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Duck layer attacked by fox

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by snoangel, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. snoangel

    snoangel Hatching

    Apr 4, 2016
    Hello and thank you for this site. I had two hens and two drakes that I think are Saxony ducks. A fox got in 10 days ago and killed the alpha hen. The other hen hasn't laid an egg since. She is eating and moving well, but the fox was trying to kill her too when I chased him off. He came back twice but I built a more secure coop so he gave up about a week ago. How long before large ducks should start laying again after a horrible night with a fox?

  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    If you're positive she didn't suffer any physical damage, then I'd chalk up the non-laying to trauma. Predator attacks are very stressful to flocks and it can take a while for them to settle down and feel safe enough to get back to their routines. Just be patient and laying will start up again.

    Sorry for your loss.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    when she feels safe again , she will probably resume laying. Can you imagine what it feels like when something grabs and ist rying to kill you?

    Some birds go into shock.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - nice to have you here with us. I agree that trauma and shock are likely to be the cause of non-laying, and that time will heal.

    All the best

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