Disappearing ducks :(

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lnm03, May 12, 2010.

  1. lnm03

    lnm03 Songster

    Oct 6, 2008
    We had 2 adult pekin ducks and we had 8 four month old ducks (4 pekin, 2 runner and 2 rouen). First my male adult pekin disappeared no sign of him any where. Then mothers day weekend my runners, rouens and 2 of the baby pekins disappeared.....These guys are just vanishing..... We do free range them and they all go in at night and we close them down. No chickens have come up missing at all any ideas as to what is getting my ducks? I just find it odd that an animal would only target my ducks! There is no trace of them no feathers from a struggle NOTHING They were there when I got home from work and an hour later when I went to lock em up they were gone!
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

    Mar 5, 2007
    Sorry to hear about your ducks [​IMG]
  3. DillardHome

    DillardHome Songster

    Sep 2, 2009
    Claxton, GA
    How big is your property? Maybe they decided to bed down somewhere?? I have 7 week old Rouens, just last week I started letting them out of their pen during the day to get used to our pond. At night they would voluntarily go into their pen right up into their house and I would lock them up at night. They are still getting used to the pond and I have only seen them venture out at most 10 feet before they seem to say "uh oh too far, TOO FAR!!" and rush back to shore. A few nights ago I went to lock them up and they were not there, I made my little "here's a treat" sound [​IMG] and they responded, they were on the other side of the pond anxiously wanting to come home but for some reason whether they were scared or what they couldn't do it. So my loving DH made a trek over to shoo them back. This scenario has happened three times so far. I know yours are adults and mine are still young but maybe something spooked them and/or they went to far and need help getting home? Just a thought [​IMG]
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  4. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    could somebody be stealing them? just a thought...if theres no sign of a struggle.......
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  5. Sounds to me as if they are hang'n out somewhere else OR someone is stealing them. You generally wouldn't have that many ducks disappear that quickly without your chooks being targeted also if it were a 4 legged predator/'s.
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  6. Natermotor

    Natermotor In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2010
    Cecil County,MD
    I had a problem with people stealing my ducks at night. One night on the weekend, I camped out in the duck house and suprised the guy that was doing it. I didn't press charges but I told him that if he ever came back I would shoot him. It worked. [​IMG]
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  7. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Quote:This made me laugh!!

    To the op - I agree, I think you have 2 legged predator. Whenever I have losed anything to a predator, there has pretty much always been feathers, blood or something.
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  8. afeatherfan

    afeatherfan Songster

    May 6, 2007
    When a fox takes something they grab it and it is gone they take it off and eat it. Trust me I have had this done to me many times.
  9. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:I AGREE! I even saw one duck grabbed by a fox on the run. Since I know they tend to take them elsewhere to eat I was on their trail as soon as I got the gun and there was Mrs Lucky headed for home Evidently she excaped before He got around to killing her.
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  10. Swampwood

    Swampwood Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    Krotz Springs, LA
    Alligator or Gar.. Well, Here it is possible.[​IMG]

    Whatever or whovr.. Would really have me mad and hunting them now.

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