We got our first ducks in 2011. This came about after a particularly hot couple of weeks that killed some of our chickens. We ended up mail ordering them, because we wanted female layers and all the ones at the feed stores are straight run, and generally Pekin or Mallard.
Our first batch were two Runners
, one Khaki Campbell
, and one Golden Hybrid 300
A couple of years ago the Fawn and White Runner duck
died of unknown, possibly illness related, causes. We did not suspect predators, and until about three weeks ago I don't think we've had a predator problem in the nearly 6 years since we moved here.
Last night the other three were slaughtered. I found them, along with one of the only two remaining ducks from the batch we got last year, missing their heads and necks. Four dead ducks in one day was overwhelming.Fang
, the new Fawn and White Runner duck
, yellowest puffball in the following photo, is the only duck left.
A few days ago we still had six
. Then, the Welsh Harlequin
disappeared without a trace. After yesterdays slaughter, our best guess of predator is owl. So far, no geese, nor chickens have been attacked.