Do Hawks Prey on Ducks? Concerned...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BJ, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. BJ

    BJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    561
    2
    161
    Mar 20, 2007
    We have a "stray" duck that has made our yard his home. I'm guessing it is about 8-10 weeks old and appears to be just about fully grown. Don't know much about ducks. We have chickens and the duck goes into the coop enclosure for shelter and security at night. During the day, he hangs around the outside of the run and plays in the baby pool. We have the misfortune of having a hawks nest in one of our tall pine trees. Do hawks prey on ducks too??? I don't hear of this happening, but I'm a bit worried. I never planned on having a pet duck and I'm not sure what to do with him.
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2008
  2. USMCSGT

    USMCSGT Out Of The Brooder

    53
    0
    29
    Mar 25, 2008
    If it can get to it. Better the duck than your chicks.
     
  3. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    644
    23
    168
    Apr 11, 2008
    I'd imagine they would. Medium breed ducks weigh the same as fully grown chickens, and hawks can definitely take chickens as prey. What kind of duck is he? Can you take a picture and post it? Obviously he found your home a lovely place to stay, so if I were you, I would offer him the protection from hawks that he deserves.
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2008

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by