It finally happened to me....Pet Dog vs Pet Chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ZooMummzy, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    My 4th of July was filled with a few more fireworks than I cared for!

    While giving the girls fresh water last night before heading to the river for the fireworks show, my 3 1/2 month RIR pullet Annette flew out the gate before I knew what was happening. I am usually very careful, especially when the dogs are out, but this was one of those "in the blink of an eye" moments. What followed was awful as two of my dogs went after her, pinning her down a few times before I could beat them off with a stick I picked up in the yard. It was total chaos. I was screaming profanities and swinging a large stick like a wild woman....the other girls were squawking....feathers were flying everywhere and my family was standing and watching the scene in disbelief. The neighbors were having a party next door so I have no idea what they thought, lol.

    I was finally able to grab Annette and literally toss her in the run while the dogs were being rounded up by my family. Amazingly, she had no bite marks on her. She lost most of the feathers on her back and was bleeding from that, but other than that, she is fine. (I'm hoping they will grow back???) I just held her and rocked her like a baby till we both calmed down. She didn't protest one bit! I was a bit worried about the blood but the other girls seemed to be taking care of her instead of pecking at her, especially my oldest RIR Emmeline. I checked on her last night when I got home, half expecting to find her dead from shock, but they had her in the middle of the lineup on the roost pole. This morning, they all came running for their treats as if nothing happened. The only tell tale sign is the massive piles of feathers in my yard!

    I tell you, it was the most scary thing that has happened to me...and her....in long time. My chickens are my pets and to see another pet I dearly love trying to kill them was horrible. I'm angry at the dogs but I also know it's natural, but still! This morning I'm going to be doing some extra predator proofing to the run and enforcing some strict rules for the household about dogs and chickens being out together and I'm going to be extra careful with how I enter and exit the run. This was just too close of call.

    Thanks for letting me share and get it off my chest. My family doesn't share my love of the chickens so they don't understand how upsetting this was for me.
     
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  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    I am so glad that you were able to save her. Sounds like she should be Ok. My understanding is that she won't grow new feathers until her molt. Then she will get all new beautiful feathers.

    I'm also glad that you realize that dogs will be dogs. I lost my favorite pullet to my own dog last year ... totally, 100% my fault (I was ignorant of fencing issues at the time) but I never blamed my wonderful dog.
     
  3. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    OMG! First of all, thank goodness she was ok, because I thought you were going to say they killed her. [​IMG] It is good that the other chickens are being nice to her. Probably because she is back up and running around like normal.

    Secondly, you posted in the right place, because my family doesn't understand my chickens, either. It's nice to have a place where you can post stuff like this, and people can relate, rather than hearing, "It's just a chicken!" [​IMG] They are very sweet and special and have very distinct personalities that a lot of people just don't "get". Hopefully, your family will come around.

    Glad everything is ok! Maybe since you got so upset, your family will be a lot more careful about making sure the dogs are where they are supposed to be. Annette sounds like a lucky bird!

    Shelly
     
  4. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I'm sorry about the loss of your chicken. [​IMG]

    The whole thing was totally my fault which made it even worse. I was just sick all night and really couldn't enjoy the show. Yes, dogs will be dogs and I love my dogs, I'm just angry with them still. It will pass. It's my responsibility to make sure all my pets are safe and I just have to be more careful.

    Thank you for the information about the feathers too [​IMG]
     
  5. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:Thank you [​IMG]

    Yes, I had to listen to the "it's just a chicken" and "we could have had her for dinner" comments the whole ride to the river. I was so upset I couldn't even yell at them. I just sat in silence which I think might have made the point that I was really upset! :mad: Like so many here, I have raised them from day old chicks and have grown very attached to them. They are my pets and the loss of any pet is a very sad event. Maybe I should move the chickens in the house and my family to the coop?? [​IMG]
     
  6. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    Sorry this happened but i am glad the chickie is ok. Yes we do understand that they are pets just like the dogs are, I know how you feel about the comments. It hurts and makes me angry when friends and family talk about eating my babies. I stress it quite clearly my babies are for eggs only. My choice. Everyone has their own opinions and that is fine i just want respect for my feelings is all. Good luck with your babes and hope your family comes around and understands your feelings.[​IMG][​IMG]:weee:ya
     
  7. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    California
    What a wonderful ending.....especially the part about the rest of the flock taking care of her. Very sweet.

    I can well understand your distress and I am sorry for that, but it sounds like your quick reaction and take charge attitude saved your dear pet. I hope I would react that quickly...good for you. Glad your girl is safe.

    Anne
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm so glad you could save her. What a traumatic experience to go through, for both of you.

    The thing to watch out for now, is that she doesn't get an infection from the dog's saliva. If the wounds were only surface, you might want to at least put some neosporin ointment on them. If they are deeper, then a flush with saline solution and oral antibiotics would be safer, to prevent infection. Either way, I would keep an eye on her. Other than that, she should heal pretty well.

    Some people are insensitive jerks. I don't have to feel the same way about another person's hobbies, pets, or family, to show concern for them. A lot of what is justified as teasing in this world is just plain meanness. :aww
     
  9. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    ROFL @ the family in the coop comment! [​IMG] You think we could get by with that?? [​IMG] The chickens make much less of a mess in the house than the boys and DH! LOL!

    Hopefully they got the message. [​IMG]

    Shelly
     
  10. JustChicky

    JustChicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry to hear this happened to you. My chicken are only 13 weeks old and I just lost 2 the same way. Someone else in the house let 2 of the dogs out when the roosters were out. I have a pretty strict routine, I have 2 dogs that can't go out together and 2 sets of chickens that take turns free ranging. So I let the old dog and the beagle out together, then my little dog goes out after them because the beagle and the little dog will run off together and the old dog gets scared when she is by herself. Then the hens and nice roosters go in and out of the coop all day and I just lock them in the coop when I take the dogs out. In the evening I let the mean roosters out until dark, they put themselves up and I check on them when I let the dogs out at night.

    I have never had a problem with this routine, but this is the second time that someone else has let the dogs out while the chickens are out. The dogs whine at the door because I have a rooster that sits right next to the door and crows, but I guess they think the dog needs to go out. I'm not sure what they are thinking. I tell everyone that I always let the dogs out. [​IMG]
     

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