Last week a cochin went missing. I found alot of feathers in a wooded area, but no carcass, or any remains. Two days later, a very big pekin duck was gone!! Searched everywhere, and nothing found, NOTHING!!
Set a trap all week...nothing. Locked everyone up for a couple days.
So, my Lab dog chased down a possum one night. We've had many of those around, and never had them attack anything here.
The other thing..2 large hawks spending too much time here. Also don't think it was the hawks, because, I believe the duck would have put up a fight, and leave feathers. Too heavy to carry off, and no remains found anywhere...just MISSING? TERRIBLE! The remaining ducks have been very nervous, staying clumped together in the pond, or at one end. They usually roam all around.
Any ideas what would take a HUGE duck, and leave no trace? Two years ago...it was a bob cat...we caught it! But I always found the remains (UGH big mess)
I recently lost some birds. I thought coyotes but then was almost beheaded by a Red Tailed Hawk, he was flying at the barn door as I stepped into the doorway.
I spoke with DNR=wildlife Biologist. He said that a Red Tailed Hawk can carry off a FULL grown wild rabbit. Well I guess it was a hawk [or Eagle, I have them as I live next to a river].
The man did say that I can get a permit to kill a nuisance HAWK and gave me the number to call for Indiana. I am not a good shot at moving animals other than coyotes so I did not call. Been moving stuff in the yard around and letting the birds out only late in the day when I am outside. Working so far .
"be like a turtle; at peace in your own shell."
a red tail hawk can carry off a couple lbs, but an adult Peking duck could be up to 11lbs much larger than a hawk, an eagle MIGHT be able to accomplish this, but its likely a large four legged preditor,
Don't think these are Red Tailed hawks. I some googled some images. However, they are a pretty good size. Anyway, I haven't seen them today, and things have been quiet. It's so strange, because, yesterday I was surprised to find one of my chickens out first thing in the morning. Obviously, she was out all night. She probably slipped by me when I went to feed. I let her stay out all day, and nothing came around. Traps still set, and we are being cautious.
KSal...you made me laugh about humans not leaving a trace...anything is possible.
I had a Saxony drake disappear last spring. Afterward I found out that it had been up on the road after horses! Wouldn't be surprised if someone walked off with it, & had it for dinner! Wouldn't blame them, but I wish someone would have told me before he disappeared!