I need help on identifying what kind of predator killed my duck.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mommaduck11, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. mommaduck11

    mommaduck11 New Egg

    Oct 10, 2015
    Old Hickory Tennessee
    I have lost two ducks this week. I have had them since March and this is the first time I have had a problem. I lost one on Tuesday night and another Thursday night. I do not coop them up at night but they are in a large area surrounded by a 6 foot fence. I did find a open spot in the fence Wednesday and feathers outside the fence but no body. I patched the fence and thought that would solve the problem. Yesterday I found one of my female Pekings dead in the corner. The predator only ate the feathers and neck and it looks like they are her heart. I have pictures if that would help. They are very disturbing but if it would help I can post them.
  2. jducour

    jducour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2015
    I'm sorry I can't help identify what has gotten your ducks, but you need to have them in a shelter at night. Now that a predator has found an easy dinner at night, he will come back until they are all gone. Do you have something you can set up temporarily until a permanent structure can be built? I know not all duck owners think they should pen their ducks up at night - but this is why. A 6' fence just isn't enough protection for a determined predator. Can you put them in the garage tonight - or a shed? I am just afraid you will lose one a night, or every other night until they are all gone.

    Where I live, there aren't a lot of daytime predators, but we have racoons at night. I get my ducks in their cozy little house every night at dusk, and I can sleep soundly knowing they are safe.

    I hope the rest of your ducks are ok! It can be hard on them to see a friend hurt. [​IMG]
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  3. lomine

    lomine Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 7, 2015
    Peyton, CO
    So sorry you lost two ducks. I suggest you ask your question in the predators and pest forum under managing your flock. There are lots of helpful folks on there that should have a better idea as to what is attacking your ducks.

    I agree with @jducour that you need to provide a nighttime shelter.

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