What predator would kill ducks, but not eat them??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Azkaiedia3756, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. Azkaiedia3756

    Azkaiedia3756 Hatching

    Jun 22, 2017
    I got my young kids five ducklings to raise a couple months back. We have two acres of fenced yard that they've been doing just fine roaming in since they outgrew their pen a few weeks ago. They can't quite fly yet, but they're about 4 months old. I went out to feed them this morning, just like any other day. I found two missing. I was able to locate one right away. He was still in the yard, dead, and had two small puncture wounds in his neck (only about a half inch apart). No other sings of injury. I went out searching for my other duck, hoping to figure out what could've done this, and I found him about 100 yards away, just outside the property. His feathers were scattered everywhere in my yard in the very same spot I found the other duck. He was mauled and drug a very small distance, his bottom was ripped up, but not eaten and just left there. Any ideas as to what could've done this? I live in central Illinois. Side note: while searching for the duck that was taken off the property, I found the remains of what I believe to be my neighbors small dog, just feet away from where my duck was left. Not sure if it's related, but could be.
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    I would guess pretty much any predator.
  3. jat

    jat Hatching

    Jun 22, 2017
    The puncture wounds on the neck sound like the work of a weasel. They are relentless. Set a trap and dispose of it ASAP. Also, raccoons will kill ducks and just eat their abdominal contents and leave the rest.
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  4. Azkaiedia3756

    Azkaiedia3756 Hatching

    Jun 22, 2017
    Thank you! Now that I have a better idea, I'll set some traps.
  5. Possums like to eviscerate poultry. They usually begin eating right behind the chest cavity and leave a hollow shell of a chicken. I don't see why a duck should be any different.

    The dead pooch is the real mystery.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think weasel for the first on. Maybe the dog was chasing the predator or going after the ducks and predator took him out too.

    Whatever the puzzle, so very sorry. Neighbor won't be happy either.
  7. Howard E

    Howard E Crowing

    Feb 18, 2016
    Most likely a weasel killed them all and a possum and maybe a coon got in on the act after the fact.
  8. Grits Chick

    Grits Chick In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2016
    I've learned there are too many predators out there. They do things you would never think of. After securing my coop and runs what I thought was pretty good, I just lost a 7 week old pullet thru a 1" opening this week. Mine had to be a raccoon - those tiny darn hands pulled her right thru. Sick over it. There are also Fisher cats/pole cats in your area, so I agree with the others, that it's probably in the weasel family. Bigger predators and large birds would have carried them away most likely. Sorry for your loss.
  9. Chickiemom25

    Chickiemom25 Songster

    May 13, 2011
    North Alabama
    Dogs will also kill for sport

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