Swan Breeders in Michigan?

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by birdmanmax, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello I have raised many different types of poultry and would like to add some swans to the mix.
    Any kind would work but preferable mutes (I hear they are cheaper) and I was also wonder if there is any breeders that sell eggs? But my main question is if there is any breeders in Michigan?
     
  2. josebeth1

    josebeth1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about Ohio? It takes me a little less than 3 hours to get to Detroit [​IMG]

    BTW- my dad was an old-time pigeon guy.....nice to see a kindred spirit!!
     
  3. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice to meet you, thanks for the response! :frow Well that works if you are ever in Michigan I live about an hour and thirty minutes from Detroit. So not a bad drive.
     
  4. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey @Josebeth1 do you or will you ever sell some swan eggs? Just curious as I'll be in Ohio and Kentucky for the next few days.
     
  5. josebeth1

    josebeth1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sadly, I just addled them yesterday. It is so hard for us to do this, but we will not allow any more to be born as long as there is not sure market for them, and for us a "sure" market means we can find homes for them with truly responsible and caring owners. In Ohio, any "free" mute swans that are found in public areas are quickly destroyed by our dept of fish & wildlife. Way too many people just let these guys breed, don't pinion wings, and let the cygnets fly free when they are of age to do so. There is no way I want to contribute to this sadness.

    Now, if you're interested in a young female, we might want to talk. Or if you're close and you'd like to visit and learn more about swans, I would be more than happy to do that also if time permits. Feel free to pm me!

    Beth
     
  6. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh thanks but I was really looking for eggs as I probably cannot afford an adult.
     
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    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you wouldn't mind letting me know if they lay another brood and if you'd be willing to sell them just let me know. They'd be pinned and be on a 100arce+ farm, we have raised geese, ducks, chickens, wild geese and ducks, pheasants both exotic and non-exotic, turkeys, quail, peafowl, and are on emus know.
     
  8. bdfive

    bdfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish there were more posts regarding pet swans. I have a Black Australian pair. Had to replace the first female. Believe she may have passed from being egg bound. Her replacement makes the biggest mess nights in their Safe (from predators) house/run. I so want to correspond with others having captive pet swans. I hatched 9 out of 11 swan eggs so that I know. They consisted of Mute and Black Australian. PLEASE, if you have pet swans in a backyard setting contact me.
     
  9. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh very sorry to hear about your loss. I wish I had a pair or two of really any species. Hopefully one day.
     
  10. josebeth1

    josebeth1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Personally, I will always stick with mutes; they are harder to tame, by far, but here in NE Ohio our winters can be pretty brutal and the Australians are not made for that. Plus, ours do their nesting/hatching in the spring, whereas Australians are on the opposite "down under" schedule. I know a lady here who's bred for probably 40 years, and she has indoor, heated heated ponds in a barn for them in the winter. My mutes have been with me for 13 years and always stay out on their pond no matter what. They shun the shelter we provide for them, preferring to curl up in a ball on the ice. I will admit, when it's 5 degrees outside and they don't move for long periods of time, it's pretty nerve-wracking, even after all these years. But they are very large and obviously healthy so I follow the old "if it's not broke, don't fix it" philosophy!
    NOTE: I do have a female mute (offspring of this pair) who will be 3 next spring. Never found her the right home, but really do need to sell her. I'm just very fussy about where my babies go!
     

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