Can moles kill ducks???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mom2Munchkins, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Mom2Munchkins

    Mom2Munchkins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I mow the lawn, I ALWAYS see moles running for their holes. I think that's what they are anyway, about the size of a hamster... Anyway, yesterday I found a bunch of holes in my duck pen, so I'm wondering if they could harm my duckies. I put the hose down in the holes, LOL, but I don't think that did anything.
     
  2. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    Australia
    Those aren't moles. Moles are blind or almost so & fail in the running department. They live underground all the time. Maybe field mice?
     
  3. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2010
    NE Indiana
    You might be seeing shrews-----they are small and have a very pointy nose and almost no tail. They eat mainly grubs, and insects, possibly grain. Whatever is getting in the pen, could just be after the grain. If your ducks are full-grown, I don't think it will hurt them.
     
  4. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, they're most likely voles. Voles are often confused with field mice, but technically they aren't mice. Mice have relatively large ears and long tails, voles have small ears and short, stubby tails.

    Voles are the bane of my existence, I've been fighting them for close to 20 years, ever since the old apple orchard across from me was clearcut and plowed one weekend to build a subdivision. Thousands of voles were suddenly homeless and many moved on to my property.

    They won't hurt your birds directly, but are filthy, nasty things that spread disease, destroy crops, electrical wiring, vinyl and wood siding, get into stored food, and spread urine and feces everywhere they go.

    You should start a control program right away. Poison bait blocks are good if you can place them where you KNOW other things won't get them. Traps work too, snap traps as well as glue traps.
     

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