If a dog killed any of my chickens I hope someone would be

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  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    honest enough with me to say:
    "Sorry to hear but how did you allow it to happen"


    I'm getting sick and tired of the dog posts, AGAIN. Will they
    ever end? If a neighbors dog got mine while in my coop then
    my coop wasn't strong enough, hence MY FAULT.

    Would I potentially shoot the dog? Yes.
    Would I have my neighbor arrested or press charges? Yes.


    No one is doing anyone any favors by babying them or even worse
    "sending prayers for a chicken".

    Love and friendship means being honest, not coddling.

    My dog has killed 2 of my chickens and 8 of my quail. Why? Because
    I ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN, not out of intent but out of stupidity.
     
  2. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thank you.
     
  4. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand your sentiments but disagree w/this one.

    If a neighbors dog got mine while in my coop then my coop wasn't strong enough, hence MY FAULT

    It's my property, keep your dog home or I'll give him a "home". That's YOUR fault if dog comes to my place.
     
  5. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    Well, I got lucky day before yesterday.
    I let the chickens out. When my son came home, I did not say 'The chickens are out'. He let the dogs out, I was in the house. He was outside. He noticed dogs in chicken pen. They were after MY SILKIE! This is the poor chickie that was rescued from a dog's mouth nearly a year ago. My son was able to get to her on time.

    Poor Cotton, a friend rescued her and brought her to me, that's how I acquired her. She was muddy, soaked, and had bite holes under her wings. It took me a month to get her well. My first silkie! She got chased by a dog again that came to visit, she was so scared but unharmed. Then a couple months ago, she fell into horse trough and nearly drowned. My dh found her in the nick of time. I had to dry her and place on heating pad, as her legs were froze stiff. And now she got chased again and was pinned under something.
    She is the sweetest chicken ever.
     
  6. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:I see your point completely and agree. It is a dog owners responsibility
    to keep their dogs under control. It is a chicken owners responsibility
    to provide adequate protection for their chickens. IN NO WAY am I
    saying irresponsible dog owners are not at fault.

    My point of this thread is to send a message to ALL MY FRIENDS HERE
    WHO I CARE ABOUT to protect your chickens and send that message
    to others. Plus It's getting frustrating.
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If any predator gets in your chicken pen(s) it is YOUR fault.

    A raccoon or a possum or a weasel doesn't have an owner. Simply because a dog belongs to someone doesn't make him any different from a wild predator. At the most it is a shared responsiblity with a dog. Knowing neighbors have dogs and knowing a dog has a prey drive adds even more responsibility to you as a chicken owner to secure those pens and runs even more.

    You and you alone are responsible for what happens to your livestock. If ANY animal gets in and has dinner it is YOUR fault and no one elses.

    Secure your pens if you want to keep your fowl.

    The only animal that you can't keep out around here is a bear - but still your fault if it happened - you know the risk and have accepted it in your choice to raise the fowl.
     
  8. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:Brilliant MP. In one sentence you summed up what I was trying to say.
     
  9. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are allowed to free range on a rotational basis plus I have two separate pastures for layers. I do not even wait for stray dogs to go after them. If it's inside my fence it's gone.
     
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  10. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I completely agree with the taking of responsibility of having a strong and safe coop and that it is up to ME to keep my flock safe.

    That said, I see a lot of times its a new chicken owner or new member who is soooooo shocked it happened to them, their dog or neighbors dog, birds were usually loose and so on, being new, a few kind words and a gentle reminder that a coop or fence is needed might keep someone in the hobby!

    Some people can't take on that responsibilty and they should lose their birds, but we don't know until it happens to them again if they are responsible or not!
     
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