chicken taken by dog...my photogenic avatar

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by peeboo, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. peeboo

    peeboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I knew i was more than lucky to be free ranging 11 birds w/o incident for almost a year. last night i came home and one of my sex links were missing. i searched thinking it got dark before she had a chance to get to the coup, highly unlikely since she's usually the first one home. well then i discovered large mounds of feathers strews about the ground alongside my house. we searched all night for hours, bringing our dogs out to see if they could catch a scent. no avail, driving around the neighborhood thinking MAYBE we would see a dog along side the road helping himself to a free meal. There were giant dog tracks walking right into my chicken run. HUGE! i have a 110lb lab and they were about the size of his feet. i know this dog is prob going to come back and claim the rest of my flock and there is just nothing i can do. i feel awful. but i know that my girls, including tonya have had the best care and a very good life. i just wish it wasn't cut so short. she's the hen in my avatar. i was hoping this day would never come, but mark my words, if i see this dog, i't's taget practice for me!
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  2. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    How was the dog able to walk into your chicken run? Did he break down the gate? Dig under? Sorry for your loss.
     
  3. peeboo

    peeboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i leave my run open. they free range, i've attached my run to my deck and there's a little door i leave open for my girls. since we dont have very many predators, or HAVEN'T in the past, i wasn't worried and they loved going from house to house picking up treats from the neighbors. but now that you mention it, there was a spot where the chicken wire was mangled, pulled away and off the post, i thought it was my little pitbull who did that while he was on his chain, but i think now he was unrightly punished for the deed.
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  5. peeboo

    peeboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, i just hope this isn't going to be an ongoing thing, with the predator returning day after day.
     
  6. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the looks of your pick your hen my need a drink after that attack. She is looking pretty hard at that can of PBR.
     
  7. MTtroutwithwings

    MTtroutwithwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for your loss, I have black sex links too, I'd be crushed if I'd loss them. I did loose some guineas awhile back to "free ranging" neighbor dogs too, time to sit on the back porch while rocking a rifle! [​IMG]
     
  8. I had a fox (maybe a dog, but doubt it) take three of my chickens a day or so ago. I am waiting for the beast with my pistol.

    I have seen a fox around the barn on some mornings and put a bit of buckshot in its butt. Now that it has killed, it will be killed.
     
  9. katiek

    katiek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry for your loss. That just makes me [​IMG]

    Hang in there!
     
  10. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

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    Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost one a few months back to a possum durring the night. She was my favorite so i know how you feel. It's tuff. [​IMG]
     

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