Dead duck CSI
We lost our best Cayuga drake yesterday to some kind of animal. I'm trying to figure out what did it, and the following description is a bit gruesome, but maybe it'll help solve the mystery.
I keep the birds in a very secure coop at night and let them run within our fenced property during the day. We returned home at 2:00 in the afternoon to find our dog (who has always been very good with the ducks) standing over the dead bird. Of course it's easy to assume he did it, but the wounds don't seem to indicate a dog. The skin on the bird's throat was gone with his esophagus and muscles exposed, but not badly mangled. Same thing for the side of his head - feathers, skin, and eyeball missing, bone exposed, but no obvious teeth marks. There was another place on the side of his head around the beak - it's like he was skinned in a few places. I read that raccoons may do this, but would they attack in broad daylight with dogs nearby? The ducks spend a lot of time in a creek, in the woods.
Except for where he was "skinned", he didn't seem to be missing any feathers. I'd like to think this was a raccoon or mink rather than the dog, but has anyone lost a bird to wild animals in broad daylight? What would a dog-kill look like?