What could have gotten my ducks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bjean0220, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. Bjean0220

    Bjean0220 Hatching

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    I have had 3 ducks for going on 2 years now. 1 call duck and 2 muscovy. They had a coop in the backyard that they would stay in until winter. This morning they were all outside of the coop within 15 feet of each other all dead. The muscovy were both missing their heads and necks but the call duck was completely intact. No blood, no mess of feathers. The coop door was tilted inward at the bottom and the top hinge completely bent. What could have done this? I live in northern Illinois, in town. I thought maybe raccoons but I don't think the raccoon could have bent the metal hinge into almost 45 degree angle. I couldn't even do that. So I'm wondering, what could have done this, an animal or an angry neighbor?
     
  2. pollitohenhouse

    pollitohenhouse Chirping

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    Im almost 99 percent sure it was a raccoon. Same exact thing happened to my ducks, had to act fast before my chickens got murdered. I set out a few live traps and got two raccoons.
     
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  3. Bjean0220

    Bjean0220 Hatching

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    I'll give that a try and see if I can get them. I didn't realize a raccoon was that strong to bend the door like that. Thank you
     
  4. pollitohenhouse

    pollitohenhouse Chirping

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    Yes they are strong, especially when it is hungry. Ive seen them chew right though the chicken wire to get in.
     
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  5. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Songster

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    I believe my daughter said racoons only behead things, so I'm guessing raccoon. So sorry for your loss.
     

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