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Banding swans

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by swheat, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. swheat

    swheat The Bantam Barn

    Mar 18, 2008
    Alabama
    My Coop
    My swan were not banded when they were young so I purchased some aluminium bands that you seal with pliers. I got the size 13 to 16. My swans are 4 to 7 months old. Will their legs still grow bigger, I guess what I am asking is how much space between the leg and bands ?
    Should they be fairly loose ?

    Thanks
     
  2. seramas

    seramas Out Of The Brooder

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    Most poultry/waterfowl are near 90% of maturity size at those ages. Be sure the band is loose but not so loose that it slips off or becomes caught on something and injuries their leg.
     
  3. swheat

    swheat The Bantam Barn

    Mar 18, 2008
    Alabama
    My Coop
    Thank you Seramas [​IMG]
     
  4. seramas

    seramas Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a nutritional trick I used to improve my Swans health. Buy liquid kelp from the health food store and put a double dose (according to directions) on a piece of corn bread and feed it to them each day during the winter months. About February increase their protein intake to 28% during the breeding season. Increases the size of the eggs and improves hatchability and viability of cygnets.
     
  5. swheat

    swheat The Bantam Barn

    Mar 18, 2008
    Alabama
    My Coop
    Thank you for the tip. I will print this out and keep it. I need all the help I can get, and I have searched for information on Swan, but I could not find very much. I did order the Swan book by Stromberg.

    Steve
     

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