So last year we went on vacation and got a phone call that there were dead chickens laying all over our barnyard. We concluded it had to have been dogs with that many killed during daylight. Later that year one of the chicken tractors got ripped into and most of the young chickens were killed. I heard a ruckus and went out. Across the road I glimpsed a pack of three dogs. I set out all the next night but they did not come back. last night I was going out with a tray of eggs in my hand to put in the incubator . I had not even got out the door when I see a strange Husky standing there wagging his tail. Two other dogs were there as well, one looked like the white one I saw after the tractor break in. I put my dog in the garage and got my gun. By the time I got my gun, the dogs were off down the road. I had heard of an old lady with a bunch of dogs down the road, so I went over there this morning. She seemed to be expecting me! She says the white one isn't her dog, she has just been feeding it for a year!!!??? She admits the sheperd is hers. I said, well why don't you tie them up? She states Well I have been trying to get rid of them but nobody wants them. So I tell her the long sad story and she offers to try and pay me eventually. Of course she is a skinny old lady and probably has no money. The killer is there is no animal control or dog pound to get rid of them, so unless I kill them they will always be out there! I am always putting two layers of wire on my pens now because of these dogs, welded wire outside, chicken wire inside with a three and a half inch gap to keep coons out. Plus the skirt buried around the perimeter
But my quail brooder was made out of a curved piece of Formica so I would have no square corners for the quail to pile up in. Now I see I Should have put welded wire around it as well but I thought ten steps from the back door with two guard dogs was safe. WRONG! Ugh, I searched the pen and found a lone quail egg left behind, so I will put it in the Bator with the others. :'( Naturally they just started laying a few weeks ago.
Edited by Hot2Pot - 9/23/11 at 7:00pm