Help! Why would my ducklings disappear?

Theeggboxtoo

Songster
9 Years
Oct 5, 2010
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Alabama
We have 3, 6 week old Mallard/ or Rouen ducklings. We have looked all over our property for them, nothing, not even a feather. What could of happened to them, they were the sweetest ducks ever. We miss them.
Our 8 week old d'uccle hen recently disappeared as well... Do you think they will come back? What happened to them?

 
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FenDruadin

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 30, 2009
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Charlotte, NC Area
Oh, no!!
I'm so sorry. That's the worst, not even knowing what happened to them.

Sadly, I'm going to have to bet on something getting them, most likely a raccoon. They are clever, fast, aggressive, and often out during the day. They'll drag a baby off and leave no sign when they can.

It's also possible that a domestic dog came into your yard and frightened them and they're in hiding. Ducks can be outstanding at hiding, and may not come home for a day or two.

If a raccoon got one, the others may just be in hiding.

I would keep them penned up until a time when you can watch them constantly and see if something is coming into your yard after them.

So sorry for your loss. That's heartbreaking.
 

Duker17

Songster
9 Years
Nov 1, 2010
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Missouri
Do you have coyotes? That would be my guess. I've lost several birds to them unfortunately, even in the day time.
 

desertdarlene

Crowing
9 Years
Aug 4, 2010
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San Diego
Oh no, I hope they're OK. Hopefully, the just decided to go somewhere else. Are there any other ducks in your area? Maybe the decided to go visit them. I've seen 6 week old ducklings leave their mom and hang out with the other teenage ducks in the area.

Thinking positive thoughts.
 

Theeggboxtoo

Songster
9 Years
Oct 5, 2010
1,464
9
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Alabama
We have had a coyote come before, but don' t they leave feathers behind?

We have been watching them, we had checked on them 30 minutes before and they were fine... I hope they come back.
If they are mallards would they fly away?
 

desertdarlene

Crowing
9 Years
Aug 4, 2010
4,489
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San Diego
A coyote doesn't always leave feathers behind because sometimes they just grab a duck and go. You'll sometimes see what looks like medium-sized dog prints nearby. At 6 weeks, they wouldn't be able to fly yet.
 

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