My dog and 29 chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dana523, May 24, 2008.

  1. dana523

    dana523 Hatching

    Apr 3, 2008
    i am so angry and sad my dog who up until recently has been a wonderful pet now I want her gone. My husband and I built a chicken coop it was strong enough to keep out everything but her. I had 9 adults and 20 babies yes I said HAD. She killed them all. I want her gone but he will not let me get rid of her. So now I am stuck with a dog I don't want and now have to figure out if and when I'll be able to have more chickens. We thought we build a fortress and she proved us wrong. My babies were only 5 weeks old. The adults were maybe a year, some just started laying. My poor Rooster he survived 3 different attacks from her this last time she did it while I was at work and noone was home. Any ideas how to get rid of the dog without anyone knowing what I did to her? Some people don't understand how I can get upset over FOOD. Well then again they don't understand how I can be upset over a child dying when that child is not my child. No, this was not my husband and Ill leave it at that. Besides laying fencing then pooring concret over it any other ideas what I can do. I miss having my chickens.

    Sad and depressed about FOOD
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    I'm so sorry. [​IMG] We know that not all chickens are food. My dog killed one of my pet chickens... only one... and none since. I know it's not the same as having your whole flock wiped out, though.
    There has to be a way to make your next coop dog-proof. Don't be afraid to use an electric fence!!! Hopefully someone who has a dog like yours can give you tips on how to keep your chickens safe with that dog, since rehoming the dog doesn't seem to be an option.
  3. catfish

    catfish Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Greenbrier, Arkansas
    I have a b*tch dog on stay of execution right now, she got 6 2 week olds. She does it again she is grave yard dead. I won't hesitate. What kind of dog is it? Maybe you can adopt it out, to many good dogs in this world to keep a chicken killer.

    So sorru for your loss, if ours had gotten 21 birds she would be DEAD in half a heart beat.
  4. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. [​IMG] Ask your hubby if you find a good home for the dog if you can give it away I hope you find in your heart to get more chicks. It is terrible to lose that many. I love my chickie babies and i love my dogs but if this happened to me i believe the dogs would be rehomed and fast. Good luck in whatever you decide.
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Deep breath...

    I am so sorry about losing all your chickens.

    My wonderful, sweet, loyal companion of ten years (German Shepherd mix) killed my favorite chick last year. It was all my fault for not having 1" chicken wire around the bottom of the tractor that had 2x4 wire on it. She stuck her head out and he grabbed her - that was it.

    I was so upset but never angry at my dog. He was being a dog.

    Having said that - if he'd have taken out my whole flock I'd have obviously been extremely upset ... but, I love him and would never get rid of him. I would just make changes to keep him from getting anymore chickens. He's been the best dog we've ever had and just thinking about losing him makes me start to cry. Yes, I cried over losing my chick also.

    If you cannot live with your dog then you do need to find a new home for her. It's not fair to her to have you loathing her... she doesn't understand but will feel your hate/anger. You need to have a heart to heart talk with your husband about this whole issue.

    What type of fencing did she get through? What type of dog is she? Maybe we can help you build something that will stop her from ever getting to chickens again.

    I hope you can work this out to the benefit of you, your husband, your dog and any future chickens.

    Again, I'm really sorry.
  6. holliewould

    holliewould Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Planet Earth
    Not only did you lose your flock, you lost a lot of money and time invested in raising good FOOD for your family. Cull the dog. It's not fair to you or the dog to live in hatred. Takes too much energy. I don't think your husband is being fair either. Dogs don't lay eggs or make a decent stew. If my husband wouldn't let me get rid of a dog I hated, he would be living at the dog shelter too. No chicken farmer wants a chicken killing dog. Sorry about your loss. Hope you work it out.
  7. coltsrox

    coltsrox Songster

    Mar 24, 2008
    Maggie Valley, NC
    i agree with chirpy no matter how much i love my chicks i could never hate them for killing them, i would be mad and act childish for awhile but all in all i would love dogs.... see if u can't give him away because its not fair to him or u. again i am soooo sorry i think i would cry if mine died like that. or u could use eletric fencing, to me that sounds the best!
  8. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Songster

    May 1, 2008
    I've been on both sides of this fence. I had a Queensland Heeler that got into my neighbors coop and killed some hens. It was broad daylight, they caught him in the act and shot him. I was devistated.

    Then a few years later, my beloved Herbie the best dog in the whole wide world killed 24 pullets of mine. I wanted to kill him for a while. The sad thing is usually if they get the taste of blood it's really hard to break them.

    We went a few years with out chickens but now have some more and believe it or not Herbie stays away from them, He is very old now though.

    Alot of welded wire, bird mesh (like you put in the eaves of your house) and a solid floor, concrete footings around the run. It's alot but the expense is worth keeping live chickens.
  9. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Northeastern Ohio
    I"m so sorry for your loss, but try not to hate the dog for being a dog.

    We were very worried about our young lab and the chicks. We decided to borrow a training collar (same principle as training for an invisible fence). We had seen the Dog Whisperer use it for a dog that chased tractors.

    To make a long story short, on chickie introduction, he broke the sit/stay and got a "zap". Repeated the intros and he got a "sound". Third time was the charm. He now "helps" me with the chick chores and tends to protect them, sometimes even from me.

    Good luck. Sometimes it just takes extra effort.
  10. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Quote:Great Idea!!

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