Dog - Gone

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by clawmute, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. clawmute

    clawmute In the Brooder

    Went out this am as usual to feed & release the chickens. There were two large hounds that had apparently spent the night under and elevated part of my shop floor. One of them looked like a blood hound and told him to scram in no uncertain terms. Walking out to the tractor shed I noticed the lid to the metal feed barrel I use was on the ground and so was the scoop. Alongside of the chicken yard fence was one dead hen.

    My flock of White Rocks is just about six and one-half months old and is just beginning to lay so I hate losing even one after all the misery it takes to get them htis far! The hen hadn't been eaten, just killed as was evidenced by the scattered feathers around her. Walking back towards the shop is when I discovered the second hound, amazingly the first one had sensed that I meant business. The secon was not so smart but after I retrieved my BB gun, wisdom soon entered his head - but from the opposite end.

    I hope that they are truly gone for I hate to shoot a dog but will not hesitate once I see the real bottom line. In our years living above the river surrounded by woods I have had to kill wild dogs (wolf-dog.Coy-dog), Possums, skunks, Owls, Blacksnakes, Rattlesnakes and stray dogs going feral. I'll bend over backwards to be kind but if they insist....then so long.

    It was too much coincidence for it not to have been either one or both of them that did the mischief, especially since nothing has ever taken the top off of the feed barrel. Many times during deer season, some knuckle draggers will round up a bunch of mangy dogs in a half hearted effort to get these wretched creatures to hunt. They just leave them for the natives to deal with. Very unthoughtful, eh wot!?


  2. sred98

    sred98 Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    So sorry about the loss of your hen. Do you think the dogs are feral or belong to a neighbor? I would worry that they would come back. Be prepared with a bigger gun next time! [​IMG]

    Sorry again, for your loss.

  3. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    Sorry about your hens.
  4. Cason

    Cason Songster

    Knuckle Draggers! [​IMG]

    Sorry about your hens- blast the dogs.
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Sorry about your hens. I'm curious though, why would a dog take the top off the feed bin? You might watch our for other predators too that would do that.
  6. clawmute

    clawmute In the Brooder

    I've had starving dogs - drop offs - remove feed barrel tops before and fill up on corn or other chicken feed. A starving/very hungry human, or dog will forget their druthers and eat whatever they can find.

    If you're in the parlor only Perrier water is good enough, but if you're in the desert any ol' mud hole looks good.
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Good luck on your quest. I hope you get that varmint!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    My stupid old beagle would LOVE to be able to eat chicken feed. If he got in the coop, he would ignore the birds and eat all their food first, I'm sure. Other hound dogs are probably just as food obsessed.

    I'm sorry about your hen. I hope those dogs stay away.
  9. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    Heck, even my fat/well fed/inside/pet dogs love chicken feed. [​IMG]
  10. cheapcheaps_girl

    cheapcheaps_girl In the Brooder

    Nov 25, 2008
    Villa Grove IL
    [​IMG] im sorry about your hen

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