So, our egg production has been down for a while now. We tried all suggestions and hints here on BYC. To no avail. Now, it's starting to get dark earlier and the kids have to get the ladies and ducks put away earleir too. Last Wed. they come running in around dark screaming. ( these are 2, 9 yo boys and a 12 yo boy) "MOM, there's a skunk in the duck house!!" Oh Ho!! Splains a lot!! ( we've had no duck eggs at all!!)Big boys, 2, 19 yo.s and 1, 17 yo, head out to "check it out" Bang bang, and one dead skunk. Now, if you know what I know, there is never just one!! Seems they have been raiding for quite awhile. No killing, just the missing eggs. We ahev spotted others, (but no one around to bang bang.) Needless to say, we are getting eggs like 12 times a day to make sure no more get "skunked"!! ( got our first duck egg today!! yay!! ( considering there are 18 of them, 11 females) By the way, we have 50+ chickens freeranging around 15 acres. They come in at nite and yes, they poop all over the deck and anywhere else they want. Barred rocks, austrolorps (sp) leghorns, buff and white orphingtons, rhodies and a bunch of mixed up ones. Cayuga ducks, Pekins and roens. Freerangers, watch your hen houses!! Trish mom to many kids, many dogs, many cats, 5 horses many chickens and ducks and Skunks!!