Well, I've had a good run with it and almost scoffed at the nay-sayers.. But I woke up at 5:00 this morning to the sounds of screaming bantams. Opened the bathroom window and shined a light out.. to see a 100+lb white dog standing INSIDE the bantam run with his front feet in the doorway of the coop. 😱😱😱
Yelled for hubby and he grabbed his gun and we went out. There was a second, smaller dog off to the side, certainly the lookout, lol. Anyway the big dog of course panicked. At one point he was sitting square in front of hubby through the wire with the gun aimed at his big head. Hubby asked me what I wanted, so I started counting birds. All were high up on a ledge except for two which were near the dog but not hurt. So as I told hubby to just go get a leash instead, the dog made a run for it through the hole he came in.
I could just die. Had that been my Brahma pen, all would've been lost with those big clumsy things. Anyway, we moved all the bantams into a four-side wood coop (where the Brahmas usually lay) and locked the Brahmas out of it. Gave them a portable laying box and stacked stuff all around their run- trash can, wheelbarrow, cages.. Just junk to try and divert attention I guess.
I really don't think the dogs were after chickens, otherwise he could've HAD this two Banty hens.. However if he'd gotten a taste or if I hadn't gotten there sooner..
So. That's my day so far.
Hubby is gonna go out after daylight and measure for hardware cloth. Do you guys think putting it on the bottom few feet should suffice? That's what I've read anyway. At least it'll be better for now and we can slowly work on the rest.
We will call AC when they open, and I told hubby he should call our neighbor and tell him if he's around today to listen for a fuss over here. Which, bless his heart, will likely bring him to every egg celebration the girls have.
The pop door he was trying to get into. The ledge up top is where most of the birds roost except for one roo and two hens who sleep right inside that doorway. That roo was in a laying box inside and those two hens were the ones beside the dog. Underneath on that back wall of wire to the left is where he came in
The hole from inside
From outside. and there was another place he tried first. Didn't get a pic of it though.Edited by carcar80 - 2/9/16 at 3:36am