Lost my entire flock...

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by TwistedSerpent, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. TwistedSerpent

    TwistedSerpent Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    I went on vacation for a week with my dogs, leaving my BF alone with all the other animals. He gets home from work one day to our entire 2.5 arces strewn with chicken bodies. Something had come in and destoryed about 25 chickens and 2 turkeys. Nothing eaten just torn up. Luckly one single barred rock hen somehow escaped, although narrowly as she had no feathers at the front of her neck. He spent the rest of that day picking up bodies.

    Early the next morning he woke up to screaming and barking, there were three dogs trying to get into my rabbits. He runs out yelling at them, one jumps off the hutch and actually growled at him, so being smart he ran inside, grabbed a .22 and shot two of them, the third running into my dog's pen and jumping the fence. He called the sherriff who came over right away, saw the blood infront of the coop, stepped on a dead chicken that was missed, saw 2 dogs down with one shot each, and agreed that that was the best way to handle that situation. The dogs belonged to a neighbor, who has some mental issues and collects/hoards them. She has about 25 or so randomly chained and kenneled poorly so they get out. We come to find out that dogs from this person have already been reported for going after horses, lambs, and other dogs. Last Thanksgiving we had what we thought my dog and my Bf's dog get into a nasty fight for reasons we cant explain, it makes much more sense now thinking that a couple of her dogs got in and tore our two up. They confirm that it is their dogs and retrieve the bodies, and did agree to pay us back for our loss. Any other dog from that property that finds its way into our yard (or anyone elses yard) is probably not going to be given a chance to run anymore now that we know the extent of how unstable these animals are.

    So I'm now left with a single lonely hen, been trying to find some company for her but so far nothing, I have an order with MPC (was the only place that had what we wanted the soonest) to raise up another group but they wont be here until the end of July. It's getting really depressing walking around the yard (and even inside the coop) seeing all the feathers of all the birds I raised from babies, and this poor hen spends most of her day at the window watching us. Should be able to find a few more ladies for her soon though I hope.

  2. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chirping

    Jun 4, 2011
    Southern York County
    Wow what a tragic story [​IMG] I'm so sorry. I hope you find some new hens and your neighbor pays for some nice replacements.
  3. kcaywood

    kcaywood Songster

    Sep 3, 2010
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    I'm so sorry ... that just sucks completely ... I hope you get some new babies soon ...

    A few months ago, I came home from work to find more than a dozen chicken bodies in my backyard after the *&@$# dogs killed them. I'm not a crier, but I was sobbing that day.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    That's horrible! I'm so sorry. [​IMG]
  5. mopargal1972

    mopargal1972 Double K Poultry

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss [​IMG]. I lost 30 chickens in one night last July to a dog attack. Do you have an incubator? I have a mixed flock and would be more than happy to send you some hatching eggs. I know how hard it is to lose so many birds in one night. When I lost mine, I had some wonderful friends (mostly from BYC) who sent me eggs. It is time for me to "pay it forward"

  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    If you are close I have a bunch of chicks right now....some 13 days old up to 8 weeks old...I would be glad to give you a companion or two for her. I have some white Silkies I am going to rehome...I also have a dominique hen that is low man on the totem pole here that would love a smaller, more close knit family I am sure. Her name is Domino. I am an hour South of Cinncinnati and about 40 minutes North of Lexington KY. PM me if I can help.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011
  7. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I am in FL (see location) am I near you?

    I have 4 mixes (Ameraucana X JG, and Ameraucana X EE) at 6 weeks old.

    Also Hatching eggs and an incubator I'd run for ya (if you promise to actually take the chicks when hatched)
  8. [​IMG] I am so sorry for your losses. What a shock!

    I am sure that you'll find company for your hen very soon...she'll be much better with someone to be with.

    Take care of yourselves.

    I hope that that neighbor of yours gets all those dogs taken away and re-homed in proper homes.
  9. chimneyrock

    chimneyrock In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    I'm sooo sorry for your loss! It is very gut wrenching, I lost all but one last weekend! My one girl was/is very sad...I've been spending as much time with her as I can! She seems to enjoy my company! I hope you find your way through this and are able to get her some friends soon! Good Luck!!

  10. benjoycei

    benjoycei Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    I'm soooooo sorry!!!! [​IMG]

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