Hello all! I finally decided to stop stalking the forums and join the conversation! My name is Misty. My little family moved onto 5 acres about a year ago, and with it we inherited two pekin ducks. I had been planning our future flock prior to the move, so we were happy to keep the ducks and get our feet wet keeping poultry. The enclosure the ducks were in was tiny and not secure in any way, and within a few weeks before we could make much improvement, an owl paid a brutal visit to one of the ducks. So when we got ready to build out our flock and their home, it was gonna be fort knox quality. We have converted a 10x20 shed into two coops. Ducks on one end, chickens on the other. We added coop doors on both ends that open into 10x20 seperated runs that are completely enclosed with hardware mesh. I have not added anti-dig mesh around the perimeter yet, but thats happening this fall, when its not 126 degree heat index! We have 6 pekin ducks now, and 14 chickens. One of which is..was.. a dominique rooster and hen pair. Every morning we let the birds out to free range while we complete our garden chores and clean up the coops, but we have gotten too relaxed at letting them roam unsupervised for the majority of the day. Last night when I went to lock everyone up for the night, our dominique rooster and hen were missing.. they stick together always and forage along the brush line. Sure enough, i found a pile of tail feathers right at the brush line. They were clean feathers though, no blood. Then i found several more piles of clean feathers leading across a 2 acre open field into a ditch of tall reeds where the grass was laid over pretty heavily.. It happened mid day, and all the birds were out and the coop and run doors were open, so i suppose we are lucky we only lost 2. I am just wondering what kind of predator we have. The rooster was full grown and knee-high. Hes pretty stout, and I have my doubts that a hawk could have carried him off. I would expect a dog or cat to have left a bloody mess. Coyote? Fox? Would they have stopped at just 2 chickens? Whatever it was never disturbed the other birds enough to make them go into the coop or hide. They stayed in view, within 50 ft of the crime scene all day.