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All of my ducks were killed last night!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dumb_cluck, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my mallards and one rouen were killed last night in the garage which I thought was predator proof! I think it's a rat. I have put out poison and got a few of them, but one or more mean SOBS are still there. I am afraid for my chickens now.

    I am so angry and sad!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    must have been tiny chicks.

    I'm so sorry. I hate when things like that happen.[​IMG]

    Here's hoping you get the dirty bounder that did it.
     
  3. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They were all adults! Over a year old/ Their necks were pulled through their cages and their throats chewed,

    I am beside myself with grief............
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I don't think a rat did that.

    I'd bet almost 100% certain it was a coon attack. You just described how they kill.
     
  5. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My that doesn't sound like a rat - sound more like a coon???? I know Rats kill but they go for younger birds and yours are older????
    Even here we would be thinking of Weasels, stoats, Mink - to do that much damage and not Rats. Rats we would put down more to chick kills.
    Look see if there is a way for a coon or something bigger than a Rat to get inside your garage.

    Oesdog - so sorry to hear of your loss [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Mahonri - ha you just said it !!!!! and beat me to posting it!!! - COON ATTACK x2 !!!!!!!!!!
     
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  6. Harris5

    Harris5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That must have been an awful thing to find. Especially since you thought they were safe! I'm so sorry for your loss!
     
  7. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry

    I agree that it was likely not a rat. A rat couldn't take out an adult duck, especially something as large as a Rouen. In my experience, usually even skunks can't (rarely, although when they do, they typically eat the heads). My first thought was Raccoon. I can't imagine how one could get into an enclosed garage. We had a problem at the farm with them getting in and getting dog food. They were coming in through a tiny little doggie door. If you don't have anything like that, I would look for any place they could possibly squeeze in even including any gaps under the door. Again, I'm so sorry you lost your birds.
     
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  8. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only "gap" is a small opening between the ground and the sliding door. It has to be small and skinny to be able to get in there.

    Weasel, ferret or ???

    If I ever get a hold of him........GOD HELP HIS A** !


    PS Any ideas how to trap/kill a weasel type? Apparantly he is not eating the rat bait.
     
  9. oesdog

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    Quote:I didn;t think you got weasels over there - more likely racoon!!!!! though it might be one of those things if you do have them and that gap is small for it to get in.
    Anyhow its NOT A RAT!!!!!! - Not sure how you catch one but if you got it in a bag I would get a rolling pin ( OK I'm a girl!!!!!! ) Or a big fellow tool like a mallet and bash its brains out!!!!!! They are really vicious so watch yourself!!!!!!! - do you have ferrits? they can do that damage too!!!! Not sure what you have in the states????????
    Anyhow a good old whack with a blunt intrument should do the trick!

    Oesdog -good luck!!!!
     
  10. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A raccoon is too big to get in. When I went down to feed them I did see a slim like black thing dart behind the hay bales.

    I just can't get over that all 5 mallards were murdered. I don't get it. I feel so bad for them as they met a terrible end with much pain and suffering. Got to go cry now.............sorry......
     

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