BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Ducks › What got my duck?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What got my duck?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Today I came home to find my Khaki Campbell, who I've had for a couple years, dead from some sort of animal attack.  The only thing that they went after was her neck.  I'll spare you the details, but it was gruesome.  I've lost chickens in the past to raccoons, but I've never seen a raccoon eat only the neck. Plus it wasn't even dark yet, and I've never seen raccoons around in the daylight.   I've seen a neighborhood cat hanging around this past week - could a cat have done this?

post #2 of 10

What about a hawk (Redtail or Coopers)?  I had a Cooper's Hawk eyeing my Khakis a week ago.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cheezenkwackers View Post
 

What about a hawk (Redtail or Coopers)?  I had a Cooper's Hawk eyeing my Khakis a week ago.

Certainly possible.  We have hawks in the area and I've thwarted a couple of hawk attacks in the past.  Would a hawk eat just the neck, all around, down to the vertebrae?

post #4 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jugi View Post
 

Certainly possible.  We have hawks in the area and I've thwarted a couple of hawk attacks in the past.  Would a hawk eat just the neck, all around, down to the vertebrae?


I found this, when I was looking to see if I should worry about the hawk that was eyeing my ducks.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/603961/what-type-of-predator-eats-just-the-neck-of-a-chickens  Check out the second post from Country Chick.  I am thinking that a predator eats the neck because there are less or smaller feathers to deal with.  Just a guess.  

post #5 of 10
Could be an owl, the one that I had a problem with would sometimes just eat the head.
Luke 17:2 KJ "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."
Reply
Luke 17:2 KJ "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."
Reply
post #6 of 10

Lots of things could of gotten it.....Sounds to me more like a weasel or a mink?.............

 

 

Poor Ducky....

 

 

 

Cheers!

Bouncers Mom..........Quack!
Reply
Bouncers Mom..........Quack!
Reply
post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by duckmeister View Post

Could be an owl, the one that I had a problem with would sometimes just eat the head.
Owls would eat just the head and neck, but wasn't it light out still?@Jugi, Do you have minks or weasels in your area?

Saxony Ducks,  Kahki Campbells, one crazy lil budgie, and a muck of chickens

 

''Ducks are better than chickens 'coz when they bath, they get clean''

                      Quote by Me :P    

I am NOT chicken obsessed, I am DUCK obsessed!!     

Reply

Saxony Ducks,  Kahki Campbells, one crazy lil budgie, and a muck of chickens

 

''Ducks are better than chickens 'coz when they bath, they get clean''

                      Quote by Me :P    

I am NOT chicken obsessed, I am DUCK obsessed!!     

Reply
post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by chickens really View Post
 

Lots of things could of gotten it.....Sounds to me more like a weasel or a mink?.............

 

 

Poor Ducky....

 

 

 

Cheers!

Me too.

 Western N.C ~ 19 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

~We are Precious in His Sight.~

Reply

 Western N.C ~ 19 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

~We are Precious in His Sight.~

Reply
post #9 of 10

jugi I had an owl get one of my ducks and it ate the neck all around the bones. I saw the owl it was not dark yet. I had more problems with foxes and they ate the head and neck completely. hawks eat the same way as owls. I am sorry for your loss.

post #10 of 10
My gut says weasel, as well. I've lost too many ducks to weasels to not get that sinking feeling whenever I see the phrase, "it went for the neck". Weasels and the like go straight for the neck, particularly the back of the neck, where they can clamp on with their teeth and essentially paralyze their prey. The usually drink the blood, and I've had one try to stash ducklings for later, but they usually leave the body where it lies as its too big to carry off. They have also beheaded a couple of my mallards, so they can be quite vicious. And they'll hunt daytime or night, usually late evening or early morning when we've spotted them.
Edited by shortgrass - 12/15/16 at 1:55pm
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my...
Reply
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my...
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ducks
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Ducks › What got my duck?