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?s about swans

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by cat1994, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    hi im thinking of getting a pair of swans but i have some ?s

    Are swans mean?

    Can they care for them selves?

    Can you have them free range?

    Will they brood?

    What eats them?

    What colores do they come in?

    Can you people post some pics for me?

    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:In addition there are many species of swans, most common are the mute, but also many migratory species as well, trumpeters, whopper, biswick, tundra etc.outside the mutes though, they are xtremely rare and super expensive, not that mutes are cheap to start with though, LOL
    $500 per yearling pair is about average on blacks or whites in mute, the others run $1000- $2500 pr.
     
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Black swans are the nicest most commonly found swans I think. I love mine. They do need water to swim in, a nice size pond will do good with them. Mine do graze on the grasses about the pond and yard. They can be a little bossy like geese to the other fowl, but most of mine live side by side without to much fuss. Just whoever you get yours from make sure they do not have leg problems etc... I've been going through that with mine, and it's heart breaking.
     
  4. warcard

    warcard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Swans can be agressive, especially during brooding time. Mute swan pairs will claim an area and run off most other waterfowl (can actually be helpful to keep your pond free of Canada Geese). Black swans are more forgiving about co-habitation.

    Ours mostly care for themselves, we have an aerator to keep the pond open in the winter and provide some feed, but they eat the grass, aquatic vegatation and corn snacks from the deer feeder.

    Our pair was brooding all by their lonesome, until the raccoons killed the male [​IMG]

    They are fairly predator proof since they sleep on the pond, but as referenced above during nesting it is possible for a large dog, coyote, or raccoon to kill them. Little ones will also be fair game to large hawks.

    White, Black & Silver (a mutation of black)
     
  5. superswamper

    superswamper New Egg

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    Cignets die from snapping turtles and even cold (hypothermia) according to somewhere I read on the internet...
     

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