My chickens are missing!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sless, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. sless

    sless New Egg

    Feb 20, 2012
    Earlier today I looked out the kitchen window and saw a little scottie dog sniffing around the chicken coop. I knocked on the kitchen window and it looked at me, but didn't leave. I picked up my two year old, got shoes on and went outside to shoo it away. It left easily enough. Anyway, now my four chickens are missing. They have access to the entire yard and they aren't in any of their usual hiding spots. I have tried the street in front of my house and looked in my neighbors yard. Just over the fence because they weren't home and I couldn't bring myself to open their gate.

    Do they typically come back on their own after the threat is over? Or should I look harder? What is the best way?

    I don't think the dog got the chickens because he is about their size and there isn't any blood or feathers and I didn't hear anything.
  2. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2010
    Do your chickens come to you if you have a treat and you call hear chickie, chickie, chickie? If so, I would break out the treats and go looking for them. Mine quickly learned to come to me when I have scratch in a small white bucket. Good luck!
  3. OCpeep

    OCpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2012
    Orange County, CA
    Hi, I'm new to chickens so I can't give you any answers, but I would think they know where home (and the food) is. Hope it all turns out ok.
  4. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2012
    Poplar Bluff , MO
    the size of the dog doesn't matter even the smallest can kill a chicken.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hopefully you have located your chickens.
  6. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    SE PA
    Sometimes they hide pretty well and will only come back after they sense the danger has past.
    I have had some that did turn up after being missing for 30 minutes or so... and some not.
    Usually a dog leaves scattered feathers.
  7. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    I hope they've just gotten spooked and will be back soon.
    I have to agree, my mom has two 15 lb terriers, sweet dogs, that I would not trust near my chickens. Their prey drive is just too strong.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  8. JenellYB

    JenellYB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Suggest you need to fence your yard, to keep your chickens home, and neighborhood dogs out. You set up is neither safe for your chickens vulnerable to loose dogs or cars on the street, nor reponsible toward your neighbors whose yards they are wandering into. "Free ranging" chickens isn't about just turning them loose to roam the countryside.
    Hope you find the missing.

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