Feel worse than horrible...lost my first bird due to my own stupidity

1stepcloser

Poultry In Motion
10 Years
Sep 16, 2009
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Dover, TN
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I made the incredibly stupid and naive mistake of trusting my dog around my bird. Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! I read your posts and somehow thought I knew better.
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She killed one of my layers today. I came home to find black feathers everywhere. After searching and searching I found my girl. She had gone to die in a empty potting container. I feel sick and just want to cry. Lesson learned in a horrible, horrible way. We will be rebuilding their run to accommodate the chickens 24 hours a day. There will be no more free ranging unless I am out there. Period. Nor will any of my dogs ever be trusted around them again.
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I feel like crap...as I should. (((sigh))) What was I thinking?!
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poultrypatch

Songster
10 Years
Aug 15, 2009
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Rochester
I'm sooooo very sorry for the loss !!! Poor chickie !
We all do stupid stuff thinking it will be ok. I have Toy and Mini Poodles and wouldn't trust one of them with my bird kids.
I guess we just have to learn from our mistakes. Don't beat yourself up over it, it won't help.

Liz
Rochester, MA
 

TennesseeTruly

Songster
10 Years
Mar 5, 2009
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Church Hill, TN
Please don't beat yourself up. Several weeks ago I lost 37 chickens and 5 guineas to my own 2 dogs. I was beside myself, physically ill, and couldn't believe that it happened. All we can do is work harder to make sure that it doesn't happen again.

I was so cocky that I would never lose a chicken to a predator, especially not to my own dogs until a series of accidents happened. You can never be too prepared.

Sending you bunches of hugs.

Laurie
 

jbowyer01

Just Me!
11 Years
Aug 29, 2008
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Hogansville, Georgia
First heres a (((HUG))). Secondly take a deep breath and please realize that we all have made mistakes when it comes to our chickens. Mine was thinking I could leave my little silkies out alone to free range for 15 to 20 min. while I did something in the house, I knew about our hawk situation but none the less....I lost my smallest silkie to a hawk, I watched in horror as it carried him off and there was nothing I could do. As I said we all make mistakes and we learn from them!
 

1stepcloser

Poultry In Motion
10 Years
Sep 16, 2009
812
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Dover, TN
Thank you everyone. I still feel like pond scum. Poor Pepper totally trusted me and I let her down. Happi, I don't doubt you. The only thing I can say is I will NEVER leave them unattended around my dogs again. EVER.
 

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