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Re: Cygnets won
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 16 September 2016
In Response To: Cygnets won't fly (David)

Hi David:

Thanks for your kind remarks. We're glad you like the website and that we can be of assistance.

There could be a couple of reasons that the cygnets are not flying. One reason could be that these are the last two cygnets hatched and their wings have not fully developed like the other cygnets and they may need a little more time before they are ready to leave the habitat.

The second reason could be that there is something wrong with the wings (genetic deformity, injury, illness, etc.) that prevents them from flying. If this is the case, flying may take longer to develop or they may never fly. In these instances, the resulting behavior will be that the parents will chase them from the environment, especially since the next nesting season is upcoming. The cygnets could be severely beaten, and instead of flying, try to flee from the habitat in search of a safer area by walking. If walking is their only retreat, this will leave them open to predators which can attack them if they cannot fly to quickly escape or they may starve, become stressed, injured, dehydrated or starve if they cannot find a suitable habitat.

If the cygnets do not leave within the next few days, we would suggest that you contact a local wildlife facility/rehabber and see if they might capture the birds and have them examined by a licensed veterinarian to see if there is an anatomical or other issue with their wings/ feathers/body that might be preventing them from flying. If there is a problem, they may need to be placed in a safe suitable captive setting where they can be protected. If there is no problem, then they should be released in wild safe setting that they can establish as their own habitat. Please let us know how this situation progresses. The Regal Swan

Messages In This Thread

Cygnets won't fly -- David -- 16 September 2016
Re: Cygnets won -- The Regal Swan -- 16 September 2016