What bites heads off baby ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Filalady, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. Filalady

    Filalady New Egg

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    I had about sixty baby ducks and now I'm down to about sixteen. Almost all the babies I've found have had their heads gone. A few were even skinned and gutted but not eaten have found a couple that were half grown. What would do this? Some are just tiny and I would think anything would be able to carry them off. So frustrating!!!
     
  2. luvmypets

    luvmypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im so sorry that sounds awful. That sounds like a rat. We had a rat eat our silkies head and just leave the body!
     
  3. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    It could be a number of predators from the common cat to a raccoon. What kind of protection do you offer them from predators?
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Over what sort of time period has this taken place - was it all one night, or over a period of days/weeks?
    Are the birds in an enclosure and, if so, can you provide some details about it (this will help narrow who may/may not have been able to gain access to do the damage)?
     
  5. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cats. weasel if all blood gone maybe, raccoon may gnaw heads off and eat if one or not real hungry. Cat sounds most likely though.. sorry for your loss.
     
  6. Filalady

    Filalady New Egg

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    My birds free range. I penned them last year but only got 2 or 3 babies, the ducks fought over nests and trampled the ducklings. I have a Mastif who sleeps where they are. The part that puzzles me is that I also have about 100 chickens from full grown down to week old banties that are also free range but have found no dead chicks.
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    So, was this over a period of time or all in one night? Knowing that there is no predator protection (dog aside) opens up the list of possible culprits considerably.
     
  8. BayBay Peepers

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    Do you lose them during the day or night? You may want to consider penning them at night. Like heavy duty protection now that the predator knows there's a free meal waiting.
     
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  9. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    If you decide to make a pen (even just at night) make sure you cover a few bases. Either make just the impenetrable pen. Make sure it's ventilated enough, but nothing large enough for duck eaters. If you make a pen I recommend regular 12 gauge wire and then a hardware cloth so no grubby paws can sneak through. I would either bury the fence into the ground or at least bring it out so nothing can dig underneath.
     
  10. Filalady

    Filalady New Egg

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    Thank you for your reply, I will try to put them up at night. They like to settle down in the brush at night. I'm unsure when they have been killed as every day I find two or three causalties. They roam on a couple of acres.
     

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