- Sep 20, 2010
About 1 month ago our neighbors dog dug under the fence and killed 8 out of my 12 chickens.For the past four weeks they have refused to go outside of the coop unless I am out there with them, which is infrequent because I work 40+ hours a week. They have been eating just fine but they don't seem to be drinking. When I am out in the coop they drink like they are incredibly thirsty. I have tried putting water in the coop but they haven't touched it. All the water is fresh and clean. Yesterday I gave them tough loving and locked them out in the run all day, hoping they would get over their fear of being outside, which appeared to work ok. They seem slightly depressed and their combs are lacking luster (they appear dehydrated). I am fairly new at chicken raising (2 years) and have asked everybody in town what to do, with no help yet. I am hoping someone will enlighten me on some new ideas to try. I am going to get chicks in the spring which I am hoping will change the dynamics of the flock, but that is about 2-3 months away.