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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Lady Lavendar, Mar 23, 2009.
Sorry about your chickens.
I'm sorry for your loss. I hope you still have some other chickens.
I understand perfectly how you feel about the chickens....
I came home to the same thing today. My own dog jumped the wire fence and killed 8 chickens, I found a 1/2 feathered roo about 2 hours later and I have a nice hen that looks like she's in trouble too, so I'm doubtful either of them will make it.
But enough is enough, and I'm not making excuses for that dog any more - The dog is gone tomorrow .......
Oh im terribly sorry for your loss. I myself just went through my dog killing my chickens. I had 7 silkie chicks safely tucked away in my bedroom away from my dogs and cat. Somehow while I was at work the dogs got the door opened. Well needless to say they completely ate 6 of the 7 silkie chicks. Not a drop of silkie left Why the last little chick was left I am still not sure. But I couldnt blame the dogs they did what comes naturally.
Thank you all for your condolences and for sharing your experiences with me, they are very much appreciated. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your losses as well.
I have one pair of chickens left, Cache the Roo and Torie his plump but lovely mate. We only started with 2 pairs in case something unspeakable happened. We just went to the Arcola Trade Day in hopes of finding two new hens. I'm glad now I didn't come back with any. Anyway, I spoke with the woman I bought them from and told her what happened. She hatched and raised all of them so she feels their loss even more acutely than I do. She has agreed to give me another pair and I will pick them up in a few days. I am going to watch them like a hawk this time. I do not want to ever go through that again.
train your dogs, makes life a lot easier in the long run.
Actually, I'm an obedience instructer (17yrs.) and emergency animal nurse. I'm also a wildlife rehabilitator. My dogs are used to all sorts of animals coming through our home. Unfortunately, my daschund is young and loves anything that moves quickly and makes noise. He's fine with supervision but with the pack and no human around he will behave like a dog. This is the reason we choose to keep the chicken pens so far from their yard. Last night, was the first time he had ever seen the chickens.
I'm so sorry. I know exactly how you feel, our golden retriever killed one of our chickens. He was have a lot of cezars and was really confused. After that happened, I realized that you can never trust any dog with chickens Birds are just so fragile, even if another animal just wants to play, they can kill them so easily. I have raised all ours by hand and they all have names, so it is like losing a best friend.
Quote:were your chickens familiar with the dogs?
im so sorry... this happened to me on mothers day...someone had let the back door opened and one of my whippets killed one of my layers(i often put them out in the garden, but i thought the dogs were getting used to them...but whippets can be lethel killing machines)...myself and the kids were gutted...the whippet had killed a rat the day before for me as i saw it by the chickens...so maybe she thought it was a feathered rat
at least we have three baby bantam eggs ready to be hatched at the weekend...so something to look forward to