My Worst Predator: The Pond

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ducks_rcool329, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2011
    Black Forest, Colorado
    So Today I lost my second hen to dorwning in my duck pond in the past 4 months. :'(
    I can't figure out how or why they seem to be attracked to the pond. Does anyone have any fancy tricks to keep chickens away/out of the pond?
  2. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    I think something strange is going on with your birds! I have 2 small ponds, and one have very steep sides with a low water level (its a decorative fountain thing). Many times I have seem one of my chickens fall into the water (usually a rooster trying to escape from a fight). They are very capable of getting out. They can swim to some extent too. One roo swam about until his rival was out of sight before flying out!

    Even my hens that have clipped wings get out easily.

    Do you have geese or any aggressive drakes? Your chickens could be getting attacked by a drake wanting to mate and then drowning her by mistake. Keep an eye out!
  3. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    I was thinking the same thing!

  4. Shireshome

    Shireshome Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2011
    I had this happen a few times. In my case it was a dog that was chasing them and in the flurry they'd end up in the duck pond. So maybe it could be something along those lines. If not a dog, maybe a hawk?

    Good luck.
  5. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Does your pond have snapping turtles? They will grab their legs, pull them under to drown them and then attempt to push them in the mud for later.

    Just a thought.

    ETA: Wait a sec... you're talking about a chicken. My bad! Disregard the turtles.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2012

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