So, while returning from tonight's chicken-checking I was told a "Chicken Rustler" called me today I'm a bit shocked anyone knew my # ?
Anyway if anyone is curious I'm fine. The snow-mageddon Wednesday did nothing to us but about an extra inch and some wind that calmed mid-day. We lost power for about half an hour, actually, and that was it.
The real loss for me was that through all this snow, my only Shamo (rooster) was in a new huge pen awaiting some pullets for me to have shipped over for him once it was over. Well, in the snow, his pen collapsed, and, if anyone here remembers I had and still have a dog with some, ahem, problems. (my mom's actually) She's still here and we learned she has NO respect for fences or any boundaries, and likes chasing chickens. Last night I wasn't aware she was running the yard loose to go do her potty business with several other dogs, one who's attacked chickens before. She jumped the downed fence, took my Shamo, dragged him out to the frontyard, and ate him. The other dogs likely joined in.
I was never aware of this until late late night when the snow was finally melted off from the rain enough that I could go fix the fence and secure his coop enough, I found he was gone. Searched all up and down the property and its buildings, nothing, - Nothing but a pile of feathers under where he normally perched. I assumed it may have been raccoons like with the Shamo hen I lost, but there were no signs but for the feathers under the perch. My next idea was the dogs, since their tracks showed previous entry to the pen before the snow was melting.
This morning I found one of our dogs out in the far side of the main lawn chewing on something - I approached and found the front half of my beloved Shamo rooster. I can't believe, an animal like our own, well, my family's dogs, would do such a horrible thing as eat the BACK end of the rooster, the most painful and prolonging thing possible, and not even touch his head, neck, or breast.
That being said I had to call off the future shipment of my Shamo pullets, and, I don't have any Shamos nor see it happening anytime soon.
To me, that was an enormous loss. He was a great pet, and I really really planned on having Shamos a part of this farm as a serious thing. First I lost my hen (lost her a few weeks ago) and now him.
Family says the dog is definitely going to go, but, she's been on plans for leave for months now. And the question is, what other of our dogs were out there and ALSO joined in on this? I don't even seriously hate them right now, I guess it's because I'm in a bit of shock and depression. I lost my Blue Wheaten Marans rooster, had to give up most of my Marans hens, had to give up my Buff Ameraucanas, some of my Sussex hens, I'm lucky I still have some of my project EE's and some Araucanas, but really, - Things just aren't looking up for me lately, chicken-wise. (which right now chickens are my life for the season being)