Anyone ever heard of muskrats killing ducks?g on the mank of my pond

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cutlass1972, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. cutlass1972

    cutlass1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one of my Muscovys go missing this afternoon. I went looking for her only to find a wing covering a muskrat hole. When I went to get the wing I find that it is not just a wing, but most of the bird pulled down into the hole. everything from her crop to her skull was stripped to the bone.

    Apparently they could not get her all the way down in the hole and just ate what they could.

    I have never heard of such a thing. I let her out of the duck hous this morning and she was perfectly healthy, she flew down to the pond witht he others with no issue, so I dont think she died and they drug her in there. I am pretty sure they killed her.
     
  2. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a mink to me.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Where there are muskrats there are mink. Muskrats are vegetarians.
     
  4. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mink eat muskrats and mink eat ducks so probably a mink. Sorry for your loss!! [​IMG]
     
  5. TCollier

    TCollier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to agree it has to be a mink.
     
  6. cutlass1972

    cutlass1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had no idea we even had minks in northern KY. OK. I ordered some mink traps and attractant. I guess if I put a trap outside the hole I will find out one way or another what it is.
     
  7. cutlass1972

    cutlass1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By the way, I am doing research on minks to understand them a little better. Everything I have read says they are noctournal. This happened in the daylight between 9am and 12p.
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    "Nocturnal", in my experience, only means primarily nocturnal. I've seen mink, coons, and every other "nocturnal" animal moving around during the day.
     
  9. NYboy

    NYboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A hungry animal will hunt anytime.
     
  10. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mink hunt anytime they are hungry.
     

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