This morning we found our last magpie Muscovy girl dead on the plot (the other two having been eaten by foxes following persistent flying episodes despite heavily cut wings). She didn’t have a mark on her but a little bit of blood on her feathers. She was still within the electric fence area. Also dead was Denise, our last female runner duck. She was at the back of one of the shelters and had an enormous neck injury, like something had taken a big bite out of her. This too was all within the electric fence. There were a few feathers on the ground next to the Muscovy, both white ones and Denise’s brown ones.
The original 3 muscovies were in with the geese (who we’ve separated off for the breeding season). Linford, the male runner was fine, all the chickens were fine and there was no sign of struggle in the chicken house. The bunnies were also fine. The electric fence is working and there are no apparent holes or breaches.
We are stumped at what has happened. It’s like one of those lateral thinking riddles. Did they kill each other? Was it a weasel or similar? Crow? Someone’s dog who got in and out? All very odd. I think we’ll never know, which is really frustrating. And now Linford is by himself which is a pain and a bit sad really. He’s outlived both of his clutch mates.