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Re: Lake Depth for Swans
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 11 August 2017
In Response To: Lake Depth for Swans (Bob)

Hi Bob:

If the lake bottom is very rocky or has an abrasive substrate, yes the swans can develop bumblefoot. This condition is caused by a staph infection and is very contagious.

The major issue is that the water level is maintained so that there is a zero entrance and the swans do not have to climb steep abrasive or slippery banks which can damage their legs and feet.

An injury to the foot from having to climb steep, abrasive or slippery banks can not only lead to strains, sprains and other injuries, but also bumblefoot.

We would suggest keeping the water level approximately 4 feet deep (this would be the minimum depth-so anything more than 4 feet would be an excellent depth). This should be an ample bathing and swimming depth and allow the swans to reach under the water for their food which keeps them acting like a swan when normally feeding. We hope that this information is of benefit. The Regal Swan

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Lake Depth for Swans -- Bob -- 10 August 2017
Re: Lake Depth for Swans -- The Regal Swan -- 11 August 2017