Neighbors dog got my rooster today as he was protecting his hens. Captured on security camera

crazydane

In the Brooder
Aug 4, 2020
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First post here and I wish it was under better circumstances. Just started raising chicks this spring for the first time. Started out with 12 chicks back in the spring and one of them turned out to be a rooster. They just started laying about 2 weeks ago.

I setup up a coop with a very small run (3x7) back when we first got them, which was really way less space than they need. So we started letting them free range which went really well at first, but then the neighbor's dog got one of them about a month ago. We talked to them about it and came up with a plan to coordinate when we let the chicken free range vs. they let their dog out. All was well for the last 3 weeks, but then today we noticed the rooster went missing. Looked all over but couldn't find the poor guy.

On a hunch I checked my security cameras and was very upset with what I found. The neighbors dog was loose today despite our agreement and the chickens were out at the same time. Dog was up on the road and spotted the hens in our driveway and came in after them. But our brave rooster did all he could to keep the dog away, but in the end the dog of course prevailed.

Here's a link to the footage of the brave protector's final few minutes fending off the dog for as long as he could. I'm so proud of him but also very sad at the same time.


Needless to say, I'll be building a larger run for them after this episode as soon as I figure exactly how I'm going to do that given the location of the coop on a somewhat hilly slope.

Again, I really wish it was under better circumstances that I make my first post here, but I felt like I had to share my little guy's valiant effort to scare off the predator in an effort to protect his flock. He gave his life for them and I'm going to do what I can to maintain his legacy and protect the flock.
 

DaisyG2317

Songster
Jul 14, 2020
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I'm so sorry for your loss. In the state I am located in, animals are considered an extension of your property and you can sue for property damage when something like this happens; my mom had a similar situation with her dog and a neighbor dog. It won't take the pain of the loss away but maybe it will teach the neighbor a lesson.

R.i.p. to your sweet brave boy.
 

MarkJr

Yard Bird Enthusiast
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Jun 15, 2020
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Id go knock on your neighbors door and demand my rooster back. Appears Fido drug it home. Hand him a bill, and a copy of the police report.

In this part of the world (Rural Oregon) I’d drop the dog in a heartbeat if it was within sight of my stock again.
 

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