I forgot to tell you I am sorry about your duckling, I know preds need to eat I just wish they'd go after any thing but our birds. I think your going in the right direction by making your coops safe from them and placing obstacles i n the way so the snakes can't burro under. You might find some info on the Predator and prey thread too
Thank you. I'm always so sad after this happens. You know, it's always my favorite bird, too! The hardest thing has been the learning curve. I honestly had no idea how cunning the predators can be and you always have to be one step ahead. And I'm equally heartbroken to have to kill such a beautiful animal. Some that we caught before they'd killed a bird we've been able to "rehome" by taking them 30 miles out into the jungle and releasing. But if they've already killed a bird or are too difficult to capture due to aggressiveness we have no choice. It's a shame. But it seems like there must be about a million more here!
Got a good suggestion for a snake trap from the Guinea thread so now I've got the tools to stop the problem.