Help! My week-old baby muscovy ducks are disappearing without a trace. The disappearances happen at night or early in the morning. Will a full-grown muscovy drake eat his own babies?? I've had adolescent ducks kill baby ducks once, but I never thought an adult would eat a baby. I don't know what else it could be unless it is a snake, but we haven't seen any signs of one. I make sure that the mother and babies are back in her nest box when we put the other ducks in the pen at night. But sometimes she is out by the time I get down there in the early morning. Will rats eat a baby duck? We have NEVER had a problem with them until this year, but we've seen a couple around our compost bins. Don't want to poison them. We don't like to kill God's creatures whatever form they are in. Also don't want to put our 103 creatures, some of them free-ranging in the daytime, at risk. But what else can we do? We're trying a critter-friendly trap, but those guys are smart! We have hardware cloth around the pen, so they can't get in that way, but we noticed holes around the rocks around their little pond. These rats are not big, but would they take a baby duck? I've heard that squirrels will eat baby chicks. Does anyone know if that is true? Squirrels find ways into most of our pens, but they have only ever eaten corn, wheat, chick starter, etc. We've had birds for eight years and NEVER had a squirrel bother anything. Sometimes the guineas chase the squirrels, but never the other way around. Does anyone know the truth about this? THANKS in advance for any help you can give me. Tonight my dh put a door on the nest box covered with hardware cloth. I don't think ANYTHING can get through that, and she can't get out until we let her out. We'll see what happens now. But I'd like to know about drakes, rats, etc. THANKS! Hope you all have a great day!