A rare opportunity came our way this summer and we jumped on it! We had swans before but lost them largely through inexperience with keeping these majestic birds. The availability and cost of these birds vary so much it is difficult to price them but from what limited experience we have it was a deal that could not be passed up. We are not likely to come across so many swans for sale at a price we could afford and distance we could easily travel.
For me having these magnificent birds on our small pond, watching them explore the wetland is a dream comes true, again. We are very protective of them as we understand we may not get another chance and certainly not without paying much more than we did this time.
They are still young in spite of their size and take several years to mature. We try to keep them close to the house because it is easier to care for them and protect them but they are drawn to the water and high grasses and get by us when we are not looking. Fortunately we already have security in place. We were sure to make introductions to the guard dogs when they got here and the entire farm perimeter is fenced.
Here they are scheming to get past an inner fence. It did not take them long to discover they could slip through an area that the dogs had made in a fence not yet completed to a pasture in the opposite direction, then go around to get over the hill; they had to travel a long way but they made it. So now they are where they want to be. We will have to herd them back up the hill before winter though as it is too difficult to get food to them out there once the snow flies.