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Something killed our duck
I cannot believe I found this forum and posting this but here it goes. We found a just hatched baby duck in our yard and tried to find it a home. My Daughter fell in love with it so we kept it and named him. We found out he was a Mallard and had a deformed wing as he grew so he could not fly. I bought him a really nice pen and we locked him up at night and let him run through our yard during the day. My Dad came over and said the duck was shredded in the yard. Something killed him and I don't know what it was but there were feathers everywhere and my Dad said his neck was ripped off. Luckily, my Daughter wasn't here. She is sleeping at my parents house and I don't know what I'm going to say. I never thought that my whole family and all of our neighbors would become SO attatched to this duck!!! We are all devastated and I want to get another one but I don't feel the duck will be safe. My Mother in-law was over a couple weeks ago babysitting for me and said she saw a coyote. I wonder if that is what happened. How do you keep a duck safe? I did everything I could to take great care of this duck and I can't believe this happened. I didn't think I would be this sad. He followed us everywhere and loved our attention. Any advice for me? Should we try and get another duck? This duck was born wild and I've read that domestic ducks can't fly. Where do people keep their domestic ducks?