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Our Duck Farm was Attacked!!


so this is kind of a tough duck update
to offer you guys today I came out this morning to do my usual duck chores and
feed and water the Ducks and let him out and collect the eggs and as I walked out
to the duck house I notice that it was silent and and that’s kind of rare for
the Ducks usually by like 6:30 or so they’re squawking away and
quacking and you can hear sort of a little building Rumble as they get all
excited to go outside but it was quiet so as I walked up I had this like
nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach and as I looked in through the window of
the duck house I could see Samuel and Jemima and they were covered in red and
as I got inside and opened up the door there had been an attack I don’t know
what exactly happened but you know the whole duck house was turned over there
was eggs and blood and feathers everywhere and the dishes were turned
over some of the hay bales that I used to insulate the duck house were flipped
over it was like chaos inside and as far as the Ducks themselves go let me show
you here it wasn’t good of our 17 ducks I noticed one missing we’re only down to
16 ducks now many of the Ducks seem to be injured like they have some sort of
bite or attack mark around their neck you can see this girl right here she’s
got it kinda some of them seem okay like she seems
okay even though she’s looping a little bit some of them just really don’t look
good at all like you can see yellow neck and mundungus they’re just yelling neck
he’s doesn’t look good neither does mundungus this girl right here doesn’t
look good just don’t know Samuel and Jemima actually look okay they
have blood on them but I’m not sure if it’s their blood so much they seem to be
actually the two that are in the best shape there’s also that girl right there
she seems okay I mean I’m not exactly sure what happened right now I’m just
really focused on taking care of the Ducks I just got them some fresh water I
just have no idea how this happened and I don’t know what happened just I’m
trying to try and figure out what happened no I mean look inside here guys that got knocked over somehow eggs are
scattered everywhere blood smeared in places it seems like they’ve sorted themselves
in two different camps you have the seriously injured over here then you
have the sorta injured over here I’m really worried about those guys I guess
when you have a crime scene you should treat it like a crime scene and
investigate no idea where that 17th duck went I mean I’m looking around here I can’t
see any sort of signs of like forced entry I don’t see any spots where the
Ducks could have potentially got dragged out of when I built this place I double and
triple sealed it with chicken wire both on the inside and outside so no thought
I had this thing as tight as a drum I guess there’s a crack there that’s not
double sealed it’s only single seal didn’t even fit a duck through there and and I mean it’s like one of the Ducks is
just completely gone I mean I think I’d find a carcass or something here nothing it’s definitely a lot of blood on the
ground I mean in terms of outside the duck house I don’t really see anything
either I mean nothing forced through the door girl looks like it’s in good shape
even though I think that greenhouse plastic was already a little bit ripped
so that wasn’t from this there’s a little bit of there’s a little bit of a
specks of blood there doesn’t seem like anybody dug through or got under I’m not
seeing like a bird dragged out like I feel that I feel like that bird getting
dragged out would be my telltale mark I don’t see anything is this a spot me guess that could be a
spot that something could get in through there all through here is sealed up and
again like dragging a duck out of oh wait not a plant it’s just a plant
I saw specks of red sorry I mean I guess one of the things that’s actually
fundamentally different is that you know everything’s melting right now whereas
for the last I don’t know five six months the duck house has been
surrounded in a sheet of ice and snow and now that’s melting and so somebody’s
probably out there hungry looking for something I can’t for the life of me
figure it out I mean it just doesn’t make sense to me what it could be if
this was like the Bobcat that we had floating around here a couple months ago
I feel like all the Ducks would be dead and I would have had way more carnage on
my hands same goes for a coyote I mean if it was a bear the doors would have
been ripped off the hinges so that leads me to believe it’s something smaller it
still almost still feels too small to be a fox that got in there and I feel like
a fox would have probably done more damage too and I’ve even had to deal
with a couple of raccoons in the barn over this winter but then I guess I’m
gonna get go with the the most likely candidate being some sort of weasel
whether it’s a Marten or a Fisher or mink or some other type of weasel I feel
like that’s the most likely candidate because number one like there’s no large
gaping hole and number two a lot of like the bite marks on the neck which I think
weasels are prone to like trying to drink the blood if you guys have
thoughts on what it could be let me know you really use some advice right now I’m just looking at the Ducks right now
and they just look so sad I mean look at this so it looks like I’ve got 13 eggs I’m
gonna actually get these inside so I guess I have these eggs and I have some
eggs that I have saved from the last two days I have an incubator that’s supposed
to be coming this week I’m gonna try to keep these preserved and hopefully these
will be the ones I get to hatch I really had lots of bigger plans for
hatching this year so I guess right here in my hand stands the next generation
you know just so much sadness here so much sadness I’m gonna head into town
and try to get some supplies try to take care of these guys get them cleaned up
at least the best I can I know I’m gonna probably have to make some tough
decisions this afternoon about who I keep and who I put down I don’t know
we’ll see

100 Comments

  1. Tiffany Becker Author

    I’m so sorry to hear this. We actually had a weasel come in and kill every single one of our quail in the middle of the day the other day. He has taken the bait of every trap I set so far so hopefully I get him soon! Best of luck to you guys on catching your predator!

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  2. Logan Steeves Author

    i had the exact same thing happen, i have 8 chickens and came to them they were silent most limping, cuts and holes on them and one had lost 2 toes but no casualties. never to find out what did it

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  3. dean nelson Author

    This has mink written all over it! Your fence would have in no way slowed it down and the hole in the fence was plenty big enough to pull a bird out.

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  4. Fest Author

    Foxes are cunning animals, they wont ever go into somewhere they can't escape. My dad had a fox attack a few years ago and the fox wounded a couple similar to yours and took off with the smallest duck. had to build large fences to keep them out (6ft)

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  5. Exoress Delivers Author

    A snake was likely the culprit. It would eat one duck on the spot so you won't see any drag marks. That explains lack of multiple fatalities.

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  6. Kelly Burnham Author

    We have Fox, Weasel, Martin, Coyote, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Eagles, Osprey and Ravens in our area. We used 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth for an 'enclosed' run with expanded metal 12" below ground. We have solar sensors lights at each enclosure and we recently bought an LGD for our 14 goats. We always close the door to the run/coop or barn at night. We have never lost an animal to a predator (land or air) since starting 4 years ago. Take care of security first then worry about which animal to keep or cull. Suck it up and get'r done – they're lives depend on you.

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  7. Brett Sullivan Author

    Investing in a good livestock guardian dog will completely cut down small predators
    Many western people have a trouble with the idea that the dog will live mostly outdoors or with your flock but in these breeds it is what they are bred to expect

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  8. Shabbir Ahmad Author

    It might be a for or some kind of wild cats. I have 36 ducks. My coop was once attacked by a wild cat. Hopefully he didn't do much damage. He took only one duck. Since then I sealed the coop from every possible loophole.

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  9. Randy P Author

    Might want to put an animal in there that is capable to protecting your livestock. Damn man I just saw your vids last week and I see this one today. What ever animal it was it is capable of squeezing in then having the rage to attack nearly every duck dang. Id guess Mink,but I am definitely no expert. I hope your remaining ducks pull through man! I am going to check out your other vids ahead of this to see now.

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  10. Elder One Author

    This is why we have donkeys and large geese. The donkeys are extremely effective against most predators while geese can make loud warning calls and fight off small predators.

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  11. David Bennett Author

    Looks like mink. Weasel just peel the neck and drink the blood. Weasels don't normally leave much blood. Minks are extremely aggressive and often drag their kill away. The mink return. You need 1/2" hardware cloth. Chicken wire is heavy enough and the holes are too big. My duck house is sealed with 1/2" hardware cloth and the floor is completely covered with 20 gauge sheet metal. No predators can get onto my duck house. Probably a mink. Martens and Fishers are quite large by comparison. Minks are very strong for their size. I think you had an attack by a Mink.

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  12. the Katt Author

    a guardian dog would have prevented this.Or even maybe a cpl of cats.
    Poor little duckies. : ( but live and learn. Lucky you only lost one.
    It's heartwarming to see your love for your ducks. Sorry for your loss.
    subscribed.

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  13. jyd1384 Author

    In my personal opinion, maybe a wild fox or small size predators might have attacked your duck farm through a dark night.
    If you wanna find something, set a few surveillance cameras(night vision supported)everywhere and try to record. My friends experienced such bad things like you but they captured it & just kill them all via night vision supported cameras a couple of years ago. Back then, criminals were big size wild rats and those useless animals totally eliminated by my raged buddies' sudden attack.

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  14. Starship Lightkey Author

    Sorry about your little buddies taking such a beating
    If your house is close enough you could put a baby monitor In the coop at least you'll know when something's up
    And maybe bait some traps around the perimeter

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  15. Stephanie Potts Author

    Sad to hear this attack. So far ive been lucky. My problem is my dashound will dig to china to get under fencing. Once the pullets or ducks get full grown he doesnt bother them!

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  16. Leanne O'Connell Author

    So sorry for your loss. Could you get a Maremma? It would bond with your flock and keep everything and anything away. I hope your remaining girls make a full recovery. 😟

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  17. sue mcfarlane Author

    It’s odd that you haven’t gotten any half eaten bodies it’s like there’s no spot where it has taken a bird away with it lik mos predators do but it’s very odd that it didn’t eat any of its kills not even the choice buts they usually go for

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  18. brslib01 Author

    I am sorry that this happened. We had a weasel get into our poultry A-frame once. They are able to get through a quite small opening.

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  19. Joyce Nesselhauf Author

    It could have been a skunk or more likely a raccoon. Chicken wire is about useless. That spot where the chicken wire was curled up is your entry.

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  20. Joyce Nesselhauf Author

    I hope you contained the ducks that were the most injured and treated them with Baytril to stem infection. They need the extra tlc right now.

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  21. Joyce Nesselhauf Author

    Ha! I replied before I saw the last few minutes. Weasels??? Little buggers!!! I hope you didn’t put anyone down. Ducks can be pretty resilient! So what did you do? Looks like there were two! Were you able to stop another attack????

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  22. Roberto Lopez Author

    I’m sorry to hear what happened. So sorry. I know how it feels to have something like that happen. However the best that could come from this is a learning experience for you. Hopefully it will be the last time this kind of thing happen. We live and learn. Don’t let this hold you back.

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  23. DANIYAH BANYAMYAN BAARA Author

    put cameras out so you always know what is going on. I am so sorry for you, looks like a weasel or mink did that! tough way to learn but you will. Take care

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  24. Victoria Munoz Author

    I am pissed that you didn't do a better job of protecting your flock! That is your responsibility, and this was foreseeable and preventable. A wireless camera might be installed.

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  25. B-Thrash Author

    What's worse than a weasel? 2 weasels!!! Dang. A weasel can squeeze through a 2" opening with no problem (anywhere a rat can go).
    Seems you should rebuild or renovate the coop, ground up: 1) Build a base/skirt of trenched 2"x12" treated lumber. 3) As said before use 1/2" hardware cloth, stapled and blocked-in at bottom of skirt (maybe put in a solid wall or 2). 4) 2"x6" header all the way around, block-in the wire. 5) Vertical 2×4 supports where needed. 6) Be sure the roof is sound.
    Other things to consider: Motion-lights, electronic repeller, electric fencing on outside, so as it auto-turns on when you shut/lock the door, predator urine, weasel traps, rat traps, glue traps, or maybe security observation w/ night vision scope on a suppressed AR-15. Good luck, poor duckies : (

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  26. jean claude le beuf Author

    Secure the pen better and clean it up, makes finding any break in easier. Maybe dig the wire netting in a few inches beneath the soil would help and seal all gaps wtf

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  27. Phil Osofree Author

    You don't know what happened?! Of course you do. Some predator came though the obvious gaps in the walls to eat your ducks. And it'll be back, too,. Count on that.

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  28. TheFoxandTheRabbit Author

    yea, i mentioned weasel and thought as much back when. i hope all is better now. weasels are quite formatable hunters.

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  29. Amanda Bushee Author

    It was a fox.. trust me had this happen multiple times with my ducks in NH. Darn animals some in mess up injure and kill the flock and only like take one.. they are crazy esp if they have mange and desperate

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  30. beth98362 Author

    You have a ferret, weasel or mink!
    I lost 73 chickens in a night to one ferret… Members of the weasel family kill for fun!

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  31. alwayzn01 Author

    If you have large animals wondering around you need an iron cage protection to protect these innocent animal creatures. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. milena Author

    dude, your duck house is a joke! under the door is a big gap. Up to the roof is another gap…where were your brains when you built this house?

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  33. Beverly Stafford Author

    The minks don’t usually eat the ducks, they bite them and lap up the blood. That’s why the dead ducks don’t draw them. They’re after the blood.

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  34. Will Martin Author

    When keeping ducks or chickens, you should have a pen with hardware cloth, and make sure it goes into the ground and out about a foot, so nothing digs. Animals will climb also, if there is space for them to get in.

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  35. jamisongbj Author

    You need protector animals. Livestock guard dogs (anatolian/pyranees breeds), barn cats that are raised with the birds so that they attack rodents and maybe things like hawks. I have ducks and chickens and predators tend to stay away from here since they roam around my property so far. My birds typically stay around and under an oak tree on the edge of the field. LGD's would be your best bet.

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  36. Bill Astell Author

    Weasels are not usually a problem.  In fact they are usually a good thing on a farm as they kill rodents. In 30 years of chicken keeping I only had one weasel attack that killed a chicken.  I have them all the time on my farm and happily let them go about their business.   For 30 years of protection against rats, chipmunks and mice one chicken was a cheap price to pay.  I caught that little guy the next night in a live trap and hauled him/her down the road several miles to release him un-hurt..  Mink on the other hand will kill and drain the blood out of an entire chicken coop of hens.  They bite the neck and lick the blood as you have here then go on to another victim.  Racoons though are the biggest problem.  If your fowl is not secure at night say goodbye to them.

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  37. Bill Astell Author

    I just finished watching the video and what you have there is either a marten or a mink.  Weasels are tiny.  A large one weighs 3-9 ounces.  It would be very dangerous and unlikely for a weasel to attack a duck or a adult chicken.  A marten can weigh about 5 pounds and a mink 2-3 pounds.  Most folks don't know the difference between members of the mustelid family so the poor little weasel gets blamed when it was a larger rarer member of the family that attacked fowl.

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  38. Cathy Holt Author

    whatever it was is going to come back or could be still in there and you just don't see it you know Doug a tunnel underneathin the ground or underneath the hay somewhere and 17th duck you are not going to be fine cuz it got eat I have three ducks in my own and I cannot imagine something happening to them

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  39. Tug_Slug Author

    You suck as a farmer, give it up. A predator isn’t going to eat it’s kill there their going to drag it off where they can eat it without worry about getting caught. Go back to Kroger, your only concern would be “paper or plastic”?

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  40. GunClingingPalin Author

    Told you to kill every last god damned thing you catch in your trap.. bait it with EGGS!!!!! and kill them all… Skunks.. Raccoons.. weasels… foxes… I have years experience with these killers… Skunks are the worse.. Weasels next.. Raccoons.. and foxes.. kill them all or kiss your flock goodby. your little buddy skunk you let go probably had babies and they all can for a vampire fest. You will learn.. when your whole damn flock is dead maybe you will learn… unless.. you start trapping with eggs and kill every thing you catch. Skunks will only drink the blood, raccons will drink and carry off the carcass.. foxes will carry them off every time. Better speed up your learning curve or pay the priuce.. make that cage tight as [email protected]$*.. Now kill that weasel and keep trapping.

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  41. Surtu Author

    Every farmer experiences this. It's the tacit knowledge you gain from these misfortunes, and how you respond, that translates into leveling up as a farmer.

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  42. J 77 Author

    I always line the whole floor with chicken wire to keep the varments out, that way there is no way for them to enter in to their dwelling.

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  43. Donald Miller Author

    This is exactly why I use 1/2" hardware cloth. Chicken wire will keep poultry inside but it does not do well at keeping other critters outside. I use 1/2 " hardware cloth for chickens and 1/4" hardware cloth for quail. I have found that newly hatched quail are so small that they can get out through 1/2" hardware cloth.
    If a coop is sitting on ground level , it is a good idea to bury 1/2" hardware cloth to one foot around the perimeter. It prevents digging under.

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