What got my duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jugi, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. Jugi

    Jugi New Egg

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    Today I came home to find my Khaki Campbell, who I've had for a couple years, dead from some sort of animal attack. The only thing that they went after was her neck. I'll spare you the details, but it was gruesome. I've lost chickens in the past to raccoons, but I've never seen a raccoon eat only the neck. Plus it wasn't even dark yet, and I've never seen raccoons around in the daylight. I've seen a neighborhood cat hanging around this past week - could a cat have done this?
     
  2. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about a hawk (Redtail or Coopers)? I had a Cooper's Hawk eyeing my Khakis a week ago.
     
  3. Jugi

    Jugi New Egg

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    Certainly possible. We have hawks in the area and I've thwarted a couple of hawk attacks in the past. Would a hawk eat just the neck, all around, down to the vertebrae?
     
  4. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found this, when I was looking to see if I should worry about the hawk that was eyeing my ducks. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/603961/what-type-of-predator-eats-just-the-neck-of-a-chickens Check out the second post from Country Chick. I am thinking that a predator eats the neck because there are less or smaller feathers to deal with. Just a guess.
     
  5. duckmeister

    duckmeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be an owl, the one that I had a problem with would sometimes just eat the head.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Lots of things could of gotten it.....Sounds to me more like a weasel or a mink?.............


    Poor Ducky....



    Cheers!
     
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  7. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    Owls would eat just the head and neck, but wasn't it light out [email protected], Do you have minks or weasels in your area?
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Me too.
     
  9. donkeydew2farms

    donkeydew2farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    jugi I had an owl get one of my ducks and it ate the neck all around the bones. I saw the owl it was not dark yet. I had more problems with foxes and they ate the head and neck completely. hawks eat the same way as owls. I am sorry for your loss.
     
  10. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    My gut says weasel, as well. I've lost too many ducks to weasels to not get that sinking feeling whenever I see the phrase, "it went for the neck". Weasels and the like go straight for the neck, particularly the back of the neck, where they can clamp on with their teeth and essentially paralyze their prey. The usually drink the blood, and I've had one try to stash ducklings for later, but they usually leave the body where it lies as its too big to carry off. They have also beheaded a couple of my mallards, so they can be quite vicious. And they'll hunt daytime or night, usually late evening or early morning when we've spotted them.
     
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