Ok, I've always let my ducks free roam around my property and I bring them in at night. When I'm going to be gone for a while I put them in their pen. We've never had any issues. Last week, while my parents were caring for my ducks, a duck and a drake disappeared without a trace- no feathers, no blood, nothing. Yesterday, another duck disappeared while I was home- I was checking on them pretty often, the windows were even open! They don't wander far, I never heard a thing!
The ones disappearing are the appleyards, so I don't think a hawk is getting them (they are huge!). Another of my ducks is broody (I let her have a nest in the duck house) and I notice a male sits with her quite often. She also gets really quiet and low when she sees me, and I thought that maybe, the others could be hiding...
IS IT POSSIBLE that they grew weary of me taking their eggs and fled to the treeline or weeds to have their own babies and will magically reappear in 4 weeks? Before they disappeard, egg production dropped a bit, so maybe they were laying somewhere else?
Are you shaking your head? I know I'm grasping. The boys are so much slower than the girls, I just can't believe I've lost two girls and only one boy.
Can anyone give me hope?