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Re: Swan Feed
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 21 June 2017
In Response To: Swan Feed (Jody)

Hi Jody

Swans need a diet of 50% cracked corn and 50% poultry layer pellet with an offering of lettuce. Whole kernel, also known as deer corn is hard to swallow for some birds, especially cygnets. So, cracked corn is a much better format.

Cracked corn is a filler, meaning it bulks up the birds and makes them feel fuller, but it is also a source of critical Vitamin A for the birds. Without Vitamin A, swans can develop a nutritional deficit resulting in a neurological disorder.

The poultry layer pellets provide necessary vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, etc., and other necessary micronutrients.

The lettuce serves as a supplemental vegetation for the swans, especially during the winter months when aquatic and other vegetative resources are scarce.

Bread can also be used with the lettuce as a treat. Bread will not harm the birds as long as it is not the only food source provided. The Regal Swan

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Swan Feed -- Jody -- 21 June 2017
Re: Swan Feed -- The Regal Swan -- 21 June 2017