Neighbors dog killed chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by auntphibian, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. auntphibian

    auntphibian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are close to egg laying age. We were all outside when my neighbors dog came over and wanted a belly rub. Next thing I know, chickens are running to me, screaming. Sprayed the dog with water and she disappeared behind the cars. Did a chicken count was missing my favorite black maran. We searched and found no sign. Drive to my neigh or and there was the dog with my chicken, dead, and half plucked. Calling animal control in the morning. Neigh or has not returned my call, but that dog is not coming back to my yard. I am so upset over this. What does my neighbor owe me?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    You are owed the price of a replacement bird of the same age and quality. So sorry! Also sounds like you need some fencing, or at least a safe chicken run. Electric tape or electrified poultry netting work very well to discourage dogs, etc. The dog owner is responsible for keeping her dog at home, but it sounds like you've all been good with friendly dog visits until now. I hope you can maintain friendly relations with the neighbor; that means apologies and payment, and critter containment in the future. I would file a complaint with AC if things can't be worked out informally first. Then if things really don't go well, there's plan B, and SSS. Mary
     
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  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm so terribly sorry for the loss of your beautiful black maran...it's never easy. When you feel you can talk to your neighbor without breaking down into tears, this is what I would say (and have):

    "Your dog came over to my property and killed one of my chickens. If he comes onto my property again, he will not return."

    Sounds very point-blank and rude, but a scumbag chicken killer is just that...a scumbag. The worst part is this....he will be back now that he knows where chicken dinner is.
     
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  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Good advice. And mean it when you say it......... lots of dogs in my neighborhood never go back home........ cats too.........
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Very sound advice here. I do not employ plan B as indicated above, rather I is make sure all neighbors including dog owner and law enforcement are in the know, then shoot and shovel. In most instance you will have it written in your legal code the right to protect stock. If the dog owner does not know what risks are or what happened you are more likely to have a repeat with that party. A big part of correction is having neighbors also apply pressure, sometimes just vague disapproval. Do your best to keep your emotions under control as they can complicate matters greatly.

    In the end the biggest threat to your birds is the dog you do not know and the fencing is a very good step in controlling that threat.
     
  6. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the state. In some states this is true. In others, it's your responsibility to keep other's animals out.

    If the neighbor's dog can just run up and eat your chickens, so can a coyote, fox, or stray.
     
  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    If it's our responsibility to keep other's animals out...it is also their responsibility to keep their animals home!
     
  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I feel like it is my responsibility to protect my chickens from Mother Nature's critters. In 50 years of chicken keeping I have lost chickens to hawks and foxes. These chickens were free ranging, so the odds were to the predator's advantage.

    Since I have lived on this property, I do not dare free range my chickens. I have lost way too many birds in the last 2 years to dogs that one particular neighbor refuses to keep home. When animal control informed them of the laws concerning dogs roaming at large the response? I live in the country, I will not chain my dogs up!

    His dogs have torn up cages, dug under wall and gates, climbed up dog kennel walls and jumped down into pens, and chewed through another wall.

    My opinion on neighbor "pets" is the neighbor's responsibility to keep his dogs on his property. If he does not, it is my responsibility to make sure the dog does not get the chance to come back to wreak havoc again. My rifle is my chicken's best friend.......
     
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  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I forgot to mention that after the AC officer's second visit, my tires were slashed.

    Kind of gives you an idea of what I am dealing with.......
     
  10. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In some states, in agricultural zoning, it's not. In some states, unless the dog destroys fencing, it's completely your problem. The point is - know your local laws. You don't want to end up in jail over the cost of a roll of fence.
     

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