This afternoon my dog killed one of my chickens. It was one of two 15 week old Bantam chicken that was given to us by a relative, as the third one got killed at her place by an eagle (i think). I am wondering if you could tell me whether you think she would kill one of my old hens as well. Our old Golden Retriever recently died and we went to the pound and got this 5 year old chocolate labrador. We have had her for a week now and we are very attached to her, but not once has she even remotely been interested in any of our 5 hens or 5 ducks and she absolutely loves our 2 cats. She is also in love with every dog she has ever seen. However, when we got given these two Bantam chickens she was very interested in them but we thought it was because they are new.
I was distraught when she killed one of them this afternoon as I was locking them in her pen. Of course I am going to try and keep them separate from now on, but I cannot lock my old hens up as they have been free range for years. I am wondering if any one of you think that she is a danger to all my old hens? Or did she only kill the bantam chicken because it is young and very small?
I would really appreciate any opinions you might have or any experiences of your own.