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How are swans shipped?
Swans are shipped via airline cargo in a special avian box. They will arrive the same day they are shipped at your local international airport, where you will pick them up. Make sure you bring your ID to the airport to pick up.
How do I introduce my swans?
Swans can be put immediately on the water at any time of day. They know to stick to the water for safety and will make themselves comfortable.
Will my swans fly away?
Your swans will be pinioned and they will not be able to fly away. However, swans can walk, so erecting a 3’ fence around your property will prevent them from walking off.
Are swans helpful for getting rid of Canada Geese?
White Mute Swans are often purchased to help rid a pond of Canada Geese. They are larger and can be a bit more territorial. Of course, this is no guarantee as different waterfowl species often learn to cohabitate with time.
I live in a very cold area, can I have swans here?
Swans actually love the cold, with the exception of the Australian Black Swan. You will need to supplement their food with a commercial waterfowl feed and greens. You will also need to put a bubbler in place in your water source to keep a portion of it unfrozen for them.
I live in a very warm area, can I have swans here?
Yes! All swans can live in warmer climates, however, the Australian Black is most adapted for warmer climates due to their native Australian habitat.
How much water does a swan need?
The bigger the better, but at a minimum, a 1/4-acre pond that is at least 2-3 feet deep is recommended.
What do swans eat?
Swans eat vegetation in and around the pond, as well as tadpoles and insects. You can also supplement any type of greens (grasses or produce) as well as a commercial waterfowl feed. We also recommend cracked corn as a supplemental food because of its Vitamin A content, which is an essential vitamin for the swan's neurological health.
What predators do I need to protect my swans from?
Snapping turtles in the water will prevent swans from entering the water. You will also need to keep them safe from foxes and minks. You may have other predators depending on your area. They do keep to the water and are typically safe from predators there.
What is the proper name for swans of different genders and ages?
A male swan is called a Cob, females are called a Pen, and babies are called Cygnets.
Can I own a swan where I live?
The only known restrictions at this time are White Mute Swans; due to wildlife regulations, we are not able to ship White Mute Swans to the states of California, Washington, New York, Maryland, Oregon, Hawaii, Guam, or the Virgin Islands
How old are my swans?
Cygnets are birth to 1 year. Yearling White Mute and Australian Black Swans are considered yearling from age 1 year to about 18 months, at which point they are then considered breeder age. Trumpeter and Whooper Swans are considered yearlings from 1-3 years, and breeder age is 3+ years.
Can I keep more than 1 pair of swans together on the same pond?
Because we cannot guarantee that the pairs are familiar with each other, Meyer Hatchery recommends only 1 pair. They are likely to fight and possibly even drive one male off during breeding season.
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