Sadness as brood of ducklings go missing from Chippenham

This Is Wiltshire: Sadness as brood of ducklings go missing from Chippenham Sadness as brood of ducklings go missing from Chippenham

Chippenham couple Bill and Sue Reed are appealing for clues to solve the mystery of their disappearing ducklings.

They were overjoyed a few weeks ago when a mother duck returned to the safety of their garden to rear her young for the third year in a row.

The couple had been taking care of the 17 ducklings, the largest litter yet, in their 6ft high walled garden next to St Andrew’s Church on Market Place.

But just eight days after their birth the ducklings mysteriously disappeared.

Mrs Reed, 65, said: “I went to feed them on Friday morning and they weren’t there. There was no sign of any carnage or anything at all.”

On Easter Sunday she found one of the ducklings dead, half buried in the vegetable garden, but no trace of any of the others.

She said: “All the church parishioners came to see them and we’re all really sad. The mother’s been back every day, she was absolutely distraught, wandering around and listening. That’s what made it so upsetting.

“I know it’s nature that some animals prey on others, but what predator comes in 17 times and takes them all?

"I’d like to know if anybody can give us any clues.”

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4:04pm Fri 25 Apr 14

antmanrob says...

Hi

Today Friday, I saw a mother duck and a group of about 5 babys on the stream/ brook that flows through the middle of sheldon road at about 7.45.

Might be a different family but though I would let you know as not seem them before.
Hi Today Friday, I saw a mother duck and a group of about 5 babys on the stream/ brook that flows through the middle of sheldon road at about 7.45. Might be a different family but though I would let you know as not seem them before. antmanrob
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2:47am Sat 26 Apr 14

freedom.is/BIG says...

On Friday evening, heard quacking in the dark, and saw a mother duck and about half a dozen ducklings in the stream next to the former off-license on Sheldon Road, doubtless the same ones as above. They were having difficulty getting over one of the drops in the level. You occasionally see ducks trying to land on roads, mistaking them for streams, so it's not unprecedented to see them some distance from the river.
On Friday evening, heard quacking in the dark, and saw a mother duck and about half a dozen ducklings in the stream next to the former off-license on Sheldon Road, doubtless the same ones as above. They were having difficulty getting over one of the drops in the level. You occasionally see ducks trying to land on roads, mistaking them for streams, so it's not unprecedented to see them some distance from the river. freedom.is/BIG
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2:22pm Sat 26 Apr 14

sarahmartin says...

There is a brood of about 8 ducklings with their mother on Methuen Park. There is a pond there but also lots of traffic. Hopefully they will be ok.
There is a brood of about 8 ducklings with their mother on Methuen Park. There is a pond there but also lots of traffic. Hopefully they will be ok. sarahmartin
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3:01pm Sun 27 Apr 14

savebirdsmarsh says...

Walking home around midnight last Friday (18th) I saw a lone duckling on the grass verge along Malmsbury Rd just past John Coles park. It was startled and promptly ran for cover. Unfortunately I haven't seen it since. However, it's a long way from where you last saw them so could be from another brood.

Regards,
S
Walking home around midnight last Friday (18th) I saw a lone duckling on the grass verge along Malmsbury Rd just past John Coles park. It was startled and promptly ran for cover. Unfortunately I haven't seen it since. However, it's a long way from where you last saw them so could be from another brood. Regards, S savebirdsmarsh
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6:14pm Sun 27 Apr 14

shed says...

Crows or magpies are noted chick nickers, we get hardly any ducklings as the blasted crows and magpies rob the egg from the nests.
Crows or magpies are noted chick nickers, we get hardly any ducklings as the blasted crows and magpies rob the egg from the nests. shed
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6:15pm Sun 27 Apr 14

shed says...

as 17 have gone missing look for a fat cat nearby or Mink
as 17 have gone missing look for a fat cat nearby or Mink shed
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8:32am Tue 29 Apr 14

Paul Tucker says...

Cats
Cats Paul Tucker
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10:25am Thu 1 May 14

Riley123soph says...

I know it's a bit far but I saw a load of duckling and the mother in Calne hid behind a wall in church street
I know it's a bit far but I saw a load of duckling and the mother in Calne hid behind a wall in church street Riley123soph
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