My son couldn't get our two ducks to go into the coop last night- they slept in the little kiddy pool that we have set up outside the coop. I saw one briefly when I left this morning for work and didn't think anything of not having been greeted by my quacking guard ducks. Tonight, I went out to check on our group. I have about 14 chickens and 2 ducks. They've pretty much free-ranged our one acre all summer without a problem. Until now. I saw one duck wandering around quietly. Not good- then I saw 3 clumps of feathers on the ground near where the ducks hang out and large clump of what I can only assume was back feathers with flesh attached. No blood, no carcass...... I am sick. What got him? I hatched these two from a dozen Cayuga eggs that I got this spring. I had to peck each one out of it's shell and cuddled both of them. Of course Quackers- the one that was killed was the friendly one, the only that didn't mind being held...... These were my son's ducks. I know it is a hard lesson to learn and as many animals as I have lost, it never gets easier, but I feel that he trusted me to protect him and I failed. I am worried about tonight as our defenses against predators isn't great. I will make sure that everyone is in the enclosure tonight. My son wants to stay outside with them..... He's pretty mad. My remaining drake looks totally lost- should I be worried about him? They were pretty much raised with the chickens from this year...and "flocked" with them, but the two ducks were attached at the hip even though I think they were both drakes. The only thing that we changed was that our lab/great Dane mix used to go to the bathroom out back (about 20 ft from the coop). We're doing construction back there, so we've been letting him out front instead. Could that have made a predator bolder?