Keeping My Ducks Safe

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ColleenRyan, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. ColleenRyan

    ColleenRyan Songster

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    hey guys!! My 6 little duckies that hatched this summer are outside in a run that my fiancé and I reinforced. They have a hutch inside the run that they go in every night at dark. I have a hunting camera in my yard and I checked the card today and it picked up numerous sightings of cats in my yard that aren’t mine (my two cats live inside) and it also picked up an opossum. When I was in their run earlier feeding them I noticed there was a tear in the hardware cloth wiring we use as a roof (before winter we’re going to get “green house” roof panels to install as a more sturdy roof so they don’t get snowed on. I’m going to attach a photo of their run and of the tear. If anyone has any idea what animal could have torn the wire please let me know! Unfortunately the camera had moved and wasn’t pointed at the run directly so I couldn’t pick anything up. Today I moved the camera and secured it better so that wouldn’t happen again. I just want to ensure that my ducks stay completely safe and live long and happy lives.
     

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  2. happy duck

    happy duck Crowing

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    The only thing with sharp claws that would cut that would be opossum or raccoon. I would put another layer of hardware cloth over that and keep watching that camera!
     
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  3. Miss Lydia

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    Could have been there and you missed it or it was something very large and powerful to rip that hardware wire open. I don’t think a opossum or even a raccoon could do that. I’d def get those green house roof panels on
     
  4. happy duck

    happy duck Crowing

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    Maybe something rubbed against it and broke it. I have hardware cloth and I don't think an animal could rip trough mine...is your thin?
     
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  5. CrystaBub

    CrystaBub Mother Duck to Jabby, Gabby, Abby and Dabby

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    Yeah that’s scary - hardware cloth is tough stuff. Yikes - now I’m curious too! Keep us posted.
     
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  6. thumper650

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    maybe a tree branch did that. You most likely would see it laying there though. Keep using your secure house in the run, that's that I do.
     
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  7. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    Where do you live? It would have to be something strong - no cat is going to do that unless it is a bobcat (maybe) or some feline much larger than that.
    If there was a weak spot, a possum may have been able to break through. But, obviously your hw cloth is strong enough to withstand something standing on it while ripping through it.
    Any storms passing through lately?
     
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