Hello Fellow duck enthusiasts, I’ve posted about our ducks on this forum before and thought I’d update you and ask for advice. We had five Welsh Harlequin and two domestic mallard girls, 8 mo old, hatched by us and all laying eggs. We would escort them to our small pond after they lay, then escort to the coop before dusk. They mostly stay in the pond, but sometimes forage on shore, which has always made me nervous. Yesterday when I went to get them, I startled a red-tailed hawk from a tree by the pond, and the ducks all dived. Ducks were still nervous, and my heart sank when we were missing a mallard. Found her three feet from the pond edge, body and head intact but neck vertebrae picked clean. We plan to keep the ducks penned for awhile and hope that the hawk moves on (thread on Predators and Pests forum). I am wondering, for the long term, spring, whether we should consider acquiring a gosling and a few ducklings to raise it with? Perhaps a goose would discourage hawks to make daytime pond free-ranging safer?