Chicks beaten up

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MonicainAZ, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I left open the gate into the garage, and my dog got in with my almost 2 week old chicks. Miraculously, none of them were killed and don't even seem seriously wounded, but they are beaten up a bit and of course scared out of their minds. Is there anything special I should do for them? I feel so terrible and so relieved they seem to be more or less OK.

    I guess she was just mouthing and licking them? Poor babies. :(
     
  2. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can give them some electrolytes in their water and some treats. You can also sit with them and talk to them softly to calm them enough to be inspected for wounds. I'm glad that your dog didn't hurt your chickens. They should recover okay as long as they are not physically wounded.
     
  3. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I gave them a few mealworms and while one of them was too freaked out at first, they all are a bit. I hadn't thought about the electrolytes, so thanks for that, just gave them some.
    One of them does have a small injured area so hopefully it will heal. They are drying off now and getting less scared, so I hope they will all be OK.

    And the dog seems so proud of herself and isn't sure why I'm upset. Maybe she was trying to take care of them like puppies, who knows. I didn't see what she was doing, I just tossed her out of the box.
     
  4. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aw, hope your chicks feel better...and as for the dog, is she an Australian Shepard or border collie? She may have been trying to "herd" the chickens, our friends have an Aussie who did this when they had chickens. Don't be too mad at your dog, they have a predatory instinct and are in no way in control of that... I would be mad as well, so don't feel bad. You can spend some time training your dog that the chickens are of limits if you want. Here's what I'd try. Purchase a shock collar at a store or from online. Put it on a low but feel-able setting and put it on your dog. Open the gate and let the dog in. When she gets too close to the coop, shock her with the collar. It may sound cruel, but really it is nothing compared to what wolves do in the wild. They pin each other down as a dominance show, so a small shock is not a big deal to your dog, it is just uncomfortable enough where she will not want to get it.
     
  5. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. My dog is a border collie. The perpetrator is not the one in my avatar, but his mischevious little sister. I'm not mad at her, she is just being a dog, just upset in general and she knows it.

    I'be been working with her being good to the chicks when I'm around, and she has been good about just sitting and watching them. But I guess the temptation was too much when I was gone. I don't think she was herding them, the poor things were huddled together in a pile already for safety. So glad they seem OK.
     
  6. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am glad they are okay too. Many chickens have been attacked by dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes, etc.They will probably feel better and get over the shock too.
     
  7. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am happy to report that all of them are fine and running around like nothing happened. Meanwhile we have been calling the dog "Chicken Licker." It is pretty much a miracle that she didn't even hurt them really - she was standing in the brooder box! But, good to know she apparently wasn't trying to kill them, because if so they would certainly be munched!
     
  8. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's great! Always nice to have a dog that won't kill chooks!
     

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