Neighbors dog

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by annie511, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. annie511

    annie511 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So our only neighbor can't contain his dog... or just doesn't try. He came onto my property and killed half my flock for sport yesterday evening. We live in the country too so it's not like I was waving the girls under his nose.

    O I could cry. 5 dead. 5 alive. And Stella is missing. I wouldn't be surprised if she got away. Not sure if she will come back. 1 of the 5 alive has a pretty nasty bite on her back.

    I worry about foxes and such and take precautions against them. But what do I do about a vicious dog that comes over?
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have been through what you describe many times through the years and tried a lot of approaches. First was notify neighbor. Next was to shoot dog and practice SSS which only worked for that dog. Then I started talking to dog owner and other neighbors, before shooting dog and not practicing SSS. Latter approach more effective. This area has high dog density so still had problems so I started putting up fences to exclude dogs. Losses to dogs took a nose dive. Still lost a few chickens to wild predators and to dogs when chickens went beyond fencing so I got dogs of my own. Cost of keeping chickens sky rocketed with that but losses dropped greatly once I controlled for threat caused by my own dogs. Break point on cost for a small flock will be with the fencing in the form of poultry netting.


    It is never just the dog you know, if one dog can get to your birds then others and wild life can as well. I have lost 30+ birds to one dog visit so can feel your pain. Getting nickled and dimed by wildlife will happen at some point as well. Extreme weather events can be even more trying when you have immature birds.
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    You have options, forget it and keep replacing your chickens every time it happens or Keep the chickens well penned up or call the police/dog pound and go to your Neighbor and make them pay for your loss even if you have to take them to court with all the pictures that you took of their dog killing them-----No pics or actual seeing their dog do it---probably a hopeless case, make a trap to catch their or other dogs, Or SSS and forget it.

    I made a simple trap using a 6x10x6ft high dog kennel I picked up for $60 and caught several dogs in it in a little over a week. Had no idea there was than many loose dogs wandering around my chicken pen area.
     
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  4. Labradors

    Labradors Out Of The Brooder

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    What is SSS?
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Shoot-Shovel-Shutup
     
  6. annie511

    annie511 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their free ranging days are probably over. I only let them out for a couple hours in the evenings when it's nice and I'm home. I'm outside with them most of the time. But I wasn't home last night and my husband let them out. They love getting out of the run to play in the grass and eat some worms.

    We told the neighbor next time the dog is in our yard he's DEAD. I have pictures of the carnage but not of the dog. I'm just so mad
     
  7. Labradors

    Labradors Out Of The Brooder

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    Many thanks for the explanation.

    I'm so sorry for your loss Annie.

    Linda
     
  8. annie511

    annie511 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha I was wondering what SSS meant too. If I shoot this dog I'm gonna go drop it on their front porch. No shoveling for me
     
  9. matt richmond

    matt richmond Out Of The Brooder

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    I had the same trouble with a nieghbors pitbull get one of my ducks. Thankfully it did not kill the duck I caught it just thinking in time we call the sheriff and we haven't seen that dog sense
     
  10. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I should tire of suggesting it, but electric fences. In my setup, the chicken house / coop the birds stay in is only half the protection. The other half comes from electric fences. My neighbor's dog came, hit the fence and left and to my knowledge, has never been back. I know it was out in the neighbor's garden the other day, no more than 100 feet or so from where the birds were out running around..........the dog never came over once. For the most part, dogs are in for the "thrill of the kill". A dose of 10,000 plus volts takes the thrill out of it entirely.

    If a person has tried electric fences, and they failed, I'd like to know why. If they have not tried them, and have had predator losses or losses to dogs, I'd also like to know why they have not tried the electric fence option.
     
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