3 out of 4 chicks killed by our dog

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sabinamedved, May 6, 2016.

  1. sabinamedved

    sabinamedved Out Of The Brooder

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    Hope you can help me out. This morning our dog pushed through coop net and killed 3/4 chicks. They were just about 8 weeks old. 3rd day in their coop, just moved them outside. One survived, found her in our neighbour's yard. Went back to the farm store, purchased 3 chicks (2 days old), and 1 chicks that a bit older (can go outside 2 to 3 weeks). I was told by the store employee the surviving chicken will most likely die due to trauma of it all, plus she is all alone in her coop. No injuries, but the experience of it all will most likely have her no eat or drink much. Eventually, she'll start picking on her herself due to being alone and die. What do I do? I can't move her inside, because baby chicks are under a heating lamp and she would be too hot. Should I bring her in at night and just put her in the same room with them but not close to the heating lamp? I'm totally lost. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She will probably be ok.. you could put chicks in coop. Seperate cage.. with light ect..she can see them thru wire. I hope you make your coop dog proof..
     
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  3. sabinamedved

    sabinamedved Out Of The Brooder

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    I plan to put my coop inside their chicken run, that's the only option that I can think of for dog proofing it. It was a short long hair dachshund but the nail staples couldn't hold the net.
     
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  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    Store Clerk pretty dramatic [​IMG]
    Agree with Rod-T. I've raised single chick in the past, yours will be ok. Dog proof your coop, your dog did it once & will do it again, "fun of the chase". Good luck
     
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  5. sabinamedved

    sabinamedved Out Of The Brooder

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    The chicks are 2 days old...you don't think it's way too cold to put them outside. I'm in WA state, not very warm at night.
     
  6. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as they have a light for heat they will be fine
     
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  7. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in deerpark north of spokane
     
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  8. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    First of all, many store employees don't know much more about chicks than they remember from their grandma having them back when they were four. So take what they say with a grain of salt.

    Your best best for the surviving chick as well as future integration of the new chicksi s to raise them in view of the older chick right in the coop. You do not need a brooder. You do not need to raise chicks indoors. (Read my article on outdoor brooding, linked below my post.) It will not be too cold for them in the coop. In fact, it will be better for them. Look into the heating pad system, and you'll see it would be best for the babies while not affecting the older chick.

    Your first task is to replace the "netting" with hardware cloth. If your dog could get to the chickens, a predator will, too. Go over to the Coops and Runs Forum to get help.
     
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  9. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    2x
     
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  10. sabinamedved

    sabinamedved Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all so much. I'm totally numb from this experience. Thanks again.
     

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