I am curious of your thoughts on a situation. My boyfriend and I are establishing a farm and have ordered chickens and ducks as our first set of critters. They should be in soon. The other day we were at a farm supply store and bought two ducklings to add to the mix. Because the others have not arrived yet we didn't put the two in the coop we put them in a tub in our laundry room to help keep them warm and to keep an eye on them. We planned on integrating them with the others that come next week. We bought them Wednesday and they were happy and healthy. We came home yesterday afternoon and they were gone. There was no sign of struggle, nothing in the bucket that we were keeping them in was disturbed, nothing was knocked over. Nothing!! We thought some family members were playing a really terrible prank on us but they said that they weren't. We do live in an old farm house and have been battling mice. I am curious to hear what you think took my ducklings. We did have some holes in the laundry room (that are now filled) but nothing to large in the floor. We do have a large hole in the ceiling but if something would of come from it we would have known. Nothing was disturbed at all in the laundry room and there was no blood or shavings anywhere. My thoughts were that we had a snake (we are praying it was a rat snake) come in and take them. The room was blocked off from the dogs and we are pretty sure that if the critter would have entered the gap under the door into the kitchen the dogs would not have let it get to far. Are ducklings were about a week old from what we were told and were not large but weren't tiny. So my questions are 1.) Would a snake(if it were a snake) come in and eat both of the ducklings and then be able to leave? We tore the room apart and did not see it so we think what ever it is is gone. 2.) If a snake did eat my ducklings would it have been able to fit into a hole that was about 2 in. in diameter that had a 1 inch pipe in? 3.) This all happened in less than 3 hours. Would a snake have been able to digest both ducklings in that amount of time? 4.) Could it be another type of critter?
I am at a loss. We were talking and we both agreed we would of much rather come home to find them dead (which is terrible to say but then we would have been able to figure out the reason why. Too hot, ill, ect.) then them just disappear and we have no idea what happened to them.
I am very interested in your thoughts. Thank you so much for you time!