Lost my my Pekin to unknown predator 😞
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Seems possible that a hawk got her? Since many predators are nocturnal, with your fence and everything a hawk seems most likely since it was during the day that she disappeared. I don't know. If you figure it out let us know. I just got done stringing fishing line diagonally all throughout my back yard to deter hawks, so maybe I just have them on the brain. Sorry for your loss!
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Thanks for the reply. I was thinking of hawks as well but I didn't think they could carry off a full grown Pekin - is that possible? I never lost a bird to a hawk but we have so many that's why i have the aviary netting over my chickens. Our neighbor has a wandering male peacock who flies into our yard and is obsessed with my chickens. Strangely the pile of duck feathers was over where he likes to stand and look into the chicken enclosure at the hens. It is a strange coincidence. Today i will hike into the woods and see if i can find any remains 🙁 Where would i find the remains if a hawk got her?
@SixBlackStars A full grown Pekin maybe to heavy to carry off but I think you'd see evidence if a pred came in your yard and went in and out of your fence. We do have some red tails here that I think could carry off my Muscovy's though. I would dif look outside the fence for remains. and put up things for your ducks to hide under when something is stalking them. I have found with my ducks though they don't run and hide like the chickens when the rooster makes the warning call they usually just stand in one spot and look up. I'd still make some kind of covering for your ducks at least if scared once they may run for cover. I think I'd keep them closer to home for a while because once a predator knows there is a free meal they do return for more.
Very sorry for your loss
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Edited by Miss Lydia - 1/1/16 at 5:24am
I am sorry for your loss. It definitely sounds like a bird of prey; are there any Golden Eagles in your area of PA? They're a little larger than hawks, not as large as Bald Eagles. They can carry a 10-15 pound fish out of a lake, a 7-8 pound Pekin from a yard would probably not pose a problem. I love my Pekins but must admit that as a breed, they are a bit too playful, trusting, and naïve about predators.