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monkeysox

  • Joined Jun 2011
  • Colchester, Essex
Bad baby mallard news
« on: August 12, 2011, 12:30:31 pm »
Sadly my 5 has now become 2 - I came home from work yesterday and all 3 of my ducks had disappeared without a trace :( I am now left with my 2 drakes. OH clipped there wings the other evening so they havent flown off. Any ideas anyone? We did wonder about a fox but there were no feathers and why only take the ducks and not the drakes?

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jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011, 12:42:10 pm »
Mmmm, might of been the raggle-taggle gypsies, otherwise known as the local mallard drakes, leading them astray. I had a call duck who used to spend nights out with them on the river, only to return when she got hungry or wanted smaller, more civilised company  :D They can walk/flutter some distances.

I hope they return  :-*

Sylvia

  • Joined Aug 2009
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011, 04:02:18 pm »
They can fly at a surprisingly young age.

monkeysox

  • Joined Jun 2011
  • Colchester, Essex
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011, 04:06:17 pm »
Theyve had there wings clipped - they aren't really babies any more

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lill

  • Joined May 2011
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2011, 05:54:37 pm »
could it not have been the 2 legged fox, ducks seem to be more precious than drakes  :&> :&> but i do hope you get them back

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2011, 01:31:40 pm »
I'm not a wing clipper I must admit, if Mr Fox comes round it's about their only chance of making a getaway - and anyway, who wouldn't want to fly if they could?  We had a dog otter take our non flying runners and campbells when we came here, or mink is also a possibility.
registered soay, castlemilk moorit  and north ronaldsay sheep, pygmy goats, steinbacher geese, muscovy ducks, various hens, lots of visiting mallards, a naughty border collie, a puss and a couple of guinea pigs

Barrett

  • Joined Jun 2011
  • North Somerset
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2011, 03:29:16 pm »
Hello, check the skies, it may sound bonkers check to see if you have any birds of pray nesting anywhere, we have buzzards and they do pester my chickens and chicks somewhat, they will just swoop down and not leave any trace or mess.

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2011, 06:51:14 pm »
I lost a call drake to a buzzard  :P

I suppose it might just be coincidence that the ducks have gone?

monkeysox

  • Joined Jun 2011
  • Colchester, Essex
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2011, 09:47:48 am »
2 of my girlies have come home :) We think they escaped the pen but then got very hungry! They came home starving bless them. I have made the pen more secure and so far we still have 4!

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jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2011, 10:22:31 am »
Oh that's good news  ;D

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2011, 10:41:23 am »
photos please, its always good to see photos of happy endings.. ;)
registered soay, castlemilk moorit  and north ronaldsay sheep, pygmy goats, steinbacher geese, muscovy ducks, various hens, lots of visiting mallards, a naughty border collie, a puss and a couple of guinea pigs

monkeysox

  • Joined Jun 2011
  • Colchester, Essex
Re: Bad baby mallard news
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2011, 02:10:53 pm »
photos please, its always good to see photos of happy endings.. ;)

Ok will try and put some photos on tomorrow - no promises i'm not very "technological"!!
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