Ask the Swan Specialist

Re: How to feed black swans? Vaccinate against New Castle disease?
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 11 March 2015

Hi Julian

Forget tube feeding if you nor the veterinarian have never conducted this procedure. You can kill the bird and very quickly. The procedure must be done in a specific manner with a specific food mixture, none of which you mentioned.

If they are both eating and drinking the same amount, then we will have to assume that this is a normal amount. If an animal or bird is hungry, it will eat. As long as it is eating and pooping, that is a good sign. Give it a couple of days to see if the swan seems stronger and starts to eat more. Please let us know.

Upon reflection regarding the truck ride, we are beginning to think that the bird may have inhaled exhaust fumes and may have suffered from the toxic fumes. If this is the case, hopefully, it will still recover. The Regal Swan