Ask the Swan Specialist

How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease?
Date: 1 March 2015

It s great to know that we have a web page devoted to swan lovers and will for sure learn a lot from you about black swans.

I have three simple but important questions for you please:

1) how can I tell the male and female from juvenile 5-months-old black swans? Any particular feature to differentiate them at that age?

2) How can I feed juvenile black swans at home? Can I use poultry pellets as the base daily food? Please note that these pellets come with anticoccidial stuff (not sure if is harmful for swans health)

3) Is it important to vaccinate black swans against New Castle disease?

I appreciate your time and worthy advice on my queries..