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Re: Cygnet help: To raise or to return to the aggressive swan father?
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 6 May 2014

Hi Tess:

Unfortunately, when a swan parent kicks a cygnet out of the nest, it means that something is very wrong with the cygnet. It could be sick or have a genetic defect. So, your intervention may help discover and treat the cygnet, or it may die regardless of the care you provide.

In any case, DO NOT place the cygnet back with the parents and other cygnets as they will more than likely kill the young bird. Additionally, keep it quarantined from the ducks for at least a week to ensure that it is not ill and cannot spread any illness such as aspergillosis, etc.

Keep the cygnet warm and watch for any sign of distress or fever. Appetite and pooping are other indicators of a young bird's health. If either body function stops, then it could indicate something seriously wrong. Feed the young swan a mixture of cracked corn (finely crushed) and poultry layer mash or pellets. Place in a small pan with the food submerged in water with small pieces of lettuce. This will provide the cygnet with essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and other micronutrients. If the cygnet gains weight and shows no sign of infection, then you can raise it with ducklings or other young waterfowl.

It will need to be watched closely while bathing for several weeks until its young feathers can become water repellent or it can drown. Once it reaches 6-8 months of age, then you can release it onto a pond as long as there are no predators in the area. Avoidance of predators is something that you will not be able to teach the young bird. Please let us know how this works out. The Regal Swan

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Cygnet help: To raise or to return to the aggressive swan father? -- Tess -- 6 May 2014
Re: Cygnet help: To raise or to return to the aggressive swan father? -- The Regal Swan -- 6 May 2014