Today was very scary. No idea how this happened, but our large dog and our doxies got into the duck enclosure, some feathers were pulled and one of the hens is in bad shape. We're thinking the large dog jumped over the 5 ft fence on the east side of the enclosure (he has legs like a gazelle). Still not sure how the dachshunds got in though, all holes that have been dug are blocked. The weather is pretty bad today but we're going to try to make the fence higher by adding netting or something like that. Thankfully the doxies were on the side barking but the large dog was in the pond! He's going to be re-homed though. He also barks alot at the ducks which is very irritating.. Any new neighbors would definately complain. This is the second time he has injured/attacked our ducks. First time was when mom and I were trying to train him to be okay with the ducks and protect them from predators or threats, which also failed, he barks at something then runs away. He's dead to me. -__- One of the rouen hens is in bad shape. She's barely walking, kind of flops around, and has her wings down. Mom and I scooped her up and applied some anti-infection stuff to her back, side, and neck, which all had bite wounds. No severe bleeding but mom put some corn starch on her just incase. She's not taking any mealworms or greens, she's scared outta her mind so I wouldn't expect her to. I haven't had ducks very long so I really don't know how she will turn out. There is fresh water and food available to her and she's in the duck house with some new shavings. What do y'all think? It's also my fault for picking a pup with labrador retriever in his blood.. Attacking/trying to kill my ducks doesn't suprise me. It's what labs kind of do.. But a friend was urging me to adopt instead of buying from a breeder, so I though "eh what the heck" and went with it. I found a cute pit/lab puppy and took him home. I should have went with a breeder. :< At livestock auctions I've seen these medium sized dogs that are very obediant.. They don't bark at the poultry or the livestock, one whistle and they're by their owner's feet calmly waiting around. They're usually like border collies or collie mixes, uhm herding dog mix breeds, all that good stuff. I thought "oh man I need one of those!" and I got a derp dog because a friend told me not to buy from what she calls "scam breeders". She was saying that pedigree breeders breed moms to sons, brothers to sisters, etc, and that pure-breds have genetic problems and all this crap about saving lives in pounds. Saying mutts live longer and healthier lives than pedigrees. Ugh. I know for a fact that good, well-known, rich, breeders actually breed out genetic faults from their dogs. Yet I still adopted a derp. Now I'm paying for it by almost losing my ducks! *Not saying that I'm against adopting, it's just nice to know what you're getting from a breeder. You pay extra but it's well worth it.