what eat my duckling?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by njchickenrookie, May 31, 2017.

  1. njchickenrookie

    njchickenrookie Chirping

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    this morning I saw one of 16 duckling eaten. the other 15 looked fine.

    it was in an enclosed area with nettings on top. no signs of digging. there are a few gaps here and there.

    all my adult chickens and ducks are fine (not in the enclosure with the ducklings).

    the body is all gone. one head + 1-2 inches of neck left.

    what could have done this? i will move them to more secured enclosure at night.

    i keep the adults in the pen and run for a long time and did not have an issue before.
     

  2. Possibly a Weasel?.....Location would help?
     
  3. Oops body is gone?...Something bigger got it....
     
  4. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Songster

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    Not a hawk, they only take the head. Raccoon, maybe??
     
  5. peopleRanimals2

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  6. njchickenrookie

    njchickenrookie Chirping

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    we are in NJ. ducklings are 3 weeks old.
     
  7. njchickenrookie

    njchickenrookie Chirping

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    very strange. missing body. only head left. it is 3 week WH. not much feather to speak off.
     
  8. wynn4578

    wynn4578 Songster

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    Possibly a rat if you can't a break in point and the duck was small.
     
  9. Bault1

    Bault1 In the Brooder

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    In nj possible predators are eagles hawks coyotes bears depending on if you are in north or south jersey racoons possums rats snakes possibly cougars depending on were you live or an animal with rabies hopefully not a dog or a cat
     

  10. njchickenrookie

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    no signs of breaking in of any kind. and other 15 ducklings did not have any signs of being hurt.
     

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