In the Brooder
- Jun 18, 2018
I had my chickens out free-ranging today after I got home from work. My grandmother lives in another house on the property, and not realizing my chickens were out let their dog outside. At first he just ran off to do his thing, but then I saw him and grabbed his collar when he got near the birds. I was guiding him towards their house again when he pulled out of my grip and took off after one of my girls. She outran him about 300ft down the hill towards her run and coop, but instead of going in the gate to the run, she ran around it. He caught up to her and got a bite of feathers (I counted 9) from her tail. I was running and screaming at him like a madwoman trying to get him to stop and to catch up to them. I finally intercepted him and got him back up the hill to the house. Meanwhile, I saw my bird run off into the woods behind her coop. I got back down the hill and now she is nowhere to be seen. There was no blood or flesh on the pile of feathers I found, and she is a white chicken so I think I would have seen if she was bleeding while she ran into the woods. I searched for her for about half an hour but decided my crashing around probably only scared her more. Do you think she will come out of hiding or do you think she got lost? When the girls free range they usually don’t venture too far into the forest so I’m not sure if she’s familiar with them. I’m just nervous if she was injured and can’t get back, and it’s too cold at night for her to stay out. Should I keep looking, or just wait and hope she comes out on her own before dark?