|A Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) in captivity at the Akron Zoo in Akron, Ohio. |
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One of the first things that you need to know about raising swans is that they are social creatures. They mate for life and will continue to produce baby swans, called cygnets. The mother swan will lay the eggs, nest and both parents will care for the swans when they hatch. You do not have to interfere in the raising of the swan family as the parents will have this under control. What you can do, when raising swans, is to make sure they have plenty of shelter, a warm nesting place and fresh water for swimming and drinking.
Another aspect about raising swans is that you should protect them from predators. If you have a fence around the area where the swans are kept, you can keep out animals that will prey on the swans. This includes coyotes, foxes and even feral cats. By keeping a fence up, you can keep the predators out and make sure that they do not bother your swans. It is very crucial, when raising swans, that you look out for their safety.
Making sure that they have plenty of food every day is one of the best ways of raising swans successfully. Raising swans is like raising any other type of creature and they need to be fed. Food, water and shelter are the natural elements that are needed when raising swans.
After the cygnets have grown and are old enough to fly the nest, you can actually sell them if you decide to become a swan breeder. The swans that you breed will depend on the area of the world where you live and where the creatures are native. In North America, the most commonly found swan is the Trumpeter Swan. In Australia, the Black Swan is found, as well as other breeds.
There are many breeds of swans throughout the world and are part of the geese and duck family. Raising swans should entail you opening up a swan sanctuary for the creatures where you can also raise other birds at the same time. Swans will tolerate other creatures such as ducks and geese, that can also be raised under the same conditions needed for raising swans.