I hatched out 2 Cayuga ducklings this spring out of 12- had to peck the egg-shell off very slowly. Loved them to pieces and they did well all summer. They free ranged with my 14 chickens all summer without a problem. They had just started to get their little curly feathers at the base of their tales and even though they were both drakes ( I think- but will never know now), they were attached at the hip. Wednesday, my son couldn't get them to go into the pen with the hens, which was odd because usually after dark they go into the coop. I figured, no big deal they'll be fine. I'd go out later and get them out of the kiddy pool that they wanted to sleep in and make them go into the coop. Never happened- Thursday- Cheese was wandering around the back yard, quiet, not quacking for his bud- which is what usually happens when they are out of sight of each other. Feathers in the yard no sign of anything else. I'm heartbroken, as is my son, as we got the ducks for him. I'm worried about Cheese- my remaining Cayuga drake. He's used to hanging with the chickens, but looks totally lost and has gone silent. Should I try and find him a ducky mate? I so miss my quacking guard ducks that would run to the car when they heard me get out after school, wings a-flapping and quacking up a storm! I am also terrified that the rest are going to get attacked now. My neighbors have seen both foxes and coyotes about. I've started walking my dog around the property again because he hadn't been in the back yard lately due to construction- I think the missing dog smell might have made predators bolder.... My son wanted to sleep in the coop the other night. Of course his brother, Quackers was the sweet one, who didn't mind being held and who had the best personality. He wasn't show quality Cayuga- as he had white on him and I was still holding out that he was a she- but... Does anyone in central NY have a she-cayuga the they wouldn't mind re-homing? Quackers is in the back. This is before they really started to become beautifully colorful.