Slushie and Chubby are gone. gone forever

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TheDuckCrew, May 3, 2009.

  1. TheDuckCrew

    TheDuckCrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    I went out this morning to let my ducks out around 9:30. i went out and all the boys started talking to me. i opened the door to the house like i do every morning and waited. no ducks came out. i suddenly noticed that everything was wrong, the food was totally on the wrong side of the house and the nest was destroyed and there were no eggs. thats when i noticed slushie hadn't quacked. i had heard chubby, lucy, and toby, but no slushie. i quickly looked in and she was covered in blood and she wasn't moving. chubby was trying to get her up and his chest was covered in her blood. thats when i feel apart. i screamed to my dad that something got slushie. from where she was and where i was, it looked like her head was almost off. he came running and i called her name, and thats when she lifted her head. she was still alive. we quickly took off a wall of the house to get her out. my parents made me go inside so i wouldn't see her, we weren't sure how bad it was. it was bad. her neck was raw and covered in blood with holes in it, and she was missing all of her feathers and some skin on her back. we wrapped her up in towels and she was still alive and breathing. we called the vet and they said to bring her in right away, and that is exactly what we did. i was hoping and praying there was a chance that they could save her. by the time we got there, she was breathing very hard and was shaking and going into shock. they took a look at her, and said she was hurt too bad, that they couldn't save her. so they are putting her to sleep. i am just in pieces and crying so hard. she was my baby. and she was killed by her mate. he had never hurt her before, ever, and then he just tore her into pieces. i miss her and i just wish we could have her back. the house looked like one of my worst dreams. her blood and skin and bloody feathers were all over the place. blood was scattered on the walls. i feel like i'm going to vomit, and i just miss her. i was just holding her and telling her it was all going to be okay the whole time, but it wasn't. i miss her. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  2. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    oh my goodness!!! i am soooooo sorry to hear that!!!!

    Holes in her neck???? Are you sure a male drake can do that? What if it were a snake???? I hope someone can help, ive never heard of this!!!! [​IMG]
  3. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    and the no eggs thing would sounds like a snake or some other kind of animal too
  4. TheDuckCrew

    TheDuckCrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    it was him. i'm pretty sure the holes where from his claws. it was just horrible. her neck was bloody, and her back looked like someone had cut her open.

    eta: i think he over-mated her all night long. i think the trama kept her from laying an egg. there's blood on his face and it looks like a masacre in there. blood everywhere.
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  5. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    So Sorry for your loss! I think you are jumping to conclusions as to the cause of her death however. I was tempted to just let it pass but if I am right the rest of your ducks are in danger. The neck wounds sound like weasel or mink to me. The mink are very bad since they can enter through very small openings and once they have found a meal they will often return for more. how many eggs disappeared? Check every inch of the enclosure to see if there was anyplace that a varmit could get in or out.
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Washington State
    Your drakes didn't do that by what you are describing.

    You will need to police their house looking for places a predator could have gotten in.

    I am glad your parents helped you take care of her.
  7. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    I'm sorry, but I'm not buying the drake did that. Think something else got into your coop.
  8. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    i didnt think drakes were that vicious. please look for clues for another predator.
  9. Northeastdude

    Northeastdude Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2009
    We have snakes up here, but they are pretty rare. Are you sure it wasn't a coon or possom?
  10. TheDuckCrew

    TheDuckCrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    there's no hole were a predator could've gotten in and none of my other four ducks were hurt. granted they are seperated because i only have 1 girl, well now no girls. we put her with chubby because they had always been together and he was really gentle with her, but lately she was missing a tiny bit of feathers on her neck. i kept her seperate from him for a bit and then she was fine. maybe when we get her back from the vet, i'll take a picture of her injuries. i'm not sure if i can do that though.

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