, they are much older than you think. If they are younger and cannot fly, then their walking from pond to ...

In the popular Swans feeding the Koi fish video what is going on? -- Dora -- 1 December 2015
Hello \-|"> Ive included the link of the video which created so much online debate.. I feel that the explanation given to the whole thing isnt good enough.. Below I'm listening 2 popular beliefs ...
Re: In the popular Swans feeding the Koi fish video what is going on? -- Dora -- 6 December 2015
I know they arent feeding the fish, somehow I thought they're kinda letting the koi get away with it or even doing what that parrot does which is unusual.. Anyway ok, got the point, thanks a lot I'm ...
Re: In the popular Swans feeding the Koi fish video what is going on? -- The Regal Swan -- 7 December 2015
Hi Dora: If the swans have a black bill with yellow markings they are the Bewick Swans (Cygnus bewickii bewickki), if they have orange bills they are the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) or more yellow with ...
Re: In the popular Swans feeding the Koi fish video what is going on? -- The Regal Swan Foundation -- 2 December 2015
Hi Dora 1. The swans are not feeding the fish. Swans must have water to eat so they do not choke. So, the swans are dipping the food and the particles of food separates and then is eaten by the fish. ...

Single White Swan in pound that has not iced over yet -- Signe -- 1 December 2015
I have a concern about a single juvenile swan that recently appeared at a nearby pond just a few miles off of our property. We've observed the swan for the last 6 weeks. And most recently winter ...
Re: Single White Swan in pound that has not iced over yet -- The Regal Swan -- 1 December 2015
Hi Signe: We're not sure where you are located, so we would advise to be very cautious about contacting your DNR. Many states will kill the bird just because it is a Mute Swan. So, if you need to ...

Are cygnets old enough to fly off on their own? -- Lauren -- 30 November 2015
I live on a lake in Northern NJ. A pair of wild swans which have been on the lake for years, had babies in May of this year (2015). Sadly the father swan died this past summer leaving the mother swan ...
Re: Are cygnets old enough to fly off on their own? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 November 2015
Hi Lauren: If the cygnets are able to fly, then it is possible that the other cygnet flew off either looking for another area or got lost. If it got lost, it may or may not find its way back. The ...

Help with our Mute Swans in Atlanta, GA -- Becky -- 25 November 2015
Hi--our condo association purchased 2 mute swans four years ago. This past Sunday, Jack got himself tangled up with one of our floating, aerating fountains on our 2 acre lake. I was able to cut him ...
Re: Help with our Mute Swans in Atlanta, GA -- The Regal Swan -- 25 November 2015
Hi Becky No, we do not have a rehabber. Do you live near a zoo or other such facility that might be able to help? Check with the Atlanta Aquarium and see if they know of a facility near you or a ...

Will bubbling of pond aerator scare away our swans? -- Stacia -- 23 November 2015
Our association in the Northeast has a small pond. Various swans visit in the Fall and Spring and stay for up to a month. We are considering installing a pond aerator with three bubblers. Will this ...
Re: Will bubbling of pond aerator scare away our swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 25 November 2015
Hi Stacia Any new addition to a swan's habitat could be disruptive. However, we have consulted with many habitats that have or have placed aerators (fountains and bubblers) into a swan habitat with ...

Missing Swans -- Rosanne -- 22 November 2015
Hello and thank you for your help on this site. I live on a pond that has had Swan bevies for the last 20 years. Some years we have had successful cygnets, some years not due to weather, turtles, ...
Re: Missing Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 22 November 2015
Hi Rosanne Yes, contact the Illinois DNR, the golf course and your homeowners association. If they had anything to do with it, they may deny it. But, if the IDNR had anything to do with it, a ...

Abandoned cygnets -- Pam -- 22 November 2015
We live near St. Louis Mo, in Edwardsville, IL . We were surprised to see a pair of Cignet swans nest in a pond near our house this spring. 3 offspring. One born earlier as it turned white sooner ...
Re: Abandoned cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 22 November 2015
Hi Pam If the cygnet can fly, but is not migrating, it probably means one of two things. The cygnet was too young and could not fly at the time of the migration by the parents so they had to leave. ...

Pond ice -- William -- 22 November 2015
I have 3/4 acre pond and two regal swans. What is a good product to keep part of pond ice free. Pond has 5 natural springs and only freezes when temp drops to single digits
Re: Pond ice -- The Regal Swan -- 22 November 2015
Hi William The springs will help to keep the pond from freezing due to their thermal temps. However, if the pond still freezes for any significant time, i.e., several days, the swans risk freezing, ...

Bowing heads -- Nicole -- 22 November 2015
Do swans bow their heads to other swans prettier or who have prettier feathers than them?
Re: Bowing heads -- The Regal Swan -- 22 November 2015
Hi Nichols The bowing of their heads is just an acknowledgement of recognition or other communication. Swans will even bow their heads for their caretakers or other familiar humans. The Regal Swan

Swan Behavior -- Annie -- 21 November 2015
Hi, I've been wondering about something I've been seeing swans (as well as Canadian geese) doing... I've seen them moving in a trampling manner sometimes before sinking their head into the water to ...
Re: Swan Behavior -- The Regal Swan -- 21 November 2015
Hi Annie: There are several reasons for the trampling. If there are turtles or other aquatic creatures in the area, the swans do not want to stick their heads under the water, especially if there are ...
Re: Swan Behavior -- Annie -- 25 November 2015
Thanks for the reply. I forgot to add that a few days later we saw the family all together. I would be surprised if the two groups I was referring to were both strangers, because the father of the ...
Re: Swan Behavior -- The Regal Swan -- 27 November 2015
Hi Annie: Thanks for the update. The Regal Swan

Black baby swan with broken leg -- Clara -- 20 November 2015
Hi there, my name is Clara and im originally from romania. My parents have a single baby swan ( he is black) - we think is 3-4 months old and abbt 10 days ago her leg got infected, was oozing and ...
Re: Black baby swan with broken leg -- The Regal Swan -- 20 November 2015
Hi Clara: The infection needs to be completely healed to ensure that the cygnet does not go septic. You can help rehabilitate the cygnet by allowing it to swim and exercise the leg. The cygnet may ...

Black Swans yearlings: Sexing; and seemingly underweight: Should I deworm? -- Julian -- 19 November 2015
Hello, I hope this message finds you great. I have a year-old pair of black swans and have a couple of queries on them please: 1) how I can tell the difference between male and female at that age ...
Re: Black Swans yearlings: Sexing; and seemingly underweight: Should I deworm? -- The Regal Swan -- 19 November 2015
Hi Julian: Unfortunately, at an age under or at 1 year of age, the only reliable method of sexing is DNA Sequencing. As far as de-worming, you will need to have a veterinarian prescribe you a ...
Re: Black Swans yearlings: Sexing; and seemingly underweight: Should I deworm? -- Julian -- 27 November 2015
Good morning to you, I urgently need your advice... One of my yearling black swans is showing signs of a reddish diarrhea and with a jelly appearance, something I had never seen before. The other one ...
Re: Black Swans yearlings: Sexing; and seemingly underweight: Should I deworm? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 November 2015
Hi Julian: We cannot diagnose something online without first examining the birds. Secondly, since we do not know the problem, we cannot offer a treatment, i.e., anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, vaccine ...

Lost juvenile swan -- Kristin -- 19 November 2015
Our neighbors down the road have swans. We have a 1/3 acre pond and 2 weeks ago we found one of their swans in our pond. It appears to be a juvenile mute swan as the feathers are a mottled ...
Re: Lost juvenile swan -- The Regal Swan -- 19 November 2015
Hi Kristin: The two most critical questions are: Is it a wild or captive swan? Can it fly? If it is a captive raised swan, no it will not fare well in the wild. It needs to be caught and taken back ...
Re: Lost juvenile swan -- Kristin -- 20 November 2015
The swans are captive raised but I don't think they take then indoors during the winter. We have a pond aerator so open water is not a problem. I just didn't know if they relied on their parents to ...
Re: Lost juvenile swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 November 2015
Hi Kristin: Find out from the neighbors the age of the cygnet. If the cygnet is approximately one year of age, it should have already gotten its street smarts from the parents and should be able to ...

Male mute swan out, sleeping alot -- Barbara -- 17 November 2015
I live near a golf course that I am responsible for filling the swan feeding bucket. I usally go late afternoon and our male swan has been out sleeping on the grass. The female likes to eat her food ...
Re: Male mute swan out of the water, sleeping alot -- The Regal Swan -- 17 November 2015
Hi Barbara Staying out of the water longer than in the water is not usual behavior. It is one thing to hang out for 1-2 hours, but not too long. Also, sleeping a lot usually is a sign something may ...

Lonely female might not be able to fly away -- Barbara -- 17 November 2015
We have had a female swan on our lake for a year now after being chased away by parents. We are very concerned because she is on her own and we do not think she can clear the oak trees to fly away. ...
Re: Lonely female might not be able to fly away -- The Regal Swan -- 17 November 2015
Hi Barbara: Are you sure she is actually a wild swan and can fly? She may be pinioned which means a portion of the wing is amputated so that the bird cannot fly out and start a feral population. We ...

Grey swans born to white swans ? -- Connie -- 17 November 2015
Grey swans born to white swan parents on cape cod, mass?
Re: Grey swans born to white swans ? -- The Regal Swan -- 17 November 2015
Hi Connie: Yes, this is a common occurrence. Scientifically, all Mute Swans are known as Mute Swans or Cygnus olor. However, due to a color variation, swan keepers call them either Royal Mutes or ...

Father swan won't let cygnet in -- Elspeth -- 15 November 2015
There is a family of swans and cygnets in the pond at our local park Recently the male swan has been chasing one of the Cygnets out of the water and won't let her in; she is approximately 6months ...
Re: Father swan won -- The Regal Swan -- 15 November 2015
Hi Elspeth: It is time to migrate and move the cygnets (now juveniles) from their hatching habitat to other habitats to form alliances with other juveniles and eventually form a family of their own. ...

Swan eye infection/cut? -- Bradley -- 13 November 2015
I have two trumpeter swans who are about 5-6 months old. They have always appeared healthy until today, when I noticed the female had an eye issue. In her left eye, it looked like a mixture of ...
Re: Swan eye infection/cut? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 November 2015
Hi Bradley This definitely sounds like some type of injury with ensuing infection. You need to get her to a veterinarian. You do not want her to lose sight over something that could be readily ...
Re: Swan eye infection/cut? -- Bradley -- 13 November 2015
Okay thank you so much for your timely and informed response. The vet clinic is only opened for a few hours tomorrow but ill call and see if they can squeeze me in; i figure its better to try and ...
Re: Swan eye infection/cut? -- The Regal Swan -- 14 November 2015
You are very welcome Bradley. We look forward to hearing additional info after your visit with the veterinarian. The Regal Swan

Introducing swans to a lake -- Lynda -- 13 November 2015
We have just moved and have a small private lake in st Augustine, Fl. I would like to know if we could introduce swans to our lake? Where would I get them and how do you take care of them? Would they ...
Re: Introducing swans to a lake -- Lynda -- 15 November 2015
Dear Swan Specialist, Wow. I had no idea that swans were so labor intensive. My aunt alwats had them on her small lake and i just took them for granted. Not any more. We do not have alligators so i ...
Re: Introducing swans to a lake -- The Regal Swan -- 15 November 2015
Hi Lynda: You are very welcome. Predators, especially in Florida are a major cause of swan deaths. Even though there may not be an alligator in the pond today, it does not mean that they cannot walk ...
Re: Introducing swans to a lake -- The Regal Swan -- 13 November 2015
Hi Lynda: Swans are a labor intensive investment. You first, would need to prepare the swan's habitat. In Florida, the lake would need to be checked for alligators and if they are not considered a ...

How to tell the age of a swan? -- Lena -- 12 November 2015
A lovely lone swan has found me. How can I tell how old it is ? He /she hasn't the vibrant orange beak that most of the other swans have and it is alone ....
Re: How to tell the age of a swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 12 November 2015
Hi Lena: Unless you are at hatching and at the swan's death, there is no real way of knowing the exact age of a swan. However, because you state that it does not have the vibrant orange/red beak and ...

Swan & goose friendship! -- Gay -- 11 November 2015
The lake in our local park has a population of swans and also a flock of geese. One of the swans recently lost its mate and has "paired" up with one of the geese. They are always to be seen ...
Re: Swan & goose friendship! -- The Regal Swan -- 11 November 2015
Hi Gay: No, this is not strange. There have been many documented cases of various species which normally would not pair up as friends having done so when a mate is lost or unavailable. We have even ...

Do high flying swans ever circle -- Garth -- 2 November 2015
Yesterday above Buckinghamshire, England we saw about 20 large white birds circling high overhead during the afternoon, as if to gain height. On a sunny day here their bodies appeared very white and ...
Re: Do high flying swans ever circle -- The Regal Swan -- 2 November 2015
Hi Garth: We seriously doubt that the birds you were seeing were swans. Swans in the Northern Hemisphere have no black on their wings. But, yes, even if they were swans, they would circle, but at a ...

Black swan has 1 leg now -- Gina -- 2 November 2015
Can you please help me? I've noticed a baby swan with only 1 leg. He did have 2 legs. I think an eel attacked him. He is only 12 wks old & his parents have gone away. His other 5 siblings are 2 ...
Re: Black swan has 1 leg now -- The Regal Swan -- 2 November 2015
Hi Gina No, the parents have abandoned him knowing something is wrong. He will never be able to keep up. The best situation for him is to place him in a habitat that is completely enclosed so a ...

Cygnet that can't fly -- Terry -- 29 October 2015
Hello, we live on a large retention pond in South Carolina. For at least 3 weeks now we have had an immature ? Swan. It is big, but still has some grayish brown on him. We have watched him try to fly ...
Re: Cygnet that can't fly -- The Regal Swan -- 29 October 2015
Hi Terry You need to call a wildlife rehabilitation center or an avian/waterfowl veterinarian to have the swan examined. South Carolina may have a rule that vets can't treat Mute Swans, but we don't ...

Swan on land only? -- Michele -- 29 October 2015
There is a juvenile swan that is sitting in the middle of our street all day long. We live in south jersey on a lagoon. The swan is on land only. Doesn't look sick but I am concerned.. what should I ...
Re: Swan on land only? -- The Regal Swan -- 29 October 2015
Hi Michelle The NJ DNR wants to kill the Mute Swans and will not let wildlife rehabilitation help them. So, first thing you need to do is get him out of the road and safe from predators wild and ...

Swan Feeders -- Jo Ellen -- 26 October 2015
I am looking for a swan feeder and am wondering which brand you would recommend?
Re: Swan Feeders -- The Regal Swan -- 26 October 2015
Hi Jo Ellen: We use the "Dog Café". At the bottom of this post, you will find a photo of the feeder mounted on a pole via u-bolts and placed 3 feet in the water. You want to be able to keep ...

Lone Swan -- Christin -- 24 October 2015
Hello. A family of swans has returned year after year to mate and raise their young on our Lagoon in New Jersey. Today there is only a sign of one swan. This swan is circuling the dock and falling ...
Re: Lone Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 24 October 2015
Hi Christin We would suggest that you get the swan out of the water or it could drown if it is seriously injured. Calling the NJ DNR and it's wildlife services will result in them killing the swan. ...

Legally moving a swan -- Robert -- 24 October 2015
Hello, I live on long Island in new York state. A swan ended up in the middle of town, and was there for a long time. I passed the swan at 1130 at night and it was still there around 10:30 the next ...

Swan transportation (cage) -- Marc -- 22 October 2015
What size of cage would be required to transport two Swans. Would be appreciated to get the details of the construction of the cage. Width, Height, Depth and if wire meshing or chicken wire would be ...
Re: Swan transportation (cage) -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2015
Hi Marc Each swan needs to be transported in a separate dog carrier (the kind used for airlines). The size should be dictated upon the size of the swan and the ability for the swan to stand, stretch ...

Do swans fly in the rain -- Melissa -- 22 October 2015
Am writing a story about a mute swan who wants to fly away from the pond which he and his mate has lived by after the mate dies. Do/will swans fly in the rain? Would you read my story and consult on ...
Re: Do swans fly in the rain -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2015
Hi Melissa Yes, we would be glad to consult. Please contact the webmaster of this post and you will be given an email contact. As far as flying in the rain, probably not. We have seen swans and other ...

Swan in town pond -- Julia -- 21 October 2015
I would like to know if there is a such thing as winter resistant swans? I drive to work every morning and been seen the swan on local pond. Should I call the wild animal control? The winter is near, ...
Re: Swan in town pond -- The Regal Swan -- 21 October 2015
Hi Julia: As long as the pond does not freeze, the swan should be fine. If the temperatures dip below 40 for an extended period of time and the pond freezes, then intervention may be needed. Swans ...

Adult swans chasing a cygnet -- John -- 19 October 2015
I regularly visit a remote pond where 2 swans have cygnets. I watched the adult swans pursuing a cygnet back and forth across the pond while 4 other cygnets were not harassed. I returned to the pond ...
Re: Adult swans chasing a cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 19 October 2015
Hi John More than likely this was a cygnet from another family. He was being taught to go home and not get into other swan families' habitat. The only other possibility would be if there was ...

Flying -- Jennifer -- 18 October 2015
when swans fly, do their necks get tired?
Re: Flying -- The Regal Swan -- 18 October 2015
Hi Jennifer That is a really good question. The answer would probably be that they do get tired, but most of the work comes from their large strong wing muscles. In any case, just like other birds, ...

Black swans cygnets: can they survive a winter? -- Joan -- 16 October 2015
We have lived on the river Itchen for 16 years and each year have watched white swans nesting and raising their young, however this year ther were no cygnets at all. We do see the occasional black ...
Re: Black swans cygnets: can they survive a winter? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 October 2015
Hi Joan: The survival of the swans during the summer is completely dependent upon the weather and temperatures. Australian Black Swans are southern hemisphere swans and therefore, will not do well in ...

Swan Incubator -- Arthur -- 14 October 2015
Hello, I am interested in purchasing an incubator for swan eggs. I need a commercial grade/high end unit. Is there one you can recommend that would be suited for swan eggs? Thanks, Arthur
Re: Swan Incubator -- The Regal Swan -- 14 October 2015
Hi Arthur In a short answer, no. Swan eggs are much more difficult to artificially incubate. The incubation temperature is much higher and the humidity has to be exact. That does not even account for ...

How to assist amputated swan with artificial leg to walk again -- Fiona -- 12 October 2015
Hi there, We live about 45 minutes south of Johannesburg, South Africa. We bought a house a couple of years ago that came with two black swans, Romeo and Juliet. Both have had their wings clipped. ...
Re: How to assist amputated swan with artificial leg to walk again -- The Regal Swan -- 12 October 2015
Hi Fiona & Guy: This is going to be a tough one, but you need to keep the prosthetic on him all the time as long as you do not see any rubbing which can cause an open sore and possible infection. ...
Re: How to assist amputated swan with artificial leg to walk again -- Guy and Fiona -- 23 January 2016
Hi, Sadly Romeo passed away, we think from all the stress. Now we are left with juliet, the female. Please advise if you think we should find her another mate or should we leave her alone. Thank you ...
Re: How to assist amputated swan with artificial leg to walk again -- The Regal Swan -- 23 January 2016
Hi Fiona: We are so sorry for your loss. Know that you did everything humanely for Romeo, but sometimes bird injuries are very difficult to treat. In the case of Juliet, as long as she has other ...
Re: How to assist amputated swan with artificial leg to walk again -- Guy and Fiona -- 25 January 2016
Thank you for your response. Juliet is with a ruddy shell female duck and they seem to get ok. Funny you mention geese; we have a separate pond area for them (20 now ) and let them out keeping the ...
Re: How to assist amputated swan with artificial leg to walk again -- The Regal Swan -- 25 January 2016
Hi Guy and Fiona: Sometimes geese and swans get along quite well as long as there is no issue regarding abundance of food, nesting sites, etc. We would suggest taking 2 geese -no more than 2 and ...

Brown swans, white siblings and parents -- Connie -- 5 October 2015
Two brown swans born with white siblings and white parents. Why are they brown?
Re: Brown swans, white siblings and parents -- The Regal Swan -- 6 October 2015
Hi Connie: All Mute Swans are scientifically known as Mute Swans. However, swan keepers call the swans either Royal Mutes or Polish Mutes. Again, no scientific name, just a name that the swan keepers ...

Do swans eat eggs? -- Zoe -- 4 October 2015
Hi there, I was visiting Prospect Park today (in Brooklyn NYC), watching a group of swans (some adults and some cygnet) and geese. Some other people were feeding the birds bits of bread so there were ...
Re: Do swans eat eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 October 2015
Hi Zoe Normally, swans eat aquatic vegetation and may eat some plankton found in and around the vegetation. Swans don't usually eat eggs, so we are wondering if this might not have been a dough ball. ...
Re: Do swans eat eggs? -- Zoe -- 6 October 2015
Hi Regal Swan, I was exceptionally close to the swans (see photo of swan in question) and myself and others saw it eat an egg, for certain, as we could see the egg shell shatter! If you come across ...
Re: Do swans eat eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 October 2015
Hi Zoe: Thanks for the update. This is certainly not something that we have seen. It may have been an opportunistic occurrence where the swan saw something in the water and decided to taste/eat it. ...

When to stop feeding? -- Cathy -- 4 October 2015
Hoping you can tell me when I should stop feeding 4 Swans who come and go from my backyard pond. I live in Ontario. I am not here most of the winter and I am afraid if i continue feeding they won't ...
Re: When to stop feeding? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 October 2015
Hi Cathy: Migration should start soon. If your area freezes, then you should stop feeding them and let them go about their business. However, if your pond is in an area that does not usually freeze, ...

Missing swan -- Vanessa -- 4 October 2015
We have two swans appear on our pond each year and they usually stay for roughly two weeks before flying off. This year two swans have appeared, they have been here for a week. However, after feeding ...
Re: Missing swan -- The Regal Swan -- 4 October 2015
Hi Vanessa: Yes, it is normal as the other swan may be searching for another habitat, especially if the swans need better resources such as shelter and food for the upcoming inclement winter weather. ...

Parents left the cygnets alone -- John -- 3 October 2015
we have had Two parents swans and two off spring swans on our pond since late May. All of a sudden the parents have left the pond. Is that their way of teaching the young to make it on their own? ...
Re: Parents left the cygnets alone -- The Regal Swan -- 4 October 2015
Hi John: There may be a couple of explanations for this scenario. First, this is migration season and the swans may begin to leave the area. If there is something wrong with the young birds and they ...

Sibling swans -- Geraldine -- 3 October 2015
Can swan siblings mate?
Re: Sibling swans -- The Regal Swan -- 3 October 2015
Hi Geraldine: Yes, this is how most bird flocks propagate their flocks, especially during times or areas when other swan families or flocks are scarce. Many bird flocks began and continue to survive ...

Brown swans? -- Helen -- 1 October 2015
Do brown swans exist? Thanks.
Re: Brown swans? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 October 2015
Hi Helen Usually, most swan species are either black or white. However, you might be observing the cygnets from this year. Swan species are white or black in color as adults, but are usually taupe ...

Mother seems to have abandoned cygnets? -- Emily -- 30 September 2015
Hello! My boyfriend & I have been watching a swan family since April or May. Up until last month, they always stuck together - a mom, a dad, and six cygnets. In August, we went to visit them twice ...
Re: Mother seems to have abandoned cygnets? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 September 2015
Hi Emily Yes, this is all normal behavior. The parents are letting the juveniles explore on their own because migration is nearing. The parents will chase them from the area so that they will join ...

baby swans disappeared -- Donna -- 29 September 2015
I have been watching these two swans in a pond by where I work. They hatched three baby swans, I think two died and now they raised one. A white crane that looks like them but much smaller hung ...
Re: baby swans disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 29 September 2015
Hi Donna Hopefully, the Michigan DNR did not have them killed. Michigan and other state and federal wildlife officials are labeling (falsely) Mute Swans as invasive, non native and aggressive so the ...

Vent sexing adult swan -- Jody -- 28 September 2015
Hello, I have vent check my swans before, but one I missed a cob for a hen. Can you show me how to be sure when vent checking? Thank you, Jo
Re: Vent sexing adult swan -- The Regal Swan -- 28 September 2015
Hi Jody Vent checking or probing is the least reliable method unless the swans are 1 year older or more. The male genitalia will not be developed prior to that age. And, just as you described, you ...

cygnets update -- Lisa -- 28 September 2015
Hi there After much confusion and studying the cygnets behaviour, we think dad has run off with yet another and abandoned mum (he did the same last year). Now he is bullying mum who has chosen to ...
Re: cygnets update -- The Regal Swan -- 28 September 2015
Hi Lisa Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. The Regal Swan
Will juveniles stay together -- Lisa -- 31 October 2015
Hello again Babies are doing well and still growing! Could I ask at what age they will want to part company, if at all? Please Photo update attached. Thank you Lisa
Re: Will juveniles stay together -- The Regal Swan -- 31 October 2015
Hi Lisa The answer lies with the parents. Do they migrate or do they stay in your pond year round? Does your pond freeze? If migration and pond freeze occurs, then there is a greater chance that the ...
Re: Will juveniles stay together -- Lisa -- 31 October 2015
Hi there Thank you for your help. The marina has frozen in the past but not for long. Mum and dad have left them to their own devices for a while now so as you say, we will have to wait and see what ...
Re: Will juveniles stay together -- The Regal Swan -- 31 October 2015
Hi Lisa You are very welcome. If you are going to get a milder winter with no pond freeze, the birds may stay for the winter. Please let us know how this works out. The Regal Swan

Wry neck? -- Dianna -- 28 September 2015
I have a 5 year old male Australian Black Swan. We found him very sick 3 weeks ago. He had lost a lot of weight and was not eating. I started giving him Tylan injections 2 times daily and oral ...
Re: Wry neck? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 September 2015
Hi Dianna Has a veterinarian seen him? There are several reasons his neck could be in this position along with not eating. Botulism, lead poisoning, phosphatefertilizer or any other toxin could cause ...
Re: Wry neck? -- Dianna -- 23 October 2015
Hi. Thanks so much for the information. I found out a day or so later my swan had lead toxicity. We have completed Ca EDTA chelation. He is on oral Flagyl (Vet recently found flagella in his stool.) ...
Re: Wry neck? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 October 2015
Hi Dianna: For the next few days, tube feed him with Exact bird food or another emergency baby bird food that your vet can recommend. The emergency bird feed for tube feeding will provide him with ...

Whistling noise when swans fly -- Gary -- 28 September 2015
What makes the whistling noise when swans fly?
Re: Whistling noise when swans fly -- The Regal Swan -- 28 September 2015
Hi Gary This is the sound emitted from the flapping of their wings. Tundra Swans were once known as the Whistling Swans because of the air passing through their feathers and wings as they flew making ...

Black Swan shaking it's head at Westin Hotel Maui -- Stephanie -- 27 September 2015
Hello, I was just at the Westin Hotel in Kaanapali, Maui in Hawaii where they have a black and white swan swimming on their ponds as display for the guests. A group of adults and children were ...
Re: Black Swan shaking it -- The Regal Swan -- 27 September 2015
Hi Stephanie If the behavior was seen only after eating the bread, it may have been trying to dislodge a piece in its throat or nose. Food should always be given in water, otherwise swans and other ...

Is our swan dying? -- Terry -- 26 September 2015
For what reason does a member of a swan family go into another pond alone for days (so far)...not eating, just merely seems perched on top of the water...is this bird dying? Terry
Re: Is our swan dying? -- The Regal Swan -- 26 September 2015
Hi Terry Not eating is not a good sign. But, the swan could be eating sporadically and even at night or other times you are not constantly watching. No matter, the swan needs to be captured and taken ...

sick swan -- donna -- 24 September 2015
I have a swan that is not eating or drinking much. she has lost a lot of weight. I have tried force feeding but she has not liked that. could you give me some advice? I don't think she is going to ...
Re: sick swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 September 2015
Hi Donna If she is not eating on her own, this is not a good sign. She needs to be examined by an experienced avian (bird)/waterfowl veterinarian. She may have an infection, ingested some type of ...

Adopting? -- Karla -- 22 September 2015
Hi. I had a pair of male mute swans that we purchased as yearlings 10 years ago. They got along well the majority of the time but during the spring they would become aggressive with each other (and ...
Re: Adopting? -- The Regal Swan -- 22 September 2015
Hi Karla: If you can keep them separated on different sides of the habitat so that they have absolutely no way of contacting each other, then we would go along with your providing him a very good ...

Winter quarters -- Andy -- 21 September 2015
Where do swans go for the winter?
Re: Winter quarters -- The Regal Swan -- 22 September 2015
Hi Andy: If the swans are in the U.S., then there are 3 flyways. West down to Arizona, Midwest down to Mississippi and East down to North Carolina. Of course, all of this is up to the individual ...

Swans with no parents -- Tom -- 14 September 2015
There is a large pond near where I live, it had 2 swans with 7 cygnets, one of the adult swans was found dead at the side of the pond about 1 month ago, some people say it was attacked by a dog, ...
Re: Swans with no parents -- The Regal Swan -- 14 September 2015
Hi Tom This could be normal behavior for the parent to abandon the cygnets once they are old enough to survive on their own. However, with the demise of the one parent, possibly from predation or ...

Do swans lay eggs every year? -- Michael -- 12 September 2015
Do swans lay eggs every year?
Re: Do swans lay eggs every year? -- The Regal Swan -- 12 September 2015
Hi Michael This is a complicated question depending on species, age of swans, gender and resource availability. Normally, all adult swan pairs (male and female) species of breeding age (and no ...

Mute swan lost his mate -- Elaine -- 10 September 2015
Hi, Mute swan has lost his mate. He is in the pond & crying for her. Large amounts of white feathers were found leading to believe she isn't alive. The couple stays in the Cape Ann, Ma area ALL ...
Re: Mute swan lost his mate -- The Regal Swan -- 11 September 2015
Hi Elaine If there is a large amount of feathers in an area, it usually means an attack by a predator. If she survived and was not seriously injured, she may have flown to another area and will ...

Cygnets abandoned -- Lisa -- 10 September 2015
Hi there I think the mum n dad have been ousted from their territory by another pair now but the cygnets have stayed in a group together. They are only just over 4 months old now and still come to ...
Re: Cygnets abandoned -- The Regal Swan -- 10 September 2015
Hi Lisa: These are some very big cygnets. They look like they may be around 6 months of age. In that case, the parents will leave them alone for a while. If the parents are being chased by the other ...
Re: Cygnets abandoned -- Lisa -- 11 September 2015
Thank you so much for your advice. They are rather large but then I suspect it's because they are so well fed! They were born during the first week of May. We will keep a very close eye on them and ...
Re: Cygnets abandoned -- The Regal Swan -- 11 September 2015
Hi Lisa: You are very welcome. Thank you for monitoring the cygnets. We spoke to Wendy Hermon at Swan Support in Windsor. She asked that we give you their number so that if you have any concerns you ...
Re: Cygnets abandoned -- Lisa -- 12 September 2015
Hi again That is fantastic, thanks so much. We had contacted the RSPCA before when one of the cygnets who was white was chased off by dad at only a few weeks old but the RSPCA wouldn't attend, which ...
Re: Cygnets abandoned -- The Regal Swan -- 12 September 2015
Hi Lisa You are very welcome. Thank you for your kind words. The Regal Swan

Cygnet with wing deformity, cannot fly -- Christopher -- 9 September 2015
I live on Staten Island NY, I work at a marina and care care of the local resident swans, one of there cygnets writhing the last month looks like his wings are deformed. I called the local audabon ...
Re: Cygnet with wing deformity, cannot fly -- The Regal Swan -- 9 September 2015
Hi Christopher Call Animal Care and Control at 311 They have experienced animal/wildlife rescuers that can capture the cygnet and get it to the Wild Bird Fund which will examine and treat if ...
Re: Cygnet with wing deformity, cannot fly -- Zorada -- 24 September 2015
I live on the harbor and think I know what swan you're speaking of. I was actually researching the deformity when I came across this thread.
Re: Cygnet with wing deformity, cannot fly -- The Regal Swan -- 24 September 2015
Hi Zorada Is the cygnet still in the area? We have been trying to get it some help, but need to know the exact location. If you could post your contact number to this post, the webmaster Will Not ...
Re: Cygnet with wing deformity, cannot fly -- Zorada -- 8 October 2015
Sorry for the delayed response- I haven't seen the cygnet in quite a while! I was wondering if someone was able to catch him. The family usually hangs out at either the Seaside nature Park or Port ...
Re: Cygnet with wing deformity, cannot fly -- The Regal Swan -- 8 October 2015
Hi Zorada Thanks for your offer of assistance. We have not heard anything new, but if we do, we will call you. Thanks again. The Regal Swan

Bleedig swan -- Flo -- 8 September 2015
Two swans arrived at my grandparents house yesterday. Both seemed fine until I noticed that this morning one of them is bleeding from the bottom area. I don't know the sex but believe it to be ...
Re: Bleedig swan -- The Regal Swan -- 8 September 2015
Hi Flo Yes, please immediately contact the RSPCA as they will capture it or send a swan rescuer. If you are in the Windsor/London area you can call Swan Support. Go to their website and they should ...

Found swan egg floating on river -- Patsy -- 6 September 2015
Hello We found a swan's egg floating in the River Thames still intact. What should we do with it? Please advise. I believe it might explode. I would appreciate some advice. Thanking you in advance. ...
Re: Found swan egg floating on river -- The Regal Swan -- 6 September 2015
Hi Patsy Yes, the egg will probably explode leaving a nasty smell and mess. Mother swans do not abandon viable eggs, but will kick non fertile or bad eggs from the nest. Since you do not know how old ...

slaughter of swans in Indiana -- Fritzi -- 6 September 2015
We have recently had over 20 swans destroyed on our lake. Many of the residents are horrified, but the DNR does such a good job of quoting information and I don't know where to look to counteract ...
Re: slaughter of swans in Indiana -- The Regal Swan -- 6 September 2015
Hi Fritz We are very well aware of Indiana DNR officials misguided Mute Swan killings, as well as their blatant misrepresentations of the swan species and ignorance of current scientific research. We ...

Swan family suddenly ups and leaves pond -- Debbie -- 5 September 2015
The other day I was riding my bike and looked out over one of these Sound inlets and saw dead fish.They appeared to be Bunkers. That is not too unusual because bluefish chase bunkers, sometimes ...
Re: Swan family suddenly ups and leaves pond -- The Regal Swan -- 5 September 2015
Hi Debbie There is something terribly wrong within the water, i.e., algae outbreak producing bacteria induced toxins, sewage, fertilizer or other man-made run-off. Fish are more susceptible to the ...
Re: Swan family suddenly ups and leaves pond -- Debbie -- 6 September 2015
I live on the sound... Long Island Sound and front page local news, this morning had these headlines in bold black -- GASPING FOR BREATH. About the spreading pollution in the Sound. So, you are ...
Re: Swan family suddenly ups and leaves pond -- The Regal Swan -- 6 September 2015
Hi Debbie Yes, how crazy is it that state and federal wildlife agencies blame the Mute.Swan for polluted waters with no scientific research? Yet, they fail to do their actual jobs in preventing and ...

Coscoroba swan sitting too long on eggs -- Sillie -- 3 September 2015
Hi My coscoroba swans laid their second batch of eggs on the 15th of July so their hatching date should have been anything from the 19th-24th of August. The eggs are, however, not hatched yet. Their ...
Re: Coscoroba swan sitting too long on eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 3 September 2015
Hi Sillie Mom knows best. Her count and human's count are two different things. Her count will not start until the last egg is laid. Because she was disturbed during the initial egg laying, that only ...
Re: Coscoroba swan sitting too long on eggs -- Sillie -- 3 September 2015
Oh thank you guys so much I am really happy to hear that! I was so worried that I would have to stress her even more. And I will definitely let you know what happens. I do have one last question ...
Re: Coscoroba swan sitting too long on eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 3 September 2015
Hi Sillie: No, nature does not work that way. Nothing is going to jeopardize the family or flock. To sit for nothing on non-viable or non-fertile eggs would increase the chance of death due to ...

A swan in my little ditch bank... -- SE -- 2 September 2015
[We] pulled up to the house where we resides and noticed a swan in the ditch but we never seen one around here because were not surrounded by water but small ditches in our neighborhood. Im just ...
Re: A swan in my little ditch bank... -- The Regal Swan -- 2 September 2015
Hi: If the swan is still in the immediate area within an hour, you need to contact a local wildlife rescue facility/wildlife rehabber so that the swan can be captured and examined. If there is ...

High levels of blue -green algae -- jack -- 28 August 2015
Hi Just want to say I love your website (following for ages) & haven't seen anything else like it on the web! I've been keeping an eye on the only swan family on a London lake for 4 months. High ...
Re: High levels of blue -green algae -- Admin -- 29 August 2015
You can contact Wendy Hermon or Joan at Swan Support in Windsor/Eton. Phone: 7572-450967 They may be able to help! They are waiting for your phone call. Please let us know if you connected with them.
Re: High levels of blue -green algae -- jack -- 29 August 2015
Thank you both very much for this. I will contact Swan support as you suggest asap & send you further details separately.
Re: High levels of blue -green algae -- The Regal Swan -- 29 August 2015
Hi Jack You are very welcome. Wendy Hermon and her group, Swan Support are fantastic and should be able to offer assistance. The Regal Swan
Re: High levels of blue -green algae -- The Regal Swan -- 28 August 2015
Hi Jack Thanks for your kind words. We are in the process of trying to get you help, but because of the time difference, we may not be able to contact anyone until tomorrow. Could you please send ...

Swan upside down paddling -- Linda -- 20 August 2015
Swan upside down paddling then rolled over dead so quickly
Re: Swan upside down paddling -- The Regal Swan -- 20 August 2015
Hi Linda: If the swan was paddling upside down before its demise, something was extremely wrong. Either it was severely sick, injured or died from old age. The paddling upside down was indicative ...

Swan feathers -- Judy -- 18 August 2015
After two years of dreaming, visualizing, talking, planning & preparation, a group of 11 practiced women are in final preparatory stage for our sacred Sweat Lodge. It was decided some time ago to ...
Re: Swan feathers -- The Regal Swan -- 18 August 2015
Hi Judy: You may need to contact a local swan breeder and see if he/she can provide you with some feathers. If the feathers come from a wild swan, especially a Trumpeter Swan, you may need to get a ...

Prestigious 2016 Indianapolis Prize has named Sheila "one of the top 28 conservationists" -- Regal Swan Foundation -- 18 August 2015
The prestigious 2016 Indianapolis Prize has named Sheila as "one of the top 28 conservationists in the world!" The Indianapolis Prize is the world's leading conservation awards and largest! This is ...

Female mute swan deserted family for 2 weeks -- Sarah -- 18 August 2015
Hi We have had a pair of mute swans in the river beside our house for years. On 4th August, the female disappeared leaving the male and 4 well grown cygnets. She returned today, 18th August. Before ...
Re: Female mute swan deserted family for 2 weeks -- The Regal Swan -- 18 August 2015
Hi Sarah: If a swan gets sick or injured, the flock/family may shun them or they may seek isolation away from the flock/family. The reason for this is so that if they are ill, the flock/family does ...

5 month old swan died, was making a rattling noise almost like he had a cold -- Donna -- 16 August 2015
I have 6 swans that are 5 months old. Last week one of them started staying away from the others. When I would go to feed him he sounded like he was making a rattling noise almost like he had a cold. ...
Re: 5 month old swan died, was making a rattling noise almost like he had a cold -- The Regal Swan -- 16 August 2015
Hi Donna Without a necropsy, there is no concrete way of knowing exactly what caused the swan’s death. However, short of having something stuck in its throat, there is a good possibility that the ...
Re: 5 month old swan died, was making a rattling noise almost like he had a cold -- Donna -- 17 August 2015
Can you tell me if there is something wrong with this swans neck by looking at it? It's acting ok, I would just hate to get too far along if this is an obvious sign of something.
Re: 5 month old swan died, was making a rattling noise almost like he had a cold -- The Regal Swan -- 18 August 2015
Hi Donna There is either something lodged in the throat or he has some type of injury/deformity. Sometimes parents accidentally step on the cygnets in the nest and can cause this deformity. You need ...
Re: 5 month old swan died, was making a rattling noise almost like he had a cold -- Donna -- 18 August 2015
Thank you very much. It has not looked like that until 2 days ago so I will get him in right away! Thank you
Re: 5 month old swan died, was making a rattling noise almost like he had a cold -- The Regal Swan -- 18 August 2015
Hi Donna: You are very welcome. Please let us know the outcome. The Regal Swan

Clipping wings -- Victoria -- 15 August 2015
We have two swans that I have been raising since they were two months old. They are currently about four months old. We have a 4 acre pond which we have a pen on for them to be in during the day and ...
Re: Clipping wings -- The Regal Swan -- 16 August 2015
Hi Victoria: No matter how long swans or other birds are raised in an area, if they can fly, they will fly in order to explore other areas. When they fly, they can get lost or be attacked by ...

Swanless Lake -- Ros -- 15 August 2015
Ever since I moved to Northampton (UK) in 2000, there have been a pair of swans living on our local lake. If a pair should leave for whatever reason, a new pair would always replace them within a ...

Concerns about warts on swan foot -- Katy -- 14 August 2015
We had two swans, a male and female, and just recently lost the female. We took her to the emergency vet, but it was too late. They weren't able to tell us the cause of death so we are now overly ...
Re: Concerns about warts on swan foot -- The Regal Swan -- 14 August 2015
Hi Katy: We are very sorry for your loss. Do you have an aerator on the lake? Rainwater can cause algae blooms which deplete oxygen in the water resulting in non-aerobic (non-oxygen) bacteria ...

Would like to buy a female trumpeter swan -- Doreen -- 13 August 2015
Hi! I am pretty sad to see my male trumpeter be alone, so I am interested to buy a female one. Can someone offer some information about where I could get one in PA,DE and MD area? I greatly ...
Re: Would like to buy a female trumpeter swan -- The Regal Swan -- 14 August 2015
Hi Doreen: First, before you start trying to buy a female, there are no guarantees that the male will re-pair with another female if he lost his first mate. Even if he never had a mate, there are no ...

Three month old cygnet shunned by swan family -- Pat -- 9 August 2015
I live on a quarry. We have two adult swans who have babies every June. Usually only 2 or 3 cygnets live and they always leave before winter. This june they had nine cygnets. They are almost as big ...
Re: Three month old cygnet shunned by swan family -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2015
Hi Pat: Swan parents may shun their young because of illness or injury. There is something wrong with the cygnet and the parents do not want any disease to spread to the rest of the cygnets. ...

How many cygnets -- Patty -- 9 August 2015
How many baby swans do swans have at a time
Re: How many cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 9 August 2015
Hi Patty: This is a complex question because it depends on species, age, habitat resources and individual attributes. Typically, all swans excluding Australian Black Swans can produce 1-8 cygnets, ...

Solo Swan -- Friday -- 7 August 2015
For several months now, I've noticed a lone swan in a pond near my home. The pond is a private pond at a rental home but the property is vacant. Is this normal for swans to be solo? I considered ...
Re: Solo Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 8 August 2015
Hi Friday: Since we do not know where you are located, we cannot determine if this is actually a captive swan vs wild swan. If this is a rental area/homeowner's association, then someone probably ...

Vaccines for swans for Pond disease/Botulism -- Cherokee -- 5 August 2015
where can I buy the vaccines? Also: Botulism vaccine. Where do I find it for my swans?
Re: Vaccines for swans for Pond disease/Botulism -- The Regal Swan -- 6 August 2015
Hi Cherokee If you can post to this site, your veterinarian's name and phone number, our veterinarian will get in touch with him/her and provide the name of the vaccine, proper dosage, booster ...

Rescued baby swan can't walk on leg -- Ashley -- 5 August 2015
I rescued a baby swan (someone brought him to me after his parents were killed) when he was a day old. He has been doing fine (he's 13 weeks old now), and my female duck's have taken him in with no ...
Re: Rescued baby swan can -- The Regal Swan -- 5 August 2015
Hi Ashley We have never given a swan an aspirin. Our vets prescribe Medicam so you will need to have a vet exam the cygnet. He may have sprained the leg, but if it is permanent, it is going to be ...

What effect do pinioned swans have on a small lake or pond -- Rob -- 5 August 2015
Since pinioned Trumpeter swans were added to our small lake (aprox 3 acres) our huge population of channel catfish, frogs, crawdads and turtles have disappeared and the water is not near as clear as ...
Re: What effect do pinioned swans have on a small lake or pond -- The Regal Swan -- 5 August 2015
Hi Rob We would suggest that there may be another underlying cause. However, having said this, governmental wildlife officials have for years misrepresented Mute Swans as being non-native, invasive ...
Re: What effect do pinioned swans have on a small lake or pond -- Rob -- 5 August 2015
Guess I should have mentioned that they are Trumpeter swans and that the water has been tested. They said the water was fit to drink. (sorry, I'll pass on drinking) Anyway Thanks
Re: What effect do pinioned swans have on a small lake or pond -- The Regal Swan -- 6 August 2015
Hi Rob No, we would not want to drink the water either. We are sorry that we could not be more specific to your issue. However, without seeing water tests prior to the swan’s arrival and post ...

Moving swans nest & feeding site -- Carol -- 5 August 2015
Hi- My HOA in KS has a pair of swans that have been with us for about 7 years in one particular spot where they have their nest in one of our residents back yards on the lake where he feeds them. ...
Re: Moving swans nest & feeding site -- The Regal Swan -- 5 August 2015
Hi Carol: Yes, you can get them to move their nest and feeding areas, but it is going to take some time and effort on your or whomever is going to care for the swans in the future. First, if the ...

Baby swan abandoned in my back yard -- PT -- 3 August 2015
Hey So there is a 2 month old swan sitting next to my tree in the back yard.. anyways it was kind of windy and stormy the other day and this swan has been sitting there for the past 24-48 hours. The ...
Re: Baby swan abandoned in my back yard -- The Regal Swan -- 3 August 2015
Hi PT: Let's hope you are not in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and some other states as they will kill the parents and the young. Hopefully, this is not what separated the young ...

Nesting swans: How many times a year? -- Dave -- 3 August 2015
Is it possible that swans can breed twice a year?
Re: Nesting swans: How many times a year? -- The Regal Swan -- 3 August 2015
Hi Dave: Most all swan species mate throughout the year as a bonding mechanism to keep the pair together. Even though they mate throughout the year, they only produce one brood per year. The ...

Would like to keep swans, need help assessing properties with ponds -- Gerry -- 3 August 2015
My wife and I are currently shopping for a new home in rural NY. We commonly see properties that have small ponds (say 1/4 to 1/2 acre) on them, sometimes just fluctuating-level catch basins for ...
Re: Would like to keep swans, need help assessing properties with ponds -- The Regal Swan -- 3 August 2015
Hi Gerry: NY and several other states would be the last state that you would want to have swans. The NY DEC wants to kill all of the Mute Swans so they like many other states can introduce the larger ...
Re: Would like to keep swans, need help assessing properties with ponds -- Gerry -- 5 August 2015
I guess I should have been more clear in my first post. I'm interested in keeping nonnative species of swans, but not Mutes. And I'm not asking about the legal situation, as I know other people who ...
Re: Would like to keep swans, need help assessing properties with ponds -- The Regal Swan -- 5 August 2015
Hi Gerry: Thanks for the clarification. We should have also been more concise. The reason that we are informing you about the legalities is that it does not matter what size pond you have, or ...

Update on Michigan swan -- Kim -- 31 July 2015
i Just want to give an update on the swan from a little lake in the state of Michigan that we thought had a broken leg. Well come to find out the male swan was shot with an arrow. We got the arrow ...
Re: Update on Michigan swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 August 2015
Hi Kim: Great news. Hopefully, Michigan DNR won't try to kill him. Thank you and the other rescuers for saving the swan. We're sure he is very grateful to all of you. The Regal Swan

Swans have gone missing -- Ronda -- 29 July 2015
We have had multiple trumpeter swan pairs on our lake and the 3 surrounding lakes for several years. This year we had pairs early on. Then we had a lone female show up with 5 cygnets that were very ...
Re: Swans have gone missing -- The Regal Swan -- 29 July 2015
Hi Rhonda: There could be many causes for their disappearance. If there was a predator in the area or another Trumpeter Swan family, your swan family could have been chased or the mother removed the ...

Cygnet leg tucked in on the top of its back -- Rebecca -- 29 July 2015
Hi , We are holidaying in the Cotswolds in the UK . We are staying on a lake and it has a male and female adult swan on the lake . They have one young cygnet ( grey )with them and it looks healthy ...
Re: Cygnet leg tucked in on the top of its back -- The Regal Swan -- 29 July 2015
Hi Rebecca: Without seeing the cygnet, we are not sure what might be occurring. Usually, swans will place one leg on their back for rest or to dissipate heat since there is an abundance of blood ...
Re: Cygnet leg tucked in on the top of its back -- Rebecca -- 1 August 2015
Hi , Just to let you know that all is well with cygnet . Hope you get the picture Both legs in water now Thanks for reply Kind regards Rebecca
Re: Cygnet leg tucked in on the top of its back -- The Regal Swan -- 2 August 2015
Hi Rebecca: Great news. Thanks for sharing. The Regal Swan

Age of swans when they can fly -- Nancy -- 28 July 2015
At what age do young swans fly?
Re: Age of swans when they can fly -- The Regal Swan -- 28 July 2015
Hi Nancy It takes approximately 4-6 months of age before some swans fly. Depending on the species, the development of the wing structure, when the mature plumage fills in, the individual swan, etc., ...

Swan with a prosthesis leg and foot -- David -- 27 July 2015
After three months i will be getting my swan back from the vet. She will have a prosthesis leg and foot. I have many questions: !. Can she be around the other two swans. One of the swans was her ...
Re: Swan with a prosthesis leg and foot -- The Regal Swan -- 28 July 2015
Hi David: If she has been separated for long enough that the other swans have bonded, it is unlikely that she will be accepted by the male, and definitely not by the female. Even if she were ...

Can Whooper & Mute swans mate? -- James -- 26 July 2015
We have a female Whopper Swan and a male Mute Swan....both seem to be in love........could they ever mate?
Re: Can Whooper & Mute swans mate? -- The Regal Swan -- 26 July 2015
Hi James: It is possible, but highly improbable. We have seen where different species of swans have mated and even produced offspring, but humans intervened to make this happen. The offspring were ...

Submerged eggs... -- Tania -- 25 July 2015
Hi there, Is it possible for an egg to still be ok after being submerged in water for a few hours, I am thinking no, but just wanted to know for sure. Thank You
Re: Submerged eggs... -- The Regal Swan -- 26 July 2015
Hi Tania: No, the embryo/cygnet cannot survive. Most likely, there was something wrong with the eggs, infertile or the cygnet not viable and the parents kicked the eggs into the water. The Regal Swan

How to keep swans away -- Lynn -- 25 July 2015
I want to know if there is something to keep swans away. Our neighbors swans keep coming to our pond. They are beautiful...... but are leaving big nasty piles & we have grandkids that we like to ...
Re: How to keep swans away -- The Regal Swan -- 26 July 2015
Hi Lynn: The only thing that will prevent them from coming into your pond area is some type of barrier. You might try a temporary poultry fence or fence made from wood stakes and windscreen, ...

Trumpeter Swan laid eggs 57 days ago, still no cygnets -- Dennie -- 24 July 2015
My question pertains to a matted pair laid of Trumpter Swans. This is her first clutch and she laid her last egg 57 days ago and no cignets have hatched. Mom is still sitting on eggs. She is looking ...
Re: Trumpeter Swan laid eggs 57 days ago, still no cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 24 July 2015
Hi Dennie: Trumpeter Swans are a protected species so any moving or tampering of the eggs may get you in trouble. The young mother swan may have no idea what she is supposed to do and this could ...

Cygnets vanishing -- Jacquie -- 24 July 2015
Hi I have been enjoying watching a family of two adult and 5 cygnets near my partners boat in Kent. It has been lovely seeing the babies growing and the bond they all seemed to have. Sadly last night ...
Re: Cygnets vanishing -- The Regal Swan -- 24 July 2015
Hi Jacquie: Any number of causes could be the reason for the cygnets' demise. Cygnets, just like ducklings, goslings and other young are so small that they are readily accessible to predation by ...

Swan taking on other swan's young -- Trish -- 23 July 2015
Hello, Could you please let me know if a female swan would steal another's young? Saw a swan separating a mother from her babies. Is this because she wants them for herself, or a ploy to get them and ...
Re: Swan taking on other swan -- The Regal Swan -- 23 July 2015
Hi Trish: More than likely, the mother swan was trying to protect the cygnets and went toward the threat and left the cygnets in an area that they could readily escape. Swans teach their cygnets to ...

Abandoned cygnet, bad balance, problem with one eye, prefers to sit still. Prospects? -- Ina -- 21 July 2015
Hi! Two weeks ago I found a tiny mute swan cygnet. It was alone and extremely weak, curled together on a field next to the ocean. No sign of any other swans around. I took it home, got it to eat - ...
Re: Abandoned cygnet, bad balance, problem with one eye, prefers to sit still. Prospects? -- The Regal Swan -- 21 July 2015
Hi Ina No, he cannot go onto a pond, and even then, a very protected pond until he is approximately 6-7 months of age. Because his mother abandoned him, and probably knew something was wrong with ...

Baby swans kept shaking their heads, died -- Sean -- 19 July 2015
i LOST TWO BABY MUTE SWANS THIS YEAR TO SOME TYPE OF SICKNESS NOT SURE WHAT IT WAS. BEFORE THEY DIED THEY KEPT SHAKING THEIR HEADS AS IF TRYING TO CLEAR IT. MY VET WAS NOT SURE WHAT IT WAS.
Re: Baby swans kept shaking their heads, died -- The Regal Swan -- 19 July 2015
Hi Sean Without a necropsy, there is no 100% diagnosis. However, the leading causes of shaking heads could be ear mites or some other parasite, or neurological problem caused by aspergillosis, a ...

Swan sitting on eggs 2 months after first sighting -- Tina -- 18 July 2015
We have swans, we have watched hatch eggs for 15+ years. We saw the first sighting of eggs on may 8th; there were six eggs. Its now over two months later and we only have 3 eggs. I know if something ...
Re: Swan sitting on eggs 2 months after first sighting -- The Regal Swan -- 18 July 2015
Hi Tina If she is still rotating the eggs, then they are still viable. Your count is different than the mother swan's. Her count (incubation) begins after the last egg is laid. So, as long as she is ...

Feeding of adult swans -- Lori -- 17 July 2015
we have 4 adult swans. What is the correct amount of food and how many times per day should they be fed? They are on a dry swan mix right now fed every morning. Want to make sure we are feeding ...
Re: Feeding of adult swans -- The Regal Swan -- 17 July 2015
Hi Lori Swans feed all day and sometimes through the night. The amount of food depends upon the availability of sub aquatic and other vegetation in the habitat. The more sparse the vegetation, the ...

Problem with Coscoroba swan nest -- SWDT -- 16 July 2015
Hi! I really hope you guys might be able to help me. I have a pair of gorgeous coscoroba swans that recently had eggs! I was of course thrilled by this and excited to see the cygnets. The female was ...
Re: Problem with Coscoroba swan nest -- The Regal Swan -- 16 July 2015
Hi: If the eggs were left out in the open, not being sat on by the female, then they are not going to be viable. This new nest building may or may not result in any viable eggs being laid. The female ...

Mute swans of the same sex -- Yenise -- 16 July 2015
Hello, Almost four years ago I received a pair of mute swans as a gift. Supposedly it was a male and a female. They live on a small lake I have on my property and are super happy! The only problem is ...
Re: Mute swans of the same sex -- The Regal Swan -- 16 July 2015
Hi Yenise: The problem you now have is that these swans have bonded, regardless if they are the same gender. This means that you would have to separate them and this is not a good idea for several ...

Mute Swan Cygnet Left Alone -- Sandy -- 15 July 2015
I live on a small wetland lake in Pontiac, MI. Six cygnets were born and as of July 6 only one baby has survived. For many days the cygnet was seen with only one parent. Today, July 15, the cygnet is ...
Re: Mute Swan Cygnet Left Alone -- The Regal Swan -- 16 July 2015
Hi Sandy It is difficult to say if the young bird will survive as there are several factors to consider. 1. Is it old enough To fly? If so, the parents may be taking a break and will return to junior ...

Black & White Swans: What distance do they need to fly off water and land -- Paul -- 12 July 2015
Could you please tell me how much of a distance Australian Black & Mute Swans need to fly off water & land I'm purchasing these birds that have not been pinioned I have a large enclosure of a ...
Re: Black & White Swans: What distance do they need to fly off water and land -- The Regal Swan -- 12 July 2015
Hi Paul: They need approximately 100 yards, approximately 30-40 yards to get airborne and about the same to get lift away from obstacles. You can pinion them, but they need to be done quickly as the ...

Aggressive swan -- Sandra -- 8 July 2015
Hi, we have a boat on the river hamble in hampshire....... we are having trouble with a swan that blocks our bathing platform and wont let us of the boat. this sounds funny, but its actually not. I ...
Re: Aggressive swan -- The Regal Swan -- 8 July 2015
Hi Sandra: There are two issues occurring in your situation. First, the swan probably has a nest and/or cygnets and your boat is a threat. Second, someone else may have been running up onto the ...

Black swan problem: neck curled up on her back and head resting on her back -- Rick -- 8 July 2015
I have a young swan who became sick over a weekend, It was guessed that she had bottulisum. she was drooping her head walking backwards and not eating, or unable to eat. I took her to the vet and she ...
Re: Black swan problem: neck curled up on her back and head resting on her back -- The Regal Swan -- 8 July 2015
Hi Rick: Yes, we have experience with this condition. It may or may not be botulism. It could be any type of toxin that causes the condition where the neck rests on the back. Usually, not always, but ...
Re: Black swan problem: neck curled up on her back and head resting on her back -- Rick -- 13 July 2015
Would it do any good or any harm in giving an antitoxin vaccine at this time? If so where can I get some?
Re: Black swan problem: neck curled up on her back and head resting on her back -- The Regal Swan -- 13 July 2015
Hi Rick No, a vaccine would be too late and the damage may already be done. You might have the veterinarian give her an i.v. drip to try and flush her system. Also, add an antibiotic and use charcoal ...

Found swan egg -- Jim -- 7 July 2015
I found a single swan egg in mucky seaweed and it is green. is the swan alive inside ?
Re: Found swan egg -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2015
Hi Jim: If an egg is not under the mother for a significant amount of time and, especially if it is in the water, there is no chance that the egg is viable. Mother swans will dispatch eggs by taking ...

Black swans: Pioning, and could brother and sister mate? -- Paul -- 6 July 2015
Hi, just purchased a pair of Swans. I was told that birds are little over 12 month old; birds never been pinioned, he clips birds wings stop them flying away; is it too late to pinion being they are ...
Re: Black swans: Pioning, and could brother and sister mate? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 July 2015
Hi Paul: If you pinion the swan after 1-3 weeks of age, you must have them placed under anesthesia. Amputating the portion of the wings after 3 weeks of age is a very difficult surgery for the swans ...

Swan following a jet ski -- Dave -- 6 July 2015
A swan was following closely behind me while I was on a jet ski going slowly. His neck was literally pushed back against his body....I was concerned for his health and well being. Is this normal for ...
Re: Swan following a jet ski -- The Regal Swan -- 6 July 2015
Hi Dave: This behavior is known as "busking" and it is representing a very ticked-off swan. You were in his area, mainly a nesting habitat probably cygnets (baby swans) and he was protecting them by ...

Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- Karen -- 6 July 2015
Hello, I am happy to report that after the 2nd try.. the swan couple at Cove Island Park had 4 successful babies this year (after their 1st nest was sadly washed away). I had reported that in earlier ...
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- The Regal Swan -- 6 July 2015
Hi Karen: The only three ways that bread could have caused this death would be that the cygnet was fed without water and choked, the bread was moldy or poisoned. So, we would seriously doubt that the ...
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- Karen -- 6 July 2015
Thank you so much. The other babies are fine. This poor little guy I think was a little weaker. However, this must have been internal, as he looked and felt perfect when I held him. Felt very full ...
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- The Regal Swan -- 6 July 2015
Hi Karen: Thanks for your kind remarks. You also provided some additional information that could be the cause. Saltwater. If the parents are not finding any freshwater for the cygnets or themselves, ...
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- Karen -- 7 July 2015
Oh no!! I have no idea if they are finding water other than the ocean! So far the other 3 are okay. OMG, I am praying they will be okay. Thank you for your note. We have not had much rain!!
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2015
Hi Karen: The parents are smart. Even though the parents can't take the cygnets elsewhere until they fly, they still may be finding areas of fresh or less brackish water. They should do fine. The ...
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- Karen -- 7 July 2015
You specialists are awesome! PS: The swans are hanging out between the fresh water and ocean (I realize now). It is that spot where the fresh meets the ocean. The other 3 babies are still fine. I ...
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2015
Hi Karen Don't beat yourself up over this, it is nature. Not all are expected to survive or we would be tripping over swans, ducks, alligators, etc. There was something else wrong with the cygnet. ...

Swan leg out to the side of his body -- Helen -- 5 July 2015
There is a swan out on our lake that keeps one of its legs out to the side of his body above the water level. It will occasionally tuck it back in. Is this normal?
Re: Swan leg out to the side of his body -- The Regal Swan -- 6 July 2015
Hi Helen Yes, this is normal behavior unless the swan has difficulty entering and exiting the pond with that leg. Swans will keep one leg extended when floating on the water for two reasons. The ...

Agressive mom swan -- Cindy -- 4 July 2015
Hi. I had messaged you awhile back about our swan laying eggs in the barn early spring. They hatched and everything looked good. Had 2 healthy cygnets. They reached 2 months of age when one was ...
Re: Agressive mom swan -- The Regal Swan -- 5 July 2015
Hi Cindy: The idea to get them in a barn with a separated area so that they cannot crawl into the area with the parents is a wonderful idea. Just ensure that no predators can access the barn by ...

Malnutrition and cygnets -- Sharon -- 3 July 2015
Hello, We are in Weldon Spring MO and our 2 swans had 6 cygnets. We are down to 3 now due to illness. They are now 2 months old and they look like they are suffering from malnutrition. Someone said ...
Re: Malnutrition and cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 3 July 2015
Hi Sharon: Absolutely DO NOT feed them cat or dog food. This is too high in protein and can cause them to develop a condition called angel wing, slipped or backwards wing. This occurs when the diet ...
Photo of the cygnets -- Sharon -- 3 July 2015

Cygnet feeding -- Christian -- 2 July 2015
Hello, my name is Christian, and I would like some advice if you have a second. We are in charge of a breeding pair of white mute swans, we raised two cygnets last year, and have 5 now. A lady comes ...
Re: Cygnet feeding -- The Regal Swan -- 2 July 2015
Hi Christian: Yes, the lady is absolutely correct. Swans can choke without water so they eat by dipping the food in water or eat soaked food. If you feed the swans dry food, then the food must be ...

Swan incest and genetic problems -- Terry -- 2 July 2015
What about the of spring partnering with parent: will this cause any genetic problems down the road?
Re: Swan incest and genetic problems -- The Regal Swan -- 2 July 2015
Hi Terry Genetic problems can be seen in swans, but in our experience with veterinarians having more than 40 years of veterinary care, it is extremely rare. Birds are not mammals, so inbreeding does ...

Molting swans intimidated -- Lynn -- 1 July 2015
Hi again, thanks for the advice on fighting swan males - the "time-out" had to be repeated couple of weeks later, but eventually worked. Latest installment on the swan drama: they're ...
Re: Molting swans intimidated -- The Regal Swan -- 1 July 2015
Hi Lynn: Glad the timeouts worked. But, payback is not good. The ducks are getting their payback as the swans cannot fight back with moulting feathers. However, swans are like elephants, they have ...

Swans more likely to attack males or females? -- Stephanie -- 28 June 2015
Are swans more likely to attack females rather than males?
Re: Swans more likely to attack males or females? -- The Regal Swan -- 28 June 2015
Hi Stephanie Like most male species of any kind, they will usually go after another male. However, should a female swan get too close to the nest or cygnets, a male will also chase her and may ...

Wandering swan -- JM -- 27 June 2015
Hi there! My brother just bought a beautiful property with a pond and it came with two swans owned by previous owners. They have a wandering swan. They are younger swans - we do know that there were ...
Re: Wandering swan -- The Regal Swan -- 27 June 2015
Hi JM The problem is that the new swan is not being accepted by the original swan and is being chased from the area. There are two problems. One, you may have introduced a swan of the same gender and ...

Do swans get lonely? -- Jacqueline -- 26 June 2015
Hello I live opposite a pond in Scotland. Years ago two swans would always come here and then a good few years ago the male returned alone. Every year he returns alone and I watch him sit there alone ...
Re: Do swans get lonely? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 June 2015
Hi Jacqueline: This is normal behavior in the swan world. If a male swan should lose its mate, it may or may not re-pair. This depends on the individual swan and species. However, usually, the male ...

Returning cygnets to parents after 2 months. -- Donna -- 25 June 2015
Our mute swans had 8 babies this spring. Two of them were gone by the end of the first week due to snapping turtles. Every year snapping turtles get them within the first 2 weeks. This year we ...
Re: Returning cygnets to parents after 2 months. -- The Regal Swan -- 26 June 2015
Hi Donna: You will be better off either raising them until they can be released back onto the pond and fend for themselves (if your pond is big enough to house 8 birds), or find them a good home. ...
Re: Returning cygnets to parents after 2 months. -- Donna -- 30 June 2015
You were right. We tried it in and they were not too happy. They are back with me! I have had them pinioned. We live in a neighborhood that has several ponds in it. I will put them in one of the ...
Re: Returning cygnets to parents after 2 months. -- The Regal Swan -- 30 June 2015
Hi Donna Yes, they need access to land. From the photos, you will need to wait at least 4-5 months before you put them in a pond by themselves. These cygnets will not survive on their own at this ...
Re: Returning cygnets to parents after 2 months. -- Donna -- 4 July 2015
Hello again, We have built the pen half on water half on land. It is on the same pond as the parent swans. This is the only pond where they will have people to care for them. I built a double layer ...
Re: Returning cygnets to parents after 2 months. -- The Regal Swan -- 5 July 2015
Hi Donna: We're not sure that the parents can recognize them unless they were with the young for several days or weeks prior to their removal. However, the parents are curious and may adopt them ...
Re: Returning cygnets to parents after 2 months. -- Donna -- 6 July 2015
They seem to be stalking the cygnets. There are 40 ducks around them and the swans completely ignore them. I'll keep you posted. Thank you for your help.
Re: Returning cygnets to parents after 2 months. -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2015
Hi Donna: They are probably concerned because they know that swans are in a pen, not ducks. Just observe their behavior and see if they are communicating with the cygnets. This behavior may also be ...

Cygnet left alone -- Angie -- 26 June 2015
Hi - We have mute swans who have nested on our big lake for the first time. They had 5 cygnets and lost 2 but recently we have seen the adults for a whole day without the cygnets and now a single ...
Re: Cygnet left alone -- The Regal Swan -- 26 June 2015
Hi Angie: He would be better off with his parents. But, you will have to be careful and not just dump him into the pond where the parents are now located. If you can capture him, carry him to the ...

mute swan rescue in the city -- Nick -- 25 June 2015
hello I recently rescued a white mute swan, I've had him since he was two weeks old and grown very attached to him, my daughter even says he is my best friend. I rescued him from a ranch that I work ...
Re: mute swan rescue in the city -- The Regal Swan -- 25 June 2015
Hi Nick: Some states require a license to possess a mute swan, because they want them dead. In fact, if you turn the swan over to a rehabber or other facility, he may land up dead. You do not want to ...

One adult missing after nest failure -- Pamela -- 25 June 2015
Is this normal?
Re: One adult missing after nest failure -- The Regal Swan -- 25 June 2015
Hi Pamela: There could be several reasons for the nesting failure and disappearance of the mate. One, a predator attacked the nest and possibly scared the mate and it took off, or it was also ...

Introducing a new swan -- David -- 24 June 2015
I work for a hospital in Florida that for the past four years; had a pair of what we thought were two female mute swans. We lost one to a predator 2 months ago so we are looking for a new companion ...
Re: Introducing a new swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 June 2015
Hi David: Please send your contact info to this post. It will NOT be made public and the webmaster can get us your contact number so that we can discuss your swan and its habitat. We are located in ...

Mother Swan Killing Cygnets -- Valerie -- 23 June 2015
Hello, in following along with Anne's question about a mother trumpeter swan killing her cygnets, around June 5th or 6th, 2015 our trumpeter swans proudly paraded around with their six (6) cygnets. ...
Re: Mother Swan Killing Cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2015
Hi Valerie If the cygnets were not exhibiting illness until a later time, that would be the reason that the parents may have killed them at a later date. But, that would mean someone would have had ...

Swans and ducks on the same island for nesting? -- Paul -- 23 June 2015
will they share the same island for nesting
Re: Swans and ducks on the same island for nesting? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2015
Hi Paul: Usually, they will share the same island, but separate sides or at least a significant area away from the actual nesting sites of the other birds. Again, the ability to get along with other ...

Black and white swans in the same pond? -- Paul -- 23 June 2015
black and white swans are they compatible to share same pond?
Re: Black and white swans in the same pond? -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2015
Hi Paul Yes, these species will do well, however, around mating season, they both may get testy. The Black Swans are usually a little more defensive at that time, but we have also seen Black Swans ...

Care of trumpeter cygnets due July 11 2015 -- Janet -- 22 June 2015
We bought this pair seven years ago and they finally laid eggs on their nest on the island.We cannot get to the island on this three acre lake called Star Lake in Hoover, Alabama. I got the township ...
Re: Care of trumpeter cygnets due July 11 2015 -- The Regal Swan -- 23 June 2015
Hi Janet The parents will take the cygnets onto the pond 24 hours after hatching. The parents will stir up aquatic vegetation for them, show the cygnets how to find food and will eventually bring ...

White swans won't lay eggs -- Cheryl -- 22 June 2015
i have a pair of white swans about 3 ans 1/2 years old. They have never laid eggs. They have a pond with large fenced in area to roam. Why won 't they lay eggs.
Re: White swans won't lay eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 22 June 2015
Hi Cheryl: Have you ever had the swans sexed? More than likely they are both male swans. They will mate, bond and nest, but obviously not lay eggs. You will need to take the swans to an avian (bird) ...

Swans off nest -- Brenda -- 22 June 2015
We have a pond and wetlands area where a pair of mute swans built a nest and laid 4 eggs of which only one survived and is still in the nest. Today's the first day that neither swan has spent any ...
Re: Swans off nest -- The Regal Swan -- 22 June 2015
Hi Brenda If the swans are no longer on the nest or nearby, it means that the remaining eggs were not viable or the cygnets have already hatched and the parents are moving the young birds so that ...

Mother swan killing cygnets -- Anne -- 19 June 2015
Hello someone witnessed a mother Trumpeter swan killing a cygnet, the cygnets are gray and do not appear to be leucistic. So far 2 cygnets are dead, no one witnessed the mother killing the first ...
Re: Mother swan killing cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 19 June 2015
Hi Anne The mother swan knows something is wrong and will try to put the cygnet out of its misery. As difficult as this is to watch, it is nature. Nature will not allow something sick or injured to ...

Mute swan male leaves after babies hatch -- Diane -- 18 June 2015
We have mute swans. A week or so after babies hatched the male is gone. Same thing happened last year. Does the male leave?
Re: Mute swan male leaves after babies hatch -- The Regal Swan -- 18 June 2015
Hi Diane This behavior is the norm for some male swans as it can be an individual attribute. We have seen the exact behavior in a few swans we were researching. Usually, not always, but usually the ...

Mute Swan Agression -- Pam -- 17 June 2015
We have a pair of mute swans on the lake with cygnets. The male is trying to kill the female. Why would he do that? Can we do anything?
Re: Mute Swan Agression -- The Regal Swan -- 17 June 2015
Hi Pam Are you absolutely sure they are fighting and not trying to mate? At this time of the year, hormone levels are rampant. The male will try to get on top of the female and will hold her head ...

Cygnet falling over backwards -- Lisa -- 17 June 2015
We have 3 black cygnet swans they are about 3 weeks old. One of the cygnet we keep finding on it's back and is unable to get up. The other 2 are having no issues. We brought the swan in the house as ...
Re: Cygnet falling over backwards -- The Regal Swan -- 17 June 2015
Hi Lisa Unfortunately, this cygnet has some type of neurological compromise. If it has aspergillosis, it will be dead in hours. Your best bet is to get it to a vet and have it put out of its misery. ...

Two Mute Swans Appear Out of Nowhere! -- Alyce -- 15 June 2015
Hi. We live in a residential/rural area in NJ on a mid size lake. We love watching the many birds and fowl that visit the lake and those that live here. Today we came home from work to find 2 Mute ...
Re: Two Mute Swans Appear Out of Nowhere! -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2015
Hi Alycia They are probably wild swans which someone was feeding during your harsh winter. If they are the only swans in your area and they continue to feed with your geese, they will more than ...

wild swans chicks found on the side of the road -- Tom -- 15 June 2015
Hi. I found three wild swan cygnets. On the side of a rural road with no adults present. I live in a northern suburb of Minneapolis Minnesota. Can I keep them is it illegal? Thanks
Re: wild swans chicks found on the side of the road -- The Regal Swan -- 16 June 2015
Hi Tom It totally depends on the species. If they are Trumpeter Swans, you need a federal license. If they are Mute Swans your state DNR officials will gladly see them dead as the and other states ...

Attack !! -- Patricia -- 15 June 2015
Hi there, I am in Cardiff the capital city of Wales here in the UK .. we have a lovely lake in the city called Roath Park Lake. This morning we noticed a swan (with 3 sygnets) being circled by ...
Re: Attack !! -- The Regal Swan -- 15 June 2015
Hi Patricia: The mother swan's behavior seems to be indicative that there was a turtle or mink in the water and she was chasing it from the area and her cygnets. If it was a small mink or turtle, the ...

Companion for our Trumpeter Swan? -- Alane -- 15 June 2015
Hi, Several years ago we lost a swan and never knew what caused it to die. The other swan has lived and we now would like to get another one for companionship. This one is somewhere around 10 yrs. ...
Re: Companion for our Trumpeter Swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 June 2015
Hi Alane: It appears that your friend now thinks you are a swan and has imprinted on you for companionship. Normally, we would not suggest this imprinting, but it seems to have occurred after the ...

Is it illegal to feed mute swans in NJ? -- Kate -- 13 June 2015
Is it illegal to feed mute swans in New Jersey? I started feeding a family after my neighbor just stopped all of a sudden. It was winter, the Creek was frozen so I started to feed them poultry ...
Re: Is it illegal to feed mute swans in NJ? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2015
Hi Kate New Jersey is another state in which the NJ wildlife officials kill the Mute Swans, falsely stating they are invasive, aggressive and detrimental to the environment. This misrepresentation ...

Swan alone in the same spot all day and evening -- John -- 12 June 2015
I moved into a new condo on a fresh water lake in southwest Florida on April 1st of this year. I immediately noticed a swan in the water across the lake the day I moved in. Since that day the swan ...
Re: Swan alone in the same spot all day and evening -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2015
Hi John There are a couple of possibilities. One would be that this particular part of the pond is free from predators and is basically a safe area with good food, shelter, bathing, preening and ...

2 male trumpeters fighting. What do I do? -- John -- 12 June 2015
What do i do? They're going to kill each other!
Re: 2 male trumpeters fighting. What do I do? -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2015
Hi John Are these captive or wild swans? Do they have a family or are these the only 2 swans on the pond? If they are wild swans, there isn't much you can do as they will have to work it out. If they ...

Swan with broken wing -- Leslie -- 11 June 2015
Hello, Each morning we see a group of four swans that are always together. Yesterday and today I noticed one swan sitting in shore. She dies get into the water to look for food but she or he is all ...
Re: Swan with broken wing -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2015
Hi Leslie The swan could have a broken wing or a condition known as angel wing caused by too much protein in the diet or a birth defect. We are in agreement that something needs to be done for the ...

Swans on Hamilton Lake, Indiana -- Patricia -- 11 June 2015
A friend who lives on Hamilton Lake, in Hamilton, Indiana just told me that they have been culling mute swans. Their reasoning is that there is no way to control increasing numbers of these swans ...
Re: Swans on Hamilton Lake, Indiana -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2015
Hi Patricia Yes, these are the usual lies that the state and federal wildlife officials have been providing to the public so there will be no questions asked. However, the bottom line is that your ...
Re: Swans on Hamilton Lake, Indiana -- Patricia -- 12 June 2015
Do you know or are you aware of any individual or group in Indiana (specifically near Hamilton Lake, Hamilton, Indiana) that would help with the Mute swan situation? Help, meaning to actually go in ...

One Swan Egg Left -- Lauren -- 11 June 2015
There's a swan nest in our back yard. The swans laid 7 eggs. 5 Eggs hatched within 2 days. 1 egg disappeared. Do parents discard bad eggs? And really my questions is, its been 4 days since the last ...
Re: One Swan Egg Left -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2015
Hi Lauren: Yes, swans will discard bad eggs and will stop sitting once they know that the eggs are not viable. As long as she is sitting on the egg, it could hatch. However, if she leaves the nest ...

Family of mute swans on our grass, won't let our dogs out -- Paula -- 11 June 2015
I have a family of mute swans (mom, dad, and nearly grown 6 offspring) They hang out in our yard all day, the grass is a mass of droppings and they won't let our dogs out (they are leashed). Love ...
Re: Family of mute swans on our grass, won -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2015
Hi Paula: The swans feel extremely safe and comfortable in your back yard. There are no domesticated or wild predators (dogs, cats, coyotes, etc.). So, of course they are going to sun themselves in ...
Re: Family of mute swans on our grass... -- Paula -- 12 June 2015
Thank you! We spent 50 minutes hosing down swan poo from the lawn tonight so the swans will be happy tomorrow that it is nice and clean for them! They are safe with us.
Re: Family of mute swans on our grass... -- The Regal Swan -- 12 June 2015
Hi Paula You are very welcome. We are glad you are going to let the swan family stay and keep them safe. Thank you for your efforts. The Regal Swan

Swan eggs or geese eggs? -- Lisa -- 11 June 2015
How do I know that I have swan eggs and not geese eggs?
Re: Swan eggs or geese eggs? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2015
Hi Lisa There should be a color difference and definitely a size difference. If the eggs are bigger than the palm of your hand, almost bigger than your palm from the bottom to the tip of your ...

Swan knocks at our door, follow us: Normal behavior? -- Jessica -- 11 June 2015
Hello, I live in GA and we have a mute swan in the lake outback. He or she has been there for at least four years. He recently started coming up to our home. He lays on the porch knocks at my door. ...
Re: Swan knocks at our door, follow us: Normal behavior? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 June 2015
Hi Jessica: Have you always lived near the pond? Have you or anyone else been feeding or taking care of him? If so, he may be confused as to where the person lives and your house is the closest so he ...

Can we buy a male swan? -- Conor -- 10 June 2015
If we already have a female swan, Can we buy a male that will get along with the existing female?
Re: Can we buy a male swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 June 2015
Hi Conor: There are many factors to this question. How old is the female, what happened to her male mate, are you absolutely sure that the bird is a female (did you do DNA Sequencing-the only ...

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! Re: bill to prevent the NY DEC from killing and mutilating wild Mute Swans -- The Regal Swan® Foundation -- 10 June 2015
WE NEED YOUR HELP! For the second time in two years, the NY Senate and Assembly have passed a bill to prevent the NY DEC from killing and mutilating wild Mute Swans. Twice NY citizens have stated ...

At what age will sawns be able to eat lettuce? -- Cindy -- 9 June 2015
Hi, I'm in Hamilton, Ontario Canada and we have a pair of mute swans who live in a shallow part of the harbour. Mama had her babies a couple of weeks ago (7 of them!) And by all accounts they are ...
Re: At what age will sawns be able to eat lettuce? -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2015
Hi Cindy: Lettuce is an acquired taste for many swans. They can eat it right away as they eat aquatic vegetation within 24 hours after being hatched. You must need to make sure that it is finely ...

Mother swan on nest for 30 days -- Diane -- 9 June 2015
Hello, We have a mother swan that had been in the nest for about thirty days, nothing yet. All the other swans have had their babies except get. Do you think something is wrong? Canadian geese also ...
Re: Mother swan on nest for 30 days -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2015
Hi Diane: We have birds that have hatched a week ago, some have just hatched and some are now fledging. So, our timeline is not her timeline. She will start incubating the eggs when the last egg is ...

Mother swan suddenly disappeared -- Dan -- 9 June 2015
Hi - I live on a small lake in southeast Michigan. Our lake has a pair of resident swans that mate each year and have a brood of signets each spring. That happened this year. After about two weeks of ...
Re: Mother swan suddenly disappeared -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2015
Hi Dan If you live in Michigan and nearby states, your DNR officials are killing the Mute Swans under the false guise of their being nonnative, aggressive and invasive. All which are blatant ...

Swan sounds -- Jim -- 8 June 2015
I would like to add recorded sounds to my swan decoys. What sound do they make to scare away geese?? Thanks,
Re: Swan sounds -- The Regal Swan -- 9 June 2015
Hi Jim You would first need to find out what species of swan lives in your area. There are 7 species and one subspecies found though out the world. In North America there are three species: ...

Swan's wing has no feathers (angel wing), swan is alone, won't eat healthy food -- PRISCILLA -- 8 June 2015
HI I live on the beginning of Cape Cod. I live on the water. Last year 2014 I had a pair of swans that was always together. I noticed his wing with no feathers I looked it up and found out he has ...
Re: Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 8 June 2015
Hi Priscilla Bread won't hurt the swan, but it holds no nutritional value. The reason that the swan has angel wing is that it is either a birth defect or it had too much protein in its diet. Too much ...

Swans have not returned -- Kaitln -- 6 June 2015
Hi, we live on a cranberry bog reservoir that is quite marsh-like in new england. For the past 5 or so years the same swans have been returning each year. They typically stay for most of the winter ...
Re: Swans have not returned -- The Regal Swan -- 6 June 2015
Hi Kaitln It is difficult to even begin surmising whether the swans may return. There are many factors than that they just did not make it through the winter. Usually, swans will return to the same ...
Re: Swans have not returned -- Kaitlin -- 5 December 2015
Hi I just wanted to give an update about these missing swans. They just came back at the end of november! There were feathers all over the pond. I was very surprised to see them. They must've nested ...
Re: Swans have not returned -- The Regal Swan -- 5 December 2015
Hi Kaitlin Good to know the swans have returned. They may actually be the parents chasing the smaller (younger) swans to reclaim their habitat. The Regal Swan

mom swan drowns baby -- mary -- 5 June 2015
hi, i saw a mother swam today trying to drown her baby... i m traumatized.. it lasted at least 10 minutes, she was trapping the baby by his neck and putting him under water, coming back to surface , ...
Re: mom swan drowns baby -- The Regals Swan -- 6 June 2015
Hi Mary: As traumatic as this might be, it is nature. All wildlife species will kill their young in order to put them out of their misery if there is something wrong with the offspring. Better to ...

Regarding flying swans that come to the fields and crush the weak plants -- Venkateswara -- 5 June 2015
hi, This is venkat, I am son of farmer. In our agricultural fields when we plant paddy i.e rice grains, aT the starting stage we need to be in the fields for more than 20 days throught the day ...
Re: Regarding flying swans that come to the fields and crush the weak plants -- The Regals Swan -- 6 June 2015
Hi Venkat The only guaranteed way of stopping the swans from accessing your rice is to use bird netting. You will need to erect 10 foot high poles (think of electrical poles or logs) and then string ...

Swans in winter -- Rebecca -- 4 June 2015
We live in central Illinois and have a swan on our lake who is outside all winter. Is that normal?
Re: Swans in winter -- The Regal Swan -- 4 June 2015
Hi Rebecca Is this a captive swan (pinioned and cannot fly) or a wild swan (capable of leaving and returning at will)? If it is a captive swan, then this is probably why you are seeing it all winter ...

Cygnets not seen for a while -- Chris -- 3 June 2015
Hi, Just after some advice. We have 2 adult swams that have recently (within last 4 weeks) hatched 5 cygnets. Usually you can see them, adults and cygnets, all together on the dock. However, over the ...
Re: Cygnets not seen for a while -- The Regal Swan -- 3 June 2015
Hi Chris No, at this young of an age, the cygnets are usually with or at least in the very immediate area of the parents. If you do not see them in a couple of days, it is safe to assume they did not ...

Cygnet on the side of the road -- Greg -- 3 June 2015
I was driving today and saw what I thought was a baby goose on the side of the rd. I quickly turned my truck around picked the animal up off the st then began to look for it's parents. It turns out ...
Re: Cygnet on the side of the road -- The Regal Swan -- 3 June 2015
Hi Greg If the cygnet can fly, and these are not his parents or the parents are telling him to get lost, he should be fine. If he is not old enough to fly and these are his parents, he should be ...

How much does it cost for a mute swan -- Tim -- 31 May 2015
I was wondering how much does it cost to purchase a mating pair of mute swans. Also can it be a viable source of income to collect hatchlings from your pair, have their wings clipped and sold for a ...
Re: How much does it cost for a mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2015
Hi Tim: Price range can be from $300 a pair to $1500 per pair depending on the seller. It would not be a viable choice of income due to the U.S. Wildlife Services and other state wildlife agencies ...

Swan eggs in TWO nests -- David -- 1 June 2015
Hi, I recently discovered the swans by our ponds had two eggs on a nest. A day later I found one egg a distance for the nest (a swan could not have carried it that far), and the other egg had gone. I ...
Re: Swan eggs in TWO nests -- The Regal Swan -- 1 June 2015
Hi David: This is indeed strange. We have never heard about this type of situation. There are several possibilities. One, a human is moving the eggs, the swans are juveniles and have no idea what ...
Re: Swan eggs in TWO nests -- David -- 2 June 2015
Hi, Thanks for your ideas on this puzzle. But No- they are a male and female - they have been in the area for over 8 years, with many successful breedings, and there are NO other swans around. I know ...
Re: Swan eggs in TWO nests -- The Regal Swan -- 2 June 2015
Hi David Yes, this makes more sense, especially if the nest was disturbed or a predator in the area. That would be great if you could let us know how this works out. The Regal Swan

Mute baby swan born this week won't stay with mother -- Diane -- 30 May 2015
There are six babies. They were all fine until today. The one gay one would not stay with the mother. Do you know why? We finally caught it and put it in the house because we have foxes and cats ...
Re: Mute baby swan born this week won -- Nancy Faller -- 10 June 2015
I live in NC. I have a pair of swans and this happened with one of ours a couple of years ago. We raised the baby successfully and he turned out to be just fine when he reached adulthood (though he ...
Re: Mute baby swan born this week won't stay with mother -- The Regal Swan -- 30 May 2015
Hi Diane If there is something wrong with the cygnet, the mother will abandon it. Nature will sacrifice one for the rest of the family/flock. If it was a runt, it could not keep up, again the mother ...

4mth old swan being kicked out of family -- Doris -- 30 May 2015
Hello I live on the water, marsh area. I have swans mate and nest close by me over the past 20 yrs... however this past summer 2014 the parents that had babies took care, after a time one of the ...
Re: 4mth old swan being kicked out of family -- The Regal Swan -- 30 May 2015
Hi Doris If the parents kicked him out prior to 6 months, then there may have been something wrong with him. If an illness was the cause, the parents did not want the disease to spread to the rest of ...

Assisting egg to hatch -- Fran -- 30 May 2015
Hi, I’m currently volunteering at a wildlife rehab centre in Scotland. Yesterday some of the staff went on a rescue of a family of swans - mum and half a dozen newly hatched cygnets. Included in the ...

Can a baby swan with one leg live? -- Stephen -- 29 May 2015
Hello, I recently encountered the sight of 5 baby swans in my pond and noticed that one of the babies had a problem with its right leg. Soon after I watched the swans the one baby swan alone to the ...
Re: Can a baby swan with one leg live? -- George -- 6 June 2015
I have a summer home in NE Indiana, have been watching a pair of mute swans raise their young for the last 6 yrs. three years ago one of the cygnets had a mangled foot. the poor thing was able to ...
Re: Can a baby swan with one leg live? -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2015
Hi Stephen If the cygnet cannot climb in and out of the water, it is going to make it extremely difficult to survive. It will not be able to escape a predator or reach dry land to dry out and preen. ...

Swan mate's death -- Nancy -- 29 May 2015
I work where the management has had a pair of swans at the pond. Last weekend one of my coworkers was walking and notice there was blood on the female swan. He called management. They had her taken ...
Re: Swan mate -- The Regal Swan -- 29 May 2015
Hi Nancy: Virginia is a state that mandates that swans be euthanized or not treated because they deem them as a invasive species, which they are not and you can see what is happening in New York ...

Turtle bit off foot of baby swan -- Concerned -- 28 May 2015
We have baby swan in our small lake that cannot get out of the water because a turtle bit off his foot. Will he survive if he cannot get on land
Re: Turtle bit off foot of baby swan -- The Regal Swan -- 28 May 2015
Hi If the cygnet canot get out of the water onto the bank, then this is a major issue as it will likely drown or be eaten by a predator such as egret, hawk, owl, fish and turtles. We could not see ...

Pair bonding and water/out of water -- Kate -- 27 May 2015
1. My friend had a pair of swans and the female died about 10 years ago. The male has never found new partner. Is this because of his commitment to new swan or because none have happened by? If we ...
Re: Pair bonding and water/out of water -- The Regal Swan -- 27 May 2015
Hi Kate: Most males do not re-pair once their mate dies. With your swan being this old, it would not be practical to try and find him a mate. Even if he bonded, it is highly unlikely that he will ...

Abandoned nesting female -- Carolyn -- 27 May 2015
We have two sets, east and west. Mr West is very aggressive and has finally after several fights driven the east end male away leaving the female on her nest with five eggs under her. Meanwhile the ...
Re: Abandoned nesting female -- The Regal Swan -- 27 May 2015
Hi Carolyn: It is possible, but highly unlikely that a new male would suddenly come in and help a female swan sit on eggs produced by another male. Bonding would need to occur for this to happen and ...

Rose colored swans -- John -- 26 May 2015
What is the meaning of the term, "rose colored swans" ?
Re: Rose colored swans -- The Regal Swan -- 27 May 2015
Hi John: We have never heard this expression, so there are two possibilities that we could possibly render as a hypothesis: First, there is no such thing scientifically known as a Royal or Polish ...

Male swan died, female has paired up with other female -- Cheryl -- 26 May 2015
Hello, A coyote killed our male swan, while defending the female and her eggs. She left with her life, and one egg was left, which is gone. She mourned for 2 weeks, without coming for food etc. She ...
Re: Male swan died, female has paired up with other female -- Cheryl -- 13 June 2015
Thank you for your response. The reason I think the other swan is a female is it doesn't even have a knob on it's head. I had read that the males is larger than the females and that held true for the ...
Re: Male swan died, female has paired up with other female -- The Regal Swan -- 13 June 2015
Hi Cheryl Usually, the larger the knob, the more probable that the swan may be a male. However, this is not a guaranteed way of determining gender. We have seen female swans with males that have ...
Re: Male swan died, female has paired up with other female -- The Regal Swan -- 26 May 2015
Hi Cheryl Yes, female swans will pair with females and males with males if the opposite gender is not available. The females will lay eggs, but obviously, they will be infertile. They will sit on the ...

Mute swan breeding -- Karen -- 25 May 2015
How often do the mute swans have to breed for a cluster of eggs?
Re: Mute swan breeding -- The Regal Swan -- 26 May 2015
Hi Karen Mute Swans will mate approximately every day for a week during the breeding season with eggs produced every other day until the full clutch is reduced. Mute Swans mate throughout the year. ...

Male Swan and babies -- Sherry -- 25 May 2015
Hello, my boyfriend's father has a set of swans. My first question is, every year they have babies and every year none survive more than a week or 2. We are assuming that natural predators get them, ...
Re: Male Swan and babies -- The Regal Swan -- 25 May 2015
Hi Sherry Turtles, egrets, owls, hawks, largemouth bass and any number of other predators can kill the young cygnets as well as disease, toxins, parasites, etc. If the male is walking with a balance ...

Swan Moving Side to Side -- Crystal -- 24 May 2015
Hello! Two swans which live in a lake near me have recently had 8 lovely babies! While taking photographs of them I noticed that one swan, what I think is the mother, started moving from side to ...
Re: Swan Moving Side to Side -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2015
Hi Crystal The parents will find a food source and will tread water above the aquatic vegetation. Then, they will move their feet rapidly under water bringing the food to the surface for the cygnets ...

Swans moved in -- Lisa -- 24 May 2015
Hello This year my husband built a little ladder from the riverside on to our garden and we now have mum n dad and 7 cygnets come and go as they please (1 is white). They now appear to have moved in, ...
Re: Swans moved in -- The Regal Swan -- 24 May 2015
Hi Lisa It seems that they are pretty happy with their habitat. You just need to ensure that the ladder is not slippery or too steep as this can be deadly when waterfowl injure their legs or feet. ...
Re: Swans moved in -- Lisa -- 25 May 2015
Hello again That is wonderful news, thank you. The ladder is more like a very small staircase. My husband is an engineer so probably won't be long before he builds a stair lift! Thanks again Lisa
Re: Swans moved in -- The Regal Swan -- 25 May 2015
Excellent. The Regal Swan
Re: Swans moved in -- Lisa -- 30 May 2015
Just sending a picture, thought you might like to see them. Many thanks Lisa
Re: Swans moved in -- The Regal Swan -- 30 May 2015
Hi Lisa Absolutely gorgeous photo. The steps are great. As the cygnets get older, they won't need the step. In about 3 months you may have to remove the steps. Until that time, wonderful idea. The ...
Re: Swans moved in - update -- Lisa -- 4 August 2015
Hi there, the cygnets are much bigger and so are our steps. Thought you might like to see how they are doing now.
Re: Swans moved in - update -- The Regal Swan -- 4 August 2015
Hi Lisa Absolutely beautiful. You all did a great job with the steps and the cygnets. Now, you have steps for future generations that you can enjoy. The Regal Swan

Swan Eggs -- Jackie -- 23 May 2015
We just found two swan eggs in our cold pond, do you think they are still good or should we throw them away?
Re: Swan Eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 23 May 2015
Hi Jackie If you found the eggs in a cold pond, they were probably non viable and the swans discarded them or flooding/predators removed them from the nest. In all the above scenarios, the eggs will ...

Swans rebuild nests with 4 week old cignets? -- H S A -- 20 May 2015
Hi, what a great forum! I live on a culdesac surrounded by a lake and our neighborhood has a pair of swans that have been successfully rearing 3-5 cignets per year for a number of years. This year ...
Re: Swans rebuild nests with 4 week old cignets? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 May 2015
Hi No, the swans are not building a new nest, just arranging some vegetation on the sand so that the young cygnets can dry out and rest. It would be best if you could protect them from the dogs as ...

We want a pair of swans -- Davideen -- 18 May 2015
We live in a condo which has a man made lake. The lake is about 1 mile around. we are located in Palm Beach Gardens Florida USA where the tempeture is between 70 and 90 all year long. How do we take ...
Re: We want a pair of swans -- The Regal Swan -- 19 May 2015
Hi Davideen There are several issues that must be addressed prior to getting swans. They are: 1. Do you have someone that will be responsible for the daily upkeep of the swans, feeding, ensuring ...

Wing feathers -- Alan -- 17 May 2015
Hi there We have a swan where i'm staying that is getting very ragged end feathers on one wing. It seems unable to fold it's wing properly. Any ideas ? Regards Alan
Re: Wing feathers -- The Regal Swan -- 17 May 2015
Hi Alan: If the swan is able to fly, then there is a possibility that the swan's wing is injured or it got into some substance that has caused the bird to keep its feathers healthy. The swan needs to ...

Lonely Swan -- CJ -- 16 May 2015
We have a pond on our property, and this is the first year we have had a swan hang out for the spring. There is only one though....I was wondering if it may come back next year with a partner or why ...
Re: Lonely Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 17 May 2015
Hi CJ This may be a juvenile swan from this year looking to make itself a new habitat. If it likes your area and finds a mate, there is a good possibility it will stay as long as it is safe and ...

Two cygnets separated from their parents -- Peg -- 16 May 2015
We were kayaking in our lake by our house and we came up to mom and dad swans and cygnets, I think they were a day or two old. They were startled by us and the babies scattered about and were ...
Re: Two cygnets separated from their parents -- The Regal Swan -- 16 May 2015
Hi Peg As long as the parents do not go too far out of range, they should go back to find the other cygnets, especially if they hear the young swans crying. If you find the cygnets, you might try to ...

Winter care for a captive mute swan -- Debbie -- 14 May 2015
Hello, We have a pet mute swan in our condo development. His pond is very large with a large fountain in the center. He never flys out of it so he may be pinioned. He is fed bird food daily. The ...
Re: Winter care for a captive mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 15 May 2015
Hi Debbie There are several factors regarding winter weather. The most important two are freezing of the pond and no shelter so the swan cannot get dry and stay warm. The fountain/aerator should keep ...
Re: Winter care for a captive mute swan -- Debbie -- 24 May 2015
Thank you very much. I will have a local landscaping company construct something with tall brush and soil to give him access to land and also a shelter for the winter.
Re: Winter care for a captive mute swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 May 2015
Hi Debbie: This would be great. Just ensure that no predators can access the swans in the shrubbery. If the brush can be placed near the pond so that the bird can immediately get into the water, that ...

My pair of mute swans ready to have babies again -- Katherine -- 14 May 2015
Hello, it has been a year since we had three baby cygnets. They did not survive. We left them with their parents last year and the parents were doing a really good job. I took them to get pinioned ...
Re: My pair of mute swans ready to have babies again -- The Regal Swan -- 14 May 2015
Hi Katherine We would strongly recommend that you Do Not take the cygnets from the parents. As much as there are natural events that can kill the young cygnets, there are just as many things that can ...

Swan behaviour -- Karen -- 13 May 2015
Hi, I live in Inverness, Scotland. While walking by the Caledonaian Canal this morning we saw 3 white, looked like fully grown, swans together. Further up the canal, a good bit, we saw another white ...
Re: Swan behaviour -- The Regal Swan -- 13 May 2015
Hi Karen: What you are describing is a common occurrence during this time of year which is the nesting/mating season for swans. The lone swan is probably a young juvenile male that is just learning ...

Leg band size -- Jack -- 11 May 2015
What size bands are required for mute swans. I have access to 11/16 & 3/4 inch bands with id numbers. Larger than that I can only find split bands with no numbers.
Re: Leg band size -- The Regal Swan -- 12 May 2015
Hi Jack You will need to contact Bob Knox at Knox Swan and Dog. 847-875-3947...He will have this information. We do not use leg bands for several reasons, they can get caught on something and the ...

Swans hiding while incubating -- Robin -- 10 May 2015
There are 12 or more swans in St. Albans lake Hertfordshire. Now (May) I'm only seeing 3 to 4. One adult and two young. Until recently there where at lest 6 young. My question. Are they in hiding ...
Re: Swans hiding while incubating -- The Regal Swan -- 10 May 2015
Hi Robin Most swans are sitting on nests or staying nearby the nest with their new hatchlings. It is for this reason that you may not be seeing as many swans in the area as well as that some may have ...

Swan egg laying in cold water -- Jo -- 7 May 2015
I found a swans egg in the river Today. it was cold. Is there any chance that the egg is alive?
Re: Swan egg laying in cold water -- The Regal Swan -- 7 May 2015
Hi Jo If the egg is cold and has been in the water for any sign amount of time, it is non viable. Flooding and predators can cause the eggs to fall in the water. Even the swan parents will dump bad ...

Swan egg out of the nest -- Pam -- 7 May 2015
A swan is nesting in a nearby pond. One of her eggs is lying on the grass beside her nest, not underneath her. Will she have kicked it out, or has it just slipped?
Re: Swan egg out of the nest -- The Regal Swan -- 7 May 2015
Hi Pam Either one of these scenarios is plausible. No matter the cause, if the egg has sat too long out from under the mother, it is probably not viable. You could try to place it back in the nest ...

Death of a Swan -- William -- 6 May 2015
With the recent death of the ballerina Maya Plistekaya; there is backdrop in her dying swan solo, the swan floats on the lake after he's passed away. Can this be?

May apple leaves cause a 3 week old swan's death? -- Kathleen -- 5 May 2015
My two three week old australian Black swans died after eating about a 3 inch piece of may apple leaf each. Is that what most likely harmed them, or should I look further for some other cause? Thank ...
Re: May apple leaves cause a 3 week old swan -- The Regal Swan -- 6 May 2015
Hi Kathleen There are many reasons for the death of such young swans including, disease, infection, poison, injury etc. However, if you saw the cygnets eat the May Apple leaf and then they became ...

Eggs hatching at different intervals -- Debra -- 5 May 2015
I have been watching a nest on a live webcam. One egg hatched last Friday. It's 4 days later and the other 5 eggs have not hatched...is this common?
Re: Eggs hatching at different intervals -- The Regal Swan -- 5 May 2015
Hi Debra: Normally, the eggs will hatch every day or every other day after the first egg hatches. If the parents are still sitting on the nest, then they know something that we don't. If the parents ...

Safe shrubs for the swans -- Cindy -- 5 May 2015
Hi. First I would like to thank you for being there to answer questions for us. The eggs I previously asked you about in the barn were indeed fertelized We recently hatched 2 healthy mute swans in ...
Re: Safe shrubs for the swans -- The Regal Swan -- 5 May 2015
Hi Cindy: Great news about the eggs hatching. We are assuming that Mom and Dad are with the young swans. If so, the adult birds will teach the young what they can and cannot eat. Boxwood should be ...

Found an egg -- Cara -- 4 May 2015
We have found, what we believe to be a swan egg in the middle of our field today- there are no swans around so didn't know what to do with it or how it got there? Can I assume it's not viable?
Re: Found an egg -- The Regal Swan -- 5 May 2015
Hi Cara If there are no swans, then the egg is non viable. If the mother swan stays off the egg for any significant amount of time, the egg will not survive. The Regal Swan

Young swan appearance on our small lake -- Chris -- 4 May 2015
Hello there. We have a small lake/large pond at home in North Cumbria. We have many visiting and nesting ducks as well as a pair of wild nesting Canada geese, suddenly two weeks ago a white and ...
Re: Young swan appearance on our small lake -- The Regal Swan -- 4 May 2015
Hi Chris This is probably a young juvenile who was told get lost by the parents due to the upcoming mating/nesting season. The young swan may be looking for a new territory and your feeding it is ...

We are looking for swans on the East Coast -- Robert -- 3 May 2015
We are looking for a pair of swans to replace two that recently passed away. That were at. Mt A in sackville. N. B. Just wondering if you know of a farm in east coast area that could sell us two. ...
Re: We are looking for swans on the East Coast -- The Regal Swan -- 3 May 2015
Hi Please contact Bob Knox. He will be able to give you information. His number is 847-875-3947. The Regal Swan

Rising river and nesting swan -- Michael -- 2 May 2015
Hi, There is a nesting swan on a small mid river island near us. I think there may be at least a week or more to go to hatching. The weather forecast for the next few days is for heavy rain and my ...
Re: Rising river and nesting swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 May 2015
Hi Michael If the nest floods, it will be bad luck. We don't think it will flood that high. However, you might want to contact Wendy Hermon, Swan Support at 07968868172. She will be able to advise ...

Swan, maybe broken leg -- Pia -- 30 April 2015
Dear Specialist I visit a nearby bog very often. There's a swan with difficulties leaning on his foot. It has a noticeable limp and has had it for perhaps a month. Is the leg broken or it it ...
Re: Swan, maybe broken leg -- The Regal Swan -- 30 April 2015
Hi Pia We are in agreement with you. If the swan has a limp, but can still get around, is eating and has a mate, we would leave it alone. If it gets to the point where movement is so difficult that ...

Dead swan in river -- m.butler -- 30 April 2015
dead swan in river don aberdeen and should it be reported to rspb.
Re: Dead swan in river -- The Regal Swan -- 30 April 2015
Hi Yes, please contact the proper authorities. The Regal Swan

Deterrent plants for black swans -- Sharon -- 28 April 2015
My neighbour and I share a pond between our homes. They own a gorgeous black swan who decided to eat my small plants along the fence bordering the pond on my side. What can I plant that will act as a ...
Re: Deterrent plants for black swans -- The Regal Swan -- 30 April 2015
Hi Sharon Unfortunately, there are no deterrent plants. In fact, many plants can be poisonous to the swans. So, you need to probably find some type of barrier so the swans cannot reach beyond 3-4 ...

Finding a vet to pinion cygnets -- Carol -- 27 April 2015
Hi-Our Home Owners Association in Wichita Kansas has a lovely pair of mute swans. They have been with us for many years and have had many clutches of cygnets, but none survived until last year. We ...
Re: Finding a vet to pinion cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 27 April 2015
Hi Carol: Yes, pinioning must be done between 1-3 weeks of age, no later as it becomes very difficult on the birds, especially when they have to have anesthesia for the procedure after 3 weeks of ...

Eggs and snow -- Sarah -- 26 April 2015
There is a swan nesting near my house, she has at least 6 eggs and they still have around 4 weeks before they're due to hatch. We've had unseasonably hot weather for the past few weeks but now we ...
Re: Eggs and snow -- The Regal Swan -- 26 April 2015
Hi Sarah There are never any guarantees in extreme weather swings. But, as long as the mother swan is still sitting on the eggs and caring for them, their chances of survival increase. There is ...

Black swan with fishing line wrapped around its leg -- Barbara -- 26 April 2015
At Kenner City Park in Kenner, Louisiana, there is a black swan with fishing line wrapped so tightly around its right leg that it is unable to use the leg. I called a wildlife rehabilitator who told ...
Re: Black swan with fishing line wrapped around its leg -- The Regal Swan -- 26 April 2015
Barbara, You need to place the blanket over the swan and try to capture it. Try to be as gentle as possible and make sure you don't block it's breathing. Get it to the rehabber ASAP. If you do not ...

Sick Male Black Swan -- Jennifer -- 24 April 2015
Hello, I was wondering if you could help narrow down what may be wrong with my male Swan. He is with his mate and 4 cygnets and normally harasses me if I'm too close to the babies. I noticed him not ...
Re: Sick Male Black Swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 April 2015
Hi Jennifer Not sure where you are located in Florida. If you can send the webmaster of this site an email with your location, we will try to get you a name of a veterinarian that knows about ...

Male swan has built his own nest away from the female's nest -- Lisa -- 24 April 2015
Hi there A pair of swans have built a nest and laid their eggs. Earlier this week the male swan built his own nest quite a way away from the female swan and now sleeps on this. WHY? They have nested ...
Re: Male swan has built his own nest away from the female -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2015
Hi Lisa: We have seen this behavior before, not often, but it does occur. We can only surmise why this occurs, but there might be several explanations. First, the male swans are responsible for ...

Dead mute white swan: Concerns about bird flu -- Matt -- 24 April 2015
There is a private 4 acre pond in my back yard . There has been a swan couple on the pond for many years. One died a couple of days ago my neighbor told me . Its in the water and I didn't go over to ...
Re: Dead mute white swan: Concerns about bird flu -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2015
Hi Matt There are any number of reasons that the swan could die. Unless there are a lot of dead birds in your area, we would doubt that it died of bird flu. In any case, everyone should be cautious ...

Pair abondoned nest -- Rhonda -- 24 April 2015
Hi, this year we had a pair of mute swans who made our pond their home. They built their nest and it looked as though there were some eggs laid. 2 days ago, an intruding mute swan entered the pond ...
Re: Pair abondoned nest -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2015
Hi Ronda If the true mate was beaten and scared, he may have hidden in the area. Left to her own defenses, she certainly would not let the intruding male near her. Once the intruding male left, the ...

Black swans: Couple separated -- Gwen -- 24 April 2015
My husband bought 2black swans one died so he went to the breeder and got another male. My son said that they separated a pair and put the female in with ducks who then ganged up on the female swan ...
Re: Black swans: Couple separated -- The Regal Swan -- 24 April 2015
Hi Gwen: You need to take the female swan that was separated from its mate and let whomever you bought it from reunite the pair. It is going to be extremely difficult to allow an odd bird out from a ...

Feeding swans on ice -- Ruiping T -- 23 April 2015
Dear SIr; I live in Beijing China. Currently I am writing a book for children. I have a question about feeding swans. I remembered that I read a book about a Canadian family living with swans in cold ...
Re: Feeding swans on ice -- The Regal Swan -- 23 April 2015
Hi Ruiping Raw rice will kill a bird regardless of being on the snow or ground. This is one of the reasons they do not want people throwing rice at weddings. The birds pick it up and the rice swells. ...

Swan rental -- Murray -- 22 April 2015
I am looking to rent some swans for my granddaughter's wedding reception. in Mass
Re: Swan rental -- The Regal Swan -- 22 April 2015
Hi Murray: The only person that we would recommend for this and might even consider is Bob Knox, Knox Dog & Swans 847-875-3947. The reason we would only recommend Bob is that we know the care that he ...

Update to nest affected by storm from Karen -- Karen -- 22 April 2015
Sadly, the further tide surge ruined the nest and all is gone. I knew this was a terrible location. 7 eggs gone. Two years in a row. What can I do to help? The Cove in Stamford needs to build up some ...
Re: Update to nest affected by storm from Karen -- The Regal Swan -- 22 April 2015
Hi Karen: We need to know the answer for the following question: Are the swans wild or captive? If the swans are wild, then you need to have The Cove build up areas for nesting as the swans are going ...
Re: Update to nest affected by storm from Karen -- Karen -- 23 April 2015
Thank you! I am going to do it! They are wild. I think it may even be the same swans as last year (that lost the eggs in a storm right before they were ready to hatch!). I am going to build up that ...
Re: Update to nest affected by storm from Karen -- The Regal Swan -- 23 April 2015
Hi Karen You are very welcome. Good luck and let us know how this works out. The Regal Swan

Swan behavior: swans swimming with their heads just above the water -- Doug -- 21 April 2015
Recently we saw two swans swimming with their heads just above the water. They were moving there heads back and forth in a sweeping motion with out touching the water, like they were smelling the ...
Re: Swan behavior: swans swimming with their heads just above the water -- The Regal Swan -- 21 April 2015
Hi Doug The swans will feed on top of the water. If they stirred up vegetation from under the water, water beetles, vegetation, fish larvae, etc., even bread, they will skim the food on top of the ...

Nest effected by high tide/storm -- Karen -- 21 April 2015
Hello! Swans built their nest too low (I knew it was!). The recent storm destroyed the nest, and the eggs are scattered close by (but did not wash away). The mom & dad are still watching over ...
Re: Nest effected by high tide/storm -- The Regal Swan -- 21 April 2015
Hi Karen The parent swans may be sitting next to the eggs, but if they haven't been sitting on the eggs, then they will not survive. There is no way that they can collect the eggs on their own and ...

Female swan died before eggs hatched -- Robert -- 20 April 2015
We have a few mute swans on our private ponds. One particular male and female breed every year and she lays her eggs. Didn't have any take last year maybe due to a late frost but this year we thought ...
Re: Female swan died before eggs hatched -- The Regal Swan -- 20 April 2015
Hi Robert: It is highly unlikely that these eggs are viable. Once the female swan leaves the eggs for any significant length of time, they will freeze or get too hot, depending on the outside ...

Who sits on nest? -- Jill -- 18 April 2015
We have a wonderful pair of swans. I usually can tell them apart because he is a bit larger and she doesn't get as close. When they are not together, it is more difficult to determine who is ...
Re: Who sits on nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 19 April 2015
Hi Jill: Once the eggs are laid and the cygnets hatch, the female is the primary bird that sits on top of the eggs and cygnets. Throughout the incubation process, the female swan will take a break ...

Cygnets disappear: How to protect them from predators -- Jill -- 18 April 2015
We are on salt water inlet; in the past few years, the cygnets disappeared. Lat spring, there were seven healthy babies, then they would return in the morning with two fewer, until they were none. I ...
Re: Cygnets disappear: How to protect them from predators -- The Regal Swan -- 19 April 2015
Hi Jill: If these are wild swans, then there isn't much you can do as the swans are going to choose the nesting site and you will not be able to protect the site. If you disturb the site or try pen ...

Swan nesting very close to garden -- Daniela -- 16 April 2015
Hello, I am seeking advice. We live near a tidal creek in Long Island, NY, and have always enjoyed the sight of swans gliding along while tending our very large fruit and vegetable garden which is ...
Re: Swan nesting very close to garden -- The Regal Swan -- 16 April 2015
Hi Daniela: Is there any way that the swan may not be able to get out of the garden? If the garden has become overgrown, it may be that the swan does not have enough area to fly. It may not charge ...

Black Swan Cygnets hatched in incubator -- Jim -- 15 April 2015
hello, We have a few pairs and recently....1 1/2 ago incubator hatched one. It is enclosed with heat lamp...permitted to swim a few times per day and very bonded with my wife...takes on grass ...
Re: Black Swan Cygnets hatched in incubator -- The Regal Swan -- 15 April 2015
Hi Jim: It is not good to handle any waterfowl too much. If you do not hold the cygnets correctly, or if they are placed on any slippery surface, plastic, wet newspaper, tile or wood substrates, they ...

Swan eggs out of nest -- Karen -- 14 April 2015
Swan just laid eggs a few days ago and today the eggs are out of nest. What happened? I placed them back in the nest. Is that okay?
Re: Swan eggs out of nest -- The Regal Swan -- 14 April 2015
Hi Karen: Sometimes accidents occur and eggs are accidently kicked out of the nest while the parents reenter the nest or turn the eggs. Normally, the parents will kick them out of the nest if there ...

Trumpeter Swan: Flight or fight? -- Carrie -- 13 April 2015
Hello, Here's our questions: Do Trumpeter Swans fly away from their enemy or do they slap their enemy with their powerful wings? Thank you for your help in answering our questions. Best, Carrie Mom
Re: Trumpeter Swan: Flight or fight? -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2015
Hi Carrie The answer to this question would depend on the predator, it's size and the circumstances of the encounter. For instance, if it is a small predator near the banks of a waterway and if the ...

Returning swan without a partner -- Ari -- 12 April 2015
Hello, again. I have written to you before about the pair of swans who were on our private lake for 11 years together and never left even during the most brutal winters. However, this year, in ...
Re: Returning swan without a partner -- The Regal Swan -- 13 April 2015
Hi Ari There are a couple of reasons, and let's hope it is the first one. 1. The swans made it back to your area, but came back early and your pond was still not resourceful enough to stay, nest and ...
Re: Returning swan without a partner -- Ari -- 13 May 2015
Yes, Regal Swan. Thanks for your reply. I guess you were right and it was not a part 1 happy ending for my beloved family of swans. I think that the one who has returned is a female and the male is ...
Re: Returning swan without a partner -- Ari -- 14 May 2015
No, Regal Swan. Unfortunately, it is for sure, but there is no other swan's presence around him/her. I still think that it's a female and not the male. Though, since there is no other swan to compare ...
Re: Returning swan without a partner -- The Regal Swan -- 14 May 2015
Hi Ari Good update. Don't worry. If a swan of opposite gender is in your lake and this is indeed a female, she probably will take another mate. Until that time, the swan will be fine alone. The Regal ...
Re: Returning swan without a partner -- The Regal Swan -- 13 May 2015
Hi Ari This is normal behavior at this time of the year which is nesting and mating season for swans. Usually, the male swan builds the nest. However, regardless of the presence or absence of a mate, ...
Re: Returning swan without a partner -- Ari -- 3 June 2015
Hello, again, Regal Swan. I just want to update the situation that is an outgoing confusion of me and our lake's community who still watching the swan I have described to you before.As I 've ...
Re: Returning swan without a partner -- The Regal Swan -- 4 June 2015
Hi Ari Have you actually been to the nest to confirm there are no eggs? Here is what we are thinking may have occurred. 1. The male and female began nest building and mating. Then, something happened ...
Re: Returning swan without a partner -- Ari -- 4 June 2015
Thanks, dear Regal Swan. How amazing your site is. I wish humans will unite with their love to animals of any kind and will raise their voices against neglect, abuse, brutality of our Nature and will ...

Swans and Canadian Geese -- Nadine -- 10 April 2015
Hello I was just wondering if swans would keep Canadian geese off our lawn and do swans eat the own poop or just go as much. We live on the river and our lawn is infested in geese and their poop. ...
Re: Swans and Canadian Geese -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2015
Hi Nadine: Yes, some swans will keep the geese off your property. No, they do not eat their own feces, and yes, just by their inherent size, they can also defecate in large amounts. However, you will ...

Mute swans scared of trumpeter swans -- Jon & Kate -- 10 April 2015
Hello, We have a male and female Mute swan on our pond. They have lived here for at least 10 years. The male swan is the "keeper" of the pond and scares away all other swans. A few days ago ...
Re: Mute swans scared of trumpeter swans -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2015
Hi Jon & Kate: What you experienced is exactly what we have been telling people is going to happen from now on that the U.S. and various state wildlife entities along with hunting organizations ...

Mate for single swan? -- Robbie -- 9 April 2015
Hi, We have had three swans for many years, a pair and a single one. This year the single one came back alone. We have always wondered through the years about a mate for it, but now we are most ...
Re: Mate for single swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 April 2015
Hi Robbie We would suggest not trying to find the remaining bird a mate. If the swan can fly, it can find.a mate or find a new habitat. There are no guarantees that this swan will accept a mate, ...

baby 3 week old swans -- Gayle -- 7 April 2015
Hi, We recently purchased a male & female 3 week old swans. There is one adult swan in our lake now, not sure if it is a male or female, but it shows much interest when the swans are on our screened ...
Re: baby 3 week old swans -- The Regal Swan -- 8 April 2015
Hi Gayle: We would not suggest ever taking a cygnet younger than 6 months of age from its parents. Because you now have two very young swans, you must be the parent for the next 6 months. You will ...
Re: baby 3 week old swans -- Gayle -- 9 April 2015
Thank you so much for this information. I neglected to tell you that we live in Florida. We were told when they are 3 months old, we can put them in our lake. Our lake also has geese, but they seem ...
Re: baby 3 week old swans -- The Regal Swan -- 9 April 2015
Hi Gayle: There is NO reputable swan breeder or swan caretaker who would sell you cygnets 3 weeks old and then tell you that you can place them in the pond at 3 months of age. Apparently, an ...

Caring for hatchlings -- Hailey -- 6 April 2015
How do swans care for their young?
Re: Caring for hatchlings -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2015
Hi Hailey Cygnets (baby swans) are protected by the parents. They usually are led to the pond 24 hours after hatching. At this point in time, the parents are only there to teach them how to be swans ...

Where do most swans make their homes? -- Savannah -- 6 April 2015
Im doing some research and i need to know Where most swans make their homes?
Re: Where do most swans make their homes? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2015
Hi Savannah: In the wild, swans will make their nests along the banks among reeds and grasses that they can weave in order to make a nest. In captive settings, the owner of the swans must provide ...

Swan nest -- jill -- 6 April 2015
Where do swans make their nest?
Re: Swan nest -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2015
Hi Jill In the wild, swans will make their nests along the banks among reeds and grasses that they can weave in order to make a nest. In captive settings, the owner of the swans must provide straw or ...

How do swans care for thier young -- kora -- 6 April 2015
how do swans care for thier young????
Re: How do swans care for thier young -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2015
Hi Kora: Cygnets (baby swans) are protected by the parents. They usually are led to the pond 24 hours after hatching. At this point in time, the parents are only there to teach them how to be swans ...

Scared off for good? Will the swans return to our lake now that the ice melted? -- Danielle -- 6 April 2015
Great website! Thanks for the info. We are new residents to a small lake in Wisconsin that is home to a pair of swans. This year they returned in March and sadly there was still quite a bit of ice. ...
Re: Scared off for good? Will the swans return to our lake now that the ice melted? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2015
Hi Danielle: Usually, if the habitat is safe and has a lot of food and nesting resources, the swans should return to the same area. If they have not returned in the next few weeks, then it means that ...

Aggressive swan goose -- Maren luedemann -- 6 April 2015
I have an unusual question. We rescued a domestic Swan Goose I belive, according to the pictures, from freezing this winter. We houses in in our chicken coop. My husband was the one to periodically ...
Re: Aggressive swan goose -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2015
Hi Maren: Yes, your husband needs to let the goose know that it is unacceptable behavior to be aggressive to other people. The goose has imprinted on your husband. If you rescued a domesticated ...

Male swan aggresive to female -- Elaine -- 6 April 2015
Hi, I have been following a swan couple for years. they have been mating this spring. The other day 4 Canadian geese landed in the pond so the male chased them out. He also chased the female swan and ...
Re: Male swan aggresive to female -- The Regal Swan -- 6 April 2015
Hi Elaine: There are several reasons for the behavior you have observed. The swan that you may be observing may not be a female. Swans of the same gender will pair up and even mate if there is no ...

Raising swans on salt water harbor? -- Malina -- 5 April 2015
Hi, I recently purchased a house on the harbor in California. I really want to purchase two baby swans and raise them together to be able to leave my patio and go into the water and have fun and then ...
Re: Raising swans on salt water harbor? -- The Regal Swan -- 5 April 2015
Hi Malina Once the swans get used to freedom and find lots of water, they may not want to come back. This is further challenged if others start feeding them and they realize that they don't have to ...

Protecting swan eggs and baby swans -- Margie -- 4 April 2015
Last year our swan couple had five babies. All disappeared in the matter if weeks. Is there anything we can do to help protect the swan's eggs and babies this spring on our pond?
Re: Protecting swan eggs and baby swans -- The Regal Swan -- 4 April 2015
Hi Margie: Unfortunately, everything in nature is eaten by something else. In the case of the cygnets, large mouth bass, turtles, egrets, herons, alligators, owls, hawks, coyote, etc., will use them ...

Swans noise at night -- John -- 2 April 2015
We recently purchased a lodge on a lake in south uk. we have noticed, end of march 2015, the swans are starting to make lots of noise at night. we were told its mating calls but even 10PM they seem ...
Re: Swans noise at night -- The Regal Swan -- 2 April 2015
Hi John Yes, this is mating season for the swans. Habitat and mate defense is constant. The swans are jockeying for prime nesting areas. If they are juveniles vying for a mate for the first time, ...

Swan going back in the pond after injury -- Kelley -- 30 March 2015
Hi, We have a swan that was injured and is now healed. We are getting ready to introduce him back into the pond. He has been out of the pond for 6-8 weeks and only using a baby pool in a protected ...
Re: Swan going back in the pond after injury -- The Regal Swan -- 30 March 2015
Hi Kelley: Yes, you should be concerned about the oiling of his feathers as he can readily drown. For the next week, drench him in warm water and let him preen himself dry. This means completely soak ...

Swans sounds -- Maude -- 29 March 2015
Do male and female swans make different sounds?
Re: Swans sounds -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2015
Hi Maude Great question! Normally, the swans will make the same sounds regardless of gender. The only difference in appearance or behavior is that the male (cob-named from the old German Knopf ...

Father swan is chasing son who does not fly away -- Jon & Kate -- 27 March 2015
Hello, We live on a pond and our association has two mute swans that also live here (male and female). Two years ago they had 5 cygnets and one male survived. Last year when he was one year old his ...
Re: Father swan is chasing son who does not fly away -- The Regal Swan -- 28 March 2015
Hi Jon & Kate If he lasted the first year without the male trying to hurt him, he should be okay. This is not to say that this could not happen in the future, but once the breeding season ends, the ...

Swans on the ocean -- Lizzie -- 26 March 2015
Hi, I live on Marblehead, MA Harbor. My children and I have been enjoying a pair of swans all winter. Will they remain here when the weather gets warm, or will they move to a pond inland? Thank you!
Re: Swans on the ocean -- The Regal Swan -- 26 March 2015
Hi Lizzie Only the Black Necked Swans of South America have the ability to filter salt from the water. Other species of swans can't, but can survive for short periods of time in salt water. The salt ...

Male swan killed, we want to purchase another male for the female swan -- Jacqueline -- 25 March 2015
The male swan on our little lake was killed by a coyote. The female swan acts very lonely. I would like to purchase another male swan as soon as possible . We are in Carson City Nevada. Where can I ...
Re: Male swan killed, we want to purchase another male for the female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 25 March 2015
Hi Jacqueline: There are no guarantees that the female will take on another mate. She can survive without a mate, the problem is if she can survive another coyote attack. It would be better to bring ...
Re: Male swan killed, we want to purchase another male for the female swan -- Jacqueline -- 31 March 2015
Thank you for your prompt reply. I was out of town, and upon return I was happy to see the female swan seems to be doing fine now! Fencing the area I fear will not be approved by the HOA, so want to ...
Re: Male swan killed, we want to purchase another male for the female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 31 March 2015
Hi Jacqueline: The plastic carrier would not be the shelter to use. It can float away, upend in the water and drown the swan. Also, the swan will not be able to stretch for long periods of time. If ...
Re: Male swan killed, we want to purchase another male for the female swan -- Jacqueline -- 2 April 2015
Thank you again for answering my question re a pen for our female swan. I'll ask the property manager today, and see what response I get. I sincerely hope we can do something for her, to keep her ...
Re: Male swan killed, we want to purchase another male for the female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 April 2015
You are welcome Jacqueline. Please let us know how this works out. The Regal Swan

Mute swans sleeping habits -- david -- 22 March 2015
I was wondering when, how long for, and so on, regarding mute swans sleeping habits?
Re: Mute swans sleeping habits -- The Regal Swan -- 22 March 2015
Hi David: From observations, the Mute Swans, as well as other swan species, take naps here and there. Regardless if the swans are in a wild or captive settings, there are many predators (domestic and ...

Older female with younger male -- Joyce -- 20 March 2015
We have had a female swan on our lake for about 8 years. We had her brother in the beginning but he got out and was killed on the road. We understand siblings don't mate. Now we have just put a young ...
Re: Older female with younger male -- The Regal Swan -- 21 March 2015
Hi Joyce: You have been provided misinformation. Swans, in fact birds and some mammals will breed with their own siblings. In swans, you don't have to worry so much about genetic anomalies. In fact, ...

Black swans stay in the barn: Do I need to take them to the pond? -- Cindy -- 20 March 2015
Just got a female breeder swan to go with my male. They meet in our barn and can come and go at free will. Its been 4 days now and they havent come out of the barn to the ponds, Is this normal for ...
Re: Black swans stay in the barn: Do I need to take them to the pond? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2015
Hi Cindy: It would seem that they have a nest somewhere in the barn and she is sitting on the eggs. This would be normal behavior for not wanting to leave the nest/eggs. If this is the case, you need ...

Swans in salt water harbor -- Carl -- 19 March 2015
We see swans in Marblehead Harbor (salt water). How many swans are there in Ma.? Thank you, Carl.
Re: Swans in salt water harbor -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2015
Hi Carl We do not have that information. If you are in one of the states that are killing them, then not many. You would need to check with your state wildlife entities for the numbers, but even ...

Mother swan and cygnets in a pen -- Patty -- 19 March 2015
If a swan has babies and a male is not there to help, and if the mother and babies are put into a pen to protect them, will she hurt the babies?
Re: Mother swan and cygnets in a pen -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2015
Hi Patty The mother can protect the cygnets without placing them in a pen. But, no she won't intentionally hurt them, although the chances increase that she might accidentally step on them on a pen. ...

Swan habitat: cooled or hot lakes? -- Nyla -- 19 March 2015
Do swans like living in cooled lakes or hot lakes
Re: Swan habitat: cooled or hot lakes? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2015
Hi Nyla As long as the lake is not frozen or boiling, it probably does not matter. There are several other factors which are more important. The first, is whether the swan species is from the ...

Swan eggs on humid straw -- Eugenio -- 18 March 2015
My swans are nesting and the straw they are using is kind of humid, here at my place rains a lot. is it necesary to put a ceiling made out of wood or any kind of protection ???? does eggs get rotten ...
Re: Swan eggs on humid straw -- The Regal Swan -- 18 March 2015
Hi Eugenio: The straw is going to get wet regardless of rain, sleet or snow. Once the mother goes out into the pond and then sits on the eggs, she is wet and will transfer that moisture to the nest. ...

Strobe lighting affect on swans' eyes -- Carl -- 18 March 2015
What affect does strobe lighting have on swans' eyes? My Condo Association Board is considering placing a strobe lighting device on the edge of our pond to get rid of hundreds of geese around same. ...
Re: Strobe lighting affect on swans -- The Regal Swan -- 18 March 2015
Hi Carl This is not something that we recommend unless you bring your swans inside at night. If the strobe light affects geese or other birds, it is going to have the same detrimental effect on your ...

Male swan's strange behavior: Walks in wooded areas more than stays in the water -- Jim -- 18 March 2015
Greetings, We have two swans; father and daughter. They occupy separate ponds because it appears Papa wants to mate but daughter doesn't want to. Now papa is acting strange, moving about the ...
Re: Male swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 March 2015
Hi Jim: Are you absolutely sure you have a male and a female? If the swans are of the same gender, someone or something is chasing the other one out of the habitat. This could lead to the bird being ...
Re: Male swan -- Jim -- 19 March 2015
Greetings, As far as we know, the male is the father of the female, and it is he who used to chase after her. It appears he is not doing that anymore. Since there are no other swans in the area, it ...
Re: Male swan -- Jim -- 20 March 2015
I now learn that the tables have turned. The daughter swan chases the father! So it appears that this is the problem and why father won't go back into the water. He just hangs out in the woods where ...
Re: Male swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2015
Hi Jim: From what has transpired, we do not think either one of these swans are a female. Females do not chase males, and males usually will not hurt a female. And, therein lies the problem. The ...
Re: Male swan -- The Regal Swan -- 20 March 2015
Hi Jim Please let us know how this works out. If there isn't anything wrong with him, the capture out of the water and quality time with the vet may make him rethink leaving the safety of the water. ...

Can swans exist in salt water? -- Marie -- 16 March 2015
MY BROTHER IN LAW SAYS SWANS DO NOT GO IN SALT WATER AND MUST HAVE A FRESH WATER POND OR LAKE? I HAPPEN TO LIVE ON SALT WATER IN ONSET, MA AND WE HAVE SEVERAL SWANS IN OUR SALT WATER IN FACT. WE HAVE ...
Re: Can swans exist in salt water? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 March 2015
Hi Marie Black-Necked Swans from South America seem to survive in brackish water because they possess a filter that allows them to separate the salt from the water. However, all other species can die ...

Fawn Colored Swan? -- Karen -- 15 March 2015
I live in Muncie, Indiana. We have a river that runs through town with parkland around it and we have some geese that live here year round and some geese the migrate with the populations getting ...
Re: Fawn Colored Swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 16 March 2015
Hi Karen What you are describing seems to be juvenile swan which has not turned its adult color-white. The juveniles will get their full coloration including bill coloration at approximately 11-12 ...

Female laid eggs in barn: Should we move her outside as soon as the ice melts on the pond? -- Cindy -- 15 March 2015
HI. Our female swan has laid 3 eggs already while in their pen in the barn. We brought them off the pond when it froze over for the winter. She is 6 weeks ahead of last years hatching. Is it possible ...
Re: Female laid eggs in barn: Should we move her outside as soon as the ice melts on the pond? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 March 2015
Hi Cindy If there is a male, she is not going to lay eggs just to be laying in the winter. So, they could very well be fertile. If you move her, you will certainly kill the eggs. We would keep her in ...

Lonely Swan in Front Yard -- Julie -- 12 March 2015
Every spring, there's a big population of mute swans in the bay at the end of our street. The lake is currently still frozen and the weather is only beginning to break, so there aren't any swans ...
Re: Lonely Swan in Front Yard -- The Regal Swan -- 12 March 2015
Hi Julie He may be waiting for the pond to unfreeze and he also could be hungry, injured or sick. The problem is that your Michigan DNR will have him and the rest of your swans killed if they find ...

Found abandoned swan eggs -- Stephanie -- 9 March 2015
Hello. Well I live in Las Vegas, NV, and just yesterday my boyfriend and I decided to go to these man-made lakes near our apartment to feed the ducks. There are many ducks and turtles and black and ...
Re: Found abandoned swan eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 9 March 2015
Hi Stephanie: The chances that the eggs are viable are very remote. Once an egg has been disturbed and not under the mom, even for a small amount of time, the eggs will not survive. Most of the time, ...

How to save mute swan cygnets -- Ronny -- 8 March 2015
Last year year all 6 hatched cygnets were killed. I think by snakes. I put repellant out every other day prior to hatching. I am considering taking the hatched cygnets this year and raising them in a ...
Re: How to save mute swan cygnets -- The Regal Swan -- 9 March 2015
Hi Ronny: You DO NOT want to take the cygnets from their parents. To do so, will cause the birds to become imprinted, meaning they think that they are people instead of swans and you cannot teach ...

Egg laying -- Richard -- 8 March 2015
How soon after mating will young swan lay eggs?
Re: Egg laying -- The Regal Swan -- 8 March 2015
Hi Richard: Swans will mate and then lay eggs approximately every other day for approximately 2 weeks. There are several factors that can influence the timing. If cold weather starts again and true ...

Swan introduction -- Barbara -- 7 March 2015
Hi, We have 2 swans on a big pond, I have one on a second pond. Can I move the single one with the couple without taking the risk for her to be beat up by the couple..
Re: Swan introduction -- The Regal Swan -- 8 March 2015
Hi Barbara This situation depends on several factors: species of swans, gender of third swan and individual attributes. Some swans (individual attributes such as docile, calm) and some species of ...

Where do swans from NJ winter? -- Maureen -- 5 March 2015
I live in northwestern New Jersey and was wondering where swans in this area winter. Do they stay local or migrate elsewhere?

Black swan neck problems -- Muneer -- 5 March 2015
hi--this is muneer we have (Wings )birds park in Ramojifilm city,wtich is world largest film city and i have 16 def rent type of swans in that i have 4 black swans in 1 swan is from 4 days found neck ...
Re: Black swan neck problems -- The Regal Swan -- 5 March 2015
Hi Not being able to lift the head could be anything from poisoning such as Botulism, a severe neurological problem from an injury to bad bacterial, fungal or viral infection or a nutritional ...

Color of young swans -- Libby -- 3 March 2015
Why are young swans a different color than the adult swans?
Re: Color of young swans -- The Regal Swan -- 3 March 2015
Hi Libby This is nature's way to allow the young cygnets and the parents to recognize each other and bond. As the cygnets age, approximately 6 months of age, they begin to change to their adult ...

Swan found alone -- Chelsea -- 3 March 2015
I recently found someone dump a swan by itself outside in the freezing cold. Will it survive without a mate?
Re: Swan found alone -- The Regal Swan -- 3 March 2015
Hi Chelsea It will survive without a mate, but the bigger concern is if it is a captive swan and someone dropped it off. In that case, it won't survive without food or shelter. Ohio wildlife ...

Swans near our mall in Massachusetts -- Kelly -- 3 March 2015
I live in Massachusetts and it's currently 28 degrees. There are two swans that have been hanging around our local mall for a week now. I'm just seeing them for the first time today and am wondering ...
Re: Swans near our mall in Massachusetts -- The Regal Swan -- 3 March 2015
Hi Kelly They could have been blown off the migratory path and need to rest. If people are feeding them, they may want to stay instead of leaving. Do they look hurt? Is there a pond nearby? Because ...

Black Swans in Stanley Park -- Rory -- 2 March 2015
There used to be a few black swans in Stanley Park that I remember Do you know when and how they came to be here, and what happened to them when?
Re: Black Swans in Stanley Park -- Fiona -- 3 March 2015
Hi, Rory! Thank you for your question: Yes, there were Australian Black Swans in Stanley Park, from the late 1970s to early 1980s. In 1977 one of them had two cygnets. They were moved to another area ...

Trumpeter swan food -- Jenna -- 1 March 2015
Hi! I'm doing a project on trumpeter swans for 3rd grade. One of my questions that I have to answer is: What are the different foods that trumpeter swans eat for different stages of their life? I ...
Re: Trumpeter swan food -- The Regal Swan -- 1 March 2015
Hi Jenna All swans are grazers. The birds eat aquatic vegetation as well as habitat vegetation such as rye grass, petunias or other readily available food sources that other grazing animals such as ...

How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- Julian -- 1 March 2015
It s great to know that we have a web page devoted to swan lovers and will for sure learn a lot from you about black swans. I have three simple but important questions for you please: 1) how can I ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- The Regal Swan -- 1 March 2015
Hi Julian: Thanks for you kind comments. You cannot tell a male from a female swan at 5 months of age, regardless of species. The male genitalia has not completely formed, so what you might see or ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- Julian -- 2 March 2015
Hi Dear, it is a great pleasure to hear your advice. I appreciate it. I am not sure if I understood regarding poultry layer pellets with anticcocidial additives. Is it safe to give swans poultry ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- The Regal Swan -- 3 March 2015
Hi Julian You need to check with a local poultry farmer to see if the additives are safe and if he uses the feed for his poultry. If it is safe for poultry then it will be safe for the swans. Adult ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- Julian -- 9 March 2015
Hi Dear, Thanks so much for your kindness and worthy advice. I have a health issue with a juvenile swan (5 months old). After a long 10-hrs car ride he cannot stand up and hold, however he eats and ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- The Regal Swan -- 10 March 2015
Hi Julian It sounds as if the veterinarian is on the proper course in providing pain relief and precautionary infection control. A 10 hour ride is extremely stressful. Was the swan in a container ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- Julian -- 11 March 2015
Good morning and my many thanks for your worthy advice. Actually both swans were transported on the trunk of 4x4 truck but it was not tightly closed with a venting for air entrance. Trunk door was ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 March 2015
Hi Julian This is tough call and too soon to make. Give the antibiotics some time to work as well as the nutrition. It is a good sign that it is eating and drinking. Is it eating a lot throughout the ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- Julian -- 11 March 2015
Good morning Actually I thought he was eating fine but since you mentioned that it is normal for them to do it once or twice every hour I must say that I haven't seen so. They both eat and drink ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 March 2015
Hi Julian Forget tube feeding if you nor the veterinarian have never conducted this procedure. You can kill the bird and very quickly. The procedure must be done in a specific manner with a specific ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- Julian -- 27 April 2015
Hii, I wanted to share with you that after several days worrying about my male swan cygnet not being able to walk and eat properly, he recovered fully and looks absolutely amazing. They both are ...
Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 April 2015
Hi Julian That is a relatively good diet, but the young swans need Vitamin A which is found in cracked corn. Failure to include this in their diet could result in neurological problems. The protein ...

There is a swan sitting in the field near my house -- Michelle -- 28 February 2015
Hi, There is a single swan sitting on the snow near my house & hasn't moved for several hours:( I tried calling the Audubon Society, but they were closed. I'm not sure what I should do. It's dark ...
Re: There is a swan sitting in the field near my house -- The Regal Swan -- 28 February 2015
Hi Michelle Hopefully, it will have flown off by tomorrow morning or at least not been attacked by a predator. The National Audubon Society promotes the killing of Mute Swans, those with orange ...

Swan sitting on ice in road -- Janice -- 28 February 2015
Why would a large swan decide to sit once in the road by my house in the middle of winter? I tried to scare it away, but it just sits.
Re: Swan sitting on ice in road -- The Regal Swan -- 28 February 2015
Hi Janice: There are a couple of reasons the swan may be sitting in the middle of the road. The first, would be an injury as the bird may have mistaken the slick ice for a pond and crash landed on ...

Lone swan -- Carol -- 26 February 2015
A lone swan appeared on the lake yesterday and is still there today. It's probably a tundra swan, younger with less/dulled white on neck and I can't clearly see been color. This season 100s of ...
Lone swan in VA -- Carol -- 26 February 2015
Recently inquired about a swan here at Lake Pelham. As lighting improved, it appears he has a more orangish beak than black - less dynamic in color perhaps if a juvenile? Does the mute swan travel ...
Re: Lone swan in VA -- The Regal Swan -- 26 February 2015
Hi Carol: Yes, you would be correct that this is a juvenile swan, probably 8-11 months of age. At approximately one year of age, the beak becomes the traditional orange/red color of the Mute Swans. ...

Why save swan? -- Ashley -- 25 February 2015
Why do we need to save Swan
Re: Why save swan? -- The Regal Swan -- 26 February 2015
Hi Ashley: Good question! Swans are Sentinel birds, especially Mute Swans, which alert scientists to problems in the environment. THEY ARE NOT an invasive species as has been wrongfully reported for ...

Swan in my yard - what should i do? -- Ginny -- 22 February 2015
There is a swan in my front yard and it's been sitting there all day hiding behind my hedges. I tried to send a path of food (greens) to the mill pond across the street, but it won't go. It moves ...
Re: Swan in my yard - what should i do? -- The Regal Swan -- 22 February 2015
Hi Ginny It may be hurt or gotten lost during the winter winds. Could you please let us know where you live and a phone number so we might give you someone who can rescue the swan? The website ...

Mixing swan species -- Frank -- 21 February 2015
I have a home in eastern Washington State with a private 9 acre pond. I keep heritage breed domestic ducks and about 7 Emden geese. I have always loved swans. Can I introduce juvenile or breeding ...
Re: Mixing swan species -- The Regal Swan -- 21 February 2015
Hi Frank: You may need a permit to keep the Trumpeter Swans and a breeding permit if you want to have cygnets. Trumpeter swans can and will kill other waterfowl just because of their inherent size. ...

Black necked swan in Ontario -- Sharyn -- 21 February 2015
My mom saw a black necked swan on Balsam Lake, Ontario. How is that possible? Did his gps malfunction? Isn't Ontario still in the northern hemisphere? I know birds can travel inconceivable distances ...
Re: Black necked swan in Ontario -- Neil -- 11 May 2015
My wife swears she saw, not one, but SIX black necked swans in the Lynde Creek marsh area here in Whitby, Ontario, CANADA. When I checked, I saw that swans matching their description were native to ...
Re: Black necked swan in Ontario -- The Regal Swan -- 12 May 2015
Hi Neil Without seeing a photo, we're not sure about the bird your wife described. If they are indeed Black-Necks, they are probably escapees from someone's captive setting as they will not migrate ...
Re: Black necked swan in Ontario -- Neil -- 12 May 2015
We will certainly be watching regularly as we have over the past few weeks for these mystery fowl. My wife is sure they were the same size as the swans we normally see, and wasn't aware that what she ...
Re: Black necked swan in Ontario -- The Regal Swan -- 12 May 2015
Hi Neil Hopefully, you will be able to see the birds again and we can identify them. What is even more perplexing is that they are the same size as the swans you normally see. The Black-Necked Swans ...
Re: Black necked swan in Ontario -- The Regal Swan -- 21 February 2015
Hi Sharyn: Wild Black-Necked swans are from South America. However, this particular swan is probably someone's captive swan that escaped. The swan needs to be recaptured and placed in a warm area ...

Swans in Massachusetts (winter) -- Lisa -- 20 February 2015
Hi, there is a small pond behind me where 2 swans live,.. I can see them sitting on the ice, curled up.. Are they ok? It's really cold. I did go over and throw some bread and corn kernel mix I had ...
Re: Swans in Massachusetts (winter) -- The Regal Swan -- 21 February 2015
Hi Lisa: There needs to be some break in the ice so that they can eat and drink because they can choke on any food if they do not have water. They can also become very dehydrated and starve if there ...

KEEPING SWANS IN WESTERN KY -- SHERRY -- 19 February 2015
WE HAVE A 5 ACRE LAKE IN OUR BACK YARD AND PRESENTLY HAVE CALL DUCKS. THEIR WINGS HAVE BEEN CLIPPED. WE FEED THEM CORN DAILY BUT OTHER THAN THAT THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN. WE STARTED WITH 14 AND ARE NOW ...
Re: KEEPING SWANS IN WESTERN KY -- The Regal Swan -- 20 February 2015
Hi Sherry Wild birds will fare better because they can fly from one area to the next in search of shelter and food. Captive birds, on the other hand, cannot fly and should be brought indoors in these ...

Where Do Massachusetts Swans Go in Winter? -- Minerva -- 15 February 2015
I am from Tewksbury, Massachusetts Where Do Swans Go in Winter?
Re: Where Do Massachusetts Swans Go in Winter? -- The Regal Swan -- 15 February 2015
Hi Minerva The U.S. is divided by various flyways, such as Atlantic, Mississippi, Pacific, etc. Although birds in various regions will go to the nearest flyway for winter and summer migration, it ...

Water requirements to keep swans -- Jean -- 13 February 2015
Hi I would like to purchase a pair of swans but before I do I need to know how big would I need their pond to be? Many thanks Jean
Re: Water requirements to keep swans -- The Regal Swan -- 14 February 2015
Hi Jean: There are several issues that need to be considered prior to developing the size of the pond. 1. Which species of swans are you planning on housing? Some swan species need smaller or larger ...

Strange action from my swans (male chasing female, used to be loving) -- Kim -- 9 February 2015
We bought our home last summer and it came with 2 swans on the pond. We feed them daily and they are usually very loving to each other and stay together at all times. Yesterday we couldn't find one ...
Re: Strange action from my swans (male chasing female, used to be loving) -- The Regal Swan -- 9 February 2015
Hi Kim This would seem to be aggressive behavior toward the other, especially if they are of the same gender and it is nesting season. However, the discolored fluid is what is of most concern. This ...
Re: Strange action from my swans (male chasing female, used to be loving) -- Kim -- 11 February 2015
Thank you for the reply. I do believe she is sick in some way because she remains on the porch and I have left food and water for her and she does try to eat and drink but coughs a lot while she is ...
Re: Strange action from my swans (male chasing female, used to be loving) -- The Regal Swan -- 11 February 2015
Hi Kim: You are very welcome. We are hoping that this is nothing serious and look forward to hearing from you. The Regal Swan
Re: Strange action from my swans (male chasing female, used to be loving) -- Kim -- 12 February 2015
Well, I'm finding it's very hard to find anyone anywhere close to my area that works with swans. I do have a vet that we know that is willing to get me some B-12 and Antibiotics to give her but he ...
Re: Strange action from my swans (male chasing female, used to be loving) -- Lynne -- 13 February 2015
Hi Kim, This is such a sad story. Is there a vet school/university near you or a trauma vet? Perhaps this type of place could take a look at her in addition to your vet helping out. There is an avian ...
Re: Strange action from my swans (male chasing female, used to be loving) -- Marie -- 21 February 2015
We are currently caring for a very sick black swan. She was found on our path unable to lift her head. We've kept her in a cage and avian Vet Jeanne Smith (Diamond Springs CA) did blood work and ...

Black Swan habitat where to build nest -- Marie -- 8 February 2015
We have welcomed black swans to our 30-acre lake in a private community. In the past they have laid their eggs in a large nest built in our yard but every night they leave the nest and raccoons get ...
Re: Black Swan habitat where to build nest -- The Regal Swan -- 8 February 2015
Hi Marie: You need to build an enclosed pen (top to bottom, 1/2 in water and 1/2 on bank with feeder inside) for the swans to nest. The enclosed pen must be solid so that animals cannot dig under the ...
Re: Black Swan habitat where to build nest -- Marie -- 21 February 2015
Thank you for your information. We didn't have an opportunity to follow your instructions before the pair chose our yard to build their nest and now have two eggs. We are very excited that they've ...
Re: Black Swan habitat where to build nest -- The Regal Swan -- 21 February 2015
Hi Marie You are welcome. Congratulations on being able to enjoy this wonderful experience. Just make sure that they are penned or in an area that predators, dogs, cats, raccoons, etc., cannot get to ...

Tapping water with chin -- Nicolas -- 8 February 2015
What does it mean when a swan lightly slaps the water with the underside of its beak. It does this with its neck stretched out.
Re: Tapping water with chin -- The Regal Swan -- 8 February 2015
Hi Nicolas: This behavior is exhibited when the swans are eating food on top of the water (i.e., vegetation, bread or other materials that have floated to the top) or drinking water. If the head and ...

setting up new habitat for single young adult -- Carol -- 8 February 2015
Hi- it's been awhile since I've been in contact. I wrote you about our pair of of mute swans that had 5 cygnets that hatched but we didn't know enough to have their wings taken care of a a young ...
Re: setting up new habitat for single young adult -- The Regal Swan -- 8 February 2015
Hi Carol: The pen that is described in the book can be used for nesting, veterinary care, etc. The lattice pen that you describe is actually very dangerous or nesting birds especially, if the opening ...

Female swan unable to stand, no appetite -- Cassie -- 6 February 2015
Hi there, I am an avian rehabilitator in Iowa in the United States and I have a female swan in my care right now. I am estimating her age to be about 5 years old. I am very concerned for her because ...
Re: Female swan unable to stand, no appetite -- The Regal Swan -- 6 February 2015
HI Cassie: There are several possibilities for the swans inappetance and lack of ability to stand. The problem could be from poisoning, bacterial, viral or fungal infection or some time of ...
Re: Female swan unable to stand, no appetite -- Cassie -- 6 February 2015
Thank you so much for the information. I appreciate you responding so kindly and quickly We are treating the swan for pneumonia like symptoms. She is on a twice daily antibiotic. We did do a lead ...
Re: Female swan unable to stand, no appetite -- The Regal Swan -- 6 February 2015
Hi Cassie Try giving her some wet bread. If she starts to eat the bread, add a bunch of wet bread on top of water in a bowl. Add cracked corn and poultry layer pellets in the bottom of the water. If ...

Lonely swan -- Tracy -- 5 February 2015
For the past 4 yrs, I've owned 2 female mute swans. Three days ago, one was killed. The one that is left seems so sad. They were very aggressive w/ each other, at times, but never stayed apart. I'm ...
Re: Lonely swan -- The Regal Swan -- 5 February 2015
Hi Tracy We are very sorry for your loss. Do you know what killed the swan? Yes swans like all animals do grieve, but it is different than humans in that nature does not allow for extended grief. To ...
Re: Lonely swan -- Tracy -- 6 February 2015
Sadly, I think one swan killed the other. Her neck was broken. During this time of year, they are very aggressive with one another. I believe it's bc its mating season ?Even though both female, still ...
Re: Lonely swan -- The Regal Swan -- 6 February 2015
Hi Tracy: It is not likely that the other swan broke the swan's neck. Probably, there was an injury sustained from running away or running into something. In any case, there are no guarantees that ...

Trapped swan -- Nic -- 5 February 2015
Hi, While out walking my dog tonight down my local canal, I saw which I first thought was a deer in the canal. When I got abit closer I noticed it was three swans. Two large and one smaller. I'm ...
Re: Trapped swan -- The Regal Swan -- 5 February 2015
Hi Nic Please call the RSPCA and report this immediately. They will try to rescue it and get it help. A predator could get to the swan or it could be injured and need a veterinarian. If you leave it ...

What happens to eggs in the wild if the mother dies -- Amanda -- 3 February 2015
I'm watching a movie on swans where the mother dies but they called fish and wildlife. They picked up the clutch and three of five of eggs made it. But if they never interfered, would the father have ...
Re: What happens to eggs in the wild if the mother dies -- Amanda -- 4 February 2015
Thank you for answering my question I'm always on the look out to learn new information. I recently joined a couple photography groups one all about birds and in ten years I'm planning on doing a big ...
Re: What happens to eggs in the wild if the mother dies -- The Regal Swan -- 5 February 2015
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Re: What happens to eggs in the wild if the mother dies -- The Regal Swan -- 4 February 2015
Hi Amanda We saw the same movie. Not realistic. First, swan eggs are extremely difficult to incubate. If they are left abandoned for any significant amount of time, they will not be viable. Also, ...

Swans frozen in ice -- Paula -- 4 February 2015
hi I live in on a tidal river in Mashpee Massachusetts and there are four swans frozen in the ice right now they are alive but I'm not sure how long they can last. I'm hoping the water will get ...
Re: Swans frozen in ice -- Georgina -- 5 February 2015
Hi Paula, How are the swans? I noticed your post in Mashpee and I live in Hyannisport so I posted the number for Wild Care Cape Cod for you. Hope all ended well.
Re: Swans frozen in ice -- Georgina -- 4 February 2015
Hi Paula, These swans should be saved asap. If you don't feel comfortable breaking the ice around them or melting it with warm water - You should call Wild Care Cape Cod 508-240-2255. They can assist ...
Re: Swans frozen in ice -- The Regal Swan -- 4 February 2015
Hi Paula The only thing that can be done is to break the ice around them or capture them and remove them from the ice. If they are frozen to the ice, you will need warm/hot water to throw under them. ...

Cold new england, frozen pond -- Georgina -- 3 February 2015
Hi, I live in massachusetts on a pond near the ocean and we are experiencing a very cold winter, blustery wind, snow, cold rain and a recent blizzard with temps dropping into the teens this week. ...
Re: Cold new england, frozen pond -- The Regal Swan -- 3 February 2015
Hi Georgina The swan may have gotten blown off course during the last cold front and cannot leave because the other swans have already migrated and he is too late to try and migrate. The other reason ...
Re: Cold new england, frozen pond -- Georgina -- 4 February 2015
Thank you for your response. The swan sits right on the ice or on the edge so there is plenty of clearance to fly up away from a predator. Just not sure if she can sleep having to take watch all the ...
Re: Cold new england, frozen pond -- The Regal Swan -- 4 February 2015
Hi Georgina If the swan hisses at you, then it probably will not let you get near her, much less pick her up. She will not go into the shed on her own. Even if you chased her indoors, once you let ...
Re: Cold new england, frozen pond -- Lynne -- 4 February 2015
Georgina, I live in NJ where we have a swan on our lake. Our lake is also frozen and our swan cannot fly. We keep an area of the lake open for him by having installed aeration systems that pump air ...

Injured swan -- Judy -- 1 February 2015
We had a swan on a pond in our neighborhood and I saw her sitting on right next to the road sort of listing to the left. We called a wildlife organization who came and got her. She had been attacked ...
Re: Injured swan -- The Regal Swan -- 2 February 2015
Hi Judy: There could be several explanations for the swan being in the open field. During winter months, aquatic vegetation is scarce and the swans, being grazing birds will look for areas to ...

Icy beaks . . . what to do? -- Amy -- 30 January 2015
Hello - I have two mute swans living on the river behind my house. This is the third year that I have feed them during the extremely cold months here in Michigan. This morning I noticed their beaks ...
Re: Icy beaks . . . what to do? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 January 2015
Place some bread in warm water. The warm water will melt the ice. Just don't get it too hot or the swans won't drink, make it lukewarm. On another note, please note that Michigan DNR is committed to ...
Re: Icy beaks . . . what to do? -- Amy -- 30 January 2015
I appreciate all the info and will definately be doing something pro-active as I feel these wild swans are "mine" and would be devasted if anything happened to them. I look forward to ...
Re: Icy beaks . . . what to do? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 January 2015
You are very welcome. The Regal Swan

How to stop feeding? -- Amy -- 30 January 2015
Hello ~ I read that I really should not feed the swans bread (even though its fridgid and their food source is low), when they return next fall - should I just not feed them anymore? Will they know ...
Re: How to stop feeding? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 January 2015
Hi Amy Bread can be fed to swans although too much can change their blood chemistry. Also, it acts as a filler with little nutritional value. The best thing to feed them is a mixture of poultry layer ...
Re: How to stop feeding? -- Amy -- 30 January 2015
Thank you! I will be heading to the local farm & feed store after work.
Re: How to stop feeding? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 January 2015
Excellent. The Regal Swan

How can I build a lightweight floating swan nest? -- Bernard -- 26 January 2015
Hi, I'm an on the streets 24/7 cats dogs and wildlife etc animal rescue volunteer. I moved beside a river a few years ago, I have recently started saving swans and have been jumping in the river and ...
Re: How can I build a lightweight floating swan nest? -- The Regal Swan -- 27 January 2015
Hi Bernard: You might go online and look for floating nests for geese and expand on these. Barrels, tires, wood hinged nesting boxes have been used. The problem is in the type of material that might ...

Male swan suddenly aggressive -- Amber -- 26 January 2015
Hi there, A question about a male swan I feed daily. In the UK it’s January, so still winter, but moving into spring in around 8 weeks. Over the last 2 weeks, the male of the pair has become ...
Re: Male swan suddenly aggressive -- The Regal Swan -- 26 January 2015
Hi Amber: It sounds like he has turned from Jr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde which is exactly the behavior experienced during nesting season. The weather seems to be warming a little earlier than usual this ...
Re: Male swan suddenly aggressive -- Amber -- 27 January 2015
Thank you - great advice!
Re: Male swan suddenly aggressive -- The Regal Swan -- 27 January 2015
Hi Amber: You are very welcome. The Regal Swan

Young swan cannot stand -- Jim -- 26 January 2015
I AM A WILDLIFE CARER IN AUSTRALIA. YESTERDAY MORNING I WAS ASKED TO PICK UP A BLACK SWAN THAT HAD BOTH LEGS ON ITS BACK AND WAS MOTIVATING WITH WEAK FLAPS OF ITS WINGS. I took it home. Put it in a ...
Re: Young swan cannot stand -- The Regal Swan -- 26 January 2015
Hi Jim: With the description you are providing, it seems that it is neurologically compromised, either by being hit by a car, running into something or crash landing on the parking lot. If the cygnet ...

Lone cygnet -- Margaret -- 26 January 2015
Hi, My husband feeds a family of swans that live on a lake close by to our home, the last couple of years have been very unsuccessful, with only one of the six signets surviving. This baby is around ...
Re: Lone cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 26 January 2015
Hi Margaret You might want to contact the RSPCA or Wendy Hermon at Swan Lifeline in Eton to check out the situation just in case the swan cannot survive on its own. This is especially true if the ...

Significance of a swan flying in front of you. -- Chad -- 21 January 2015
What does it mean when a swan flies in front of you ?
Re: Significance of a swan flying in front of you. -- The Regal Swan -- 21 January 2015
Hi Chad: Regardless of a swan being wild or domesticated, most flight paths are for finding food, another habitat or evasive tactics. If a swan is flying that close to you, you were possibly in its ...

One of the babies, now grown up, is still with the parents while all the others left -- Heather -- 20 January 2015
We have a pair of swans in a lake near my house. Every year they have about six babies and the babies leave in the fall. This year one of babies who is all grown up now is still with them. It is nice ...
Re: One of the babies, now grown up, is still with the parents while all the others left -- The Regal Swan -- 20 January 2015
Hi Heather If the cygnet was the last to hatch, i.e., the runt (and probably female because the male parent is allowing it to remain), it may not have fully developed wings in time for migration. If ...

Missing female swan -- Brenda -- 18 January 2015
Our hotel has raised 2 swans for 7 years. They occasionally come and go but for the very first time this weekend, the male returned with no sign of the female anywhere. He seems fine. The original ...
Re: Missing female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 18 January 2015
Hi Brenda Normally, the swans will stay together, especially if this is their normal pattern. As long as there are no predators in the area, she could survive on the river, just may not be able to ...
Re: Missing female swan -- Brenda -- 19 January 2015
We went farther down the river and I think we found the two swans together on the river by a riverside park area. We had done some landscaping construction here at the hotel this summer and disturbed ...
Re: Missing female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 19 January 2015
Hi Brenda Excellent news. As long as no predators can get to her, you could go ahead and let her nest. Or, if there are no eggs, go ahead and try to capture or lure them back to their area and put ...
Re: Missing female swan -- Brenda -- 21 January 2015
Thank you for your advice and feedback. We are going to build a nest for her and see if we can get her back to us. We will reach out again if we need more assistance.
Re: Missing female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 21 January 2015
You are welcome Brenda. Hopefully, this will work. Please let us know. The Regal Swan
Re: Missing female swan -- Brenda -- 26 January 2015
We are thinking sadly now that perhaps it was not the female that we saw on the River that day. He keeps coming back alone and we think something may have happen to her because they were inseparable ...
Re: Missing female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 26 January 2015
Hi Brenda If she is nesting in a new area and he remembers the old site and food, he will revisit the old site. If she is on eggs, she will not venture large distances. In fact, she will only leave ...
Re: Missing female swan -- Brenda -- 26 January 2015
Thank you. Well that is welcoming news! We will really miss her and we are praying nothing happened to her. He only comes back for short stints. I think he is going back to stay with her while she is ...
Re: Missing female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 27 January 2015
Hi Brenda: Please let us know if you see her again and if she has any cygnets. The Regal Swan
Re: Missing female swan -- Brenda -- 19 January 2015
Thank you. I will go and look for her during lunch. The male swan left again this morning and perhaps he is looking for her too.
Re: Missing female swan -- The Regal Swan -- 19 January 2015
Hi Brenda Please let us know if you find her. The Regal Swan

Black swan egg and black neck swan egg hatching with black neck swans -- Mohamd.muneer -- 18 January 2015
Dear sir I am asking that we have a Wings (Birds park) At World largest film studio at Hyderabad in India. so we have water birds like all kind of swans and ducks. in our park Black swans and black ...
Re: Black swan egg and black neck swan egg hatching with black neck swans -- The Regal Swan -- 18 January 2015
Hi We have never had a problem with Black Swans not incubating. There are two potential issues. One, the Black Swan pair are both female. Yes, they will still lay eggs in this pairing, but obviously ...

Signs of end stage of a swan's life? -- Kim -- 16 January 2015
We have a mated pair on our lake. We have been here 6 yrs, but the neighbor feeds them & thinks the female has been around for 20 yrs. The female has been alone for about 2 weeks. She would sleep ...
Re: Signs of end stage of a swan -- The Regal Swan -- 16 January 2015
Hi Kim This very well could be end of life, but unless the bird is examined, there are no guarantees. Wildlife will separate themselves from other members if something is wrong to prevent predators ...

Where do swans go when their pond freezes? -- Johanna -- 11 January 2015
Where do swans go when their pond freezes?
Re: Where do swans go when their pond freezes? -- The Regal Swan -- 11 January 2015
Hi Johanna Swans will look for nearby lakes and ponds that do not freeze in the nearby area. However, if all waterways freeze in the immediate area, they will migrate to warmer states southward. The ...

Two young -baby swans disappeared from lake over night -- Ari -- 8 January 2015
I live near private lake where there are two swans I visit for over 10 years. Each year they nest and with 1-2 surviving cygnets during first 6 months. Then, babies fly off,usually, by late November. ...
Re: Two young -baby swans disappeared from lake over night -- The Regal Swan -- 9 January 2015
Hi Arizona More than likely the young birds flew away to join their parents, and other swans for the winter migration. The parents, while teaching the cygnets to fly, also show them their habitat as ...
Re: Two young -baby swans disappeared from lake over night -- arizona -- 28 March 2015
Hello again. I have written you back in January about the disappearance of the 4 family swans over night. First the babies, second day-were no parents. I did not find back there any signs of fight ...
Re: Two young -baby swans disappeared from lake over night -- The Regal Swan -- 29 March 2015
Hi Arizona: The swans may be returning from their migratory trip and using this lake until the weather permanently warms. This is why you may be seeing different swans on the lake. Your swans should ...

Swans on frozen pond -- Casey -- 8 January 2015
Hi- I work in a building that keeps two Mute Swans on the property pond. My concern is the pond is slowly freezing over and these swans are still here (the wings are clipped) sleeping on the pond. ...
Re: Swans on frozen pond -- Becky -- 8 January 2015
Hi Casey and others with ponds that freeze. I notice our Lake Glen Mute Swans being very challenged by the parameters of our pond being frozen, which keeps them from their food box. They are very ...
Re: Swans on frozen pond -- The Regal Swan -- 8 January 2015
Hi Casey Swans are built for cold temperatures. Maybe, the freezing of the pond was a one time occurrence and nor a usual event. Even so, swans, especially in captive settings need shelter (i.e., ...

Embassy Suites Swans -- Anita -- 7 January 2015
What are the physical and mental effects of the swans living in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotels all over the country. I cannot imagine that this is healthy for the animals.
Re: Embassy Suites Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 7 January 2015
Hi Anita: We have actually addressed this issue prior to your post. Most people do not realize that swans in captive settings are captive bred. Swan behavior is actually compatible with this human ...

Female Black Australian Swan attached to me -- Dennis -- 6 January 2015
Hello, I live on a residential lake (houses around edges) about 80 acs in size. There are 4 Mute swans, 4 adult and 4 signet Australian Black swans, and 4 Trumpeter swans residing on the lake. the ...
Re: Female Black Australian Swan attached to me -- The Regal Swan -- 6 January 2015
Hi Dennis Yes, you have a swan that is imprinting on you. This means she is beginning to think that she is a human not a swan. This is cute at first, but will be very detrimental to the bird later. ...

Black Australian swan. Not eating -- Catrina -- 6 January 2015
We have had this swan for about 2 yrs an still not sure if it's male or female an it's not eating an is poop is yellowish an I don't have a vet near by to take it to.
Re: Black Australian swan. Not eating -- The Regal Swan -- 6 January 2015
Hi Catrina If a bird stops eating, it is a sign that something is very wrong. You need to find a bird/waterfowl/poultry vet that can exam the swan, diagnose the problem, which could be anything from ...

Only 1 swan on this small lake. No mate. Canadian geese prevalent -- Marilyn -- 2 January 2015
So concerned about this gigantic white swan. He/she is all alone, been here 2 was.. and stays in one area behind our house on Indianhead lake in Sherwood, Ar. Haven't called anyone, I.e. Game.e and ...
Re: Only 1 swan on this small lake. No mate. Canadian geese prevalent -- The Regal Swan -- 2 January 2015
Hi Maryland: This could be a young swan that was on the migratory path or chased from his habitat by his parents so that he does leave on the migratory path. He may have been blown off course and is ...

Mute Swan eats our Bermuda grass -- Matt -- 2 January 2015
Hi, I am located in Durham, North Carolina. I have a White Mute Swan on my golf course that we feed daily. Recently he has begun eating our dormant Bermuda grass lake bank. He is eating large chunks ...
Re: Mute Swan eats our Bermuda grass -- The Regal Swan -- 2 January 2015
Hi Matt: Swans are grazers just like other grazing animals such as rabbits, deer, cows. They need vegetation in their diet. Unfortunately, during the winter months, their primary source of vegetation ...

Young Swans, one disappeared last night -- Kelley -- 2 January 2015
Hi, we have had 2 young swans on our pond for several months now that we brought in as babies and waited until they were fully feathered to put them out onto the water because of coyotes. They are ...
Re: Young Swans, one disappeared last night -- The Regal Swan -- 2 January 2015
Hi Kelly: In any other situation, we would tell you to get another swan about the same age as your young swan. However, the problem is that we don't know what happened to your other swan. If it does ...

Swan behaving strangely -- Catherine -- 31 December 2014
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=508297759309423 Hi, there is a swan in Princes park pond in eastbourne, he/she seems to be throwing himself under the water and tipping himself over, he may well ...
Re: Swan behaving strangely -- The Regal Swan -- 1 January 2015
Hi Catherine We cannot open your video, but what you are describing sounds like bathing behavior. For observers seeing this behavior for the first time, it appears that the swan is flailing and in ...

Where can i keep a swan -- Bailee -- 31 December 2014
i have always wanted swans, where should i keep them, is it possible to keep them in a pool, or do i have to build a pond and if so how big should the pond be. If i want females, do i have to get a ...
Re: Where can i keep a swan -- The Regal Swan -- 1 January 2015
Hi Bailey The first issue is if you need a state permit to keep them? The second issue will be if you are going to keep a mating pair? If your swans can produce cygnets (baby swans), then you have a ...

What is this behaviour? -- Aelise -- 30 December 2014
Hello: My male mute swan will sometimes make contact with his neck and head and sort of vibrate. He may also gently peck at you while he does this. Is it a greeting, low grade aggression/dominance or ...
Re: What is this behaviour? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 December 2014
Hi Aelise This is his way of showing affection. The low hum is his contentment with you. Will he allow you to pet him? If so, the gentle pecking is letting you know that he wants attention, i.e., ...
Re: What is this behaviour? -- Aelise -- 30 December 2014
Thanks for your reply. He will let me pet him, but he's not that keen on physical contact. I think it's the attention aspect you identified, since it often surrounds feeding time. The vibrating isn't ...
Re: What is this behaviour? -- The Regal Swan -- 30 December 2014
Hi AeLisa You are very welcome. Seems like he is in very good hands and loves his habitat and keeper. The Regal Swan

Door flap sticks to the swan feeder in freezing temperatures -- Claire -- 29 December 2014
Hello. I've had a pair of swans for 14 years on my 2 acre pond in Pennsylvania. In the winter I run two 1hp pumps to keep the water open. I have a plastic swan feeder on a pole at the end of my dock ...
Re: Door flap sticks to the swan feeder in freezing temperatures -- The Regal Swan -- 29 December 2014
Hi Claire Yes, we have used this type of feeder extensively, but not in freezing weather. One solution would be to take the flap completely off the feeder. The primary reasons for the flap are to ...

Reverse pinion surgery -- Anne -- 28 December 2014
Is there any way to reverse the pinion procedure? Anne
Re: Reverse pinion surgery -- The Regal Swan -- 28 December 2014
Hi Anne No, pinioning involves the complete amputation of the portion of the wing responsible for flight. In many states, Mute Swans or other captive swans must be pinioned or the swan owner fined ...

Swan in water for 2 weeks -- Betty -- 28 December 2014
One of our swans left her lake migrating to another close lake but she hasn't been out of the water for 2 weeks. She is eating well and can fly and nothing is keeping her from getting out. Should we ...
Re: Swan in water for 2 weeks -- The Regal Swan -- 28 December 2014
Hi Betty She should be ok, but just to be safe, we would send a boat out to make sure she does not have some injury to a wing or other body part preventing her from flying. Swans need to get out of ...

Lone Trumpeter Swan in inland pond -- Margaret -- 26 December 2014
I live in Niagara County in New York state. My neighbor has a large pond (small lake) on his property. For the past 3 days I have observed a lone trumpeter swan on the pond. What, if anything, should ...
Re: Lone Trumpeter Swan in inland pond -- The Regal Swan -- 27 December 2014
Hi Margaret: We're not sure who to call or if there needs to be anything done. Here is the problem. You have probably been hearing about the fight in New York to save the Mute Swans. The reasoning ...
Re: Lone Trumpeter Swan in inland pond -- rork -- 3 January 2015
There is a story being perpetuated about 1+1=2 as well. Shocking, I know. I live in MI, and mute swan decrease in order to help increase our native trumpeter swan, the one's which we are responsible ...
Re: Lone Trumpeter Swan in inland pond -- The Regal Swan -- 3 January 2015
Hi Rork: We do not have a problem with Michigan or other states having Trumpeter Swans. What we protest against is the misrepresentation and hoax perpetuated on the taxpayers, media and politicians ...

Single swan left behind..winter -- Brian -- 20 December 2014
Hello my job is located on a pond/lake in Massachusetts. The lake was full of ducks, geese, and swans all summer and fall. Between the adult swans and all their babies, there was 19 of them. When the ...
Re: Single swan left behind..winter -- Angie -- 26 December 2014
Hello Brian, I read your post RE: the swan left behind. I live in a state that gets very cold as well. I have lived on a lake all of my life, and it freezes throughout the winter. We have had a ...
Re: Single swan left behind..winter -- The Regal Swan -- 21 December 2014
Hi Brian: No, this is not normal and if the pond freezes, the swan could drown, be attacked by a predator accessing the bird on the frozen ice, or die from dehydration, pneumonia, starvation and ...
Re: Single swan left behind..winter -- Brian -- 23 December 2014
He seems pretty friendly, I've thrown him some bread and hes come semi close.. but I dont think he would come close enough for me to catch him. Does anyone know of any place in Massachusetts that ...
Re: Single swan left behind..winter -- The Regal Swan -- 23 December 2014
Hi Brian Unfortunately, we don't know anyone in Massachusetts. With the killing of swans in various states, you need to be careful who you ask for help. Keep feeding him, kneeling as you feed him. ...
Re: Single swan left behind..winter -- Anne -- 28 December 2014
Brian, I live on the Water in MA and we have a mute swan that has been on the water alone for the past two winters. She can't fly. I feed and care for her and if you want to transport your swan here ...
Re: Single swan left behind..winter -- The Regal Swan -- 28 December 2014
Hi Anne This is excellent news. We hope you and Brian can work this out. We're sure the swan will get a great home with your care. The Regal Swan

Swans crossing road at night -- Jen -- 15 December 2014
Hi, the other night at 10:30 I was driving home and saw two swans in the middle of the road. They live on a pond right there, the road is actually in the middle of two ponds. I assumed they were ...
Re: Swans crossing road at night -- The Regal Swan -- 15 December 2014
Hi Jen There could be any number of reasons, but the two most probable is that something or someone is chasing them from the pond. It is migratory season and time for swans, especially the young from ...

Male mute cygnet going to Bob Knox! -- Meagan -- 11 December 2014
Thank you for helping! Cyggy ships out monday to go live with bob knox. I am so relived that some people care. Thank you so much!
Re: Male mute cygnet going to Bob Knox! -- The Regal Swan -- 11 December 2014
Hi Meagan You are very welcome. Bob will give him a great home. The Regal Swan

Home needed for male mute cygnet -- Meagan -- 10 December 2014
Home needed for male mute cygnet. Rescued at a day old he imprinted and was raised with the chickens and turkeys. Ive gone kayaking with him a lot ( he rides in the front of my truck in a open ...
Re: Home needed for male mute cygnet -- The Regal Swan -- 11 December 2014
HI Meagan We're not sure where you are located, but I have spoken with Bob Knox of Knox Swan and Dogs. 847 875 3947. Please contact him as Bob has plenty of swans and open water which will provide ...
I am looking for a pair of swans to live in Michigan -- Gib -- 13 December 2014
I want to get a pair of swans to live on our lake in Sears mich. Thanks in advance. gib
Re: I am looking for a pair of swans to live in Michigan -- The Regal Swan -- 13 December 2014
Hi Gib Unfortunately, you cannot have swans without a permit, and even then, the Michigan DNR is killing the Mute Swans in Michigan. They claim that the swans are non-native and invasive which is a ...

Winter Shelter for Mute Swans (Missouri) -- Elizabeth -- 9 December 2014
We have a pair of mute swans approximately 6 years old on a lake in Missouri. We have a fountain to keep water open during the winter months, but I am wondering if we need to build some type of ...
Re: Winter Shelter for Mute Swans (Missouri) -- The Regal Swan -- 10 December 2014
Hi Elizabeth As long as you keep a large section of the pond unfrozen, they should be fine. Swans will not willfully use any lean-to or over hang type shelter. If your pond has an island, you can ...

Trumpeter Swans in FL: How to tell if the birds are captive or not -- John -- 8 December 2014
Hello, I saw these two guys on a canal in Wellington, Palm Beach Co., FL this morning. Is there any way to check if they could be captive birds and not wild? If wild, it would be a very unusual ...
Re: Trumpeter Swans in FL: How to tell if the birds are captive or not -- The Regal Swan -- 8 December 2014
Hi John These are definitely captured birds as the wings appear to be pinioned. If you look at the short feathers on the side toward the tail, you will see that the feathers (flight feathers) are not ...

Adult swans leaving young -- Gill -- 1 December 2014
In october the female swan flew off leaving her two cygnets with the male. Two weeks later the male also flew off leaving the cygnets. Neither has returned. There are no other swan families on the ...
Re: Adult swans leaving young -- The Regal Swan -- 1 December 2014
Hi Gill No, this does not sound normal. The parents may eventally return, but if they do not, the cygnets may not learn the migratory path or be able to protect themselves in severe weather. If you ...

Swan Nest House -- William -- 1 December 2014
We have a flock of 15-18 swans on a large pond on our land, but the flock seems to be shrinking rather than reproducing. We think this is because predators - raccoons, possums, snakes, etc. -- are ...
Re: Swan Nest House -- The Regal Swan -- 1 December 2014
Hi William We're not sure what species of bird you have, but unless the swans swam through something blue in color, there is no swan species with blue wingtips. Do you have a photo that you could ...

Mute Swan Communication -- Melanie -- 1 December 2014
The resident male swan where i live and who i feed makes a noise that sounds similar to a motor bike. He puts his head up, makes like a barking noise then there's a short pause, then he does the ...
Re: Mute Swan Communication -- The Regal Swan -- 1 December 2014
Hi Melanie Cygnets actually make a peeping sound (non stop) which alerts the mother swan know the location of the cygnets at all times and if they are okay. The sharper or more piercing the peep ...

Regular night flight -- Chrissie -- 30 November 2014
The swan family we have been helping now fly away during the day ( not a good area for food ), they normally return at dusk, when we feed them. Recently they have been absent but around again in the ...
Re: Regular night flight -- The Regal Swan -- 30 November 2014
Hi Chrissie: The swans are getting older and stretching their wings and their exploring habitat. Even though mom is still with them at this time, eventually the majority of the family will eventually ...

Rescued swan -- Kelly -- 24 November 2014
I found a swan in my backyard this past weekend and since we have never had them I was worried he may be wounded. After some investigation I was able to determine he was slightly injured, it appeared ...
Re: Rescued swan -- The Regal Swan -- 24 November 2014
Hi Kelly Please send your contact phone number to this website administrator (you can post it, it won't be published online, the administrator will send it to me only). We will try to get someone to ...

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 ...
Re: Where to place swans for the winter (VA) -- Katrina -- 3 December 2014
I am certainly not the expert here but I also live in Virginia and I have swans that I am able to keep on our pond all winter and they actually do fine. The key is keeping their water open for them. ...
Re: Where to place swans for the winter (VA) -- Lynne -- 4 December 2014
Hi Katrina, I live on a lake in New Jersey with one swan. The female was hit by a car last year leaving the male alone. Foxes tried to get him when the lake froze with the horrible winter last year. ...
Re: Where to place swans for the winter (VA) -- Katrina -- 13 December 2014
Hello Lynne, I bought the smallest size sump pump at lowes so you really could get larger to move more water if you wanted. The pump is in the bottom of bucket with a piece of PVC pipe coming off of ...
Re: Where to place swans for the winter (VA) -- Lynne -- 16 December 2014
Hi Katrina, Thank you for your response. Our pond is shallow so I think the pump would just suck muck. But we have installed 3 aeration systems in a large circle and hope this will keep open enough ...

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? -- Reta -- 20 June 2015
We have the same pair of trumpeter swans that returned to our lake in May with the year old cygnet from last year. They chased the year old off, mated several times on our lake, and then left to nest ...
Re: Trumpeter swan transporting young in flight? -- The Regal Swan -- 20 June 2015
Hi Reta We have never seen a mother swan carry a baby swan in her mouth or on her back while flying. Obviously, she has found a way to get them to your pond. So, there are only two plausible ...
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? -- Janet -- 9 July 2016
I saw a black swan in Coldwater, MI. Took pictures. My friend said the swans been there for some time.
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 -- Kelsey -- 7 January 2016
Hi, I know this is a very old thread but I found it while trying to find out what I can do for a goose in a similar situation here in Columbus, Ohio. I called the wildlife center today but I was not ...
Re: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- The Regal Swan -- 7 January 2016
Hi Kelsey You might try a wildlife rehabilitation center, waterfowl sanctuary, Columbus Zoo or even a veterinary school at a local university. See if there is a wildlife rehabber in your area that ...
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
Re: Photo #1: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- Jim -- 11 August 2016
Hi I dont know how old this thread is but I wanted to leave a message because I'm kinda in the same situation. I have captured 3 geese by myself before using food and a blanket it works great! I keep ...
Re: Photo #1: Question regarding a Canada goose with a broken wing -- The Regal Swan -- 11 August 2016
Hi Jim: This is a tough situation especially since your state and many others will kill the birds if you take them to a veterinarian or wildlife facility. Therefore, it is going to be up to you or ...

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 -- Artisanna -- 8 June 2015
Worth bearing in mind that the Italian for feather/quill is penne (just like the pasta shape that looks like the nib of a quill) so the name is possibly a link to a female swan's feathers.
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 ...