Silver black swans or Merle Swans

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by peacock, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. peacock

    peacock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,


    for several years i am in search of the silver black swan, also called the Merle colour, i only found pictures on the internet, but haven't been able to find any breeders, now i am trying to locate breeders through this way, because i would really like to ad them to my collection, also interested in leucistic or white black swans, if you have any or know someone who breeds them, please respond, also if you have any pictures please post them,


    Thanks

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  2. peacock

    peacock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone still have these in there collection or know someone, are they really vanished off the planet, would be a pity, such gorgeous birds, peacock
     
  3. bantiesrule

    bantiesrule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful!!! Wish I did know where to get them. Good luck in your search [​IMG] . Keep us posted if you find any.
     
  4. Swanee River

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    Well, I believe that in Lakeland, Florida, USA, they have an annual "culling" of its swan population, not to kill but to sell. there are Merles there, they should be for sale, too.
     
  5. peacock

    peacock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, thanks for the info, do you perhaps know how i can contact them,

    Peacock
     
  6. bantiesrule

    bantiesrule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sent an e-mail to the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and they gave me a phone number to the Parks and Recreation department, which is in charge of the swan roundup. You can reach them at (863) 834-6035. The lady I talked to there didn't really know if they had the silver or merle color but she did know that they had blacks there. She said they have a fall roundup, usually in October or November, where they collect the swans and a veterinerian checks them all over. Then, depending on the summer hatch, they decide how many to release back and how many they will sell. They will not ship to anyone and it's on a first come, first serve basis as to who can buy the swans. They took my address and said they would send me a notice when they plan the roundup. Hope that helps you.
     
  7. SwanFever

    SwanFever Out Of The Brooder

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    a guy up north traded them some blacknecks for the Merles, they just hatched 5 babies from him but all the cygnets hatched black, they carry the merle gene and its possible they will produce silver/merle in the future.
     
  8. kikithebird

    kikithebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    what have they done to our aussie black swan
     
  9. bdfive

    bdfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH MY GOSH!! What I'd give for Merle Swans. I'm researching the species because I hatched a Black Australian Swan that is 5 weeks old now. Presently it's bathing in the bathtub but will need to figure out an outside situation. Someone suggested just a kiddie pool but hopefully will do better then that. I was hoping to find another swan for it to grow up with but no luck yet. Guess I'll have a pet here, even ordered a diaper harness, haha!!! I'm a peafowl person so this is a new learning experience. Any suggestions I'd appreciate. I'm feeding it Mazuri and lots of Romaine lettuce. Just starting to take it out on our 5 acres to eat grass but here in south central Texas we have lots of nasty weeds. Would it eat something that could make it sick or even kill it???? More eggs in the incubator so perhaps I'll hatch more. Only intend to keep them until a safe happy forever home is found to sell them to. Well.....might keep a pair if I can get an adequate small pond built. Water is super expensive here so may not be feasible. Water well would cost about $13,000 so that's out of the question. HELP!!!! What have I gotten myself into, LOL!!!
     
  10. cajunfowl0

    cajunfowl0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    U could just dig a natural pond he would like that! Where in Texas are you located? I'm in Louisiana. U could find somebody else who raises them and ask about a yearling. Only problem is you might need to enclose the pond if your going to buy a new one. Swans aren't like domestics. Also if you get another one the aggression levels will get a lot higher.
     

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