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Re: Female Black Australian Swan attached to me
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 6 January 2015

Hi Dennis

Yes, you have a swan that is imprinting on you. This means she is beginning to think that she is a human not a swan. This is cute at first, but will be very detrimental to the bird later. The swan will get so friendly and trusting that it will walk up to anyone and anything. This is how trusting wildlife get killed. They are usually attacked by a predator, domestic dog or cat, wild animal, i.e., raccoon, fox, coyote etc. This means that you will have to keep the swan in a very protected setting, i.e., enclosed in with small water feature and feeder.

The way to prevent this behavior or quickly change it before it becomes a major issue (as in this case), is to stop the swan from coming up to the house. Although most predators hunt at night, they still can roam during the day, so even though you march her in at night, her sole march to the house in the morning can be disastrous.

So, this is going to require some alertness on your psrt. As soon as you see her get out of the water to head for the house, immediately get to the bank, chase her back in the water and only feed her when she gets back into the water. She still gets to see you and gets food, but her behavior will be altered and she should start acting like a swan again.

You also want to make sure that the Trumpeters or other swans are not chasing her out of.the water. If this is the case, the young bird will not be able to enter the water, feed, bathe or remain in the habitat which will cause stress that can lead to injury or illness. Then, you will need to find a new home for the young swan or the other swans. Please let us know how this works out. Good luck and enjoy these beautiful creatures. The Regal Swan

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Female Black Australian Swan attached to me -- Dennis -- 6 January 2015
Re: Female Black Australian Swan attached to me -- The Regal Swan -- 6 January 2015