Well I lost a chicken for the first time, to a freaking dog.
Happened Sunday, a week ago. I wasnt home, but my step son was and he had let the girls out of their coop to roam the fenced in back yard, like we always have during the day. And he was inside and saw something out the window, ran out to find a dog in the yard.
It had killed my Barred Rock already and was going after the others, I think my Wyandotte (SP?) got her wing broke or dislocated. Its hanging down and she cant really flap it, but she wont let me catch her to check it. She was already the most skiddish of the bunch and hardest to catch before.
Still havent figured out for sure how the dog got in, no holes in or under the fence. Its a 5.5' tall chainlink fence.
Only thing we can figure is it climbed up on the picnic table and jumped over. Moved the table, to try and keep it from happening again.
Havent seen the dog since and we have been keeping an eye out.
We live in a small neighborhood, and my step son went looking for it to find the owner after he had let it out of the yard.
Dog is lucky I wasnt home, as I wouldnt have hesitated to shoot it.
My 3 other chickens havent laid a single egg since. Not sure if they actually got hurt, or its just the stress. They seem to be fine (minus the ones wing), and act normal eating and drinking fine.
Hope they get back to laying soon, I'm running low on eggs.