Sad find in the pond

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by vfem, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I went outside this morning and saw white feathers across the yard. I thought in horror it was out new silkie and something got it. But she was in the coop and just fine?! I know she was moulting some, but no way that much.

    I brushed it off... then I took my daughter for a walk around the pond and saw one of the ducks floating dead in the water.

    Now, we just moved here like 2 months ago, and the neighbors informed us that the ducks in the pond belonged to the previous home owners and in turn the neighbors say they are still our issue. Basically, they've been on their own for quite some time now and I claim no ownership of the animals. (I just feed them and enjoy their company.)

    Sadly, I would like to know what offed this one. My mother says we have LOTS of turtles and that they can pull the ducks under and kill them. Is this true? Did a turtle kill the duck? We do have an OVERWHELMING amount of turtles in the pond?
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Anything is possible I guess [​IMG] I've never heard of turtles taking down ducks. Maybe a large snapping turtle. What kind of turtles do you have?
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2008
  3. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I'm not sure what kinds we have for sure. My husband has caught 3 different kinds (like 12 or more turtles total) while cat fishing. I've seen the painted turtle, he brought one up to the house to show our daughter and it was a good 10lbs or more. The thing would have snapped the line had he not netted it.

    Could we possibly have a huge snapper?

    I figured if it was a cat or dog it wouldn't have left it in the water let alone near the water. My husband is going to fish it out.

    I was considering getting some ducklings eventually, but I don't want to risk them getting taken under.
  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    A snappign turtle can and will eat a small duck. So sorry.
  5. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Yes, a snapping turtle will kill birds. The lady down the road said her snappers bit off all her ducks heads. [​IMG]
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Snapping turtle wouldn't have to be especially huge to get a duck, and there are LOTS o' snapping turtles in your area, so it seems a reasonable possibility.

    Or, a hawk or owl etc could have gotten the duck and tried to fly off with it but dropped it (dead) in the pond. Much less likely but it can happen. Even concievable that a fox, dog, raccoon etc mortally wounded the duck who escaped into the pond but expired.

    Regular pond turtles (not snapping turtles) are not going to do any harm to ducks, btw.


  7. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Yep, they'll do that alright. Snappers are mean as heck. And can ya say ugly!!! But they make pretty good soup, ya just gotta know how to cook 'em right.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2008
  8. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Turtles will attack waterfowl. You should ask waterfowlrescue to show you some pics. She has quite the collection of pics of turtle attacks. You can look up plans online to build turtle-traps. That's what we plan to do before putting waterfowl out on our pond. We have turtles bad, they have decimated the fish we stock as well as ducklings from previous years.

  9. karanleaf

    karanleaf Songster

    Jun 29, 2008
    Glenwood, Missouri
    [​IMG] I am so sorry you and your daughter had to find the poor duck. [​IMG]
    Yes turtles will take a duck and especially a turtle 10 lbs plus... I myself have been dreading the time when my ducks find their way to our 2 ponds. I know there are small turtles in the smaller pond. Other than putting fencing around the area I know of no way to keep the turtles or the ducks out of the pond [​IMG] . I don't want to fence out my horses.

    I do want to [​IMG]

    sorry it was this bad news that brought attention
    that you had joined BYC family
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2008
  10. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i agree with patand chickens

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