Missing Ducks HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PoultryQueen101, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. PoultryQueen101

    PoultryQueen101 Songster

    Jul 14, 2014
    Middle-East Ohio
    Last night, two of our ducks went missing, one magpie and one muscovy.
    There are no feathers, or blood, or evidence of their missing, so they may have wandered off into the paths in the field just by the pond. Everyone is doubtful but me. I have tried my best not to grow attached, but I want to solve the mystery.

    Coons prefer the easy-to-get bread and cat food in the traps. Also, no sign of blood or heads. (Means no skunk or oppossum either)
    No mink , all remaining ducks are alive, no bodies
    not a hawk, they went missing at night and hawks would leave feathers.
    not a snapping turtle, they would only be able to snap a leg off at this age. And there are none in the pond.
    not an owl, owls might have left blood or feathers, but they would not take two ducks in one night.

    limited down to fox or coyote(s).

    They have been fine the last 3 weeks outside, but all of a sudden, the neighbors horse got sick and was taken to ohio state for a surgery. He was allowed acess outside at all times. So the one day/night he wasnt there, they disappeared.

    Could they still be alive? Or ard they certainly dead.
    If it was the leader muscovy and follower magpie, they could have wandered away. They dont live here, so we are going to check it out. If two females died, we will need more ducks.
    the whole family was affected, because they were all doing so well. While everyone grieves, I still have HOPE, and I know they are alive somewhere. They just were probably scared and were seperated the wrong way.
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    I'm sorry that this has happened. [​IMG] If there are no signs of an attack (blood, feathers, etc.), then I would assume that they are fine, and have just wandered off. Even if a fox or other large animal had carried them away, I would have thought that there would be a least a few signs--it seems kind of hard to pounce on a heavily feathered object and then carry it away (possibly while it is struggling) without any feathers being scattered. Still, I could be wrong; I'm not a fox.

    Good luck with finding your lost ducks!
  3. PoultryQueen101

    PoultryQueen101 Songster

    Jul 14, 2014
    Middle-East Ohio
    thanks for the positive! We will cage the ducks for a few days to be sure. It happened after 5 pm and before 7am. Sometimd during the night. Of course, my mom thinks a coyote grabbed their necks and ran off.... but at least a few feathers or blood would be signs. They would also have to carry a 3 ppund duck over half an acre away, and under a fence.
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    You certainly want to secure the remaining ducks. Keep eyes and ears open. Peanut the duck was taken by a hawk, then found several miles away on a pond near a family member's house.

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