Common Loon

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by protodon, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. protodon

    protodon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2009
    Does anyone know if it is possible to raise Common Loons? There is definitely no where to purchase them so I am guessing it is illegal. I enjoy their call and it would be nice to have them in the backyard. Much easier than moving to some northern lake property.
  2. dragonchick

    dragonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2007
    IF there are some in your area you could put out their prefered food. This would bring them to your yard at least. As far as owning/raising them, no idea.
  3. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Loons are aquatic birds that feed on fish, amphibians, crustaceans, etc

    So unless your backyard looks like this:


    You will not attract these:

  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Quote:Now look around you on this board. That should answer your question. Easy. Very easy.

    .....Alan {laughing}
  5. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Greenleaf, WI
    I'm fairly certain it is illegal to raise them; they are superb swimmers and amazing divers, and I can't imagine they could be happy in a backyard. But are there any wildlife rehab facilities near you? It's possilbe they might treat some each year, maybe you could volunteer to help nurse them back to health.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009
  6. HippieChickens

    HippieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2009
    Quote:Yes, they're federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but what a great suggestion to help with rehab! [​IMG]

    A lot of loons need long-term care to recover from lead poisoning, so this would be a great way to get to know these magnificent birds and help them at the same time.

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