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Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 6 July 2015

Hi Karen:

The only three ways that bread could have caused this death would be that the cygnet was fed without water and choked, the bread was moldy or poisoned. So, we would seriously doubt that the bread caused the death unless you specifically saw the cygnet eating without water.

Bread is not harmful to birds as many individuals propose. The problem with bread is that it should not be used as a primary food source as it provides no nutritional value and can change the blood chemistry. However, used as a treat to supplement other food resources, it should not be harmful.

More than likely, there was something else that killed the cygnet, i.e., fungal, parasitic or bacterial infection, some biological anomaly or trauma that you did not observe, predator attack, accidently stepped on by the parents, or the cygnet got into an area with pesticides, or other toxins, etc. Unless a necropsy is conducted (which is too late now), there is no definite cause that can be rendered. The Regal Swan

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Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- Karen -- 6 July 2015
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- The Regal Swan -- 6 July 2015
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- Karen -- 6 July 2015
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- The Regal Swan -- 6 July 2015
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- Karen -- 7 July 2015
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2015
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- Karen -- 7 July 2015
Re: Did white bread kill cygnet? Baby Swan Died on 7/5/15 -- The Regal Swan -- 7 July 2015