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Duck Farm’s War with a Weasel

so as you guys might know from my
previous video earlier today our ducks got attacked by something I don’t
exactly know what it is all I know is that I had several ducks that had bite
marks in the back of their head in the back of their neck and I had one duck
that was missing that I eventually found wedged in the back corner of the duck
house the Ducks were in really rough shape
my wife Allison and I ended up doing some medical attention to them we say
weaves really more allison she she’s a champ you know she she used to be a
registered nurse and right now she’s in the process of studying to become a
nurse practitioner and so when it comes to medical stuff she’s just always on it
so much and she was just awesome because she spent a couple hours with me taking
care of the Ducks examining them helping clean them out making sure that we
wouldn’t get an infection we sprayed them with some of that blue stuff and
yeah we we gave them as much medical attention as we could and for the dead
duck we even tried to bury it out back in the far far reaches of our pasture
nearly I don’t know three quarters of a mile from the actual farm it was really
sad to lose that duck and in fact Allison even gave the duck a
name her name was Robert Paulson later on that afternoon I really spent a ton
of time trying to figure out exactly where the critter got in how it got in I
eventually discovered a spot that had a little bit of digging and there was some
open space I had noticed it originally when I was first checking on the Ducks
and I first discovered that they were injured but after doing some more
investigation as well as where the dead duck was left I’m pretty certain that’s
how they got in and out so what I did was I actually spent time putting in new
ground staples to make sure that the chicken wire couldn’t be pulled up and
then on top of the chicken wire what I did the extra safe is I took boards and
rocks and cinder blocks and put them around the perimeter so it would be
really heavy and really hard for any sort of critter to burrow under and get
in there so I’m hoping that those precautions will keep them safe what I
also ended up doing is I put up a couple of trail cameras as well as I said I
have a heart trap I mean I don’t really want the the critter to come back but if
he does I’ll be able to figure out what it is and hopefully catch them and put
an end to this nonsense because I I’m just worried for my ducks you know I’ve
done some work to shore up the duck house but I’m just not positive that
it’s gonna be enough got two more dead ducks one right here I think this one is dead back here gosh darn it whatever it was definitely got in here
again last night look at her oh the other ducks just are
not looking good at all they look even more banged up man this is awful Pablo get away
Pablo go go go go come on buddy you don’t want to be here when you see up there problem can’t help but feel like this is all my
fault I mean no I tried so hard to keep him safe
they’re getting more and more beat-up and they’re getting picked off one by
one so I don’t think it was the skunk that did it
I think that was a mink that was running around it was too big to be a least
weasel and its ears looked a little different so I don’t think it was a
Marten and and we’ve got water right over there like there’s a creek right
over there so and I know that they lived there like my neighbor Fran from across
the way he’s telling me stories of years and years of having to deal with minks
killing his chickens and eating his chickens and having to kill minks and so
it seems pretty likely I just don’t know what to do I mean I feel like I blocked
off all the major entrances and I don’t think he’s getting through the actual
holes of the chicken wire so there’s still probably some sort of weak spot the second day in a row that we’ve had
to administer first aid to these birds I guess the good news is as we examine
them only a couple seemed to have fresh cuts most of them seem to have wounds
that are healing pretty well from the previous day’s attack to treat the Ducks
we we basically wash them with some warm soapy water we use like dr. Bronner’s
soap just to try to clear out any debris or anything that’s in there then we do a
rinse with just warm water no soap and then we try to dry them off as much as
we can and then we have that blue spray I forget the name of it but I’ll flash
it up here on the screen so you guys can use it if you’re ever in a situation
where you need to do medical care for ducks I really am appreciative of Allison
she’s been awesome throughout all of this
she has always been concerned about the security of the duck house and I often
poo pooed it so I got to admit I feel very very guilty about that one but you
know when it comes to the Ducks medical care she’s really jumped in so she’s got
people medical experience but uh I gotta say she’s really excelling as she steps
into the role of farm vet here too and I just feel really appreciative of the
fact that I’ve got you know a wife and partner and all this who’s so able to
help and do some things that I’m just not all that good at but now that the Ducks are taken care of
I’m going to turn my attention to figuring out a security system for
tonight because I’m afraid this guy’s gonna be back so right now I feel like
I’m in like a police movie right and we’ve just set up this elaborate sting
operation to capture the bad guy what I’ve done is this I have moved the ducks
out of their duck house but at the same time I have sealed up the duck house to
make it look like the Ducks might actually be in there on top of that I
have set up two different havahart traps around the perimeter of the duck house
so I actually took one of the dead ducks from this morning and baited it in the
havahart traps I kind of split it so that I could put one part in one trap at
one part in the other I’ve also set up the game cameras again so my hope is
that tonight I’m able to snag this guy and keep them from hurting my ducks
again and I’m just gonna keep the Ducks in the
the chicken tractor for a couple of days just to keep them safe I just hope I can
catch this guy but I’m really not sure how this is all going to turn out


  1. Ragimund VonWallat Author

    skunk in the trap? hahaha omg you must be the only other guy on earth that is just as unlucky as me thank you! it make me feel so better to know that im not alone who feel the 'curse'

  2. Night Garden Author

    If it's too clever to be trapped, don't waste anymore time – get a 22 or pellet rifle, put out some meat & quietly wait. I hate the idea of killing animals this way, (Havahart fan, too) they're just hunting to survive. But this mink is causing much suffering & pain for your ducks. Killing it outweighs your duck's safety & well-being. This ordeal is torture for them as well.

  3. Munden Author

    as a new chicken papa and building my own coop and hawks and weasels scare the crap out of me. I bought a 100ft roll of metal hardware cloth with 1cm squares and I'm attaching it around the perimeter of the run and burying and extending a yard out so even if something were to dig they'd just hit hardware cloth.

    sorry about your ducks 🙁

  4. Silas DeRoma Author

    When we built our chicken coop we put a skirt of hardware cloth all around the perimeter. We dug a ditch six inches to a foot down and made sure the hardware cloth was below ground. To top it off, we poured quik krete in the ditch, too. We've had coyotes try to dig in but they always quit.

  5. Panama Patti Author

    Weasels live in forests or fields and do not swim or hunt in water.  Pay attention to Pablo, he's telling you how the varmint got in.

  6. Sidney Handy Author

    Stop feeding the fat cat and he just might hunt rodents. He knew where to look because he was standing by WATCHNG THE CULPRIT WHILE IT HAPPENED!

  7. TheFoxandTheRabbit Author

    well, it comes with the business too. Guess youll have to kill it like the old farmers had to, or get a few FIXED working cats, or a few standrd size daushunds, they will get it. or scotties, but lots of maintenance on scot. terriers. or look up good working dogs. have to be trained tho and well kept as well. a malinoise or tervuren shepards good too. but more work and such. an airdale is a good working breed too for that, hardy as well and instinct to the rodent / pred. kill type dogs. weasels make more weasels, something they learn is always there, they may do less and less .

  8. TheFoxandTheRabbit Author

    poor ducks. set up and all that ( the wildlife around) should have been considered more. used to be , seriously, wtf? sorry, but really, people dont truly think out stuff as they should any more, and then more sentient beings suffer for YOU YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU…to learn amd then post it? just gross and so terrible really. heart breaking too to the animals you have all made to suffer really, or will.

  9. Lambert Guimond Author

    thank God for Alison, but u have to find a permanent solution to the attacks. not sure if cayenne pepper around 3 sides of the duckhouse would help. (leaving out the side of the entry door of course) … adding bait in cages might attract more minks… unless the bait is where the tracks originate from… which is far away from the duckhouse if the snow tracks mean anything. Good Luck & Keep us posted

  10. Phoenix Loiselle Author

    Sit there a night with a small calibre firearm, put out some fish ,can of sardines, lawn chair and a non alcoholic beer , bada bing, suggestion mount a laser on rifle ,you won't miss unless buck fever kicks in. Bonne Chance.

  11. Steve Author

    I stopped at the 4 minute mark….I see the cat rolling up on the scene…does the cat help keep them away or they just let each other do their own thing?  Also, it doesn't look like they ate the ducks…just killed them?

  12. Joey Trask Author

    He knows he's got to mail so you've got to go inhumanely I'm sorry buy you've got to get rid of him and look towards that Eve climbs and where that cats looking is where I'd be looking to and he knows he's got to me or he's going to keep coming back there they don't really eat the meat as much as they love blood you got to send out there at night and get yourself a night scope and a 22lb cuz I'll tell you what they won't stop until they're gone I mean all of your Docs breaking my heart to watch you doing this every day I went through it with a mountain lion use one of those Ducks as bait one of the Dead ones see if you can pull that it it does look like a mink or a Fisher it's a little small to be a picture but it could be a young one it's going to keep coming back you're going to have to fight it I don't know if you've gotten it yet cuz I'm not up that far in your videos

  13. Edwin Sanchez Author

    I wouldn't toss my ducks into the ground like that. They were my companions and I gave them a proper burial. That aside, We captured the motherfucking weasel and executed it. I feel y'all's pain. What did surprise me is that damn weasel went after a grown turkey too and injured it. It died days later. I hate weasels.

  14. Rochelle Segle Author

    first of all let me start by saying I live in the city I do not live on a farm. I do hope to move and start a farm someday. Something that I have given a lot of thought to and I have an idea. It's at least something you might be able to try. This is my fault please anybody feel free to jump in and see if my thought is even feasible. First of all I would dig a trench around the perimeter of the duck house. Just deep enough or a cinder block. Then to put cinder block around the house. Take your chicken wire and staple it all around the duck house with some of it down by the center blocks. Then make some like staple wire. You can use the spokes out of a bike tire or just buy some wire and cut it so that's long enough hang on the bottom of the fencing down towards Mister block then fill the trench with concrete dry. Doesn't have to be completely full just so your Staples are in the dry mixture. Then you can finish filling with dirt on top of that. Then water all the way around and that should hold your fencing down so nothing can get under it. Now as far as the dry concrete covered in dirt and watered that is something I have done many times for fence post and other things that I've wanted to put in the ground permanently and it works very well. I hope it's something that might help you. And like I said it's just a thought something I have thought I will do when I have my farm with my ducks Keys chickens and so forth. If you do try it let me know if it works.

  15. Carol Reid Author

    Weasels are eating machines… You seem to have a pair of them there, meaning they'll have babies… probably soon. It's that time of year…. about March through June they can breed very prolifically. You can't release a raccoon on just another part of your property, as they will come back, & with their young.
    The weasels, minks, possums all the same… They are predators. Weasels belong to the genus carnivora, if that tells you what you are dealing with.
    Snares may work, but I'd be concerned about your kitties, and when you bait them, you don't need a full animal to bait a snare… just a chunk enough to get him… Freeze the rest for additional bait. I'm not familiar with the traps you have, but they look like they might work. There are traps that you step on both sides, and the animal steps on the and they may seem brutal, but they absolutely work.
    The sardines may work well, yet remember, they came after ducks, and that's what they want.
    Don't ever believe a raccoon is "innocent"!!! They too are eating machines! They are incredibly cute, but will eat your ducks, and can attack your cats too.
    See if your area allows you to use those flash-band firecrackers. They can help.
    A firearm & kill traps are they only sure-fire way to get rid of predators. You need to make it incredibly undesireable for a critter to be around… moreso than a hungry animal's instinct to come and have a duck dinner on you.
    You can't play with these critters at all… They've eaten at your home, and they WILL be back for more.
    A working dog or two would do you well… preferably one acclimated to gunfire.
    An electric fence can help too… These critters can tear through chicken wire too! Get some 1/4" hardware cloth and use it to enclose the entire duck enclosure. Bury the ends under the ground, at least 18" minimum!!! Have it curve out away from the enclosure, then put pavers over it, then bury it.
    If Matt at 50 Ducks in a Hot Tub still has his old videos up, he had one a while back where he set up his fence the same way, and it helped.
    You need to step up your game! These critters are doing this for a meal, and think about it, if you were depending on your ducks for food, like many did in the old days, you'd have shot them from the 1st time they attacked. You have to get on this problem before these critters have babies, least you have more problems to tackle.
    I hope this helps! Let me know how it goes.
    As for the barn, I'd price out the metal roofing, do some reading, and do it yourself. You could enclose the ducks within the barn, ina more secure enclosure inside… Lights, especially intermittently flashing lights, can help too, yet these predators are seemingly getting comfortable, and I'd at the very least, invest in an electric fence, some ammo & some time in target practice. If you do decide to trap them, dart them, and relocate them, do so FAR away, as in 35+ miles away, and be aware that you might be getting rid of your problem, but will likely be giving that problem to someone else.
    Let us know how it goes!
    I just found your channel & look forward to more videos!
    Remember, predators in the wild are looking for an easy meal, and they are in competition with you.

  16. Ismadi Hatra Author

    Minks are a problem to farm animals because these guys just want to go in and kill but never eat them. Which i find is weird.

  17. Frank Kopke Author

    when we built our "critter proof" enclosure for our ducks and chickens, we were lucky enough to encounter a source of three foot high chain wire, originally designed for front fences on suburban government buildings etc. This we lay down FLAT against very short mown grass (we don't get snow in Queensland Australia). The vertical posts were then driven through this into the ground about two inches from the INNER edge of the safe area. The chicken wire was then added to more of the same, heavy style chain link fencing to a height of three feet, light chicken wire behind the vertical and on up to a height of eight feet where the hoop (using 2 inch polypipe on star "T" pickets) carries the chicken wire overhead.
    No wild dog, ferret (weasel) or anything else will dig a tunnel of two or more feet under ground to reach chickens. Added to this we also drive old and many cheap tent pegs into the chain link wire to keep it down on the ground.
    In the three years we have had this system in place the only losses we have encountered are from pythons. One got in, ate (swallowed) a chicken and was then too fat to get back out.
    We released it into the wild, after all that work and the embarrassment of being trapped by his own weight…:) he deserved one chicken. We now have two very large breed (Austrolorp) roosters who have since killed any snake that enters the area.
    Just a thought for your future development…hope it suggests possibilities.

  18. John Barry Author

    We had a problem, several years ago, with something killing our chickens. When I woke one morning, to find that SEVENTEEN chicks, and the mother hen, had been killed, I bit the bullet, and did what has kept our birds safe, ever since. I installed a LIGHT. I don't know of any predators that like to attack in the light(other than a fox, which will attack during the day). The critter killing my birds was a weasel. They will rip the throat of one bird, and drink their blood. Then, they will go to the next bird. Rotten animals…
    On another note, DON'T use chicken wire. Use RAT wire(otherwise known as hardware cloth). The weasel that killed my birds, had REACHED IN, THROUGH the chicken wire, snatched the chicks, and tried to PULL THEM THROUGH the chicken wire. They can't reach through rat wire.
    One last thing… I believe that Khaki Campbell ducks MATE FOR LIFE(or at least they are monogamous for a long time). We have had up to one hundred, and while that's not a tremendous amount, they tended to pair off. As a matter of fact, when one of the girls got ran over, the drake just walked around, like a sick puppy. I felt like killing him, just to end his misery. I would like to have a bunch of Khaki Campbells now, but I only have Pekins. I like the eggs of the former better.
    Keep up the good work.

  19. Derek Davis Author

    Improve the construction of the duck house. Use thick guage aviary wire underneath the house, over the whole expanse of the floor, overlapping the vertical sides of the house. Then use similar aviary wire on the sides and roof. Clad on the outside thermal insulation, with protected air vents. Use thick guage aviary wire on the roof (create a shell of thick guage aviary wire. Be especially careful in the doorway construction, a two door system would be preferable, . Ensure all joints and edges are safe and chew-proof. This may be costly to construct but will even out in the long run as you will be very unlikely to loose anymore ducks from interior predator attack. Good luck with your venture.

  20. Evelyn Rogers Author

    You need one quarter inch hardware cloth . Dug 12 inches in the ground and electric fence. Fisher cats got all my chickens when the fence went out

  21. IZ Ewert Author

    I just had my duck killed yesterday at 2 pm, near the house. Ducks sometimes stick they heads under the ELECTRIC fence. Probably weasel was just waiting for the opportunity to pounce on her. We found duck laying alongside the electric fence with her head and neck missing. We set the traps, and waiting…

  22. missy rabbit Author

    2×4 inch hog panel covered with hardware cloth will keep them out. Run hot fence outside of barn on a timer set to go off from eve to morning

  23. James Ritchie Author

    Dude you need an electric fence. Not expensive. Works. I have lost so many of my ducks that I am regrouping and building an electrified compound for my ducks. In Ohio we have multiple predator threats. Countless sleepless nights with gun did not help. Technology is the way to go! Cheap and relentless!

  24. James Ritchie Author

    Lost 20 plus ducks so now going to electrify massively.
    Ran a mega pheasant preserve where we regularly shot 200 foxes a year. Rats.

  25. Chris Underwood Author

    Please understand that chicken wire is not for safe guarding your should be using heavy gauge rabbit wiring or hard ware cloth…predators will just chew through that flimsy chicken wire…I don't know who ever invented this crap…but it only keeps chickens out of your is not ment to keep out predators. ..when putting in the wire hardware cloth or rabbit wire. You need to also bury it under at least a foot in their living area. And another runs. It all has to be buried. ..then sand or dirt at least a foot deep…also if you are letting them out in a run, you have to to a fencing keep the hawks, owls. From snatching them up…if you do their area up like fort knocks..under ,over head and walls..doors..and when you free range them, be prared to have predators to get them..once they start eating your my friend are doomed….they will clean you out…you have to bury the wire..all underneath. ..up where you are I know how cold the winter's are…when you get money put in PVC cold water lines at least 6 -7 ft deep..and use the lawn hydrant…and buy the pocket hose that shrinks back to a little hose…get the ones with the brass fittings. ..this way you won't be carrying pails any more.. these hoses are wonderful. .I use one all the time..and when done, turn your handle of the hydrant off. Let the water drain out of the hose..undo the hose and bring it in the house..I put mine in a little pail with a handle …this way nothing freezes..i hope this will help has to work smarter. ..Not harder..also when ckeaning out pens. Use a strong leaf blower..blow it all out the door…i have a styhl..commercial blower. .very powerful. ..I am going on 70 and i have a horse..but years ago we had a 350 acre farm..way up in northern Ontario Canada. .we had cattle, horses, rabbits, chickens ducks, and geese..grey Toulouse. ..and our long chicken barn was all wired up..under ,over head and the walls…and at night all came in and where safe …hope this can help you..we did this just for our own family. .so it ment keeping it all safe..why let predators take your food from you…good luck..

  26. jon hayward Author

    You gotta rebuild that duck house properly instead of patching up the old one…they'll always find a hole in that ricketty old thing..

  27. Emma miller Author

    We got Coyotes and Weasels to leave our chickens alone by leaving a talk radio from the thrift store on in the coop at night. The voices will scare the animals away. Down side though, our chickens have become very political. It’s all very Orwellian.

  28. Jason Kinnear Author

    You should have eaten the dead one! Don't kill the predator.. just keep you ducks locked up in a predator proof coop with strong narrow wire mesh walls covered on top and bottom. The weasel is good for you farm.. killing snakes, mice, rats and vermin. If you kill it another one will come back and take its place. It is wrong to kill wild animals just because you don't keep your livestock in secure pens (like you should be doing anyway).

  29. IPissOffRetards Author

    Weasels can fit through 1” by 2” wire. If you want to protect your birds buy smaller grade wire my reasoning for knowing is I raise ducks myself (callducks) I have 15 in total.

  30. Urijah Cooley Author

    What I've found out is that you need to get bigger ducks like Pekin ducks I haven't lost a single Pekin and the mink is always getting my chickens

  31. Surtu Author

    Don't yell at Pablo, he tried to stalk the mink! Also yeah everyone else is right, mink can get in any place their skull fits, like snakes, they are going to get in the tiniest opening and they're extremely strong and can wedge things apart and dig. They only need like two inches clearance. Go with everyone's experienced advice to fight the menace, don't figure it out on your own!

  32. Jovo Sedlar Author

    you just put my friends super useful little dog Maza in the coop until you catch the veasel or was it two? you could actually raise you a pair of Pulin (or working Border Collie would be easier to get as you live in the US) right in the duck coop in the night and out during the day, just like the ducks do. that way the pup or pups would follow and defend the ducks just as our followed goats. she actualy shouldve round them up but we didnt know how to teach her that. she however I watched her fly up in the dogs face and she would defend them and follow them everywhere. she won't really fight but really snarl and snap dog cat just born like that. and a motion activated light in the coop so chickens can sleep and in case weasel pays a visit the dog can see the intruder. in adition to guards you get yourself and your lady really good and useful loving dog. they are not expencive. you may get you some in animal shelter or free. they are sweet humble dogs that can winter outdoors with decent doghouse no special requirements. hello from Serbia
    just a short thought…

  33. Max Montreal Author

    Why don’t you build one big barn divided in half or third one part for the ducks, the geese and hay. At night everyone’s in the barn door locked and your flocks would be safe for the night.

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  37. Kered Nilon Author

    As a suburban poultry "farmer", I've experienced fishercat assaults on my chickens through the run. Bought a 20×10 steel greenhouse frame(used) and wrapped it in 1/4" cement cloth. Made it to 1 foot deep and essentially the entire run is a crate now. Only a bear can take it out now, but they like my bird feeders more…anyway swap out chicken wire for 1/4" or 1/2" cement cloth, you won't regret it going forward. Love your videos.

  38. Sarah Denison Author

    Golden Shaw Farm, You might want to put a jack donkey in with your birds as they'll kill any predators and serve as a great deterrent. You could put one outside of your duck shed with a run in and one inside the duck shed at night. They can also be trained to herd and can bring your ducks in at night and you can feed them grass and hay and not expensive dog food. If you have large predators you can put a draft stallion in with them. Often, there's a farm around that wouldn't mind lending you their stallion when it's not breeding or show season since stallions are often pastured separately. I put my Shire stallion in with a sheep herd and cow herd and the cougars, bears, wolves etc. left the area while the neighbour unfortunately lost all their calves. The Shire herded the sheep in a tight herd around the pasture and would cut and send any of the neighbour's cows back over the fence without training. Equines are very strong and agile and can catch any predator and with the larger equine's nothing will take them on. You could think of them as 200 to 2,000 lbs pit bull. Also, weasel's etc. will kill your cats so keep your cats with a donkey or a horse.

  39. Sarah Denison Author

    Golden Shaw Farm, You might want to put a jack donkey in with your birds as they'll kill any predators and serve as a great deterrent. You could put one outside of your duck shed with a run in and one inside the duck shed at night. They can also be trained to herd and can bring your ducks in at night and you can feed them grass and hay and not expensive dog food. If you have large predators you can put a draft stallion in with them. Often, there's a farm around that wouldn't mind lending you their stallion when it's not breeding or show season since stallions are often pastured separately. I put my Shire stallion in with a sheep herd and cow herd and the cougars, bears, wolves etc. left the area while the neighbour unfortunately lost all their calves. The Shire herded the sheep in a tight herd around the pasture and would cut and send any of the neighbour's cows back over the fence without training. Equines are very strong and agile and can catch any predator and with the larger equine's nothing will take them on. You could think of them as 200 to 2,000 lbs pit bull. Also, weasel's etc. will kill your cats so keep your cats with a donkey or a horse.

  40. fozzibab Author

    I could tell how much you really cared about that dead duck when you tossed its body in the dirt like a sack of garbage. It's like you say one thing, and do another.


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