Ducks killing duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chezza, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. chezza

    chezza New Egg

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    We found our two month old duckling dead this morning. She was perfectly fine before, no illness or injury. We have two female crested ducks and a male Indian runner duck. This baby was theirs and they had been very protective over her. She was fully grown. Is there a reason the others would suddenly kill her? They have a house to themselves so I don't think space is an issue. Any clues?
     
  2. Homie Ducks

    Homie Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The drakes can kill them.
     
  3. JadeComputerGal

    JadeComputerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Drakes will sometimes kill them, but that's usually when they're small, not what's basically full grown. Are you sure she wasn't injured, like maybe her neck broken or something else that's not apparent just from a visual inspection? Is there a chance she could have gotten into something toxic? Also, I know you said no illnesses, but ducks are pretty good at hiding illness. With some of them, the duck can be almost gone by the time you might notice anything is wrong.
     

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