It is with a heavy heart that I need to tell terrible news.. The news no duck mommy ever wants to hear.... My husband and i moved with our friend on a farm since we will be moving in october to florida so my darling little house babies had to be outside.. I built them a nice coop and big pool and they were happy. Scampii is all big now and i got two female ducks for my mom (her drake is alone and trying to go after the chickens and wild turkeys) so cupcake my male had 4 females.. But he never mated the new girls and stopped mating cookie. He was on edge a lot and always looking around.. Well two days ago i got the new chicks in the mail as well as my two blue swed ducklings and i putting all my attention on thwm and cupcake was getting jealous. He kept trting to get my attention. He eventually stopped and they were all playing around. When i went to get them shut up in the main coop ( mind you the whole thing is enclosed and enforced all sides and top, pnly main house is all plywood and locked tight) they were still playing so i decided to give them a few more minutes while i did dishes.. I came back out and it jad just gotten dark and all the girls were swimming and quiet.. I saw cupcake not moving but ir was dark and my etesight twrrible and he stil lwas warm so i thought i could fix him.. I brought him up to the house and turned on the light and saw in horror his whole neck was ripped open and looked skinned. Nothing but exposed neck from his head to his body.. I swear i clutched him and cried so hard and held his beak in my hands one last time while mt husband kwpt relling me to let him go and bury him. I couldnt even let him go. He was my ultimate favorite. We did bury him by the coop and i set up a trap inside in the same spot last night and also set upa trail cam. I needed to kbow how this thing got in and killed my boy.. This morning i found a raccoon in the trap his eyes pleading with me to let him out and i swear ive never wished an animal dead as badly as i did for him. My boy died a knight protecting his girls. I dont think ive ever cried this much in my life. And no one understands it. Cupcake and cookie are like my children.. They were there for me to mother when i found out we couldnt conceive. The only silver lining is i started incubating eggs and im just praying i have cupcakes baby. I am locking the girls up well before sunswt now and installing home security cameras and an electric fence.. I cant quit sobbing and everyone looks at me like " oh all this over a duck?" they dont understand the bond i built with them. The love i have for them. I have never mourned a pet this intensely. It could be the way i found him but we just had a bond i cant explain. Please give tour baby an extra cuddle today. I wish i wouldve cuddled my bad boy bug when he was asking for it. I learned my lesson.. In the coop well before sunset.... I will ppst more pictures of the gang once ive settled a bit.. I am still in shock that hes gone..nothing is the same without him.. God i just never thought Id love a duck this much. I miss him like crazy
RIP to a precious baby- Not "just a duck" at all. Hugs to you.
Edited by BantyChooks - 5/20/16 at 12:18pm