Ask the Swan Specialist

Swan population control
By:Lisa Sommer <>
Date: 28 February 2007

I could use some guidance in caring for a pair of 3 yr old Mute swans, for which I am the main caregiver. I have consulted with you on feeding/habitat issues and have purchased your book, The Care of Captive Swans. I live in a small community which has a lovely pond, aka, wet stormwater management pond. The Home Owners Association pays for the biological treatement and aeration of the water. I am anticipating that my pair may be ready to breed this spring and because they are on a small (3 acre) pond there is a great concern regarding territorial issues. Also, I live in the State of Maryland, and as you may be aware, the Mute Swan issue is a real political hotbed!!!!. It is important that we "fly" under the radar and not attract any undue attention. Although, I have very mixed feelings about the need to control the population I feel I have no other choice. The plan is to oil the eggs using the Humane Society Guidelines and I'm thinking one LEASHED dog manned by one person and another with a very large golf umbrella would suffiecient shield me to allow me to "do the deed" Do you have any other suggestions??
Incidently, it has been a real pleasure to find this web link in which Mute Swans are not treated like pariahs!!! The DNR in Maryland is planning to cull the population......very sad

Messages In This Thread

Swan population control -- Lisa Sommer -- 28 February 2007
Swan Population Control Guidelines -- The Regal Swan -- 28 February 2007
population control -- Lisa Sommer -- 1 March 2007
Population Control -- The Regal Swan -- 1 March 2007
Update (disappearing eggs) -- Lisa Sommer -- 14 May 2007
Update Disappearing eggs -- The Regal Swan -- 14 May 2007