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I think my chickens killed my dog.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MakNat, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. MakNat

    MakNat Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Last late summer we got our first chickens. My big Swiss Mountain Cur Mix Chopper startd killing one here and there. Well my hubby just said, "look Chopper is just a born killer." He actually killed a dear once. He got worse about it over the weather. Ate about 5 birds in 3 weeks. We would try and get rid of the birds but you can't just start a fire , which fire, I find is the best way to get rid of birds. Anyway, the dog just all of a sudden started dropping all of his weight except for a pot belly. He acted totally normal. Was still interested in food untill the last week. We never took him to a vet, he was 11. And a killer. I made him all kinds of special holistic foods. He never acted like he was in any pain. The weight loss took only 4 weeks. I knew in my heart he was dying.... So SAD..
    The day he died He hung out in the kitcken with me while I made him treats. He waited for my hubby to come home and he said goodbye to both of us and he went out in the yard under a cedar tree next to a huge stone and died... AAGHHH. It is so sad... I have a picture of him on my computer desk, Hes staring at me with those beautiful golden eyes. I think eating the chicken killed him.. A heathly dog wouldn't just up and die would they. What does anyone think?? Am I right???? It still hurts like hell....

  2. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Songster

    May 9, 2008
    Lowell, IN
    I am so sorry MakNat [​IMG] I know how that feels to watch a loved one die. Maybe a chicken bone got stuck? I know they say dogs shouldn't eat chickens [​IMG] Poor fella. Although I will say that killing that deer was really impresive. Personally I would be cryin everytime I look at his pic. My dog killed my roo on Monday and the kids are forbidden to speak of it around me because I start crying.
    I'm sorry [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Awwww...SO sorry!! He actually ate them or just killed them? Just wondering cause if he ate them, he may have had some sort of blockage from the chicken bones...I also wondered if your chickens had worms and he got them from eating them? Just my thoughts...
  4. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    From what I understand and have read, chicken bones dont splinter if they havent been cooked. Could be the dogs time was just up. 11 is a good age for a large breed dog. Just my opinion though and you know how that goes!
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Raw chickens are good for dogs. Something else killed him.

    Did you not bring it to a vet?
  6. justhatchin

    justhatchin Songster

    Jul 5, 2008
    Galva, Kansas
    So sorry for your loss and pain. [​IMG]

    I would have done the same thing though (not going to the vet).

    It could have been that he got bones caught inside thus the pot belly?? Or maybe something from to much raw meat? [​IMG]

    I don't really know, I haven't had any experience like this with dogs. [​IMG]

    However this last aug. and sept. I had 2 goats (health) just start loosing and die on me even going to the vet. I thought cocci but I don't know for sure. They of course had runny poo I couldn't get stopped and then they stopped eating. They say some worms are bad and if you wait to long with either they will not likely recover cuz it has ruined their insides. [​IMG] A friend said she thought it was cuzz my chickens were in their pen a lot(chic poo in their pen).

    Again I feel for your loss even if he was being a bad doggie , he was only doing what his natural instincts said to do. Making you want to [​IMG] him. As he got older he probably got forgetful of his manners. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] to me and [​IMG] for you and yours.
  7. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    Purple Chicken is correct. Dog owners who feed a raw diet to their dogs usually feed thighs and legs because of the cost.

  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Quote:No such thing as too much raw meat. A raw diet is the best diet for dogs.
  9. MakNat

    MakNat Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    He would kill'em and hide'em Then eat 'em. It took us a while to figure it out. I tried the old trick of tieing the dead chicken around the dogs neck and tie the dog. This trick has worked on other dogs. I watched him out the window, he ATE the whole thing.. It wasn't a punishment to him at all. He ate them, I would find the birds out in the garden. He would lay in the garden like he was innocent. Yes he ATE them. All of them I know eating them killed him, let the punishment fit he crime. AAUGHHHHH. We have 4 dogs now. 3 miss Chopper and a new puppy that was stuck in the woods on a chain. Finder keepers. The poor girl wined for 2 days. We though our nieghbors had a knew dog. I finally got agrivated and took a walk. That was that pups luckiest day. None of the dogs bother the chickens but they sure run those hawks away!!!!! LOVE my CRITTERS!!!!!!!!!
  10. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Two years ago my dogs caught and ate 30+ of my juvenile birds in a half hours time-feathers, bones, beaks and all. They were and are fine. I also feed them any chicks that don't make it, and my boxer/mastiff mix doesn't even chew, just swallows them whole.

    Wasn't the chickens that killed the dog. You should have taken him to the vet, an eleven year old dog could have had any number of internal issues.

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