Dead. Lost. Devastated. *** FOUND RAVEN!!! Everyones home and.....!!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Goat_Walker, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Well.. I came home yesterday and out of 13 adults I have 5.


    I let the ducks out that morning because it was flooding and I wanted them to have acess to the barn where they could stay dry.


    i went out to check on everyone and couldnt find anybody. Started my search, found Bertha, my buff cross girl. Put her under the barn where she could stay warm whil I looked for the others. I found one scovie baby girl in a neighbors pond. I went back to my house to get some feed. Thats when I found it. The white feathers taht looked like they had been plucked. Then I found them.

    Spotacus my indian runner drake with his throat ripped out, in my yard. Then I found Astro, Mousse ( both who where broody and have nests due this week) and Zorro, my young male. Dead. Played with. Throats ripped out but not eaten.The dogs who had done the deed where looking at me and wagging their tails, thinking i was going toplay with them.


    By this time I was screaming and crying. My heart breaking. I went and got some corn and fetched the scovie girl out of the neighbors pond. He came home while I was climbing his fence and told me the others were down the road.

    Please remember that the fields are flooded and the storm drains are like mini whirlpools. Its pouring rain and we are all soaked through.


    So I run over there and find my 9 other scovie babies, My adult scovie girl, Catfish, Bandit , and Smudge.


    I try and heard them across teh ditch ( which was swollen). I got the ten babies over, the scovie flew home when I flapped at her.

    Then I had to watch as my three adults were sucked into the storm drain. I ran to the other side and it was under water. Submerged. They only had one way in and one way out. I couldnt help it but start screaming to my mom who was trying to help me. I thought they were going to drown in there since the current was so strong.

    I herded the Scovies across the street and partway into my yard while my mom watched the drain. Catfish and Smudge came out and I had to chase them around some plants ans trees before i could catch them. I looked for bandit but she still hadnt come out. And to make it worse the scovies were comming back over. So I hand catfish to my mom while I held Smudge and try to herd the babies back to across the road and to our back pasture.


    My mom goes ahead with catfish , bothof us bawling, and puts catfish in the pen while I try to heard the scovies to our yard, still.

    She starts screaming because the barn door shut on her. Ever since she came face to face with a 6ft moccasin. SO she is panicing and screaming to be let out. I had to run with a duck under my arm and let the scovies go.

    I let my mom out of the barn and put Smudge in the pen with the now awaiting catfish. I look back and the scovies are swimming across the ditsh, headed back for the road.


    So I sprinted across the field and ended up slipping on the concrete when I didnt see the ditch. i took off half of a toe nail as well as scrapped up my face and legs.

    I get to the scovies nd ehre a welcome sound. Bandit had made it out of the storm drain.

    So Now I had to heard them once again across the road, the babies following bandit.


    I got them all safe and sound. But by then it was pitch black and still raining. I had to run and get my mud boots from the other end of the field as well as my jacket.


    So... when I woke up yesterday I had 13 adults that where a permenant part of my heart and my ten scovie babies.

    Now I have ten safe scovies. 5 Safe adults, and four missing.

    The four missing are the oldest of my flock and are the orgin of what I have.. had today.

    I can always rebuild my flock with some of the 16 ducklings i have. But that still doesnt change the fact that Ive lost so many. My heart is broken and I cant go 20 minutes without crying. I couldnt even go to school today.

    When I went out this morning to look at the evidence. Durring my running around i had found an egg outside of the pen. It was crushed and bloody and there was a chick inside.

    When I looked in the box that Mousse had been nesting in I saw the eggs out of the nest and feathers. Meaning the dogs had come into my pen and dragged her off the nest.



    I know its my fault for leaving the gate open. I know its not the dogs fault that they followed their instincts.

    Im just.. devastated. Im torn and no one here understands. Im getting lectured because i didnt go to school today. My grandpa wont stop telling me hiow and why i should have gone to school and that i need to stop being soft and staying home. I came home one day last week because I snapped in school. I almost got suspended.


    But... I wish I was home now, looking for my missing ducks. I dont know what ill do if they dont come home.



    R.I.P

    Zorro, My handsome boy , only 4 months old
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    Astro, My new Mama, 7 months old

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    Mousse, My sassy little brat , 7 months old
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    Spotacus, My Gentle, Funny boy, 8 months old

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  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, GoatWalker, I am sooo sooo sorry! [​IMG] [​IMG] My heart is breaking for you. And it's even worse when the deed is done by a pet you know and love.

    Please don't beat yourself up. Most of us have lost birds, many of us more than once. I lost all but one of my original flock before I understood how critical and difficult is predator protection around here, and I've lost others since then. This past year I've lost at least four birds that I can think of off the top of my head--two ducks to raccoons who reached through the fence (I thought I'd fixed it after the first time, but I wasn't thorough enough), one (a goose) to dogs (the neighbors and their d**n pitbulls that sometimes run loose), and one duck (my drake) disappeared while I was out of town and someone else was caring for them. I don't blame him, either--there's only so much you can do to protect them.

    I'm glad your mom understands and that you were able to stay home and nurture yourself. Once you've had a chance to grieve, it will be easier to get back into the game again.

    Blessings--
     
  3. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let my flock out everyday when I leave for work, knowing this could happen to me as well!! My heart goes out to you!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My heart goes out to you. Sometimes it is hard to know what to do, sounds like you tried to do the right thing... what an ordeal. Please don't be hard on yourself. You did what you could to save your ducks, and it sounds like you saved quite a few. That must have been quite a flood, did it stop raining? The loss of your ducks must be difficult, so be kind to yourself. Your Grandpa is probably just trying to help you cope with it, the way he was taught to cope with things. (((((((((Goat_Walker)))))))))))
    (that is a hug)
     
  5. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness! I am so sorry for you! I have only had my babies for a short time and I cannot imagine a situation like that. The way you were describing it sounded like a movie not real life! Im so sorry the dogs got your babies...and your mousse! What a brave mama to stay on the that nest even when the dogs were right there! You should be very proud of her. Do you have an incubator for the nests of eggs that are left without mommies? I am so sorry that you are having to go through that. As a teacher I can tell you that I would rather you take care of yourself and be able to function in class at a later date than have you sitting there on the verge of tears every second of the day. I know how much you cared about your ducks and they are more than family to you. Anyone who knows you would understand/know that. Try not to blame yourself too much. You had a reason for leaving the gate open and wanted to give your ducks the best. And if your duckies are ok they will come home. They know you love them. And as for your grandpa...he sounds old fashioned. You are not being "soft." I hate that word...its a mans reason for not showing emotion. If crying is the way you need to express yourself to heal, then go on and cry! I know you will make it through this. If there is anything I can do for you let me know! [​IMG]
     
  6. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Thanks you guys [​IMG]

    The cow pastures are flooded as wel as over half our yard. The ditches are a good two feet deep and then three feet deep when you count the grassy area above the road. ill try to get pictures. But the dich had flooded and was commin into our yard as well as over the road.


    Im thankful that I found as many as I did... But I just hope I find Monty, Lil Mama, Raven And Sharpie soon [​IMG] or that they find their way home [​IMG] [​IMG] Monty and Lil mama are the heart of my flock. Without those two I wouldnt have any of the other ducks i have today.


    What truly saddens me is I didnt get to bury them. My mom put them in a trash bag and put th bodies in the trash can. It was too dark last night to dig a grave and if we had waited till morning they would have stunk too bad and since the bodies where ripped open.. Well My ducks arent trash.. and I hate the fact that they went out with it. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We/you know your ducks arent trash...and your ducks know you dont think that either! Think of it just their bodies...their spirits are already in ducky heaven eating all the wonderful veggies they can eat. They have a five star chef up there you know...
     
  8. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    I put the eggs from the nest in the incubator. Problem is I dont know the due date so i dont know when to take them out of the turner.

    I went out this morning and searche for mt missing ducks for a n hour before i had to get ready for school .

    I just hope they come home [​IMG]
    If they come home i know i can get through this. I mean I cant even let my ducks out to fre range for a while because there isnt a big enough flock and all the ducks left are less than 7 months old. So I dont know if thye will run off or what will happen! Im just so upset right now . I mean this is not the first time their dogs have attatcked my ducks.but this is the first time they ahve killed any.

    I just cant get the imge of SPotacus in the field with his throat ripped open and my thee youg adults ripped apart in the neighbors driveway out of my head. I mean the rain cleaned the wounds out so it didnt look as bad as it would have covered in blood.... but still [​IMG]

    And I knw they have a ducky chef up there. They also have endless amounts of minows to chase and dont have to worry about snakes eating their eggs or dogs ever again [​IMG]
     
  9. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awwww, Goat_Walker, I am SO Sorry for your loss! [​IMG] I do hope and pray that the rest of your duckies will come home or someone will call you to let you know where they are. I am sooo thankful that you didn't lose all of them & your Scovy girl and babies are still with you. [​IMG] [​IMG] & more [​IMG] . Hang in there! Don't be too angry at your Grandpa for his attitude in this. He has probably come through some hard times himself and knows how hard the world can be. Besides, being a guy, they do think and see things differently than women. Not necessarily wrong, but differently. Give it some time and when things are calmer and your heart aches less try asking him to explain how and why he wants you to "toughen up." My heart really does hurt for you. Sigh! Take care and keep us posted.
     
  10. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Thanks [​IMG]

    When I get home im going to make some signs and post them around. Hopefully Ill get a call this week. Im also going to go and search for them again. Im glad all my scovie babies ( besides the one) stayed together. They are kinda the most vulnerable since they are jst getting feathers on their wings.
     

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