What do you think might have killed one of my male Indian Runners? They were out by our pond, I found it with the head on, but the neck and back had been eaten. There were feathers about 3 foot all around the body. Could it have been a hawk or owl? It was during the day. I keep them in a coop at night. If it was a hawk or owl, how can I protect the birds while they are out? I will be keeping them in the pen for a few days.
Somthing killed one of my Indian Runners
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Scattered feathers around the body is very typical of a bird of prey kill. Although GHO will sometimes hunt on an overcast day, I believe it is most likely that a hawk was the predator. The only guaranteed way to protect your ducks is to keep them penned up in a run with a top until the hawk moves on.
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I am not positive, but I believe that owls are somewhat less migratory than hawks. They pretty much maintain a territory, but the young of the year disperse in early winter to form their own 'home' territory.