Disaster, now depression

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ssteiner, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. ssteiner

    ssteiner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    Orange, CA
    Well my experiment in chickens came to a disastrous conclusion today. After just 7 weeks, my adorable girls, Rita and Judy, were attacked by my runt daschunds and killed. They got through an open door while the girls were freeranging. I feel sick about it. I can't decide whether I want to try again or if I should just hang it up.
  2. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2008
    Scenic Sierra Nevadas
    Very sad and just so like those lovable doxies! Try again, but maybe do something different, maybe fence off an area with cover for freerange? Good luck!

    eta: to add a hug
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2008
  3. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    [​IMG] I am so sorry you lost your 2 girls. Please don't give up on chickens they are great. Just make them a secure place to live and play. Good luck
  4. JessicaGrant

    JessicaGrant Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2008
    Western Mass
    I'm so sorry. Something similar happened to me my first go around. It was a wild raccoon that got mine but it was totally my fault since their coop wasn't secure. I learned and moved on and tried again and we have made it 6 months without any more problems. I hope you try again. [​IMG]
  5. tattooedchickenlady

    tattooedchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Dinky Springs, la
    So sorry that happened.....I had a similar experience, but keep going. I agree, fence off an area that they can free range in. I had to divide my backyard so I could get chickens, my doggies are horrible chick killers.
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    So sorry for your loss. [​IMG] [​IMG] I agree with the other posts. Try again. Maybe fence in an area with for free range. There is a collar available that has like a remote control. You push a button on it and it beeps. If the dog still doesn't do what you want, another button will give the dog a shock. It's used for training dogs. Every time the dog gets too close to the chickens beep first then if no response shock. Another option a fenced in area for you dog.
    I have an area fenced off for my birds more to keep them from destroying my crops. They get into the plots and destroy everything. Right now they are in part of my corn field. Within the next couple of weeks I will move them to another section of the corn field, They make good tillers and scratch everything up. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. Bandana

    Bandana Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've been there. Anger at the dogs for misbehaving. Anger with yourself for letting it happen. And, lots of sadness over the loss. It will get better though. I promise.

    There are some options to make sure it doesn't happen again. Like a chicken tractor for the chickens. A fence for the dogs. If you can't do a regular fence for the dogs, then maybe one of those radio fences. Good luck to you, and don't be too hard on yourself.
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop

    Try again. You'll be glad you did. It's a lot of work but it's worth it.
  9. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I'm sorry that you lost your girls.

    I agree that you should try again after putting up some good fencing for the new chickens.
  10. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2007
    Central Florida
    I am so sorry you lost your girls...I understand the depression....Please start again chickens are great therapy.......Good luck...do not trust the dog...once they taste chicken blood they will always go after them...I use elecric fence around mine

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