With winter arriving, we have noticed an unusual increase in the number of underweight birds this year arriving at the hospital
Now more than ever, our swans water birds need you. Sadly with many places instigating a no feed bread policy, with no grass to graze on and little natural water vegetation, it means that many have gone hungry this summer.
Lots of the juvenile swans, geese and ducks we have begun to admit this autumn are seriously underweight and malnourished. Many of these stunted little chaps will not reach their full size potential as the damage has already been done. Families are moving off earlier this autumn in search of better feeding grounds. This means we have had whole families caught up in territorial disputes as they land in other families territories.
Swans eat a variety of foods and lots you might have at home:
- A cheap loaf from your local shop or supermarket or even the last few slices that you wouldn’t eat from your loaf at home (as long as it isn’t mouldy) is fine to feed.
- Soft green leaves (salad, spinach)
- Cereals (cornflakes bran flakes)
They also like wheat or corn including sweetcorn. There are lots of specialist foods available too but they are not always in everyone’s budget.