Chicken attacks Pit Bull "Caution-Pics"

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PurpleChicken, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Yesterday, while trying to round up my flock to get back into
    the coop, my Golden Campine(I think) was being especially
    defiant. She would head to the pen then turn and run. I finally
    cornered and grabbed her. The rest of the chickens just watched.
    They weren't surprised. The Campine has been a pain since
    she was a chick. The other chickens don't bother with her.

    My Pit happened to be on the other side of the yard taking care
    of his afternoon "business". My wife had him on a leash and he
    wasn't really interested in the chickens. They scare him anyways.

    Then it happened. He walked by me when I had the Campine in
    my hands. I crouched down so he could say hello to the chicken.
    The chicken lunged at the dog, viciously and deliberately pecking
    him hard in the eye. He yelped and jump back. He had no idea
    what just happened and why the bird would be so violent with
    him. He was holding his left eye closed and was very distressed.
    We checked out his eye. It was very red and irritated but not
    visually damaged.

    The dog was not showing any aggression towards the chicken at
    all. He never has. This shows you just can't trust chickens around
    dogs. Through countless years they have developed a very sharp
    beak, capable of real damage. Once their instincts take over no
    level of training will control them. On the other hand, dogs have
    been bred and domesticated over thousands of years to protect
    livestock and anything they think is part of their pack.

    I've always wanted my dogs to be around my chickens but I have to
    rethink this. I can't afford to have my dogs injured. They are
    too valuable to me. I don't know what the long term psycological
    damage will be to my poor dog.

    As for the chicken, I'm gonna try and find a local rescue who will
    find her a home with no dogs. Or I may try to find just the right
    size pot.

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    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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  3. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:The story is true. Ok maybe I "spun" it a little because of all the anti-dog
    posts. The chicken really poked his eye badly and could have really hurt
    him. I wish you could have seen it.

    Thanks for the breed ID. She, along with 9 of my 17 birds, came in an assortment
    pack from Meyers. Pretty bird but the least friendly of my flock. She bites.
    The only other bird I have that bites is a Silkie but that's just because the
    silkie is whacky. [​IMG]
     
  4. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gosh, your poor dog. I guess your chicken was not in the MOOD to say hello. Yea, not sure how I would feel about keeping a chicken that pecks HARD on purpose. All mine ever do is give me pecks when they are trying to eat a freckle, so I can forgive that, or if they get a bit excited when I have treats in my fingers, sometimes I get nibbled a bit.

    Never out of meanness, or just plain old orneryness.

    Glad your dog is ok.
     
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Awww, poor poochie! You better get a Beware of the chickens posted on your yard....whats next? Squirells?? NOTHING is safe with an attack chicken! [​IMG] [​IMG] She is a very pretty bird tho. Hope your dogs eye is better. I have been pecked in the eye by a chicken...WOW that smarts. And hurst for a few days! Maybe you need to go get that poor dog some chicken nuggets!! LOL
     
  6. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And I have to say, that pooch doesn't look like a pit or even a pit mix. I'd say Border Collie/springer x, but definitely not pit. Muzzle is too long and narrow and markings are consistent with other breeds. I hope the poor thing is okay! I can't imagine how much that hurt.

    Amy

    P.S. I think Speckledhen is right (isn't she always?) about the hen, too...she looks exactly like my Gold-laced Wyandottes.
     
  7. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    What are nice change...:)
     
  8. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:Oh ya, I'd trust SpeckledHen's judgement any day. I saw pics of a Campine and
    Meyers has Campines so I just put the two together.

    The pictures don't bring out the Pit in him. I've had him with other Pits and he has
    some identicle features. As he's getting older (9 months) he is getting taller
    and thinner. The Humane Society said he was a Blue Heeler. I suspect 50% Pit,
    50% Healer, & 50% Mystery. Our so-called Coon Hound is about the same.
    Love Mutts!!! [​IMG]


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  9. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi PurpleChicken,

    I can definitely see ACD in him...but still no pit!! Pits are typically low-slung and heavy-bodied, not rangy and tall. But isn't that the fun of owning mixed breeds...you can call them whatever you want and change it up, too. I have a client who was obsessed with trying to figure out what kind of dog his cute little mixed breed was, conducting copious amounts of research on the web in the search for her "heritage." He finally decided that she was an American Dingo. It made him happy, anyway!

    Amy

    P.S. Love the pic of both dogs snuggling in bed. So cute!
     
  10. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:We had another Mutt we called a Dingo. She really looked like one. It's amazing
    how many different breeds folks have said they see in him. He has shown
    no aggression and is a big lover. The ACD is sort of what attracted me to him.
    Ok, the cute dog in the cage at the local rescue was what got me. [​IMG]

    If he is not a Pit I feel very stupid for getting wrapped up in the Pit threads
    previously posted on this board.

    If you have a pic of your Golden Laced I'd love to see it.

    Thanks,
    Don
     

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