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Decapitated duck!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CajunChickenGuy, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. CajunChickenGuy

    CajunChickenGuy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a small pen which had 8 young ducks in it. This morning I found a duck head, but the body was gone. I've had coons kill chickens, but there was no "feather bomb" indicating a coon attack. Most of what I read on the net says an owl is the likely culprit. I have seen owls in my trees, so this makes sense. Would a hawk also possibly do this, or is an owl certainly to blame?
     
  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    I have had the same thing happen and it was a great horned owl. Hawks generally pack off the entire bird but I wouldn't completely eliminate it.

    What time of day did this happen? Hawks are generally daytime hunters while owls hunt overnight but are worst just a couple hours before daylight.
     
  3. CajunChickenGuy

    CajunChickenGuy Out Of The Brooder

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    It happened at night. I let the ducks free range last night in the hopes they would find a place to hide. Of course that didn't work, and I found a head and a wing this morning. Down to 6 ducks, but the owl is well fed.

    I'll try to herd them into a large cage tonight, as I'm sure the owl will be back until the food supply is gone.
     
  4. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    I would bet on owl. Don't completely rule out a coon but this sounds more like an owl attack. Always always always lock them up at night or they will come up missing. I'm sorry you lost one cause its a hard lesson to learn.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2016

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