Hello everyone- Its been a miserable week for my coop at home. I came home for spring break to a diminished flock. While I'm off at school, my parents take care of my chickens and ducks, and they are wonderful, and love them as much as I do. Unfortunately, a few days ago some critter had burrowed under our duck shelter, and attacked all of my ducks. My Khakis were killed, and so were two of my not-Runners. Two of my Runner ducks survived, but one of them passed away from her injuries a two days ago. So now I am down to one, poor, lonely Runner duck with an injured face and neck. That broke my heart, but one thing shattered my heart into a million pieces- The predator had taken my favorite chicken as well. RIP Shanaynay, my beautiful, fabulous Polish hen. RIP Waffles, Latte, and Muffin, the best laying ducks ever, and Lemon and Tangelo, my quirky Khakis. I was still at school at this time, and my parents borrowed a live-trap for the critter- it turned out to be a mink- I didn't even know we had them in the area! My father 'took care' of the mink, and we don't think there are others, but the trap is still set up and baited, just in case. The mink had chewed a tiny hole in the poultry netting of the hoop-house, and grabbed my hen from there, before my parents noticed the hole. Currently, my chickens are completely locked in the coop- pop door closed and locked, with my injured duck in the storage area. I've been super paranoid, and when I let them out, I watch them like a hawk, in case someone gets taken by a hawk. When I let them out today, it was horrible seeing only 8 of my pet chickens wandering around the yard. All of them are extra-skittish as well, especially my sultan, Diana, and my last remaining Polish hen, Courtney. Courtney and Shanaynay were sisters, and were always together. I just wanted to cry watching Courtney wander around alone, making her 'Where are you?' noises that Shaynaynay would always answer too. I love my chickens and my ducks, and though I have lost many over the years, it never gets easier. And this year has just been the worst already.