Does anyone know about swans?

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by chickmommar, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. The local rehabber just got in 3 black swans who are a little over 3 weeks old. Does anyone know about swans? Do they need to be kept warm like chicks and ducklings? How does one tell the gender? Is it best for them to be in pairs, groups, alone? Thanks for any info.

    I will also be looking for homes for these guys - will post on the buy/sell/trade board. I'm in OK.
  2. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    I really don't know much about swans, wish I did. They are soooo pretty. We have a local restaraunt here that had swans but they are gone now with winter. I do believe they like to be together.
    I know it's not much help. Sorry
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    You might search the following book titles - not sure how good these references are but they may help.

    Swan Keeper's Handbook: A Guide to the Care of Captive Swans by Geoffrey R. Gardner (Editor)

    Swan Breeding & Management by Loyl Stromberg
    Instruction on how to manage and care for your swans and to get them to nest successfully. Includes care of swans through the year, important factors in reproduction, raising babies with the mother or in a brooder, feeding the babies, incubating the eggs, pinioning, determining sex, swan feeders, etc.

    Places like Amazon and possible sources.
  4. deeszoo

    deeszoo Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    I am pretty sure they need to be kept warm, just like ducks and geese. Three weeks is pretty old, though, so not too warm. Waterfowl don't need as much heat as chickens.

    They do like to live in pairs. Not sure about trios. Some breeds of swan mate for life. They can also be somewhat aggressive during mating season.

    That is all I know for sure.

    Let me know if you need someone to take them. I am an apprentice rehabber in SE KS.
  5. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    I read a story about one when I was a kid.
  6. ParkerVA

    ParkerVA Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Blue Ridge, VA
    I read somewhere that the big thing about swans is that they have to be able to swim a great deal of the time because they are very heavy and thier legs are not made to support the weight of their body very much. Not sure how valid that is, but I probably would not test it to find out. JMHO
  7. Thanks everyone for giving me what you have! Deeszoo, yes we do need a home for them. KS is pretty close. I'm in central OK. If you come across a good spot for them, please let me know. I'd think that if someone in KS would meet me halfway, it would be do-able. If you'd like to have them, that's great too.

    chickmom at gmail. com
  8. Tony O

    Tony O Songster

    They shouldn't get chilled at that young age. Will send you an email.
  9. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I know a very large mean one who used to live on the Connecticut
    River and would chase kayakers.
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State

    Hi, Chick Mom!!!

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