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Re: Arthritic swan over winter
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 3 December 2013
In Response To: Arthritic swan over winter (Alyx)

Hi Alyx:

Usually, swans do not like to have anything over their heads, so a three walled shelter with roof will not work. This type of shelter will also allow predators to get to the swans. If the swans are to be totally sheltered, they will need to have a barn or shed that is completely enclosed with straw bedding. A food bowl is then placed indoors with the swan. As long as the straw is mucked daily, the food is changed daily and there some ventilation that does not allow for a draft or chilling of the birds, as well as completely protected from predators, placing the swans in such a shelter works much better. You also have to protect the food bowl from pests such as ants and rats.

In any case, we are going to provide you with a contact in your country that might have an idea on how to better protect the swans.

Please contact Wendy Hermon at the Swan Lifeline in Eton, England. Her contact info is or Telephone 01753 859397

We hope this information is of benefit. The Regal Swan

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Arthritic swan over winter -- Alyx -- 3 December 2013
Re: Arthritic swan over winter -- The Regal Swan -- 3 December 2013