Missing Runner Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Emily Rose, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Emily Rose

    Emily Rose New Egg

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    Yesterday when I got home my duck Calvin was gone... [​IMG] I am SO Sad and desperate to find him. He never leaves the yard except to occasionally go to my neighbors yard. It's been getting in the 30's at night but he stays inside at night. It was a clear sunny day when he disappeared while I was at church. Any suggestions?? My heart is broken...
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Was he in a fenced in area when you left? if not a predator may have taken him. I'm sorry to be so blunt but if we leave them with out protection things do happen. Have you asked around to your neighbors? I know Runners can't fly but he may have walked off, do you have other ducks besides calvin?
     
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  3. Emily Rose

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    I have asked all our neighbors and put the alert out. He was not fenced in... :( He is my only duck.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Thats to bad, and I am very sorry but It is not a good idea to leave a duck that can't possibly defend it self against animal or human without protection. Even if we think there aren't predators, there are and they are just waitng for the opportunity to get to our pets whether they be dog,cat or duck. I hope you find him. Again I am very sorry. [​IMG] how old?
     
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  5. fowl farm

    fowl farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same thing happened to me. Came home from church and we were short a duck. Stupid fox.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Very sorry fowl farm. [​IMG]
     
  7. Emily Rose

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    What is the best way to protect them fence wise? A fox would get him during daylight??
     
  8. fowl farm

    fowl farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. Unfortunately they do. So unfair.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

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    Even a dog running lose would take a duck unprotected. a good sturdy welded wire or poultry netting the kind from Premier 1 that is hot wired. a wooden fence anything that keeps him in and the preds out. But your best bet of protection would be to keep him confined in his pen an run when you can't watch him even inside a fenced in area some preds can still climb and get in. Being alone makes him very vunerable.
     
  10. Emily Rose

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    Oh my... I am so new at this. I feel terrible... thanks for the input. I'll be sure to take the right precautions for the future. The ducks are better off as a small herd then? I am in the process of getting my own house and had plans to get more once I moved. Can you recommend where to get more runners? I loved him SO MUCH!
     

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